North Yorkshire: A map of tranquility
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Licence No. 100018881
THE CAMPAIGN to protect England's fast-declining areas of peace and quiet - which include large areas of the Yorkshire Dales - reaches Parliament this week, backed up by the issue today of new so-called "tranquillity maps."
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has been pressuring the Government for two years to bring in new laws to enforce peace and quiet in areas like the Dales, which in a massive survey last year came third in the national peace and quiet stakes after parts of Cumbria and Northumberland.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), John Penrose, Conservative MP for Westom-super-Mare will introduce a Ten Minute Bill in the House of Commons calling on the Government to "systematically" map areas of tranquillity so that they can be protected for the future.
Mr Penrose, who also has the backing of Labour and Liberal MPs, says: "Existing planning policy pays lip service to the principal of protecting tranquillity. Unless we act now, it will be too late. We must protect our existing havens and guarantee that tranquillity doesn't become an obscure footnote in history."
Although I don't live in the Dales I go there every week to escape from the noise and pollution of city living. For many years they have provided a respite for the soul. Unfortunately these days this escape is increasingly diminished by the intrusion of trail bikes and 4x4s recreational vehicles tearing up the tracks and making unwarranted noise in the Dales. I now look for areas where this disturbance is not present so I can find my respite. These areas should be fully protected from this sort of activity.
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