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2011 press releases

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2011 press releases

Chance to give your views on draft update of Hathersage Conservation Area
Hathersage residents have the chance to comment on a draft review of the Hathersage Conservation Area.
4 January 2011

Seeking Monsal Trail Memories of the Midland Railway Line
Do you remember trains running across the Monsal Dale viaduct? Did you work on the trackbed or at one of the stations at Rowsley, Bakewell, Great Longstone, Hassop or Millers Dale?
12 January 2011

Chance to give your view on update of Rowsley Conservation Area
The people of Rowsley have the chance to comment on a draft review of the Rowsley Conservation Area. This illustrated document - officially called an appraisal - is prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority, and looks in detail at the qualities that make the Rowsley Conservation Area a special place.
18 January 2011

More help needed to hunt out Orion in the Peak District
When you wish upon a star...you can help towards the Dark Skies project over the Peak District.
24 January 2011

Chance to give your views on draft update of Bonsall Conservation Area
Bonsall residents have the chance to comment on a draft appraisal (update) for the part of Bonsall Conservation Area that lies within the Peak District National Park.
24 January 2011

New partnership to build on Losehill Hall learning legacy
The future of a Peak District National Park learning centre has been secured enabling the number of education courses it provides to be expanded.
25 January 2011

More help needed to hunt out Orion in the Peak District
When you wish upon a star...you can help towards the Dark Skies project over the Peak District.
28 January 2011

Temporary closure of Monsal Trail during construction work
A section of the Monsal Trail is to be closed temporarily to ensure public safety while work is carried out to re-open four former railway tunnels.
31 January 2011

Reappointment of National Park Authority member
Defra has confirmed that Mr Geoff Nickolds has been reappointed by the Secretary of State as a member of the Peak District National Park Authority. His reappointment will be for a one-year term commencing 1 April 2011 and ending on 31 March 2012.
9 March 2011

Pedal the Peak District for National Bike Week
Residents and visitors are invited to explore the Peak District on two wheels in National Bike Week with the launch of a new cycle routes leaflet.
3 June 2011

Trial exclusion of "off-road" vehicles on country track
The Peak District National Park Authority is to temporarily exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s from Chapel Gate, a country track between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Edale.
3 June 2011

Roaches remains open as rare plant disease is treated
Some bilberry plants on part of the Roaches Estate in the Staffordshire Peak District have been infected by a rare fungal plant disease.
26 May 2011

Full steam ahead on the Monsal Trail
Four former railway tunnels have been officially re-opened to create an impressive new route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the Peak District National Park.
26 May 2011

Bakewell business park redevelopment plans turned down
Amended plans to redevelop Bakewell’s main business site have been refused by the Peak District National Park Authority.
17 May 2011

Former railway tunnels ready to re-open to the public after more than 40 years
Four former railway tunnels are ready to re-open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders creating part of a spectacular trail in the Peak District National Park.
13 May 2011

Enjoy bats and birds on Calver guided walks
They are the only true flying mammal, they navigate by echo, and you can find out more about these fascinating creatures on a night-time Bat Walk at Calver Marshes on Friday May 20.
10 May 2011

National Park moorland restored by enforcement action
A sensitive moorland site is being restored after enforcement action was taken to remove an unauthorised building made of pallets and a track excavated into a hillside.
3 May 2011

Authority to seek new partner for Stanage and North Lees
Stanage Edge, the popular climbing, walking and wildlife area on the borders of Sheffield, could be leased or sold by the Peak District National Park Authority to a like-minded body.
20 April 2011

Join our conversation
A public consultation has been launched to get the views of anyone with an interest in how the Peak District National Park develops over the next five years and beyond.
19 April 2011

Top tips for selling arts and crafts at Meet the Buyer event
Peak District small arts and crafts producers can learn how to promote their products and find new outlets at a free Meet the Buyer event in Bakewell.
19 April 2011

Green light for eight affordable homes in Youlgrave
Approval has been given by the Peak District National Park Authority for eight affordable homes to be built in Youlgrave for local people.
19 April 2011

Warning over moorland fires in the Peak District
Signs warning people to take extra care to prevent fires are going up this week on moorland sites in the Peak District.
18 April 2011

Happy 60th anniversary to our landscape diamond
People are being invited to celebrate the Peak District National Park’s 60th anniversary by getting out and about in the beautiful countryside.
15 April 2011

Plea to report car park vandals
Residents and visitors are being asked to help prevent vandalism in Peak District National Park car parks.
14 April 2011

Making the Peak District a place to do business
Businesses of all sizes in the Peak District are being given a strong new voice with the creation of a group to promote the area as a place to do business.
13 April 2011

Sheffield rural businesses learn how to go green
Rural businesses on the edge of Sheffield learned how to cut their carbon-footprint by installing small-scale wind turbines, solar panels or ground source heat pumps.
6 April 2011

Grant puts wind in the sails of new community hall
Nearly £16,000 in grants for a wind turbine will help blow in a low-carbon future for Dungworth’s new community hall.
28 March 2011

Dog-walkers asked to keep pets under control in Peak District
Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect young animals during the breeding season.
28 March 2011

New chair for Peak District National Park Authority
A new chair has been elected for the Peak District National Park Authority.
25 March 2011

Rural workshops to share advice on community shops and events
Sheffield villagers can find out how to set up a community shop or organise community events during workshops at a Rural Network Meeting on Thursday April 7.
23 March 2011

Winning poets bloom among moorland plants
Winners of a poetry competition on moorland plants were delighted to see their verses engraved on garden tools at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw.
16 March 2011

Restoration of disused quarry secured after public inquiry
A quarry on Bonsall Moor will have to be restored for agriculture and nature conservation following the outcome of a public inquiry held in January.
16 March 2011

Concerned about planning? Talk it over with national park planners
Peak District National Park residents can talk about planning issues with senior planning managers on Tuesday March 29.
10 March 2011

Cycling Family Fun Day at Parsley Hay
Families are in for a two-wheeled treat with free cycle skills training and games for all the family led by experienced trainers.
8 March 2011

Schools’ climate change research on Peak District moors
Hundreds of secondary school students will conduct climate change research on the Peak District and Pennine moors from March 11-21, 2011. The students will be taking part in the fourth annual Moorlands as Indicators of Climate Change Initiative (MICCI) as part of National Science and Engineering Week.
3 March 2011

Additional temporary closure on Monsal Trail for construction work
An additional section of the Monsal Trail is being closed temporarily (from Mon Feb 28) to ensure public safety while work is carried out to re-open four former railway tunnels.
25 February 2011

Students to time-travel as tourists through Dovedale
Ashbourne students will become time-travellers in March to find out what it was like to explore the wild reaches of Dovedale in the 18th and 19th centuries.
24 February 2011

Peak District Heritage at Risk site to be protected
Historic lead-working remains near Castleton that are on England’s Heritage at Risk list are being protected by fencing and barriers.
17 February 2011

Come and talk to us about planning
A surgery is being organised for Peak District National Park residents to talk about planning issues that matter to them.
14 February 2011

Voluntary one-way system to help drivers stay on track
Trail-bikers and 4x4 drivers will be urged to keep to a voluntary one-way system to avoid further damage to a ‘green lane’ near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
15 February 2011

Go ahead for new Bakewell public toilets
A Derbyshire Dales District Council plan for new public toilets in Bakewell has received the go-ahead.
14 February 2011

Longnor Market Square saved for community
The Peak District National Park Authority and Longnor Parish Council have saved Longnor Market Square as an open space for the community.
10 February 2011

National Park Authority supports full local representation
The Peak District National Park Authority is recommending to the Government that it keeps its full membership of 30 to make sure all areas of the national park are represented.
9 February 2011

National award for Peak District planner
Sarah Foster, a planning manager with the Peak District National Park Authority, has been voted national Young Planner of the Year by her fellow professionals in the Royal Town Planning Institute.
7 February 2011

Audit of Accounts year ended 2010-11
The Authority's accounts are subject to external audit. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process.
13 June 2011

Still time to join our conversation
Anyone with views on how the Peak District National Park should develop over the next five years and beyond is being encouraged to have their say during a public consultation.
16 June 2011

Chance to take the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark into the future
The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting expressions of interest in the future development of its sought-after Environmental Quality Mark (EQM).
20 June 2011

Green businesses win awards in the Peak District
Fourteen “green” businesses were delighted to receive the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for their work to safeguard the local environment and heritage.
24 June 2011

On the trail of Black Harry around Longstone
A new network of trails has been launched for horse-riders, mountain-bikers and walkers, where once the notorious highwayman Black Harry preyed on pack-horse trains.
24 June 2011

Peak District initiative on birds of prey
Five leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park have got together to boost birds of prey in the Dark Peak.
4 July 2011

Get in gear for free summer cycle training in the Peak District
Free cycle training will be on offer every Monday throughout the school holidays to help families cycle confidently on Peak District roads and trails.
7 July 2011

Local resident selected as National Park Authority leader
High Peak Borough Councillor Tony Favell has been re-elected chair of the Peak District National Park Authority at its annual meeting (July 1).
1 July 2011

Public consultation on Cressbrook and Ravensdale Conservation Area Plans
Residents in Cressbrook and Ravensdale have the chance to comment on a document which sets out why their villages are protected and such special places to live in.
12 July 2011

Seed money to boost community projects in Peak District
Peak District community projects from solar heating to fruit-growing will be boosted by grants from the national park’s Sustainable Development Fund.
13 July 2011

Gadzooks! Pupils travel back in time to discover Peak District Tudor farmers
Children from Biggin and Hartington School travelled back in time to discover what life was like for Tudor farmers at the Dove Valley Educational Centre, near Sheen.
13 July 2011

Cyclists get the power on the High Peak Trail
Cyclists can do themselves a power of good with new electric bikes on the High Peak and Tissington trails.
13 July 2011

Wheels on Wednesdays – free summer cycle training on the High Peak Trail
Is your bicycle in need of attention? Would you like to learn how to keep it running smoothly? How about a game of cycle jousting or bicycle sumo? Or challenging the kids to a slow race? Wheels on Wednesdays are free ‘get yourself cycling’ sessions for adults and children in the school holidays, based at Parsley Hay Cycle Hire centre on the traffic-free High Peak Trail.
14 July 2011

Get into the fresh air this summer with National Parks’ Week
‘National Parks – Good for you!’ is the promise of National Parks’ Week, a celebration offering opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the special landscape of the Peak District.
15 July 2011

Hassop to Bakewell section of Monsal Trail closed during Bakewell Show
A section of the Monsal Trail is to be closed for two days in August to help reduce traffic jams caused by visitors going to Bakewell Show.
15 July 2011

Updated strategy to manage 4x4 use on unsurfaced national park routes
The strategy for managing 4x4 and trail bike use on unsurfaced Peak District National Park tracks is to be updated to help prevent routes being damaged.
15 July 2011

Extra train services for Hope Valley welcomed by National Park Authority
The introduction of extra commuter train services through the Hope Valley has been welcomed by the chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.
19 July 2011

European accolade renewed for Peak District National Park
The European Diploma of Protected Areas has been awarded for the 45th year to the Peak District National Park, one of only five areas in the UK to hold the accolade.
26 July 2011

Advice offered to explain new national park planning policies
Residents and businesses wanting to make a planning application in the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to get free advice to make sure they’re up-to-date with new planning policies.
3 August 2011

Free tips for trail cyclists in the Peak District
People who have had national standard cycling training are three times safer on their bikes than untrained cyclists claims on a new free leaflet.
3 August 2011

Views sought on Peak District trails
A survey will be held on four recreational trails in the Peak District National Park to get views on how they could be improved in the future.
9 August 2011

Keen teens needed to bring moorland lore to life
Young people are invited to act out scenes from moorland history to help create a short film in a free five-day drama workshop (August 22-26).
11 August 2011

Recreational “off-road” vehicles to be excluded from Chapel Gate track for 18 months
A legal order has been made banning recreational trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s from a Peak District National Park country track for 18 months.
12 August 2011

Cycle ride to celebrate Tissington Trail’s 40th anniversary
Families, residents and holidaymakers are invited to join a guided cycle ride to celebrate 40 years of the Peak District National Park Authority’s Tissington Trail.
12 August 2011

Stargazing event at Magpie Mine
Would-be stargazers are invited to meet the experts for an evening of local history and exploring the night sky from an historic Peak District mine.
19 August 2011

Proposals sought to avoid closure of Dovedale public toilets
Local people and organisations are being asked for suggestions to avoid the closure of public toilets in the iconic beauty spot of Dovedale.
22 September 2011

National Park Authority sets out views on direct elections
The Peak District National Park Authority, one of two national park authorities chosen by the Government to pilot direct elections, is recommending that all 22 of its council and parish members should be considered for election.
7 October 2011

Your chance to comment on review of Monyash conservation area
The people of Monyash have the chance to comment on a review of their conservation area, including a proposed boundary extension.
10 October 2011

Prince of Wales sends good wishes for national park’s 60th anniversary
HRH the Prince of Wales sent a message of support and good wishes to the Peak District National Park in its 60th anniversary year.
11 October 2011

Future of Dovedale toilets – public meeting November 1
Residents, visitors and organisations are invited to have their say on the future of the public toilets in Dovedale at a public meeting.
11 October 2011

Evening opportunity to talk to national park planners
People who cannot get to Peak District National Park HQ during normal office hours can speak to planners at an evening planning surgery on Wednesday November 2.
13 October 2011

TV documentary to highlight 4x4 and trail bike issues in national park
The challenge of managing opposing views about 4x4 and trail bike use on green lanes in the Peak District National Park is highlighted in a new TV documentary.
18 October 2011

National Park Volunteer Rangers celebrate Excellence in the Community award
The Peak District National Park’s 300 Volunteer Rangers were delighted to be recognised in the prestigious Excellence in the Community awards presented by Derbyshire County Council.
20 October 2011

Tributes paid to former National Park Authority member
Tributes were paid today to Councillor Ron Priestley, a former member of the Peak District National Park Authority, who died this week.
21 October 2011

First Peak Star Party attracts hundreds of skywatchers
Hundreds of people stayed up through the night gazing at the stars over the Peak District National Park.
31 October 2011

Ilam villagers proud to reach Heritage Angel Award finals
Ilam villagers were proud to reach the final 16 of the English Heritage Angel Awards for their outstanding work in restoring a Victorian monument at the centre of their village.
2 November 2011

Peak Park Leisure Walkers celebrate 20th anniversary
More than 70 people who would otherwise miss out on the countryside have just celebrated 20 years of the Peak Park Leisure Walks.
2 November 2011

Joint talks on way to keep Dovedale toilets open
The Peak District National Park Authority is to bring local interested parties together to find a way to keep public toilets open in the popular beauty spot of Dovedale.
3 November 2011

Free winter warmer cycle training in Bakewell
Wobbly beginners, rusty returners and families are being offered free cycle training this winter.
4 November 2011

National Park planners say “Yes” to caravan site improvements
Plans to improve a caravan site at Youlgrave near Bakewell and extend its opening season have been approved .
14 November 2011

City children check out climate change on Peak District moors
Nearly 140 pupils from urban primary schools came out to the Peak District to study the effects of climate change on moorland peat and wildlife.
14 November 2011

Go ahead for affordable homes in Birchover
Plans to build six affordable homes in Birchover have been approved.
14 November 2011

Chance to explore stones and stars in the Peak District
Would-be archaeologists and stargazers are invited to meet the experts to explore ancient history and the night sky from a prehistoric stone circle on Sunday Dec 4.
17 November 2011

Wildlife Trust to lease the Roaches
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been selected by the Peak District National Park Authority to take on a 125 year lease of the Roaches estate, near Leek.
25 November 2011

Understanding planning
A guide to make planning easier for residents to understand has been published by the Peak District National Park Authority.
1 December 2011

Fill in surveys to help unlock funding for better broadband
The Peak District National Park Authority and Business Peak District are urging residents and businesses to fill in broadband surveys and help unlock Government funding to increase speeds in rural areas.
1 December 2011

Chance to explore the stars in Bakewell
Was that Santa’s sleigh zooming across the night sky or was it a shooting star? Either way people have the chance to explore the universe in Bakewell on Saturday December 17.
2 December 2011

Key areas protected from budget cuts
Extra money is to be spent by the Peak District National Park Authority supporting the local economy, communities and the environment despite budget cuts.
2 December 2011

More resources to manage unsurfaced routes and protect the national park
The Peak District National Park Authority is to increase spending to protect the national park from damage by 4x4s and trail bikes.
2 December 2011

Chance to go stargazing over Ladybower
Would-be stargazers are invited to explore the night sky and delve into local history in the Upper Derwent valley on Saturday December 10.
6 December 2011

Grants help city youngsters connect with countryside
Hundreds of urban youngsters will learn about wildlife and conservation through fishing and field trips thanks to thousands of pounds in grants from the Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund.
6 December 2011

Delve into the past with your local time-teams
Secrets of the past, from Castleton’s medieval hospital to Chatsworth’s origins under Bess of Hardwick, will be unveiled on Derbyshire Archaeology Day, Saturday January 14 2012.
7 December 2011

Winter Weather Warning – possible tunnel closures on the Monsal Trail
Cyclists, walkers and horse riders out to enjoy the Monsal Trail this winter are being urged to check the tunnels website before setting out to make sure the tunnels are open.
8 December 2011

Vote for Peak District “dig” to win national award
People can vote online for a Peak District archaeological excavation to win a national award.
12 December 2011

Boost for rural communities and economy in north east Peak District
Support for Sheffield and Barnsley’s rural areas across the north east Peak District will be strengthened in 2012 through extra funding for the Villages and Communities Together project.
15 December 2011

Time capsule buried for national park celebration
A time capsule has been buried under an oak tree at an iconic viewpoint to mark the 60th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
16 December 2011

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