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There will be a guest speaker to explain the future of the War Memorial Hospital at the of Milford Hospital League of Friends AGM on Tuesday 15th May at 3pm.
The meeting will be held at the Community Centre, Sea Road. The meeting is open to everyone and there will be refreshments available.
The Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm at All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0SQ
Come along and find out what the Parish Council have achieved in the past year and ask your Councillors any questions you may have about the work of the Council. No need to book – just turn up!
Download a copy of the 2017/18 Annual Report here
Download the agenda here
NATURAL ENGLAND NEWS RELEASE
• Report proposes improved public access to more of Hampshire’s coast
• The 57km route stretches from Highcliffe to Calshot, Hampshire
• Objections or representations invited
There is now a period of eight weeks for legal interests and members of the public to make objections or representations that the Secretary of State must take into account when considering whether to approve the proposals.
If approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path – the 2,700 mile long distance walking route and England’s newest National Trail currently being developed around the entire English coast by Natural England.
This is the second stretch of the England Coast Path to be developed in Hampshire, work on the final section, around the Isle of Wight began last year.
Fran Davies, Natural England’s Area Manager for Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight said: ‘We’re excited to publish our thoughts on the new route through this historic and environmentally rich coastal landscape, including a section on the southern shore of the New Forest National Park. Our proposals incorporate existing and new access, giving people the right of access to some parts of the coast for the first time.
‘We’ve worked closely with many landowners and partner organisations to get to this stage, for which we’re hugely appreciative. We look forward to hearing people’s views on these proposals for the new route along this beautiful stretch of coast.’
Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘When the Secretary of State has decided the route, we will be responsible for installing and maintaining the part that will be in the New Forest National Park to the highest standard. This should enable people to experience the wonderful New Forest coast, whilst also protecting the working landscape and the many wildlife species that thrive here.’
Anyone can make representations to Natural England about the report during the eight week period. Owners and occupiers of affected land can make objections about the report on specified grounds, which will be considered by a Planning Inspector before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.
All representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Copies of the report can be viewed in local libraries, and Natural England offices. The full report and all the forms and guidance on how to make a representation or objection within the next eight weeks are also available at www.gov.uk.
Notes to Editors
Natural England press office contact:
Paola Salcedo, 07768 834118, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Rose, 07717 816 618, email@example.com
Photos of the stretch are also available on request. Photos of horses at New Forest coastline, copyright NE.
The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 places a duty on the Secretary of State and Natural England to secure a long distance walking trail around the open coast of England, together with public access rights to a wider area of land along the way for people to enjoy.
Natural England is working on the entire coastal route, with new sections also opened in Cumbria, Norfolk and the North East.
The organisation has developed detailed plans and created further jobs to enable the entire 2,700 mile route to be completed and opened by 2020. A map showing a timetable for the work is here.
• The England Coast Path will be our longest, newest and most challenging National Trail, passing through some of our finest countryside and coastal locations.
• It will secure legal rights of public access for the first time to typical coastal land including foreshore, beaches, dunes and cliffs.
As well as recommending new sections to the route, the proposals outline improvements to existing access to the coastline, with proposals:
• to identify a clear and continuous way-marked walking route along this part of the coast, bringing some sections of the existing coastal footpath closer to the sea and linking some places together for the first time
• to allow the route to ‘roll back’ if the coastline erodes or slips, solving the long-standing difficulties of maintaining a continuous route along the coast.
About Natural England
Established in 2006, Natural England is the government’s independent adviser on the natural environment. Our work is focused on enhancing England’s wildlife and landscapes and maximising the benefits they bring to the public.
• We establish and care for England’s main wildlife and geological sites, ensuring that over 4,000 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are looked after and improved.
• We work to ensure that England’s landscapes are effectively protected, designating England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and advising widely on their conservation.
• We run Environmental Stewardship and other green farming schemes that deliver over £400 million a year to farmers and landowners, enabling them to enhance the natural environment across two thirds of England’s farmland.
• We fund, manage, and provide scientific expertise for hundreds of conservation projects each year, improving the prospects for thousands of England’s species and habitats.
• We promote access to the wider countryside, helping establish National Trails and coastal trails and ensuring that the public can enjoy and benefit from them.
For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/naturalengland / Twitter @NaturalEngland
Locations to view the report in person
Copies of the report may be viewed at the following locations (please note however that copies are not available to take away):
- Natural England 2nd Floor Cromwell House, 15 Andover Rd, Winchester, Hants, SO23 7BT
- New Forest National Park Authority Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG
- Lepe Country Park Lepe, Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AD
- New Forest District Council Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA
- Lymington Library North Close, Lymington, SO41 9BW
- New Milton Library Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RW
- Hythe Library Pylewell Road, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6AQ
New Forest District Council has agreed to lease land at the seafront to the Parish Council, thereby allowing plans for new play equipment to be installed. The new kit will be aimed at older children and will be adjacent to the existing toddler playpark near the Needles Eye Cafe. The equipment will be paid for through Developers’ Contributions at no additional cost to local taxpayers and which must be spent on enhancing open space facilities. It is hoped that the new facilities will be in place for the summer.
To view the plans click on the links below:
Would you like to help your community? Your Parish Needs You!
There is a casual vacancy for a Parish Councillor at Milford-on-Sea Parish Council. If you are on the electoral role at Milford-on-Sea, have been a resident for at least one year and would like to be considered for this role, please send to the Parish Office a brief résumé, and a covering letter.
For an informal chat about the role contact the Parish Office on:
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: noon on Monday 26th February 2018.
Interviews will be held: week commencing 5th March 2018.
If by 26th February 2018, 14 days after the date of this notice excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by TEN electors for the parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no request for an election is received, the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, it will take place not later than 2nd May 2018.
Dated 6th February.
Saturday 3rd February 2018
from 11am to 4pm
at South Lawn Hotel, Lymington Road, Milford-on-Sea
to consider draft proposals to improve the hotel
The owners of the independent South Lawn Hotel at Milford-on-Sea are proposing to improve and remodel the existing hotel.
At the moment, they are looking at adding up to 20 much needed new guest bedrooms at roof level. The owners would like to rebuild the pavilion in the same position as before and add new guest and staff accommodation. They also need to re-organise and improve the car parking and want to provide better essential ancillary space, including for the groundsman and waste recycling.
Please do come to the Exhibition.
South Lawn Hotel is seeking your opinions before it considers whether to take this proposal forward by submitting a detailed planning application.
A new hearing clinic has been launched at Milford War Memorial Hospital, Sea Road. The clinic, operated by the NHS in conjunction with Scrivens Hearing Care, is held every other Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.
Dates scheduled so far are: 30th January, 13th & 27th February. Other dates will be announced in due course.
To book an appointment just pop in on the above Tuesdays.
Milford-on-Sea Parish Council is saddened to hear of the death of Councillor Sophie Beeton. Sophie had served on the Parish Council for many years and had contributed greatly with her enthusiasm, warmth and knowledge of the village and district she lived and worked in. Sophie was passionate about the environment and worked tirelessly to make the parish a better place for all its residents. Milford-on-Sea Parish Council is grateful for her years of loyal service to the community she loved and she will be greatly missed by many people on both a professional and personal level.
Following the success of the Christmas minibus service from Milford to Everton Post Office, a regular weekly service has been launched.
The free service is for residents of Milford, Everton and Keyhaven and runs twice every Tuesday morning from 9.30am between Milford and Everton. The pick up points vary by arrangement and although the service is free, small donations are welcome.
The service has been organised my Milford-on-Sea Charitable Trust with generous support from Hillyfield Rest Home.
Local voluntary groups and charities may also use the 8-seater bus by arrangement.
To “Ring for a Ride” or for more information contact Tony Harrison on 01590 64 54 04 or email: email@example.com
Milford-on-Sea Parish Council would like to thank all those who have taken part in the recent consultation survey about proposed new play facilities at the Seafront.
The survey, which closed on 8th December, received a total of 457 responses. 83% of respondents said they thought there was a need for additional play facilities in the parish and 77% said they thought the proposed larger play facilities should be located at the seafront adjacent to the current play area.
For the remaining 23% who thought the proposed new facilities should be located elsewhere, other locations cited as alternatives included:
MoS1 near the primary school (25 responses), Barnes Lane Recreation Ground (11 responses), Carrington Lane Recreation Ground (9 responses), the old Coach Park near the Marine café (5 responses), the old Putting Green (3 responses), “elsewhere” (but not specified – 21 responses), the Village Green (1 response), Keyhaven (1 response) and adjacent to the kiosk at the car park on Hordle Cliff (1 response).
With this overwhelming support for additional play facilities and for those facilities to be located at the sea front next to the Needles Eye Café, the Parish Council has again formally requested that the District Council lease the two areas of land to the Parish Council and the outcome is awaited.