AONB Partners sign up for the future

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On Friday 20 January 2012, members of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership gathered together to sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Defra.

The agreement seals the financial future of the partnership until 2015, with local authority partners agreeing to match Defra’s substantial contribution to the work of the AONB.

 The agreement sets out how all the parties, including will work together to make sure the AONB is conserved, enhanced and promoted for the benefit of all.

 While it is a statutory duty of all the authorities involved to deliver the objectives of the AONB Management Plan signing the Memorandum of Agreement formalises how the partners will pool their funds and expertise to make an on-going impact in preserving and improving the special qualities of Cannock Chase AONB that is key to its survival.

 Steve Preston, Policy and Sponsorship Officer for Defra, said: “We are delighted that the local authorities within the AONB areas are playing a strong part in managing the AONB, and we’re very happy to continue to support the partnership over the next four years through the Memorandum Agreement.”

 Emma Beaman, Assistant AONB Officer, said: “It is great that all the partners are so committed to Cannock Chase AONB. We take our responsibility of managing and protecting this stunning natural landscape very seriously and, with the agreement signed, we will be able to continue with this important job.”

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