12 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

It has taken more than 60 years to become a reality, but today the South Downs will finally become England’s ninth national park.
The announcement, expected to be made in a in a tea room in Ditchling, will be welcomed by the more than 160 groups that have campaigned for the establishment across a large swathe of southern England. Secretary of State Hilary Benn gave the principle approval in March this year, but last minute wrangling over two sections meant delays while an inquiry was held.The one-day public inquiry was held in August into the final boundary disputes. Now, however, the order bringing the South Downs national park into existence will be signed.
Robin Crane, chair of the South Downs Campaign, made up of more than 160 diverse organisations from local groups, societies and businesses and 29 parish and town councils, said: “Today is a fantastic and historic day: the final milestone on the long path to a South Downs national park. The South Downs will now have the protection and recognition that this landscape so richly deserves.
“We are pleased that our evidence on Green Ridge has convinced the inspector and the Government that its exclusion was a mistake and that this has now been rectified. We also welcome the inclusion of Alice Holt Forest, which will bring new opportunities to that part of Hampshire.

1 comment:

Ana Patricia Lima said...

Que paisagem maravilhosa... Traz-nos paz de espírito.