New Forest Tour bus passengers spent £630,000 as heatwave boosts use

MORE than £630,000 was spent locally by bus passengers on the New Forest Tour this year as customer numbers jumped by 15% in the sunny weather, the national park authority has revealed. The popular open...
Coronavirus support groups

Community groups get busy helping vulnerable and isolated

MORE community groups are springing up locally to support vulnerable people and those self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic. BCP Council has joined up with local volunteers to launch the Together We Can scheme to help...
Horses

Government issues warning as horse miscarriage disease reported in Dorset

TWO cases of a horse disease that can lead to mares aborting their foals have been reported in Dorset. Defra refused to give the location of the two instances of equine viral arteritis (EVA), which...

Relief for drivers as traffic controls to ease on A338 roadworks

DAYTIME motoring on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road should start getting a little easier after months of long delays and detours for drivers due to major roadworks. This weekend will see the removal of the...

New Forest and Christchurch schools lose millions in funding, teachers’ union claims

WITH pupils having returned to class, figures compiled by a teaching union revealed schools in the New Forest and Christchurch have lost government funding worth millions. Headteachers have seen their spending pots shrink by hundreds...

Local dental practices set to reopen (wide)

DENTAL practices will slowly start operating again but initially prioritising more urgent cases, with patients urged to look after their teeth and gums until regular appointments can resume. Both Solent House Dental Centre in Cannon...

Totton veteran distraught after burglars steal military medals

AN armed forces veteran has been left distraught after his military medals were taken during a burglary at his home. Police were called to the 67-year-old’s property in Lydlynch Road, Totton, on Friday 8th February...

Coronavirus infection cases on rise in New Forest amid sixth week of zero deaths

FOR the sixth week running there have been no Covid-19 deaths reported in the New Forest, although weekly case numbers are rising. The total death toll in the district this year remains at 131,...
Protest

Campaigners look to Quiet Lanes status to resist 100-home plan

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for 100 homes in the green belt are investigating whether their quiet neighbourhood could be protected with special status. Residents in Pennington are looking at gaining Quiet Lanes designation in response to...

Labour calls for rethink on leisure centre ‘privatisation’ plans

OPPONENTS of New Forest District Council’s contentious plan to hand the management of public leisure centres to an outside organisation have urged the authority to “think again”. Members from Labour’s New Forest West branch campaigned...
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