From: Peter Charlesworth, Chairman, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Leyburn.
Julie Wyatt highlights the need for a supply of well-paid jobs within the National Park, especially in IT (The Yorkshire Post, January 19). I couldn’t agree more. In fact, the policies of the National Park Authority and its partners – set out in the National Park Management Plan – strongly encourage such businesses.
Why would they not when they are exactly the sort of low-impact jobs that are suited to one of the finest landscapes in England?
I would suggest that the current lack of such jobs has more to do with the fact that, for years, the private telecoms companies have put profit above service and left most of the National Park – and most remote rural areas generally – without the high-speed broadband needed to support those jobs.
That is why North Yorkshire Country Council, with the full support of both National Park Authorities, is leading the country in driving forward the roll-out of superfast broadband across rural North Yorkshire.