Council rejects increase in allowances – but leader slammed over cost of new members

BASIC allowances for BCP Council members will not be increased after councillors agreed it was “not the time” to do so. At their meeting last Tuesday it was decided to reject most of the recommendations...
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Pensioner spared jail over ATM crash which killed 86-year-old woman and left her granddaughter...

A PENSIONER who ploughed into and killed an 86-year-old woman and left her granddaughter with life-changing injuries was spared an immediate spell in jail. Wheelchair-bound Pauline Cove (78) was responsible for a “shocking” incident at...

Woman banned from all Christchurch shops after admitting raft of shoplifting offences

A SERIAL shoplifter from Christchurch was handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from all stores in the town. High-value make-up, clothes, meat and alcohol worth hundreds of pounds were among the items taken by...

Questions over £225k public cash given to New Forest business start-up hub

QUESTIONS have been asked by councillors about a New Forest business start-up hub which has failed to create a single apprenticeship after taking £225,000 of public money. Paul Sherry, the man behind the entrepreneurial project...

Call for 16-home development on New Milton greenbelt to be 100% affordable

CALLS for 100% affordable housing provision were made by New Milton councillors as they heard early proposals for a 16-home development on a greenbelt site. The scheme for Spring Lane in Becton was presented to...

Charity poppy hunt sculptor launches new Christmas star search around Forest

FOLLOWING the success of his pre-lockdown poppy hunt fundraiser, Lymington sculptor Michael Turner has turned his attention to a similar Christmas-themed event. Michael is hiding a dozen festive stars across the New Forest in support...

Christchurch Christmas market given go-ahead after bars scrapped

A CHRISTMAS market will be held in Christchurch next month after a police objection was withdrawn. Dorset Police had opposed the Saxon Square event due to concerns “insufficient measures” were in place to manage crowds,...

Man’s death following transfusion infected with hepatitis E is referred to NHS blood inquiry

THE case of a Ringwood man who died after contracting hepatitis E from a transfusion has been referred to the national inquiry into hundreds of people infected with blood given by the NHS. Matthew Coghlan,...

Cattle welfare concern as spring turnout will see no checks or branding

CATTLE will not be inspected and branded before being turned out onto the New Forest next spring, the verderers have confirmed. The decision has been taken in response to ongoing Covid-19 social distancing requirements, and...

Meet the safety officers set to patrol Hythe and Dibden streets

TWO new accredited community safety officers (ACSOs) will soon be out patrolling the streets of Hythe and Dibden after being appointed by the parish council. Michael Armstrong and Mike Cathcart will be familiarising themselves with...
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