Coastal councillor elected as new chairman of AONB

John Woodman
John Woodman

The recently-elected county councillor for the Bamburgh ward has taken on another of his predecessor’s responsibilities.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has elected Coun John Woodman, who won his council seat in May, as its new chairman.

The position was left vacant after former Bamburgh ward member Pat Scott stepped down at the last meeting.

Coun Woodman said: “I live near Seahouses in the heart of the area and therefore recognise that it genuinely has outstanding natural beauty.

“The team is currently working with its partners to prepare a strategy to further support tourism, highlighting all the things that make this area special all year.

“I’m looking forward to helping that progress.

“My predecessor, Pat Scott, was chairman for the whole life of the Partnership since it was formed ten years ago, so I am grateful that Charles Baker-Cresswell is providing continuity by staying on as the vice-chairman.

“Pat achieved a lot for the Partnership and I’d like to close by adding my thanks for her dedication during that time.”

There is still a vacancy on the Partnership for a parish councillor representing the parishes in the south of the AONB.

The Partnership will be writing to parish clerks in that area very soon to seek nominations for the vacancy.

The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary.

It is an area steeped in history, covering 7,000 years of human activity, and features a host of conservation sites including two National Nature Reserves.