Why not consider nominating an individual for appointment to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership Committee to serve as a local representative?
Nominations are invited in the eight categories listed below:
Voting will take place online. Organisations on our database will be sent a link to vote. Others are invited to contact the AONB office if they are a business or relevant organisation operating within the S Devon AONB.
The closing date for receipt of nomination forms is 9am Tuesday 26th October.
Voting will open on Wednesday 27th October and close at 9am Wednesday 11th November
The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1960 and covers 130 square miles of coastline, countryside and estuaries, mainly of the South Hams but also including parts of Plymouth and Torbay. AONB is a statutory designation applied to 46 of the UK’s most cherished and finest landscapes. The purpose of AONBs is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.
AONBs are looked after by many different organisations, local authorities, landowners, community groups and so on. Someone has to take an overall view to ensure that the landscape remains outstanding for future generations– that is what the AONB Partnership Committee is for.
The purpose of the Committee is:
No. Unlike National Parks (which have formal structures and statutory powers in their own right), AONBs must rely on partnership, co-operation and co-ordination. It seeks to balance the conservation of the landscape with the needs of local communities and the economy.
The Partnership Committee is made up of:
The full Committee normally meets three times a year, at Follaton House or at a venue in the AONB. With the pandemic we have instigated virtual meetings, and these may continue depending on the ongoing situation.
No – being a community representative on the Committee is not a paid position but reasonable travelling expenses to meetings will be reimbursed.
The AONB Partnership Committee aims to have members who:
The partnership seeks an independent and non-political profile, actively engaged with local communities and with the implementation of the Management Plan. The Partnership Committee endeavours to make decisions by agreement and consensus whenever possible.
The community representatives serve for a period of three years but can stand for re-appointment at the end of their term.
Induction will be arranged for new Partnership members by the AONB Manager, to suit the convenience of those appointed.
The nomination form should be completed and returned to the AONB office by 12 noon Thursday 21st October. Each nominee must be proposed by a local organisation or business. The nominated person must be aware of the nomination and agree to it. The nomination form asks for a brief statement of the experience and interests of the nominee. The statement will be used to highlight to voters the skills and experience of candidates.
If any category has more than one nomination, those who meet the criteria will be put forward for election on the AONB website. The web page will contain a short statement about each nominee provided on their nomination form.. The voting will open on 27th October and close at 9am on 10th November. Those eligible to vote will receive a link enabling them to do this on behalf of their organisation.
For an informal chat about what is involved or about the process, please telephone the AONB Unit 01803-229330, or email [email protected]. A full copy of the Partnership Committee terms of reference and constitution can be sent on request.