New chairman for Northumberland National Park Authority

Coun Glen Sanderson
Coun Glen Sanderson

A new chairman has been elected for the Northumberland National Park Authority following John Riddle stepping down after 14 years at the helm.

At the annual meeting of the authority on Wednesday, Coun Glen Sanderson was elected as the new chairman, replacing Coun John Riddle, of Bellingham.

Coun Sanderson said: “I am very honoured to have been elected to this position and to follow John Riddle who has chaired the national park authority fantastically well over a long time.

“Our national park has won numerous accolades – rightly – over recent times and that is down to staff and board members who really care for the national park and the visitors that we welcome to it.”

Coun Sanderson has had a long association with the park, having been on the old National Park Committee before the authority was constituted. He joined the authority again in 2013.

He represents the rural Longhorsley ward, which adjoins the park boundary.

Coun Riddle said: “It has been a great honour to have chaired the national park authority over the past 14 years.

“I am grateful to the successive members of the authority for the great trust they have shown in me and to the staff of the national park authority who over this time have served both the authority and the area well.

“I am proud of what we have achieved and the partnerships, particularly with local communities, which we have built over this time and to have played a key part in helping to bring to fruition the development of The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre after many years of planning and hard work.”