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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Boldre will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Survey - Pilley Play Park and Recreation Ground

Dear residents and friends of Boldre Parish,

Have your voice heard by completing a short, anonymous, online survey about the future use of Pilley play park and Pilley recreation ground…

You may be aware that the Pilley Community Shop is expected to relocate to the current playground area, next to the Boldre War Memorial Hall [BWMH], by spring 2022 – with the playground itself being re-located beforehand to make way for building work. However, as the play equipment there is approximately 20 years old, this is the perfect opportunity not just to re-site and rejuvenate the play equipment, but to re-imagine both the junior play environment and the Pilley recreation ground as a whole.

Lymington Town Football have contracted to use the pitches behind the BWMH, and Lymington Town Sprites youth teams have been playing there since September – with great success! Sprites see this partnership as long term and the revenue from their contract helps with the upkeep of the grounds.

There is, however, still a lot of non-football space and Boldre Parish Council [BPC] would like to develop an “end-state” plan for both the Pilley play and recreation grounds – one that sees the grounds enjoyed by more of the residents and friends of the Parish than is currently the case. BPC will share plans and progress with the community as things develop.

Whilst there is a deadline that needs to be worked to, BPC are keen to hear from as many of you as possible via a quick, online survey (link below) on your views about what would make a great leisure space at Pilley for you and your family. This is your space – take part and help shape how it is used!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QZ97VFV

Thank you,

BPC.

BPC Meeting Report - November 2020

Boldre Parish Council November 9th 2020

The Council received an update from the working group looking to renew and relocate the current play area next to Boldre War Memorial Hall. This is necessary so that a play facility can be maintained during any construction that may take place to allow the Pilley Community Shop to relocate to the Hall premises. In addition, some of the play equipment is starting to show its age and needs renewing. The new site will be adjacent to the existing play area so it’s not moving far! The working group will be making a survey available online and at the village shop for your ideas. There have been meetings with several equipment suppliers to discuss feasibility and budgetary costs as well as site surveys. The Council will be funding some of this work but will be looking for grants and donations to meet additional costs.

The council was pleased to grant £380 towards the upkeep of the phone box next to Pilley Community stores. The book exchange hosted there is very popular and the Council was glad to support this community project.

The council discussed the draft waste management strategy announced by NFDC this month. There is a public consultation on the strategy and you are recommended to have your say by filling in the online survey here: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy. The Council welcomes attempts to improve recycling rates but will be raising questions regarding how the proposed strategy works in a rural environment. Issues such as bin storage, long driveways and the visual impact in the Parish were discussed.

With all the recent rain, the Council would like to remind Parishioners of the need to clear ditches of the Autumn leaves and other blockages. Water on the highway can obscure hazards and water flowing over roads can lead to potholes and other damage to the road surface. The below from Hampshire County Council provides guidance on ditch ownership.

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Also remember to report damage to the road surface directly to Hampshire Highways for repair. The Council continues to work with Hampshire Highways to highlight key problem areas and we welcome information from parishioners on high priority issues.

The electoral window for the two vacancies on the Parish Council has closed and the Council will now be looking to co-opt members. We would very much like to encourage people to contact us if they would like to join the council. Joining the Parish Council is a great way to contribute to our community and new ideas are always welcome.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is December 14th. This will be an online meeting and details will be made available for the public to join.

NFDC - Wheelie Bins and Waste Recycling Strategy Feedback

 New Forest District Council have published their waste and recycling strategy. The district council plans, which propose having rubbish and recycling collections on alternate weeks and a separate weekly food waste pickup, went out for a four-week public consultation today (12th November). These plan will cause a significant change in how waste is managed in our Parish

The deadline for comments is on 10th December and we strongly recommend that .Parishioners should give feedback. Changes to the waste and recycling collection service are expected no earlier than 2022. Visit www.newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy for details on the strategy and for links to the survey.

Animal Accident Awareness - 2020

Caution urged as the deadliest month for New Forest animal accidents approaches

As the nights draw in, drivers using New Forest roads are reminded that animal accidents increase in the lead up to Christmas, with November being the deadliest month for livestock.

Commuters are urged to be vigilant as accidents involving animals in the Forest peak between 5pm and 8pm on weekdays in the winter months.

They are also being encouraged to slow down from 40mph to 30mph, a move which adds only three extra minutes to most journeys across the Forest and can drastically reduce accidents involving animals.

Last year, 159 New Forest animals - ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep - were involved in collisions, with 58 killed and 32 injured.

The free-roaming animals are known as the ‘architects of the Forest’ – it’s their grazing which helps make the Forest internationally important for wildlife.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, convenes the Forest’s Animal Accident Reduction Group. He said: ‘It’s the grazing by animals that helps shape and maintain the New Forest we all know and enjoy. We urge drivers to be animal aware at all times and always add extra time to journeys in the Forest. By slowing down at night, especially when oncoming vehicles approach, drivers, their passengers and the animals will be much safer.’

The worst month for animal deaths is November; as days become shorter and clocks go back, journeys to and from work are often in the dark. Low light in winter, dazzling oncoming headlights and bad weather can make visibility poor.

Most of the drivers involved in animal accidents are relatively local people on regular trips. The high-risk routes have been identified as:

  • the B3078/79 from Cadnam to Godshill
  • the B3054 from Lymington to Dibden Purlieu
  • the B3055 from Brockenhurst to Sway
  • the C10 from Picket Post to Holmsley.

The number of commoners’ animals killed and injured has almost halved in the last 20 years. Sadly though, high numbers of accidents continue to happen.

Charlotte Lines, Chair of the Commoners Defence Association said: ‘Great work has been done by several Forest groups working together to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving commoners’ livestock. Reflective collars for ponies and ear tags for cattle are just two of the initiatives commoners are implementing to reduce the risk, however there are still too many casualties. Animals can just appear from nowhere and in an instant, so we ask users of Forest roads to drive with care and caution over the winter months and help us protect our animals. #Add3Minutes #PassSlowAndWide #BeForestFriendly.’

The New Forest’s Animal Accident Reduction Group has spearheaded a range of measures including police mobile speed cameras on the most dangerous routes and reflective warning signs on key roads during the winter months when accidents peak.

The Group is supported by the Commoners Defence Association, Forestry England, Verderers of the New Forest, New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, New Forest Trust, New Forest Association and British Deer Society.

Bruce Rothnie, Forestry England’s Deputy Surveyor of the New Forest, said: ‘The New Forest is a unique place. Allowing animals to roam freely across an unfenced landscape is vital to sustaining that uniqueness. Everyone living and working in this special area can help this winter by slowing down and being extra vigilant for animals on or close to the road. Look out and look after.’

If you do have an accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep you are required by law to report it to the police as soon as possible. A reward of up to £5,000 is offered for information leading to the successful conviction of drivers prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident involving a Forest animal.

Head Agister, Jonathan Gerrelli said: ‘People driving in the Forest need to be aware at all times when travelling on the Forest roads, as the free-roaming animals have no road sense and can appear suddenly in front of your vehicle with little warning. At this time of year, when the clocks change and you find yourself now driving home in the dark, particular care is needed. Allow yourself a little more time for your journey and if visibility is poor, due to the weather, darkness or an oncoming vehicles lights, slow down.

‘If the worst happens, and you do collide with a forest animal, or witness an accident involving one, please report it as soon as possible. A 'hit and run' is the last thing we want, where an animal could be left in pain for hours or days if not reported. Even if it runs off, the animal could be seriously injured, so call the police and an agister will be sent out to search for the casualty.’

How drivers can help:

  • Be ready to stop – animals can step out even when they’ve seen you approaching.
  • Drive slowly, especially at night – there is a pool of darkness behind the headlights of approaching cars - an animal may be standing in it.
  • Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth – cross to the other side of the road and be prepared to STOP if there is on-coming traffic.
  • Grazing animals on both sides of the road? Take extra care – they may cross to join their friends.
  • One animal by the roadside means there are others close by – be aware.
  • Bends and tops of hills need more care – animals may be standing in the road just out of sight.
  • Reflective collars worn by some ponies may help you see them in the dark - but be aware that not all ponies have them.
  • Deer can easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 – and when there is one deer more will usually follow.
  • Be animal aware at all times.

To view animal accident maps and statistics in detail, or download an animal accident business card with the emergency numbers to call, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/animalaccidents.