This is an archived press release
Thursday 5 March 2009
05 March 2009
Tributes paid to environmental champion
Tributes were paid today (Thursday 5 March) to the former chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Sir Martin Doughty, who was chair of the authority between 1993 and 2002, died at home in New Mills yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
He served on the authority for more than 10 years and was also leader of Derbyshire County Council from 1992 to 2001, before becoming chair of English Nature and then its successor Natural England.
Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Everybody is very saddened to hear this tragic news.
“Martin has fought against cancer for several years and in all that time his energy and contribution to conservation and the environment has never dimmed.
“He set the agenda for public transport in the national park, was a big supporter of the rural economy and a stalwart on our planning committee, going through every application in detail.
“He was also a huge supporter of the Moors for the Future project which is restoring moorland to tackle the effects of climate change and help prevent flooding.
Sir Martin was also chair of the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA) between 1997 and 2001 and received a knighthood in 2001 for services to local government in Derbyshire.
Narendra added: “We will be talking to Derbyshire County Council and Natural England to find a fitting and proper way to mark Martin’s significant contribution to conservation and the environment.”