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Park authority now live

Posted 4 April 2011
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Park authority now live
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Those who fancy going camping in the South Downs National Park may be interested to learn the national park authority has now taken up the running of the area.

Formally designated a year ago, the park has been operating on an interim basis while the authority was established.

Now the body is formally the holder of the statutory rights and responsibilities that go with running the national park, including issues about where people can pitch their tents.

Margaret Paren will chair the body and she said the approach it will take has been worked out over the past year through extensive consultation with local stakeholders, with 85 per cent of the land being farmed.

"By working together, we can all protect and enhance the national park for residents and visitors today and future generations to come," she said.

Some national parks have placed restrictions on camping, such as the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.

It has barred wild camping on a stretch of the east bank of Loch Lomond in the summer months, due to past instances of anti-social behaviour.