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.
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 We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”
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.
The project has received funding from the Sustainable Development Fund and is focused on 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.
We are pleased to announce New Forest District Council will shortly be introducing a new kerbside Household Glass Collection Service to your area. The scheme has already been well received by residents and is already proving successful where it has been introduced in the Waterside area.
Glass bottles and jars can be recycled over and over again, and plays a valuable part in helping to reduce our use of natural resources, energy and also saves money. It provides an easier and more convenient option for many residents to get involved in recycling.
Boxes for the glass and information packs will be delivered to households in your area during the week of 9 September and have been designed to make them easy to read and understand. Once in place the scheme will work in the following way:
· Boxes should be stored within the property boundary
· All glass bottles and jars can be put in the box
· Boxes will be collected once every four weeks
· On collection days, boxes should be placed just inside the property boundary by 7am
The black and clear sack rubbish and recycling schemes will stay the same. Bottle banks will remain in place and their usage will be monitored over the coming months.