We support plans for a New Forest crematorium

We support the planning application for a crematorium for the new Forest, to be built at the end of Stem Lane in New Milton.

When families lose a loved one, and are full of grief, they want funeral plans to be as easy as possible, and it is wrong that the New Forest has no crematorium at all. The new development will allow local people to hold funerals here in the Forest instead of having to travel to Bournemouth or Southampton. And the new build will be constructed to the highest standards for protection of the local environment. That is why Cllrs Caroline Hexter and Steve Short supported the proposal at New Milton town council.


You can see details of the proposal here


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Recycling centres opening hours reduced

When Hampshire County Council announced they would probably close recycling sites across the county, we opposed the closures, because they would just lead to higher costs for doorstep collection and clearing up fly-tipping. The threats to permanently close sites have abated for the moment, but HCC have said that sites will now open at 11am every day (instead of 9am) and they will all stay closed all day on Thursdays.  We still think this is a mistake, as any user will know that there are always queues at the current 9am opening times. We will be monitoring our area to see if fly-tipping does increase, and sadly we think the council still want to make further cuts.

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Mobile Library Service Closed – local libraries probably next

Conservative-run Hampshire County Council has decided to close the mobile library service across the county as part of government cuts. New Forest West Labour opposed this closure, along with thousands of residents, but the service will soon end.

The cuts will continue. New book spending will be cut, CD and DVD collections will end and opening hours will be reduced. The council also want to close 20 smaller libraries, including Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge, but these cuts have been delayed for the moment. We will continue to oppose these cuts and closures.

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Better off in Europe

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why Labour is in for Britain.


  • Millions of British jobs are linked to our EU membership.
  • £26.5 billion is invested in Britain by EU countries every year.
  • British workers benefit from EU agreements on workers’ rights, including the right to holiday pay, paid maternity and paternity leave, anti-discrimination laws, equal pay and protection for agency workers.


  • Exports to the EU are worth £227 billion a year to the British economy.
  • The EU is Britain’s biggest export market: almost half of all of Britain’s exports go to the EU.


  • Thousands of criminals, including terrorists, have been arrested under the European Arrest Warrant.
  • Being in the EU enhances Britain’s global influence and allows us to take our place at the top table.


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Robin Price – Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate

Robin Price.for PCC


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Labour Parties have chosen Robin Price as their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the election on May 5th.

Robin is a solicitor and has lived for most of his life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  He ran a clinic in Portsmouth, giving free legal advice and worked for Portsmouth City Council.  He has run his own firm of solicitors in Ryde since 1986, which included criminal and family work, and has extensive experience of the courts system.  He has been President of the Isle of Wight Law Society.

Mr Price said,’ The Commissioner’s job is an important one and, if elected, I will certainly make clear to Government that the £80m cuts in police spending in our area have had a serious effect on the ability of officers to detect and investigate crime. We have lost 780 officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since 2010 and 70% of theft cases are now closed without even a suspect being identified.’

He added, ‘The Government has said that crime is declining but cybercrime has doubled, violent knife and gun crime has increased and sexual offences are only now beginning to be recorded properly. Our police force must be properly resourced to deal with these problems and their many other roles, such as helping people with mental health issues’

Mr Price will be visiting communities across the area to talk about what their priorities are.

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Thank you to everyone who voted Labour on May 7th.

We are obviously very disappointed at the national result, but in locally, we increased our support.  Our Parliamentary candidate Lena Samuels got 10% more than the last election and great praise from the public (and, indeed, her opponents) for being an outstanding candidate.

In the local council elections, Labour received more votes than all the other opposition parties, and so we are now the main opposition party in New Forest West. We are  please to say that Steve Short is the new Labour town councillor for Fernhill on New Milton Town Council.

And in Ringwood, Peter Kelleher tripled our vote and just missed out on becoming our first New Forest District Councillor.

We will continue to campaign on the key issues we have raised over the past year:

  • Create more jobs by promoting tourism and local shops – use signage and advertising to encourage tourists and shoppers to use shops in New Milton and Barton, and to go beyond Lymington High Street.
  • No more cuts to social care. Tory and Lib Dem cuts mean many vulnerable people get no care at all. People deserve dignity and support, not ten minute visits or no visit at all.
  • Building new houses must mean local roads, infrastructure and services are also improved
  • No more cuts to our local bus services
  • Widen the A31 and improve the Ringwood junction to end traffic jams and rat runs – and lower the A31 speed limit to reduce accidents.
  • Improve flood protection for Ringwood and Fordingbridge, and ensure all ditches and road drains are clear so they can take away excess water – and fix pot holes and broken pavements
  • Find a proper answer to stop lorries having to use Fordingbridge High Street


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Hear Lena speak at remaining hustings meetings

Lena Samuels, the Labour Parliamentary candidate for New Forest West has already spoken at several hustings meetings in the area, and is winning support amongst floating voters.

You can meet Lena and hear her speak at these remaining hustings meetings:

Monday 27th – 7pm at Bransgore Parish Church, Ringwood Road BH23 8JH

Tuesday 28th – 7.30pm at St Thomas Church, Lymington

Thursday 30th – 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge SP6 1AB

We hope to see you there!


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