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...

New Milton turned down for cash help over thousands spent on social distancing measures

NEW Milton councillors were left disappointed after being turned down for help footing the bill for thousands of pounds of town centre measures for social distancing. Signs and pavement markings, as well as controversial barriers...

Call for council to ban badger culling on its land

THE former leader of BCP Council is calling for it to ban badger culling on land owned by the authority. Cllr Vikki Slade will put forward a motion proposing the move at today’s (Tuesday) meeting...

Council approves ‘godsend’ housing for homeless despite neighbours’ concerns

NEW emergency housing in Ringwood for homeless people was approved as a “godsend” by councillors, despite neighbours’ concerns over anti-social behaviour. The planning committee of New Forest District Council rejected those worries to sign off...

Councillors set to approve increase in allowances, costing more than £100,000 a year extra

ALLOWANCES paid to councillors are set to be increased following concerns that workloads have been higher than expected. An independent panel has recommended a raft of changes to payments to elected members of BCP Council...
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Village rejects New Forest plans for wheelie bins

PROPOSALS for wheelie bins across the New Forest have been rejected by Copythorne Parish Council as members attacked “misleading” information about the costs of the scheme. New Forest District Council recently launched a consultation on...

Councils promise essential services will continue throughout lockdown

ESSENTIAL council services will continue throughout the second lockdown, civic chiefs have promised. New Forest District Council will maintain waste and recycling collections, while its car parks will stay open. Its housing, homelessness, planning and...

New Forest given £250,000 government cash to help homeless

A £250,000 grant for emergency accommodation for those made homeless has been secured by New Forest District Council. The cabinet member for housing, Cllr Jill Cleary, told the district council’s latest full meeting she was...
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New Forest residents urged to have a say on wheelie bin waste plans

NEW Forest residents have been urged to make their views known on plans to overhaul waste collection which could involve 90% of homes in the district receiving wheelie bins. The district council plans, which propose...

Push to bring empty New Forest houses back into use

OWNERS of empty properties in the New Forest will be encouraged to bring them back into use as part of the district council’s housing strategy. Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC’s housing boss, has pledged to push...
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