Sunday, 24 April 2011

Stanage for sale?

My son found this news item on the UKClimbing website

Stanage Edge, the popular climbing, walking and wildlife area on Sheffield's doorstep, could be leased or sold by the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) to a 'like-minded' body.

and I have since found the original posting on the PDNPA webiste here

Now this may be something or nothing, like the proposed sell off of the forestry, but it's hard to see how the free and open access to Stanage and the North Lees Estate that we currently enjoy is commensurate with the needs another owner would have to raise revenue for its upkeep (or, of course, make a profit).

The Peak District National Park, along with those in the Lakes, Snowdonia and Dartmoor, is 60 years old this year.  Whilst much of the land within the PDNP isn't owned by the authority, it's troubling to learn that some of the most precious areas, which they presumably bought in the first place to conserve, are now to be sold off or leased to private organisations as a result of government spending cuts.

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