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Yorkshire Dales expansion faces Lancastrian opposition

Posted 26 September 2011
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Yorkshire Dales expansion faces Lancastrian opposition
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Plans to extend the Yorkshire Dales National Park including into part of Lancashire - are facing opposition from a councillor in the red rose county, something that those who like to go walking in the area may have mixed views about.

Natural England will decide this week on plans to widen the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks, but Lancashire County councillor for Lancaster Rural East Susie Charles told the Daily Telegraph incorporating Lack Fell would be an expansion too far.

She said: "The people here want to keep their own identity and by joining up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park they will loose that."

The paper also quoted leader of the North Yorkshire County Council John Weighell as opposing the plans, suggesting the westward extension into more of Cumbria would include hills of a "different character" to those inside the current boundaries.

Part of Cumbria is in the Yorkshire Dales because of county boundary changes in 1974, with the original national park boundary linked with the border between Yorkshire and Westmorland.

In creating the county of Cumbria, the 1974 changes ended Lancashire's claim to include some of the Lake District.
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