Wye Valley AONB Joint Advisory Committee
Especially constituted committee known as a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) was set up in 1972 to co-ordinate management of the AONB. The JAC is a strong partnership, which works with the staff at the AONB unit to keep the area outstanding for future generations. They rely on goodwill and central and local Government funding to pursue their objectives.
The Council representative’s report for 2012/13
The committee was held on 1 July 2013 at the Forest of Dean District Council Offices, Coleford.
The election of Chairman was held and Councillor P Cutter, Herefordshire was elected.
The election of Vice-Chairman was Councillor EJ Hacket-Pain, Monmouthshire.
Thanks to the long outstanding and dedicated service to the AONB was unanimous to the outgoing Chairman Ashley Thomas for 37 years service, he would continue to serve on the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB).
It was agreed to hold an extraordinary JAC meeting in early January 2014 to address the consultation draft management plan.
Annual Study Tour
The committee enclosed the dates and outline programmes for a welcome invitation to join the Malvern Hills AONB tour on the 20 September 2013 and the annual AONB study tour on 27 September 2013.
Members were informed of the successful completion of the first of the Wye Valley Youth Rangers Scheme
Careful budgetary savings gained support from management of the HLF and a second cohort programme will take place.
Ash die-back and acute oak decline
A report from the Welsh Office was given, stressing the importance to show vigilance through the future years to track the disease.