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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.

Town to push for closure of A31 rat-run if funds approved

RINGWOOD Town Council will press for a controversial rat-run to be closed in if it gains coronavirus funding to boost the high street’s recovery. Members want the West Street access onto the A31 shut off,...

Praise for ‘resilient’ students collecting A-levels as local head slams government downgrading

STUDENTS receiving their A-level results yesterday (Thursday) won praise for their “resilience and adaptability” following an exam season “like no other”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic they were unable to sit exams so the results...

More than £257,000 spent on taking homeless off New Forest streets during pandemic –...

THE cost of New Forest District Council accommodating homeless people during the height of the coronavirus pandemic totalled more than £257,000, it has emerged. At the height of the crisis 85 people presented as homeless...

Museum won’t reopen sooner than April 2021

THE doors to Fordingbridge Museum will remain closed until at least April next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has announced. The decision means the venue will not celebrate its 20th anniversary this month...
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New Forest Marathon organisers forced to cancel event – but eye change of location...

ORGANISERS of the New Forest Marathon have been forced to cancel the event at Brockenhurst – but remain hopeful of holding races at another spot on a different date. Event directors Chris Farr and Andy...

‘I cannot believe the council would even consider this build’ – more than 100...

MORE than 100 people have opposed a 240-home development proposed for Fordingbridge because of the impact it could have on the town. In total 115 people have commented on plans to build an estate on...

Brockenhurst high street set for new one-way system

THE main route through the centre of Brockenhurst is to be made one-way from tomorrow (Tuesday) to help shoppers social distance, it has emerged. The restriction will apply on the western end of Brookley Road...
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Forest council forced to produce emergency budget in wake of coronavirus losses

FINANCE chiefs at New Forest District Council have produced an emergency budget for 2020/21 and said they are “confident” it can withstand coronavirus pandemic pressures. They were forced to come up with a revised balance...

Huge rise in New Forest youngsters claiming unemployment benefits

HUGE rises in the number of young people in the New Forest claiming unemployment benefits are due to the coronavirus pandemic “pulling the rug from under them”, a college principal has claimed. Figures from the...

Packham fights on despite latest HS2 knockback

ENVIRONMENTALIST Chris Packham has called on the government to reconsider ploughing ahead with its major HS2 rail project – despite losing a High Court challenge against the scheme. Changing public attitudes towards home working, remote...
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