National Park Authority re-elects local councillor as leader

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Friday 6 July 2012

The Peak District National Park Authority unanimously re-elected High Peak borough councillor Tony Favell as chair at its annual meeting (July 6).

Cllr Favell, who has lived in Edale for 42 years, is a former MP for Stockport who founded a solicitors’ practice in Hathersage and is a former president of Hope Show and the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Association.

Originally elected to the chair in March 2011, Cllr Favell said: “I’m very grateful to have been re-elected.  Having lived and worked in the national park since I was 30 I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else because to me it’s the best place in the world.

“It’s not just about the wonderful landscape, it’s the people who live and work here that make it what it is. I want to make it my business in the coming year to encourage many more young people to take advantage of the opportunities we have here.

“It’s going to be a tough time for them over the next few years, but there’s so much adventure and opportunity for learning in the national park that we should encourage them as much as we can.”

Unanimously re-elected deputy chair was Geoff Nickolds, a member appointed by the Defra Secretary of State for his expertise in conservation, recreation management and access to the countryside.

Mr Nickolds spent 20 years managing such issues within the national park for Severn Trent Water. From Nottingham, he is also chair of the Moors for the Future Partnership which is restoring large swathes of the Dark Peak moorland.

The Authority elected a new chair and vice-chair of its planning committee.

Chair is Cllr Lesley Roberts, a parish representative who lives in the national park at Upper Hulme in Staffordshire. Cllr Roberts is a retired maths and English tutor, a Leekfrith parish councillor and former Macclesfield borough councillor.  She has been the Authority’s representative for people and communities since 2009.

The new vice-chair of planning is Cllr Judith Twigg, a Derbyshire County Council representative from Bakewell who also sits on Derbyshire Dales District Council. Cllr Twigg has been an Authority member since 1992.

Authority chair Cllr Favell welcomed the new appointments and also paid tribute to Cllr John Herbert, who resigned as chair, and to his former vice-chair Paul Ancell for the quality of their leadership, especially during a time of great change in the planning service. “We hope we may long continue to have the benefit of your wisdom and experience,” said Cllr Favell.

Re-elected chair of the audit, resources and performance committee was Christopher Pennell, a former National Trust director for the East Midlands and board member of Natural England who lives close to the national park border in Sheffield. Mr Pennell was a top manager in the coal industry and chairs the Heritage Lottery Fund’s East Midlands committee.

Re-elected as vice-chair of audit, resources and performance was Cllr Garry Purdy, a Derbyshire County Council representative from Cromford. A former policeman, Cllr Purdy is also a Derbyshire Dales district councillor and sits on the committees of many local organisations, including the Arkwright Society and the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail partnership.

The Authority welcomed several new members including Cllr Doug Birkinshaw of Barnsley, Cllr Nicola Turner of Kirklees, Cllr Philip Wood of Sheffield, Cllr Hilda Gaddum from Cheshire East, Cllr Barrie Taylor (representing Derbyshire County Council) from Whaley Bridge. They had previously welcomed new Secretary of State appointees Robert Helliwell, from Edale, and Frances Beatty from Stafford.

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