SIR – I cannot understand why Hampshire County Council continue to put salt down on the open Forest roads. It’s not as though they do not know of the problems with the animals congregating on the roads, licking the salt.
When I was a member of the New Forest Consultative Panel this was raised many times over the years and we were assured that alternatives would be used.
If I emptied a bag of cabbage and carrots in the road to feed the animals, I would be prosecuted. What’s the difference?
Perhaps it would be better not to put anything on the unfenced roads. With adequate publicity it would slow the traffic down so that drivers show more respect for the road conditions.
Or there might be a case for a commoner or driver, following an accident, to sue HCC for damages and then they might wake up to the problem they are causing.
There may also be a case to look again at the fencing of the strategic unfenced routes, the B3054 and B3078, as there would be no excuse for commuters to travel across the Forest on unfenced roads, as there would be a reasonable alternative.
Driving on the fenced roads has never diminished my appreciation of the New Forest.
(Main photo: Russell Sach)