Once again our most recent fund-raising event was a sell-out! The Curry & Quiz evening on 19 February was a lot of fun and we thank all those who came along on the night to support us and those who were unable to join us but sent a donation instead. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
Although not specifically related to Latchmore, a letter in this week’s Lymington Times raises the interesting question of exactly how the HLSS funds are distributed in the New Forest during the execution of “restoration” projects.
On 17 July 2014 Planning Permission was granted for “restoration” work at North Slufters (see postings dated 24 August) and the work was carried out during the summer and early autumn. To read reports, prepared by Friends of Latchmore, on the work while it was in progress and after completion, click here for ‘The machinery and imported materials’, here for ‘Comparisons before and after works at Lower End’ and here for ‘Was this necessary?’
On Thursday 19 February we are organising a Curry Supper and a Quiz in Hyde Memorial Hall, starting at 7 p.m., and we hope you will come and support us. Tickets available now.
A letter in The Lymington Times dated 25 October calls for a more responsible attitude by the government organisations which continue to approve EU-funded schemes involving major engineering works in protected environments (such as stream “restoration” in the New Forest), while completely disregarding very strong public opposition to the works.
A letter in this week’s Lymington Times draws attention to the growing opposition expressed by parish councils on behalf of their electorate to the ongoing programme of Forestry Commission stream “restorations” in the New Forest. For more information, click here.
On Wednesday 29 October we are holding a Bingo evening with a fish and chips supper at Hyde Memorial Hall. It will be a light-hearted and fun evening and we do hope you will come along and support us.
As a Non-Statutory Consultee, the Friends of Latchmore have submitted their comments on the Scoping Report in a letter and covering email, both dated 14 September 2014, and an annotated copy of the Scoping Report. In due course they will be posted on the NFNPA website.
In his ‘New Forest Notes’ in the Lymington Times dated 6 September 2014, Anthony Pasmore writes about the Forestry Commission’s “restoration” projects in the New Forest with particular reference to the recent work at Ditchend. He considers the long-term consequences of these projects which involve major engineering work on a Site of Special Scientific Interest and questions whether they really do benefit the Forest environment.
The Scoping Report for the EIA for Latchmore is now available. The Friends of Latchmore are one of the Non-statutory Consultees and we are preparing our comments on the Report; they will be posted here when they are completed.