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Digital Editor Ben Craig grew up in the New Forest and started working for the A&T in 2002. He covers Hampshire county and New Forest district councils, as well as planning and the local angles on Westminster politics.
Burgate School playing fields

School pressing ahead with bid to sell playing fields to developer

A SCHOOL is pressing ahead with plans to sell part of its playing fields to a developer to fund more all-weather sports facilities. Burgate School and Sixth Form in Fordingbridge will apply for permission from...
Lymington retirement homes

Developer planning 50 new retirement flats near town centre

PLANS are being drawn up to demolish a row of four homes in Lymington and replace them with a block of 50 retirement flats. Renaissance Retirement wants to clear four plots in Stanford Hill, which...
Ashurst railway death

Man killed after being hit by train near New Forest railway station

A PERSON was killed on the New Forest railway line after being struck by a train in Ashurst. The casualty, who was confirmed dead at the scene, was a man in his 30s, British Transport...
Silver Hind Sway

Village pub saved from demolition after housing plan thrown out again

A VILLAGE pub has been saved from demolition after a bid to replace it with two homes was blocked by a planning inspector. Nearly 70 people objected to the scheme for the Silver Hind in...
New Milton Asian hornet

Public urged to help fight back against threat of Asian hornet invasion

NEW FOREST residents have been urged to report sightings of Asian hornets after one was spotted in New Milton last week. The invasive insect is not a risk to humans but is a major threat...
New Forest recycling

Top councillor denies blaming residents for New Forest’s poor recycling rate

A SENIOR councillor has denied opposition accusations that she blamed New Forest residents for the district’s flagging recycling rates. Cllr Alison Hoare, the Conservative cabinet member in charge of waste collection at the district council,...
Holmsley Bridge

Drivers face four-week closures on A35 for bridge works

ONE of the main routes through the New Forest used by thousands of drivers every day could be closed for up to four weeks at a time while the worn-out Holmsley Bridge is replaced. The...
Exbury Gardens

Prince Charles unveils ‘secret garden’ to celebrate century of Exbury green fingers

THE Prince of Wales gave his royal seal of approval to celebrations marking 100 years of Exbury Gardens. Prince Charles officially opened the new Centenary Garden at the popular New Forest attraction a century on...
Vivid Homes

Planning chief ‘optimistic’ for solution to four-year affordable homes wrangle

A SOLUTION might be in sight for 45 new affordable homes in Hythe which have lain empty amid a four-year wrangle with council planners over drainage blamed for flooding neighbouring properties. The development off Fawley...

‘Unacceptable’ – regulator tells Southern Water to clean up its act

SOUTHERN WATER has been blasted for its “unacceptable” performance protecting the environment – less than two weeks since it was hit with a record £126m penalty for “reckless” mismanagement. The company, which services the New...
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