Have Your Say On Dales Park Future

Yorkshire Dales Park Authority launches six-week consultation.

Posted: 19 March 2012
by Jon

Classic Dales limestone pavement by John 2 from the OM Gallery.

Now's your chance to have a say on the policy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority over the next five years as it launches a six-week consultation exercise to - and we quote - ' to find out what kind of place people want the National Park to be in the future'.

Open to individuals and organisations, the process allows you to put forward your own ideas, suggestions and petty prejudices either via an online questionaire, or sending in a special postcard, or - rather oddly 0 by taking part in a 'snapshot photo competition'.

After six weeks, the authority will take the feedback into account when it produces a new National Park Management Plan (NPMP, try saying that ten times at speed) setting out objectives over the next five years for the YDNPA and other organisations working in the National Park.

Gary Smith, the YDNPA's Director of Conservation and Community, says: 'The plan should be a straightforward document that sets out a shared view of the kind of place we want the National Park to be. It should also show what needs to be done to achieve the objectives and make it easy for people to see whether progress is being made.

The plan should be fully baked and ready for consumption by September. You can have your say online at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/lookingafter/your where there's even a child-friendly version of the process. 

You can also enter a photo competition on the same page in an interesting sort of 'submit your views in pictorial form' variation with the chance to win prizes if you choose.

Either way, you have until the end of April, 2012, to submit your opinions.

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