We are seeking 2 highly customer-focussed individuals to carry out an interesting and varied role within the council’s Estates and Facilities Department that will involve some weekend working and ‘out of hours’ attendance. The post-holders will be responsible for ensuring that the relevant sports grounds are opened on time and fit for use at the weekend and secured at the end of the day
Working within the Estates team, the successful applicants will be involved with maintenance of all the council’s facilities, including sports grounds and open spaces to the highest standard together with general grounds maintenance duties. Applicants must have building maintenance experience and previous experience of grounds maintenance works would be an advantage but full training will be given to the right applicants. The ability to deal in a polite and clear manner with all facility users is essential.
The starting salary for this post will be £16,604 pa and is based on a 37 hour week to include alternate weekends. For a full job description and further details please contact Mark Jeffries, Estates and Facilities Manager on 01425 619120. Closing date: 17 October 2014.
The New Milton Christmas Festival Artisan’s Market will showcase local produce, goods and arts and crafts from local sources in and around the New Forest. It will be a gathering of up to 50 independent artists, designer-makers, inventors, vintage, arts and crafts and food and drink stallholders.
More information about the Artisan’s Market can be found at the New Milton Events website.
New Forest District Council has been made aware that several residents in the district have received cold calls from two individuals claiming to be working with the council on the Solent Green Deal scheme and asking for householders’ details. Reports so far have been from the Lyndhurst area. These individuals are not representing the council or Solent Green Deal. Neither the council nor Solent Green Deal use cold callers to promote schemes or services and all NFDC staff working on council business carry formal identification with them.
Residents who receive a cold call like this are asked to report it to the Police by telephoning 101. The police will share information with Hampshire Trading Standards. Concerned householders can also contact Hampshire Trading Standards Quick Response Team for further advice, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 01962 833666.
Anyone who encounters the bogus cold callers is encouraged to note as much information as they can to provide to the police and Trading Standards, such as the company name given by the callers, descriptions of the individuals or a vehicle registration.
Local people are urged to remain vigilant for individuals cold calling in their area and to keep a lookout for elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, advised: “Legitimate cold callers will carry identification, so always examine it carefully. Do not allow anyone into your home whom you are unsure of and do not give any personal details or sign up to any work on the doorstep.”
Solent Green Deal is a scheme developed for Hampshire residents by local authorities and supported by New Forest District Council, which can help people to make energy improvements to their homes. Solent Green Deal only works with a list of approved contractors and would not employ cold callers. For details of the scheme and approved contractors visit solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone 0800 052 2242.
The New Milton WW1 rededication ceremony took place last Sunday with the “Keep the home fires burning” community event held on the Recreation Ground. Photos of the event our now available to view online courtesy of Town Councillor Neil Tungate.
On October 3rd residents will be able to take their electric blankets to New Milton Fire Station for a free safety check. Old or worn electric blankets could be dangerous and cause a fire. Please telephone Trading Standards and make an appointment to get your blanket checked on 01962 833 358
New Milton Town Council has the following vacancy for the right person to take charge of our ground staff on a day-to-day basis.
Grounds Maintenance and Work Supervisor – Salary £19,126 to £20,400 (Scale point 21-23)
We have a vacancy for a “hands-on” individual with relevant grounds maintenance experience to manage and maintain the town’s amenities facilities. Supervising a team of up to six grounds staff, the successful applicant will ensure all Council-owned playing fields, football / rugby pitches, cricket squares and bowling greens are prepared and maintained together with 50 sites of public open space including woodland and common land. The job involves hedge/grass cutting, maintenance of flowerbeds/shrubberies, play areas/safety surfaces minor repairs to buildings/equipment operating associated vehicles/machinery.
We are looking for someone to supervise and help develop all our amenities and grounds.
If you are interested, please download the Job Description below for further details.
Closing date: 25 July 2014, with interviews taking place first week of August.
Background to the project
In 2011 & 2012, public consultations were held on the future vision for the War Memorial Recreation Ground. We asked you to tell us what you would like to see happen on the Recreation Ground. Your top priority was a new Pavilion, which has now been delivered. Your next highest priority was to replace the existing skate park.
The ideas put forward were all brought together in the New Milton Recreation Ground ‘Vision Plan’ which was approved by the Town Council in November 2011. A ‘Vision Plan’ is a vision of what could be achieved and will inevitably evolve over time and will need to respond to availability of funding for each part of the vision.
In July 2013 we held consultation events on ideas for the replacement skate park and concerns were raised regarding the amount of space that the proposed skate park could take up on the ‘Rec’. To address these concerns the ‘Vision Plan’ was amended and the proposed area for the skate park and refurbished play area was reduced by 168m2 (and by 30m in depth at its widest point). Click here to see the 2013 Revised Vision Plan.
Design competition & Funding
Download the Skate Park Concept Designs (PDF)
There are some small differences between the two designs – one includes a spine in the back section of the park, which was added at the request of the user group. This means that this option has a slightly bigger footprint than the other option. The art feature is also orientated differently in each design. Please let us know if you have a preference for either option. We are also seeking feedback on the proposal to include planting, which has been designed to amalgamate the skate park into the Recreation Ground.
New Milton Town Council has the following vacancy for the right person.
Estates & Facilities Manager – Salary £22,443-£23,945 (Scale point 26-28)
We have a vacancy for an exceptional individual with relevant experience to manage and develop the effective and efficient operation of the town’s Open Spaces and Facilities. Overseeing a team of six grounds staff, the successful applicant will ensure all Council-owned playing-fields, buildings and facilities are properly maintained together with 50 sites of public open space including woodland and common land, ensuring hedge/grass cutting, maintenance of flowerbeds/shrubberies, play areas/safety surfaces, buildings upkeep, operation of vehicles, machinery and equipment are carried out safely.
Acting as “bio-diversity champion”, and working closely with local volunteer groups and representatives of New Forest Land Advice Service (NFLAS), the successful applicant will assist with the on-going implementation of Higher Level Stewardship schemes at Barton Common and Ballard Water Meadow in conjunction with NFLAS, the aim being to re-introduce grazing to those areas. Overseeing events on the Recreation Ground, involving weekend working where necessary, the administration of Christmas Lighting Displays and Market matters will also come under the manager’s remit, together with risk assessments.
We are looking for someone with suitable experience to manage our estates and facilities in a safe and efficient manner, helping to develop all our amenities for the benefit of the town.
If you are interested, download the Job Description below for further details. Closing date is 20 June 2014, with interviews taking place last week of June.