|National Parks Expansion is Good News for Cumbria|
|Monday, 08 April 2013 00:00|
Thanks for all your support for our campaign to extend the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Richard Benyon, the Secretary of State for DEFRA announced there will be a public inquiry into extending the parks in June.
After three public consultations, in which the public overwhelmingly voted in favour of extending the two parks, this public inquiry will be the last legal stage before (we hope) the boundaries are confirmed by the government.
The five extension areas in the National Park boundary consultation are:
People had until 16 March 2012 to respond and Friends of the Lake District, supported by many national and local organisations, key national figures and businesses, backed the National Park expansions plans.(1)
Sir Chris Bonington, Vice President of Friends of the Lake District and the Campaign for National Parks, said: "From my home in the North Lakes I am very fortunate to wake up to such a stunningly beautiful place. My climbing career has taken me to many corners of the world, yet I can safely say the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales offer some of the finest landscapes of anywhere. Cumbria's two National Parks are treasures upon which our human spirit and well-being and the local economy inherently depend. We must grasp this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to extend the boundaries of both the Lakes and Dales to what they ought to have been 60 years ago! Please support the proposed extension areas."
Eric Robson, Chairman of Cumbria Tourism and President of The Wainwright Society said: "It's one of the great bits of unfinished business in the British countryside. By bringing the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales together we celebrate the forgotten uplands that lie between the two National Parks. At last they'll get the recognition they deserve."