South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne last week met Julian Glover, who is currently conducting a review into National Parks on behalf of the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, to discuss what the review could mean for Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Almost 70 years since the establishment of the country’s first National Parks, the Glover Review is assessing how to improve access and expand their role in the rural economy, as well as assessing whether there is scope for the current network of 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks to expand.
Shropshire Hills AONB arranged meetings over two days to showcase the AONB, meeting a wide range of representatives of organisations represented on the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership and neighbouring local authorities, including Herefordshire and Powys.
Those attending meetings included local Shropshire Councillors, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Telford & Wrekin Council representatives, Shropshire Campaign to Protect Rural England, the NFU, the CLA, Natural England, the Environment Agency and the National Trust.
Mr Dunne said: “I was very pleased Julian Glover spent so much time in the Shropshire Hills as part of his comprehensive review into the role and scope of these special landscapes and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He came to listen to the views of local people with responsibility for maintaining and improving the landscape in which we live, and those who enjoy experiencing it.
I was keen to ensure that he also had the chance to hear from those in neighbouring areas. He was attentive and clearly appreciative of the views expressed.
I look forward to seeing the Review with any recommendations when published this autumn.”
Photo: Philip Dunne MP meeting Julian Glover (seated 2nd right) with Shropshire Hills AONB Chair James Williamson (seated right), Shropshire Councillors David Turner and Cecilia Motley, and other AONB partners and stakeholders.