Nearly three years ago, the Commission's National Parks Review Panel under the chairmanship of Professor Ron Edwards, said in its report, 'Fit for the Future', that the establishment of independent authorities for each national park was vital to their future welfare. Now the Bill, to be introduced by Lord Norrie, a Vice-President of the Council for National Parks, will give that recommendation a major boost, says the Commission.
Roger Clarke, the Commission's Director of Policy, said: 'We see this as an important step along the road to implementing the Edwards report. It is vital to have these authorities in place before any changes in local government structure. Independence will give new confidence and momentum at a time when it will be most needed.'