Shire rural group seeks new recruit

Countryside access in Aberdeenshire.
Countryside access in Aberdeenshire.
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A countryside group is looking to recruit to its ranks in the North-east.

Aberdeenshire Local Outdoor Access Forum has a vacancy after one of its members stepped down.

The successful applicant will have the chance to have a say on how people reach rural parts of the region.

The forum, which is responsible for advising and guiding the local authority, users and land managers on responsible access to the countryside, is seeking a land management representative.

Forum chair Alison Espie said: “We look to involve people from a 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 successful applicant will require to attend around five evening meetings a year. They receive no remuneration but travel costs are met.

The closing date for applications is tomorrow (Friday). Candidates will be asked to make a supporting statement at the forum’s evening meeting on November 25 in the council chamber, Gordon House, Inverurie.