Dorset enthusiastic, Diviani more worried about losing control of assets and Clinton Devon Estates (a big landowner) now running things on our side of the border – chances of an East Devon and Dorset National Park? Less than zero.
“The Government has said it is minded to support a move to two unitary local authorities in place of the present nine Dorset councils. How would the proposed Dorset National Park work with a possible new unitary system?
The National Park would be an asset and a valued partner for any future councils, under existing or possible new arrangements, helping to deliver a shared agenda for a successful, thriving and healthy Dorset, and benefitting our communities, economy and environment. As Purbeck District Council noted this summer, a Dorset National Park can help to keep Purbeck special. Within any new unitary system, a National Park would increase the representation, voice and influence of rural Dorset and its communities. …”
Meanwhile, here in East Devon:
“It has been suggested that the area might secure some £10million of annual central government funding with more than 90 per cent of this being invested in the local economy.”
Responding to the question, council leader Paul Diviani stated that EDDC is not directly involved in the proposals and awaits further consultation as it progresses through the process of consideration.
When asked if he agrees with claims that a national park would bring significant economic benefits to the district, Cllr Diviani said: “National parks and AONBs are not about making money. The AONBS are much more localised than national parks ever can be.
“It is an opportunistic type of approach that people in Dorset are taking about our assets here in East Devon.”
The Dorset and East Devon National Park Team behind the bid claims the new status is the ‘natural next step’ to protect the area’s greatest asset.”
AND now even more unlikely:
“An East Devon landowner is set to play a significant part in the future of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Clinton Devon Estates, which owns and manages 25,000 acres of land across Devon, has pledged its support to the Jurassic Coast Trust which is taking over the management of the 95-mile stretch of world heritage coastline, from Devon and Dorset county councils this July.
The landowner is joining the Trust as one of four Lead Business Partners, currently the only partner in Devon alongside three based in Dorset, and will pledge £3,000 per year to the charity, helping to safeguard its future.”