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Hale Parish Council Information Update


This is the latest Information Update circulated by email.  Documents already on the website have not been duplicated here.  If you would like to receive the Information Update directly please let the Clerk know,  All we need is your email address!

26 July:  Cow incident on Hale Purlieu

Good morning everyone

Just a quick update, concerning an incident with a cow on Hale Purlieu.

Unfortunately, a couple have been injured and hospitalised following an attack by a cow on the Purlieu. The man had a broken arm and shoulder injury. Cllr Hartas spoke to Andrew Napthine, our Agister, yesterday. The couple could only identify a black cow and he couldn't find which one caused the injury so it hasn't been removed. They had dogs on leads and the cow charged twice. Andrew's advice is to let dogs go if that happens as they can get out of the way quicker than we can and it is usually the dog the cow is after. 

So please take care and be extra vigilant when walking on the Purlieu.  Do pass this information to your friends and neighbours - hopefully there will not be a reoccurrence.


14 July:

Good afternoon all

Here is the latest news from Hale Parish Council.

"Beetles Bottom"

Beetles Class 2017 at Hale Primary School has been learning about wildlife and the New Forest.  While working in the stream on Hale Purlieu they were unable to find it named on the map.  With thanks to the National Trust I am delighted to say it is now called Beetles Bottom, check out this walk on the National Trust website: 

Thank you Beetles class for such a brilliant name!

Council meetings

June 2017 - I attach the final Minutes for the meetings of the Planning Committee and Full Council in June.

July 2017 - The draft Minutes for the July meetings are also attached.

The Parish Council does not meet in August (unless there is a planning application to consider when the Planning Committee will meet).  Next meetings will be on Tuesday 5 September 7pm and 7.30pm at the Village Hall.

Parish Plan

We are delighted to have received 91 completed Parish Plan questionnaires.  Many thanks to all those who took the time to reply.  The responses will be collated over the summer but it is not too late to complete a questionnaire now.  If you haven't done so please go to the website where you will find the questionnaire to print or complete on line or call Sloan 512217 or Gaby 513781 and we can hand deliver a paper copy.   Have your say in the future of your village.

Car Park

The Parish Council is making plans to ensure the continued use of the car park outside the hall through the winter and into the future.  It is hoped a major structural repair will take place in the summer of 2018.  Plans are under way and we liaising with Natural England before looking for funding.  In the meantime, it is hoped a temporary repair to the potholes can be carried out in the Autumn (it is currently too dry) with the help of willing volunteers - so watch this space and have your shovel at the ready!!

Verges around the Green

You will no doubt have noticed the increasingly poor condition of the verges around the Green.  The Parish Council is drawing up an action plan to restore the verges with the help of the Verderers and the Forestry Commission.  Once this is underway we will let you know.  In the meantime, can we please ask all residents and visitors not to park on the verges but to park in the car park and only to use official passing places - these will be cleared where needed.  The Council will also be speaking with the School in the new academic year to see what can be done to encourage parents to park in the car park and not on the verges - particularly as they become more boggy.  Please help us make the area around the Green more attractive for everyone and protect the SSSI.

Dog walkers

Sadly there has been a slight increase in the amount of dog waste that is left on and around the Green.  You will see the new notices reminding people that all dog waste should be removed please, and clearly identifying the bin.  If you do see anyone who doesn't clear up please gently remind them that even in the Forest dog mess has to be picked up-and this is particularly important on the Green which is the school playing field, sports field and the local cricket square!

New Forest National Park Authority Recreational Management Survey

The NFNPA is looking at all types of recreational use of the New Forest - here is the email:

"From 19 June to 13 August there is a 'call for views' consultation about the management of recreation across the New Forest. You will find a news release about this here:

Our overall aims are to:

  • provide the best recreational experience for local people and visitors
  • protect the very thing people come to see - the spectacular, yet fragile landscape which is a haven for many rare wildlife species
  • ensure limited resources are spent wisely.

By following this link you will find further information about the consultation and the survey questions we are asking.

The consultation is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority on behalf of the six organisations on the Recreation Management Strategy Steering Group: Forestry Commission, Natural England, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, Verderers of the New Forest and New Forest National Park Authority.

At this stage in the process, the Steering Group is not making any proposals - we want to hear which topics the public and other organisations think should be prioritised and why. Draft proposals will be drawn up during the autumn and winter, followed by public consultation about these next year.

We would be pleased to hear your views both at this 'call for views' stage and next year.

If you have any questions about the consultation please email

Kind regards.

Rachael Bowen

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Tel: 01590 646632"

National Trust

Newsletter - the July newsletter is attached.  adobe icon National Trust Newsletter July 2017 [1Mb]

Tree Felling - as you know the National Trust is responsible for the Management of Hale Purlieu.  Last winter it started a programme of tree thinning and felling, but it was put on hold while National Grid carried out various investigations related to the possible removal of the pylons.  The National Trust will restart the tree work in September and details can be found in the attached letter and 2 maps.  adobe icon National Trust Tree Felling July 2017 [29kb]  adobe icon National Trust Tree Felling Map East July 2017 [526kb]  adobe icon Tree Felling Map West [524kb]

An evening at the Bell Inn, to learn more about the work of the National Trust in the Forest and enjoy dinner made from locally sourced produce

As ever if you have questions please do give me a call.















Sue Plumb

Clerk to Hale Parish Council

Tel:  07717 851694


















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