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Waste and recycling update
We are preparing for how we can continue collecting different forms of waste and recycling should our current staffing issues get worse.
Today, our Cabinet discussed what steps we can take to ensure we can continue to collect your black and clear sack waste https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=133&MId=7298
This may mean temporary changes to how often we are able to collect some types of waste, but there are no changes yet.
Please continue to put out your black and clear sacks weekly, your glass collection box monthly and your garden waste if you are a customer, on your scheduled collection days.
If they are necessary, any changes will be added to our website and on social media.
Our contingency planning may mean:
Thank you for your continued support.
COP26 – Together for our planet
Climate change is affecting all aspects of our lives, and the world we live in.
The COP26 summit is taking place, with world leaders sharing their ambitions and pledges to tackle climate change.
Local councils have a vital role to play in tackling climate change and we declared a climate and nature emergency in October to build on the climate change actions already underway.https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2827/Declaration-of-a-climate-change-and-nature-emergency-in-New-ForestWe are taking a more fundamental look at our activities, with the target of reducing carbon emissions and an ambitious action plan.
Will you take the New Forest climate change and nature emergency pledge?
You can pledge to:
Join the pledge at https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/pledge
Learn more about COP26 and sign up for their newsletter at https://together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org/
Vaccines have helped us build a wall of defence and return to a more normal way of life.
Due to colder weather which favours transmission, experts have warned there could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases.
This winter it’s vital that eligible people come forward for their COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu jab to protect themselves, their loved ones and the NHS.
Booster coronavirus vaccinations:
A booster is an extra dose of vaccine to help people who have had both doses of the coronavirus vaccination keep their immunity.More than six million people have already had their third dose.
You can get a booster jab if you are:
Book a booster vaccination: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/Or, find a walk-in site: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/
More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses.
Find out if you can get a free flu vaccine through the NHS and where to book an appointment at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccination, you can choose to pay at get vaccinated at a local pharmacy. The vaccination usually costs between £10 and £15.
Coronavirus vaccinations for 12-15 year olds:
Nearly half a million children aged 12 to 15 have had the COVID-19 vaccine in schools across England, helping to keep them learning in the classroom.
12 to 15 year olds can now also get the COVID-19 vaccine at a local vaccination centre or pharmacy, as well as at school.
Celebrate bonfire night and Diwali safely
Bonfire night can be a fun time to enjoy meeting with family and friends. With this annual event, and Diwali, later this week, we are sharing some advice on how to celebrate safely.
If you do have a bonfire, please follow this advice:
Youth skills and employment hub
Employment in young people has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic over the past year and a half.
There is a new support service to help young people across the district develop skills, find training opportunities, seek advice on employment, and enhance their career prospects.
‘The Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub’ is a partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, New Forest District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Winchester City Council.
There are local sessions for face-to-face support at
Prepare to stop for Forest animals
The clocks have gone back and, as the days become shorter, November and December are the deadliest months for New Forest livestock.
Most accidents take place between 5pm and 10pm on weekdays and involve local commuters.
How you can help:
Most of the drivers involved in animal accidents are relatively local people on regular trips.High-risk routes have been identified as:
If you do have an accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, you are required by law to report it to the police by ringing 999 as soon as possible.
Find out all the latest initiatives and animal accident data on the New Forest National Park Authority website: https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/conservation/supporting-commoning/animal-accidents/
Platinum Jubilee 2022
Next year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Get involved in celebrating Her Majesty’s historic reign https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/
If you are thinking of organising a street party for the Queen’s platinum Jubilee, there is street party guidance available from the government with helpful tips, advice and support on preparing for a party: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party
And you can see information about road closures for street parties at:https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1044/Road-closure-orders
To mark the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the late May Bank Holiday in 2022 has been moved to Thursday 2 June. There will also be an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022.
Help prevent localised flooding
If you have watercourses on, or bordering your land, it’s time to check your drainage ditches, pipes and culverts for any obstructions that could cause flooding.
When the leaves fall off the trees in autumn, and there’s increased rainfall, there is a higher risk of localised flooding due to blocked drains.
Find out more about your responsibilities and how to undertake maintenance of your property on the Hampshire County Council website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodprevention
Fawley chimney demolition
On Sunday (31 October) the Fawley chimney, which was 198m high, was demolished with controlled explosives.https://fb.watch/92kJNL8WWr/You can watch our slow motion video of the demolition at
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