Councillors raise concern over rats ‘immune to poison’ running round Ringwood

PEST controllers are struggling to deal with huge increases in rat numbers in Ringwood, with a councillor claiming the vermin have become immune to poison. Marianne Giles, who runs the 4Zero café in the town,...

Plan for new homes in Sway win green light from national park authority

CLAIMS that building three new homes in Sway would constitute over-development did not persuade planning authority members to throw them out. An application to demolish a building in Builders Yard, Station Road, which is used...

Milford beach hut owners fear eviction by council as coastal erosion worsens

BEACH hut owners at a coastal beauty spot fear they will be kicked off by New Forest District Council as erosion risks worsen. At Hordle Cliff, near Milford, about 15 owners are understood to be...

Police forces unite to clamp down on Christmas drink-driving

THERE could be fatal consequences if drivers get behind the wheel after consuming drink or drugs this festive season, police warned at the start of their annual festive crackdown. The Hampshire and Dorset forces have...

Norleywood villagers oppose conifer clearance scheme at New Forest beauty spot

USERS of the popular Norleywood inclosure are angry at plans to deforest an area of the site by cutting down conifer trees, claiming that it will be “completely destroyed”. The Forestry Commission (FC) has confirmed...

Red tape blamed for slow rollout of superfast broadband in the New Forest

EXTENSIVE red tape was blamed for broadband speeds in the New Forest lagging behind those of other areas. As previously reported in the A&T, Hampshire County Council is working on phase two of a project...

New Forest traders face £100 city congestion charge in plans to tackle pollution hotspot

PLANS to cut pollution on the edge of the New Forest which could levy a £100 daily congestion charge on commercial vehicles entering Southampton will be revealed next month. The two neighbouring councils have been...

Beach artist Kate sets children a Christmas creativity challenge

CHILDREN can help keep local beaches clean and get creative this Christmas with a competition being run by a local artist. Kate Blair (36), from Lymington, picks up debris and litter to help clear up...

Blashford Lakes gain £250,000 funding for nature reserve facelift

A WILDLIFE trust has successfully secured nearly a quarter of a million pounds for improvements to the Blashford Lakes nature reserve. The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has expressed its delight at funding...

Ofsted inspectors praise ‘strong culture of learning’ at Arnewood School in New Milton

LEADERS’ high expectations of pupils and a strong culture of learning at Arnewood School in New Milton have been praised by Ofsted. The Gore Road establishment was recently rated ‘good’ across the board, with its...
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