Peak Park Authority rule change

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Have your say

Residents are being asked to have their say on proposed changes to the way national park authorities are governed.

Currently the Peak District National Park Authority has 30 members: 16 are councillors appointed by local authorities within the park, six are parish councillors elected by their peers but appointed by the Secretary of State, and eight are appointed by the Secretary of State for their specialist knowledge.

The proposals from Defra would: make it possible for some members to be directly elected; remove the need for the Secretary of State to appoint the parish members; relax the political balance requirement on local authorities when appointing their members; make it possible for parishes to choose non-councillors for their seats and see members serve a maximum of eight years.

The take part in the consultation, open until May 31, go to http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/open/ .