Casual Vacancies for Councilors


that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Boldre Parish Council (Boldren and Pilley Ward).

If by 30 October, 2020 14 days after the date of this notice excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by TEN electors for the Ward, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no request for an election is received the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Returning Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Dated 12 October, 2020

P Lock

Clerk to Boldre and Pilley Parish Council

c/o Pilley Community Shop
SO41 5QP

Electoral Review of New Forest District - Draft Recommendations Consultation

The Council are extremely please to receive an update on the Electoral Review of New Forest District - Draft Recommendations Consultation. Following Boldee feedback on the NFDC proposals which would have seen Boldre Parish split in half and paired with Lymington, the LGBCE have accepted Boldres arguments.

The LGBCE stated that "We note the concerns of Boldre Parish Council and consider that its amendment, based on 48 members, provides a stronger warding pattern in this area while still facilitating good electoral equality across the rest of the district. On balance, we have been persuaded to adopt Boldre Parish Council’s
proposals, including a council size of 48. We have therefore based our draft recommendations on a 48-councillor council."

The proposed warding pattern for NFDC elections will see Boldre joined with East Boldre, Beaulieu and Exbury & Lepe to form a single rural NFDC ward. For those that would like to view the proposal or provide feedback, please visit The consultation closes on 7th September 2020.

Playground Reopened - July 2020

BPC is happy to say that the Children's Play Area is open again within government and parish council guidelines!!

To keep this play area safe for everyone, please follow the guidance: 

  • DO NOT visit our play area if you or any members of your family group are showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus
  • The playground is fr the use of children of 14 years and under only
  • The maximum number of people in the Play Area at any one time should be twelve
  • 1 guardian to accompany no more than 3 children
  • Please retain 2 metre distance from other users e.g. pushing swings
  • To enable as many children as possible to use each item please limit to 5 minutes
  • Use of your own hand sanitiser gel or wipes when using the equipment
  • When using equipment do not touch faces
  • Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted
  • Please use bins provided or preferably take litter home

All persons using this playground do so at their own risk. No liability for injury, loss or damage will be accepted by the Council.

Details of BPCs approach to reopening the play area and risk assessment can be found here.

BPC Playground

Office of National Statistics Recruiting Local People for Census 2021

The first phase of Census 2021 recruitment in England and Wales has started and the Office for National Statistics is recruiting local people.

 Local people make the census, and ONS will be hiring thousands of people over the coming months. Anyone who is interested in any of the roles can register now at 

The first adverts for the census engagement manager roles go live on the website above from 7 July 2020. The deadline to apply for these roles is 31 July 2020. The salary range for these roles is from £18.87 to £24.56 per hour dependent on location. The contracted hours are 37 per week, the hours are flexible but will include some evening and weekend work. 

The job description can be found here and check  for more details.

NFDC Cllr Janette Duke Helps Out Pilley Community Shop

Recently, Pilley Community Stores suffered an attempted break in. Whilst the repairs were being covered under the shop's insurance, it was clear that security improvements were required. Boldre Parish Council would like to thank NFDC Councillor Janette Duke for providing a grant to fund a new alarm system for Pilley Community Stores. The grant provision was turned round extremely quickly and will enable our local shop to enhance its security during this uncertain time.

Pilley Post Office and Shop is a lifeline for the Community of Boldre and the surrounding villages, especially now we are in lockdown, and this prompt action to improve security is very welcome. We would also like to thank Committee Member Neil Eccles and the Volunteers who saw to it that the shop opened at 8am the morning following the failed break-in.