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Roaches lease decision 'the best choice'

Posted 29 November 2011
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Roaches lease decision 'the best choice'
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The choice of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust as the new leaseholders for the Roaches estate is the best one to meet the aims of the Peak District National Park Authority, the head of the body responsible for awarding the 125-year deal has said.

Chair of the authority's audit, resources and performance committee Christopher Pennell said that of the three bids received, the trust's plans are the most suited to "help achieve national park purposes by enabling people to enjoy and learn about this special area".

The 395-hectare estate was taken over by the authority in 1980 and includes areas popular with those coming with their backpacks to walk or climbing shoes to take on its crags.

Under the agreement, this access will be maintained by the trust, which also aims to improve conservation efforts, biodiversity and the involvement of local residents in the running of the area.

The national park has undertaken the move due to cuts in its grant, which have also seen it seeking a partner to help it keep its toilets in Dovedale open.