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Please note, the location of the Parish Council meeting this evening (19th August) has been moved to the Community Centre, Sea Road, at 6.30pm. this is due to the presence of NHS managers to discuss the future of the War Memorial Hospital.
NFDC Coast Protection Group will shortly commence urgent repair works to a timber groyne and adjacent timber steps located approximately 200m west of the Whitehouse and opposite the houses in Shingle Bank Drive, Milford-on-Sea. Beach levels dropped significantly along the NFDC frontage during the spring period this year and repair work is urgently required in order to reinforce a groyne in order to hold the beach, which in turn offers protection to the wall. The groyne is adjacent to a set of timber access steps, which are currently closed, but also scheduled for repairs at the same time.
In order to undertake the work, the contractor will access the site from opposite De La Warr Road, tracking a machine across the road onto the grass and across the top of the cliff and bringing in materials by lorry to be unloaded on the cliff-top, adjacent to the works site. At this point, the contractor will erect a small compound on the cliff-top which will house a welfare unit etc.
As the work is urgent in nature, it is scheduled to be undertaken from Monday8th July) with the work lasting approximately 1 week (subject to suitable tides and weather).
The cliff top is adjacent to a SSSI and provides a habitat for important wildlife, particularly the Adder which is protected by Law. The contractor (Earlcoate Ltd) has been informed of this and fully acknowledges the need to be respectful to the flora and flora of the area that whilst carrying out the works.
Subject to necessary funds, work to the remaining groynes along this section of coastline are then scheduled for repairs later in the summer (late August, early Sept 2019). This work will be larger in terms of scale and duration. More details be available on this nearer the time.
Download a plan here: Works Information_Urgent repairs Groyne 25 and adjacent steps
Message from Hampshire County Council Highways:
As part of Operation Resilience, Hampshire County Council’s programme to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and heavy traffic, this is to advise of upcoming carriageway resurfacing works on Manor Road from Lymington Road to Knowland Drive.
The works are programmed to start 2nd July 2019 and are expected to last for 2 days. During which time the road will be closed to vehicular traffic between the hours of 09:30-16:00hrs. The road will be open during evenings.
The above timescales are weather dependent, any significant changes to the scheduled dates will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located at the works limits.
In order to help us to complete the work as quickly as possible, please ensure that no vehicles are parked on the road or in the laybys on the days of the resurfacing.
Please be aware any vehicles left parked on the road that prevent the works taking place, face the risk of being removed.
For your safety and that of our workforce, we are unable to guarantee vehicular access to and from your property during working hours. Pedestrian access will always be available.
The surfacing operation uses a separate bitumen layer in addition to the new asphalt carriageway surface. In order to avoid potential injury or damage, please do not walk across the carriageway during the works unless directed by a member of the workforce.
Thank you for your co-operation and, if you need more information regarding these works, please call our contact centre on 0300 555 1388.
Everyone is invited to the new Community Meadow on Saturday 22nd June, 12 noon – 2pm.
Bring along a picnic and a rug or seat and discover this new community space.
Entrance to the meadow is through All Saints Churchyard – just follow the signs on the day.
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.