Here you'll find a selection of our previous achievements as well as current concerns and campaigns
We have a number of Policy Statements outlining our position on issues which we feel are important to the National Park :- Countrysdie Access, Housing, Railways, Minerals, Farming and Forestry - see the links on this page for details.
We are currently campaigning on several issues, and are watching out for future issues in our Emerging issues list. We have had notable successes on various historic issues as below.
As from October 2017 we have started publishing below our comments made to YDNPA on planning applications.
Our Campaigns to Protect the Dales
Protecting/enhancing the YDNP (via Planning Monitoring and Policy development)
Proper funding for the YDNPA
North Craven Quarries/rail
Saving digitally our cultural heritage (“Capturing the Past” HLF project)
Sustainable Communities (“Vibrant Communities” events)
Local Transport (buses, rail…)
Promoting the YDNP as an asset to “The Northern Powerhouse”
Energy (fracking, solar, wind…)
Protecting Green Lanes
Public Rights of Way and Access. (New extended area brings this up the list again)
Traditional (Farm) Building protection
Support for the saving of the Settle to Carlisle line
Setting up of Dales Bus and annual support.
Comments submitted on planning policies
Exchange of letters with YDNPA regarding the relaxation of policy for the conversion of barns.
Comments submitted on planning applications
Campaign to protect Stainforth Pack Horse Bridge. We are working with North Yorkshire Highways, the National Trust (owners of the bridge), Stainforth Parish Council, the National Park Authority, the landowners, and local heritage organisations to protect this historically significant bridge from further damage by vehicles. The photo shows damage inflicted in May 2016. The intention, discussed with relevant parties on 5th Feb 2018, is to have a physical barrier in place at either side of the bridge set at the width of the bridge so that drivers are aware of the narrowness of the structure before they attempt to cross. Most, we expect, would turn around. Barriers have now been installed (Summer 2018) but the design is being "tweaked" so they work most effectively.
Campaign to protect verges
Campaign to reduce quarry traffic
See the video, making the case for the use of rail rather than road for movement of quarry products in Ribblesdale.Road to Rail
Personal accounts of the history and challenges of quarrying in Ribblesdale can be heard here -
Quarry Tales - including comments by FOTD chair Mark Corner. Part of an HLF funded 'Stories in Stone' project led by YDMT.
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 19 January in the lovely village of Hellifield where our walk will include the proposed site of a large commercial leisure "village" which is currently a haven for wildlife, and also watch a beautiful short film about the Dales. All welcome, small charge for non members - see event entries.
There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come.
Join us as a member
Make a donation
Leave a gift in your will
Register as a supporter
Help as a volunteer at our events
Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE
"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".
President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
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