The Authority recognises the value of a strong relationship with parish councils - the most local democratic representation of opinion - in order to achieve the objectives set out in the National Park Management Plan.
This part of the website is dedicated to supporting and engaging with parish councils.
A regular update on topical issues and current news that we hope will be of interest to local communities. Please click on the link(s) below to read more ...
Two Parish Forums have been set up, one for the parishes in the north of the National Park and one for the parishes in the south, to allow a two-way discussion about any and all National Park issues relevant to parish councils. Two meetings of each Forum per year are currently being held, in the spring and autumn. Meetings are chaired by the four parish-appointed Members of the Authority, and agendas are agreed in advance to include items requested by the parish councils. Dates of future meetings and agenda items will be made available on this page; the next round of Forum meetings will take place on:
Northern Forum Wednesday 26th April, 7pm, Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes
Southern Forum Wednesday 19th April, 7pm, Games Room, Devonshire Institute, Grassington
Notes from previous meetings, including some of the facts, figures and general information from presentations, can be found on the Parish Forum Archive page.
Our Parish Appointed Members
The membership of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is set out in legislation (Environment Act 1995). Of the 25 members, four are appointed by the Secretary of State to represent the parishes in the National Park. Those parish members are:
If you are interested in becoming a 'Parish Member' you can find out more by visiting our 'How to become a Member' page.