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Health and leisure centres open next week
Our five health and leisure centres reopen next week to Fitness Direct members for gym sessions and group exercise sessions, with all pools to be re-opened by mid-August.
Applemore, New Milton and Ringwood open on Monday 3 August, with Lymington and Totton opening on Friday 7 August.
Inside the centres and behind the scenes staff have been busy making lots of small but important changes, all to keep customers safe while they enjoy their activity.
The centres are only available for current members but this will be reviewed after the centres have been open for a while.
All activities must be pre-booked.
Find out more at http://leisure.newforest.gov.uk/
Fawley Waterside development gets the go ahead
Our planning committee have given the go ahead for a major redevelopment at the old Fawley Power Station site.
The plans will create a new waterside community, providing 1,500 homes, around 2,000 jobs and public open space on currently disused land.
The application has been approved by both us, and the New Forest National Park Authority.
Crabby selfie competition
From today (Thursday 30 July) visitors to the coastal areas of Calshot, Milford on Sea, and Barton on Sea will come face to face with a giant crab, and a reminder to take litter home. To make life easier, we have provided litter bags meaning there is no excuse to leave rubbish behind. And you can enter our #crabby selfie competition, displayed on billboards, with an opportunity to win £100.
Read more about the crabby litter project and how to enter the competition at https://newforest.gov.uk/crabby
Help for better health
Public Health England’s ‘Better Health’ scheme aims to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19.
There are suggestions, free tools and apps, if you want to eat better, be a healthy weight, drink less alcohol, and get active https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/
How to contact us
From tomorrow (Friday 31 July 2020), the 285588 number is no longer an NFDC number.
Find out how to get in touch with us at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1162/Contact-us
Don’t let your dog overheat this summer
As temperatures begin to rise, take extra steps to keep your pets safe this summer.
A car can reach unbearable temperatures on a warm day even if you are parked in the shade. When it’s 22 degrees outside, a car can heat up to 47 degrees within an hour.
Never leave your dog in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot vehicle, call 999.
Our dog warden advises that, on a hot day, you should always do the pavement temperature test before taking your dog for a walk. Stand barefoot on the pavement, if you are unable to keep your feet on the path for five seconds then it’s not safe to walk your dog. Try walking your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler or on grass for a safer and more comfortable experience.
For more guidance about keeping your pets safe in hot weather see https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/summer and https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/summer-survival-guide-pets
Are you a New Forest Ambassador?
The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to become New Forest Ambassadors to help support work protecting this internationally-important area.
They have created a list of practical ways you can help, alongside the increased patrols and activities already being carried out by rangers and staff.
|· Litter picking – 500 free litter picking kits, each including a picking guide, bags, a hi-vis jacket and a litter picker, will be available in various outlets from Saturday 1 August.
· Report a problem – improved instructions so that the right organisations are informed can now be found at https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communities/get-involved/report-a-problem/
· Help record verge and gateway parking – this will help Forest organisations review the long-term parking needs. https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communities/get-involved/help-record-verge-and-gateway-parking/
· Welcome responsible Forest users – downloadable and printed resources including the ‘New Forest Code’ are available on the NPA website so that Parish Councils, local businesses, visitor attractions and accommodation providers can share relevant messages. https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communities/get-involved/welcoming-visitors/
Read more about being an ambassador at https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communities/get-involved/what-you-can-do-the-new-forest-ambassador-scheme/
Eat out to help out
More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.
Get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person if you eat or drink in
every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 August and 31 August.
Find a participating place near your postcode: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant
Further information for businesses, including how to register and make a claim, is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme
Please share this email with your family and friends, and if they would like to sign up to receive them in future, they can subscribe at http://www.newforest.gov.uk/emails
New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in New Forest District Council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 September 2020.
The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing New Forest to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.
The Commission has published proposals for changes to New Forest. It is proposing that there should be 25 wards, divided into four three-councillor wards, 15 two-councillor wards and six single-councillor wards. All ward boundaries will change.
As part of the recommendations, the Commission has proposed that Boldre Parish remain entirely within Beaulieu, Boldre, East Boldre & Exbury & Lepe ward. The Commission received persuasive evidence arguing that splitting this parish would damage community ties in this area.
Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:
“We want people in New Forest to help us. We have drawn up proposals for new wards in New Forest. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions. It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved”
The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of wards, their boundaries and the number of councillors per ward. https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/19558
A high resolution map is available at https://go.aws/3ezcmdF
People can also give their views by e-mail at email@example.com, and by post:
Review Officer (New Forest)
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The following councillors have been elected into the positions below within the Parish Council:
Chair of the Council: Cllr Bob Bishop
Vice Chair of the Council: Cllr Anne Cullen
Chair of Planning Committee: Cllr Sue Whitlock
No member has been elected Vice Chair of the Planning Committee
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Due to Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions, meetings have been cancelled and decisions will be made online and by telephone by members, the Planning Committee Chair and Planning Clerk, in accordance with guidance from the SLCC (Society of Local Council Clerks).
How to comment:
Representations should be made primarily to New Forest District Council Planning Department before noon on Friday 3rd April by post or online (newforest.gov.uk/planning).
Provided NFDC can verify and put these comments online, Parish Councillors will be able to view these comments before 10am on Monday 6th April.
You can also email your comments direct to firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Friday 3rd April.
Click here for a list of Planning Applications for April: http://www.milfordonsea.org.uk/parish-list
Click here for the April agenda: http://www.milfordonsea.org.uk/planning-agendas
OUR SURGERY PLANS & HOW THIS WILL AFFECT YOU
We have planned to move to a total triage system, we will have this in place by Monday 23rd March. This is to minimise face to face contact between patients and staff, limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus and keep as many of our practice team well.
Access to the surgery premises will only be if you have been asked to do so and there will be clear arrangements discussed with you as to how we can safely do this.
This means that all requests for appointments will be passed to a doctor for assessment. You may find that we deal with your condition by phone, by video link, or we may ask you to come to the surgery. We will not be offering anything other than the same day appointments due to the large volume of calls we are dealing with.
We may have already contacted you to collect paperwork and prescriptions and we aim to complete this by Friday 20th March.
How can you help us?
- Please be a patient patient – our phone lines are very busy
- Do you have a condition that you can self-treat?
If you do then please try to do this with advice from either your pharmacist or from NHS online
- Do you simply need general advice?
If you do, can you call 111 for this?
- If you feel you need to see a doctor then please call us and we will discuss your needs
- Please help the receptionist by giving them as much information as possible and answer any questions they may have. This will help us prioritise calls and have the right clinician call you back.
- Do you have access to online services via our website to order to order your prescriptions? www.milfordmedicalcentre.com
- If not then you can download the NHS App. You do not need to come to the surgery to register to use this.
- Have you nominated a pharmacy for the transmission of electronic prescriptions? This will prevent the need for either you or pharmacy staff from coming to the surgery. The nomination of a pharmacy can be done via your online app or speaking to your pharmacist or GP surgery directly.
- You can e mail the practice at WHCCG.email@example.com
- If you cannot order your repeat prescription any other way then you may deliver this through the outside surgery letter box – this can be done without accessing the reception
- We will be updating our website, www.milfordmedicalcentre.com
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WistariaMilford/ and twitter regularly https://twitter.com/wistariamilford – please see our FAQs which may answer many of your questions.
We do anticipate staff shortages due to isolation and sickness and aim to continue to give you the best possible care at this difficult time and appreciate your continued support with this.
These are the steps have been taken locally to respond to coronavirus Covid 19.
- Some local groups are being formed to identify both volunteers and those who may need help.
- One large group Milford Covid19 Mutual-Aid is on Facebook or can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Parish Office will remain open to provide help and support. We ask that wherever possible please contact us by phone 644410 or email: email@example.com. Updates will be placed on our website: org.uk.
- Please follow the government advice on gov.uk. The current advice includes:
- Avoiding social activities (including visiting friends) such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
- Stay at home if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Phone 111 or use the 111 online service to find out what to do.
The Parish Council Office will be open 10am – 12 noon Monday – Friday. Please telephone or email queries wherever possible:
Or contact them if you require assistance.
For up-to-date health advice see: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
The Milford Minibus is becoming a reality and it is hoped it will be up and running very soon.
A place is needed to park the minbus to ensure that it is safe. In addition, volunteers are needed to help manage the bus, tutor the drivers and to take bookings.
If you have a spare garage or a barn that could be used, or if you have some free time to spare, please do get in touch.
The aim is to help people in our local community access events, services and organisations and get them home safely afterwards.
If you have a secure parking area or can volunteer some time to help with this wonderful community asset, please email Lisa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampshire County Council is consulting on proposals to withdraw all funding from Milford-on-Sea’s library. Although the library is run and managed by volunteers, the County Council provides the books and the IT systems to link the library into the county network.
In order to achieve budgetary savings, the County Council is proposing to withdraw all its funding support. Please take part in the consultation process and let the County council know your views.
Click here for more details.