Keep Asker Meadows for Nature & Recreation - Not Cars

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Bridport Town Council has submitted an application to the District Council to allow parking in the Asker Meadows Nature Reserve on Saturdays and Town Festivals in the summer months. A hundred cars will be permitted to park in the field adjacent to the weir and river in this photo.

Please join with us in objecting to this use of Asker Meadows, which has been formally declared to Natural England, by the council, as a Local Nature Reserve.

Many people living in, or visiting, Bridport enjoy the Asker Meadows Nature Reserve. Hundreds walk or cycle there, walk their dogs, or enjoy the wildlife and the views.

We applaud the initiative of Bridport Town Council in establishing the reserve which is cherished by many people in Bridport and its environs. The statutory objectives of a Local Nature Reserve are to create and preserve a space for wildlife, education and public access (‘without disturbing wildlife’). The Nature Reserve is home to, or visited by, more than 70 species of birds, mammals, amphibians and fish. There are also numerous wild flowers and tree species, some of which have been planted and sown by volunteers with the support of the Town Council. In particular, there are habitats for water voles within a few feet of the proposed site for parking. Water voles are a protected species under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

There is a need to help visitors and people living outside the town come to the shops, the market and events: by bus, walking and cycling, or if necessary by car. But is a car park on this cherished green space in the centre of Bridport the answer? We think not. We think this application should be withdrawn or refused, and more thought given to utilising sites unused at weekends, or park and ride schemes from outside town.

This application will only be withdrawn or refused if enough of us object. Please sign our petition if you use or have visited Asker Meadows and wish to keep it for recreation and nature - not cars.

If you are able, please voice your objections on the planning application page as well:

If you have time you can also email or contact your town councillor. They are listed here

NB. Please share this petition with friends and neighbours. Only people living in or around Bridport should sign, together with those who know Asker Meadows as visitors or tourists. We also have a paper copy of this petition and you may see us around town. Please sign only once, either on paper or here, as we want the petition to be an accurate representation to the council. If you'd like to be on our mailing list as a Friend of Asker Meadows, please send an email to

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