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Ben Craig is digital editor. He 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.
Churchill Retirement Living

Retirement developer wins Best Medium Housebuilder at industry Oscars

NEW FOREST developer Churchill Retirement Living has won the title of Best Medium Housebuilder at a top industry awards night. The Ringwood-based company beat competitors from across the country at the prestigious WhatHouse? Awards ceremony...
Chris Chope Tory leadership

Tory candidate branded ‘cowardly’ in election spat with former party official

THE Conservatives’ general election campaign in Christchurch has been hit by an escalating war of words after the local party’s deputy chairman resigned in a spat with candidate Sir Chris Chope. Rhys Gadsby announced on...
Freezing fog

Met Office warns of morning rush-hour disruption from freezing fog

A WARNING has been issued by the Met Office for freezing fog tomorrow morning (Tuesday). The low-level yellow alert includes the New Forest and Christchurch in a zone extending north-west from the south coast up...

Appeal for new recruits to strengthen village’s firefighting crew

AN appeal has been made for new recruits to bolster the crew at Hythe fire station. The request for more people to provide daytime cover as on-call firefighters was made by parish council chair Cllr...
Lymington Tennis Club

Locked-up tennis club could reopen fully in weeks, claim members

THE locked-up Lymington Tennis Club could reopen its doors within weeks, according to a group of members who have taken over its management. The publicly-owned courts and pavilion at the Sports Ground off Avenue Road...
New Forest Activity Centre

Park authority set to reject £1.5m home at New Forest ‘theme park’ site

A PROPOSED £1.5m house billed as a way of ending fears of a "theme park" in the heart of the New Forest is set to be rejected by the national park authority. A contemporary single-storey...
European elections

Who wants your vote? General election candidates unveiled

MORE than a dozen candidates have put their names forward in the New Forest and Christchurch for what has been described as the most significant general election in a generation. The deadline for candidates’ nominations...
New Forest weather

Met Office issues heavy rain warning for New Forest and Christchurch

FLOOD warnings have been issued by the Met Office with a weather alert for heavy rain across the south of England and Wales, including the New Forest and Christchurch. In an update this morning (Wednesday),...

Smash-and-grab victims advised by police ‘to invest in better CCTV’

POLICE are advising business victims of smash-and-grab raids in Lymington to spend more money on CCTV, councillors were told. The crime-fighting suggestion follows a recent spate of burglaries and damage to shops in the town...

Airport offers noise assurances over longer runway for bigger jets

SOUTHAMPTON Airport has promised residents living under flightpaths in the New Forest that it will tackle any “adverse impacts” from bigger jets as it plans to extend the runway. Proposals are being drawn up to...
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