Park governors to be elected in pilot

The Peak District National Park Authority is recommending 22 of its governing members go up for election in a trial of direct election for national parks.

The authority is currently governed by 30 members, of whom 16 are councillors appointed to the role and six are elected parishioners.

But the authority says all members – apart from the remaining eight state-appointed experts – should go up for election in the pilot. It aims to improve local engagement and was requested by Defra.