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National park budget set with eye on future

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Monday 8 February 2010

08 February 2010

National park budget set with eye on future

Multi-million pound projects to tackle climate change and develop cycling trails are at the heart of a budget set by the Peak District National Park Authority.   

The authority’s overall budget for 2010/11 is £8.725 million, following a 2.75 per cent increase in the grant it receives from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

This includes £200,000 to distribute to local community projects through the Sustainable Development Fund. The fund supports environmental, educational and social projects across the Peak District.

Work that authority will deliver in the next 12 months to improve the national park includes:

  • The £5.5 million MoorLife project, funded by the European Union Life+ project, which will see the Moors for the Future partnership restore another 2,000 acres (8km2) of peat moorlands. The work will help combat climate change by storing carbon in the peat, reduce the risk of flooding and improve the quality of drinking water. .
  • The £2.25 million Pedal Peak District cycling project to improve the quality of off-road cycling trails and promote leisure cycling in the national park. The project is funded by the Department of Transport and Cycling England.
  • Measures to engage with national park residents including improving communication about the planning process and the authority’s chief executive and chair holding regular community visits.
  • Providing environmental education courses for more than 14,000 children.
  • Running 250 ranger guided walks for residents and visitors.
  • Handling more than 1,200 planning applications.
  • Initiatives to improve the wildlife, habitats and landscapes of the national park, including work to increase lapwing numbers.

Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are very grateful that ministers at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have decided to increase our grant for 2010/11 in such difficult financial times.

“Ministers have told us that this reflects the importance of the work that national parks are doing on issues like climate change and supporting the rural economy.

“It also recognises that national park authorities are efficiently run organisations that constantly look for new ways of providing services while achieving value for money for tax payers.”

Further details about making applications to the Sustainable Development Fund can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf

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