The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) wants to hear from all of us about what it should be calling for at the next Westminster election in 2015. What should CNP include in its manifesto for national parks?
Here are some questions from CNP to get you started, but don’t feel you must answer them, they are merely to stimulate thought. You should say what you want to say.
- We all know that national parks are a great thing, but what do we want our national parks to look like and be delivering by 2049?
- Some say our national parks are losing their special qualities of remoteness and tranquillity as a result of changes in society and the many demands placed on them. Is the current protection offered by legislation (interpreted by the National Planning Policy Framework) enough, and if not, what should it be?
- Are there ways in which more funding could be made available to help support national parks, particularly to resource land management and habitat creation, what are your ideas?
- Some of us are lucky enough to live near a national park, or have the means of getting to one easily. Do our national parks provide enough opportunities for everyone to enjoy them, regardless of their background, circumstances or means, and if not, what should be done?
- Are there other areas that you think we should protect with national park designation, and if so, which ones and why?
You can contribute by tweeting #NationalParksMyView or visit Facebook.
So here are my thoughts. I want to see the natural beauty of our finest areas championed, protected and appreciated by government. National parks and their borderlands should be no-go areas for developers. The park authorities should have the funding and support they need to fulfil their statutory purposes. And the public paths and access land in the parks should be exemplary.
It may be unrealistic in the current climate—but CNP did ask!