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Senior reporter Jon Waller began working for the A&T in 2004 and has lived in the New Forest all his life. He covers local courts and healthcare, as well as Ringwood and Brockenhurst councils.
New Forest leisure centres

Controversial plan for private firm to run New Forest leisure centres is approved

THE battle over the New Forest’s five leisure centres being put under private management is over as district councillors voted for the plan to go ahead. At the latest full meeting held online, the ruling...

New Forest council tax – area breakdown of what you’ll pay for 2021/22

NEW Forest residents will pay more than £87 extra for the average band D council tax bill from April. The demand will be £1,923.90 for 2021/22 – an increase of 4.77% – made up of...

New Forest drug dealer given three years’ jail

A NEW Forest drug dealer was sent to prison for three years while his former partner whom he abused and “coerced” into dealing was spared jail. Mother-of-two Katie White (30) described herself in texts as...

New Forest man spared jail over filming friend having sex with underage girl

A TEENAGER laughed while filming his friend having sex with an underage girl before showing the video to friends, a court heard. Kyle McGhee, of Bull Lane in Minstead, was spared an immediate spell in...

Nursery owners pull bid to move business from Pennington land set aside for 100...

THE owners of a plant nursery have withdrawn a controversial bid to relocate from land in Pennington earmarked for up to 100 homes. Adam Gore and Rebecca Savin put forward a bid to move Northfield...

New Forest man sent back to prison after lewd texts to random women

A MAN who sent obscene, sexualised messages to two random women will not get out of prison until mid-2027 at the earliest. Christopher House (35), of Wilverley Place, Blackfield, has been recalled to jail by...

New Forest road repairs may be scrapped over hole in government funding

MUCH-NEEDED road repair schemes could be scrapped, Hampshire County Council’s deputy leader has warned, after the government provided it with nearly a quarter less funding this year. The council has been handed £38.8m for its...

Obituary: Stan Wade – ‘true gentleman’ was a parish and district councillor for decades

FOR more than three decades Stan Wade, who died last week aged 89, served Hythe and Dibden as both a district and parish councillor and a respected community stalwart. He spent 36 years serving on...

New Forest residents’ average council tax bill set to rise by nearly £90

THE combined council tax bill in the New Forest is set to go up by an average of 4.77% when district councillors vote at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) evening. It means the average band D...

Dead animals dumped outside Calmore home

DEAD animals were dumped outside a Calmore home, sparking a police investigation. The bodies of rabbits and a deer were left at a house in The Croft on Sunday – an incident described as “shocking”...
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