The New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA) may be forced to hand back £1.5m of government money after two road resurfacing schemes were rejected by the Department for Transport (DfT).
The NFNPA abandoned their original proposal to implement a London-style bike hire scheme due to fears that it would attract too many cyclists to the New Forest.
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An alternative solution to improve the existing cycling infrastructure was tabled, but parts of the £2m scheme were rejected by the DfT, which supplied cash on condition it was used for eco-friendly transport initiatives, according to the Daily Echo.
Four schemes totalling £500,000 have been given the green light, but the £1.5m plan to improve facilities in Rhinefield and the Moors Valley Country Park were rejected, with the NFNPA now fearing the money will be distributed elsewhere.
A spokesman for the NFNPA said the authority is working to clarify the situation with the DfT and would issue more details later today.
Source: Daily Echo
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