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More ways to interact with Peak District National Park Authority

This is an archived press release

Thursday 3 September 2009

03 September 2009

More ways to interact with the Peak District National Park Authority

Residents and visitors now have more ways of getting in touch with the Peak District National Park Authority.

The authority has joined the social networking revolution with:

  • its own Twitter page at www.twitter.com/peakdistrict , giving regular updates about events and news about the national park
  • a YouTube channel showing videos about aspects of the Peak District National Park Authority’s work and information of interest to visitors. This includes a selection of videos showing the many opportunities and activities in the national park suitable for wheelchair-users to enjoy. Find it at www.youtube.com/peakdistrictnpa
  • a personal blog written by the authority’s chief executive Jim Dixon, which lets him explain more about his work and thoughts on key issues that have an impact on national parks. It can be seen at http://jimdixon.wordpress.com/  

Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Social networking and other social media are used by millions of people each day.

“By creating these pages we are able to communicate with a wider group of people instantly and in a less formal way. It also allows us to interact with them and answer questions they may have.

“In the future we are looking to expand our use of these types of media as it offers people the opportunity to get information and talk to us at a time and place to suit them.”

Links to all the social media sites can also be found on the authority’s main website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk on the home page and in the news and media section.

The new services will complement existing methods of communication with residents and visitors, which include our customer service team handling more than:

  • 40,500 phone calls
  • 200,000 letters
  • 70,000 emails
  • 11,500 visitors in reception

In addition the authority each year organises or attends dozens of public meetings a year, carries out community visits, issues more than 100 press releases to the media and gets 620,000 visitors to its website, creating more than 2.41 million page views.

This is an archived press release

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