locals being such a barage of Dicks
Oi! We're not all like that, well not all the time!
Unfortunately this has all been stirred up by a vocal and empowered minority going under the auspices of the New Forest Equine Association, The New Forest Association, the Commoners Defence Association and the New Forest Verderers. These organisation are in fact fronted by the same few people, and have the strong support of a journalist in the local rag.
I really don't understand their gripe, which has been going on for over 20 years (first banning all cycling in the Forest, which was later revoked but limited to gravel tracks). One of the key antagonists is a senior member of the Verderers Court (the governing body of the Forest, which even the National Park Authority can't overturn). This is the guy who spouts off in the Lymington Times a lot.
Sorry but this really gets my goat as it is a very small minority, but their incitement has a huge effect for many, many people on their enjoyment and businesses in the Forest - both locals and visitors.
Although I'm not particularly supportive of the Wiggle events given the sensitivity, I'm more than happy for these events to occur locally as is everyone I talk to locally.
The new set-up is a real kick in the teeth for the nimby's, as they thought they had 'banned' the events (their words) after pressuring New Park Farm to drop them (hitting their turnover in the act). They've just moved teh start so all the benefits to local business go elsewhere, but the route is very similar!
Sorry for the lengthy waffle. By the way, the tide of support is turning against them judging by more recent comments against articles in the local paper I just hope the spring event is ridden sensibly and no more pathetic sabotage occurs.