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New Forest leisure centres management to be privatised

MANAGEMENT of the New Forest’s public leisure centres will be privatised in some form with the hope of saving £4m over ten years, a district council report has confirmed. As revealed by the A&T in...

Tree surgeon who fell 100 metres to his death in the New Forest was...

AN experienced tree surgeon who fell to his death from one of the Forest’s tallest trees may have suffered a lapse of concentration after consuming alcohol and cocaine, an inquest heard. David Brown (46), from...

Historic Totton church transferring to soccer club during £2m rebuild

THE congregation of a grade II-listed church which has closed for major repairs is set to attend services at the local football club instead. The last service at St Winfrid's Church in Salisbury Road, Totton,...

Salon cafe wins drinks licence – but opening hours take a shave

A CAFÉ attached to a celebrity hair salon in Lymington has been given a licence to sell alcohol despite concerns it could encourage “drunk and lewd” behaviour. The Yard Café, within Guy Kremer Lymington at...

Residential parking fees could double as councils’ agreement to end

RESIDENTIAL parking costs could double for motorists across the New Forest as district council leaders agreed to pull out of an agreement with Hampshire. The looming split follows the county council tightening up on its...

Overworked vets defend emergency service shift amid criticism by clients

A VETERINARY practice has defended its decision to outsource its out-of-hours emergency care after 60 years following a backlash by loyal customers. Forest Lodge, which has practices in New Milton and Pennington, said overworked staff...

Fresh food served to the classroom for Bartley Junior School pupils

NEW FOREST schoolchildren have been learning about how cheese, bread and jams are made as part of a national celebration. Year 5 pupils at Bartley Junior School took part in British Food Fortnight, which raises...

Addict trio jailed for raid on home of 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer

A BURGLAR who ransacked the home of an 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer with two fellow drug addicts has been jailed for 18 months. Ryan O’Reilly was part of a three-man gang who made such an untidy...

Council to levy 50% extra tax on empty homes to tackle housing shortage

OWNERS of long-term empty homes in the New Forest will have to pay 50% extra council tax next year, under plans agreed by the district council to force vacant dwellings back into use. The ruling...

‘Dangerous’ sex pest faces deportation for targeting teen girls

A “DANGEROUS” sex pest faces being deported back to his native Portugal after he was jailed for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Totton. Helder Da Costa Ferreira approached the victim – who cannot be...
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