Broadband Universal Service Obligation: Consultation on Design

Internet speeds throughout the parish are an on-going issue. Over the last year, high speed coverage has improved with areas such as Portmore, Sandy Down and Norly Wood having improved coverage. A large part of Pilley is currently in the design stages under the Governments plans for 95% coverage by the end of 2018. Details of the planned coverage can be found here: (click on "Hampshire Wave 2: 2016-2018" to see covered areas).

However, there will be areas which are not covered. The government are running a consultation on how to cover the last 5% with a universal service obligation. The consultation ends on 9th October 2017. The consultation is described as:

"The Digital Economy Act 2017 which received Royal Assent in April, enabled the creation of a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving every household and business the right to request a broadband connection at a minimum speed of at least 10Mbps, up to a reasonable cost threshold - no matter where they live or work. Following this, the Government is consulting on the specific design of the USO which would be set in secondary legislation."

I would encourage those of you concerned with broadband provision in the Parish to respond to the consultation. Full details can be found here:

Public Meeting – Hampshire County Council –Balancing the Budget Consultation

Boldre Parish Council

Notice of Public Meeting – Hampshire County Council –Balancing the Budget Consultation

7.30 PM MONDAY 14th August 2017


By April 2019, the County Council will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million. Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views on ways it could balance its budget in response to continuing pressures on local government funding and still deliver core public services.

BOLDRE PARISH COUNCIL has invited Mr Michael White, recently elected as the Hampshire County Councillor for Lymington and Boldre to outline the options the County has for balancing its’ budget.

Meeting Agenda 

  1. Options for Hampshire County Council (Cllr Michael White) 
  2. Resident’s views and questions. 
  3. Closing remarks (Boldre Parish Council Chairman, Oliver Moore) 

The information pack Serving Hampshire - Balancing the Budget Consultation can be obtained from Hampshire County Council, or can be viewed online:

A copy of the pack is available to view at the Pilley Community Shop. The consultation process is open until 21st August 2017  

New Forest Water Wildlife Month

Throughout July the Freshwater Habitats Trust will be holding events every weekend to celebrate the extraordinary freshwater plants and animals of the New Forest. Each event will allow you to discover more about your local ponds, rivers and streams through talks, surveys, water quality tests and more. Take part and experience first-hand some of the Forest’s amazing wetland plants and animals. All the events are completely free, but booking is required.

For more information please visit:

Consultation for Bird Aware Solent

This consultation is for Bird Aware Solent, which comprises the fifteen Solent local authorities (including the New Forest National Park Authority), and Natural England, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Bird Aware Solent is a partnership formed to reduce disturbance to birds spending the winter on the Solent coast.

The Solent is internationally important for its wildlife. Each winter it hosts over 90,000 waders and wildfowl within its 3 Special Protection Areas (SPAs). With proposed new housebuilding around the Solent SPAs, the impact of additional recreational visits to the coast is likely to be lead to increased disturbance to these birds, which may leave them unable to migrate to their summer breeding homes, and ultimately to a decline in their populations.

An interim strategy was put in place by the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP) to provide interim mitigation for this. Funding comes from financial contributions made by housing developers for each new dwelling they build within 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) of the coastal SPAs. Work to date funded by the interim strategy includes a dedicated team of rangers working with members of the public along the Solent coastline, a number of public events and dedicated research and monitoring on a variety of topics.

A definitive strategy has now been proposed to fulfil the need to fund mitigation measures in the area in perpetuity. After much research, a strategic approach to mitigation has been devised between the local authorities encompassing the wider Solent region and the nature conservation organisations. This approach seeks to raise awareness of the importance of the birds and how small changes in behaviour can allow us all to keep enjoying the coastline whilst allowing the birds to continue thriving.

From Monday 17 July to Sunday the 17 September interested parties – from local residents to property developers and land owners – can have their say on the definitive strategy to mitigate the recreational impact of new housing around the three Special Protection Areas (SPAs) across the Solent.

To take part, simply access the consultation online at

Shallows Lane Consultation Open

The consultation period for the prohibition of driving in Shallows Lane, Boldre is now open. Full details of the order may be found here:

Any comments should be made to Hampshire County Council quoting reference A104/SL by 28th July.

Comments must be in writing to Stuart Jarvis, Director of Economy, Transport and Environment, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UD (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).