This is an archived press release
Wednesday 1 July 2009
1 July 2009
Residents asked for their thoughts on the national park
Thousands of Peak District National Park residents are being given the chance to have their say about the way the area is managed and the services provided for local people.
The Peak District National Park Authority will this week send out surveys to 2,700 people randomly selected from the 38,000 population of the national park.
The information gained will be used to help the authority assess the services it provides residents, see what is working well and what could be improved in the future.
Everyone who returns a survey will be entered into a prize draw to spend a day with a national park ranger, including a visit to see the former railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail that are normally closed to the public.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “If we are to reflect the priorities of local people in the decisions we make then it is vital that we know what residents want to see.
“The survey covers a range of issues including planning, the support given to communities and local businesses and the way we deal with enquiries from members of the public.
“I hope that everyone who receives the survey will spare a few minutes to fill in the survey as it will help us deliver services that better meet the needs of local people. All the information given is entirely confidential and will not be passed on to anyone else.”
Everyone who returns the survey by the deadline of 24 July in the pre-paid envelope supplied will be entered into the draw to win the day out with a national park ranger.
The Peak District National Park Authority is responsible for many issues in the national park including:
- Managing the national park countryside, especially through the work of the ranger service
- Providing support and advice to local communities, businesses and farmers
- Supporting work to protect historic buildings and ancient monuments
- Helping to protect and improve the number of plants and wildlife in the national park
- The restoration of moorlands to help tackle the impact of climate change, reduce the likelihood of flooding and improving the drinking water of residents
- Managing rights of way and other access issues in the national park
Issues such as street cleaning, rubbish collection, roads, libraries, education and social services are dealt with by the 11 district, borough, city or county councils whose boundaries are within the national park.
Anyone with questions about the survey can ring the authority’s customer services team on 01629 816200.