Taking Action - SWAGS vs New Forest authorities

Target New Forest Road Safety Council, Hampshire Police, Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park Authority. Protestors South Weirs Action Group For Safety (SWAGS) Location New Forest, Hampshire Date 06 June 2009

New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies

The lowdown   
Residents in a New Forest village have planned a series of protests following a large number of animal accidents in the area. A new pressure group called the South Weirs Action Group For Safety (SWAGS) has been formed to facilitate the action.


Why the protest?
Residents say that 40 ponies have been killed or badly injured in collisions in Brockenhurst in the past five years. SWAGS wants to see the 40mph speed limit on all unfenced roads in the Forest to be reduced to 30mph to improve safety.


What’s happened so far?
Last month members presented a 1,127- name petition to Pat Wyeth, chairman of New Forest Road Safety Council. The group of pony owners and other residents staged a demonstration on Saturday to highlight the problem of animal deaths in the parish. The group is also planning to lobby Hampshire Police, Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park Authority.


How did the media cover it?
The local paper, the Daily Echo, has been covering the groups’ protest since its launch.

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