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Letter to local election candidates

Thatched houses on new estate at Augustan Avenue, Shillingstone Thatched houses on new estate at Augustan Avenue, Shillingstone

26th April 2019

Peter Neal has written to those nominated for election as a Councillor for Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council and Dorset Council ahead of the 2nd May council elections.

In his letter, Peter Neal, Chair of Trustees, calls on candidates to protect the countryside its towns and villages now and for future generations.

"Dorset CPRE works to promote, enhance and protect the Dorset countryside, for the benefit of all. We are driven by the work of passionate local volunteers and are part of a wider national Network of CPRE groups in every county who campaign for a beautiful and thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.
We want to see a beautiful and biodiverse countryside, with thriving communities, where the needs of local people are met and their voices are heard in decision-making, for example on planning.
We therefore ask you to support policies which support the countryside locally in the following areas:
  • Best use of land - Respecting the quality and character of all of Dorset's countryside and communities by promoting appropriate development where this is needed, including making use of brownfield land and prioritising sustainable transport.
  • Thriving rural communities - Championing and upholding the voice of local people through the planning system; proactively responding to local housing needs including for genuinely affordable homes for social rent; supporting local economies and supply chains, including farmers and Dorset food and drink producers; eradicate littering, encouraging everyone to enjoy the countryside for its health and wellbeing benefits.
  • A National Park for Dorset - Securing Dorset's long-overdue National Park as a close partner and delivery arm for the Dorset Council and our communities, bringing additional resources to invest in our outstanding environment and cultural heritage and helping communities, businesses, farmers and land managers to thrive.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you after the election to discuss these issues, and how Dorset CPRE can support you to deliver policies that meet the needs of local communities, while enhancing the countryside for current and future generations to enjoy."


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