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New Forest National Park Authority dumps chairman Julian Johnson over cycling controversy

Bournemouth Echo: National Park dumps boss over cycling controversy National Park dumps boss over cycling controversy

THE organisation that runs the New Forest National Park has dumped its chairman amid continuing controversy over mass cycling events.

Retired company director Julian Johnson, 82, was ousted at the annual meeting of the National Park Authority (NPA) yesterday after four years in the role.

Cllr Johnson was nominated as chairman for 2014-2015 but attracted only a handful of votes.

He was replaced by his deputy, former Official Verderer Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre, who won the ballot by an overwhelming majority.

Mr Crosthwaite Eyre, a former barrister, said: “I was not going to put my name forward unless there was a vacancy, but it appears I have the support of the majority of members and I accept the post.”

After the meeting members cited the need to tackle the problems being caused by huge cycling events in the area.

They pointed out that Cllr Johnson lived in Wiltshire, whereas Mr Crosthwaite Eyre resided in the Forest.

Cllr Maureen Holding said: “It needs someone who lives in the Forest and understands all the problems that cycling has brought.”

Fellow NPA member Cllr David Harrison added: “Julian has displayed a pretty high degree of enthusiasm and competence.

“But Oliver is well-known in the Forest as an extremely competent and dynamic person and his links with the Verderers will probably help the NPA achieve its objectives.”

Cllr Johnson, a member of Wiltshire Council, is one of 11 local authority appointees to the 22-member NPA.

Last night he said: “Losing the chairmanship came as a bit of a surprise.

“During my four years I feel the authority has progressed a lot.”

He added: “I think I probably understand the issue as well as Oliver. There’s no lack of awareness on my part.”

Cllr Johnson congratulated his successor, saying he would make an excellent chairman.

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5:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Barry1-1 says...

It's not the two days of cycling events a year that are the problem. It's the tourists that drive at 5mph, stop in the middle of the road to take photos and generally clog up the Park that are the issue. What is it with organisations (and people) in this country? A tiny, tiny percentage of people complain and suddenly there's a major issue. We're always hearing about how "20 people wrote in to complain about Top Gear last night," and suddenly they have to apologise. So 20 people don't like it. Why are they always heard louder than the other 5 million people that did enjoy it. How many people actually complained about the cycling this year? I'd love an actual figure so one could then compare it to the amount of people that live in the area and see just how few people have an issue with it. Anyway, rant over. One last thing; considering the Park is meant to be all about protecting the environment, one would have thought that cyclists would be much more welcome than caravans and motorhomes. But that's way too logical for these nincompoops to understand.
It's not the two days of cycling events a year that are the problem. It's the tourists that drive at 5mph, stop in the middle of the road to take photos and generally clog up the Park that are the issue. What is it with organisations (and people) in this country? A tiny, tiny percentage of people complain and suddenly there's a major issue. We're always hearing about how "20 people wrote in to complain about Top Gear last night," and suddenly they have to apologise. So 20 people don't like it. Why are they always heard louder than the other 5 million people that did enjoy it. How many people actually complained about the cycling this year? I'd love an actual figure so one could then compare it to the amount of people that live in the area and see just how few people have an issue with it. Anyway, rant over. One last thing; considering the Park is meant to be all about protecting the environment, one would have thought that cyclists would be much more welcome than caravans and motorhomes. But that's way too logical for these nincompoops to understand. Barry1-1
  • Score: 31

8:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

As a nearly 80 year old pensioner who enjoys the occasional drive in the forest,i honestly thought that the forest was open to everybody,to enjoy as it has been for all of my life.It has been a BIG surprise to me to find out that certain people,groups,and residents,seem to think they can lay down rules,and make their own laws.Since when has the forest been a private estate.
As a nearly 80 year old pensioner who enjoys the occasional drive in the forest,i honestly thought that the forest was open to everybody,to enjoy as it has been for all of my life.It has been a BIG surprise to me to find out that certain people,groups,and residents,seem to think they can lay down rules,and make their own laws.Since when has the forest been a private estate. pete woodley
  • Score: 20

10:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

60plus says...

I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it,
I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it, 60plus
  • Score: 10

10:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Turtlebay says...

60plus wrote:
I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it,
It has only become a tourist area since the National Park status was forced on us by the Labour government 5 years ago,
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it,[/p][/quote]It has only become a tourist area since the National Park status was forced on us by the Labour government 5 years ago, Turtlebay
  • Score: -11

11:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
60plus wrote:
I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it,
It has only become a tourist area since the National Park status was forced on us by the Labour government 5 years ago,
yes, before then virtually no one had heard of the New Forest

....................
....or the word ishoooooo come to that

in those far off days we called them problems

so hooray for newspeak and ishoooooooos
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with Pete the forest belongs to everyone not just the people who live there,when you choose to live in a tourist area you just get on with it,[/p][/quote]It has only become a tourist area since the National Park status was forced on us by the Labour government 5 years ago,[/p][/quote]yes, before then virtually no one had heard of the New Forest .................... ....or the word ishoooooo come to that in those far off days we called them problems so hooray for newspeak and ishoooooooos Bob49
  • Score: 4

4:40pm Sun 29 Jun 14

TobyB1960 says...

With the removal of the cyclists it will be open season for the 4x4's to kill a few more ponies!
With the removal of the cyclists it will be open season for the 4x4's to kill a few more ponies! TobyB1960
  • Score: 5
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