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Message from the Police and Crime Commissioner

Message from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner

The Government is giving Police and Crime Commissioners the flexibility to increase the policing element of the council tax in 2022 by £10 per year (for a Band D property) to fund the increasing demands on policing. With over 60% of council taxpayers in the Hampshire Constabulary policing area living in properties that are Band A-C the majority of people would see an increase of less than £10 a year.

I have now launched my annual police budget precept consultation and want to hear residents’ views. I am asking local residents to complete an online survey and/or to sign up to a focus group:

HAVE YOUR SAY – TAKE THE SURVEY

SIGN UP TO A FOCUS GROUP

I would be grateful for your support in sharing this survey widely with residents and your network so that as many people as possible can have their say.

Best wishes,

Donna

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Christmas tree recycling drop-off points

Christmas tree recycling drop-off points

From Saturday 1 January 2022 to Sunday 16 January 2022, real Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at selected car parks across the district. 

The collected trees will be chipped by the council and used as mulch. This reduces the distance trees travel to be processed and reused, saving carbon and helping the environment.  

Locations for Christmas tree drop-off points include:
 

  • Blackfield: Gang Warily Community Centre car park, SO45 1GA 
  • Brockenhurst: Brookley Road car park, SO42 7RA 
  • Burley: Burley coach park, BH24 4HW 
  • Fordingbridge: A338 slip road car park, SP6 1AN 
  • Hythe: New Road car park, SO45 6XP 
  • Lymington: Bath Road car park, SO41 3SE 
  • Lyndhurst: Village Centre car park, SO43 7BE 
  • Milford-on-Sea: Hurst Road East overflow car park (by Sturt Pond), SO41 0PY 
  • New Milton: Crossmead Avenue car park, BH25 6NF 
  • Ringwood: The Furlong long stay car park (follow signs to the designated area), BH24 1AY 
  • Totton: Rumbridge Street car park, SO40 9EA 

All decorations must be removed from the tree before taking it to a drop-off point. 

Trees must be left in the designated fenced bays only, and placed at the back to avoid blocking the entrance for others. 

Residents are asked to not leave Christmas trees in car parks that are not on the above list, or outside of the designated fenced bays, in disabled parking bays, on footpaths, by litter bins or recycling banks.   

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Christmas recycling and rubbish collections 2021/22

Christmas recycling and rubbish collections 2021/22

Over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays, there are some changes to recycling and rubbish collection days in the New Forest district.  

The changes to rubbish and recycling collections for Christmas 2021 and the New Year 2022 are: 

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County scheme helping young people to get to work is given green boost

County scheme helping young people to get to work is given green boost

A Hampshire County Council scheme, which enables young people to hire mopeds at an affordable rate so that they can get to work or vocational training, is going green with the addition of five electric mopeds to its fleet of conventionally powered bikes

The electric mopeds are now available to hirers through Wheels to Work – a scheme which helps young people aged 16 to 25 years old in some rural areas of Hampshire by loaning them their own form of transport. Public transport options may be limited where they live, and they generally have no transport of their own because they don’t have the money to fund this yet.

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Grants to tackle the climate and nature emergency in the New Forest

Grants to tackle the climate and nature emergency in the New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting green groups to apply for grants to help fund sustainable living projects in the National Park.

Since 2006 around £2.4 million in grants has funded over 300 projects that help protect the New Forest’s precious landscape and tackle the climate and nature crises.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available from the Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) for projects which improve wildlife and habitats, reduce carbon emissions or connect new groups of people to nature.

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Verderer Elections

A poll for the Election of Verderers of the New forest will take place on Friday 26th November 2021 between the hours of 10am and 8 pm. The number of Verderers to be elected is three. Persons who names are listed on the Electoral Register for Woodgreen are entitled to vote at –

Avonway Community Centre, 36 Shaftesbury Road, Fordingbridge SP6 1JF

The full names of the candidates are – Richard Anthony Deakin, Anthony Hugh Pasmore, Deborah Carol Stokes, Robert Charles Stride.

Further information can be found on the WPC noticeboard or at www.verderers.org.uk

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Grants to tackle the climate and nature emergency in the New Forest

Grants to tackle the climate and nature emergency in the New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting green groups to apply for grants to help fund sustainable living projects in the National Park.

Since 2006 around £2.4 million in grants has funded over 300 projects that help protect the New Forest’s precious landscape and tackle the climate and nature crises.

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NFDC prioritises black and clear sack waste collections as HGV driver shortages continue

New Forest District Council (NFDC) prioritises black and clear sack waste collections as HGV driver shortages continue

New Forest District Council (NFDC) continues to experience pressures on its waste and recycling service in light of national HGV driver shortages.  

Today, NFDC’s Cabinet agreed its contingency plans, which will be implemented only if current staffing levels deteriorate. 

Cllr Steve Davies, NFDC portfolio holder for Environment and Coastal Services, said, “Due to national challenges, we continue to experience pressure on our waste and recycling collection services. Despite these challenges, our staff have worked extremely hard, and have been able to maintain weekly black and clear sack waste collections from 80,000 households in the district.

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Prepare to stop for Forest animals this winter

Prepare to stop for Forest animals this winter

With darker nights and the clocks changing this weekend drivers are warned to always be prepared to stop for New Forest animals.

November and December are the deadliest months for New Forest livestock as days become shorter and clocks go back with most accidents taking place between 5pm and 10pm on weekdays and involving local commuters.

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Support to petition calling for speed camera on Roger Penny Way

Support to petition calling for speed camera on Roger Penny Way

At their full Council meeting (Monday 11 October 2021) NFDC considered a petition from the New Forest Speed Awareness Campaign asking the authority to add its support to calls for the introduction of an Average Speed Camera system on the B3078 (Roger Penny Way).  

The petition, which gained 3,557 signatures, read, ‘In light of the recent tragic deaths of three donkeys, two sheep and four ponies on the B3078 Roger Penny Way and the history of animal casualties on this route, that the District Council adds its support to calls for the introduction of an Average Speed Camera system on this route.’