Have a say on the future of East Devon's countryside

PUBLISHED: 12:32 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

Tuesday, August 19 - PEOPLE across East Devon are being urged to have their say on how the county s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is looked after in future.

PEOPLE across East Devon are being urged to have their say on how the county's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is looked after in future.

A public consultation is currently being carried out on the management strategies across Devon and people are invited to have their say until September 30.

Each area is managed through local partnerships and community engagement and the work is funded by Natural England, Devon County Council (DCC) and East Devon District Council.

The five year management strategies, which are currently being reviewed, guide the work of the partnerships, along with an annual action plan.

The documents will influence the way the landscapes will be managed in the future and how communities and businesses can do their bit to live sustainably in such unique areas.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "These management strategies are important documents looking at how our key landscapes and areas of important biodiversity will be looked after for the next five years but also how they can benefit the local economies and the people who live and work in the area.

"We are keen for the public to have their say and influence the shape of these plans."

The management plans are prepared by the AONB Partnerships on behalf of the local councils and the partnerships are keen to receive the views of everyone who has an interest in these areas, from landowners to visitors.

The purpose of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape.

AONBs have the same landscape value as National Parks and when combined these unique designated landscapes cover around 35 per cent of the county.

The draft management strategies can be viewed at www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/managing_strategy.asp

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