Press release

New members wanted for National Park Authorities

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Two vacancies in the New Forest, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales NPAs and one vacancy in the Peak District and South Downs NPAs and the Broads Authority.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, has announced her intention to appoint new members to five National Park Authorities (NPAs) and to the Broads Authority. 

There will be two vacancies in the New Forest, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales NPAs and one vacancy in the Peak District and South Downs NPAs and the Broads Authority.

The Secretary of State appoints members to reflect the national importance placed on these bodies, with responsibility for conservation, recreation, planning, access, land management and resources as well as reflecting both local and national interests.  

The appointments will commence in May 2012, or as soon after as practical, and are initially for up to four years with the option of re-appointment for a total period of up to eight years. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women and young people. 

Application forms and further details are available on-line at http://publicappts.defra.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&Itemid=13  or from Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH  (telephone 0300 060 2745) or e-mail boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk .

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 13 February 2012.

For more information about NPAs go to www.defra.gov.uk/rural/national-parks/ .

Contacts for inquiries are:

Broads Authority John Organ 01603 756073

New Forest NPA David Stone 01590 646645

North York Moors NPA Fiona Farnell 01439 770657

Peak District NPA Jason Spencer 01629 816344

South Downs NPA Fiona Macleod 01730 811141

Yorkshire Dales NPA Lesley Knevitt 01969 652326