National park authority seeks residents’ backing for board election

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The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is looking for volunteers to support the forthcoming election to its board, which will be held in March.

Residents within the park’s boundaries will go to the polls to vote for five members to join the organisation and the CNPA is keen to hear from anyone who wants to stand as a candidate or get involved in running the election.

The CNPA ensures that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms – both the natural environment and the local communities – are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy.

The Park Authority roles safeguard the outstanding landscapes, rich habitats, rare wildlife and the park’s communities.

Its board agrees the long term objectives for the park and sets out the CNPA’s priorities for work. It also plays a key role in representing the national park and the park authority by acting as ambassadors.

Grant Moir, CNPA chief executive, said: “The CNPA board is made up of seven members appointed by the five local authorities covering the park area, seven directly appointed by Scottish Government Ministers and five are directly elected by the eligible voters within the park.

“As staff, we look to the board for guidance and strategic direction and members will be involved with a number of committees helping to deliver the Park Authority’s three main areas of work, conservation, visitor experience and Rural Development.”

Further information about the CNPA board elections can be found on the website, www.cairngorms.co.uk, while nomination forms and electoral information can be found at http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/799/elections_and_voting/371/elections/8 The term of office is four years with members receiving remuneration and reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.