Peak bosses fight government plans

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THE Peak District National Park Authority is contesting plans to change governance arrangements for the country’s national parks.

The authority has responded to a three-month public consultation by Defra after seeking the views of locals.

Defra wants to cut the number of Park Authority members but the authority is against the plans.

The authority has 30 members - 16 councillors from the park’s constituent councils and six from the parish councils. Eight are selected for relevant expertise.

The Peak District National Park Authority took into consideration the views of more than 50 local people, councils and organisations.

Issues raised included the size of the authority, direct elections for local members, more locally-based members, greater accountability, better communication and concerns over planning and ‘off-roading’.

Defra is considering all the responses to its public consultation and will make a final decision on any changes by the end of March.