Natural England - Consultation on SSI Bylaws

Natural England is inviting views on its proposed approach to considering the use of its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers provided by Section 28R of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). The consultation ends on August 22nd.

These byelaw-making powers are to be used specifically for the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (‘SSSIs’) in England. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are notified by Natural England as part of its statutory functions and are specially protected by law in order to conserve their wildlife or geology. As part of its ongoing work to further its Conservation Strategy and deliver better and proportionate regulation to benefit the natural environment, Natural England is seeking to improve its capability to exercise its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers, where this might be considered an appropriate and necessary action. This will maximize the flexibility Natural England has to protect the special wildlife of these special and important places.

Further information can be found here

Broadband Update - FTTP available in Pilley

Phase 4 of the Hampshire County Council Superfast Broadband Program has been installed and OpenReach are commissioning Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) between Pilley Hill and the Community Shop. If you look on telegraph poles between Pilley Hill and the Community Shop you will see there is new equipment installed. We have also been informed that the rest of Pilley (Community Shop towards Bull Hill) and Bull Hill is scheduled to be installed with similar technology late next year (Dec 2019). 

You can check your availability here:

It is very important that when you speak with your provider you ask if they provide a FTTP or Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service. FTTC may be shown as available in Pilley, but due to the distance of houses in Pilley from the cabinet at Ampress Park the speed is likely to be very poor, and likely to be slower than existing ADSL based connections.

It has not been able to identify any other mainstream vendors other than BT currently accepting orders for a FTTP service - though please check with your provider first ( If your provider does not offer FTTP, you will need to switch provider to get high speed FTTP based broadband. Over time expect more providers to offer an FTTP service as this infrastructure becomes more widely available.

The installation itself will include replacing the current copper line between your property and the nearest telegraph pole with a fibre distribution point with a line which contains both copper and fibre. This will require an engineer to visit your property.

Naomi House - Charity New Forest Extravaganza

A charity event will be held at Strawberry fields on September 1st in aid of Naomi House Childrens Hospital. The New Forest Extravaganza, held at Strawberry Fields in Lymington, is a guaranteed fun family day out. Come down and get involved with everything on offer, from the Santus Circus, to dog displays, along with plenty of other wild and wonderful live stage acts including:

  • Charles Cole's Traditional Fairground
  • Paws For Thought Dog Display
  • Hawkwalk Falconry Display
  • Ringwood Pipe Band
  • Food stalls and other attractions

Venue: Strawberry Fields,Southampton Road,BoldreVenue: Strawberry Fields,Southampton Road,Boldre


Hampshire County Council News - August 2018

The August edition of the Hampshire County Council News can be viewed here. Topics include:

  • Investing in our libraries for the future
  • New internationally inspired menu for secondary schools launches
  • Celebrating a brand new look for Lepe Country Park
  • County Farms support Hampshire’s thriving rural economy
  • Keep them entertained at Hampshire country parks and outdoor venues this summer


A35 Road Closure - Holmsley Team Rooms

Hampshire County Council have informed us that they are planning to undertake emergency repair works at Holmsley Rail Bridge. The bridge carries the A35 Lyndhurst to Christchurch road over the Burley to Sway/Brockenhurst, adjacent to the former Holmsley railway station, now The Old Station Tea Rooms. Please find attached a plan showing the site location.
Subject to obtaining Natural England consent in good time, the high priority repair works estimated starting date is 14.08.2018 and will last approx. two weeks. The proposed traffic management for safe completion of the proposed high priority repair works requires:
·         C10 (road under the bridge) traffic lights with lane closure on 16,17,23,24,28 August
·         C10 (road under the bridge)  full closure with diversion route in place on 14,15,20,21,22 August. Please refer to the proposed diversion route attached to this email.
Traffic on A35 will not be affected by these works.
The proposed high priority repair works are necessary to keep the bridge open while the bridge replacement scheme is being prepared. Every effort is being made to limit the road closures, particularly during the height of the tourist season, while ensuring that the Contractor is able to carry out the works safely in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

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pdfB2286 Holmsley diversion.pdf3.53 MB