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New Forest District Council

In this communication:

  • Chairman elected
  • Our plans to improve recycling and reduce waste
  • Bank holidays – no changes to your refuse collections
  • Local electoral arrangements to change from 2023
  • Cost of living support
  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
  • Our green spaces and wildflower meadow trials
  • Help to beat exam stress

Chairman elected

At our Annual Council meeting last week, Cllr Alan O’Sullivan was elected as the new Chairman.The Vice-Chairman for 2022/23 is Cllr Neville Penman.

In addition to chairing meetings of the Council held at Appletree Court, the position of Chairman is an important ceremonial one, representing the district at a wide range of civic engagements and local events.

Read more: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3030/New-Chairman-for-New-Forest-District-Council

Our plans to improve recycling and reduce waste

We’re planning changes to how we collect your recycling and rubbish in the future.

This new waste strategy will detail the changes and provide more information on the research we did, and the aims of a new service.

The waste strategy will go through an approval process, subject to no delays, on these dates:

  • 8 June 2022 – published at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy
  • 16 June – reviewed at our Environment and Sustainability Overview and Scrutiny Panel
  • 6 July – reviewed at Cabinet
  • 11 July – final decision will be made by Council

View meeting dates and agendas: https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx?GL=1&bcr=1

You can attend our council meetings in person, or watch them online on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY5ng2qulNNQPcqQeQ4uf4g

Any changes to the service are not expected to take place until 2024 onwards.We will still have a lot of work to do in making sure the service works for everyone in our community. We will survey households to identify those that may need alternative containers to wheelie bins. For example, households with a lack of external storage space, or flats.

If you have any questions about changes to our service which you cannot find answers to on our website at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy, please email our waste strategy team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can view our explainer video which answers some commonly asked questions: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/2990/Waste-strategy-explainer-video

Bank holidays – no changes to your recycling and rubbish collections

The next bank holidays are on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June.

There are no planned changes to your recycling and rubbish collections. Please present your waste as usual.

This includes glass recycling collections and garden waste.

You can check your collection day: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/findyourcollection

Our information offices and customer services will be closed on the bank holidays, but you can still access many of our services on our website https://newforest.gov.uk/

Local electoral arrangements to change from 2023

There are three projects we are working on that will change some electoral arrangements from May next year. They are:

  • government legislation which will change some ways of voting
  • ward boundary changes following a 2019 Boundary Commission review
  • and the May 2023 local district elections.

For voters, the most notable change from the new government legislation in the ‘Election Bill’ will be the requirement to show voter ID in polling stations.You do not need to take any action for this yet.

It is estimated that 98% of the population already has suitable ID. Electors without a suitable form of photographic ID will be able to apply to us for a voter ID card later this year, when government issue guidance.

Changes from the ward boundary review will give electoral equality for voters across the district. There will be 48 district councillors for NFDC, 12 fewer than there are currently. They will represent 26 wards, which is a decrease of 8.

The boundaries of all existing wards will change from May 2023 as a result and residents may see a change in the name of the ward or the polling station that they normally vote in.

Polling stations will continue to be appropriately situated, and the new law will place greater emphasis on the accessibility of polling station to support voters with disabilities to cast their vote more easily.

There are district and parish elections on 4 May 2023. We will let you know more information about any differences and how to vote nearer the time. When available, details will be added at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/electoralservices

Cost of living support

There is information and advice on our website about the rise of energy bills and cost of living, including:

  • the household support fund
  • Council Tax support
  • getting help if you can’t afford your energy bills
  • housing benefit claims
  • Universal Credit

See information at: https://newforest.gov.uk/energysupport

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

There are lots of local events happening in our communities over the coming weeks to celebrate The Queen’s 70 years as our monarch.

Some events are listed on our website, and there is a new toolkit if you’re having a Platinum Jubilee celebration: https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2937/The-Queen-s-Platinum-Jubilee-2022

The digital toolkit includes downloadable bunting and posters, Jubilee recipes from celebrity chefs, and a music playlist.

We are planning a photo gallery on our social media, so if you have a photo to share, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our green spaces and wildflower meadow trials

The national No Mow May campaign is taking place this month and involves taking a break from cutting grass.

If you’re able to do so, not mowing or cutting grass has lots of benefits for wildlife, particularly for butterflies and bees who take nectar from wildflowers.

When it comes to cutting grass and verges on council owned land, it can be more complex.Before deciding whether to cut grass, we must always:

  • consider safety and conservation needs for each unique piece of land
  • maintain and cut overgrown pathway and roadside grass when necessary as it can be dangerous and restrict the view of drivers
  • make sure grass does not go above a specified maximum height, especially during peak grass cutting season which typically runs from March to October

To improve grass cutting and help tackle climate change, we are trialling new wildflower areas in partnership with Totton and Eling Town Council. The wildflowers will supply nectar to wildlife, and we expect them to eventually grow in place of dominant grass species.

Grass cutting in these areas will be completed once the flowers have bloomed and had a chance to seed for next year, most likely in late summer. We will continue to create cut pathways through some meadows so these spaces can be used and enjoyed.

We will be reviewing the trials in Totton and aim to create similar schemes in the district, if successful.

If you have any ideas for sites which may be suitable for the introduction of wildflowers, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

You can read more information about how we maintain our green spaces at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1215/Grass-hedges-and-shrubs

Help to beat exam stress

Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people, as well as their parents or carers.

The NHS website has advice about how to ease stress, stay well by exercising, eat well and have a healthy sleep routine. https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-young-adults/advice-for-parents/help-your-child-beat-exam-stress/?fbclid=IwAR0hVa1mMshNISiuA81wi8uNGExEowTDYzsQAJq30DLpKCwjCUCTlDMfRRg

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