New member sought for Peak District National Park Authority

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Monday 14 September 2009

14 September 2009

New member sought for Peak District National Park Authority

Applications are being sought for a new member to sit on the governing body of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn is looking for suitably-qualified candidates to take over when existing member, Anne Ashe, completes her term of office in March 2010.

Members are the equivalent of councillors in local authorities. They form the governing body of the Peak District National Park Authority and are responsible for:

  • setting policies and priorities
  • ensuring resources are well used and
  • money is well spent.

The 30-strong membership is made up of 16 people appointed by local district, borough, metropolitan or county councils and 14 by the Secretary of State - eight for their specialist knowledge and six to represent parish councils.

The vacancy is among those with specialist knowledge of national park or regional issues.

Applicants with experience in strategic planning that includes a good understanding of the role of national parks in regional and national planning systems or in strategic transport planning issues are particularly welcomed.

They will be expected to reflect national interests in their decision-making while understanding and connecting with the local area.

The appointment will initially be for four years - starting in April 2010 - with the option of re-appointment for a period of up to ten years.  

Successful candidates receive an allowance, plus expenses and travel costs to meetings. Members are expected to commit at least two or three days to the authority each month.

Applications are particularly encouraged from young people, women, disabled people and ethnic minorities.

National park authorities are responsible for planning in their area, and work to conserve and enhance its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. They also help promote understanding and enjoyment of national parks through education, information, free guided walks and ensuring access to rights of way.

Application forms and further information can be found online at

Alternatively, applicants can ring Mel Sherwood on 0300 060 0588, email or write to Mel Sherwood, Natural England, 1 East Parade, Sheffield, S1 2ET.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 October.

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