RESIDENTS and visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park have just nine days to have their say on how they would like to see the park develop in the future.
Last chance for residents to have say on
National Park's future
The park authority, the YDNPA, has been involved in one of the longest consultation exercises in its 50-year history to gather information of how the general public feels the park should progress in the future.
It is not an easy process: there are some people who think that there should be no development at all whereas the other camp, mainly long-standing local residents, who would like to see more small businesses to create jobs and more low-cost housing for low wage earners.
Whatever the view, the deadline for opinions is next Wednesday. August 9. With all submissions in, park members and officials will begin the delicate balancing act of incorporating them into a draft blue-print already drawn up in cooperation with local councils and English Nature.
Carl Lis, the YDNPA's Chairman, stressed it was a blueprint for the future of the national park - not just for the park authority.
"It is very important that people have the chance to make any comments and observations about the plan because it affects a huge number of people," he said. "In drawing up the plan, we hope we have already taken into account the things people have been telling us in recent years.
In drawing up the plan, we hope we have already taken into account the things people have been telling us in recent years
Carl Lis - YDNPA Chairman
"But we hope people will take advantage of the last few days of consultation to tell us whether they think we have got it right."
The plan focuses on how to conserve and enhance the National Park and how to enable people to appreciate and enjoy its special qualities and it covers subjects like tourism, nature conservation, support for farming and affordable housing.
Copies are available on the YDNPA website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk or by contacting the Authority on 0870 1 66633.