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Elections for the Cairngorms National Park Authority Board

16th March 2007

Faces old and new have been elected to serve as community representatives on the Cairngorms National Park Authority board.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) was set up in 2003 to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms are conserved and enhanced.

The CNPA is led by a board of 25 members – five of whom are directly elected by local people. The elections for those posts took place over the last month and the count was held last night (Thursday March 15) at the at Talla nan Ros, Kingussie.

Those elected to serve for the next four years were:

  • Geva Blackett who was returned unopposed for Aberdeenshire / Angus
  • Highland 1:  Andrew Rafferty
  • Highland 2:  William McKenna
  • Highland 3:  Mary McCafferty
  • Aberdeenshire / Moray:  Eleanor Mackintosh

Mr Rafferty, Mr McKenna and Ms Mackintosh are familiar faces on the CNPA board having served as the previous locally elected members and were all re-elected.

It is the first time Geva Blackett and Mary McCafferty have served on the board.

There was also another healthy turn-out from voters with an average 49 per cent response.

David Green, Convener of the CNPA, said: “We would like to thank everyone who stood in the elections and congratulate the new board members. We look forward to working with them in the future.

“We would also like to thank everyone who voted. It is essential the communities in the Cairngorms National Park have a voice and they demonstrated how important this is with such a strong turn out.

“Elected community representatives are an avenue for local views and local accountability.”