Published: Sunday, 17 October 2021 15:37
Be the Mate who won’t Speed
Following an increase in the proportion of vehicles speeding in the first national lockdown, THINK! Is launching a new campaign encouraging high-risk young male drivers to rethink their need to speed when making essential journeys. Young men are over-represented in speeding-related casualties, and are also more likely to work in industries where they still need to travel for work during in lockdown.
Launched on 28 January 2021, the campaign tackles speeding among this high-risk group, by encouraging young drivers to ‘Be the mate who won’t speed’, to keep themselves and others safe and reduce pressure on vital services including the NHS. The campaign challenges some of the common reasons for speeding – being in a hurry, driving on familiar roads and fewer vehicles on the road.
A suite of static and animated memes will run across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, using a humorous ‘bad versus good behaviour’ format, to champion and normalise not taking risks when it comes to speeding.
Radio and digital audio will be used to intervene at key moments, such as journeys to work shifts and for essential shopping, challenging the need to speed in real time.
To further amplify the reach of this campaign, THINK! has partnered with LADBible and social influencers, who have developed their own content which shares the key messaging of this campaign and encourages our target audience to make a pledge to rethink their speed.
To download static and animated memes, a toolkit with social copy, and the audio ads, click on the ‘Get this’ link below.
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Published: Sunday, 17 October 2021 15:33
Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road crashes
In these unprecedented times more people are cycling and walking, to travel to work and for pleasure. It is vital that drivers slow down and take extra care so everyone can use the roads safely.
With less traffic on the roads currently it is easy for speed to creep up unintentionally. Everyone has a part to play in not putting a strain on the NHS - so slow down and save lives - it’s not worth the risk.
The law states that you must not drive faster than the speed limit. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at that speed in all conditions.
The habit of speed:
- We often accelerate and change gears without thinking
- Without always meaning to we can find ourselves travelling on urban roads at more than 30 mph. It has become a habit
- The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph
- If you cause an accident you will have to live with the emotional consequences of causing death or injury to others
Reducing the risk of speeding:
- Consider using third gear rather than fourth in 30mph zones
- Use good ‘accelerator sense’. This means making sure there is enough clear road space ahead and that you know the speed limit before accelerating
Drivers are particularly vulnerable to accidents when they need to turn right across traffic. It is believed that this is due to a slowing of the ability to process information, making judgement of speed more difficult.
To make things safer at junctions you should:
- Adjust your speed of approach to the junction so that you have time to assess it properly
- Before you emerge from a junction look right, left and right again and then check for pedal cyclists and motorbikes
- Even if it looks safe to emerge the situation can change very rapidly, so keep checking the situation until you are up to normal speed
Published: Sunday, 17 October 2021 15:15
In this communication:
- Update on waste and recycling services – ongoing driver shortages
- Climate and Nature Emergency declared
- Hampshire-wide plan for waste disposal
- Help for people renting, and landlords
- Support to Roger Penny Way petition
- NHS COVID Pass
- Waterside corridor travel improvements
- Regular coronavirus testing still important
Update on waste and recycling services – ongoing driver shortages
Along with other councils, the ongoing shortage of staff and HGV drivers across the country is having an impact on some of our waste and recycling services.
We are doing all we can to alleviate pressures on the service, working with staff from other council services and agency staff, and recruiting where we can to fill driver vacancies. We are responding day by day, assessing the staffing levels available, and prioritising collecting the black and clear sack waste.
This has meant some of our services are experiencing disruption – garden waste was temporarily paused, some glass collections have not taken place, bulky waste is currently suspended, and the delivery of sacks is behind schedule.
Services are currently operating as follows:
- General waste and recycling: is the priority service and we are continuing to collect black and clear sack waste from 80,000 households in the district every week. https://newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish
- Garden waste: was temporarily paused and reinstated earlier this month on a four-weekly collection schedule. Currently unable to take on any new customers or offer additional sacks. https://newforest.gov.uk/gardenwaste
- Glass collection: is continuing but some areas’ black box collections may have to be postponed at short notice https://newforest.gov.uk/glass
- Bulky waste collection: is currently suspended. https://newforest.gov.uk/article/978/Bulky-waste-collection
- Sack deliveries: Deliveries of clear and black sacks may be running slightly behind the schedule that residents have come to expect. We are working to catch up any backlog, and in the meantime, residents are reminded that they can use any black or clear sack, they do not need to be NFDC sacks.
Our apologies for the current disruption, which is likely to continue for some time. Our staff are working extremely hard in difficult circumstances. Thank you for your patience and support.
Please follow our updates on the website and social media. You can get latest updates, as well as via this email, in the following ways:
Climate and Nature Emergency declared
At our meeting of Council (11 October 2021) we declared a Climate Change and Nature Emergency for the district.
Cllr Edward Heron, Leader, “In itself, declaring a climate emergency does nothing, it’s what you then do. But this is a clear signal that we consider it of such importance that we will be building on the climate change actions already underway and taking a more fundamental look at our activities, with the target of reducing carbon emissions along with an ambitious action plan being put in place to measure annual district-wide progress.”
Read more https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2827/Declaration-of-a-climate-change-and-nature-emergency-in-New-Forest
Hampshire-wide plan for waste disposal
We have approved a new “Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy” (JMWMS) which will allow us to work with other councils in Hampshire to reduce our carbon impact, and meet upcoming government legislation.
As we also work on our own waste collection strategy, the JMWMS will support us in sharing resources and working towards our goal to reduce waste and increase recycling.
The new JMWMS will allow us to:
- Move to a ‘twin-stream’ recycling collection system for the New Forest district. A twin-stream system means paper and card are collected from one container, and glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, tubs and trays, metal tins and cans in another.
- Introduce weekly food waste collections within the next few years
Specific information about the waste service for the New Forest, such as how often waste will be collected, and the types of containers and vehicles to be used, will be known when our final waste strategy is agreed.
Read more: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/2828/Hampshire-wide-plan-for-waste-disposal-management-approved
Help for people renting, and landlords
- Tenants: If you are renting and think you may be at risk of becoming homeless, please get in touch with us as soon as possible – we have different ways we can help.
- Landlords and letting agents: Do you rent a property to tenants? We know that eviction is often the last resort and is a costly and stressful process. Get in touch with our ‘Call Before You Serve’ team, before you issue any eviction notices, and we can work with you on solutions to get the tenancy back on track.
Support to Roger Penny Way petition
We have added our support to a petition from the New Forest Speed Awareness Campaign regarding traffic speeds on Roger Penny Way.
We will now work with the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Hampshire County Council as the Highways Authority, on a feasibility study into traffic speeds on the road, and a report on the next steps will be brought to a future NFDC Cabinet meeting.
Read more at: https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2826/Support-to-petition-calling-for-speed-camera-on-Roger-Penny-Way
NHS COVID Pass
The NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results. You might be asked to show your pass when travelling abroad, or at some events or venues in the UK.
To get your COVID Pass, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
Criminals are using the NHS COVID Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information. They are sending out imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media.
- the NHS app is free
- the NHS COVID Pass is free
- the NHS will never ask for payment or any financial details.
Waterside corridor travel improvements
Hampshire County Council are asking local people to share their views on proposals to improve travel and transport in the Waterside area.
The proposals look at improving bus reliability and journey times at Rushington Roundabout, Marchwood Bypass and Junction Road, Totton.
If you live, or work locally, you are invited to share your thoughts about the proposed changes. Complete the online response form before Wednesday 3 November at https://www.hants.gov.uk/tcfsouthampton
You can also request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388.
StreetSafe is a new service which allows members of the public to anonymously report public places where they have felt or feel unsafe to the police.
The service will help the police to build a picture of issues in different areas, which will help them to identify actions that can be done to help the public feel safer.
You can report anything that makes you feel unsafe, such as environmental issues like street lighting, abandoned vehicles or vandalism, or behaviours, such as being followed or verbally abused.
Find out more about StreetSafe at https://www.police.uk/pu/notices/streetsafe/street-safe/
StreetSafe is not a way of reporting crime, and you should always call 101 to report crime to the police or 999 in an emergency.
Regular coronavirus testing still important
With autumn and winter very much on the way, it’s important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by testing regularly, especially before meeting up with others.
Get free rapid test kits from the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/
Help is at hand if you are self-isolating. Call the Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline today on 0333 370 4000 to find out what support is available to you
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Published: Tuesday, 05 October 2021 10:59
In this Communication:
- Cabinet meeting, Wednesday 6 October
- Waste management strategy for Hampshire
- Flu and coronavirus vaccinations
- Annual household canvass
- Free training for local small businesses and entrepreneurs
- Walking festival
Cabinet meeting this week
Our Cabinet meet this week, at 10am on Wednesday 6 October.
Items on the agenda include:
- Corporate Plan 2020-2024 ‘Community Matters’
- Control of asbestos policy and control of contactors policy
- Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy
- Cemeteries Regulations Review
- Motion to declare a Climate Emergency.
You can read the full agenda on our democracy website: https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=7297&x=1
The meeting can be watched live, or on playback afterwards, on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzEuvsulruo
Waste management strategy for Hampshire
Our Cabinet will discuss at their meeting (details above) a new Hampshire-wide plan for waste disposal management.
While we are responsible for collecting your waste, Hampshire County Council are responsible for disposing of it.
The plan, called the ‘Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy’ (JMWMS), will see us work with other local authorities in Hampshire to reduce the overall carbon impact of waste services, and meet future waste and environment legislation.
One of the plans in the JMWMS is a change to a ‘twin-stream’ system for recycling.
A twin-stream system means paper and card would be collected from one container, and glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, tubs and trays, metal tins and cans in another.
The new strategy also highlights the likelihood that the government will require all authorities in England to provide separate, weekly, food waste collections within the next few years.
You can read more about the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy on our website: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/2805/Hampshire-wide-plan-for-waste-disposal-to-be-reviewed
and see our own draft waste strategy at https://newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy
Note: The JMWMS confirms that our final draft waste strategy for the New Forest district aligns with objectives for all Hampshire authorities. However, it does not specify exactly how waste and recycling collections should be carried out. We will provide more information on how this will work once our own waste strategy has been approved, expected early 2022.
Flu and coronavirus vaccinations
It’s easy for us to pass on COVID-19 or flu viruses without knowing.
This winter there are two essential vaccines you’ll need to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- flu vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccination.
The flu virus kills almost 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England in an average year. It’s more important than ever to get your flu jab this year.
You may be eligible for a free flu vaccination and/or COVID-19 booster vaccination through the NHS.
The free flu nasal spray helps protect your child from serious illness. Find out more about the free flu vaccine for children at https://www.nhs.uk/child-flu
People aged 18 and over (or turning 18 within 3 months) can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are currently only being offered a 1st dose.
Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccines:
A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago. This includes:
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- people who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.
Annual household canvass
Over the last couple of months, we have been contacting households across the district to make sure people are properly registered to vote.
This is called the annual canvass.
We have to do this every year by law so that those who are eligible can join the electoral register.
Thank you to everyone who has responded so far.
You can still update your details if you haven’t already – Our canvassers are visiting households who haven’t responded and they’ll be able to enter your details on a tablet to help you complete the canvass. They will show you ID so you know they are from NFDC.
Free training for local small businesses and entrepreneurs
We’re working with Rebel Business School to offer free business training for local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The week-long training will take place on Zoom from Monday 18 to Friday 22 October.
Daily sessions will cover key business skills including, making sales, social media marketing and building websites. You’ll also get the chance to learn more about legal issues, business tax and how to adapt and be more resilient in difficult times.
Anyone with a business idea who is struggling to get started, or wants to develop their current business, can sign up for the free course at https://therebelschool.com/hampshire/
The New Forest Walking Festival runs from Saturday 16 October to Sunday 7 November.
The annual event has lots of different walks and talks, as well as some family-friendly events for half term, and cycling led by qualified cycle leaders on designated cycle tracks.
See a description of the different events and book at https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/things-to-do/whats-on/events/?type=new-forest-walking-festival
The festival is run in partnership by the New Forest National Park Authority Forestry England, New Forest Association, New Forest Ramblers and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
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Published: Saturday, 25 September 2021 18:13
- Autumn and winter covid plan
- COVID-19 vaccinations
- Struggling financially, we are here to help
- Brilliance in Business Awards
- Returning to university
- Council Tax support scheme consultation
- Pannage season starts
- Parking clocks on sale
- Flu vaccinations
Autumn and winter covid plan
The government has this afternoon set out their approach to managing coronavirus over the autumn and winter.
Although great progress has been made during 2021, the virus remains present and that is why what we all do now will make a difference.
The plan is in two parts, Plan A and Plan B.
Plan A focuses on the continued vaccination programme which includes:
- making two vaccinations available to everyone aged 16+
- covid booster vaccinations for the most vulnerable people, including people aged 50 and over, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents and people who are classed as critically extremely vulnerable
- offering one vaccination to children aged 12-15.
The hope is that the vaccination programme alongside regular hand washing, ventilation and the Test and Trace service, will effectively keep infection rates steady and hospitalisation rates and deaths low.
However, Plan B will be used if the government believes that the NHS is becoming overwhelmed. It may include measures such as telling people to work from home again and making face coverings mandatory in indoor settings.
See the government’s COVID-19 Response Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021
Please continue to keep the New Forest safe:
- Get vaccinated, it is the best way to protect yourself and others
- Let fresh air in and meet outdoors when you can – when someone with coronavirus speaks, coughs or sneezes, particles become airborne and can be passed to other people or nearby surfaces
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, particularly with people you don’t normally come in contact with
- Get tested, and self-isolate if required – It is still a legal requirement for people to isolate if they test positive, to protect the most vulnerable from infection and to control the spread of variants https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- Stay at home if you are unwell
- Wash your hands regularly
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app https://covid19.nhs.uk/
Contact the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000, if because of Coronavirus you need help with:
- debt or money worries
- mental health support
- practical help if you are self isolating such as collecting essential supplies
Financial support is also available for those on low incomes that have to self-isolate https://newforest.gov.uk/testandtracepayment
Information and help is also available at the Connect to Support Hampshire website https://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/
12 – 15 year olds:
Children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a coronavirus vaccine from next week.
One dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered through schools, and parental consent will be asked for.
The age group is considered at very low risk from the disease, but the vaccination programme is planned so disruption to education is reduced.
To keep high levels of protection through the coming winter, booster vaccines will be offered from next week to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during phase 1 of the vaccine programme, including:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The booster should be given at least six months after a second dose – with the Pfizer jab recommended.
Anyone aged 16 and over can book a coronavirus vaccination.
More than 80% of people aged 16 and over in the UK have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and even more unlikely to become seriously ill, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it.
The latest report estimates the vaccine programme has prevented about 22 million infections and 60,000 deaths in England.
Getting vaccinated is quick, easy and free:
Struggling financially, we are here to help
If you are a council tenant and ever think you may struggle to pay your rent, talk to us.
We can help you and offer assistance and affordable repayment plans to help with changes to your income.
Citizens Advice offer advice to anyone struggling financially. They have experts who can help you maximise your income and help with debt management https://newforestcab.org.uk/
Brilliance in Business awards
The New Forest Business Partnership’s annual local business awards celebrate local individuals and businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievements.
There are 14 award categories, covering many areas of achievement within local business, and this year we are sponsoring the category of ‘Best New Forest Micro Business’.
To learn more and enter, see https://www.nfbp.org.uk/awards2021
Entries need to be made by 12pm on Friday 1 October.
Returning to university this autumn, or know someone who is?
Take a rapid lateral flow test at home first before you travel. Then take two tests on site or at home when you get there. Keep testing regularly and report all your test results online.
Council Tax support scheme consultation
We are reviewing our Council Tax support scheme and are proposing to make some changes from 1 April 2022.
A reduction in Council Tax is available for working aged people on low income. The amount of reduction is based on individual circumstances such as income, savings, disability, and any other adults in the household.
We are proposing the following changes to our current scheme:
- increasing the backdate period from 3 to 6 months
- to treat a Universal Credit notification as a new claim
- to reduce the number of non-dependent deductions to 2
- to use the amounts used in Universal Credit when disregarding childcare costs.
You can read in full about the proposed changes and submit any comments before Sunday 3 October at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1251/Council-Tax-Support#h20
Pannage season starts
The 2021 pannage season started on Monday 13 September.
Pannage is an annual event, usually lasting a couple of months, when pigs are let out into the Forest to do a vital job – eating acorns that are poisonous to other livestock.
Some of the piglets are quite small and hard to see so please take care when you are out and about.
As always, the advice is to let the pigs get on with their job and to keep your distance. Sows can become aggressive if they feel their piglets are in danger so please never try to touch or feed the pigs.
You can read more about the process of pannage on Forestry England’s website at: https://www.forestryengland.uk/article/pannage-pigs-acorns-the-new-forest
Parking clocks on sale
October to December quarterly long-stay parking clocks (season tickets) are now available to buy from our website. https://www.newforest.gov.uk/parkingclock
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.
It is important to get the flu vaccination this winter, especially if you are classed as being more vulnerable. This will protect you, and it will also help to keep extra pressure off the NHS.
If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to become seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses.
If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.
The NHS website has information on who can get a flu vaccine and where to get one:
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