Parish council representatives proposed for New Forest National Park Authority

Published Monday 11 July 2011

Parish Council-elected representatives to the New Forest National Park Authority are being put forward to the Government for approval.

The four parish councillors from each quarter of the National Park now need to be ratified by Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman.

Elections are held every four years to coincide with Parish Council elections and were organised by the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC), with voting closing on Thursday 7 July.

In the South West ‘quadrant’ of the National Park, a new member to the NPA is Cllr Richard Frampton, of Ringwood Town Council. From the 9 of 10 possible council votes, Cllr Frampton was elected after receiving 5 votes, with 3 going to Cllr Kathleen Gulliver of Sway Parish Council, and 1 going to Cllr John Hitchens of New Milton Town Council.

In the North East quadrant Cllr Bob Morris, a Landford Parish Councillor, continues as an NPA member. Landford is in Wiltshire, which is not holding parish council elections this year, and consequently an election is not due until 2013.

In the North West quadrant, Cllr John Sanger, of Woodgreen Parish Council, continues with his seat on the NPA as he was elected unopposed.

Cllr Clive Maton, Denny Lodge Parish Council, was elected to continue as an NPA member representing the South East quadrant. From the 8 of 9 possible council votes, Cllr Maton received a 7-1 majority against Cllr Beverley Thorne of Fawley Parish Council.

For more information visit the HALC website:


Notes to Editor:
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
Visit to find out more.

Media Contact:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608 Mob: 07850143528

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