Public urged to take part in Yorkshire Dales National Park consultation

Almost 900 people have so far responded to the first public consultation on a new five-year management plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

An appeal is now being made for more people to take part, as the online survey closes on Monday.

People are asked to choose what they think is the most important issue that needs tackling in the national park, from a list of 18 potential priorities.

The list mixes social, business and environmental programmes, ranging from supporting the tourism economy to improving resilience to flooding.

The survey is being conducted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan Partnership, which is updating its management plan to cover the period 2025 to 2029.

The deputy chair of the partnership, Neil Heseltine, said: “We are delighted with the engagement so far in the survey, but it would be great if more people could take time out this weekend to complete it.

“We want to hear from anyone with an interest in what happens in the National Park.

“What do you think should be the top six priorities for organisations working in the national park, including a number one priority?

“That’s the question we are asking. Anything not on the list of 18 can be suggested, too.”

He added: “This is not about telling only the national park authority what you want to happen.

“The management plan will help shape what the local councils, the Forestry Commission, Natural England and lots of other bodies will be doing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park during the rest of this decade.”

Click here to take part in the consultation.