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It may be May but it is never too early to think about Christmas!
A lot of positive comments were received about last year’s village green Christmas tree, however, for this year we would like to not only improve on this but also extend decorations around the centre of the village.
To do this we need your suggestions and feedback, so please click on the link below and complete the super-quick 4 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NL87BQS
Come along to the fun family event – Cornwallis Remembered and discover the story of Admiral Cornwallis and his Milford connections.
Friday 5th July
3pm – 5pm
on the Village Green
See the two-horse post chaise with riders in full costume (arrives approx. 3.30pm). Plus! A variety of themed entertainment, live music, Royal navy and Trafalgar Way stands.
The Primary school will present their “Wooden World” workshop.
Food & drink provided by the Royal Navy Catering and local village groups.
Everyone is welcome!
Find out more and watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/335836400
Event organised by Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and the 1805 Club
Everyone is invited to the Parish Council Annual Public Meeting next Monday, 20th May at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church Hall, Greenbanks Close.
Items on the agenda include:
Housing Developments within Milford
Questions for the Local Police Constable
Security at Barnes Lane Pavilion
Question and Answer Session
Come along and find out more about your Parish Council and the work we do!
The team behind Milford’s annual music festival has announced this summer’s event will be more family-focused with a greater emphasis on promoting and supporting local and new musicians.
Under changes due to be implemented this year, live music on the village green will conclude by 10pm each night, in a bid to be more considerate to neighbours.
Milford Music Festival team said: “We wanted to look for a way to wind the festival down more gently in the evenings so there is less disturbance for local people living close to the village green.
“We have decided that we will stop the music at 10pm but the bar will stay open later for anyone who wishes to use it. We are hoping that this change will mean crowds disburse more gradually rather than leaving in large numbers.”
The festival will take place from 8th to 14th July, with this year’s theme inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Flower Power movement and the first moon landing.
Last year some festival committee members were left cleaning and tidying the village green until the early hours of the morning so this year and outside company has been brought in to operate the bar.
They said: “We really want to take the festival back to its roots of showcasing local music and being a family-friendly festival. There will be an intentional shift this year to make the festival safer, and better.” However, the new arrangements means the festival team must raise money throughout the year in order to finance the week-long event.
Plans include holding a number of festival events throughout the year, ranging from movie nights and recitals to comedy and casino nights (next is on the 18th May, tickets on sale now at the MOSCC) . “We love arts and music and wanted to promote it year-round in this wonderful village,” said the team.
“We are asking anyone who loves the festival to come along and support our events, and also to consider becoming a “friend” of the festival which gives you discounted tickets to our events and a 10% discount at many local businesses, cafes and restaurants throughout the year.” The new Friends of the Festival scheme allows supporters to pay an annual subscription of £30 or more in exchange for a discount card which can be used in shops and businesses around the village.
They said: “We need your help to make this year’s festival even better by adding venues, and reducing our impact on the green by downsizing the stage and marquee.”
There are plans to add a safe area for disabled users, fund disabled toilets and raise money for local conservation schemes.
Participating pubs and restaurants include The Wash House micro pub; The Beach House, Saltwater Cafe, Hurst on the Hill, Britannia Thai, Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Monsoori Heights and Verveine Fish Restaurant. Cardholders can also claim money off at Tu Sei Bella beauty salon, Timeless Fabrics, New Forest Paddle Sports Company, Moss on the Green and Hollands. The discount card runs until February 2020.
Nova added: “We really want to maintain the variety of the acts, and continue to present high quality music, comedy, talks and arts. Developing a core of committed friends will help us do this.”
There will be an election on 2nd May held to determine the councillors on the next District Council. Details of the candidates can be found here. Polling cards will be sent out by NFDC shortly.
Polling station will be All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Drive and the Village Hall, Park Road – more details here.
The first Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea beach clean proved to be a great success this Saturday, 6th April, with 45 people aged 6-76 turning up to help clean up the beach.
The group collected 3 large sacks of rubbish which were then kindly collected by the NFDC Streetscene team for recycling and disposal. The strangest item found was a rusty saw, but the most common items were plastic food wrappers. The Plastic Free Team would like to thank everyone which took part, as well as Milford-on-Sea Parish Council , NFDC and Plastic Free Lymington for their support and more beach cleans will be taking place later this year.
There will be an election on 2nd May held to determine the councillors on the next Parish Council. Details of the candidates can be found here. Polling cards will be sent out by NFDC shortly.
Polling station will be All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Drive and the Village Hall, Park Road.
Come hand help launch Plastic-Free Milford-on-Sea and help clean our beautiful beach next Saturday 6th April 10.30am – 12 noon.
Everyone is welcome – wear suitable clothing and bring your own protective gloves if you prefer – but all kit can be provided.
Meet near the Needles Eye Café, Hurst Road.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreemilfordonsea/
If you would like to be nominated to become a Parish Councillor for Milford-on-Sea at the local elections being held on 2nd May 2019, you have until 3rd April to do so.
Nomination papers are now available to download from:
You can also pick up a copy from the Parish Office.
Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to New Forest District Council Offices at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst – they will not be accepted if sent via the post, e-mail or fax, or any other medium.
They do not have to be delivered in person by the candidate or his/her agent, but they must be delivered by hand. The closing time and date for the submission of nominations is 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Under no circumstances will nomination papers be accepted after then.
More information about the Parish Council and what is involved in becoming a councillor is available here
Opening statement of Milford-on-Sea Parish Council to the Inquiry into the Planning Appeal for MOS1 – Land north of School Lane.
First, I must emphasise, Milford on Sea wishes to build affordable houses to help as far as possible the needs of local people who cannot afford to live in the village in which they were born, in which their families may have lived for generations, or in which they work and which they love.
The PC has tried over many years – to my personal knowledge 16 – to bring forward sites for affordable homes. We are happy that Milford is now acknowledged as a Forest Village with all that that entails : no right to buy for renting families, no staircasing out for part owners – a step in the right direction towards preventing our low cost housing becoming available on the open market which would just feed the demand for second homes in Milford – (the only coastal village for miles either side). Thereby hopefully preserving some measure of diversity in our village residents.
Milford wishes appropriate housing to be built.
To that end, after a tortuous process and difficult decision making MOS1 was identified as the only site for the 30 houses which Milford was obliged to provide under the terms of the current local plan.
These 30 houses the PC was told had to be provided on green belt land – any other sites which came forward would be considered as ‘bonus’ sites and would not be accounted for as part of the 30 obligation.
So the village entered into, with much heart searching and, at the end of the day, with no option. designation of MOS1 as the preferred site for these 30 houses.
MOS 1 was a piece of land within the green belt. The village took it on the chin that precious green belt land was to be sacrificed on the altar of local need and it conceded that it could live with these 30 houses because, we understood, these houses were to be affordable – in our opinion built on an ‘exception’ site. It is noteworthy that in its statement of evidence NFDC uses the word ‘exception’ in relation to this site 13 times. MoS1 policy is referred to as being the key policy of this application.
It is ironic to note that Pennyfarthing was supportive of the Council’s allocation of the site through Policy MoS1. They made representations in support of the allocation. They confirmed their view that the policy was both legally compliant and sound, and in supporting the policy they noted that “The site provides an opportunity to deliver much needed affordable housing to the settlement of Milford-on-Sea”.
The inspector ratified and endorsed this policy – but with stipulation: in an almost unprecedented statement the inspector demanded that various conditions must be met before any building took place. Crucial to this judgment is 30 dwellings ONLY – and these 30 must be to address the needs of the local population – ie the need for affordable rented family accommodation and some shared ownership – these tenures to take up at least 2/3 s of the dwellings – the remaining 1/3 to be low cost accommodation. We understood we had to accept this market housing to make the affordable housing viable. But – this third was to be low cost – with no facility to extend the accommodation in order that it should remain as low cost as possible.
Perhaps we should have realised that in order to justify the building of this market housing the land had to be redesignated and been aware that when it was no longer green belt it would become a sitting target for any planning application. But we trusted in the inspector’s directive.
We may have been deceived: if an inspector’s ruling can be swept aside by a profit motivated developer’s cynical disregard of that ruling then what is the point of an inspector? And what hope for the point of future public consultation? And what belief can we have in a developer’s assertion as Pennyfarthing gave that it wishes to build houses to meet a community’s needs when those assertions are condensed to a ‘nod and a wink’ to meeting that local need when applications come forward.
Viability studies! – those provided by opposing sides seem to us to be a ‘he said/she said’ dialogue. The Parish Council contend that while the studies are not irrelevant, they are superfluous to the argument: we do not accept on any level 42 houses on this site – no matter what the proportion of so called affordable housing may be – we stick by the principle that the loss of the green belt site was for 30 houses and no more. This site is and was an EXCEPTION.
I will mention the car park – a concrete blot on the green belt at the entrance to the village. The PC along with so many residents know that this is a ludicrous and dangerous place to put an entry and exit onto the busy B3508. It is on a bend.
The PC also emphasises that it will not accept that starter homes can be acknowledged as part of the developer’s affordable housing obligation – NFDC’s strategic housing officer has underlined that a family wishing to purchase such a starter home on this site must earn around £42,000 a year in order to be able to fund such a purchase. Milford on Sea’s parish councillors are local people. We KNOW people – they are our children – our children’s children – they do not earn £42,000 a year and they are doing their best: often they provide services to the more wealthy population of Milford – they are our carers, our gardeners – actually even the district’s teachers, nurses and paramedics – I KNOW – they love Milford – some of them won’t even employ a plumber unless he lives in Milford because they care about the local economy. Many of them are in receipt of housing benefit to live in private renting accommodation so that they can live here, use our shops, and, yes, enjoy our school, walk our walks and maintain our village. What false economy is that?
Please do not allow starter homes to be considered as affordable housing.
The NFDC’s proof of affordability acknowledges that the village need identified (about 57 families) who would qualify for some form of affordable home in the village is probably an understatement. I can guarantee that this is the case. I know families living in private rented accommodation and who are in receipt of housing benefit to enable them to do so have more or less given up – it has taken at least 8 years to come to the top of Milford’s list if you’re lucky.
We do not need more executive type homes – we will not function as a dormitory for Southampton or Bournemouth, housing people who do not use the village. Milford is a great place to live – it’s a community which looks after its own – it’s a community which works – it’s not all born and bred here but if you live there the full on community care takes the pressure off those in need – the village must meet the housing needs of the people who live and use the village – and who give so much back.
Please re-endorse the original inspector’s directive for this site and dismiss this appeal.
Closing statement of Milford-on-Sea Parish Council to the Inquiry into the Planning Appeal for MOS1 – Land north of School Lane.
The Parish Council represents the whole of the village – as its elected members.
The rationale for the redesignation of this green belt site has been lost in the mire of viability:
The site is intended for 30 houses providing 2/3 affordable dwellings and the remainder low cost homes crucially to meet local need.
The village, as I have said earlier, ‘took it on the chin’ that it would lose a precious and beautiful site to help 30 families from its less privileged population to remain in the village.
Now we are faced with 42 dwellings – it’s components hardly touching the locality’s housing needs.
Public satisfaction with the planning process is at an all time low locally – we feel deceived and conned – a developer and landowner who profess to care about the housing needs of the locality apparently ‘needs’ to put 23 executive houses on a site especially designated for low cost housing – unbelievable and tragic as far as the residents are concerned. We find it extraordinary that our Local Planning Authority gave no regard to the planning inspector’s directives for this site – if only it had then this unhappy situation would not have arisen.
We are warned that if the 30 limit was to be reimposed or if more affordable housing was imposed on the site Pennyfarthing may walk away – the landowner would get nothing and the village would not get any affordable housing at this time. It’s tempting to say so what? Pennyfarthing is not offering to build the sort of affordable units the village needs and the Parish Council firmly believes the village would prefer to wait than to accept yet more executive houses on a development which would enable so few of the people on its Homesearch register having a chance of a home here.
If the Inspector is minded to allow this appeal the Parish council will be vigorous in its pursuit of 70% truly affordable dwellings on the development and will push for those to be family rented accommodation – not just ‘a unit’ which could be a one bedroom flat – together with some shared ownership and truly low cost market houses. The provision on a site of 42 houses of 70% truly affordable dwellings which meets the local housing need would help to ameliorate the sense of betrayal that the village feels – having let this green belt site go in good faith.
We encourage the inspector to consider other issues within policy MoS1, as suggested by Mr Brown, in coming to his decision. – NFDC councillors obviously considered issues other than viability when coming to their decision to unanimously refuse the planning application. Please consider the whole of policy MoS1 – for example:
The Parish Council opposes the location of the car park. We acknowledge that Pennyfarthing can win the argument that they are providing parking for recreational amenity – but let’s not kid ourselves – it’s no good as a ‘drop off’. First, few children are ‘dropped off’: our younger children are handed to teachers and handed back to a parent at the end of the day – that means parking for those not able to walk to school. The older ones who may be dropped off will find the proposed ‘drop off’ point too far away and too difficult to get into and out of. So – not really of any help to Manor Road, Knowland Drive, School Lane or the Lymington Road. This is not just a local problem and I think the majority of schools, certainly in this area and I am sure further afield, have similar problems. We do not have a solution – but we cannot pretend that this car park in this location with its entrance on a bend will do very much to help the school parking.
The expectation was that the car park/drop off point would be located at the southern end of the site but of course where it has been located does help to fit in 42 houses rather than 30 as does the relocation of the play park from the housing development onto the land to be ‘given’ to the Parish Council. We have been informed by the school that it is not happy with the proximity of the houses or the distance of the ‘drop off’ point from the school.
The eastern exit from the site will take cars logically into Lymore Valley and thence to the Everton junction via narrow rural lanes rather than driving through the estate and then having to turn right onto the B3058. Lymore Valley residents are very concerned about this since many of these lanes are very narrow.
This is not a case of the Parish Council being against development per se – on the contrary we would welcome an application that addresses the needs of our local people. This application does not address those needs and we therefore request that the decision to refuse permission be upheld. No compromise should be considered on this site until other options have been explored.