Hampshire leader welcomed to the New Forest National Park

Alison Barnes and Roy Perry

Published Tuesday 20 August 2013

The Leader of Hampshire County Council was welcomed to the New Forest as part of a visit to highlight some of the key projects at work in the National Park.

Councillor Roy Perry was given a tour of the area by staff from the New Forest National Park Authority, including Chief Executive Alison Barnes.

Cllr Perry was shown community wildlife projects at West Wellow and new animal accident signs on the B3078 from Fordingbridge to Cadnam.

He was also given an update on plans to promote sustainable transport and family cycling, which recently attracted £3.6m of Department for Transport funding.

The tour included visits to an affordable housing scheme at Breamore Halt, the community-owned Woodgreen Village Shop and discussions about the drive to improve rural broadband in the New Forest.

One of the key areas of the visit was Rockford Common near Ringwood, a 15-acre plot of land bought by Hampshire County Council with support from a number of organisations including the National Park Authority.  It will be used as backup land to support the future of commoning, the traditional system of farming in the New Forest which allows those with common rights to have their animals graze on the Open Forest.

Alison Barnes said: ‘Cllr Perry is already very knowledgeable about the special qualities and challenges faced by the New Forest National Park, but we were delighted to welcome him in his new role as Leader and show more of our work to protect this unique landscape and its wildlife, and help the local communities to prosper. We look forward to continuing to work with Cllr Perry and the County Council team for the benefit of the New Forest and to ensuring the National Park remains an important focus in county matters.’  

Cllr Perry said: ‘One of my priorities when taking up my new post as County Council Leader is to help ensure that all people from all communities can be proud and happy to live in Hampshire. The County has a responsibility to help sustain and enhance the prosperity of Hampshire’s residents and businesses, but at the same time we must play our part in protecting the environment. We can’t do this alone so it’s vital we continue to work closely and co-operatively with our partners such as the New Forest National Park Authority for the benefit of local communities. My visit has been an opportunity to further strengthen our already close working relationship with the National Park Authority, and discuss how we can continue to work together to protect and enhance the quality of life for people living in this beautiful part of Hampshire.’

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Picture caption: New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes with Hampshire County Council Leader Roy Perry at the River Blackwater at Wellow. 

About the New Forest National Park Authority

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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.


Media Contacts:
Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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