A call has been made for communities to help shape the Lake District’s future. Seventy-nine parishes are to be contacted by the Lake District National Park Partnership, asking for comment on a far-reaching draft management plan.
The plan contains proposed strategies which will influence the area over the next five years, linked to the current bid for World Heritage inscription. Clive Wickham, the Partnership manager, said it was a great opportunity for the 40 770 residents to get involved:
“These are exceptional times for us. For the first time the management plan becomes an integral part of our World Heritage bid, and we need to know what residents, visitors, businesses, groups and organisations think and want.
“The management plan covers a variety of topics, including landscape, housing, tourism, jobs, water quality, access to services, farming and forestry. In one way or another, these affect everyone living, visiting and working here.
“Feedback will impact on thinking for the Partnership’s 25 organisations to refine the plan. We have made a comprehensive start on the plan, and we are keen to test our thinking.
“Local communities are stewards of the Lake District, and can tell us if we are heading in the right direction with its content, both for a national park and prospective World Heritage site. We look forward to seeing what people have to say, so we can have even greater confidence that our approach is the right one.”
The Partnership represents key public, private and voluntary organisations and businesses. Lord Clark, Partnership chairman, said: “This is a world-first for a management plan.
“It means it is very important that everybody who has a passion for the Lake District, now and in the future, has the opportunity to say what they think is important.”
The final plan will be agreed by the Partnership and submitted to government in spring 2015. The decision on World Heritage is not expected until 2017.
Have your say at: www.lakedistrictpartnership.co.uk/theplan.