We are actively continuing to insist that an EIA is carried out for this project and to move towards the instigation of a legal challenge if it isn’t. Please click here for an update on the legal position.
On 6 June, Friends of Latchmore had a very constructive meeting with representatives from the Forestry Commission. For the report on the meeting, click here and for the draft scoping document, click here. Apologies for the delay in posting details of this meeting.
On Thursday 1 August The Salisbury Journal published an editorial on Tom Langton’s report, which you can read by clicking this link:
A Presentment was made to the Verderers’ Court on 17 July by Margaret Bunyard, drawing attention to the recent report on Latchmore by Tom Langton, an eminent, independent ecologist (see below).
Tom Langton, an independent consultant conservation biologist who has worked extensively in this country and abroad, visited the New Forest on 15 March. We walked up Latchmore Brook with him and he commented on a number of aspects of the proposed works which concerned him. He has produced a report on his findings (including a short biography at the end), which you can read by clicking here.
Reports on the hydrological surveys carried out by JBA Consulting (see below) are now available. Some of our comments are listed in our report (item 10, and the Additional Notes) on the meeting with Natural England; others will be discussed in due course.
The link for the survey of Latchmore is https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17726060/2012s6580%20-%20Unit%2048%20SSSI%20Restoration%20Plan%20v1.0%20Final%20Apr2013_issued.pdf
and for Lay Gutter Valley, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17726060/EcoHAA_S_Lay%20Gutter%20Valley_FINAL.pdf
On 28 May, Friends of Latchmore had an interesting and positive meeting with representatives from Natural England and JBA Consulting (who had been commissioned by NE to carry out a hydrological survey for Latchmore Brook). To read NE’s report on the meeting, click here; and for FoL’s report, with a few additional notes on the hydrological modelling (also commissioned by NE and currently in preparation), click here.