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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.
Fawley power station plans

Bus firm attacks ‘nonsensical’ transport plans for Fawley power station homes

A BUS firm has attacked “nonsensical” transport plans for the 1,500-home redevelopment of Fawley power station and called for more than £1m to upgrade services amid residents’ fears of gridlock on the roads. The huge...
Dan Snow

Council investigates Dan Snow claim that Brexit Party leaflet arrived in postal vote envelope

NEW FOREST District Council is investigating a claim by TV historian Dan Snow that a Brexit Party leaflet was delivered to his New Forest home in the same official envelope carrying his postal ballot...
Chris Packham and Scratchy

Chris Packham backs ‘fabulous’ dog festival after withdrawing over death threats

CHRIS PACKHAM has urged people to turn up and support a dog festival he was due to host this weekend after it cancelled his appearance amid death threats made against him for an anti-shooting...
Steve Bray

Brexit protest din outside parliament ‘needs to be stopped’, says New Forest MP

THE noise of Brexit protestors outside parliament “needs to be stopped”, according to New Forest East MP Julian Lewis. He complained in the House of Commons about the “incessant loud noise” of campaigners camped outside. Dr...
Deer roads warning

Deer accidents prompt warning for drivers to take care on the roads

A SPATE of deer accidents on the roads has prompted a national warning for drivers to take care in areas like the New Forest with a high population of the animals. The alert comes as...

Retirement flats refused as objectors call for more affordable homes

PLANS have been refused for a three-storey block of 27 retirement flats near the top of Lyndhurst high street over fears its size would spoil the area’s character. The national park authority rejected Churchill Retirement...
Chris Packham with Dogstival organisers Domine and Richard Nowell

Chris Packham withdraws from Dogstival over death threats

TV NATURALIST Chris Packham will not be hosting a New Forest dog festival this weekend amid safety fears sparked by a campaign of intimation against him. Mr Packham has agreed with the organisers of Dogstival...
Fordingbridge housing

Plans for 800 new homes would worsen town’s traffic problem, warn councillors

PLANS for more than 800 new homes on the edge of Fordingbridge have been attacked by local councillors as likely to intensify congestion on the roads. Three sites around the town have been proposed for...

Campaigners seek legal challenge to stop village housing scheme

CAMPAIGNERS are racing to raise £30,000 to fund a legal challenge against a controversial greenfield development on the edge of Milford. Villagers have launched a fundraising website as they seek a judicial review of a...
Fordingbridge Festival

Town gearing up for week-long celebration of culture and creativity

FORDINGBRIDGE is gearing up for a week of culture and creativity – including a real-life re-enactment of one of Britain’s most famous works of art. The town’s artists and performers will be showing off their...
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