Friday, 24 December 2010
The meetings were part of a wider consultation to engage people in how the governance of National Parks can be made more effective, and how National Park Authorities can strengthen links with their local communities.
The meetings were held at Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Landford and Hyde. At each meeting visitors were encouraged to pick up a copy of the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) consultation document, listen to a formal presentation and speak to Authority members and staff.
Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘I’m extremely pleased with the turn-out at these meetings. Despite the difficult weather conditions people were keen to come along and learn more.
‘This consultation affects everyone who lives in a National Park. We wanted to engage with as many people as possible who have an interest in the New Forest National Park to enable them to have their say.’
If you were unable to attend any of the meetings you can still have your say. Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/governancereview to view the consultation document. The consultation is running until the 1 February 2011.
The Government will announce if any changes are to be made to National Park governance by the end of March 2011.