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Woodgreen Jubilee Celebrations

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Change of date for Annual Meeting

Change of date for Annual Parish Council Meeting

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Woodgreen Annual Parish Council Meeting will now be held on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30pm in the Reading Room.

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£150 Council Tax Rebate payments start

£150 Council Tax rebate payments start

New Forest District Council has started (Monday 25 April 2022) making payments of the £150 Energy Rebate to eligible households who have paid their April Council Tax instalment by Direct Debit. 

Residents who have paid their April instalment by Direct Debit do not need to take any action and should receive the rebate in their bank account by the end of April.

The government announced the £150 rebate as support for the rising cost of energy bills, with local authorities paying the rebate to eligible households. 

For people who don’t pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit and where we are unable to make the direct payment we will send a letter by the end of April, and invite them to make a claim to receive the payment into their bank account.

NFDC are warning residents to be aware of scammers calling people and asking for their bank details in order to receive the Council Tax Energy Rebate.  NFDC say they would never cold call and ask for bank details over the phone or send a text, and for anyone who is worried, to hang up and contact their bank and report the scam to the police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040  www.actionfraud.police.uk/how-to-report-fraud 

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Letter from PCC re Government consultation to reduce fly-tipping

Letter from PCC re Government consultation to reduce fly-tipping

Dear colleagues,
Re: New plans to stop households paying for DIY waste to reduce fly-tipping – have your say
I am writing to inform you of the latest Government plans to reduce fly tipping and to urge you to complete the consultation on banning charging of household building waste materials at council tips, in a bid to prevent fly-tipping.
The Government is consulting on plans to change the rules that currently allow some Local Authorities to charge for DIY waste from households. Under the proposals, households would not be charged to get rid of waste including plasterboards, bricks and bath units.
This is a new move to tackle fly-tipping which is a crime, blights communities, poses a risk to public health and the environment, and costs up to £392 million a year.
The consultation can be completed online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/household-waste-recycling-centres-diy-waste-disposal-charges-and-booking-systems
I support this change in government position. The cost of fly-tipping clear-ups to private landowners and councils is a huge amount of money and the issue is increasing every year. These are criminal acts. By removing the barriers to lawful free disposals at council waste centres, the criminality will be reduced. This is a sound move.
Yours sincerely
Donna Jones Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & Isle of Wight

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Woodgreen Annual Parish Meeting

Woodgreen Annual Parish Meeting

The Woodgreen Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 27th at 7.30pm on the village hall and all are welcome to attend.

The meeting will begin with a talk by Nick Tomalin of the RSPB entitled The RSPB in the New Forest. This will be followed by reports from Councillor Edward Heron, PCSO Steve May and various local organisations. The full agenda can be seen on the “Agendas and Minutes” page of the website.

Refreshments will be available.

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WOODGREEN MODEL STEAM RALLY & MODEL EXHIBITION

WOODGREEN MODEL STEAM RALLY & MODEL EXHIBITION

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022

Charlie and Lynda Warne welcome you back for our 16th year.

Come and join us at Woodgreen Village Hall SP6 2AJ for a weekend of family fun! Plenty of traction engines and model railway exhibitions on display. We have Two half size steam engines. Crafts in the church. Refreshments available, wide range of home-made cakes and tasty treats for sale. All proceeds raised will go towards SPIRES SMILES (Cleft lip and palate) and ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY.

Opening Times:   Saturday 10am to 5pm                   Sunday 10am to 4pm PRICES: Adult £3.00 Child £1.50 Family £7.00

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New Forest District Council plans to help residents reduce their waste and recycle more

New Forest District Council plans to help residents reduce their waste and recycle more.

Changes to how household waste is collected in the New Forest will be decided this summer, subject to anticipated government legislation. 

If approved at a council meeting in July, New Forest District Council’s (NFDC) waste strategy would see the introduction of wheelie bins as a key part of reducing how much waste is thrown away and increasing how much is recycled.    

The proposals would mean, from 2024, households will be able to recycle food waste, a wider range of plastics, and have more frequent glass collections.  

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Council Tax Rates 2022/23

Council Tax Rates 2022/23

New Forest District Council (NFDC) has set their element of the 2022/23 Council Tax at £188.36 per year, per household (Band D property) at their Full Council meeting on 21 February 2022.

The £5 a year increase is a 2.73% rise on the 2021/22 Council Tax.

Other organisations have also set their Council Tax amounts, and the total bill, for an average Band D property in the district, will be £1,987.99.

The full report that set the Council Tax can be read at https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/documents/g7278/Public%20reports%20pack%2021st-Feb-2022%2018.30%20Council.pdf?T=10

The different amounts making up the total bill, for an average Band D property are:

  • Hampshire County Council, including the specific charge to help fund Adult Social Care, £1,390.86, an increase of £40.41 (2.99%)
  • New Forest District Council £188.36, an increase of £5.00 (2.73%)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire £236.46, an increase of £10.00 (4.42%)
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service  £75.43, an increase of £5.00 (7.10%)
  • Town and Parish Council £96.88, an increase of £3.68 (3.95%) (Woodgreen will be £38.38)

The bills will be sent in March. 

NFDC are advising people who may have difficulty paying Council Tax to contact them straight away to see what help and support is available, by calling 01590 646111 or emailing counciltax@nfdc.gov.uk

For more information on Council Tax, how to pay, and discounts and exemptions, see the council’s website at https://newforest.gov.uk/counciltax 

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Police Beat Surgeries – 2022

Police Beat Surgeries 2022

Police Community Support Officer Steve May will be resuming monthly “beat surgeries” on Saturday mornings at Woodgreen Community Shop. He will be available to discuss your concerns and queries on the following dates: 22/01, 19/02. 19/03, 16/04. 14/05, 11/06, 09/07, 06/08, 03/09. 01/10, 29/10, 26,11.

PCSO Steve May will be in attendance from 10am pending any major incident that he may need to attend.

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NFDC garden waste collection

NFDC garden waste collection

New Forest District Council (NFDC) will be starting the 2022/23 subscription year for existing customers of their garden waste collection service on Monday 4 April 2022.  

Subscribers to the service received a reduced number of collections for the 2021/22 subscription year, due to ongoing staff shortages. In light of this, all current garden waste customers will be given a discount on the new renewal price for the 2022/23 subscription.