Pre-school for special needs children to close after Covid takes toll

A PRE-SCHOOL which has supported children with special needs for over 40 years is to close – a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. Catherine Bowell, chair of First Opportunities based at Ashley Junior School, announced...

Brassed off – Lymington band kicked off rec after complaints

LYMINGTON Town Band are brassed off with being banned from giving outdoor concerts after people complained they were breaking Covid-19 rules. The musicians said they had initially been given permission by Lymington and Pennington Town...

Dawn piper to start New Milton’s VJ Day 75th commemorations

THE sounds of a piper will see in the dawn in New Milton tomorrow (Saturday) as commemorations get under way for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Joining thousands of other members of the Royal...

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,...

‘Absolutely appalling’ – councillor’s fury as colleagues vote to reopen town centre road

MORE of New Milton’s town centre road closures are being lifted after a heated debate by councillors about their coronavirus strategy. Arguments were made over protecting pedestrians from virus spread and addressing traffic congestion and...

Vehicles locked out of Testwood Lakes after vandalism, littering and threats to staff

VANDALISM, littering and threats to staff at the Testwood Lakes beauty spot in Totton prompted Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to shut the vehicle access gates. A spokesperson said: “We have recently seen...

Body found confirmed as missing jetskier

A BODY found in the search for a missing jetskier who disappeared after leaving Lymington a week ago has been confirmed as that of 33-year-old Elezaj Shkelzen. His family has been informed of the discovery,...

Masked raiders steal four vehicles and £20,000 in tools from garage

RAIDERS stole four vehicles and £20,000 in tools when they broke into a repair workshop in Hythe. Nathan Painter, owner and co-managing director of Hythe Garage Services, told the A&T he now found it difficult...

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...

Three dumps of asbestos on New Forest beauty spots in just nine days

ASBESTOS has been dumped in three separate flytips across the New Forest in just over a week. Forestry England (FE), which owns the beauty spots targeted, said the dumps posed “a real danger” to the...
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