NATIONAL PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW 2018-2023 Initial Consultation ‘Your Dales’ July 2017

Mallam Cove

Malham Cove attracts thousands of Visitors each year to view one of the few Peregrines nesting in the National Park

 

Prepared on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan Steering Group

Contents 1. Summary 1 2.

Background and Introduction 2 3.

Overview of responses 3 4.

Questionnaire results 3 5.

Feedback from postcards 6 6.

Email response 6 7.

Extension area feedback 7 8.

Feedback from children 8 9.

Next steps 8 Annex 1 – selection of comments 9 1 1.

Summary

This report sets out the results of public consultation carried out between 22nd May and 3 rd July 2017 on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan steering group.

The aim of the consultation was to gain an insight into the issues that people (residents, visitors and organisations) feel are important for the future of the Park, and to help inform the 5-yearly review of the Management Plan. A particular objective was to engage with stakeholders in the new area of the National Park that was added on the 1 st August 2016.

A number of consultation methods were used. Online and paper questionnaires yielded 540 responses whilst postcards, aimed primarily at visitors to National Park centres, returned 56 responses. Twenty seven emails were returned from organisations and individuals. A total therefore of 623 responses were received.

Consultees were asked three open ended questions;

1. What do you love about the National Park?

2. How do you think the National Park could be improved?

3. What do you think are the three most important issues for the National Park Management Plan to tackle over the next five years?

The headline qualities that most people love about the National Park were:

landscape/scenery;

wildlife; and open spaces

In terms of areas for improvement, there were a wide range of views. The most numerous revolved around:

1. Access opportunities (notably maintenance and improvement of footpaths, access to caves and support for public transport);

2. Community sustainability (particularly more affordable housing for the young, the safeguarding of services and more jobs);

and, 3. Wildlife crime (particularly persecution of birds of prey).

4. Improving biodiversity (in particular by re orientating some upland management practices to better favour wildlife conservation).

The three most commonly mentioned issues to tackle in the new Plan were:

wildlife conservation;

community sustainability;

and, access issues.

Residents consistently pointed to concerns about community sustainability whilst visitors tended to prioritise access and wildlife issues. All respondents shared a similar love of the areas special qualities.

Respondents in the new extension areas commented generally on the same issues as those resident elsewhere in the National Park.

The steering group would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation. The detailed responses will now be used to inform the drafting of the new Management Plan objectives.

 

It was significant that Wildlife Crime (Raptors) scored highly in feedback received from the public within this report

You can read the full 11 pages of this report HERE

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