NEWS

Please see information and updates below that we feel are of interest to our members and local community.

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MARCH 2022

Police Report

Between 5am and 5.30am on Tuesday 8th March a house on Rhinefield Road in Brockenhurst was burgled and two handbags stolen. The crime number for any information you might have on that incident is 44220092902.

In total, eleven sheds, garages and outbuildings have been broken into this month with electric bikes, expensive road bikes and an off road racing motorbike stolen from Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Ashurst while chainsaws and other tools and garden equipment have been taken from addresses in Beaulieu, Bramshaw and Cadnam.

Other thefts this month include cash from a bakery in Brockenhurst where the shop window was smashed just after it had closed for the day, and cigarettes and tobacco from the Tesco in Brockenhurst where a man went behind the counter while the shop was still open. Three expensive statues have been taken from a garden in Copythorne and also in Copythorne, silencers have been stolen from two lorries.

8 bug hotels and 6 bird boxes made by local children have also been stolen from Bartley Park, three bicycles have been taken from Brockenhurst College and another bicycle was stolen from a porch in Woodlands.

Ten vehicles have been broken into this month with the car park at Fritham the most popular with thieves. At Fritham they can hide in the woods and wait for drivers to hide their valuables in the boot before setting off on their walk. Please make sure you take everything with you when you leave your car unattended anywhere in the Forest because you never know who is watching you. Other cars were targeted in Emery Down, Winsor and Brockenhurst. One catalytic converter has been taken from a car parked at Stoney Cross.

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MARCH 2022

Brockenhurst Parish Church – Parish Administrator

We are seeking a Senior Administrator to work with our Parish Office in Brockenhurst for up to 25 hours per week over 4-5 days.

We need a person with excellent organisational and IT skills to act as first-line support to Simon Newham our vicar, coupled with a heart for the concerns of the church and people of the village.  Responsibilities will include diary management, wedding, funeral and baptism arrangement, maintaining legal paperwork, basic financial admin and church hall booking. 

Candidates should be comfortable to work independently, supported by our office volunteers and churchwardens.  The role could be split between two people and made flexible to fit with child care responsibilities.  An element of home-working could also be accommodated using the church’s online facilities.

We can offer an excellent and flexible working environment, good rates of pay and the opportunity to become a key part of village life.  The job offers future growth opportunities to contribute to the church’s digital work, family links and wider deanery activities.

Please contact us at churchwardens@brockenhurstchurch.com for more information, a Job Specification and details of how to apply.  The closing date for applications is 3 April 2022.  Interviews will be held during April.

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MARCH 2022

Police report

Two houses have been broken into this month one in Brockenhurst and one in Lyndhurst. A man from Waterlooville has been charged with the Brockenhurst burglary and has been remanded in custody until 21st March when he will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Nine outbuildings have also been broken into this month in Brockenhurst, Bolderwood, Lyndhurst and Exbury with tools, bicycles and gardening equipment taken. Money has also been taken from a purse at a farm in Winsor and cigarettes were also stolen from a shop in Brockenhurst.

We’re appealing for any information after a picnic table was set ablaze and a pavilion door damaged during a series of incidents at Coles Mead Recreational Ground in Lyndhurst. That incident is believed to have taken place between 6pm and 7pm on Friday 25 February but during the same week, which was half term, other incidents happened which included the rear window of a car being smashed on Wellands Road. We believe that this might be linked to anti-social behaviour and as such, this is a timely reminder to parents to ensure that you know where your children are, know who they’re with and know what they’re up to. Did you, or your children, you see anyone or a group of people acting suspiciously at around the time of the incident? Did you see what happened? Perhaps you have dash cam footage in the moments after the incident? Anyone with information is asked to email richard.williams@hampshire.police.uk or reporting it to us by calling 101 quoting crime reference number 44220080130. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Seven vehicles have been broken into and handbags and wallets stolen. The cars were parked in Lyndhurst, Minstead and Beaulieu and in the Ivy Wood and Bramshaw Wood car parks. A catalytic converter has also been stolen from a car parked at East End.

Criminal damage has been caused to a cemetery gate, some garages and a car all in Brockenhurst, a parcel was stolen from a doorstep in Ashurst and a car was taken from outside a pub in Winsor.

During February, the Speed Watch team in Lyndhurst surveyed several roads in the village and monitored 1646 vehicles. Of those 901, so 55%, were travelling over the 30 mph limit and 116 of those vehicles have received warning letters from the Police for recording speeds above the threshold criteria, with one vehicle on Romsey Road (outside the police station) was recorded at 52 mph.

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FEBRUARY 2022

Redmayne site

The original application was to re-develop the existing site into an area of nine houses, four retail units and five office units. No details of how many affordable houses was offered. It attracted a significant number of local objections including the Parish Council and ourselves.

Despite this, permission was given.

 

Since then, a number of amendments have been applied for which, on the whole, is not unusual for a development of this size. Unfortunately, the latest idea is for a housing estate with no retail outlets or offices. Thus, no employment opportunities and certainly contrary to policy. This was also recognised by the New Forest National Park Planning Committee.

 

It may be that more retail outlets in Brockenhurst are not viable. May be. However, we maintain that offices may well be viable and certainly offer employment. As currently planned the area will consist wholly of houses and flats of which only 10% will be “affordable”.

 

The Local Plan recommends that 50% on a site of this kind should be affordable. Developers get round this by offering cash donations under a system known as Section 106. FoB maintains that the provision of affordable housing is more important than donated money.

 

The planned houses will be “expensive” - after all, Brockenhurst is the most expensive village for housing in the New Forest, and, indeed, Hampshire, with average house prices around the £900 thousand mark. People that can afford such properties tend to have two cars. The provision for parking at the site is contrary to policy and the advice of Hampshire County Council. Thus, more cars to be dumped on our Village at a time when the Village is taking a serious look at the parking problem.

 

So, the latest application was considered by the above-mentioned Planning Committee recently. After an unprecedented two hours deliberation and despite FoB’s objection which finished with “The Village feels cheated over this matter. From a 100% employment site we have got no jobs, no social affordable housing and a parking problem. We are disappointed with the Authority if this is the best that they can negotiate.” A result emerged.

 

Application passed by six votes to four. Gordon Bennett!!

FEBRUARY 2022

Wanted Volunteer Transport Enthusiast

FoB would like to utilise the services of a transport enthusiast to complement our active Planning sub-committee.

We recognise the growing importance of transport, and its related problems, and would welcome the help of someone with experience. It is optional as to whether the appointee serves on the committee of FoB.

 

Please email us if you are interested!

info@friendsofbrockenhurst.org.uk

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JANUARY 2022

Bridge at the end of North Road

The pedestrian bridge over the railway lines linking Vinneys Close with North Road has been closed.

 

This is an important route into the Village for residents of Vinneys Close and other residents in that area of Mill Lane as it means that they do not have to cross the level crossing.

 

FoB approached Railtrack, who are responsible for this bridge, to see what the problem is. We were told that there is a structural problem which requires repair. However, no time table could be given.

 

FoB cannot see what the problem is for pedestrians so requested a meeting with a Railtrack engineer to be enlightened. Unfortunately, this has not been forthcoming.

 

FoB has now contacted the National Park Authority’s Access Forum. This committee advises the National Park Authority and other local organisations on how to make the New Forest more accessible.

 

Network Rail have responded with an explanation as to why the footbridge has been closed:

 

“The upside trestle supporting the staircase appears to be subsiding and is deemed unsafe for public use. Due to the type of construction this defect cannot be fixed without various types of surveys and a specific repair design which will not only address the defect but also the underlying cause”

 

Your writer had to look up the meaning of trestle  -  an open braced framework. Unfortunately, they are unable to give a timetable.

 

Network Rail are aware that people are still trying to access the bridge and would like to emphasise the danger.