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Protect our National Parks

January 3, 2013
The protected status of National Parks is under threat.  Please sign our e-petition to show your support for keeping our National Parks safe.

HM Government E-petition

The protected status of National Parks is under threat. Please sign our e-petition to show your support for keeping our National Parks safe.
National Parks are designated to provide protection to our most beautiful and cherished landscapes. They provide spaces for nature and people to thrive and connect.  We believe they should be protected and enhanced for people to experience and enjoy.
The Government has recently presented the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which includes proposals to suspend the protection afforded to National Parks for the installation of broadband infrastructure, mainly through the installation of overhead telecoms cables, for a period of five years.
The Government claims that the current protection is delaying the installation of broadband, but they have failed to demonstrate that this is the case. On the contrary, there are plenty of examples of how superfast broadband is being delivered to the most remote locations in ways that are sympathetic to the environment and our most precious landscapes.
We are calling on the Government to remove Clause 8 from the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.  The proposal represents a dangerous precedent, and implies that protective designations are only for when times are good.  We believe that during the tough times, those of pressure and uncertainly, that the protection of National Parks is more important than ever. The Bill is progressing quickly through the parliamentary process, already in the House of Lords, and we need your urgent support to ensure new laws removing National Park protection are not passed.  We want to stop the installation of unnecessary and unsightly overhead telecoms cabling in National Parks.
Communities have worked closely with regulators over many years to fund and implement programmes to underground unsightly overhead power lines.  Ofgem has recently announced £500m to underground electricity transmission lines in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and £60m has already been allocated to putting electricity distribution lines underground.   The Government’s proposals are a false economy.  Resources saved now represent huge costs for future generations to repair the damage.
If you feel the same way we do, please sign our e-petition here.
There are a number of other things you could do to support our campaign:
1. Post a link to our e-petition on your social networks or blog. 2. Forward this email to people that you know, who will want to help too. 3. Raise the issue with your local Member of Parliament.
You can find out more information on this issue here.

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