SSE - Cable Undergrounding

Scottish and Southern Enegery Power Distribution (SSEPD) is investing over £15m in a project which will see the undergrounding of 90km of overhead lines in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and National Scenic Areas in the north of Scotland and central southern England.

If you know of an Area of Natural Beauty, National Park or Natural Scenic Area that could perhaps be improved by the removal of overhead lines and wooden poles, SSEPD want to hear from you. The scheme is open to everyone and more details can be found here:

Walking Strategy for Hampshire

Hampshire County Council has prepared a draft walking strategy providing a clear statement on the County Council’s overall aspirations to help people access walking routes and promote walking as an everyday lifestyle choice.

The strategy aims to cover a wide range of topics, including increasing the popularity of walking, links to health and well-being, concerns around safety and security, and infrastructure. The County Council would like to hear the views of everyone who walks in and around Hampshire for all or part of their journeys, for commuting or leisure.

The strategy is intended to link with the County Council’s broader planning policies and infrastructure delivery plans, and those of our partners, in order to encourage people to walk more often.

The overall aim is to encourage more people in Hampshire to walk regularly, particularly for short trips, such as to work, education or to the shops, to improve their health and wellbeing and contribute to the quality of life which sustainable travel brings.

This strategy will reflect and strengthen the importance of existing walking and active travel strategies developed by local authorities in Hampshire.

For more details visit:

Temporary Road Closure - Tweed Lane


 From 7th December

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that New Forest District Council, acting as agent to the traffic authority, Hampshire County Council, proposes to make an Order to allow for  highway works to be undertaken, as follows:-

ROAD TO BE CLOSED:  That length of Tweed Lane Boldre near Lymington, between its junction with Rope Hill and its junction with Boldre Lane.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: From the western point of closure; northeast via Rope Hill to its junction with Boldre Lane; south via Boldre Lane to the eastern point of closure and vice versa. A map of the route is available pdfhere460 KB.

PERIOD OF CLOSURE:  From 7th December 2015 for a period of six months or until completion of the works whichever is sooner.  (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be required for no longer than two days between 0700hrs and 1900hrs)

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Tim Lawton on behalf of Hampshire County Council’s Director of Environment ( responsible for highways) Tel: 0300 555 1388 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   OR Transportation Section, New Forest District Council Tel: 02380 285260, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Elliott, Head of Planning and Transportation, Appletree Court Beaulieu Road Lyndhurst SO43 7PA

Pilley Stores - Community Meeting

There will be a community meeting held at William Gilpin School from 18:30 on Thursday 12th November.

Over the last 6 months, the shop has been converted in to a Community Benefit Society and has negotiated a new 7 year lease and a huge thank you needs to go to all of those who have contributed to this effort.

The shop committee will be giving more details on this progress to date and plans for the future. This includes of a scheme to enable community ownership of the Pilley Community Shop Ltd. The intention is to offer this through the purchase of a share for a donation of £10 or more with shareholders will be entitled to have a say in how the business is run.

The committee is also looking for new recruits to help the current team and are seeking to fill the role of Chairman and to appoint someone with professional financial skills as Treasurer.