Councils counting the cost of vandalism at New Forest play parks

VANDALS struck at two children's play parks in the New Forest leaving one scattered with broken glass and another with a burnt out piece of equipment. In the first incident, yobs took glass bottles left...
Fawley oil refinery noise

Couple complain of noise ‘torture’ from oil refinery steam leak

A COUPLE living near Fawley’s oil refinery say their lives are being made a misery because of an energy plant which emits a constant rumbling noise. Christine and Jack Frost have spent years creating a...
The crown court in Southampton

Boat skipper spared jail to save livelihoods of his fishing crew

A FISHERMAN who breached a suspended sentence order was spared jail to protect the livelihoods of two men he works with. Michael Stimson (36) of Ladycross Road, Hythe, had been ordered to complete 150 hours...

Family pays tribute to ‘happy-go-lucky’ mum killed in crash

A DEVASTATED family has paid tribute to a “happy-go-lucky” mum-of-three from Totton who was killed in a crash in Southampton. Kim Bainbridge (51), of Buckthorn Close, was the passenger in a BMW 3 series when...
Exbury Gardens

Prince Charles unveils ‘secret garden’ to celebrate century of Exbury green fingers

THE Prince of Wales gave his royal seal of approval to celebrations marking 100 years of Exbury Gardens. Prince Charles officially opened the new Centenary Garden at the popular New Forest attraction a century on...
Vivid Homes

Planning chief ‘optimistic’ for solution to four-year affordable homes wrangle

A SOLUTION might be in sight for 45 new affordable homes in Hythe which have lain empty amid a four-year wrangle with council planners over drainage blamed for flooding neighbouring properties. The development off Fawley...
Hythe garages

Council accused of wasting taxpayers’ cash as garages ‘left to rot’

NEW FOREST District Council has been accused of squandering taxpayers’ money and blighting neighbourhoods with rental garages “left to rot”. The Conservative administration was attacked for failing to look after properly some of around 200...
Loperwood Lane homes

Town council backs farmland redevelopment despite flooding concerns

TOWN councillors have backed controversial plans for 80 new homes in Totton despite raising concerns over flooding and access. The development of the 4.4-hectare Loperwood Lane site in Calmore, which is currently used for agricultural...
Fawley power station

More than 150 objections to Fawley power station redevelopment plan

MORE than 150 objections have been lodged against plans to redevelop the former Fawley power station with 1,500 new homes. Concerns about the near-£1bn scheme has grown amid fears that a new community at the...

Blaze engulfs first floor and roof of fish and chip shop

FLAMES ripped through the first floor of a fish and chip shop in the second emergency at the premises in 24 hours. Around 25 firefighters from across the New Forest responded to the blaze which...
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