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.
New Milton Town Council is pleased to invite all residents to the next phase of the public consultation on the skate park to be held in New Milton Memorial Centre on:
- Saturday 21st June from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
- and on Wednesday, 25th June from 3.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend to see the latest designs and to give their feedback.
The plans will also be on display in the Town Hall from Monday 23rd June until Friday 27th June with comment and feedback forms available. Stakeholder groups will be invited to a presentation evening in the Town Hall on Tuesday 24th June.
All details and plans will be available for viewing on the New Milton Town Council website.
Information may also be available on New Forest District Council, New Milton Town Partnership websites, NEMBRA, NewBiz.
We look forward to seeing you in the Memorial Centre.
The New Milton street market which is held every Wednesday in Station Road is managed and operated by New Milton Town Council.
Earlier this week at the the meeting held on the 29thApril 2014 it was announced that long-standing Councillor, Alan Rice has been bestowed the style rank & title of:
Honorary Freeman of New Milton
Alan has been involved in local government for around 50 years, a remarkable achievement. He has been a member of Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, and for a shorter period of just 19 years a member of New Milton Town Council. During this service Alan has been Chairman of HCC, Chairman of NFDC, and Chairman of NMTC. He now holds the informal but venerable position of “Father of the House” at HCC because of his long service.
New Forest District Council recently celebrated a significant birthday – forty years since its formation on 1 April 1974. Alan is NFDC’s longest serving member, having been first elected to New Forest Rural District Council in May 1973, shortly before it became New Forest District Council on 1 April 1974. He has served uninterrupted ever since, and is currently the member for Bashley District ward.
Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Tungate said:
“I am honoured and delighted to consider Alan a friend, and I hold him jointly responsible with one or two others for encouraging my own service with NMTC. This evening’s proceedings are therefore very meaningful to me on a personal level.”
Whereas it has appeared to the Town Council of New Milton in the County of Hampshire that Alan William Rice TD of Whitefield Road, New Milton, who is a member of the said Town Council and also a member of both New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council for many years and in that term of service to local government representing New Milton has rendered distinguished and eminent service to the people of the town now therefore in recognition of that valuable and unselfish service it is unanimously agreed and resolved that the Town Council of New Milton does hereby confer upon the said Alan William Rice TD the rights privileges and advantages attaching to the style rank & title of Honorary Freeman of New Milton.