New Forest crime warnings fail to stop £1.8m cut in Hampshire homelessness budget

CUTS worth £1.8m for homelessness services in Hampshire are set to be approved despite warnings from New Forest District Council that it could make crime worse. The Conservative-run county council is preparing to reduce funding...

Santander to close bank branch in Lymington High Street leaving customers furious

NEWS that the Lymington branch of Santander is to shut as part of a nationwide bank closure programme has been met with anger by customers. Many only learnt the news on Wednesday when posters went...

Councillors call for action as New Forest crime figures show 7% annual rise

CRIME in the New Forest increased by just over 7% last year, according to the latest statistics, amid disputed claims of a drugs “epidemic” and anti-social behaviour running “out of control”. Offences in the district...

Breeders call for talks with government on extra New Forest pony sales costs

NEW FOREST pony breeders are asking for urgent talks with Defra over increased costs brought in by sudden changes to the way animals must be registered. Under new rules brought into force on October 1st...

Housing given the go-ahead for woodland ‘gem’ in Hythe

HOTLY contested plans for housing on a semi-wooded plot of land have been given the go-ahead despite the site being described as a “gem” that needed protection. The application by The Turnbull Group for four...

Yapping Chihuahuas cause a headache for New Forest District Council planners

TINY dogs caused a huge problem for councillors who struggled to decide what to do about a gang of breeding Chihuahuas living in Fawley. The diminutive animals were at the centre of an application in...

Travel firm probed as Pilgrim Bandits disabled veterans charity loses £81,000

A CHARITY which provides hard-core confidence-boosting challenges for amputee veterans has been rocked by allegations a travel company stole tens of thousands of pounds from it. Pilgrim Bandits, which is based in New Milton and...

Cancer victims’ vehicles targeted by New Forest car park robbers

THREE women recovering from breast cancer were targeted by thieves who broke into their car and stole their handbags while they were going for a walk in the New Forest. One of the victims was...

National parks review chair comes face to face with New Forest concerns

THE MAN leading a government review of national parks came face to face with the concerns of New Forest people when he visited as part of a national tour. Julian Glover was appointed in May...

Give keepers police powers to protect rare New Forest fungi, say conservationists

THE Forestry Commission’s keepers should become special constables with the power to arrest and search anyone they suspect of illegally picking rare fungi, according to a leading conservation group. Speaking at the latest Verderers’ Court...
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