Local people, groups and organisations are being asked for their views on the future of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a simple online questionnaire for people to complete.
The Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan 2014-2019 is currently being reviewed as required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the CRoW Act). The local authorities have a statutory responsibility to prepare the plan and review it every five years. The Plan sets out their policy for the management of the AONB and for the carrying out of their functions in relation to it.
The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership, consisting of the local authorities, Natural England, Somerset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, together with parish councils and other interested groups such as Mendip Society lead on the Management Plan review for the local authorities. The review process will help us shape the future vision for the Partnership within these themes with objectives that specify what the Partnership wants to achieve and policies stating how they will get things done.
Jim Hardcastle, AONB Manager says ‘The current plan contains 8 themes including landscape, recreation, natural resources, biodiversity and heritage. We want people to have a look at the themes as they’re five years old now and may need updating. Your feedback is vital to help ensure we are getting this right for the next 5 years. The next stage is to produce a draft plan for 2019 – 2024 which will go formal consultation later in the year’.
The deadline for questionnaire completion is 30 September 2018. For more information on the Management Plan and to complete the Management Plan Review Questionnaire please click here.