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Stanage Edge put up for sale

Posted 20 April 2011
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Stanage Edge put up for sale
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A popular Peak District location favoured by many climbing gear users may be sold or leased by the cash-strapped national park authority.

The body has revealed it is seeking a partner for Stanage Edge and the Lees Estate, which could involve a lease or even the outright sale of the location, on the east side of the national park.

It said consultations have begun with recreational groups and others, with any disposal of the asset requiring commitments by the new owner or leaseholder to maintain access, conserve the area and prohibit shooting.

Director of operations at the authority Richard Campen said: "We want to find organisations or individuals who could continue to look after the special environment of Stanage and the North Lees estate and build on the good work we have already achieved."

The issue of continued access to public land that has been sold off has been a controversial one of late.

Concerns over this matter led to widespread opposition against recent government plans to sell off Forestry Commission land in England, prompting them to be abandoned.