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Become a Parish Councillor and be the voice of your National Park community

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The North York Moors National Park Authority is encouraging anyone who would like to help shape their local area to consider standing as a Parish Councillor. The forthcoming local elections in May of this year will not only decide the make-up of parish and district councils, but will also affect the membership of the National Park Authority itself.

There are more than 100 parishes in the North York Moors, each represented by either an elected Parish Councillor or the Chair of a parish meeting. Parish council elections take place every four years, with the next vote on 2 May 2019.

Andy Wilson, the Chief Executive of the National Park Authority, said:

“Parish Councils play a vital role in providing local services and representing the interests of local people. In the North York Moors, a small group of these Parish Councillors also become Members of the National Park Authority, meaning they sit on the Park’s planning committee and help make important decisions regarding how the Park is managed and cared for.”

“The contribution of these parish Members is valued enormously, as these individuals are seen as being particularly close to those who live in the North York Moors and therefore those who are most affected by the decisions the Authority takes.”

The North York Moors National Park Authority has four parish Members, representing the western, northern, southern and coastal communities of the North York Moors. Following the elections in May, all of the parish councils and parish meetings in the North York Moors will be invited to nominate parish Members to join the National Park Authority.

Malcolm Bowes represents the parishes in the west of the North York Moors and has been a parish member for 15 years. He is also the Authority’s Deputy Chair. Malcolm said:

“It is important that the views of those who live and work in the North York Moors are fully reflected in the discussions at the National Park Authority. Parish Members provide this local voice and also keep local people informed about the work of the Authority. Inevitably there will be differences of opinion from time to time so this can be challenging. It is also very rewarding and enjoyable to work with the staff and local people who care passionately about the future of this National Park.”

People wanting more information on standing as a Parish Councillor should contact their local district or borough council. For more information on the parish Member election process for the North York Moors National Park Authority, please call Vanessa Burgess on 01439 772700 or email

Members of the National Park Authority receive an annual basic allowance and travel and subsistence payments in accordance with Local Government rules. Members are bound by the Authority's Member Code of Conduct. For more information about what Members of the National Park Authority do, please visit:

The current parish Members for the North York Moors National Park Authority are Malcolm Bowes (Western Area), Mrs E Dent (Southern Area), Mr E Sanderson (Northern Area) and Mr L Atkinson (Coastal Area). Of the other 16 Members of the Authority, five are appointed by Defra and 11 are appointed directly by the district, borough and county councils in the North York Moors.


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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