The BMC is calling on climbers, walkers and everybody with a love for Stanage Edge, Derbyshire, to sign a petition to help safeguard its future.
UPDATE: On 20 September 2013, The Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) decided to retain ownership and management of Stanage Edge and the North Lees Estate. Read more here. The BMC will be encouraging the PDNPA to manage the North Lees Estate in line with the principles set out in our charter below which has been signed by over 13,000 people. Thank you to everyone who has signed our petition
Stanage is the most popular crag in Britain – maybe in the world – and a classic walking destination for millions of people who visit the Peak District every year. But decisions are being made that could change it significantly – and we need your help to state our case.
Right now, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) is deciding the future of the North Lees Estate, which contains a large proportion of Stanage Edge and the surrounding moorland. The PDNPA is short of money and wants to generate more income from North Lees. We are concerned that could become its priority, over and above conservation and freedom of access.
Stanage was all but given to the PDNPA in the early 1970s by General Sir Hugh Beach on the understanding the estate would always be somewhere everyone could enjoy quiet recreation. We fear such freedoms could be threatened if the PDNPA tries to develop the estate’s commercial potential – an estate acquired with public money for public benefit.
We're asking people to Stand up for Stanage by signing our petition
calling on the PDNPA to acknowledge and accept our Stanage Charter (below).
There has been no recent public consultation on the future of this public land, yet the PDNPA seems set to make far reaching decisions without having set out a sustainable vision for this iconic landscape. The nearby Eastern Moors Partnership is an excellent template for involving the public and setting out a plan for the future. The PDNPA is missing the opportunity to use it.
So the BMC is offering its own charter for the future management of Stanage – whoever owns it. We are asking you to sign up to it so we can make the voices of all who care about Stanage heard by National Park Authority.
The nine points of the Stanage Charter are:
This publicly-owned estate must be retained forever for everyone. It should never be fragmented.
North Lees Estate is on Open Access Land. Any commercial enterprise must not impede the spirit of access for all.
Key stakeholders – recreational users and the local community – must be consulted before decisions are made. There must be transparency in decision-making.
Caring for conservation, wildlife and landscape is paramount. There need be no conflict between this, adventure activity and quiet enjoyment.
People value Stanage as a wild area kept free from intrusive developments. This must be safeguarded.
The cultural and archaeological heritage of Stanage must be preserved.
Any revenue raised from the estate should be reinvested in the landscape.
Shooting rights should not be exercised.
The local economy relies on preservation of these values and open access.
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