National park community voice strengthened

Published on: 21 May 2014

Changes to the make-up of the Lake District National Park Authority signal an exciting new era with more representation from the local community.

Announced by Defra, the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, parishes will take a greater role in LDNPA's future governance, which also sees membership reduced by two in the modifications.

England's biggest national park will be led by 20 members, five each from county and district councils, and national and parish appointments made by the Secretary of State.

Increasing the community voice with one extra member means local people can play a crucial role in running the Lake District's 885 square miles.

LDNPA chairman, Bill Jefferson, said the announcement followed consultation with partners, including parishes, across the five distinctive areas of the national park. It recognised each had different characteristics and a needed local voice.

He explained: "This marks an exciting new era, with our parish representatives who are ideally placed to continue our work with communities.

"As well as strengthening our understanding of local issues and opportunities, we also want to improve local awareness about how we operate, sharing our aspirations and priorities.

"It will appeal to those with a passion both for where they live and the national park as a whole. The new additional member will be appointed from a South Lakeland parish. A parish member replacement is being sought in Allerdale following the retirement of John Hayton.

Defra had called on the public to contribute ideas for ways to improve the way national parks are cared for and make them more responsive to community concerns.

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