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 .

Calf injured on Ibsley Common

A resident whose calves graze on Ibsley Common has reported that one of the calves has had the end of its tail pulled off, which potentially could have been by a dog attack.  The injury happened between late evening on Thursday 3 October and before 7.45am  on Friday 4 October. The incident has been reported by the resident to the Verderers, Police, National Trust and the Dog Warden.

Please can all dog owners remember not to let their dogs out of their sight and avoid grazing livestock when walking on the Commons.