Mayoral Investiture - Neil Tungate May 28, 2012

Mayoral Investiture

Cllr Alan O'Sullivan presenting the chain of office

On a rather damp and misty evening last Friday 18th May I was delighted to welcome my fellow councillors and representatives of other local authorities, charities, and local community groups, to the official investiture ceremony held at Fernhill Cricket Ground. Around 50 people attended, including our MP Desmond Swayne.

Unfortunately Cllr Valya Schooling, Mayor for last year, was unable to attend so the chain of office was presented by Cllr Alan O’Sullivan, her Deputy.

It was a very pleasant evening and I was pleased to meet a good number of people with whom I hope to work during the coming year.

Pageant of Sport – Torch Competition - Theresa Elliott May 23, 2012

Pageant of Sport – Torch Competition

New Milton Torch Competition

A torch competition is currently running for all children attending New Milton’s schools. Design and build your own torch, with a flame that is battery powered or simply a piece of fabric, its up to you! Bring it along to the Pageant of Sport on the Recreation Ground in Whitefield Road on Saturday 21stJuly. If you wish to take part please enter your details on the form below and be ready with your torch at the Tennis Pavilion (near the courts) at 10.15am on the day. All participants will be lead around the Rec by the Town Mayor Councillor Neil Tungate, circling the display arena and signifying the start of the event. The winner will be chosen by the Mayor and attached to the events promotional vehicle for the day.

You are welcome to wear your sports kit and trainers if you wish to get into part!

For more information and regular updates please visit the New Milton Events website.

Staff Member
Contact Details
Theresa Elliott
Tel: 619120

Mayoral Election - Neil Tungate May 10, 2012

Mayoral Election

New Town Mayor - Cllr Neil Tungate

It is a great honour to be chosen by my colleagues to be Mayor of New Milton for the coming 2012/13 session. I have been a member of New Milton Town Council for some 17 years during which time I have held the post of Council Chairman in 2000/01 and have been Chairman of the Finance Committee for the past 10 years.

Back in 2000, the role of Chairman was very low-key compared with the current Mayoral role, and I would estimate that I probably attended six or seven events during that year. Today the Mayor is in great demand and attends several events every month, so it is as well that I have recently taken early retirement, giving me the time to give my full attention to the role.

My theme for the year will be “Arts and Sport” – New Milton is blessed with many excellent musicians, artists, actors and sports participants and I hope to be able to meet as many of you as possible.

I also look forward to meeting, during the coming year, many of the great people of our town who give their own time so freely in voluntary roles. Without our voluntary organisations, our town would be a much poorer place, and I salute all your efforts.

Mayoral and Committee election results May 9, 2012

Mayoral and Committee election results

Results of this evenings Mayoral and Town Council committee election results are as follows:

The Town Mayor and Town Council Chairman for 2012/13 is Cllr Neil Tungate, with Valya Schooling as Vice Chairman / Deputy Mayor.


F&GP – Alan O’Sullivan (Chairman), Glyn Riley (Vice)
Amenities – Geoff Blunden (Chairman), Janette Duke (Vice)
Planning – Steve Clarke (Chairman), Valya Schooling (Vice)

Long Meadow play park open day with Julian Clegg - Goff Beck May 5, 2012

Long Meadow play park open day with Julian Clegg

Friday April 13th marked the opening of the long awaited play park at Long Meadow. After a consultation period with residents the proposals for a play park at Long Meadow plans were drawn up by New Milton Town Council, in partnership with New Forest District Council. The play park vision was realised earlier last month when residents gathered for the grand opening which featured BBC Radio Solent’s Julian Clegg who previously resided in Grove Road, opposite the meadow when he was younger.

After many months of hard work and addressing numerous questions from those members of the public who objected to the proposals which were equally countered by those in favour; it gave me great pleasure to witness the opening of the “Grove Play Area” in Long Meadow, Barton by Julian Clegg on Friday 13th April.

I have visited the facility daily since its opening and speaking with the parents and the children who are using it I am pleased to hear their voices expressing appreciation to the council for the facility and to notice the great pleasure and enjoyment they are deriving from the challenges the play ground presents to them.

– Cllr Goff Beck