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Ben Craig

Ben Craig
Chief reporter Ben Craig grew up in the New Forest and started working for the A&T in 2002. He covers Hampshire, New Forest, and Lymington and Pennington councils, as well as planning and politics.

Objectors lose bid to stop quarry activity expanding

EXPANDING operations at a sand and gravel quarry has been given the go-ahead despite warnings from residents and councillors that it would have an “intolerable” impact on their lives. A Hampshire County Council committee approved...

Brexit is ‘slipping through our fingers’, warns New Forest MP

BREXIT is “slipping through our fingers”, according to New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne. The pro-Leave Conservative has twice voted for the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement, fearful that if it does not pass then...

Dogstival names trio of pet charities for four-legged extravaganza

A FESTIVAL celebrating dogs and their owners has named a trio of animal charities to benefit as it gears up for a weekend of activity. The first Dogstival will be guest-hosted by TV naturalist and...
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New Forest billionaire takes over Tour de France champions Team Sky

THE New Forest billionaire businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe is writing more cheques as his global chemical company Ineos takes over the Tour de France-winning cycling outfit Team Sky. Sir Jim – who part-owns the five-star...
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Prospect of 65 jobs secures green light for new business units

A DEVELOPER has said about 65 new jobs could be created by plans for industrial units given the go-ahead on an “eyesore” site behind homes in Fawley. The set of 24 small business spaces were...

More countryside put off limits to drones near Bournemouth Airport

A SWATHE of countryside near Bournemouth Airport is now off-limits to drone enthusiasts after tougher rules came into force. The previous 1km no-fly zone has been extended by the government this month to 5km, banning...

Conservative fury as MP to ‘seriously consider’ no-confidence vote against government

CHRISTCHURCH Conservatives have been enraged by their MP, Sir Chris Chope, indicating he could side with Labour in a vote of no confidence against the government over Brexit. Sir Chris, who is facing local party...

Cash-strapped councils sell off land and property worth £66m

PUBLIC property worth more than £66m has been sold off by cash-strapped councils running services in the New Forest and Christchurch. The biggest seller between 2014 and 2018 was Hampshire County Council which made 100...

Storm Hannah forecast to bring more disruption to New Forest and Christchurch

MORE rough weather is forecast for the New Forest and Christchurch this weekend as Storm Hannah blows in with gusts potentially hitting up to 70mph. Hampshire and Dorset were included in a yellow warning tomorrow...

Test work to slow erosion threatening clifftop homes

TESTS are under way to find a way of slowing the erosion of Barton cliffs, which is creeping towards scores of expensive seafront homes at a rate of one metre a year. A £200,000 Environment...
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