News release15 October 2012
New member sought to help govern Peak District National Park
People are invited to apply to be a member of the Peak District National Park Authority’s governing body for the next four years.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson is inviting applications from suitably-qualified candidates to take over when current member, Roger Clarke, comes to the end of his four-year appointment in March 2013.
People with experience of working with the voluntary sector, young people and strategic planning are particularly welcomed to apply.
There are 30 Authority members who take strategic policy decisions on conservation, recreation, access, land management, planning and resources, as well as dealing with planning applications throughout the Peak District National Park.
The Authority has responsibilities to look after the national park for the nation as well as for local communities, so the successful candidate will be expected to reflect both national and local interests.
Twenty-two of the Authority members are councillors from parish, district, borough, city or county councils within the national park, and eight are appointed by the Secretary of State for their specialist knowledge – this vacancy is for one of these seats.
The appointment will initially be for four years from April 2013, with the option of re-appointment for a total of up to eight years.
Members are entitled to claim an allowance, expenses and travel-costs to meetings, and they are expected to commit two or three days to the Authority per month. Applications are encouraged from younger people, disabled people and ethnic minorities.
Application forms and further details are available online at http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/national-parks/ or from Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield S3 8NH (tel. 0300 060 2745 or email: email@example.com )
Defra is currently recruiting for new members of six National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and two Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards.
The deadline for applications is Friday November 16.