Issue No.171 March 2017


Footpath Secretary
Hon. Secretary
Programme Secretary
Publicity Secretary
Honorary Auditor
Website Manager
Membership Secretary
Committee Member

Rowan Brockhurst
Graham New
Ruth Croker    Tel: 01425 656360
Rowan Brockhurst
Kelvin Winch   Tel: 01425 471348
Hazel Winch
Tricia Holloway
Marion Westcott     email:
Catherine Avery Jones
Julie Whiteing
David Knapp
David Knapp
Marlene Sexton 1 Dene Close,Poulner, Ringwood BH24 1TB
David Seymour

News from the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society

Hello. May I introduce myself? My name is Marion Westcott. I will now be editing the Waymark.
My first action is to thank Charles for his dedication and excellent work with the Waymark in the past
twelve, plus years. I hope I can do as well.

The current cold spell makes it difficult to
believe that spring is on the way. We saw signs of this yesterday on our walk. Two newly born
lambs, admittedly wearing plastic coats to keep
them warm, a few clumps of snowdrops on the
roadside banks and catkins growing in the
hedgerows. There was however a lot of mud.
I am hoping for better walking weather when
spring does arrive.
I thought that you would like to know that
Natural England continue to work to find a
suitable route for the England Coast Path as it
traverses the New Forest. Discussions are taking place with landowners, the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and other interested parties. A paper outlining the proposed route is due to be published by the end of March.
I know none of the route will run through our
parishes but I am sure many of us will be walking on the route when the path opens. The whole of the England Coast Path should be open by spring 2020.
Another matter of interest to many of you is the

National Grid Visual Impact Project at Hale Purlieu. This project aims to improve the landscape by reducing the visual impact of overhead cables and their pylons. This is a difficult and
expensive engineering project. By the time you read this, survey work should have taken place along the preferred route of the underground cabling. As many of you will know, there are a number of streams in the area. This makes the engineering particularly difficult. The survey should identify environmental issues and archeological constraints. Information gained will inform the design plan.
If a suitable route is found a full planning application will be submitted in summer 2018. The National Trust who are the main landowners, the NPA, the Verderers and many other interest groups are being consulted about the way forward. If a suitable route is not found the money allacated to the project will be diverted to a project in another part of the country.
I look forward to seeing lots of you at our AGM
on 20th March.                                 


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