New Forest Bike Project

New Forest Bike Project (NFBP) is a social enterprise which takes in unwanted bicycles and then repairs, restores and relocates them. NFBP is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC), number 10327640. Located in Bransgore in the west of the New Forest they serve the community roughly between Bournemouth, Southampton and up towards Salisbury. We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and fun experience. The aim is to engage people, particular those in need, with all aspects of the project to help build confidence, skills, health and well-being through things like teaching bike maintenance, safe riding, earning a bike through volunteering and learning about recycling and sustainability issues.

More info about the New Forest Bike Project social aims and objectives on the website:

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.