Roadside Salt/Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network and they have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.

The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of our main salting routes.

Please be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area. If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season the quickest way to let us know is via the specific link on our web page at you for your assistance.

HCC News for Local Councils - November 2016

The November edition of News for Local Councils from Hampshire Country Council can be found here.

Topics include:

  • Public consultation planned on future of local government and devolution in Hampshire
  • Hampshire Highways - Winter preparations
  • Hitting the cold spots - Fuel poverty scheme
  • Winter flu vaccines
  • Changes at Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

And several others.

Please note this road closure has been pulled forward to Monday 21st November 2016. Temporary Road Closure - Norley Wood




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that New Forest District Council, acting as agent to the traffic authority, Hampshire County Council, proposes to make an Order to allow duct laying works to be carried out, as follows:


That length of  Norleywood Road Boldre nr Lymington between a point 100m east of its eastern junction with Thatchers Lane and a point  approx. 300m west of that point.


 From the eastern point of closure, east and south via Norleywood Road and Main Road to its junction with   South Baddesley Road; west via South Baddesley Road to its junction with South Baddesley Lane; north via South Baddesley Lane /Brook Hill to the western point of closure  and vice versa. See map for a suggested alternatie route. 


Please be advised that the start date for this closure (likely maximum duration 2 days) has been changed to Monday 21st November 2016

From 9th January 2017 for a period of 12 months or until completion of works whichever is sooner. (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be required for no longer than 2 days.)

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

If you have any queries please contact Hire-A-Lite Tel: 0844 322 9009 or New Forest District Council’s Transportation Section, Tel: 02380 285260, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rural Community Ownership Event - Sparshot Saturday 12th November

The Plunkett Foundation are a charity who support rural community groups around the UK to open community owned co-operatives. By offering knowledge and support, communities can take ownership of a shop or pub which helps to tackle social isolation and poverty. 

They will be holding a Rural Community Ownership Event in Sparsholt, Winchester on Saturday 12th November. With the support of English Housing Association, this free event is a wonderful opportunity for parish councils, community groups and individuals who are interested in exploring setting up a community co-operative to address local challenges. There will be a chance to hear from existing community co-operatives about their journey and informative presentations given by Plunkett Staff. 

Further venet details can be found here.

Book your place here!

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Sarah Horth, Events Manager, Plunkett Foundation by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01993 810730.





First New Forest Food and Drink Festival

New Forest District Council prepares to stage its first ever food and drink festival week, 31 October to 6 November.

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of NFDC, said. "The festival will showcase the unique food and drink offer and attract visitors to stay in what is usually the first quiet week of our tourism and visitor season.

"The area's impressive array of food and drink businesses makes up part of our strong local business community, and I am very proud to be supporting the industry with what is sure to be an enjoyable event."

Fifteen themes, including Glorious Game and Roaring Fires, Cheese and the Forest Larder and The Vegetarian Forest Feast will be headlined by a range of events including a six-course ‘Tastes of the Forest’ menu at Chewton Glen and the ‘Six Sausages Dishes’ and chef’s challenge at the New Forest Inn.

There’ll be a Mad Hatters’ tea party for young foodies, as well as a talk on The Very English Afternoon Tea at the Montagu Arms Hotel and events connected to Pannage pig, forest drinks including our wines, beers and ciders, sweets and chocolates, foraging, pies, the great New Forest Breakfast, charcuterie, plus fish and seafood from our 40-mile coast.

Free events include a Living and Learning Event at Beaulieu Road Pony Sales yard on Wednesday November 2 where locals and visitors can learn all about the forest’s rich history and cultural heritage – followed by some scrumptious outdoor food cooked by top chefs. There’ll also be a producer’s market and chef demonstrations at Brockenhurst College on Sunday November 6.

Anthony Climpson, Destination Manager and Chairman of the New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week said: “Local menus have long included venison, and the New Forest’s unique Pannage pork – and this made us realise that we needed to celebrate our food and drink heritage a little more formally.

“The festival week will not only be a showcase of the epicurean delights of our magical destination, but also a celebration of the distinctive personalities and characters who grow, cook and serve our fabulous forest food and drink.”

As research shows that more people are holidaying and travelling in the UK, a trip across the country to discover an interesting new area, try some locally-sourced dishes or learn from a Michelin-starred chef has become increasingly attractive to the British public.

For more information or to book tickets, visit