Chief urges people not to overlook the benefits of the bid

POWER SCHEME: National park chief executive Jim Dixon revealed Chatsworth House's plan to introduce a new hydropower system in the River Derwent.
POWER SCHEME: National park chief executive Jim Dixon revealed Chatsworth House's plan to introduce a new hydropower system in the River Derwent.

Peak Chief Jim Dixon has spoken out on the Pedal Peaks bid in the hope offering some clarity and explaining the benefits the initiative will bring.

While Mr Dixon has apologised for the “regrettably short timescale” partners were under to complete the bid, he is urging people not to let it overshadow the “benefits and opportunity” the project will bring.

“Many national parks will be applying for this funding, not to mention cities like Manchester and London, and we want to make sure that Derbyshire does not miss out,” said Mr Dixon.

He added that many jobs will be created as a result of the investment, tourism revenues will increase, there will be less traffic on the roads and there will be safe cycle links for residents to travel in the area.

Mr Dixon also sends his reassurances that, while some stakeholders were not told of the bid actually being submitted to the Department for Transport, they were aware of the initiative.

He said: “We have letters supporting Pedal Peaks from the vast majority of key figures, including Matlock and Bakewell Town Councils.”