Better Tourism not more Tourism?
Given the pressure on the SMDC to build a Core Strategy, and a Master plan based largely on the uncertain basis of tourism, what then should be the way forward?
It is clear to anyone taking the time and effort to visit the tourist ‘hot spots’ that are characterised in the current version of the Churnet Valley Master Plan as ‘Key attraction and opportunity sites’ [see Masterplan Options report ] that on any weekend during the main holiday periods, weekends etc., these ‘hot-spots’ are already heavily oversubscribed with the result that the localities in which they are situated are already being degraded. Evidence in support of this assertion is contained in traffic census and photographic records annexed to the WAG Alternative Masterplan. WAG supports:-