National Park Authority holds recreation drop-in session

Published Tuesday 26 January 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to a drop-in session to find out more about its draft Recreation Management Strategy.

The draft strategy sets out how outdoor recreation in the National Park might be managed over the next 20 years.

The drop-in session will take place on Tuesday 2 February at The Pine Room, Lyndhurst Community Centre, from 2pm to 10pm.

People will have the chance to talk to National Park staff about the draft proposals and to complete a feedback form. No appointment is necessary.

Barrie Foley, Interim Chief Executive at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We’re keen to give as many people as possible a chance to find out about this draft strategy in detail and to have their say. Here people can have direct access to the staff involved and can get a personal response to their specific question.

‘This public drop-in session is another step in the process of revising the draft. We’ve already taken on board a large number of comments from the last round of consultation which includes the discussion of the RMS at the public meeting in September 2009.

‘Our aim is to produce a way forward that protects this special landscape but enables people to enjoy it too.’

Consultation so far on the draft RMS has included:

  • 500 detailed comments
  • Photocopied circular from around 1500 people
  • Four stakeholder working groups
  • Since October we’ve held more than 16 meetings with external stakeholders and interested parties that have also fed into this revised draft.

The New Forest National Park Authority would like to reassure people about some key points:

  • The National Park does not own campsites but supports the existing Natural England policy to consider the idea of relocation
  • The National Park Authority doesn't own any car parks, is not introducing car parks and therefore couldn't introduce car park charges in the Forest.  The RMS does not refer to car park charges at all
  • The New Forest is extremely busy in the peak season and some roads cannot cope. We are proposing to those who own car parks that the number of spaces should not be increased.

Those unable to attend the drop-in session are invited to view or download the draft Recreation Management Strategy from the National Park website.

People can then give their feedback in the following ways:
Email:rms@newforestnpa.gov.uk
Post: RMS, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road,
         Everton, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 0JD.
Tel:   01590 646600
Fax:  01590 646606

The deadline for comments is 12 February 2010. Following amendments as a result of the consultation feedback, National Park Authority members will consider the strategy for approval on 25 February.

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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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