Two new faces are set to join Eden District Council to support a five year Heritage Action Zone programme in Appleby.

Adrian Banford will join the Council on 1 August as a Programme Officer for the Appleby Heritage Action Zone programme and will also be working closely with Historic England and Appleby Town Council. Paula Smith will be joining the Council on 14 August as a Conservation Officer in the Planning Department supporting the conservation and management of the Appleby Conservation Area alongside the 23 other conservation areas within Eden District.

The Heritage Action Zone is a five year programme, working with the local community in Appleby to use the power of Appleby’s heritage to boost the local economy. The overall investment over five years is estimated to be £1,650,000.

Adrian has already worked with communities and businesses in Appleby and the surrounding area as part of his previous work managing the Fells and Dales LEADER programme at Cumbria County Council. LEADER, a French acronym roughly translating as Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development, is a grant funding programme for small and medium sized rural businesses and forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Adrian Banford said: “I am genuinely excited to be taking on this opportunity.  Appleby is a great little town, with a wealth of heritage and I am looking forward to working with the local community to help the town to thrive.”

Paula has most recently been working as Graduate Heritage Consultant for Capita in Carlisle whilst studying for an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration.

Paula Smith said: “I am delighted to be joining Eden District Council as the new Conservation Officer and very excited to be working on the HAZ scheme in Appleby.”

Information about the Appleby Heritage Action Zone project can be found online at or by following @Appleby_HAZ on twitter or ApplebyHAZ on Facebook. The HAZ Programme Officer can be contacted via email on