Green Open Doors is an opportunity for anybody interested in saving energy to see sustainable technologies (insulation, solar, heat pumps, wood fuel etc) in action and speak to the homeowners who enjoy their benefits.
The event, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest Transition, sees eleven properties opening their doors throughout the weekend of 4 and 5 October. The properties offer visitors the chance to find out more about a range of energy saving measures, including:
- Solar panels
- Heat pumps
- Energy efficient lighting
- Wood burning stoves
- Rainwater harvesting.
Entry to all houses is free and no booking is required, with homeowners on hand to answer any questions on the pros and cons of their property’s environmentally friendly features.
John Pemberton, Green Open Doors participant said: ‘This is a good opportunity for us to show what can be done to reduce energy usage and use renewable sources of energy. Not only can people save themselves money in the long term, they will also help to preserve the future of environmentally sensitive areas like the New Forest by reducing the use of oil and gas fuels.’
To see a map of the properties, opening times and details of each one, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/greenopendoors. The website also contains information on how to open your own house as part of this year’s event.
For those looking for a preview of some of the properties in this year’s event, there is a new series of videos showing interviews with some of the home owners and an insight into the most effective energy saving measures at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/greenvideos.
NEW FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
A338 SALISBURY ROAD NR FORDINGBRIDGE
TEMPORARY 40 MPH SPEED RESTRICTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that New Forest District Council, acting as agent to the traffic authority, Hampshire County Council, proposes to make an Order to facilitate the holding of a sporting event on the highway as follows:
EFFECT OF RESTRICTION: To impose a 40 mph speed restriction on that length of A338 Salisbury Road near Fordingbridge between its junction with Kent Lane Harbridge and its junction with A338 Off-Slip at Fordingbridge.
PERIOD OF RESTRICTION: Between 0700hrs and 1500hrs Sunday 28th September 2014, as signed on site.
The details of the event organiser are as follows:
Try Tri Events
18 The Central Precinct
DATE OF OPERATION : The Order will come into operation on Sunday 28th September 2014
FURTHER DETAILS : A copy of this Notice, the proposed Order, plans showing the locations and effects of the proposals, and a Statement of Reasons for making the Order may be inspected during the usual office hours at New Forest District Council’s Main Reception at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge Information Office, Kings Yard, Salisbury Street Fordingbridge SP6 1AB
They may also be viewed on the Council’s website www.newforest.gov.uk under “Transport & Streets”, then “Traffic Management” :-
If you have any queries regarding the above please contact New Forest District Council Transportation Section Tel: 02380 285260, email@example.com
Residents alerted to bogus cold callers claiming to be from Solent Green Deal and New Forest District Council
New Forest District Council has been made aware that several residents in the district have received cold calls from two individuals claiming to be working with the council on the Solent Green Deal scheme and asking for householders’ details. Reports so far have been from the Lyndhurst area. These individuals are not representing the council or Solent Green Deal. Neither the council nor Solent Green Deal use cold callers to promote schemes or services and all NFDC staff working on council business carry formal identification with them.
Residents who receive a cold call like this are asked to report it to the Police by telephoning 101. The police will share information with Hampshire Trading Standards. Concerned householders can also contact Hampshire Trading Standards Quick Response Team for further advice, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 01962 833666.
Anyone who encounters the bogus cold callers is encouraged to note as much information as they can to provide to the police and Trading Standards, such as the company name given by the callers, descriptions of the individuals or a vehicle registration.
Local people are urged to remain vigilant for individuals cold calling in their area and to keep a lookout for elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, advised: “Legitimate cold callers will carry identification, so always examine it carefully. Do not allow anyone into your home whom you are unsure of and do not give any personal details or sign up to any work on the doorstep.”
Solent Green Deal is a scheme developed for Hampshire residents by local authorities and supported by New Forest District Council, which can help people to make energy improvements to their homes. Solent Green Deal only works with a list of approved contractors and would not employ cold callers. For details of the scheme and approved contractors visit solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone 0800 052 2242.
New Forest visitors leaving their vehicles in public car parks are urged to take all their valuables with them.
“Thieves may be watching your movements in the car park when you arrive for a walk in the forest, to attend an event or park to go shopping,” said Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder for housing and communities.
“If you leave valuables on view in the car or even place them in the boot, you run the risk of returning to find the car damaged and your belongings stolen.”
Since the Safer New Forest Partnership raised concerns earlier this year, there has been a significant reduction in thefts from motor vehicles – but visitors should not become complacent.
It advises drivers and their passengers to remove all valuable items – including bags, coats, satnavs, mobiles and laptops – from their parked vehicles and to lock their vehicle securely.
New Forest Chief Inspector Simon Tribe said: “Car crime does occur in the New Forest, especially at beauty spot car parks. The police are doing a lot to combat it, including regular patrols, but people can help us to further reduce the problem by taking some simple crime prevention measures like making sure car doors are locked and removing all valuables.”
A bright yellow Hampshire Constabulary notice stating: ‘No valuables have been left in this vehicle’ are available free of charge from New Forest District Council information centres.
Log on to www.safer.newforest.gov.uk and find out what is being done to make your community a safer place for everyone.
From Lee Hulin (Lead Ranger) Local National Trust
The Parish Ragwort ‘Pull’ on Sat 5th July was a triumph of parish co-operation.
What a wonderful turnout – approximately 30 people ‘pulled’ and
‘picked’ for about 2 hours on Saturday morning, leaving us with verges unsullied by the glowing gold of Ragwort! It proved that many hands do make light work. Newlands Farm turned out in force, with Nick Smith, 10 volunteers and a flat bed truck. Michelle, Lee and Laura from the National Trust provided well needed resources, such as ragwort forks, black bags and refreshments.
The objective of the ‘pull’ is to reduce the amount of wind-born Ragwort seed that gets launched onto the breeze in late July. Fewer seeds should mean less Ragwort seedlings popping up next year to cause problems on agricultural land where stock graze.
Ragwort is not all bad, those plants that had resident Cinnabar moth caterpillars were left to be devoured by the many hungry mouths. Of course not all Ragwort were eliminated so those creatures that like Ragwort were left with a food resource. Getting rid of all Ragwort would be a counsel of perfection that is unlikely to ever be achieved.
A big thank you to all concerned, let’s do it all again next year!
Caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth feeding on Ragwort
Hampshire County Council is holding a public consultation on the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) service from 2 June until 22 August.
County Council officers have been looking at different and innovative options for running the HWRC service, partly as a response to financial pressures. The consultation is an opportunity for interested parties to help inform the future of the HWRC service and to give their input on potential changes to the service.
The outcomes of this consultation will inform the new HWRC management contract from April 2015.
The consultation will be available online at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/recycling from 2 June 2014. To request paper copies, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hantsdirect on: 0845 603 5634. Paper copies can also be collected from Hampshire libraries and local district and borough council offices.
Let us be your guide for a safe visit
Whether you live in the Forest or are just visiting us for a fun day out, let us be your guide says Safer New Forest.
Pick up one of the bright blue ‘Welcome to the beautiful New Forest’ visitor guides from information centres and campsites around the district for useful information and reminders to help you enjoy your time safely in the forest.
Packed with tips to keep visitors safe and to protect the environment, the guide features:
Cycling in the forest – make sure you use a padlock, wear high-vis gear and look out for cattle grids and animals on the road.
Park wisely – never leave valuables in your car and always lock it.
Eat out with confidence – choose a restaurant, pub or café with a high food hygiene rating.
Camp safely – barbecues, whether gas or charcoal, should only ever be used outdoors and never taken into an enclosed space, such as a tent or caravan.
Only use barbecues at designated campsites. Wild camping is not allowed in the forest.
Please report any anti-social behaviour or criminal damage to the police on 101.
Stick to the footpaths if possible; avoid farm land, bogs and marshes.
Take your litter home or use the pony-proof litter bins.
Keep your dog under control, use a lead if necessary, and be aware of grazing ponies and cattle and nesting birds.
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “We welcome visitors to the New Forest and hope this little blue guide will help them get the best out of their time here, whether it’s a day trip, a walk or a holiday.
“There is plenty of useful advice for visitors so please pick one up from the local information centres or campsites.”
Alternatively, the guide can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1l0ljyd
If you are a local hotel or business and would like some copies of the guide for your clients, please contact community safety coordinator Stephanie Bennett on 023 8028 5588 or email email@example.com
Electoral registration system is changing this summer
Over the summer, all New Forest District Council residents will receive a letter telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
A new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the old system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
Many New Forest District residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily online.
New Forest District Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, Dave Yates said:
“New Forest District residents will receive a letter towards the end of July 2014 that will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not. If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”
Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said:
“This summer the Electoral Commission will launch a major advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration. We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters . If you do not receive a letter contact New Forest District Council elections team on 023 8028 5445 or firstname.lastname@example.org