Help decide future of popular Peak District beauty spot

Mary Bagley, of Hathersage.

Mary Bagley, of Hathersage.

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The authority charged with looking after a countryside beauty spot on the outskirts of Sheffield is calling on the public to help it shape an action plan to safeguard the area’s future.

The Peak District National Park Authority is urging people to come forward to share their ideas for the North Lees area, which includes Stanage Edge.

A meeting will be held at Hathersage Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 29, from 2pm to 5pm, for those interested in sharing their views.

The authority is working with Stanage Forum, a voluntary group of local people, to create a new management plan for the area which will cover the next decade.

Mary Bagley, from the national park authority and a resident of Hathersage, said: “We would encourage anyone who is interested in this beautiful area to come along to the meeting and to get involved with the plan.

“This is about creating a new vision that will guide us over the next 10 years.

“Help us to start this process off by giving us your suggestions.

“This estate is special to millions of people in many different ways.

“It has a world-class climbing edge, rich natural habitats, a working farm, woodlands, a campsite, historic buildings, archaeological sites and some of the most spectacular views in the UK.

“We want to hear why it is important to people, what issues people think that the estate will face over the next 10 years, and also how we can work together to sustain the estate environmentally, recreationally and financially to give it the best possible future.”

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