Serving Hampshire Consultation - Joanna Hayward July 29, 2016

Serving Hampshire Consultation

Serving Hampshire – Have your say on the future structure of local government in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council has launched an eight-week public consultation from 27 July 2016 to gather residents’ views on how they would like to see local government operate in Hampshire in future.

The Serving Hampshire Consultation sets out the potential options for how Hampshire County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire could change, or be reorganised, to meet the huge challenges they face from ongoing cuts to their funding from central Government – and from rising demand for services such as social care for children and vulnerable adults from a growing population.

“We want everyone to have their say on an issue which will affect generations to come,” said County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry. “The views of all residents in Hampshire are very important to me, and it’s crucial that we keep them at the forefront of the wider devolution agenda from which our consultation on potential local government reorganisation stems. It is particularly relevant as the priorities for the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, include devolving decision making powers to local areas and helping communities deliver excellent public services. I’ve written to Mr Javid to tell him of our consultation, and hope to meet with him and discuss how to help local people in Hampshire to take more control of their own future.”

Consultation on various options

The consultation concerns the county of Hampshire – the area covered by Hampshire County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire – not the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton or the Isle of Wight. However, some of the options for change in Hampshire do refer to the two cities and the Island. Members of the public are invited to answer questions on a number of options involving proposals to create combined authorities, elected mayors, unitary councils, as well as the status quo.

“An objective, careful and independent exercise”

The consultation will be carried out by independent researchers Ipsos MORI, who will process and analyse the consultation responses. Findings will help Hampshire County Council to consider what recommendations to make to central Government, to ensure that any proposals for change or local government reorganisation that might be taken forward are informed by the preferences of Hampshire residents and stakeholders.

For further information see

Serving Hampshire Questionnaire – Print Version

New Milton’s Got Talent - Joanna Hayward July 15, 2016

New Milton’s Got Talent


We are pleased to announce that New Milton Town Council in partnership with Barton Court Studios proudly present New Milton’s Got Talent to take place on Sunday 14 August 2016.

The show will start at 12 noon, showcasing some of our amazing local talent, who will perform from the Performance Pavilion to the New Milton audience and to our invited judging panel.  The winning act will have the opportunity to complete a recording and photo session at Barton Court Studios.

We are calling on all local talent, whatever age group, whatever genre, to register by 12 August 2016.    You can download the registration form and terms and conditions here –  NMGT Registration Form and T&C’s

If you have any questions please contact New Milton Town Council on 01425 619120.

New Milton's Got Talent

Pilgrim Bandits Charity - Joanna Hayward July 13, 2016

Pilgrim Bandits Charity

Press release 13 July 2016

Mayor’s nominated charity – Pilgrim Bandits Charity

The Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Hawkins, is pleased to announce that his nominated charity for this year is Pilgrim Bandits, a national charity established by a small group of Special Forces veterans in 2007 with the sole aim of using their unique training and experience to enable wounded soldiers to live life to the full.

Pilgrim Bandits is represented in New Milton by Mike Witt and Andre Edwards who recently met with Cllr David Hawkins to discuss forthcoming fundraising and events.   The Mayor wants to highlight the Pilgrim Bandit’s cause and raise much needed funds to provide skills, professional qualifications and expeditions which will assist injured Armed Forces and emergency services personnel.

New Milton Town Council are planning civic events such as the Remembrance Day Parade in November, the Annual Carol Service in December and the Mayor’s Charity Ball in March next year, giving the opportunity to acknowledge and give generously to this very worthwhile charity.

Pilgrim Bandits Charity recently organised an Escape and Evasion Charity Challenge taking place in the New Forest with participants having to outsmart a tracking team over a 24-hour period and to withstand the military interrogation team if they got caught!  The charity is also hoping to arrange a Santa Fun Run in New Milton which will definitely generate great interest around the town.  During September a group of injured servicemen will kayak in the frozen water off Greenland with the charity.

Pilgrim Bandits’ mantra Always a Little Further is core to the charity’s ‘no sympathy’ attitude that has enabled it to instil confidence in injured and veterans and inspire all those that come into contact with the work the charity does.


The New Milton Neighbourhood Plan - Joanna Hayward

The New Milton Neighbourhood Plan

neighbourhood plan logo



Residents of the New Milton Neighbourhood Area are being asked to have their say on their future.

Following New Forest District Council’s release of the new housing requirements for the District, a local public engagement exercise is being launched in September to find out what local people want included in the New Milton Neighbourhood Plan.

Whilst certain levels of housing development are required to meet future need and must be delivered, the New Milton Neighbourhood Plan will give residents the chance to have their say on the type and style of the houses, local access and traffic issues together with necessary improvements to local roads, parking, schools, healthcare and the local environment – all of which will directly affect the local economy.

Cllr Steve Clarke said “The Neighbourhood Plan will be a community-led plan. In September there will be a series of public events together with posters, leaflets and social media encouraging people to have their say – there will be both concerns to resolve and opportunities to grasp.”

“It is important that we hear opinions from as many people as possible so that the Plan can reflect all the views in the area.”

“The final plan will be put forward for approval by public referendum, and if approved, it will become a statutory document that will be used to decide planning applications in this area.”

Dates and locations for the public engagement will be announced later. To register your interest and support for the Plan now visit –

Further Information

  2. Project Officer Telephone 01425 619120
  3. Cllr Steve Clarke                 Telephone 01425 629992
  4. The Neighbourhood Plan will apply to the Neighbourhood Area which is the parish of New Milton.

Summer of Tennis - Joanna Hayward July 11, 2016

Summer of Tennis

We would like to encourage more use of our tennis courts at Whitefield Road where there is an all-weather surface which has had great reviews.  We are offering a 28 day pass to access the tennis courts when you want to play – day-time, evenings and weekends.   £30 allows you to play as many times as you want during the 28 days.   This scheme is on trial for the summer period only.

Please contact New Milton Town Council on 01425 619120 if you are interested in purchasing a pass.

Summer of Tennis 2016 28 day pass

Photo of tennis court

Credit to Michael Angus for the photo of the tennis courts at Whitefield Road