The Peak District is an area of natural beauty at the heart of the nation and surrounded by cities. It is the lungs of Stockport, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham.
Within the Peak District are the joint parishes of Derwent and Hope Woodlands. They are situated at the southern end of the acidic moorland known as the Dark Peak.
Within the parishes are the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden dams and their reservoirs. They characterise an area known as the Upper Derwent Valley. It is a special place, a gateway giving access to the surrounding moorland for walkers, bridle ways for cyclists and horse riders and walks around the reservoirs for those less adventurous.
The parish council’s aims are:
To preserve the character of the joint parishes
To protect the parishes with respect to the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment
To protect existing areas of high quality habitats such SSSIs
To promote biodiversity
To protect the farmland, countryside, moorland and woodland
To engage positively in the protection and improvement of the natural environment within the means of the council.
To work together with the residents in a away that will benefit wildlife, landscapes, people and natural resources for a sustainable future
To promote an understanding of the area to visitors
To encourage use of St Henrys hall as a centre for celebration
To promote ethnic and religious inclusion
To respect the 9 Protected Characteristics as covered by the Equality Act. These are age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity
To safeguard the prosperity of local inns
To reduce the negative impact (volume, speed, safety and parking) of traffic
To encourage more sustainable forms of transport
To consider the welfare of all the residents and community wellbeing
To encourage a community spirit and community participation
To listen to and to value the opinions of the community which the PC serves, thus enabling residents to be involved in decision making and future development plans which will affect their environment or lives.
To engage in open dialogue with all residents to understand their needs and concerns and seek ways of assisting in meeting them.
To be a strong voice to represent residents views
To keep residents informed about the work undertaken by the Parish Council and about local issues.
To be open and transparent in all aspects of its operation
The decisions made by the community today and represented by the parish council will determine the areas future sustainability