Unique opportunity to influence the future of the ‘Shire countryside

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A unique opportunity is available for someone to influence the future of countryside access in rural Aberdeenshire.

The Aberdeenshire Local Outdoor Access Forum, which is responsible for managing responsible access to the countryside across the region, is looking for a Land Management Representative to join its ranks.

The opportunity has arisen after one of the forums original members, David Finlay, stepped down after more than 5 years of service.

Forum chair, Alison Espie, said: “The Local Outdoor Access Forum is a unique form of public service that offers a great opportunity to shape the management of countryside access in our area.

“Over the last few years we’ve dealt with a wide range of issues from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, promotion of responsible access by different modes of travel as well as input into the development of the area’s paths.

“The role involves working with a variety of different people and agencies with the National Farmers Union, local estates, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Government being just a few examples.

“We look to involve people from different range of backgrounds and there are no special skills required. The only essential is that you have a passion for, and interest in, countryside access.

“As a liaison between land management and the forum it is also important that you have a strong commitment to problem solving by consensus.”

Representatives can serve for up to three years and the appointee will need to attend around five meetings a year.

Representatives received no remuneration but travel costs are reimbursable to the post holder.

The closing date for applications is this Friday (January 30). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a brief verbal supporting statement at the ALOAF Meeting, on the evening of Monday, February 3at the Aberdeenshire Council Chamber, Gordon House, Inverurie.

Further information, including details about how to apply, is available online at http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/outdooraccess/forums/ Informal enquiries are also welcome by telephoning 01467 628380.