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NFDC Mid -December Update

New Forest District Council

In this corresponence

  • Coronavirus – move to Plan B
  • Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline
  • Garden waste update
  • Christmas recycling and rubbish
  • Christmas safety advice from HIoW Fire and Rescue
  • Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund
  • UK posting dates for Christmas delivery
  • Protect your vehicle from theft this winter

Coronavirus – move to Plan B

With the rise in coronavirus cases and the uncertainty around the Omicron variant, the government has announced that England will move to Plan B.

This means:

  • from 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings
  • from 13 December, office workers who can work from home should do so
  • from 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Read more about what you can and cannot do:

To keep you and others safe, you should also:

This ‘Plan B’ was developed in the government’s ‘COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ for England with extra measures to use should the data suggest the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure. Read more at

Thank you for keeping the New Forest safe.

Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline

The Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline is for anyone struggling to cope due to COVID-19 or because they are self-isolating.

0333 370 4000 (calls charged at local rate)

If coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life, including anyone who is self-isolating, please call the helpline for advice and support. You can get advice and support on a range of topics, including:

  • where to find help in your community
  • debt and money worries
  • mental health support
  • bereavement
  • practical help if you are self-isolating, such as collecting essential supplies.

Garden waste update

We are currently unable to re-start a fortnightly garden waste collection service.

For our current customers, four-weekly garden waste collections will continue from Monday 10 January. There will be the usual seasonal pause on garden waste collections from Monday 27 December to Friday 7 January.

We are still unable to accept new customers or sell additional bags until further notice.

Thank you to our customers for their ongoing support and patience.

Garden waste customers can find more information and their collection dates for January and February by visiting

Christmas recycling and rubbish

There will be some changes to recycling and rubbish collections services over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays.

  • Black rubbish sacks and clear recycling sacks: Collections due on Monday 27 December 2021 will be collected on Monday 3 January 2022.
  • Glass box: Collections due on Monday 27 December 2021 will be collected on Saturday 8 January 2022.
  • Garden waste: There will be no garden waste collections between Monday 27 December 2021 and Friday 7 January 2022.

All other collections remain unchanged.

Check your rubbish and recycling collection day, and find more information at

Recycling: These can be put in your clear collection sack:

  • greeting cards (remove any decorations on the card which cannot be recycled, such as ribbons or glitter)
  • plastic bottles (including lids, when attached to the bottle)
  • aerosols
  • cans
  • tins (including metal sweet and biscuit tins)
  • cardboard
  • paper

Please empty and/or rinse dirty items to ensure they can be recycled.

The following cannot be recycled, please add to your black collection sack:

  • wrapping paper (unless reusable or sold as recyclable wrapping paper, most wrapping paper is made from a mixture of paper, plastic and foil, and cannot be recycled)
  • cartons
  • foil
  • plastic pots
  • tubs
  • trays
  • film and bags

Glass collections are for recyclable glass bottles and jars. Metal tops can be left on glass containers but need to be securely attached.

Do not add the following items to your black box:

  • plastic bottles or tops
  • loose jar tops
  • corks
  • drinking glasses
  • broken glass
  • crockery
  • light bulbs
  • windowpanes

Any glass items that cannot be added to your black box can be taken to your local tip. Please do not add glass items to your black collection sack as this makes collections unsafe for our staff.

Find out more about our rubbish and recycling collection service at

Christmas safety advice from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

Celebrate Christmas safely this year with these tips to reduce risk of fires:

  • check any Christmas lights conform to the British Standard and always switch off and unplug these before leaving the house/going to bed
  • real Christmas trees are more prone to catching fire than artificial trees so keep your tree well-watered regularly to stop it from drying out
  • decorations and Christmas cards burn easily so keep these away from lights, heaters, and candles
  • use the festive break to test your smoke alarm

Read more safety advice:

Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund

Do you have a big idea to help prevent household waste in your community?

The Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund supports projects in Hampshire which encourage the prevention of household waste and help the environment.

Locally based community groups, businesses, education establishments and organisations can apply.

Applications close on 18 February 2022. Find out how to apply at

UK posting dates for Christmas delivery

The last dates for Royal Mail Christmas delivery are:

  • Saturday 18 December for 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For, and Royal Mail 48
  • Tuesday 21 December for 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24, and Royal Mail Tracked 48
  • Wednesday 22 December for Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • Thursday 23 December for Special Delivery Guaranteed

Please see for the latest information.

Protect your vehicle from theft this winter

Advice from Hampshire Constabulary about keeping your vehicle safe from theft this winter is to stay with your vehicle as it defrosts.

Every winter vehicles are stolen while left defrosting, unattended with keys in the ignition or keyless start systems:

  • never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running
  • ensure your whole windscreen is cleared before setting off.

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NFDC early December update

New Forest District Council

In this communication:

  • New chief executive
  • Change to coronavirus restrictions
  • Coronavirus vaccinations
  • Payment system unavailable 8 and 9 December
  • Extra Care housing
  • Keep well this winter
  • Come and work for us
  • Keep your poultry and birds safe from avian influenza

New chief executive

Next week, on Monday 6 December, Kate Ryan will start as our new chief executive.

Kate has spent much of her career in public service and has also worked in the private sector and for national charities.

In Kate’s previous role as chief operations officer at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) she led the Place Operations directorate. This had a wide remit including planning, transport, environment, housing, communities, and destination and culture, and managed a budget of £165M.

Kate led BCP’s climate change response and is well equipped to contribute to NFDC’s recently declared climate and nature emergency. Kate’s career to date has also seen her take a key role in regeneration, growth, and economic prosperity; key aims for NFDC.

After working in Dorset for the last 15 years, Kate will spend her first few weeks learning about the district, the people and the organisation. Kate says “I enjoy working in a district as you can see the local impact, particularly our neighbourhood services that really make a difference to our communities”.

Kate will attend her first council meeting on the evening of 6 December. You can watch live or on playback, and view the meeting agenda at

Change to coronavirus restrictions

As a response to a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, being identified, the government has introduced some coronavirus restrictions in England.

  • Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport and in shops.
  • All international arrivals entering England must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Find out more

Coronavirus vaccinations

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases.

Protection against severe disease from the first 2 doses seems to decline, very slowly, over time. A booster vaccination will help to reduce the risk of needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 booster jabs will be offered to all eligible adults in England by the end of January, the Government has announced

You will be contacted when it is your turn to receive a vaccine. You can check and book online at

Payment system unavailable 8 and 9 December

Our finance system is being upgraded on 8 and 9 December 2021.

This means we will be unable to take card payments on our website, on the telephone, or at our information offices for those two days.

The automatic payment telephone line, available 24/7, will still be available and you can use it to make payments for Council Tax, rent, business rates, and Penalty Charge Notices.

Automatic payment line: 0300 456 0626

If you are due to make a payment during this time, please consider doing so before 8 December.

For urgent card payments we will have temporary handheld payment devices at our information offices in Ringwood, New Milton, Appletree Court (Lyndhurst), and Lymington. Please note these payments may take longer than usual.Cheque and cash payments can still be made at our information offices.

For arrangements for payments for specific services, please see our website

No arrears action will be taken for non-payment during this downtime.

Parking clocks (season tickets) are now on sale. If you want to receive a 2022 parking clock in time to use from 1 January, please order online before 17 December, taking note of the 8 and 9 December downtime.

Thank you for your support during this system upgrade, and our apologies for any inconvenience.

For ways to contact us, please see

Extra Care housing

Do you have a loved one who is struggling to manage in their own home?

We have Extra Care affordable housing schemes for people who value their independence but need additional personal care.

There are individual flats, with a care provider on site 24/7.

Find out more at

Keep well this winter

Tips and advice to keep you well this winter:

You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home:Winter Fuel Payment Weather Payment

Come and work for us

We’ve got a variety of job vacancies, suitable for people with different skills and experience.

Our current vacancies include:

  • health and safety advisor
  • cleaner
  • development management officer
  • planned maintenance surveyor
  • coastal observatory programme manager
  • housing business development officer
  • streetscene supervisor
  • refuse operatives
  • senior communications officer
  • LGV drivers and loaders.

We’re also recruiting for two apprenticeships in accountancy and grounds maintenance.

To apply, visit our jobs website:

You can search for a specific role using the filtering, or to view all of our current vacancies, ignore the options and just select ‘search’ at the bottom of the page.

You can find out what it’s like working for New Forest District Council. We’ve got job profiles from three members of staff to give you an idea about what working here is like:

Keep your poultry and birds safe from avian influenza

New measures have been brought in to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza (bird flu).

If you have birds, you must keep them indoors and follow safety measures including disinfecting your clothes and shoes before and after contact with them.

Read the full announcement and what you need to do at

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NFDC Update

New Forest District Council

In this communication:

  • 2022 parking clocks go on sale soon
  • Keep the New Forest safe
  • Reducing housing evictions
  • Plan ahead for flooding
  • Ground nesting birds
  • Council services over Christmas and new year

2022 parking clocks go on sale soon

Parking clocks (season tickets) are on sale from Monday 29 November.

Order before 17 December to make sure you receive yours before 1 January, ready to use in 2022.

Dates of purchase and our posting times:

  • Monday 29 November to Friday 17 December – second class next working day
  • Saturday 18 December to Thursday 23 December – first class next working day
  • Friday 24 December to Monday 3 January 2022 – first class post on Tuesday 4 January
  • Tuesday 4 January to Thursday 6 January – first class post next working day
  • Friday 7 January onwards – posted the next working day by second class post

Our information offices are closed between Christmas and New Year.For opening days and times of information offices, please see

Keep the New Forest safe

If you’re going to a busy place, perhaps Christmas shopping or an event, the government are now advising you take a lateral flow test for coronavirus before you go.

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Lateral flow tests, sometimes called rapid lateral flow tests, can be collected from many local pharmacies or ordered online.

Find where to get lateral flow test kits

You can also order test kits online at

Other actions to take to stay safe and reduce the chances of the virus spreading:

Reducing housing evictions

We’re working with landlords and tenants to avoid evictions as part of our homelessness prevention work.

Every year, almost 2,000 people or families seek homelessness support from us, over a third because they have had to leave private rented accommodation.

Our new ‘Call Before You Serve’ programme is a specialist service which provides landlords and tenants in privately rented accommodation with advice and support.

To help prevent eviction notices being issued, if you are a tenant or a landlord, please get in touch with us for support as soon as any problems arise, whether that’s a missed rent payment, or a breakdown in communication.

We can offer support, a financial assessment to help tenants maximise their income, and a personalised housing plan. Get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 023 8028 5222.

Find out more at

Tell us about people homeless or rough sleeping this winterContact our homelessness team as soon as possible if you see, or know of someone, that you suspect is homeless or sleeping rough email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.023 8028 5222

Plan ahead for flooding

The Environment Agency recommends 5 things you can do now to be better prepared for a flood, to protect yourself, your family and your home.

  1. Sign up for flood risk warnings:These warn of the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and groundwater. You’ll be alerted by phone, email or text when flooding is expected.
  2. Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water:If you leave your home during a flood you’ll need to turn off your mains water, gas and electricity if it’s safe to do so. You should find out in advance how to do this. The location of water stopcocks, gas shut-off valves and electrical master switches varies between properties. The gas shut-off valve is usually beside the meter. The mains electricity cut-off is usually a big red switch on your fuse box. If you can’t find your water stopcock, ask someone with practical experience or a plumber to help you.
  3. Protect your property:You can make changes to your property that will help you to get back to normal more quickly after a flood and reduce the damage flooding can do. See more at
  4. Check your insurance:Make sure you have insurance to protect your home or business. If you have buildings and contents insurance, check if flood damage is included.
  5. Find out where you’ll get help:Areas prone to flooding may already have flood groups and community hubs where you can find food, clothing, shelter and advice during a flood. Some areas have community flood wardens – volunteers who monitor a specific local area and inform its residents when flooding is likely.Visit the National Flood Forum or call them on 01299 403 055 for help in finding local support. You can also try searching for local flood groups on social media.

Read more at:

Ground nesting birds

Back in March, Forestry England asked local people to play their part in helping rare ground nesting birds coming to the New Forest to breed.

Unlike most birds, ground nesting birds take the unusual step of building nests, and raising their young brood, on the forest floor. The New Forest National Park is a Special Protection Area for Birds and one of the last places in the UK where rare ground nesting birds such as the lapwing, nightjar and curlew come to breed.

Although numbers of the birds overall remain critically low, the team have identified some positive signs of progress in the areas they studied, particularly with curlews.

If you would like to read more, Forestry England have written a blog about how the birds got on this year

Council services over Christmas and new year

Between Saturday 25 December and Monday 3 January some of our services are not operating and our offices are closed.

Essential services are still operating.

For specific service information, including how to contact us in an emergency, please see

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NFDC Mid-November Update

New Forest District Council


In this communication:

  • Coronavirus latest
  • Stop COVID-19 hanging around
  • New NFDC Cabinet member
  • Free parking days
  • Grants to tackle climate and nature emergency
  • Rethink your drink
  • Reader survey results

Coronavirus latest

Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again urged people to get vaccinated.

A new wave of covid in Europe:

“A new wave of covid has steadily swept through central Europe and it’s now affecting our nearest neighbours in Western Europe. Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions from full lockdowns to lockdowns for the unvaccinated, to restrictions on business opening hours, and restrictions on social gatherings. We don’t yet know the extent to which this new wave will wash up on our shores, but history shows that we cannot afford to be complacent. Indeed, in recent days there have been rises in cases here in the UK so we must remain vigilant.”

The importance of vaccinations:

“If there is one lesson we can draw from the current situation in Europe, those countries with lower vaccination rates have tended to see bigger surges in infection and in turn been forced to respond with harsher measures. Those countries with higher vaccination rates have so far fared better.

If we want to control the epidemic here in the UK and if we want to avoid any restrictions on our daily lives, we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible.

Over time, the protection from two jabs starts to wane, but that third jab boosts protection back up to over 90% against systematic infection.

If you haven’t even had one dose it’s not too late. In fact, it’s never been a better time to get that vital protection as we head into winter. So please, please, go and get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.”

Around 12.6 million people across the UK have had a booster.Find out if you are eligible, and book a first, second or booster coronavirus vaccination at

New Forest coronavirus data:

In the last 7 days (15 November data) there were 804 cases of coronavirus in the district, up by 188 on the previous week. Sadly there were 5 deaths.

Of the New Forest population, 89.4% of people aged 12+ have had their first coronavirus vaccination dose, and 83.1% their second.

You can get the latest data for your area at

Stop COVID-19 hanging around

Ventilation has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risks of catching COVID-19 this winter.

Watch a 1 minute film which shows the difference in airflow and airborne particle movement when indoors in relation to COVID-19

People with COVID-19 release virus particles into the air whenever they speak, breathe or cough and these can linger in unventilated settings.

These particles in the air linger in unventilated rooms, like smoke, meaning the risk of catching COVID-19 is significantly increased.

You can help reduce COVID-19 levels indoors by opening a window, even for just 10 minutes every hour.

With around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 showing no symptoms, it could be passed onto others without knowing. The act of refreshing air when you’re socialising with people not in your household is even more important to keep infections down:

  • keep interior doors open and open a window in the room you’re sitting in when you have visitors at home
  • routinely open windows to get fresh air moving in your workplace if you’re unable to have them open all the time
  • open a window if you’re car sharing, or air your car out by opening the windows and doors for a few minutes when you arrive at your destination
  • where possible, wrap up warm and continue to meet outside.

Keep the New Forest safe

As well as ventilation, other small but important actions can help protect us against COVID-19:

Information about coronavirus on GOV.​UK:

New NFDC Cabinet member

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden has been appointed as our Portfolio Holder for Partnering and Wellbeing.

The role, which sits on our Cabinet, has health and wellbeing, environmental health, CCTV, and community safety within the portfolio.

You can see the Members of Cabinet, their portfolios, and the councillor/s for your ward at

The next meeting of Cabinet is on Wednesday 1 December at 10.00am

Free parking days

There will be 4 days of free parking in our town and village centre car parks in December.

This is to encourage our residents to continue to shop locally in the approach to Christmas.

The dates are:

  • Saturday 4 December, in support of Small Business Saturday
  • Saturday 18 December
  • Sunday 19 December
  • An additional day in December chosen by town and parish councils – check locally to find out the date

You can see a list of town and village car parks on our website at

Grants to tackle climate and nature emergency

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting green groups to apply for grants to help fund sustainable living projects in the National Park.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available from the Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) for projects which:

  • improve wildlife and habitats
  • reduce carbon emissions, or
  • connect new groups of people to nature

Schools, youth groups, and other organised community groups and charities that are either based within the New Forest National Park or include people who live within the boundary can apply.

Learn more at

Rethink your drink

This week is alcohol awareness week, 15 to 21 November.

When stressed or anxious, we can find ourselves drinking more. But the long-term effects of drinking too much can be harmful to your physical and mental health.

Cutting down on how much alcohol you have, even just a little, can be an effective way to improve your health, focus on your relationships, boost your energy and lose weight.

Find tips on how to make a change and find out how many units are in different drinks at

Reader survey results

Thank you to the 617 of you who completed our reader survey recently.

You scored these emails as:

  • useful, 8.9 out of 10
  • easy to understand, 9.14 out of 10
  • containing relevant information, 8.97 out of 10

339 of you made comments, and some of you had suggestions on what else you would like to see in these emails.

We are reviewing all these suggestions and, where we can, we will include the topics in future emails.

Some of the suggested topics do not fall within the remit of NFDC. Here is where to find more information from other organisations:


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NFDC November Update

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

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.

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.

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

Learn more about COP26 and sign up for their newsletter at

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:, find a walk-in 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

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:

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.
  • 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.

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 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:

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

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:

And you can see information about road closures for street parties at:

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:

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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 at

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