Safer New Forest

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 stephanie.bennett@nfdc.gov.uk

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Electoral role changes coming soon

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 electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk

Road closure (temp) Gorley Road

Please be advised of the urgent 3 day road closure of Highwood Lane/the Gorley Road between North Poulner Road and Snails Lane.  from Wednesday 22nd January, for a likely maximum duration of 3 days,(between 0930hrs and 1500hrs only on each day)  in order for BT to carry out urgent cabling works.
Alternative route shown below:

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Hants County Council Budget priorities – have your say

Have your say about the County Council’s budget – taking tough decisions together. Through this survey they want to understand what residents think about how the County Council’s limited resources should be spent in the coming year.

The County Council provides strategic, county-wide services such as highways, social care, education and libraries. More local services such as bin collection, environmental health, housing and leisure centres are provided by district councils.

Each page has explanatory notes, the best way to get started is to dive in, follow the link below and have your say. The more views they receive, the more meaningful and representative the results will be on issues relevant to the whole county.

The Online Survey

The closing date for responses is 29 November 2013.

PRESS RELEASE 

Sandbag Provision Regarding Flooding – policy change

Message from NFDC

There is shortly to be a change in District Council policy regarding the issue of sandbags as explained below. 

For several years the District Council has provided sandbags for collection from various locations and during some events have delivered sandbags to properties. However, as the property owner is probably aware, it is the responsibility of property owners to take all necessary steps to protect their own property against flooding and the Council does not have a duty to provide sandbags for this purpose. Continue Reading

Vote! – be sure to be on the electoral register

Residents urged to make sure they can vote in next year’s elections

Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the district and residents are being urged to return them as soon as possible to make their voices heard in any elections held next year. In 2014 the European Parliamentary Elections will be held on 22 May – to participate in these and any other elections after 17 February 2014 voters’ names must be on the register of electors.

New Forest District Council’s electoral registration officer, Chief Executive Dave Yates, and his staff will be sending forms to households in the district from 25 October 2013 to compile the electoral register. Anyone who has not received their form can contact NFDC’s Electoral Registration Team on 023 8028 5445 or e-mail electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk.

Dave Yates said: “Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply online or by telephone. By responding promptly this will save a canvasser calling at your property.

“Some people may not realise that they have to register every year, it is important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in elections.”

On the electoral registration form voters can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. This will mean their details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.

For more information contact New Forest District Council’s electoral registration team on 023 8028 5445, or email electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk .

New Forest Bat Project

The project has received funding from the Sustainable Development Fund and is focused 11-09-2013 17-12-53on two rare species – Bechstein’s and Barbastelle bats. As part of the project the bat group have produced a newsletter to keep local organisations up to date with the work they are doing.  The bat group project is solely run by volunteers.

If you are interested the Newsletter can be viewed/downloaded as new forest bat box update 22022013-3.