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To build on last year’s Christmas decorations, we would like to find out what you thought of the new decorations and what we can do differently this year.
Please take a minute of your time to answer the quick 3 question survey – just click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZR99WGK
The next Beat Surgery is on 22nd January at 11am in the café at the Community Centre, Sea Road.
Come and meet your local PCSO policing team and raise any queries and concerns with them.
The Parish Office will be open as follows over the festive period:
Monday 23rd December – 10am – 12 noon
Tuesday 31st December – 10am – 12 noon
Thursday 2nd January – 10am – 12 noon
Friday 3rd January – 10am – 12 noon
Open as usual from Monday 6th January.
The Parish Council would like to wish everyone in the parish a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
For information of refuse and recycle collections over the festive period, click here: http://newforest.gov.uk/christmasrefuse
Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood would like to thank everybody who enabled their vision to come to fruition. After months of planning and fundraising, they have not only decorated the village green, but also the centre of the village itself.
A special mention must go to The South Lawn Hotel, who sponsored all the children’s trees on the green. These are all root ball trees and will be planted in the hotel’s grounds in January. Also to The Milford Floral Art Club who sourced a number of old bicycle wheels and then turned then into the most beautiful Christmas wreaths for both sides of the bridge. The W.I and U3A Craft Groups helped enormously with huge quantities of cones, Vera Burch made all the laminated signs for the trees and The Guides dismantled pallets to create wooden Christmas trees. Milford Pre-School made the hessian bunting, IWYK provided a P.A system and of course recognition has to go to ATECH Electrical who provided all the cabling and installation.
There are too many residents to individually name, who stepped forward to help Tracy and Di with an array of tasks, but a mention must go to Sue Crabb; Chairman of Milford Gardening Club who designed the decorations for the bollards alongside the green, a number of W.I ladies who produced Christmas wreaths for the lampposts and Tracy’s husband; Colin, who created all garlands for the canopy poles and benches. Also Cllr Donald Darbishire and his team for erecting the traders’ trees. Finally, thanks to Simeon and his team from Keyhaven Farm, who erected the main Christmas tree.
And finally a huge thank you to all the businesses, Parish Council and community who gave so generously to the JustGiving Fundraising page and other collection points. The project could never have been delivered, without their support.
As the nights are drawing in, the festive season approaching and garden tidy-ups are gathering apace, you may want to check out the rules and regulations regarding bonfires and fireworks.
Click here for information on having a bonfire: http://newforest.gov.uk/bonfires
Click here for information on fireworks: http://newforest.gov.uk/article/3765/Fireworks
Download your copy of the fully revised 2019/20 village directory, which details clubs, societies, helping organisations and charities in the parish.
Click here to download your copy
21st September – 10.30am – 12 noon.
Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea Parish Council have organised another Beach Clean on Saturday 21st September at 10.30am – 12 noon – meet outside the Needles Eye Café at Hurst Road. Everyone is welcome and all kit will be provided but bring your own protective gloves if you prefer and wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.
The Clean follows a very successful event in April which launched the initiative. Over 45 people turned up and collected lots of rubbish from beach, including food wrapper, plastic bottles and even an old rusty saw.
The campaign has been organised by the Parish Council along with the Milford Visitor and Business Group and local businesses such as New Forest Paddlesport Company. New Forest District Council is providing the beach cleaning equipment. Together we’re tackling avoidable, throwaway plastic, from our beach, rivers and green spaces.
It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about stopping using single-use plastic and changing the system that produces it. Being a Plastic Free Community does not mean there is no plastic. Being a Plastic Free Community means we are starting work to turn the tide on plastic pollution. It means we are pulling together different aspects of our community; collaborating and including everyone to bring about the culture change we need to see. We are also part of a national network of communities all doing the same, backed up by the national campaigns and actions of Surfers Against Sewage.
For more details contact Sarah Pitt at the Parish Council – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milford’s two District Councillors and its County Councillor are holding joint monthly surgeries for local residents to meet them and discuss any issues they may have.
All sessions are 10am – 12pm on the following dates:
Wed 28th August – Village Hall, Park Road
Thursday 19th September – Village Hall, Park Road
Wednesday 16th October – Community Centre, Sea Road
Thursday 28th November – Village Hall, Park Road
Thursday 16th January – Community Centre, Sea Road
Wed 19th February – Village Hall, Park Road
wed 18th March – Community Centre, Sea Road
Thursday 16th April – Village Hall, Park Road
Monday 18th May – Village Hall, Park Road
District Councillor David Hawkins: email@example.com. 01425 621 871
District Councillor Christine Hopkins: firstname.lastname@example.org. 01590 643 702
County Councillor Fran Carpenter: email@example.com. 01425 614 665
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