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The Environment Agency has officially designated the water here in Milford as excellent, for the 5th year running. Find out more here
See attached for details: TEMPORARY CLOSURE MILFORD ON SEA FOOTPATH
In 2020 the Parish Council voted to declare a Climate Emergency. Hampshire County Council has done the same. The Greening Campaign was set up by campaigner Terena Plowright in response to the threat of global warming. It is an innovative idea to help motivate us to reduce our energy consumption and therefore lower our personal and community carbon footprint. This campaign has been taken up by a number of towns and villages in South East England. Our County Council is also promoting the Greening Campaign. Milford on Sea will be the first village in NFDC to add its voice to the initiative.
On Feb 2nd this year Milford-on-Sea Parish Council adopted Phase 1 of the Greening Campaign. This Campaign is designed to involve the whole of the village and its objective is to seek to persuade as many people as possible to make small changes in their behaviour at home and so reduce the CO2 emissions of the village. This is therefore a significant opportunity for our Community to take action against Climate Change.
Following a campaign to raise awareness in the village about the Greening Campaign, residents will be invited to vote on their preferred challenges out of suggested measures to reduce the emission of CO2 for the village.
Subsequently each household will receive a card setting out the result of the vote and listing the preferred challenges . There will be a public meeting to launch the campaign.
Each household which adopts the challenges will be asked to place the card in their window in a place where they can easily be seen and following a period of time these cards will be collected to calculate the effect of the challenges accepted on the carbon emissions for the community as a whole.
If you would like to become involved please contact the Parish Office.
If you would like to contribute to your community, making it a better place to live, work and relax then please consider applying.
For more details on becoming a Parish Councillor click here: Councillor Vacancy information
Nomination forms are available from NFDC Electoral Services from 23rd March on this link: https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2488/Guidance-for-candidates-and-agents#h24
Forms must be returned to NFDC before 4pm on Thursday 8th April (please contact them to make an appointment to return them in person) – details are on the link above.
For an informal discussion about what becoming a Parish Councillor entails contact the Parish Office: 01590 644410 or email email@example.com
Milford-on-Sea Parish Council will shortly formally adopt the new public open space north of School Lane when the housing has been completed as shown on the attached map here. No decisions have been made for this land except those made at the public enquiry for small scale play equipment to be provided for younger children at the southern end of the site as well as 8 small allotment plots and a car parking area at the northern point of the site.
The Parish Council considers it is essential that all interested residents and groups have a full opportunity to express their views as to how they consider the remaining land can best be used. To this end, the Parish Council is conducting this full consultation beginning on 15th March which will run to the end of April. The Parish Council will then set out proposals for a final period of consultation in the light of the views that have been gathered.
The Parish Council recognises that there may be strongly held and differing views within the community. The aim of the Council is to ensure all residents have a full opportunity to be consulted, to express their view and to consider the views of others.
As you can also see by the dimensions, the land is of reasonable size and the Parish Council is keen to find out from the community what additional facilities might be added to make this parcel of land beneficial to the whole community.
There are currently no limitations to what may be considered, including sport activities, additional equipment, long term projects, wildlife areas, additional planting & landscaping. Therefore, the Parish Council would like to know your thoughts and aspirations.
If you would like to inform us of any ideas you may have on how best to utilise this community asset then complete our quick online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MOS1
To view a plan of the area click here: Open space consultation 2021 – plans
A message from Milford-on-Sea Primary School:
The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of technology in education and to us all in our everyday lives.
There is no doubt that our children need to be computer literate and have access to the very best learning platforms if we want them to be prepared for their future education and beyond.
Our very own Mr Groarke has teamed up with some of our pupils to set up a Schools Crowdfunding Page.
Please click on the link below to see a short introductory student film and details of how to donate.
Please pass this link on to friends, family, business contacts and whoever you might think will be able to donate a small amount – and help us reach our target!!!!!
NFDC’s on-going programme of timber groyne repairs is due to commence week commencing 22/02/21. This work will be carried out in a similar manner to previous groyne repair and refurbishment works. The works will involve bringing in new and recycled timber material by road from the Hurst Road Depot. Some of the timber has been recovered from previous timber groyne works, with some recycled piles coming from BCP Council following their extensive timber groyne replacement programme. This means that a proportion of the timber is being re-used rather than purchased new giving significant savings and environmental benefits.
As before, the timbers will be transported along Westover Road from the depot at the end of Hurst Road to the car park, Hurst Road East. Part of the car park will be cordoned off for the duration of the works. A works compound will be set up on the promenade in front of the Needles Eye Café and the play areas. A diversion route around the compound will be signed. Materials will be brought into the compound and unloaded as required, with lorry movements kept to a minimum, particularly after dark. Mechanical plant will be located on the beach to both the east and to the west in order to repair each groyne that requires attention. Not all groynes will have works undertaken on them and the works have been programmed on a priority based approach. The more favourable the weather and tides will mean more works can be completed. See below plan for the area of works and the repair priority list.
As part of the repair and refurbishment works the shingle that has built up in front of the beach huts and along the promenade will be cleared and moved back onto the foreshore. Care will be taken to ensure no damage occurs from this operation to the beach hut doors. See area of works that promenade shingle removal will cover.
The bulk of the works will be during March, making best use of the low spring tides during this time. It is envisaged that the works will be completed in approximately 4 weeks (subject to suitable tides and weather conditions). The works are being carried out by Earlcoate Construction Ltd and the operation is being carried out early in the year to avoid inconveniencing members of the public when the area is busy.
Public safety will be managed by banksmen located around the site as necessary and in the car park during deliveries. There will be provision for the public to walk around the compound to allow continuous walking on a suitable surface.
Click on the link below to register your place at the launch of the New Forest Big Been Rescue at 2pm on Friday 19th February
It will help everyone to see how they can make small changes to their outdoor spaces across the forest (garden, balcony or window box) this year, creating a linking network of quality habitats for bees and pollinators.
For details about the campaign, click here: https://conservationconnectionnfs.org.uk/
Hope you can bee there!
The coronavirus vaccination programme aims to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, and reduce the pressure on the NHS.
New Forest District Council is working with Community First to help you get to your vaccination appointment when you are offered it.
Transport to COVID vaccination appointments from Community First:
|· Community First’s transport service provides a safe, secure and affordable way of getting to vaccination appointments.
· All their minibuses are accessible and COVID secure and operated by trained drivers.
· Passengers pay a small fare for the journey in line with local bus fares, and the service accepts bus passes to reduce this cost. (The cost for each journey will be given when booking.)
How to book community transport to your coronavirus vaccination:
|· When you receive your appointment letter, contact the Community First Transport team on 01425 482773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Please have the date, time and location of your appointment ready.
· The driver will pick you up from home at the agreed time. You will arrive at your appointment on time and get a safe and convenient lift home too.
Community First can also support with transport to other medical appointments if required.
To support older residents to attend their vaccination appointments, the free Older Person’s Bus Pass can now be used before 9.30am. Read Hampshire County Council information: https://www.hants.gov.uk/News/19012021buspass
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/