William Wragg MP has joined the new All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Peak District.
The APPG will bring together Parliamentarians and conservationists to discuss and raise awareness of the Peak District and seek ways to improve the area. Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA), attended the inaugural meeting.
Going forward, the APPG will put together a work programme to open discussion around the challenges facing the national park and the businesses and communities based in the area. The first evidence session of the APPG will investigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the future of sustainable and accessible transport.
Robert Largan MP, Chair of the APPG, commented: “The Peak District is truly a special place. As High Peak’s MP, I feel a deep responsibility to help conserve this precious environmental asset for future generations. This cross-party group provides an exciting opportunity to enable greater cooperation between parliamentarians, conservationists, and the national park, backing a green recovery from coronavirus.”
Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the PDNPA, commented: “Britain’s family of national parks cover ten per cent of England, conserving the landscape, beauty, and nature of our countryside. This has been a challenging year for the Peak District, but we are working hard to deliver for the local area. I am looking forward to working with this APPG to support green investment, outdoor activities, and the welfare of local businesses and communities.”
William commented: "We are incredibly lucky to live on the edge of the Peak District, and it is right that a group in Parliament has been established to promote this part of the world. Not without challenges, especially when it comes to climate change, I look forward to working with this cross-party board of MPs to look at ways we can promote a sustainable future for the Peak District."