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Glover Review On The future of 'Designated Landscape Areas ' Report From Dorset Area AGM

Doug Pigg addressed the AGM on The Glover Review Panels on-line survey seeking views on the future of 'Designated Landscape Areas ' which includes National Parks. After the meeting several people asked how to respond, so here is some guidance:
The Glover Review on-line survey is here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence/. It closes on 18 December 2018, and Question 20 asks about possible new designated areas. There is no need to answer all the questions! You can also respond by email at landscapes.review@defra.gsi.gov.uk [please refer to Question 20.]

The Glover Review team welcomes inputs by individuals as well as organisations.

From a landscape, environment and biodiversity viewpoint, and in response to Question 20, you may like to draw on the following points:

· Dorset deserves National Park recognition for the area’s nationally and internationally important landscapes, World Heritage Coast, wildlife and heritage.

· The area needs a National Park to safeguard better and enhance its outstanding environment, heritage, wildlife and natural capital and reverse the decline in biodiversity.

· A National Park would work in partnership to help ensure that our environment, communities and economy are thriving, successful, healthy and sustainable. It would be a partner and asset for councils, communities including Portland, voluntary societies, land managers and business.

· We encourage the Glover Review Panel to support a Dorset National Park and to ask Natural England to undertake a full assessment at the earliest opportunity.

Stuart Maconie named as our new president
Stuart was elected to the honorary position at our annual meeting (General Council) on Saturday (1 April 2017) in Southampton and hopes to use his presidency to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors and get involved in protecting people’s rights to access the countryside.
Stuart developed a love for walking during his time as deputy editor of the New Musical Express (NME), when he found walking to be an antidote to a busy life. Since then, he’s walked all 214 Wainwrights, completed the Hadrian’s Wall Path national trail and walked much of the South West Coast Path.
More information and a short video here

England Coast Path
Natural England “the government’s advisor on the natural environment” plans to open the England Coast Path around
England’s coastline by 2020. Full details of progress can be obtained on line England Coast Path
Status in Dorset
Lyme Regis to Rufus Castle (Portland) – Implementation of this section is currently being held up owing to a public inquiry which was held in November and December 2016, the outcome should be known in March 2017. If the objection is upheld there will be further delay while an alternative route for this section is negotiated which will then be published for further public consultation
Rufus Castle (Portland) to Lulworth Cove was opened on 29 June 2012 and was the very first section opened on the English Coastline
Lulworth Cove to Highcliffe – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with land owners and other interested parties. It is planned that it will be fully open in 2018 although the section between Kimmeridge Bay and Highcliffe may be open earlier.
For more information please contact the Area Footpath Secretary (see Contact page)
Adjacent Counties
Kingswear to Lyme Regis (approx 68 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.
Highcliffe to Calshot (approx 56 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.

Bere Regis Path Claims
Update - Froom's Lane has now been submitted to Dorset County Council but evidence is still being collected for Dark Lane

If you have walked these paths in the past and would be prepared to assist please email Dorset Area President for more details and a claim form.
The paths are shown here Dorset Explorer

Froom’s Lane Bere Regis from SY 850 946 to SY 853 937
Bere Regis Froom's Lane
Dark Lane, Shitterton from SY 837 951 to SY 832 947
Bere Regis Dark Lane