The Downton Society - Supporting our Village and our Environment
|Plans for a major recreation and camping complex on the Pound Bottom former landfill site between Bramshaw and Woodfalls have sparked major
concerns about environmental impacts on the northern part of the New Forest and nearby villages. If this project goes ahead, there will be a
substantial increase in traffic along the B3080 and through Downton, and the despoiling of an area of peaceful and natural recreation.|
The Lymington Times reports that a draft proposal, already discussed with the NFPA, includes a campsite, mountain bike track, picnic area, wild play facility, car parks, and visitor centre, rural workshop and refreshment sales. We are seeking information from W.C. as well as NFNPA and will be publicising further, but meanwhile if you are alarmed by this proposal - as we are - please make your concerns known to the Downton Society or on social media.
The Downton Society, a registered charity, was set up in 1975 to:
- promote conservation and awareness of sites and buildings of historic interest
- encourage high standards of planning & development;
- stimulate interest in the village & its environment
Over 40 years later the Society is still thriving. Members have been actively involved in campaigns to introduce the Lorry Ban and the Flood Defence scheme, in drafting the Village Design Statement and, in 2017, successfully completing the Downton Neighbourhood Plan. The Committee continuously monitors planning applications in the Conservation area, and keeps a close eye on local authority housing policy and developments proposed for Downton.
DSoc also initiates projects to improve the green environment. The latest is Downton In Bloom - which, with community support, will encourage environmental awareness as well as enthusiasm for gardening and flowers. Committee members plant tubs on the Greens, and work with other local groups and the Parish Council amenity committee to help improve public spaces in Downton.
On the social and community side, the Committee organises Moviola films, which are shown monthly in the Memorial Hall; and the Footpath Group which has an itinerary of guided walks throughout the year. The Wrightson cup is presented annually to the Trafalgar School. There are also occasional talks and visits; and an annual wine tasting evening and summer party are highlights for members.
The Society is independent and has no formal affiliation to any local authority, but it makes a point of maintaining close links with the Parish Council and other bodies within the Southern Wiltshire Community area. These include the Area Board, Salisbury Civic Society and the Salisbury Conservation Advisory Panel.
We always welcome new members, especially those with specifc knowledge and skills - but all that is really required is an interest in your local community. If you would like to know more, please contact a member of the committee - or join us by clicking here and filling in the application form.