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Balancing environmental issues with expanding rural tourism

25 January 2017

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds the fourth oral evidence session for its Rural tourism in England inquiry. Witnesses discuss the challenges in balancing environmental issues with expanding rural tourism.


Wednesday 25 January 2017, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.15pm

  • Paul Forecast, Director, Eastern England, National Trust
  • Martin Lane, Director, Cotswold Conservation Board
  • Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive, Peak District National Park Authority

At 3.15pm

  • Kate Conto, Senior Policy Officer, The Ramblers
  • Mark Weston, Director of Access, British Horse Society
  • Roger Geffen, Director, Cycling UK

Purpose of the session

Issues for the first panel include:

  • encouraging visits away from 'honey pot' sites
  • planning rules and
  • public transport links

The second panel with witnesses representing walkers, cyclists and equestrians discuss:

  • balancing open access and preserving the character and environment of sensitive areas

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