26th October 2018

CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is encouraging his constituents to take part in a major national review into the future of our country’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the review is the first opportunity in 70 years for the public to have such a significant role in shaping their future, with comments sought on issues such as environmental protections, public transport access, housing and jobs.

The nation’s 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks cover a quarter of England’s land and are home to over 2.3 million people. They also generate over £20 billion for the rural economy, and support 75,000 jobs.

Mr Stride, whose Central Devon constituency includes much of Dartmoor including its largest towns, said:

“The future of our National Parks and AONB are hugely important, including ensuring the businesses operating within them can succeed, the residents who live within them have access to essential services and that local wildlife populations are protected. Within the past six weeks I have held meetings within Dartmoor on affordable housing, healthcare, social care and the challenges facing the rural economy and productivity. Residents will no doubt have views on these issues and others such as broadband and mobile phone coverage and this is a great opportunity for those with ideas or concerns to have their say.”

Responses can be given individually by members of the public or by groups or organisations, by visiting and searching for ‘national park review’.


Notes to Editors

Photo: Mel recently holding a meeting at Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey on the how to boost the rural economy and improve productivity.

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