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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

National park's new chair will continue to take beautiful area forward

The Yorkshire Dales national park authority's new chairman has vowed to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in ensuring the area thrives for its communities and many visitors.

Craven district councillor Carl Lis has been elected to head the authority for the third time, taking over from former barrister and circuit judge Peter Charlesworth, who is leaving as a member after completing his term of office.

Carl, who represents the Ingleborough ward, has been deputy chairman for the past 12 months and an authority member for 20 years.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year honours for his services to the communities of North Yorkshire.

He said: “I am pleased that the members have shown their trust in me again by electing me as chairman.

“I love the national park and I love being involved in the national park authority and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the years in terms of the landscape, our local communities and visitors.

”Peter Charlesworth has done an absolutely fantastic job as chairman and my intention is to continue the good work. His work on the new boundary extension that comes into being on 1 August and his ability to guide us through quite a number of contentious debates has been tremendous.”
When the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is extended to take in parts of Cumbria and Lancashire, he will also represent the 26 ‘new’ parishes.

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