This is an archived press release
Friday 14 September 2012
Tributes have been paid to John Herbert who has decided to leave the Peak District National Park Authority after nine years as a member.
John, who is chair of Sheldon Parish Meeting, was elected three times by parish councils in the Peak District National Park to represent the views of local people and parishes on the authority.
During his time he held a number of roles including being chair of the planning committee, the audit and performance committee, the Peak District Interpretation Partnership and the Sustainable Development Fund panel.
The retired journalism professor attended his last meeting today (Friday 14 September), although officially stands down from his position at the end of September. Councillor Patrick Brady, from Taddington and Priestcliffe Parish Council, is expected to be formally announced as his replacement soon.
Councillor Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “John has been a leading voice in ensuring the views of residents and local businesses are heard and acted on when decisions are made.
“John also championed the importance of good communications with local people on all areas of the authority’s work but particularly about planning issues.
“I know I speak on behalf of all the members in saying we are going to miss him and the contribution he makes to the national park.”
Authority members and staff joined John for a presentation during today’s planning committee to thank him for his work over the years. He will also receive a picture of the Peak District National Park taken by the authority’s photographer.
Speaking after the presentation John said: “It has been a wonderful time and I have felt immensely privileged and proud to be part of so many things that the authority has done.
“In particular I have always championed good communications between the authority and local communities as the local communities have been upmost in my mind at all times, particularly in planning matters.
“I have very much enjoyed everything I have done, particularly in helping to move planning forward to another level.”