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To: Staffordshire County Council
Save Cannock Chase AONB
Prevent the fencing off of significant areas of Cannock Chase and to prevent the grazing of cattle on public areas of Cannock Chase including those at Brindley Heath, Moor’s Gorse, Sherbrook Valley and beyond.
Undertake a full and proper public consultation, and to disclose and share all information about the decision making process in relation to the proposals .
Why is this important?
Cannock Chase is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is used freely by thousands of visitors each and every year. Visitors are not only from the local area but nationally and internationally. Users include families with children, ramblers and walking groups, cyclists, runners, dog walkers and horse riders, who not only enjoy the benefits of the Chase but support local businesses and the local economy.
Cannock Chase is particularly unique in the area due to the beautiful open landscape that is safely accessible by all, without restriction. All users have the benefit of the large area which allows them the freedom to safely enjoy their activity without encroaching on others.
Any proposal to alter and restrict this access will have a significant and detrimental effect on the local community, residents, visitors and local economy.
Allowing the free roaming of cattle within areas that will be used by families, children, horse riders, dogs and cyclists will put the safety of all at risk. Cattle are large and powerful animals who can take to flight easily and without warning.
The proposals to fence off large areas of Cannock Chase has been undertaken without any proper, open and public consultation and without consideration of the detrimental impact upon the area and the risks to public safety.
We request a full open and public consultation and the disclosure of all consultation meeting minutes, decision making reports, cost schedules, wildlife and natural beauty impact studies, local business impact studies and public safety impact studies.