Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog
7 Glamorgan Street, Aberhonddu, Powys, LD3 7DP
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Swyddog y Parc Cenedlaethol: Martin Fitton, MA
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
7 Glamorgan Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7DP
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National Park Officer: Martin Fitton, MA
Rhodri Morgan AM
26 June 2001
National Assembly for Wales
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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE FIRST SECRETARY, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES
Dear First Secretary
Foot and Mouth Crisis
The National Park Authority is extremely concerned at recent developments in the Beacons. The disappearance of hefted flocks will have a disastrous effect on traditional land management in the area and wide ranging social and economic effects on the farming community. In terms of tourism we have already lost one complete season. We cannot afford to lose another. If Foot and Mouth is still present in the area next spring the option of keeping the countryside closed to visitors is clearly untenable.
We hope there will now be a willingness to consider possible alternatives to extensive culling, and to have a considered and public debate. We appreciate that vaccination is not a total panacea, but there is a very strong body of evidence to indicate that in this sort of situation where large numbers of sheep on the open hill are involved, culling is not necessarily the best solution. On the day that we should be supporting the Rural Revival Initiative, we are facing a disaster that is rapidly turning into a tragedy.
This National Park is one of the most important parts of Wales in terms of its landscape, wildlife and tourism economy. The current policy is threatening all three and alternatives must now urgently be considered. Over the past 18 hours, we have spoken to many who feel that this matter needs to be addressed urgently. We would ask that you consider meeting representatives from key agencies from the National Park.
We will contact your office to discuss this further.
Brian Powdrill Christopher Gledhill
Chairman Chief Executive
cc: Carwyn Jones, Minister for Rural Affairs
Sue Essex, Minister for the Environment, Transport and Planning