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Five appointed to represent Broads users

PUBLISHED: 09:33 31 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:32 05 July 2010

FIVE new people have been recommended to join the Broads Authority's navigation committee which advises on issues of waterways management.

The selections, to be confirmed by the Broads Authority next month, follow an upsurge in interest with 47 applications considered - nearly five times more than in 2004 when the committee was last appointed.

FIVE new people have been recommended to join the Broads Authority's navigation committee which advises on issues of waterways management.

The selections, to be confirmed by the Broads Authority next month, follow an upsurge in interest with 47 applications considered - nearly five times more than in 2004 when the committee was last appointed.

Authority chairman Professor Kerry Turner described the level of interest and response as “extremely encouraging”.

The new faces, who will take up their posts in September, are Melanie Farrar, the head of design technology at Diss High School and a keen sailor; Patrick Larner, chartered surveyor, sailor and Broads Society committee member; Philip Ollier, secretary of Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association; David Broad, retired managing director and director of the Cruising Association; and Paul Gurbutt, chairman of Lowestoft rowing club and a Broads user for 30 years.

They will join present chairman Martin Broom, navigation committee members Paul Greasley and Anthony Trafford who have been recommend-ed for reappointment by the selection panel.

The eight-strong team, whose role will be to represent Broads users' interests, will join five Broads Authority members on the committee.

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