A Pooley Bridge land agent looking to put something back into his community has become the latest member to join the Lake District National Park.
Tasked with balancing the needs of people living, working and visiting England’s largest national park, Miles MacInnes was appointed by the Environment Secretary of State to serve as a member for a four year term.
Raised in Watermillock on the shores of Ullswater, Miles will be working on planning, resources and rights of way issues in the Lake District.
Miles says: “I feel very lucky to live in this wonderful area and to be able to wake up every day looking over Ullswater towards the Helvellyn range. I am passionate about the Lake District and welcome the opportunity to ‘put something back’ after living and working here all my life.
“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the interests of people who live, work and holiday in the eastern area of the park and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Miles enjoys so much of the Lake District that it’s difficult to choose a favourite Lake District location, but his passion for the area around Ullswater holds special memories for him. Miles says: “Hallin Fell above Howtown gives unequalled views over Ullswater for a minimum of effort. It was the first fell I climbed, my father used to row us across the lake and I used to call it ‘my mountain’. I’m looking forward to taking my two young grandchildren up it one day soon!”
As a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Miles has worked in rural practice in and around the National Park for over 45 years until his recent retirement. He is a lay member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal and past chairman of the Cumbria branch of the Country Land and Business Association.