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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.
New Forest schools

Where are the best schools? Get some help with Back to School

THE children are back in class after the summer holidays but it's never too soon to start thinking about the best place for their - or their siblings' -  education next year. Get some help...

Coastal defences could cost residents hike in council tax

RESIDENTS may have to pay more council tax to get coastal defences built near their homes, under a new strategy. Increasing the annual bill is one of the funding sources identified by New Forest District...
Monty's Inn Beaulieu

Head chef Tom comes full circle to take the helm at Monty’s Inn

A HEAD chef has returned to the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu to take the helm at the hotel’s brasserie, Monty's Inn. Tom Sheppard, who previously worked at the venue for four years from 2010, is...
Hive Studios

Hive Studio getting ready to roll for photo and film pros

CREATIVE professionals in the New Forest are set for a boost when a new cutting-edge photography and film studio opens soon in New Milton. The modern facility is launching as Hive Studio later this month...
Brockenhurst Sainsbury's

Concern over village shop closures raised with council leaders

CONCERNS about a string of Brockenhurst shops facing closure reported in the A&T were raised at a meeting of New Forest District Council. Cllr Jan Duke, a Conservative member for Boldre and Sway, questioned in...
Fawley oil refinery

Oil refinery’s £800m new diesel plant plan set for green light

AN £800m diesel plant at Fawley oil refinery has been slated for approval tomorrow (Wednesday) by New Forest councillors despite more than 100 objections. The huge investment at the ExxonMobil site, the largest refinery in...

Council considering 4% tax rise to fill £80m hole in finances

HAMPSHIRE County Council’s administration is considering a tax rise of up to 4% to help close a looming £80m gap in its finances. The response is one of several measures being looked at by the...
Waterside railway line

Waterside railway campaign calls for district council backing

CAMPAIGNERS pushing to re-open the Waterside railway line to passengers are hoping to recruit the support of New Forest District Council. Cllr David Harrison, who is leading the drive, will put a motion to a...
Mudeford Quay

Man dies after boat capsizes off Mudeford Quay

A MAN died after getting into trouble in the water off Mudeford Quay on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency services were called at about 3.30pm to the incident in which a man in his 50s was in...
Eling Park

Injured mum stranded in park after yobs steal her crutches

A WOMAN with a broken ankle was left stranded in a park with her children after yobs ran off with her crutches. Emma Westmacott (34), a senior healthcare support worker, had her mobility aids stolen...
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