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Ben Craig

Ben Craig
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.
Hampshire County Council

Council leader pledges public meeting in parking charges row

A PUBLIC meeting has been promised by the leader of Hampshire County Council for Lymington residents to question highways chiefs on their plans to impose controversial parking charges on High Street. Cllr Keith Mans made...
Barton tornado

PICTURES: Tornado leaves trail of destruction through village

A TRAIL of destruction has been left in Barton by a tornado which swept through early this morning (Friday). The twister touched down near to Sea Road, the A&T understands, and passed through the area,...
Slap Bottom

Forestry England mulls scaling back Slap Bottom tree-felling after protests

FORESTRY England is considering scaling back a controversial tree-felling operation which sparked protests from villagers and an intervention from a government minister. Residents living near Slap Bottom, a belt of trees just south of Burley,...
Lymington Town Quay

Town quay designs split opinion as clock ticks on consultation

OPINION seems to be split on the £700,000 proposals to revamp Lymington Town Quay as residents have until Monday to submit their views. The plans, which include a choice of two possible designs for a...
Met Office

More heavy rain forecast as Met Office issues fresh weather warning

A FRESH weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for heavy rain across the New Forest this afternoon (Thursday), with more flooding likely. The latest yellow alert, covering Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, follows...
Gang Warily

Man found dead at recreation ground on New Year’s Day is named

THE man whose body was found on New Year’s Day at Gang Warily recreation ground in Fawley has been named. The identity of 31-year-old Phillip Cavill was released by the coroner’s office in Winchester after...

Teammates hold minute’s silence in memory of pro-sailor Zane Gills

A LYMINGTON rugby team held a minute’s silence in memory of Zane Gills, an international pro-sailor living in the town who died in Barcelona over Christmas. At their game at Woodside park on Saturday, Lymington...
Storm Brendan

Storm Brendan lashes the New Forest and Christchurch

STORM Brendan lashed the New Forest and Christchurch last night (Tuesday) causing chaos for travel and sparking a string of flood warnings. The wild weather brought down trees over roads and caused hazardous driving conditions...
Derritt Lane

Flooded lane claims FIVE cars after safety warnings ignored

A LANE flooded by Storm Brendan claimed five cars today (Wednesday) – with some of the occupants having to be rescued by firefighters in a boat. Two BMWs, a Land Rover Freelander, a Jaguar and...
Milford library

Community library joins list of branches at risk of the axe

MILFORD library is on the list of at-risk branches after Hampshire County Council unveiled closure proposals to help save £1.76m. Lyndhurst and Blackfield libraries were named last week among 10 venues most vulnerable to the...
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