Cleveland Hills are jewel in North York Moors, protect them – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Harry Mead, Great Broughton, Stokesley.

Roseberry Topping is emblematic of the North York moors. Photo: Ian Day.

FROM your report of the imminent retirement of Andy Wilson, the chief executive of the North York Moors National Park (The Yorkshire Post, June 20), I was intrigued to learn that among the changes during his 20 years at the helm is that the park now “works with the wider area as well”. He instanced Malton, seven miles outside the park.

Some years ago, at one of the park authority’s area public forums, I raised concern about encroaching development on the park’s northern perimeter, where the boundary is very tightly drawn against the dramatic escarpment of the Cleveland Hills.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

I urged the park to seek to establish a protective buffer zone for this magnificent feature, which carries the Cleveland Way, a premier national trail, and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk, a magnet for tourists worldwide despite still being denied official recognition.

Is enough being done to protect the North York Moors from encroachment? Photo: James Hardisty.

In fact such a buffer was originally intended for the park but was abandoned through powerful farming opposition.

At the area forum, I was firmly told the park had enough to do within its boundaries.

Since then, however, while the Dales and the Lakes national parks have expanded to enfold a little-visited region facing no serious threat, pressure along the northern rim of the Moors, from industry, leisure and housing, has persisted with little check.

It must be hope that Mr Wilson’s successor will recognise that safeguarding the setting of the Cleveland Hills – the setting, some would say of the jewel in the crown – merits far greater priority than forging ‘foodie’ links with Malton.

Long term, the degradation of the Cleveland escarpment, from which the views out are as vital to enjoyment as the views in, could imperil the Moors’ status as a national park.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson