Derwent Valley residents asked their views on historic site

The future of a World Heritage site is in the hands of local people.

Residents who live in and around The Derwent Valley Mills site, which stretches for 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, are being invited to have their say on its future.

To retain its status as a World Heritage Site a new management plan has to be drawn up every five years and an important part of developing the next one due in December is getting local residents, businesses and partner organisations involved.

Derbyshire County Council leader and World Heritage Site chairman Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “Around 45,000 residents live within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and we are very interested to hear their views.

“We will use responses to help us draft the plan which will help to shape the future of this important tourist attraction over the next five years.”

The next management plan is due to be submitted to UNESCO in December 2012 and will run from 2013 to 2018.

Residents are invited to attend the focus group discussion at the Strutts Business and Community Centre, in Derby Road, Belper, on Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.

Light refreshments will be available.

Visitors should confirm their attendance in advance by contacting Fen Jones on 01629 539984 or fen.jones@derbyshire.gov.uk