Local resident selected as National Park Authority leader

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Friday 8 July 2011

High Peak Borough Councillor Tony Favell has been re-elected chair of the Peak District National Park Authority at its annual meeting (July 1).

Tony who has lived in Edale for 41 years, is a well-known local figure having founded a solicitors’ practice and building society agency in Hathersage and held community roles including President of Hope Show and President of the Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials Association.

Tony said: “The Peak District is a unique and wonderful place because of the way it has been looked after by generations of people living and working here, particularly its farmers.

“I am keen to encourage Authority members to work more closely with local communities and improve communications particularly over issues such as planning and 4x4s in the countryside.”

Tony joined the Authority in May 2007 and became Deputy Chair in June 2010, before being elected chair in March following the retirement of Narendra Bajaria.

Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, Jim Dixon, said: “Tony brings national experience from his time as an MP for Stockport and understands the local area through being a High Peak Borough Councillor and former Edale parish councillor. I look forward to working with him over the coming year.”

The Authority re-elected Mr Geoff Nickolds as its deputy chair. He is the member representative for access and recreation and chair of the Moors for the Future Partnership.

The Authority also elected new committee leaders:

  • Chair of planning isJohn Herbert, a parish representative from Sheldon. Vice-chair is Paul Ancell, appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • Chair of audit, resources and performance is Christopher Pennell, appointed by the Secretary of State. Vice-chair is Derbyshire County councillor Garry Purdy, from Matlock.

The Authority welcomed eight new members, all local councillors: David Chapman and Janet Goodison, Derbyshire Dales District Council; Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council; Peter Raynes, Cheshire East Borough Council; Harold Laws, N.E Derbyshire District Council; Janet Bragg, Sheffield City Council; Christopher Furness, Bradwell Parish Council; Andrew McCloy, Youlgreave Parish Council.

Tony paid tribute to members who had left the Authority: councillors Trevor Bagshaw, Jacque Bevan, Chris Carr, Pat Coleman, Tracy Critchlow, Hilda Gaddum, Chris Pearson, Dorothy Ward and David Woodhead.

The authority’s members are made up of:

  • Six parish members, who are parish councillors or chairs of parish meetings, who represent people living in parishes across the national park.
  • 16 borough, district, city or county councillors who represent people living in communities that make up the national park area.
  • Eight members who are appointed by the Secretary of State to represent national interests and for their particular specialism in an area, such as cultural heritage, biodiversity or planning issues.

Further information about members and their role can be found at

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