In this communication:
Are your details up to date?
Over the past month, we’ve been contacting households to check we have the correct details about who is eligible and registered to vote as part of our annual canvass.
Thank you if you have completed your details already. You can still respond online, follow the instructions within your email if you have received one.
You may receive a letter from us in the next stage of the annual canvass, please look out for it and follow the instructions to update your details.
For more information visit https://www.newforest.gov.uk/householdcanvass23
The canvass is an annual legal process we complete to make sure that everyone who is eligible, can join the electoral register.
Responding to the canvass form does not mean you are automatically registered to vote. If you are not already registered, you can do so at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
New garden waste collection service from April 2024
This autumn, you will be able to sign up for our new garden waste collection service, which starts in April 2024.
The new service will use 240 litre wheeled bins, instead of the bags we currently use.
The bins will have twice the capacity of the current garden waste bags and collections will continue to be every 2 weeks. Residents can subscribe for up to 5 bins.
There will be an annual charge of £65 for collections, plus a one-off supply charge of £25 per bin. These charges are in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils.
If you sign up for the new service this autumn, you will save the £25 bin supply charge for one bin. And we will deliver your bin(s) before April 2024.
Sign up to be the first to know when the service goes live at https://newforest.gov.uk/gardenwaste#h24
If you’re a current garden waste customer, we will send you a letter to let you know when subscriptions for the new service open.
Watch an explainer video about subscriptions for the new service opening this autumn: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3361/New-garden-waste-wheeled-bin-service-for-New-Forest
You can view demonstration garden waste wheeled bins at our information offices in Lyndhurst, Lymington, New Milton and Ringwood.
Check if you’re eligible for Pension Credit
If you are over State Pension age, check if you are eligible and apply for Pension Credit online at https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit
You can also call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234. Local support with making Pension Credit applications is available from our partners:
Citizens Advice New Forest – https://newforestcab.org.uk/
Age Concern New Forest – https://www.ageconcernnewforest.org.uk/
Further cost of living support is available at https://www.newforest.org.uk/costofliving
Community grant funding now open
Together with the Rural England Prosperity Fund, we are offering local community groups and charities funding to support the work that they do in the district.
Applications for community grants are open until 31 October 2023.
Apply for funding: https://newforest.gov.uk/CommunityGrants
Find out how we awarded grants to local community groups and charities between 2022 and 2023: https://newforest.gov.uk/article/3387/Applications-open-for-community-grants-from-New-Forest-District-Council
Tell us your views about Christchurch Bay strategy
Together with BCP Council, the Environment Agency, and AECOM technical consultants, we have produced The Christchurch Bay and Harbour Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy.
The strategy includes the proposed leading options to manage coastal flood and erosion risk from Hengistbury Head Long Groyne to Hurst Spit, encompassing Christchurch Harbour.
Tell us your views about the strategy before Sunday 27 August: https://twobays.net/project/christchurch-fcerm-strategy
Share how you reuse items – chance to win vouchers
Hampshire County Council are looking for ways to support residents to reuse items that might otherwise be thrown away.
They are particularly interested in how people purchase second-hand items, borrow or rent items instead of buying them, and repair and refill items.
Complete the 2023 reuse survey to share your feedback, and for a chance to win one of two leisure vouchers worth £50 each.
You can take part in the survey until Sunday 17 September at https://hampshirecc.welcomesyourfeedback.net/s/2023WasteReuseSurvey
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