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

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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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11:29am Fri 27 Jun 14

country bird says...

Congratulations Mr Eyre, let's hope you are sympathetic as your a Forest resident etc, and good luck
Congratulations Mr Eyre, let's hope you are sympathetic as your a Forest resident etc, and good luck country bird
  • Score: 9

11:48am Fri 27 Jun 14

loosehead says...

So is he an Anti cyclist ? surely the other guy was a neutral as he never lived in the Forest & could see it with an open mind or is that why the verderers got him chucked out?
So is he an Anti cyclist ? surely the other guy was a neutral as he never lived in the Forest & could see it with an open mind or is that why the verderers got him chucked out? loosehead
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Fri 27 Jun 14

forest hump says...

No disrespect intended but at 82 yrs old he ought not to be involved in any authoritative decision making. And before all of you ageists wade in, he has had his time and should make way for someone younger. OCE is early 50's so more of an appropriate age. Enter stage left all critics!
No disrespect intended but at 82 yrs old he ought not to be involved in any authoritative decision making. And before all of you ageists wade in, he has had his time and should make way for someone younger. OCE is early 50's so more of an appropriate age. Enter stage left all critics! forest hump
  • Score: 10

1:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...
Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment... Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -8

3:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Ellwood says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...
.................... you'll probably find , that there are some cyclists, who are viewed as a nuisance in London or any other town or city too Paramjit.....and not just by the Snobs or the well off either.
People causing nuisance come in every shape and form....and are not specifically peculiar to the New Forest .
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...[/p][/quote].................... you'll probably find , that there are some cyclists, who are viewed as a nuisance in London or any other town or city too Paramjit.....and not just by the Snobs or the well off either. People causing nuisance come in every shape and form....and are not specifically peculiar to the New Forest . Ellwood
  • Score: 21

3:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...
Lets pluck a few up-market names at random to add credence to your axe grinding socialist mentality and you wonder why you and your balmy mate from Redbridge sit twiddling your thumbs while others are elected to make the grown up decisions.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...[/p][/quote]Lets pluck a few up-market names at random to add credence to your axe grinding socialist mentality and you wonder why you and your balmy mate from Redbridge sit twiddling your thumbs while others are elected to make the grown up decisions. Torchie1
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Solent Soul says...

Horse rider's, cyclists, walkers, runner's, live stock (in no particular order) are here to stay, we need to learn to be more tolerant towards all users of the New Forest National Park. As for cycle sportives, better these events are organised than the ones that would spring up to replace the wiggle events if they were to go..
Horse rider's, cyclists, walkers, runner's, live stock (in no particular order) are here to stay, we need to learn to be more tolerant towards all users of the New Forest National Park. As for cycle sportives, better these events are organised than the ones that would spring up to replace the wiggle events if they were to go.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 3

7:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Spoke to a lovely young lady in Town today who was showing off one the new forest tour buses, even she said it's the CARS causing the most problems, not cyclists.
Spoke to a lovely young lady in Town today who was showing off one the new forest tour buses, even she said it's the CARS causing the most problems, not cyclists. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -9

7:10am Sat 28 Jun 14

good-gosh says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Spoke to a lovely young lady in Town today who was showing off one the new forest tour buses, even she said it's the CARS causing the most problems, not cyclists.
she sounds like 'just the ticket'
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Spoke to a lovely young lady in Town today who was showing off one the new forest tour buses, even she said it's the CARS causing the most problems, not cyclists.[/p][/quote]she sounds like 'just the ticket' good-gosh
  • Score: -5

10:38am Sat 28 Jun 14

southy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...
Lets pluck a few up-market names at random to add credence to your axe grinding socialist mentality and you wonder why you and your balmy mate from Redbridge sit twiddling your thumbs while others are elected to make the grown up decisions.
The problem he is right, as the real locals are being push out by the influx of greedy money makers and vip with no real concern for the area only there idea how it should be and not how it really should be, the real local have no say any more in the New Forest affairs
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Some of the snobs living in New Forest love their Ferraries, Porches and choppers but view cyclists as nuisance. And then they have the cheek to suggest that they want to save New Forest's environment...[/p][/quote]Lets pluck a few up-market names at random to add credence to your axe grinding socialist mentality and you wonder why you and your balmy mate from Redbridge sit twiddling your thumbs while others are elected to make the grown up decisions.[/p][/quote]The problem he is right, as the real locals are being push out by the influx of greedy money makers and vip with no real concern for the area only there idea how it should be and not how it really should be, the real local have no say any more in the New Forest affairs southy
  • Score: -2

4:44pm Sun 29 Jun 14

TobyB1960 says...

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

9:48am Fri 4 Jul 14

Reconciler says...

Why do so many cyclists assume that Forest residents are greedy money-makers because they use 4x4s? These vehicles are essential tools of work for the commoners, without whose efforts the Forest landscape would rapidly disappear. These people are usually the opposite of wealthy, yet their love of the Forest keeps them working - for little profit or even financial loss - to maintain the area for all, including cyclists, to enjoy. Very large mass cycling events severely hinder this work. The majority of animal accidents are caused by 'white van man' and commuters in a hurry to and from work in Bournemouth or Southampton, from estates in NE Dorset, and Wiltshire.
Why do so many cyclists assume that Forest residents are greedy money-makers because they use 4x4s? These vehicles are essential tools of work for the commoners, without whose efforts the Forest landscape would rapidly disappear. These people are usually the opposite of wealthy, yet their love of the Forest keeps them working - for little profit or even financial loss - to maintain the area for all, including cyclists, to enjoy. Very large mass cycling events severely hinder this work. The majority of animal accidents are caused by 'white van man' and commuters in a hurry to and from work in Bournemouth or Southampton, from estates in NE Dorset, and Wiltshire. Reconciler
  • Score: 2

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