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Households across the New Forest will soon be asked to take part in the 2021 Census.
The census happens only once every ten years and has been carried out every decade since 1841, with the exception of 1941.
The survey gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.
It will be the first Census run mainly online and you’ll get a letter to your household with a unique access code, allowing you to complete the questionnaire on your computer, phone or tablet.
Census information is used by charities, central and local government, and others, to put services and funding in the places where they are most needed. Which is why it is so important everyone takes part. At NFDC, we use it for nearly all services we provide, from planning to housing, and waste collection to our website.
Census day will be on 21 March, 2021.
Households will get their letters with the online codes from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit https://census.gov.uk/
The NFDC planning team has introduced a new duty planning officer system.
The officer can assist you with simple questions such as:
|· general advice on planning considerations and permitted development rights
· how to apply for pre-application advice and what this service involves
· how to apply for planning permission and general advice can be given on requirements for validating planning applications
The appointments are on the phone for 15 minutes and can be booked online 14 days in advance at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2001/Duty-Planner-Service
On Thursday 6 May, residents in the New Forest District will be voting in elections for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Hampshire County Council, and our Parish Council by-election.
NFDC is already making plans to help you stay safe at the polling stations, and there are a number of ways to have your say in May:
|· you can vote in a polling station
· you can vote by post
· or you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
To vote in the elections – either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy – you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes. If you aren’t already registered, you can register at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.
To apply to vote by post, download, print and fill in this form https://newforest.gov.uk/media/173/Postal-Vote-Application-Form/pdf/Application_to_Vote_by_Post.pdf?m=637309366170170000
Once you have completed the form and signed it, send it to the electoral team at New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA or you can scan it and email it to email@example.com
If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post. To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-proxy, explaining why you can’t get to your polling station in person.
Hurst Spit to Lymington project
The Environment Agency, in partnership with NFDC and others, are looking at a sustainable future for the coast between Hurst Spit and Lymington.
As part of this project there is the chance to give your thoughts at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HurstSpit2Lymington/
The Hurst Spit to Lymington project will investigate how to respond to the significant challenges facing this area of coastline. The project will also look at how to fund any potential work.
More information: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/solent-and-south-downs/hurst-spit-to-lymington-project/
New coronavirus lockdown just announced
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this evening announced tougher coronavirus restrictions in England from tonight (one-minute past midnight on 5 January 2021).
The new set of lockdown restrictions for England has been introduced to stop the current fast spread of coronavirus which has reached a record high.
The increasing pressure on the NHS means healthcare services are at risk of being overwhelmed.
You may now only leave home for limited reasons such as to shop for essentials, to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, to seek medical assistance such as getting a COVID test, or to escape domestic abuse.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
Keeping to the lockdown restrictions, as well as reducing your social contact and continuing to follow hands – face – space, will save lives.
Stay home – protect the NHS – save lives
You must stay at home except for:
|· shopping for necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person
· going to work if you cannot work from home
· exercising locally once a day, alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person
· meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary
· seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges across England will close and move to remote provision from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Full lockdown restrictions and updates will be added to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and a summary is now available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae
We are reviewing what this latest announcement means for our services.
|· Health and leisure centres are closed https://leisure.newforest.gov.uk/
· Information offices at Lyndhurst, Lymington, Fawley, New Milton, Hythe and Ringwood are closed https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1163/Information-offices
· Parking clocks (season tickets) can be bought on our website – they will be posted to the address supplied and should be received within five working days https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1388/Pay-for-parking
· Building control are continuing with external inspections (where access through a property is not required) and other inspections will be risk assessed to ensure the surveyors and the homeowners are not put at any risk.
Essential services, like waste collections, benefit payments and homelessness support continue, but please see https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus for any updates
and https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1162/Contact-us for how to get in touch.
Keep up to date at:
|· Website: https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus
· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newforestgov
· Twitter: https://twitter.com/newforestdc
Hampshire helpline 0333 370 4000 – for advice and support if coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the second vaccination to be approved in the UK, has started to be given across the country.
The vaccine, which has been through stringent safety checks and extensive trials, is our best defence against the virus and will help curb infections and then allow restrictions to be lifted.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:
|· some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
· people who live or work in care homes
· health care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Reporting a breach of coronavirus restrictions
If you are concerned that there has been a breach of restrictions you can contact Hampshire Constabulary at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/
If you have concerns that Covid-secure measures are not being met by a business, we would recommend you raise this with the business at the time and, if you are not satisfied with the response, contact our environmental health team at firstname.lastname@example.org 02380 285230.
Disposing of waste if you’re self-isolating
If you have any symptoms of COVID19 you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.
The main symptoms are:
|· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You must change the way you put out rubbish for collection if you are self-isolating due to coronavirus, because you have had a positive test result, have symptoms or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace,
Please double-bag your personal waste (tissues, cleaning cloths) before putting them in your black sack. Wait at least three days before putting your sacks out for collection.
By taking these extra precautions, you can help keep our staff safe and our collection services running during this time.
There is more information on our website: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1579/Coronavirus-waste-and-recycling-changes#h20
Financial support for those who have to self-isolate – read more and see if you are eligible: https://newforest.gov.uk/testandtracepayment
Cold weather advice
Icy conditions and cold weather are forecast this week.
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
Please check on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or breathing problems, to make sure they are safe and well, and have stocks of food and medicines so they do not need to go out during very cold weather.
If you are concerned about someone, you can contact Hampshire County Council’s Social Care and Health team https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth
If you’re concerned the person may have hypothermia, contact NHS 111 or in an emergency call 999.
Keep warm and well:
|· keep following COVID-19 guidance and remember hands, face, space
· if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18° C
· keep your bedroom at 18° C all night if you can – and keep bedroom windows closed
· if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, as long as you’re comfortable
· use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time
· have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm
· have hot drinks regularly
· get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
· stay as active as you can – any exercise can bring health benefits
· get your flu vaccine
Help with heating costs:
|· See Hampshire County Council’s advice for people struggling to keep their homes warm https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/coldspots
· Winter Fuel Payment – If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
· Cold Weather Payment – You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
· See the government’s Simple Energy Advice website https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/ or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.
Tell us about people homeless or rough sleeping this winter
Contact our homelessness team as soon as possible if you see, or know of someone, that you suspect is homeless or sleeping rough: on our website https://newforest.gov.uk/article/993/Help-for-homeless, email email@example.com, or call 023 8028 5222.
There is still time to vote for Milford-on-Sea’s Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window Competition! Have a wander around the village centre over the festive break and vote online for the window you like best!
It takes 1 minute! Click on the link here to vote: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FLZ82VC
From Saturday 2 January to Sunday 17 January 2021 real Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at some of NFDC’s car parks across the district.
|· Blackfield, Gang Warily community centre car park SO45 1GA
· Burley, Coach park BH24 4AP
· Fordingbridge, A338 slip road car park SP6 5JA
· Hythe, New Road car park SO45 6AQ
· Lymington, Bath Road car park SO41 3SE
· Lyndhurst, Village centre car park SO43 7BF
· Milford, Hurst Road East overflow car park (by Sturt Pond) SO41 0PY
· New Milton, Crossmead Avenue car park BH25 6NF
· Ringwood, The Furlong long stay car park (follow signs to the designated area) BH24 1AT
· Totton, Rumbridge Street car park SO40 9EA
The trees will be chipped and used as mulch.
All decorations must be removed from the tree before taking it to a drop-off point.
Trees must be left in the designated fenced bays only, and placed at the back to avoid blocking the entrance for others.
Please note that in a change from previous years the following car parks will not be used for as Christmas tree drop off points this year:
Brockenhurst, Brookley Road
Lymington, St Thomas Street
Read more and see Christmas refuse collection dates at https://newforest.gov.uk/christmasrefuse
Comments on NFDC’s draft waste strategy extended to Sunday 20 December
If you have not yet done so, please take a look at New Forest District Council’s draft waste strategy, which describes ways they are aiming to increase what can be recycled, and then tell them what you think at https://newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy
Printed packs are also available from NFDC information offices or by calling their customer services 023 8028 5000. And there is a printable version to download at https://newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy
As the nights draw in, drivers using New Forest roads are reminded that animal accidents increase in the lead up to Christmas, with November being the deadliest month for livestock.
Commuters are urged to be vigilant as accidents involving animals in the Forest peak between 5pm and 8pm on weekdays in the winter months.
They are also being encouraged to slow down from 40mph to 30mph, a move which adds only three extra minutes to most journeys across the Forest and can drastically reduce accidents involving animals.
Last year, 159 New Forest animals – ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep – were involved in collisions, with 58 killed and 32 injured.
The free-roaming animals are known as the ‘architects of the Forest’ – it’s their grazing which helps make the Forest internationally important for wildlife.
Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, convenes the Forest’s Animal Accident Reduction Group. He said: ‘It’s the grazing by animals that helps shape and maintain the New Forest we all know and enjoy. We urge drivers to be animal aware at all times and always add extra time to journeys in the Forest. By slowing down at night, especially when oncoming vehicles approach, drivers, their passengers and the animals will be much safer.’
The worst month for animal deaths is November; as days become shorter and clocks go back, journeys to and from work are often in the dark. Low light in winter, dazzling oncoming headlights and bad weather can make visibility poor.
Most of the drivers involved in animal accidents are relatively local people on regular trips. The high-risk routes have been identified as:
- the B3078/79 from Cadnam to Godshill
- the B3054 from Lymington to Dibden Purlieu
- the B3055 from Brockenhurst to Sway
- the C10 from Picket Post to Holmsley.
The number of commoners’ animals killed and injured has almost halved in the last 20 years. Sadly though, high numbers of accidents continue to happen.
Charlotte Lines, Chair of the Commoners Defence Association said: ‘Great work has been done by several Forest groups working together to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving commoners’ livestock. Reflective collars for ponies and ear tags for cattle are just two of the initiatives commoners are implementing to reduce the risk, however there are still too many casualties. Animals can just appear from nowhere and in an instant, so we ask users of Forest roads to drive with care and caution over the winter months and help us protect our animals. #Add3Minutes #PassSlowAndWide #BeForestFriendly.’
The New Forest’s Animal Accident Reduction Group has spearheaded a range of measures including police mobile speed cameras on the most dangerous routes and reflective warning signs on key roads during the winter months when accidents peak.
The Group is supported by the Commoners Defence Association, Forestry England, Verderers of the New Forest, New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, New Forest Trust, New Forest Association and British Deer Society.
Bruce Rothnie, Forestry England’s Deputy Surveyor of the New Forest, said: ‘The New Forest is a unique place. Allowing animals to roam freely across an unfenced landscape is vital to sustaining that uniqueness. Everyone living and working in this special area can help this winter by slowing down and being extra vigilant for animals on or close to the road. Look out and look after.’
If you do have an accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep you are required by law to report it to the police as soon as possible. A reward of up to £5,000 is offered for information leading to the successful conviction of drivers prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident involving a Forest animal.
Head Agister, Jonathan Gerrelli said: ‘People driving in the Forest need to be aware at all times when travelling on the Forest roads, as the free-roaming animals have no road sense and can appear suddenly in front of your vehicle with little warning. At this time of year, when the clocks change and you find yourself now driving home in the dark, particular care is needed. Allow yourself a little more time for your journey and if visibility is poor, due to the weather, darkness or an oncoming vehicles lights, slow down.
‘If the worst happens, and you do collide with a forest animal, or witness an accident involving one, please report it as soon as possible. A ‘hit and run’ is the last thing we want, where an animal could be left in pain for hours or days if not reported. Even if it runs off, the animal could be seriously injured, so call the police and an agister will be sent out to search for the casualty.’
How drivers can help:
- Be ready to stop – animals can step out even when they’ve seen you approaching.
- Drive slowly, especially at night – there is a pool of darkness behind the headlights of approaching cars – an animal may be standing in it.
- Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth – cross to the other side of the road and be prepared to STOP if there is on-coming traffic.
- Grazing animals on both sides of the road? Take extra care – they may cross to join their friends.
- One animal by the roadside means there are others close by – be aware.
- Bends and tops of hills need more care – animals may be standing in the road just out of sight.
- Reflective collars worn by some ponies may help you see them in the dark – but be aware that not all ponies have them.
- Deer can easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 – and when there is one deer more will usually follow.
- Be animal aware at all times.
This year, where government restrictions on shopping allow, it’s even more important we support small businesses and shop local, safely, where we can.
Free Christmas parking days have proved popular over the past few years both with our residents, and local shops and business. So, to help you shop local in the run up to Christmas, parking will be free in all NFDC town and village car parks – including Sea Road – for five days during December:
|· Saturday 5 December, which is this year’s annual Small Business Saturday,
· Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and
· Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December, the last weekend before Christmas.
From 30 November you can buy an annual parking ticket (‘parking clock’) at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1388/Pay-for-parking