When ONE VOICE was formed, at the end of September 2008 we found that there were
many other people who shared our concerns. We thank those who continue to support
our aims, and thank everyone who has written to their Parish Council, MP, Local and
District Councillors - and of course the NPA. The following quotes from our supporters
is assurance that we are not alone!
SUPPORTERS OF THE ONE VOICE MISSION
By 11 October 2008 (less than 2 weeks after its formation), One Voice received the
support of the following local & District Councillors; Members of Parliament; business
owners; and others: -
"When Desmond Swayne and I spoke against the imposition of a National Park model
on the New Forest, in the course of the Public Inquiry, we warned that an overarching
body would upset the delicate balance of local groups and local authorities which
have managed the Forest carefully and conscientiously for very many years. The NPA
is now fulfilling - indeed exceeding - our worst fears about the consequences of
giving power to an arrogant and insensitive bureaucracy. It is time for the people
who live and work in the Forest, and who enjoy and understand it, to put a stop to
this nonsense and take back control. Good luck with the campaign!"
Dr. Julian Lewis MP, New Forest East
"I am more than happy to support the calls for both an extension to the 31st October
closing date for consultation and the holding of public meetings by the National
Park Authority so that they can explain their proposed policies, how they arrived
at them and the evidence upon which they are based. I feel that it is particularly
incumbent on a body that is not directly elected and therefore has no local mandate
for it’s actions to carry out detailed and meaningful consultation. I will be attending
the Forest Uprising Rally at Wilverley Plain on Saturday morning so that I can hear
directly the views of so many New Forest residents".
Cllr Edward Heron, Downlands and Forest Ward
"As the an Elected Member of NFDC representing Marchwood I am able and willing to
support your call for an extention untill the 30th November for consultation to be
submitted. I am at present only half way through preparing my own submission".
Cllr Alan Shotter, NFDC Marchwood
" It is essential that we do everything in our power to protect the New Forest as
we know and love it from the probable depredations of a non- elected Authority -
Cllr. Andrew Tinsley ".
District Councillor Hordle,Everton and Tiptoe
"You can count on my support. I have lived in the area (Brockenhurst 16 years) for
42 years. I was opposed to the setting up of the National Park all along, regarding
it as just another unrequired level of bureaucracy.I was particularly miffed by the
devious way that Lymington was left out. I shall be at Whitemoor tomorrow morning
with my terrier (on a lead of course). As stated in a letter to the A&T this morning,
most if not all of the people involved in the construction of this plan will have
gone in less than 10 years. The Forest will still be there".
Cllr Tony Swain, Buckland
"I attended the Boldre meeting and the Holbury one and will be at Wilverly tomorrow.
Julian [Lewis] and Desmond [Swayne] are fully supportive and Julian will be at Wilverly
as will a number of Totton Cllrs. I know we are not in the official national Park
we are all fully behind the plans to stop the NPA riding roughshod over Forester's
rights. The next step, in my opinion, is to get rid of the NPA and go back to the
Verderers and the District Council running it. Thus saving millions of pounds in
tax payers money and having a Forest for everyone to enjoy. Good luck with the campaign".
Cllr Di Brooks, Totton West District Ward
"The proposals by the National Park have been shown to have both serious flaws and
to be unacceptable to those living in and adjacent to the New Forest however we are
currently within the period of consultation and it can only be hoped that, in light
of the consultation, they either provide additional evidence/information to support
their proposals or re-draft the plan to incorporate the necessary amendments.
Given the deficiencies that are so evident it could easily prove necessary to extend
the consultation period and look to initiating a series of public meetings in order
that full consultation and representation can be made.
Personally I am unhappy with the explanatory note, issued by the National Park regarding
horse grazing, as it will not makeup part of the plan and as such, should the plan
be adopted, not have any weight. In my own mind the explanatory note confirmed that
the policy failed to clearly express the authors intentions, whether or not one agrees
with them, and that being so required redrafting".
Cllr Jeremy Heron, Ringwood South District Ward
"The NPA is a very powerful organisation that has, to date, not consultant with many
local businesses. The draft proposal shows a lack of understanding of many important
issues, and omits things like transport and infrastructure. I wonder whether the
people at the top of the NPA have any empathy with the locals or care much about
what they want or their ambitions. The only way people who work and live in the New
Forest can communicate with such a powerful organisation is by speaking with one
voice. And that voice must have the backing of an equally powerful organisation or
it will not be heard. We must all work together and seek the backing of an organistion
such as the Federation of Small Businesses who can provide the expertise and connections
that will inevitably be required in order for the voice or ordinary folk to be heard"
Local Businessman Chris Robinson, Communicating, 10 October 2008
"I can confirm that the Federation of Small Businesses New Forest Branch certainly
has some concerns over the implications of the new draft Management Plan, and as
the FSB were not invited to the consultation workshops in 2007/2008 we feel we are
not adequately represented. We also note that the involvement of the New Forest Business
Partnership, to which many of our members also belong, has been minimal. The FSB
branch committee are currently reviewing thedocument with a view to submitting our
comments to the NPA and also planning to make the FSB known to the NPA as a potential
channel of communication to the business community.
We are keen to ensure that the significant implications to Business of the policies
proposed do not get lost in the current wave of emotion over issues such as dog walking
and horse keeping. We support the call for a wider consultation process than the
closed door workshops which have taken place and agree that the thinking behind some
of the proposed policies needs more detailed explanation than they get in the draft
Plan. It seems appropriate to campaign for some wider public meetings".
Rob Dewing, Chairman, FSB New Forest Branch
(215,000 members Nationally)
"This is just to confirm that your movement of ONE VOICE has my complete support
and that I agree fully with the sentiments expressed in your first edition. The NAP
Plan Consultation Draft Document seems to me to be ill thought out without any consideration
for either the People of the New Forest and surrounding areas and in many respects
is completely impracticable. It is essential that the length of time for consultation
be increased to enable all the community time to express their thoughts about the
various aspects that have been raised in this document".
Cllr. Paul R Woods, Becton District Ward
"The call from One Voice for improved consultation is a very reasonable one. At present,
many people who live in, work in, or enjoy the New Forest for leisure purposes are
feeling very threatened by new proposals that will change the nature of the area. A
better dialogue is what is needed and the sooner the National Park Authority accept
this, the better".
Cllr. David Harrison, Leader, Liberal Democrat Group, NFDC
"Thank you for inviting me to write to ONE VOICE expressing concern about the thrust
of their various consultations. We need to be clear about what we object to: the
time for consultation – they already exceed what they need to do to comply with statute
or more importantly the two documents – Recreational Management Strategy & the National
Park Management Plan & Local Development Framework Core Strategy, both of which articulate
assumptions & goals that need to be challenged.
The County as the Highway Authority & provider of other overarching services is
not happy with significant elements of the documents, neither is the New Forest Local
Strategic Partnership – an umbrella organisation including the NPA, Police, PCT,
NFDC, Social Housing & the business community, that impressed with the tone of the
documents either. The main concern is that not proper weight has been given to
sustaining & promoting the social & economic well being of the whole area; the NPA
& the rest of the District are like a Siamese twin, both support each other & each
adjust to changes. And the pursuit of the NPA’s two principal functions without recognition
of the context will harm the larger partner & consign the NPA to being a very expensive,
aging ghetto & a permanent irritant to all those who live around it"
Cllr Nigel Clarke, Conservative Member for Ringwood
"Thank you for the opportunity of commenting on the N.F.N.P.A's draft proposal consultation.
having just returned from the Wilverley meeting today I am only to aware of the strength
of feeling against the various proposals contained within this vast document and
the very short time in which the so called consultation has to take place.
, The many banners shown today said most of what people were thinking or saying but
I will quote one in particular it said Npa Unelected.Unacountable Undemocratic
Having been born and raised in the forest I have seen it change over the years
and I, as do many other locals feel that it had changed for the better or at least
it did until the national park was formed and control transferred from local elected
and accountable councillors to this unelected group.
The way forward could either be return the forest to the locals ,the verderers and
the forestry commission or let the NPA be made up of elected district and parish
councillors then perhaps the NPA would be accountable through the ballot box at least
once every four years.
I hope we all can make our voices heard against these ridiculous proposals. Regards
and good luck".
Cllr Chris Lagdon, Totton East Ward
"Please be assured that you have my full support in your battle with the NPA. Today
I attended the excellent Rally at Wilverley along with hundreds of others. Although
I am not a horse or dog owner myself I support the many constituents who are. I am
opposed to the several other unnecessary restrictions being proposed in the current
consultation document such as road tolls. I very much hope that the government will
disband the NPA quango and return the powers to the elected councils".
Cllr. Derek Tipp, Ashurst, Copythorne South and Netley Marsh District ward