NEW BOARD MEMBER SOUGHT FOR COTSWOLDS CONSERVATION BOARD

New Board member sought for the Cotswolds Conservation Board

The organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds Conservation Board, is looking for a new Board member.

Founded in 2004 the Board works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB and to increase public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area. In fulfilling these roles the Board must foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.

Board members are responsible for making decisions which directly affect the Cotswolds. Of the 40 members, 15 are appointed by the Environment Secretary and David Miliband has encouraged people to apply for the new position.

Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board Niel Curwen said:

" This is a fascinating opportunity for someone who is interested in helping to make key decisions about the Cotswolds. Board members have the opportunity to help shape perceptions about the importance of conservation issues in the area and can use their influence and abilities to help ensure that the AONB is conserved in a sustainable way".

Candidates will understand the concept and practice of sustainable development and will be drawn from a broad range of backgrounds. Applications are particularly encouraged from members of ethnic minorities, young people and disabled people.

The appointment will start in the Spring of 2007.

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Notes to editors:

The closing date for applications is 6th November 2006.

Application forms and further details are online at http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/appointments/index.htm

or available from Carol Foster, The Countryside Agency, John Dower House, Cresent Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RA.

Tel:01242 533284; Fax: 01242 584270; e-mail: carol.foster@countryside.gov.uk

The posts are unpaid and are classed as being voluntary. However there is a basic annual allowance which increases if you become a member of a sub-committee.

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

This year the Cotswolds Conservation Board is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the AONB, which became a protected landscape back in 1966.

Contact: Claire Cunningham. Tel: 01451 862000

Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosseway, Northleach, Gloucestershire. GL54 3JH Tel: 01451 862000

Website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk