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M: 075 4532 5209
E: dharrison100@aol.com

Councillor Davod Harrison

New Forest Notes

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abandoned BBQs
The Lymington Times chooses to give a platform to a Mr Pasmore who assumes the mantle of self-appointed authority on all things related to the New Forest by way of a regular column “New Forest Notes”.

For me, it just proves that having a good local knowledge doesn’t always equate to good judgement.

His attack on the New Forest National Park Authority for a failure to control the bad behaviour of visitors is completely unjustified and grossly unfair to all the staff and members who work so hard to protect the New Forest.

Mr Pasmore suggests that the Park Authority is at fault for the bad behaviour of some visitors.

The people who decide to ignore bylaws and act in an anti-social manner by lighting barbecues and abandoning the associated litter, riding bikes across the heathlands and feeding ponies, are not doing so because of a failure on the part of the park authority.

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. 

It is not as if any of the organisations have the necessary manpower to effectively police what goes on in 200 odd square miles, much of it covered in trees.

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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