New BCP leader’s promise to the public: No more secrets

THE new leader of BCP Council has said she wants to overhaul the “secretive” approach taken by its predecessor authorities. Cllr Vikki Slade said that running one of the largest councils in the country was...

Coffee shop ruling makes a mug of council’s cafe ban

CHRISTCHURCH is to get its 15th coffee shop after a planning inspector ruled that  councillors were wrong to turn down an application on the grounds the town was overrun with them. The town hit the...
Steamer point homes

Four-storey designs unveiled for clifftop apartments scheme

DEVELOPERS revealed their plans to build houses and flats on a clifftop site in Christchurch at a public exhibition. Pennyfarthing Homes Ltd have bought the former Coastguard training centre at Steamer Point with the main...
Frank Coombes obituary

Frank Coombes: accountant who wrote book about the war for his grandchildren

A GRANDFATHER with distinguished wartime service and aviation career who spent much of his retirement actively involved in local organisations has died just a month before his 101st birthday. Frank Reginald Coombes and Ivy, the...

Ram-raiders smash into garage to steal haul of valuable tools

RAIDERS made off with thousands of pounds of tools after using a van to reverse their way through the shutters of a garage in Winkton on Monday night. The police were called to Winkton Auto...

Family forgives GP for ‘missed opportunities’ in treatment that led to fatal ulcer

THE family of a Christchurch woman who died from a stomach ulcer partly caused by her medication have forgiven the GPs that treated her. The inquest into the death of 58-year-old April Stevenson heard that...
Bus train strike

Rail and bus strike kicks off five days of industrial action

PASSENGERS are facing strikes on the buses and trains tomorrow (Tuesday) at the start of a week of industrial action. The one-day walkout by Bluestar bus workers coincides with the launch of a five-day stoppage...

Police release CCTV image after road crash puts two in hospital

POLICE have released a CCTV image of a car, the driver of which they want to trace as investigations continue into a serious collision in Matchams Lane, Hurn. Two people were hospitalised – with one...

More thunderstorms forecast in yellow alert for New Forest and Christchurch

MORE thunderstorms are forecast for the New Forest and Christchurch as much of England prepares for the threat of rough weather. The Met Office said some areas could be hit from tomorrow (Tuesday) by 24...

Win tickets to see Big Chris Barber Band at the Christchurch Regent Centre

Competition closed NOW in his 70th year of performing, internationally renowned jazz trombonist Chris Barber will play at Christchurch Regent Centre later this month. Known as one of the last British Jazz legends, this year he...
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