Glass recycling text message reminders

Residents of the New Forest can now sign up to a new text messaging service being introduced by the district council which will send a reminder the evening before monthly glass recycling collections are due.

Nicola Plummer, who is coordinating the project at New Forest District Council, said: “The free Remind Me service is being introduced as we know that people want to recycle their glass, but life gets busy and a timely reminder the night before could make all the difference between remembering to put your glass bottles and jars out for collection and forgetting.”

As well as the text message prompt, Remind Me will reward residents for recycling their glass by entering them into a reward draw. 20 households will be randomly selected each month and, if they are recycling the right things, they can choose from a range of rewards, such as one month’s free membership at one of five New Forest Health and Leisure Centres, a family ticket to Beaulieu or a hamper full of local goodies from The New Forest Hamper Company.

The first 15,000 households to sign up will also receive a free Brand New Forest discount card, usually £5.

The new scheme is being funded by a grant from central government that aims to encourage recycling.

To register for the reminders, residents should text GLASS followed by first name, last name, first line of address and postcode to 81025 (e.g. GLASS Joan Smith 1 Long Lane SO12 A34)

Find out more about Remind Me at newforest.gov.uk/remindme

Temporary road closure – Ellingham Drove

NEW FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

ELLINGHAM DROVE, MOYLES COURT NR RINGWOOD

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 allow bridge parapet repair works to be undertaken, as follows:-

ROAD TO BE CLOSED: That length of Ellingham Drove, Ellingham near Ringwood from its junction with C159 Gorley Road for a distance of 130m northwards.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:

From the northern point of closure eastwards via unnamed spur adjacent Moyles Court School to its junction with C159; south via C159 (via ford) and southwest to the southern point of closure and vice versa.

PERIOD OF CLOSURE: From 27th July 2015 for a period of six months or until completion of the works whichever is sooner. (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be required for no longer than 4 weeks.)

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Hampshire County Council’s Structures Office, Tel: 0300 555 1388 roads@hants.gov.uk OR Transportation Section, New Forest District Council Tel: 02380 285260, traffic@nfdc.gov.uk

Chris Elliott Head of Planning and Transportation, Appletree Court Beaulieu Road Lyndhurst SO43 7PA

Statement of Persons Nominated Uncontested for our Parish Council

Please be advised following the close of nominations on Thursday 9 April, NFDC have issued the Statement of Persons Nominated for our 10 parish councillor vacancies on 7 May 2015.

As 10 nominations were received, all nominated persons have been elected unopposed.

The lists for all parishes within NFDC, elected uncontested and those parishes having an election, are accessible via NFDC’s webpage  as follows:

 http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3759/Town-and-Parish-Elections

Parliamentary nominations are accessible here:- http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3758/UK-Parliamentary-Elections

District nominations are accessible here:-

http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3628/District-Council-Elections

Please get in touch with the clerk if you have any questions.

Council supports businesses with free parking

New Forest District Council is offering free car parking on Saturday 6 December as part of its support for local business.

Shoppers will be able to park for free in all council-run car parks to mark ‘Small Business Saturday’ – a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to shop local and support independent shops.Continue Reading

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

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

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.