Council considering 4% tax rise to fill £80m hole in finances

HAMPSHIRE County Council’s administration is considering a tax rise of up to 4% to help close a looming £80m gap in its finances. The response is one of several measures being looked at by the...

Price hike fear over ‘privatisation’ of council leisure centres management

CONCERNS have been raised about prices being hiked at the New Forest’s public leisure centres if management is handed over to a private company. The district council is preparing to go out to tender for...
Desmond Swayne

MP’s office door glued shut by ‘anti-Brexit campaigners’

ANTI-BREXIT campaigners are suspected of having glued shut the door of New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne's local office in Barton. Superglue was squirted into the lock of the front door to pro-Brexit Sir...

Councillors warn of stalking and death threats from the public

COUNCILLORS have spoken of being stalked and “viciously” threatened for their political work with some saying social media has changed people’s behaviour. Existing and former members of local authorities in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch say...
Lymington protest

High street protesters join backlash against Johnson suspending parliament

PROTESTERS gathered on Lymington high street today (Friday) to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament. Set up outside the old post office building with signs reading “I’m standing up for democracy”...
James Vaughan

Chief Constable in spat with Home Secretary over officer funding

DORSET’S chief constable became embroiled in a spat with the Home Secretary this week after she made a jibe at his force recruiting a social media officer. The constabulary is recruiting for the full-time civilian...
Local MPs

MPs back Boris Johnson over planned suspension of parliament

MPs from the New Forest and Christchurch have enthusiastically backed the Prime Minister’s controversial suspension of parliament in the run-up to Brexit. Boris Johnson today (Wednesday) gained approval from the Queen to end the current...
Dan Poole

Defeated Tories under fire for still claiming councillor titles on Facebook

TWO Conservatives who were defeated in the New Forest local elections have come under fire for maintaining Facebook pages still showing them as councillors more than three months later. James Binns, who is chair of...

Local Tories hail Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister

THE elevation of Boris Johnson to Conservative leader and Prime Minister has been welcomed by the three local Tory MPs, all of whom said they were “delighted”. New Forest members Desmond Swayne and Julian Lewis...
New Forest recycling

Top councillor denies blaming residents for New Forest’s poor recycling rate

A SENIOR councillor has denied opposition accusations that she blamed New Forest residents for the district’s flagging recycling rates. Cllr Alison Hoare, the Conservative cabinet member in charge of waste collection at the district council,...
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