Consultation on draft management plan for St Catherine's Hill

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By Com_Publisher | Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 19:25

A number of organisations have worked together to form The St Catherine's Hill and Town Common Steering Group. Together they have come up with a draft plan to deliver agreed objectives for the management of St Catherine's Hill and Town Common in Christchurch over the next ten years.

The Group was established in 2009 to oversee the production of the new management plan. It comprises representatives from: Hurn Parish Council; Christchurch Borough Council; Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust; Natural England; Friends of St Catherine's Hill; West Christchurch Residents Association; Sembcorp Bournemouth Water; Urban Heaths Partnership.

The Group are now asking for comments on the draft plan in a public consultation that runs until 30 March 2012.

Contents of the plan include the protection and improvement of the varied features of the site including nature conservation, archaeology, recreation, public enjoyment, community involvement and education.

The plan also includes measures to selectively expand heathland, retain and enhance significant areas of woodland and create additional areas of wooded


Chairman of the Steering Group, Cllr Sue Spittle, said: "It has been very satisfying to see the many different organisations in the Steering Group working so well together to come up with an agreed draft plan for the area.

"We believe the plan will serve St Catherine's Hill well into the future and we want to make sure that people in the local community are happy with the proposals as they stand or find out if they would like to make any changes or comments on them."

Informal public consultation drop-in sessions will take place on Saturday 25 February 2012 between 10am and 5pm and Friday 9 March between 4pm and 7pm at St Catherine's Hill Community Hall on Marlow Drive, Christchurch.

Members of the Steering Group will be available on those dates to discuss any aspect of the draft plan or supporting documents.

Details of the consultation are to be found on or from the Civic Offices, Christchurch Information Centre, Christchurch and Highcliffe libraries and Stanpit Marsh and Steamer Point Nature Reserve Information Centres.



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