HCC News for Local Councils - March 2017

The November edition of News for Local Councils from Hampshire Country Council can be found here.

Topics include:

- County Council continues support for local parish lengthsman scheme
- New Highways Maintenance contract for Hampshire
- Highway maintenance funding
- Hampshire County Council elections

Cycling Event: Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2017

Cycling Event: Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2017

On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2017, the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive Cycling Event will take place. This will impact the following roads in the Parish: Rope Hill, Pilley Hill, School Lane, Hundered Lane, B3054.

There will be a large number of cyclists throughout the New Forest so please be aware and plan accordingly.

If you see or are involved in any incidents related to this event, please inform the Parish Council via our website. You can also provide feedback directly via the feedback page of the NFDC Safety Advisory Group Event Register: 

Full details of the event can be found here:


Bees Knees Pre-School - Spaces Available

Bees Knees Pre-School is a local Pre-School that operates from Boldre War Memorial Hall. They have spaces available for children aged from 2 years  6 months to 5 years. PLease visit the website ( for full details.

Bees Knees Pre School

Bees Knees Pre-School, Boldre is a Registered Charity (Number 1036289)

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please: 

Across Hampshire there are still 44 squares available to survey -

The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

To sign up please visit or for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01722 342743.

Temporary Road Closures - 7th March - 12th March 2017

Temporary Road Closures - 7th March - 12th March 2017

i) That length of C75 Rope Hill Boldre between its junction with A337 Southampton Road and a point 50m east of that junction. Alternative route via Royden Lane and Lower Sandy Down.
ii) That length of Shirley Holms Road Boldre between its junction with A337 Southampton Road and a point 30m west of that junction. Alternative route (for vehicles to maximum height 12’0”) via C75 Pitmore Lane, B3055 Marlpit Oak

Road Closure

Note that based on feedback to the Highways Agency, the diversion will use Sandy Down Lane as a more suitable alternative than Lower Sandy Down.