2013-06-26  facebooktwitterrss
New Faces on Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Former barrister and circuit judge Peter Charlesworth has been elected chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) for the next year.

Speaking after his election at an Authority meeting on June 25th, Mr Charlesworth said: “It is an honour to be elected chairman and I look forward to serving the Authority and the communities within this wonderful National Park.”

Peter Charlesworth

Peter Charlesworth

The former deputy chairman of the Authority, who lives in Ilkley, takes over from Carl Lis, who stepped down after a total of eight years as chairman. He will continue as a Member.

He paid tribute to Mr Lis, who he described as “a massive chairman in many ways” and he added: “You have carried us forward and led us with distinction.”

Mr Charlesworth became a trustee and a chairman of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and is a member of the Council of Management of the Yorkshire Dales Society. He is also chairman of the Rugby League Disciplinary Panel.

Members voted to elect the Authority’s Planning Committee chairman Harold Brown as the Authority’s deputy chairman.

Mr Brown is a farmer from Grinton in Swaledale and has been chairman of Grinton Parish Council since 1975. He is also a member of various organisations and committees including the Country Landowners Association and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

The YDNPA also has two new Members who have been appointed following local elections last month.

Cumbria County Councillor Nick Cotton, who lives in Kirkby Lonsdale, has travelled extensively, combining his love of walking and climbing with a business importing handicraft to Britain, most notably articulated wooden snakes from South America.

During the past 20 years he has written more than 50 books on cycle rides in the UK and he has been involved in promoting the concept of an Electric Bike Network in the Yorkshire Dales, enabling people who do not have legs of steel to enjoy the scenery by bike on the area's network of lanes.

The other new Member is North Yorkshire County Councillor Polly English, who lives in Skipton and runs a mobile dog grooming business part time.

She is currently vice chair of the Scrutiny of Health Committee at the County Council and serves as a Mental Health Act Manager for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where she sits on appeal and renewal hearings under the Mental Health Act, and serves in the same capacity on two private trusts as well.

Mr Charlesworth also paid tribute to Richard Parkin, who is retiring after 15 years as the Authority’s Committees Officer.

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