Staff Unit

The work of the AONB Partnership is supported by the employment of a small AONB Staff Unit, which is based at Charterhouse Centre. The work of the unit is guided by national AONB Core Functions

The primary purpose of the AONB Staff Unit is:

  • To provide a strategic, independent unit dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the Mendip Hills AONB.
  • To co-ordinate and drive the implementation of the AONB Management Plan.

The Unit comprises:
AONB Manager Jim Hardcastle
AONB Project Development Officer Andy Mallender
AONB Planning Liaison Officer (TBC) (Part-Time)
AONB Project Officer Stuart Bardsley (Temporary)
AONB Volunteer Coordinator (Tues/Wed) Nichola Penn (Part-Time)
AONB Communications and Support Officer Norma Newby

You are welcome to contact any of us:
Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Charterhouse Centre
Nr Blagdon
Bristol
BS40 7XR
01761 462338
mendiphills@somerset.gov.uk

Core Functions

a) Developing reviewing, preparing and publishing the AONB vision and the CRoW Act AONB Management Plan

b) Raising awareness of the AONB, and promoting the AONB vision and the management plan to help distinguish the AONB from adjacent countryside

c) Advising upon, facilitating and co-ordinating implementation by others of the Management Plan

d) Advising Local Authorities on their activities within  AONBs, to encourage them to go beyond normal levels of service(attain the highest possible standards) in countryside management

e) Monitoring and reporting on progress against AONB Management Plan targets

f) Monitoring AONB landscape condition

g) Accessing resources for management activities

h) Working with and contributing to the NAAONB activities, Participating in and promoting joint working between AONBs and across protected landscapes family.

i) Providing a management role to co-ordinate AONB protection through the actions of the AONB unit, the AONB partnership and other partners at a local and strategic level.

j) Developing an involvement by the community in the management of the AONB

k)  Providing  landscape related planning advice