Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status bid backed by two Ryedale District Councillors
The bid to have the Yorkshire Wolds granted Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status has received welcome backing from two Ryedale District Councillors.
Councillors Nathan Garbutt-Moore (Con) and Tracie Middleton (Ind) will put forward a motion to the next RDC meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 15.
Councillor Tracie Middleton, who represents the Wolds ward, said: “A large part of the Wolds sits in Ryedale and I have been privileged to reside and raise family there.
“It is a natural landscape like no other and it deserves the recognition of becoming an AONB”
Councillor Nathan Garbutt-Moore, vice-chairman of RDC, said “If the bid is success it will support the local economy while protecting the environment.”
He added “We want to see Ryedale working with East Riding to ensure the bid is successful.”
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting the bid which is as part of the Government’s 2020 pledge to increase the number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks in England.
Wolds Weighton ward councillors Leo Hammond, Mike Stathers and David Rudd believe that if the AONB bid is successful it would bring huge benefits in terms of tourism, lifestyle and economy.
There are currently 46 AONBs across the UK and the hope of local councillors is that the Wolds will become the 47th.
Cllr Stathers, who is also the council’s deputy leader, said: “If this prestigious status is secured, I would expect it to bring more customers, more visitors, more business for our shops, our holiday facilities in our rural communities such as Bishop Wilton and our local hospitality sector.”
Natural England has the final decision and has confirmed that East Riding’s bid has been registered and hopes to begin the review process later this year.
The Wolds arc from the coast at Flamborough westwards towards Malton and then south to the Humber Bridge.
The rolling chalk hills and valleys bring in visitors to the area where they frequent shops and contribute to the area’s economy.