Parish considers legal action over Pedal Peaks bid blunder

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Members of Rowsley Parish Council are considering taking legal action against the authorities behind a Peak cycle route funding bid, amid concerns over a lack of consultation.

Last week, the Mercury reported that Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority had not told key landowners and certain parish councils about the £7.5 million Pedal Peaks bid to the Department for Transport – until ten days AFTER it was submitted.

A county council spokesperson said time required to assemble the bid “did not permit all of the consultation with stakeholders which would ideally have taken place”.

However, at a meeting of Rowsley Parish Council chair Kath Potter said there were concerns that the action may amount to ‘ malfeasance’ – or improper conduct.

At the meeting on Monday, June 17 – attended by Peak Chief Jim Dixon and two representatives from Derbyshire County Council – Kath Potter announced that independent legal advice “had already been sought”

A spokesperson for Rowsley Parish Council said: “We are still considering any further legal action.”

The Pedal Peaks bid was submittedto the Department for Transport on April 30, 2013.

Peak Rail, who own and rent land the proposed trail will run along, were not told until May 10, 2013.

Rowsley and South Darley Parish Councils were also not told until May 10.