This is an archived press release
Thursday 11 November 2010
10 November 2010
Governance consultation begins for national park authorities
A public consultation has been launched looking at the way members of the Peak District National Park Authority can be more accountable to local people.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that it wants all 10 national park authorities in England to continue operating and be planning authorities for their areas.
But they have set up the National Park Governance Review to look for ways to:
- Make decisions by national park authorities more effectively
- Be more responsive to the concerns of local communities - while still continuing to meet statutory duties and operating within existing budgets
- See if different national park authorities around the country should operate in different ways to meet the specific needs of their communities.
Five questions are being asked to get the views of people in each national park on the best way forward.
Full details of the consultation and how to respond can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/governancereview The consultation runs until Tuesday 1 February 2011.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This review by the Government is timely as we are already carrying out a review looking at the best way that members can lead the work we do.
“We already do a great deal of work with local communities but are keen to hear ideas of how we could improve on this in the future.
“As part of the consultation we have put on our website details of the work that has already taken place to make the running of the authority meetings more efficient. I would encourage everyone with an interest in the Peak District National Park to take the opportunity to respond.”
At the end of the consultation period the Peak District National Park Authority will produce a summary of all responses relating to its area and any proposals for changes to governance arrangements.
Defra will consider these, along with comments relating to all National Parks, and make a final decision on any changes by the end of March 2011.