Read Peter Kelleher’s election address

Read Peter Kelleher’s election address Peter’s election address is on the front page of the first edition of our new newsletter for Ringwood North, ‘Poulner Rose’.  Peter tells us about himself, discusses why he would make a great town councillor for the people of the Ringwood North ward, and asks the electors of Ringwood North […]

Don’t get old if the Tories win

Don’t get old if the Tories win The Tory Manifesto is out and it’s not good news for any of us, but especially not for those of us getting on in years:

Labour promises 10,000 more police officers

Labour promises 10,000 more police officers This blog post was written before the Manchester bombing. Labour is promising 10,000 more police officers on the streets, to reverse Tory police cuts and to reduce crime. Since 2010, the Tories (with Theresa May as Home Secretary) have cut police funding and we now have 20,000 fewer police […]

Cuts cause crime rate increase

‘Fewer police blamed for big rise in crime’ Crime in the New Forest has increased by over 20% in 2015/2016, according to figures given to the District Council. But at the same time, Hampshire Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane have written to the government complaining that Hampshire Police are underfunded compared […]

Potholes getting worse

Mind the potholes! Our roads seem to get worse every year, with more and deeper potholes. Some are getting so big that they damage cars driving through them – meaning the council has to pay compensation for the damage. In fact, last year Hampshire paid out more compensation than any other local authority – over […]

Social care cuts cause hospital bed crisis

Social care cuts cause hospitals bed crisis Under Labour, NHS waiting times were at record lows and the numbers of nurses, doctors and operations grew. The NHS got better under Labour. But since the Tories took control, the NHS has gone from bad to worse and now it faces the worst crisis in its history […]

Fly-tipping closes New Forest lane

Fly-tipping – an ever increasing problem Hampshire County Council have cut local recycling centres opening hours, increased charges and added new restrictions for DIY and building waste. Now local residents are complaining that fly-tipping is increasing. We warned the County Council that their changes would lead to more problems like this, but even we were […]

Sure Start children’s centres closing

Experts agree that Sure Start centres, introduced by Tony Blair and the Labour government, have been keys to helping children and families. They have made huge differences to families who have faced problems, and their locations in the community have been vital. Sure Start centres have changed lives. Now despite opposition by community groups and […]

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 […]