This is an archived press release
Monday 18 October 2004
18 October 2004
Peak District National Park Authority welcomes new members
A Kirklees and an Oldham councillor have been welcomed as new members of the Peak District National Park Authority.
They are Andrew Marchington, a Liberal Democrat councillor on Kirklees Metropolitan Council since June, and Olwen Chadderton, a Labour member of Oldham Metropolitan Council.
Cllr Marchington, 37, a teacher from Golcar, in the Colne Valley near Huddersfield, has family roots in the Peak District dating back to the 13th century and still has relatives in the area.
"I love visiting the Peak District with my wife Rosemary and young sons Jake and Harry," he said. "I'm a keen walker and I also have fond memories of the Park from school visits. I'm keen to help conserve such an environmentally-significant part of the country."
He is especially interested in issues affecting local communities and the rural economy, and has already been appointed young people's champion for the National Park Authority.
Cllr Chadderton, a retired receptionist at a large engineering company, is also interested in protecting the environment. "In my own area I helped a campaign against telecoms masts on a 130-year-old mill, and I'm also very concerned about reducing traffic congestion," she said.
A grandmother with a son in the police and a daughter in the NHS, she lives in Royton, where she is also chair of Royton North branch of the Labour party.
The councillors replace retiring members Ann Denham and Judith Heyes on the 38-strong decision-making body of the National Park Authority. This comprises 20 local community representatives and 18 appointed by the Government - 10 for their environmental expertise and eight from parish councils.
Consultations are now being carried out by Defra on streamlining the Authority's
membership to 30 by 2007.