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Tourism: New Forest

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will require the New Forest National Park Authority to extend the deadline for consultation on the draft Recreation Management Strategy. (228015)

This is a matter for the New Forest National Park Authority which I understand has announced an extension of the consultation period to Friday 14 November.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the New Forest National Park Authority has made of the number of people (a) resident in and (b) holidaying in Christchurch constituency who visit the New Forest annually; and what consultation has been carried out with Christchurch residents on the draft Recreation Management Strategy. (228016)

These are matters for the New Forest National Park Authority.

However I understand its draft Recreation Management Strategy says 29 per cent. of day visitors come from Dorset (Tourism South East 2004-05 survey) and that, in addition, the survey suggests 9 per cent. of ‘local day visitors from home’ come from ‘Highcliffe, Mudeford and Christchurch’.

I also understand that the authority mailed documents to Burton and Hurn parish councils, Christchurch borough council and Dorset county council, and has since responded to numerous requests for documents from the Christchurch area.