Report of the Director of Open Spaces
The Committee received a report of the Director of Open Spaces on the Strategy and Management Plan for Epping Forest 2019-29. The report provided a Strategy and Management Plan document which presented a summary of the key management objectives for the Forest over the next 10 years.
Members discussed the integration of the strategies to alleviate outside challenges to core strategy priorities of the Epping Forest Management Plan. It was noted by a Member of the Committee that while the responses to outside challenges were not directly referenced in the Plan it did deal with these issues.
A Member of the Committee commented that the reference to acid grassland be added to the Management Plan and requested if there was a policy developed for engagement with commercial dog walkers in the Forest. The Director of Open Spaces explained that a sustainable visitor strategy, which will include a commercial dog walkers’ policy, was due to be developed by the City of London Corporation.
It was noted by a Member of the Committee that the term ‘London’s Great Forest’ was misleading as a large part of the Forest was in Essex and not London. The Director of Open Spaces commented that the reference to London was as a result of the connection with the City of London, both current and historic.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.