New members for New Forest National Park Authority

Published Wednesday 15 July 2015

New members will be welcomed to the New Forest National Park Authority at its AGM tomorrow (Thursday 16 July).

The Authority has 22 members with overall responsibility for making decisions. There are 12 members appointed by the county, district and borough councils with land within the National Park. Six are appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Four are selected from parish councils within the National Park.

Gordon Bailey, of West Wellow, is replacing Ian Hibberd as the Test Valley Borough Council representative. He is a consultant in the industrial and marine fields for corrosion and painting and also a lecturer for the Institute of Marine Surveyors on superyachts. At one time he lived overseas and it was whilst there that he was awarded an MBE for services to the British Community.

Richard Frampton, of Bransgore has been a parish council member on the Authority and is replacing Maureen Holding as a New Forest District Council representative. He has served on Bransgore Parish Council and Ringwood Town Council and lives and farms at Bransgore, where he also has a touring caravan park.

Two new parish members have been elected by the New Forest Association of Local Councils to replace Richard Frampton and Clive Maton:

Harry Oram (south west quadrant of parishes), has been a Brockenhurst Parish Councillor since 2003. He worked for the Forestry Commission for 46 years before retiring in 2012 as Chief Forester/ Operations Manager involved with managing the timber Inclosures and the Open Forest.

George Bisson (south east quadrant of parishes), has been a Lyndhurst Parish Councillor for over 20 years, including as its Chairman and Vice Chairman. He also served the Scout Association at local, district and county level and helped found the twinning association, of which he has been a member for 25 years.

Meanwhile following the resignation of Secretary of State member Prof Alex Neil, there will be a vacancy until Defra’s recruitment process in March 2016.

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'I am pleased to welcome back Richard and also our new members Harry, George and Gordon onto the National Park Authority. They have a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with them.

‘I would also like to sincerely thank our outgoing members for their hard work and dedication to the National Park: Clive Maton, who joined the Authority in 2005 and served on the Planning Committee; Maureen Holding who became a member in 2007 and served on the Planning, Resources and Performance and Standards committees; and Ian Hibberd who joined the Authority in June 2013 serving on the Planning Committee and Standards Committee.'

Authority members set policies and priorities, ensure efficient and effective use of resources, and make sure that money is well spent. It is their job to represent the interests of the National Park and to balance out any conflicting pressures.



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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.

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Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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