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Recreation Ground - Running Track

Fitter, Healthier, Happier

The Recreation Field now offers two circuits:

a 500 meter perimeter circuit and a slightly shorter 400 meter circuit.

Both circuits are designed to be run or walked clockwise or anticlockwise. The distances travelled are marked on the posts in meters. There are flat markers on the ground where the circuit tracks across the field. 

  • Red markers - 500 meters
  • Yellow markers - 400 meters

There is a field map on the pavilion door to show how the circuits work. The flat markers may be hard to spot at first, but they have to be kept low so as to keep below the level of the mowers.

Come give it a Go - Enjoy

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: https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre.

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 (https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/ultrafast-broadband/ultrafast-fibre-buy-it-now). 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.

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

 

HCC Transport Consultation

Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views in a public consultation on proposed changes to street lighting, supported passenger transport services and the concessionary travel scheme. This follows the Shaping Hampshire: Balancing the Budget public consultation in 2017 which identified residents’ priorities.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “We’ve had to look hard at all services the County Council provides to close the funding shortfall brought about by reduced funding for council services and rising demand for social care for both adults and children."
 
“We are, therefore, having to consider how we reduce the subsidies we provide to support those bus services which are not commercially viable to contribute to these savings. Our priority is to direct resources to where they are most needed, and I’m pleased to say that the County Council’s Cabinet agreed earlier this year to protect the community transport service which provides vital support for elderly and disabled residents in particular."

The County Council is seeking to make savings by making changes to financial support for public transport services.
 
Feedback from passengers will be carefully looked at, alongside data on passenger journeys and the cost of providing individual routes or services to inform final recommendations for consideration later this year.

Councillor Humby continued: “It’s important we hear people’s views so we can make informed decisions. It may be that service frequencies on subsidised routes are changed, or the days on which some services run, so we particularly need to hear from the people who use these routes what they think about potential changes.”


Community Transport schemes, such as Dial-a-Ride, Call and Go, and the Minibus Group Hire Schemes are not included in these proposals but people will be asked whether the discretionary discount for holders of older persons’ bus passes on community transport should be continued. The consultation also includes proposals about publicity and information produced by the County Council along with the support given to some organisations.


The County Council is also asking residents their views on proposals to switch off some street lights for two or more hours during the night. This would mean that some areas of the county would have no street lighting for a period of the night time.
 
Organisations can help the County Council by promoting this consultation widely so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part and respond to this.Further information, the online questionnaire and a full list of public transport subsidised services is available online now at www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations. The consultation closes just before midnight on 5 August 2018. Paper copies will be available on request by calling: 0300 555 1388.