The Chilterns Conservation Board is an independent body established by Parliamentary Order in July 2004, and has 27 members, all drawn from local communities.
The Board’s purposes are given in Section 87 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000:
The Board has a statutory duty to publish a Management Plan for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to promote its implementation by a wide range of organisations, including local authorities, government agencies, community groups and landowners.
The Board has 27 members, all of whom are independent and do not represent any other organisation. Members join the Board via a number of routes:
Secretary of State appointed members are appointed for two and three year terms. When those terms finish the vacant places will be promoted locally and applications invited from the public.
All members receive an allowance to cover their expenses in carrying out their duties.
Members must abide by a Code of Conduct, which includes the establishment of a Members’ Register of Interests which will be available shortly.
The meetings and proceedings of the Board are subject to regulations.
The Board has delegated a number of its functions to the Executive Committee and the Planning Committee. There is also a Standards Committee which monitors the operation of the Board’s Code of Conduct. Its members consist of three members of the Board and one independent member.