High speed Internet access is regularly raised as an issue in Boldre Parish as it is becoming an essential part of everyday life. In the last few months we have started to see improvements coming to the Parish and I wanted to give you an update on where the situation stands today. High speed broadband is being implemented by the positioning of new green cabinets and you may have seen these starting to spring up in the Parish. If the cable that runs between your house and the cabinet is less than 1 mile you should be able to upgrade to get a significant speed increase. Houses further away may see some benefit. To get access to the faster speeds, it is likely you will need to change your current broadband product. Hampshire County Council (HCC) have a series of schemes which is driving this process and full details can be found at their website. Note that the map at this website is postcode based and may not completely reflect the real coverage provided.
Hampshire County Council are also offering the opportunity to apply for vouchers towards a satellite broadband installation for those that will not be covered. More details can be found here.
The following is a summary of the main areas in the Parish which should benefit from high speed internet access. Please note that the below is based on information received from 3rd parties and may be subject to change.
Battramsley - Some properties benefit from a cabinet at the Ampress industrial site. Houses from the Rope Hill junction heading towards Brockenhurst are unlikely to be able to access this service and there are no current HCC plans to improve this.
Boldre Lane - Some properties have access from a cabinet at the Ampress industrial site.
Royden Lane - Houses from the Red Lion towards Royden Lane are serviced via Ampress and are unlikely to be able to access this service. There are no current HCC plans to improve this.
East End/Norleywood - A site for a new cabinet has been agreed. The existing cabinet is on Norley Road between Norley Wood and East End. This upgrade is estimated to be completed in the next 6 months.
Pilley - The cabinet at the bottom of Pilley Hill will be upgraded by mid 2018. We are requesting regular updates from HCC as to when this will be completed. This will cover most of Pilley up to Pilley Bailey. Houses beyond that point heading to Norley Wood Crossroads are unlikely to be able to access this service and there are no current HCC plans to improve this. There is a community group looking at options for funding coverage in this area.
Portmore - There is a new cabinet in place on Warbourne Lane/B3054 junction and the high speed internet should be available to most properties.
Sandy Down - There is a new cabinet in place on Sandy Down/Hurstly Lane junction and the high speed internet should be available to most properties.
South Baddessley - Houses may receive some high speed access from the cabinet in Portmore. Check with your should be available to most properties.
Walhampton/Undershore Road - There is a new cabinet in place on B3054/Undershore Road junction and the high speed internet should be available to most properties.
If you have any further questions on broadband in the Parish, please contact us via the Parish Website (www.boldre.org.uk) or speak with any of the Parish Councillors.