The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is reviewing its committee structure to make the best use of member and officer time and to ensure it can meet the challenges of reduced funding and external drivers such as the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act and Environment Act. It has spent the last few years improving governance and performance and now the committee structure needs to reflect the focus on its four key work areas: landscape and biodiversity, heritage, resilient communities and sustainable economic development.
To summarise the changes:
- The Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee and National Park Authority to meet on the same day in future, saving travel time
- A Policy Forum to encourage all members to get involved in shaping policy for the future through the Local Development Plan and National Park Management Plan and other policies/strategies
- The Policy Forum will also engage with stakeholders and the Welsh Government on wider issues such as the impact of Brexit on the Park’s landscape and communities
- Member/officer working groups will be amalgamated or deleted to enable members to focus more on the four key work areas
- The legal and regulatory requirements of the Authority will continue to be monitored through the Audit and Scrutiny Committee and Standards Committee to maintain the current high standard of governance.