Orton Fells extension to YDNP – Crosby Ravensworth Parish Council response

The latest position of  our Parish Council Mar 16, 2012  (post the Feb 28, 2012 consultation meeting in Reagill Village Hall) is that the Council doesn’t oppose the extension of the northern boundary as proposed by Friends of  The Lake District as outlined in the representation of Sleagill Parish Meeting at the Public Inquiry (6 June 2013) .

The public inquiry on landscape designation, 16 June 2013

The public inquiry on landscape designation, 16 June 2013 at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

You can view the map of the proposed extension on p.7 of http://www.lakestodales.info/statements/Lakes-to-Dales-KSG-Statement-Boundaries.pdf

Please see http://www.lakestodales.info for all information pertinent to the inquiry.

Stepping stones by the ford at the north eastern corner of the extension to the area proposed for designation by Friends of the Lake District.

Stepping stones by the ford at the north eastern corner of the extension to the area proposed for designation by Friends of the Lake District.

The Council had been chastened by public remonstration after spontaneously voting on the issue, see letter below:

I expect the minutes from the PC meeting on 9th June are included in this month’s Link, but I would like to make mention of it for all those with an interest in the National Parks review. I understood that the Council would be submitting a response to the latest round of consultation in accordance with their own submission last year. They will not.

Last year, in response to proposals for an extension to the local National Parks, meetings were held in the parish and representations were made to the parish council. Following this process the council took the decision to support the proposed extension and to ask for more of our area, including Reagill and towards Sleagill, to be included.

Natural England have published the latest proposals and are consulting once again. At June’s Parish Council meeting the Chairman introduced the agenda item and reminded council of the original consultation and of the 85% of responses from residents (to Natural England) in favour of inclusion. He then read a draft submission confirming support for inclusion in the NP and giving grounds for inclusion of a greater area.

At this point one councillor wanted to vote on whether “we should be in at all”. The Chairman and Vice Chair both pointed out that “we are way down the road from there” – that decision had already been made. Yet a vote was taken and the result was 4 – 1 against.

I find it astonishing and disappointing that a council can turn a decision on its head without any consultation, without the parish even knowing the decision is to be reviewed and without giving any reason.

Georgina Perkins

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One thought on “Orton Fells extension to YDNP – Crosby Ravensworth Parish Council response

  1. Four members of the Parish Council voted against our Parish being included in the Westmorland extension of the park according to their own views, but we still have permission to use the response already prepared as a model letter to guide people who’d like our area to be included in the park.

    Disappointing, yes, but the fact remains that 85% of the residents in the Orton Fells who responded to Natural England were in favour of being in a National Park and at least we have another well researched model to help our residents who wish Reagill to be included too with their own response to Natural England.

    Please see the previous post for the well-considered model response.

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