Peak District election plan welcomed

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Plans to elect officials to help run national parks have been welcomed by the man in charge of looking after the Peak District.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said the proposed measures could result in greater public involvement in the running of the parks.

But he said more detail was needed on how elections would work.

Proposals were announced in last week’s Queen’s Speech, suggesting elections could be held to vote in some members on national park organisations to help with management and planning decisions.

The bill would also give parish councillors more scope in choosing representatives on park authorities from ordinary members of the public.

It would represent a change to the current situation, where only councillors can be selected.

Mr Dixon said: “We welcome any measures which improve the degree to which the public can get involved in the work of national parks.

“There are, however, many questions about the nature of the elections, which part of the membership should be up for election and the process, costs and timing, which will have a big effect on the success of this.”