New Milton Town Council

New Milton Remembers August 19, 2016

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There will be a brief service of remembrance on Tuesday 23 August 2016 to honour the New Milton residents who died when enemy bombs fell on the town during WWII.


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We will assemble around the New Milton Memorial Clock on Station Road and all are welcome to join in to pay their respects, when we will observe a one minute silence at 11 am, present an acknowledgement, and Rev. David John will conduct a short prayer.

The Memorial Clock in Station Road

 dedicated to those named below who lost their lives

when enemy bombs fell on our town during World War II


23 August 1940

Irene Doris Avery (Age 31)

Joan Mabel Bourne (Age 20)

Archibald Ernest Bursey (Age 15)

Albert Ernest Claydon (Age 60)

Erna Dorothea Elizabeth Cooper (Age 24)

Maurice Carlyon Cooper (Age 30)

Evelyn Davies (Age 26)

Ivy Adina Eagle (Age 45)

Eliza Sophia Govier (Age 50)

Barbara Ena Green (Age 17)

Helena Hawkins (Age 42)

Mildred Strangways Irwin (Age 55)

Louis Frederic Stuart Matthews (Age 29)

Dorothy Gladys Pickering (Age 43)

William George Pitman (Age 50)

Alfred Aaron Charles Probert (Age 30)

Hilda Dorothy May Probert (Age 25)

Jeanette Margaret Probert (Age 4)

Samuel Tosdivine (Age 75)

Bertie Edwin Witt (Age 57)

8 August 1942

Gladys Mabel Richardson (Age 52)

22 January 1943

Brian Eric Holloway (Age 6)

Evelyn Edith Morin (Age 38)

Gabrielle Evelyn Morin (Age 11)

Norma Mary Morin (Age 9)

Pauline Edith Morin (Age 8)

We Will Remember Them

Exhibition – Housing Development in New Milton August 18, 2016

As some of you may be aware, New Forest District Council are currently consulting on a new Local Plan (Part One).   This allocates sites for additional housing in line with Government proposals, and discusses the potential use of Green Belt land for this purpose.  The Plan period is from 2016-2036.

The public consultation exercise ends at 4 pm on Friday 16 September 2016.

The accompanying plans will be displayed in


 Monday 22 to Friday 26 August 2016

Please visit to view the plans of suggested housing sites and other matters contained in the consultation.  Your comments are necessary to help shape the future of the town and are most valuable.

Please note :

  • The Town Hall is open from 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.15pm
  • This is an exhibition ONLY, there will not be a staff member available to answer any queries
  • The exhibition will give full contact details of the relevant District Council department for any comments you may have
  • All plans due to be displayed are available online at                          New Forest District Council Local Plan Review 2016-2036

New accessible play area August 15, 2016

Press Release

The play area takes on a medieval theme to promote role playing – with equipment that allows children to use their energy to explore, climb, swing, jump, slide, bounce, rotate or zip on a variety of equipment – whether playing individually or in group play.

A number of companies provided proposals and quotations with Proludic being selected, scoring highest in a number of areas including play value.

The provider’s plans, including an artist’s impression of the play area and gym equipment, are now being made available for public feedback before being finalised.

Feedback is invited from any interested parties – including parents, grandparents, carers – anyone who might want to bring children along to the play area – as well as those who would like the opportunity to use the adult exercise apparatus, including carers and older adults.

The plans will be displayed, with feedback forms, in a large gazebo on the Recreation Ground on Saturday 3 September between 11 am and 4 pm; and in the Town Hall from 5-9 September. 

The deadline for all feedback is Friday 9 September.

Enquiries about the event can be sent to Suna King, Town Development Manager,


Friday 2 September – Stakeholders meeting

Saturday 3 September 11 am-4 pm: Open Day, Recreation Ground

Monday 19 September at 6.30 pm: Extraordinary Amenities Committee Meeting

5-9 September: Proludic Play Area plans displayed in Town Hall with feedback forms.

2-7 September: Plans displayed on website with online feedback

Friday 9 September 4.30 pm – deadline for feedback.

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11 August 2016

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Coastal Footpath Erosion August 10, 2016

The permissive footpath running between Barton on Sea and Milford on Sea has again had to be closed due to significant erosion of the cliffs.  In particular the area south of Taddiford Gap, moving west by upto 300 metres.   It has been sectioned off and notices placed urging the public to stay away.

Image taken from Google Maps

Image taken from Google Maps

Natural England ‘Coastal Access’ project are responsible for finding a long term solution.   They will be working with local land owners to negotiate an alternative route for the path, so there is no set timescale.   The projects main focus is providing access so they understand the frustrations caused by the closure, which was purely on public safety grounds.

The Town Council is not responsible for any of the land being considered as an alternative route to the closure site, and therefore we do not have control of this situation.

If you have any further queries, please call the projects Lead Officer John Truswell on 0208 026 7747.

Further information from Erosion Mapping and National Trail

Town Development Manager Appointed August 9, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that Suna King has recently been appointed to the new post of Town Development Manager for New Milton.

Suna comes from an internationally-recognised textile company where she worked as Marketing Manager for 6 years, transforming what was a traditional brand into a world class, contemporary, design-led brand via creative marketing skills.  Prior to that, Suna acted as Marketing Manager for Business Link Skills South East for 4 years and, for several years, as a freelance marketer working on a number of projects including product development for Samsung and digital home research for the government.

Suna grew up in Bournemouth where she attended Bournemouth School for Girls attaining “A” Levels in Art and English Literature, followed by a CAM Diploma with Honours in Advertising & Marketing from Bournemouth University. Suna also holds Diplomas in Digital Marketing and Direct Marketing.

The main aim of the post is to raise the profile of the town and deliver a high quality environment meeting the needs of local businesses, residents and visitors alike.

 Town Mayor Cllr David Hawkins said: “With her proven marketing capabilities, Suna will act as a springboard leading the revitalisation of the Town Centre, invigorating the Street Market and working closely with businesses to enhance new employment opportunities throughout the Town.”

Establishing strong business relationships with all local and county organisations the intent is that the Town Development Manager will oversee Business Improvement District (BID) proposals to seek and obtain funding and support for initiatives and projects for the Town.

 Suna said: “My focus will be on delivering real benefits to residents and local businesses from re-generation projects and keeping them informed of development opportunities arising from the Neighbourhood Plan.”

For any enquiries, please contact Suna King on 01425 619120

Serving Hampshire Consultation July 29, 2016

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 July 15, 2016


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 July 13, 2016

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

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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 July 11, 2016

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

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

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