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New Forest District Council

 

In this communication:

  • Waste and recycling update
  • COP26 – Together for our planet
  • Winter vaccinations
  • Celebrate bonfire night and Diwali safely
  • Youth skills and employment hub
  • Prepare to stop for Forest animals
  • Platinum Jubilee 2022
  • Help prevent localised flooding
  • Fawley chimney demolition

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:

  • a pause to glass collections
  • a pause to clear and black sack deliveries
  • four-weekly garden waste collections

Thank you for your continued support.

https://newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish

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.We are taking a more fundamental look at our activities, with the target of reducing carbon emissions and an ambitious action plan. https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2827/Declaration-of-a-climate-change-and-nature-emergency-in-New-Forest

Will you take the New Forest climate change and nature emergency pledge?

You can pledge to:

  • cut waste and reduce, reuse and recycle
  • save energy
  • reduce the impact of travel
  • help wildlife
  • follow the New Forest Code
  • shop locally
  • eat seasonally and eat more plants

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/

Winter vaccinations

  • Booster coronavirus vaccinations
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Coronavirus vaccinations for 12-15 year olds

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:

  • aged 50 and over
  • care home staff
  • a care home resident
  • a frontline health and social care worker
  • aged 16 to 49 years old with underlying health conditions
  • an adult sharing a home with vulnerable people.

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/

Flu vaccinations:

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.

Read more: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine-for-children-aged-12-to-15/

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:

  • Only burn dry, untreated wood and not rubber tyres, plastics or wood with varnish or paint.
  • You cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health, which includes burning it. https://www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules
  • Wet garden waste and wood will not burn well and will cause harmful particulate air pollution.
  • Putting rubber, plastics or treated wood, such as pallets, fence panels, laminate, cabinets or furniture on your bonfire can cause harmful fumes.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to light a fire, or put aerosols, canisters or anything containing foam or paint on a bonfire, as it may get out of control or explode.
  • Don’t leave a fire unattended and keep children and pets away. Have a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case of emergencies. Once a bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it from reigniting.
  • Burn dry, untreated wood as hot as possible to reduce smoke. If there is wet weather a bonfire won’t burn as hot and is more likely to smoulder and produce dark smoke, or if it is windy smoke may be more likely to blow towards neighbours or drift across a road and become a danger to traffic.
  • Build a bonfire away from houses, sheds, fences or hedges, trees and overhead cables, to reduce the risk of fire spreading or smoke causing a nuisance to others.
  • Check your bonfire thoroughly before lighting, for small animals like hedgehogs and mice, and make sure your bonfire is away from trees and hedges where wildlife may be sheltering.https://environmentcentre.com/burning-cleaner/

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.

For more information on what support is available, see https://www.newforest.gov.uk/youthhub orphone 07876 661525 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are local sessions for face-to-face support at

  • Brockenhurst College: Fridays 10am to 4pm, starting 12 November
  • Totton College: Thursdays 10am to 4pm, starting 4 November

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:

  • be ready to stop – animals can step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
  • drive slowly, especially in the dark – there is a pool of darkness behind the headlights of approaching cars and an animal may be standing in it
  • give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth – cross to the other side of the road and be prepared to stop if there is on-coming traffic
  • take care if there are grazing animals on both sides of the road, they may cross to join their friends
  • one animal by the roadside means there are others close by so be aware
  • bends and tops of hills need more care as animals may be standing in the road just out of sight
  • reflective collars worn by some ponies may help you see them in the dark but be aware that not all ponies have them and wild animals will not have them
  • deer can easily jump the fences alongside roads such as the A337, A31 and A35, and when there is one deer more will usually follow.

Most of the drivers involved in animal accidents are relatively local people on regular trips.High-risk routes have been identified as:

  • B3078/79 from Cadnam to Godshill
  • B3054 from Lymington to Dibden Purlieu
  • B3055 from Brockenhurst to Sway
  • C10 from Picket Post to Holmsley.

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

To report flooding, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/reportingflooding

Fawley chimney demolition

On Sunday (31 October) the Fawley chimney, which was 198m high, was demolished with controlled explosives.You can watch our slow motion video of the demolition athttps://fb.watch/92kJNL8WWr/

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