Avon beach

Police urge bank holiday visitors to ‘respect communities’

BANK holiday weekend visitors have been urged to plan ahead and “respect communities” by a senior police officer. Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya made the plea ahead of what will be a...
Balmer Lawn Hotel

‘Iconic’ hotel allowed major expansion to safeguard its future

ONE of the New Forest’s landmark hotels has won permission for a major new expansion after its owners warned refusal would put its future in doubt. The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst was been given...

Plea to open empty New Forest campsites to combat verge parking

EMPTY campsites should be opened on weekends to help stop verge parking across the New Forest, a leading commoner has suggested. A huge influx of visitors has created access problems for emergency services, residents and...
Paultons Park

Paultons Park season ticket holders angry at ‘kick in the teeth’ treatment

ANGRY season ticket holders for Paultons Park claim they are being treated unfairly after it was revealed that slots put aside for them ran out in hours while the public were still able to...

New Forest camping firm urged to rethink 2020 sites closure decision

PLANS to keep major New Forest campsites closed, despite the government giving the go-ahead for holidays, will affect businesses and lead to unlawful wild camping, locals have warned. Independent operating company Camping in the Forest...

Open at last – but Forest tourism and hospitality firms need your support

“A HUGE relief” – that is the verdict of tourism and hospitality bosses in the New Forest after the government confirmed the sectors can throw open their doors again on 4th July. Some firms went...

The battle ahead to attract tourist numbers and save ailing New Forest businesses

NEW Forest firms battling for survival must win the “hearts and minds” of local people as they look to attract visitors back to the area when they reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, a tourism...

Half a billion pounds in local tourism cash lost if lockdown continues for six...

TOURISM-dependent businesses in Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole could miss out on more than half a billion pounds if coronavirus lockdown measures continue for six months, a report has warned. The BCP Council document says “detailed...

Curb visitor numbers to New Forest, council urges city planners

SOUTHAMPTON should try to curb the numbers of its people visiting the New Forest as it draws up new planning policies for the construction of thousands of homes in the city, the district council...
New Forest Walking Festival

Weekend walkers urged to keep their distance in the countryside

RESIDENTS are being urged to keep following social distancing guidelines in the New Forest this weekend as weather forecasters predict spring sun. Police have been speaking to individuals and highlighting on social media when they...
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