Authority wants your views on Western Escarpment

Published Wednesday 19 August 2009

The National Park Authority wants to hear from you if you live in the Western Escarpment Conservation Area.

It is holding three workshops on the 1, 2 and 3 September for local residents to give their initial thoughts, views and opinions regarding the future of the conservation area, to help form the Western Escarpment Management Plan.

The Western Escarpment Conservation Area was designated in March 2008 and covers the parishes of Hale, Woodgreen, Godshill, Hyde and parts of Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley and Ringwood.

Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Design, said: ‘This western area typifies the Forest landscape and many of its buildings are of architectural and historic interest.  We want to work with local residents to take steps to protect and enhance this special area.

‘The Conservation Area Management Plan will outline principles of best practice for works in the conservation area, ways to protect it and opportunities for improvement.’

The initial Western Escarpment Conservation Area workshops will be held on:

1 September 2009 - Ellingham Church Hall 5.30-7pm and 7:30-9pm

2 September 2009 - Woodgreen Village Hall 5:30-7pm and 7:30-9pm

3 September 2009 - Hyde Memorial Hall 5:30-7:00pm and 7:30-9pm  

A second series of workshops will be held towards the beginning of October where further discussions will take place before the initial draft plan is produced and a questionnaire will be available at each of the workshops.

Please send all completed questionnaires to Environmental Services, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0JD or emailed to mark.stephenson@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Deadline for questionnaire comments is 18 September 2009.

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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