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  • Temporary Mobile Telecoms Mast on Hyde Common

    I am getting a lot of enquiries about the large telecoms mast that has been put up on Hyde Common. The land is owned by Hampshire County Council and the mast has been put up by Waldon Telecom, I understand on behalf of EE. I have tried to keep local residents informed over recent weeks…

  • Planned Overnight Closure of Woodgreen Common Road – 25th June 2019

    Hampshire County Council have applied to close Woodgreen Common Road from the 25th June. While the application is for a maximum of 3 months it is intended that works should only take place between midnight and 6am and that they should be completed within a week. Details of the proposed closure order – woodgreen common…

  • New Forest District Council Elections – 2nd May 2019

    I have endeavoured to deliver an election leaflet to every property within the Downlands & Forest Ward during the last two weeks. However, I regret that given the size of the Ward and with only family and friends to assist me, we haven’t been successful in getting to everyone, and for this I apologise. I…

  • BBC South Inside Out broadcast on the 28th January

    There has been considerable social media debate following the broadcast of what I would charitably call a poorly researched segment on the ‘over-grazing’ of the New Forest. While this did touch on an important issue, the effect of the Basic Payments System on the economics of Commoning, it did so in a way that made…

  • Animal Casualties in the New Forest

    BBC Solent will running a week of programming on Animal Casualties in the New Forest from Monday 27th March, starting with a discussion on the Julian Clegg morning show. This has been prompted by the public debate, reignited by the recent animal casualties on the B3078 (three killed or humanely destroyed in the week commencing…

  • New Forest District Council Elections 2015

    I would like to thank the residents of the Downlands & Forest Ward for their support and trust in returning me once again as their representative on New Forest District Council. I am delighted that so many local electors turned out to vote. 1,858 ballot papers were issued in the Ward which has a total electorate of…

  • Problem with issue of Postal Ballot in Downlands & Forest Ward

    I have been advised that postal ballot papers for the District Council election for the Downlands & Forest Ward of New Forest District Council were not included in the issue of postal voting packs on the 21st April. Since becoming aware of this problem earlier this morning I have been in contact with the Electoral Services…

  • Have the Lib Dems collapsed in the New Forest?

    Nominations have now closed for the 2015 District Council elections in the New Forest and detail of the candidates have been published. Whilst the Conservative Party has fielded candidates for all 60 seats, the Liberal Democrats have only managed to put up 24 candidates! The collapse amongst Lib Dem activists is even more pronounced within the…

  • New Forest District Council Conservative Manifesto 2015

    Just as we have done in during previous District Council elections, the Conservative Group within the New Forest has produced a Manifesto setting out what local Conservatives will prioritise over the next four years if we retain control of New Forest District Council on May 7th. I have tried to deliver a copy of the…

  • ‘Growing a more prosperous New Forest’

    Last Monday (23rd February) the Leader of New Forest District Council, Councillor Barry Rickman, made his last budget speech of the current Council’s four year term. In this final speech before May’s local elections Cllr Rickman both looked back at the last four years and forward at the challenges ahead. He talked about the storms…