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Drive-through restaurants planned as redevelopment revealed for Somerford Road site in Christchurch

PLANS have been revealed to redevelop part of the former Christchurch airfield site into a business park with two drive-through restaurants. Southampton-based developer HamdonGate has applied to BCP Council for permission to build on the...

Police and council staff to visit supermarkets over reports of Covid breaches

DORSET Police and BCP Council workers are carrying out visits to local supermarkets amid concerns about retailers failing to comply with Covid-19 regulations. Large stores and other retail businesses account for most of the 69...

Regent Centre survival for another year secured by £240,000 grant

A CHRISTCHURCH theatre boss said he was “over the moon” after its survival was secured for at least the next 12 months thanks to a nearly £240,000 government grant. Regent Centre general manager Matthew Vass-White...

NFDC leader defends funding of business hub 49

THE leader of New Forest District Council has defended handing £75,000 of taxpayers’ cash to a business start-up centre which has so far failed to meet its objectives. Cllr Barry Rickman insisted he was confident...

Brockenhurst bakery named best in Hampshire for second year running

A NEW Forest baker was truly able to have his cake and eat it when his family business which has crossed three generations was named best bakery in Hampshire for the second year running. The...

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...

£12 million made available to local businesses forced to close by coronavirus

COMBINED support worth nearly £12m has been made available to companies in the New Forest and Christchurch forced to close by the coronavirus lockdown. New Forest District Council has been handed just over £3.6m by...

Brewery sells pubs in Ringwood and Christchurch

THREE pubs in Ringwood and Christchurch have been sold by the Wadworth Brewery. The Fish Inn, High Corner and the Avon Causeway Hotel are among 21 pubs snapped up by the Liberation Group in the...

Christchurch Argos store among 420 branches axed across the UK

CHRISTCHURCH’S Argos in the town centre will not reopen, while the future of Totton’s branch is uncertain. Sainsbury’s which bought Argos in 2016, announced on Thursday morning it was closing 420 standalone Argos outlets across...

New Forest businesses warn their survival depends on reopening for Christmas rush

BUSINESSES beginning a second month-long lockdown have warned their survival depends on restrictions drawing to a close before December when many gear up for the traditionally lucrative Christmas trading period. Tourism leader Anthony Climpson, CEO...
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