'Stand Up For Stanage' Say the BMC
by Tina Gardner - BMC Aug/2013
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) are worried about the future of Stanage Edge, and they're calling on climbers, walkers and everybody with a love for Stanage to sign a petition to help safeguard it. Here's Tina Gardner of the BMC with more:
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.
A busy Stanage High Neb
© Alan James
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 Beech 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 Stanage; a 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 the 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.
UKC News, Aug 2013
© Kerry Cooper
Please support the charter by signing the petition
| Forums ( Read More... | 36 comments, 19 Sep 2013 )|
|Great vid Guy (& Mark, & anyone else who helped out - must have been at least a couple of cameramen or at least several repeats of some routes?) It's really good to see a video of easier routes that makes you...|
Si dH - 08 Sep 2013
on the theme of enjoying Stanage just the way it is I made this video, if anyone is bored this fine Sunday evening please do have a watch (maybe not if you're wanting to onsight FBD though) http://vimeo.com/73642459
GuyVG - 08 Sep 2013
Well part of the problem is that the National Park once engaged more fully with its public and other stakeholders, through bodies like the Stanage Forum; then that stopped. No news in such a sense is clearly not good...
Offwidth - 05 Sep 2013
|my support faded as soon as I saw the bit about no shooting rights to be exercised. Secondly - as an article this is crap as someone else has already pointed out here, what is the threat in the first place? Poor...|
Mungo Shuntobox - 04 Sep 2013
The UKC logbook system has recorded 230,000 ascents at Stanage, as opposed to 28,000 for Almscliff, or 280,000 for the whole of Scotland. Even accounting for the fact that people will make more ascents per visit than at...
Chris the Tall - 03 Sep 2013
Story on East Midlands today at half ten (ish) for the (relatively) local. Slightly bizarre, as Sheffield gets different news, but the Peak tends to get EME coverage also iplayer now from teatime ...
toad - 03 Sep 2013
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