New Forest Notes
For me, it just proves that having a good local knowledge doesn’t always equate to good judgement.
Mr Pasmore suggests that the Park Authority is at fault for the bad behaviour of some visitors.
As always happened regularly long before National Park status was granted in 2005, they are doing it through ignorance or willful disobedience.
I could provide countless examples of the Park Authority trying to tackle the problems caused by anti-social behaviour, from all of the educational work done out in the forest and at schools and colleges, the messaging aimed at visitors through the various information points and Visitor Centre, to the excellent website and social media presence and press releases.
Mr Pasmore makes no mention of the Recreational Management Strategy that was led by the Authority, consulted on and is a perfect example of partnership working with other key organisations, all of whom have a responsibility for protecting the New Forest.
I guess it is very easy to paint a picture of one organisation being somehow responsible for the actions of hundreds of people who behave badly.
Mr Pasmore should ask himself “What am I doing about these issues?”, other than pointing a crusty old finger at others.
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I am sorry about the length of this post but these essential works are going to cause a lot of disruption and it is a good idea to avoid travelling at these times if you can.