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Ben Craig is acting news editor. He grew up in the New Forest and started working for the A&T in 2002.

Curb visitor numbers to New Forest, council urges city planners

SOUTHAMPTON should try to curb the numbers of its people visiting the New Forest as it draws up new planning policies for the construction of thousands of homes in the city, the district council...
New Forest Walking Festival

Weekend walkers urged to keep their distance in the countryside

RESIDENTS are being urged to keep following social distancing guidelines in the New Forest this weekend as weather forecasters predict spring sun. Police have been speaking to individuals and highlighting on social media when they...

Minister praises local newspapers amid crackdown on fake news

THE government said it is cracking down on fake news as it highlighted the importance of local newspapers being delivered to help keep people informed during the coronavirus emergency. A rapid response unit has been...

Chris Packham presses ahead with legal action to stop HS2

NEW Forest TV presenter Chris Packham is pressing ahead amid the coronavirus crisis with his legal challenge to try to block construction of the HS2 rail project on environmental grounds. Despite the ongoing epidemic Mr...
North Gorley

PHOTOS: Firefighters scramble to save New Forest thatched cottage

MORE than 60 firefighters raced from across the area to try to save a thatched cottage ablaze in the New Forest. Crews battled the emergency for about six hours yesterday evening (Wednesday) alongside teams sent...
Desmond Swayne

‘Deeply distasteful’ lockdown must end as soon as possible, says MP

THE coronavirus lockdown regulations are “deeply distasteful” and should end as soon as possible, according to New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne. The sweeping powers, which are unprecedented since wartime, came into force last...

Shuttered sports club set for demolition under redevelopment plans

A ONCE thriving social club is set to be demolished 70 years after it was built to make way for a new community garden and sports pavilion. The Holbury Club, off the A326 Long Lane,...

New Forest leader ‘proud’ of community response to crisis

THE leader of New Forest District Council has spoken of his pride at the response of the community to the coronavirus crisis as the local authority cuts back on a raft of services. Cllr Barry...
Hampshire County Council

Coronavirus: Day centres and respite care suspended by council

DAY centres and respite care run by Hampshire County Council have been temporarily closed amid the coronavirus crisis. The council said it was following government guidance in shutting the facilities which offer support for people...
A31 M27 closures

Roadworks suspended as council focuses on critical engineering

HAMPSHIRE County Council is directing all available highways resources to emergency and safety-related roadworks during the coronavirus outbreak. This means that, once sites have been made safe, all non-essential work on road construction sites, including...
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