Hampshire County Council News - September 2018

The September edition of the Hampshire County Council News can be viewed here. Topics include:

  • Celebrating British Food Fortnight - 22nd Sept - 7th Oct
  • Older Driver Awareness Week 1-5 October 2018
  • Women's suffrage: petitions, protests and pilgrimages - A Hampshire History

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:

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 ( 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