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Local CPRE Hampshire roadshow at Ringwood Farmers’ Market 
Local CPRE Hampshire roadshow at Ringwood Farmers’ Market

Autumn / Winter 2017

Latest update for the New Forest area. This update was produced for our twice yearly printed newsletter, Hampshire Views. Please check the rest of the News section of the website for more recent updates.

As alluded to in previous reports, the pressure is on to debate with town and parish councils the implications of the Local (Housing) Plan, especially its unwelcome effects on the Green Belt.

In March, Christopher Napier (CPRE Hampshire Planning and Policy Group Chairman) and I, backed by local campaigners, tackled New Milton which was in the throes of launching a Neighbourhood Plan. Next up, Milford-on-Sea where, in June, a concerned couple invited us to see and discuss both local sites that had been designated for housing. One features a large nursery but the other is an unspoilt paddock, inaccessible to excess traffic due to the presence of a social housing block.

Finally, in July, we met with officers at Lymington Town Hall. Several issues were aired but, subsequently, the officers insisted that the views expressed were their own and did not reflect those of the Town Council. Again, a Neighbourhood Plan had been widely circulated but the outcome is not yet known.

The National Park Authority invited me to sit on their New Forest Consultative Panel to officially represent CPRE. In May, with fellow member Ailsa Farrand (who represents the New Forest Equestrian Association), I participated in the annual Forestry Commission-sponsored visit to specific areas of the Forest. This year we went to Turf Hill to hear about ‘Heathland Restoration from Plantation and Undergrounding of Pylons’ (at Hale Purlieu). Then onto Woodgreen to learn about verge protection work around the village. All in all, a thoroughly informative and rewarding experience.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market hold monthly sessions at several of the county market towns. In June, we took the opportunity to man a stall in Ringwood. Assisted by CPRE Hampshire member, Alison Riddell (also Treasurer of The Ringwood Society), we invited busy shoppers to name their favourite countryside or landscape in the county and automatically enter a draw to win a food hamper donated by Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. A record number of entries were handed in in the space of four frenetic hours!

We obtained publicity for CPRE’s General Election manifesto in the fortnightly free newspaper, the Ringwood & Fordingbridge News.

Finally, it should be emphasised that reports of all meetings plus relevant local news items are regularly circulated to members and campaigners on our mailing list. Please contact me if you would like to join the list.

Russell Webb, New Forest Group Co-ordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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