This is an archived press release
Friday 23 January 2015
The future of a popular Peak District National Park owned campsite near Hathersage has been safeguarded.
The North Lees campsite, close to the well-loved climbing, walking and wildlife area of Stanage Edge, is to be refurbished to ensure that people can continue to enjoy and appreciate its unique qualities.
Members of the national park's audit, resources and performance committee today (January 23) committed to continue to manage the campsite and invest up to £60,000 to improve facilities for visitors to the North Lees estate.
The campsite has been owned by the National Park since 1976 and currently has 60 pitches. New showers, improved toilets, the use of environmentally-friendly technologies, an on-line booking system, possibly four camping pods, and using the site as a visitor hub, are among the improvements campers can expect to enjoy.
Committee chair, Cllr Andrew McCloy said: "We are as passionate about Stanage and the North Lees estate as local communities and user groups are, but we have had to review all our properties to manage the 30 per cent reduction in budget we were dealt by public sector funding cuts.
"We carefully considered a number of options for running the campsite and concluded that it is in everyone's interest that we continue to manage it as an integral part of the North Lees estate."
The work will now be taken forward by the North Lees manager, Rebekah Newman, who was appointed in December.
Representatives from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), Stanage Forum and several local residents spoke at the meeting in support of the campsite being retained and invested in.
The BMC's Henry Folkard spoke of the campsite being part of the Peak District National Park's "social responsibility in reaching out to a diverse and often under-represented community in Sheffield, the Peak and elsewhere."
Local farmer James Summerline was keen to see the campsite continuing to "promote the national park, its wildlife, its tranquillity, and its beauty. And to encourage people to visit the park and enjoy it in a responsible way."
Hope Valley resident Jean Hodgkinson said: "It is absolutely essential this campsite continues to be provided as part of the economy not just of the national park, or the North Lees estate, but also of the nearby village of Hathersage."