Parish Council Vacency


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

If by 22 January 2018, 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.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 26 March 2018.

Dated 30 December 2017

Mr P Lock
Clerk to Boldre Parish Council
c/o Pilley Community Shop
SO41 5PQ

NFDC Car Parking Charges Increase - 2018

The Parish COuncil have been informed by the NFDC that Car parking charges will increase in NFDC's 51 car parks from January 2018.

Colin Read, NFDC Operations Executive Head, said “It was back in 2012 when we last put up car parking charges.  The hourly rate we charge in our car parks remains competitively priced compared with private car parks and other local authority charges and the price to park in our car parks is still one of the lowest in Hampshire and Dorset."

“The decision to increase charges is always a difficult one but faced with a continuing decrease in funding, and rising costs to provide the service, we needed to look carefully at these prices.”

An example of the charges are:

  • 1 hour - £1 (was 80p)
  • Short stay parking clock (annual pass) £25 (was £20)

The costs to provide the service have seen an increase of 22% over recent yearsThe costs to provide the service have seen an increase of 22% over recent years.  Over £200k was invested in new meters in 2016/17, required to replace the aging 12 year old machines.  Some of these new machines now take card payments all of the machines have the capability to take card payments in the future if there is a demand.

More background to the decision can be found at:

Workshop - Reducing Your Homes Energy Consumption


How to retrofit your existing house, whether old or recently built,with measures to reduce the cost of energy bills, keep warm,and replace carbon fuels with renewable energy.

SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2017 2 - 4pm


Highwood Road

SO42 7RY

Harry Paticas is an architect with a passion for and expertise in deep retrofitting both historic and modern buildings. He has lectured widely on this subject, is a tutor at the University of Westminster and a director of the architectural practice Aboreal Architecture

A talk and discussion withHarry Paticas BA BSc AAdipl CEPH RIBA

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: