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

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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.

Image by Eugene Zhyvchik


Christmas burglary update

Less than a  week to go now to until Christmas which I'm sure means that your home is filled with presents. Please keep them safe from the thieves who target homes at this time year by looking at these suggestions from our crime prevention team.  Alot of the advice is common sense but it doesn't hurt to hear it again.

Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle and turning the key. Remove keys from the window and door lock and keep in a safe place out of reach and sight from the letterbox or windows.

Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows. Register your property for free on 

Ensure side and back gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Also make sure sheds and garages are locked with reliable and robust locks to deter any potential burglars. Choose a product which is tested and certified by Sold Secure and Secured by Design to the Police Preferred Specification. 

Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden; lock them away in your shed. Improve natural surveillance to the front of your property by trimming hedges.

Consider installing an intruder alarm system by contacting an approved contractor who is a member of the National Security Inspectorate and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

A house that appears occupied is less likely to be targeted by burglars, installing light switch timers inside the house can help make it appear occupied. Likewise, dusk to dawn or sensor lighting to the front and rear of your home can help deter potential thieves

For info on how to protect your home visit:


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