Test your knowl­edge of the Chilterns on­line

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key fea­ture of the Chilterns TOURISM providers in the Chilterns are be­ing chal­lenged to test their knowl­edge of the area in an on­line quiz.

The quiz, called the Land­scape Am­bas­sador Train­ing Ini­tia­tive, has been de­signed as part of the Our Land scheme, which aims to cel­e­brate the UK’s Ar­eas of Nat­u­ral Beauty.

It is de­signed to give those work­ing in tourism as much knowl­edge as pos­si­ble about the area and cov­ers a wide range of top­ics in­clud­ing wildlife, his­toric build­ings, land­scape fea­tures and fa­mous peo­ple.

The quiz can be used by any­one work­ing in the in­dus­try, and the gen­eral pub­lic are also wel­come to give it a go.

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After suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion, par­tic­i­pants can print out and dis­play their own Land­scape Am­bas­sador for the Chilterns cer­tifi­cate.

Claire For­rest, in­for­ma­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of­fi­cer at the Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board, said: “Here in the Chilterns we of­fer vis­i­tors spe­cial places to stay and things to do in a cher­ished and beau­ti­ful land­scape.

“The Land­scape Am­bas­sador Train­ing Ini­tia­tive will help tourism providers tell the story of their land­scape.

“This will make peo­ple’s visit even more spe­cial, real and mem­o­rable.”

The quiz is free to take and can be found at http:// knowour-land.co.uk.

AL­IST of po­ten­tial trav­eller sites has been scrapped in favour of a new con­sul­ta­tion and plan. Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) pro­posed 16 gypsy and trav­eller sites and four pitches of usu­ally about two car­a­vans each by up to 2026.

The pro­pos­als were in­cluded in CDC’s De­liv­ery De­vel­op­ment Plan Doc­u­ment (DDPD) which was with­drawn ear­lier this month in place of a new plan to es­tab­lish de­vel­op­ment needs for the area, mean­ing both the pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tions on trav­ellers’ sites have been dropped.

The coun­cil’s move has drawn crit­i­cism from the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance which says another con­sul­ta­tion is cost­ing peo­ple more money. How­ever, the coun­cil says it has to pre­pare the new Lo­cal Plan re­gard­less of the DDPD so it is not an ad­di­tional cost.

The Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance di­rec­tor John O’Con­nell, pic­tured, said: “Tax­pay­ers will won­der why we’re hav­ing to start again with this process.

“Ev­ery ad­di­tional day this con­sul­ta­tion process drags on, the cost to lo­cal res­i­dents goes up. Sim­ply put, we need to find a so­lu­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

CDC car­ried out a needs as­sess­ment for gypsy, trav­eller and trav­el­ling show­peo­ple in Au­gust 2013 and up­dated it in Oc­to­ber after a con­sul­ta­tion in the spring.

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