NEW MEMBER WANTED FOR THE BROADS AUTHORITY

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Would you like to help make the decisions that affect the future of the Broads? The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, has announced her intention to appoint a new member to the Broads Authority.

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In a sign that the promised “bonfire of the Quangos” was not even a “flash in the pan”, Quango appointments continue to seep out. The Secretary of State appoints 10 members to the Authority.

When the Broads Authority was created, it rapidly became a “politically correct” organization duplicating the excellent work undertaken by the various charitable trusts that maintain wild life sanctuaries across East Anglia, undertake restoration in the Broads and conservancy. The Broads Authority also added a further layer to the complex mess of planning authorities. The Broads Authority consistently failed in its duty to maintain navigation of the river network known as the Broads and effectively killed off the business plans for the costly Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour by blocking proposals to dual the main road connecting Great Yarmouth with Norwich and on to the Midlands.

The appointment will commence in May 2012 and is initially for up to four years with the option of re-appointment for a total period of up to eight years.

Two new members are also being appointed to the New Forest, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities and one vacancy to the Peak District and South Downs National Park Authorities.

Applications are particularly encouraged from members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women and young people. This positive discrimination suggests that applications from middle age, white , male, Christian applicants will not be seriously considered and that applicants meeting those unwanted criteria should not bother to apply. This potentially opens the Quango to complaints of discrimination and possible police action.

Application forms and further details are available on-line at http://publicappts.defra.gov.uk/ . If you would like an application pack by post, please contact Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH (telephone 0300 060 2745) or e-mail boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk .

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 13 February 2012. For more information about NPAs go to www.defra.gov.uk/rural/national-parks/ .

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