Friends of Latchmore have written to the National Park Authority again, drawing attention to our questions relating to the stream “restoration” projects which remain unanswered and especially to our concern that the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment for Latchmore continues without having resolved the many outstanding issues which FoL have raised regarding the hydrology of this stream. As yet we have not received a reply to this letter.
An article published in The Lymington Times dated 8 August reports on Beryl Bull’s Presentment to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July claiming that the timing and manner in which the Forestry Commission carried out the recent stream “restoration” in Broomy Inclosure breached conditions of the Planning Permission.
An editorial in The Forest Journal on 23 July 2015 reports on Presentments made by John Fryer and Beryl Bull to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July (see below) regarding the Forestry Commission’s widespread stream “restoration” works in the New Forest.
Presentments were made to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July by John Fryer and Beryl Bull. Both Presentments call on the Verderers to exercise their right and duty to protect the New Forest from the destructive engineering works associated with the stream “restoration” projects.
An updated list of recorded sightings from 2011 to 2015, a total of 77 species, is available now – please click here.
A letter in this week’s Lymington Times raises the subject of Natural England’s continuing support of stream “restoration” in the New Forest (Natural England justify these engineering works on the grounds that they are “necessary for the management of the site”). The writer, Tom Langton, an independent conservation ecologist, is the author of a report produced in May 2013 on the management of the New Forest with particular reference to the proposed engineering works at Latchmore Brook.
Another New Forest stream, this time in the western corner of Broomy Inclosure, has been “restored” by the Forestry Commission.
In May 2015 remedial work was carried out on a previous “restoration” undertaken in 2012.
Recent alterations to the streams at Ditchend (see post dated 26 July 2014) and now at Broomy raise worrying questions about the likely future appearance of Latchmore Brook if Planning Permission is granted for the proposed works to be carried out.
Update, 16 June 2015
The exhibition has been postponed by LUC so that they are able to carry out additional surveys on Southern Damselfly and bats and to complete their surveys on traffic and archaeology. It is likely to be re-scheduled for September. In the meantime, proposed “restoration” works to be carried out in Studley Wood have been postponed too: this wood is in the Latchmore catchment and should (and will) be included in the EIA for Latchmore.
Posted 6 June 2015
On Wednesday 8 July, in the Church Rooms, Hyde, there will be a public exhibition of the information gathered for the Environmental Impact Assessment for Latchmore Brook. The exhibition will be organised by Land Use Consultants (the Forestry Commission’s agents) and the EIA will accompany the Planning Application by the Forestry Commission to carry out “restoration” of the stream.
Please put the date in your diary and go along if you can – opening hours will be added to this post when we know them.
The Forestry Commission’s agents, Land Use Consultants, are carrying out a recreation survey to help them complete the Environmental Impact Assessment which will accompany the application for Planning Permission to undertake the proposed works at Latchmore. They have asked members of the public to participate.
This is an important opportunity for us all – both the local community and visitors from further afield – to record our recreational use of this unique and beautiful area and show how much we value it. Please complete their short survey and accompanying map and return it to them by Friday 5 June. If you need paper copies of the documents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Postscript, 19 May
Land Use Consultants have now supplied the questionnaire in MS Word format, which can be completed online and emailed to the address at the foot of the form. Due to OS copyright regulations, the map still has to be annotated by hand if you wish to do so, and returned by post.
Another proposed Forestry Commission “restoration”, this time at Pondhead, near Lyndhurst, is being opposed by residents. Click here for details (at foot of page).