Forest MP apologises for failing to wear mask indoors in ‘rude and aggressive’ spat...

SIR Desmond Swayne MP has apologised to a Ringwood woman after an angry spat over his refusal to wear a mask at an indoor constituency surgery. Liz Connors, a commoner and retired autism advisor, told...

Council leader ousted as Tories win vote of no confidence

THE leader of BCP Council has been deposed after a vote of no confidence against her succeeded. Brought by Conservative opposition, the motion against Liberal Democrat Cllr Vikki Slade at Tuesday’s full council meeting said...

Council braced for Tory takeover attempt in vote of no confidence this evening

THE second vote of no confidence in the leader of BCP Council will be considered at its meeting this evening (Tuesday). The previous attempt by the Conservative opposition to remove Liberal Democrat Cllr Vikki Slade...
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New Forest District Council agrees to cut members by 20%

MEMBERS of New Forest District Council have accepted a proposal to reduce their numbers by a fifth at the next election. The likely cut of 12 councillors means that when voters go to the polls...

NFDC faces £1.4m cash hole – even with maximum council tax hikes for next...

NEW Forest District Council faces having to plug a financial hole worth almost £1.4m even if it hikes council tax by the maximum allowed for the next three years, ruling councillors have been told. Cabinet...

‘Think again’ – Forest councillors attack government plans to change rules on affordable housing

CONSERVATIVE councillors have attacked temporary changes to planning rules proposed by the government, claiming they risked a “dramatic” cut in affordable housing supply in the New Forest. District council housing chief Cllr Jill Cleary was...

Tories launch second takeover bid at BCP Council with coalition struggling for numbers

ANOTHER vote of no confidence in the leadership of BCP Council will be called later this month, three months after a previous attempt failed. The Conservative opposition group agreed at a meeting last Thursday night...
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A third of New Forest workers placed on furlough in July – the most...

ALMOST a third of all workers in the New Forest were placed on furlough in July – more than any other local authority area in Hampshire, figures have revealed. The latest district council update said...

Councillor leaves ruling coalition over ‘catalogue of catastrophic policy decisions’

A COUNCILLOR left the coalition running BCP Council, citing a “catalogue of catastrophic policy decisions”. Hamworthy member Cllr Julie Bagwell resigned as a member of the Unity Alliance and said she would be free to...

Former Liberal Democrat chair denies ‘bullying’ claim by member

THE former chair of the New Forest Liberal Democrats has been reported to the party’s HQ over an allegation of bullying. Roger Stephens, who denies the claim, is facing an investigation by regional officials based...
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