Council Services in Hampshire – Major Public Consultation - Open until 23.59 on 20 Sept.
Hampshire County Council is consulting on options that could have far reaching implications for council services and outcomes for residents in the future. It is asking for the views of the public on different ways that the County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire could change, or be reorganised. This consultation concerns the county of Hampshire – the area covered by Hampshire County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire – not the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton or the Isle of Wight. However, some of the options do refer to the two cities and the Island. Full details about the Serving Hampshire consultation are online at www.hants.gov.uk/servinghampshire.
Or go to our consultations page for further details on this important topic.
Government & Development Planning
Development is controlled by policies in a Development Plan - e.g. setting out where houses can and can't be built. Planning Applications are accepted or refused based on this Policy.
Both the New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority are reviewing their Development Plans because they must deliver Government Policy, particularly they must plan to build enough homes for the future. This means they must set policies saying where the big housing developments must be.
On July 15th New Forest District Council launched a 9 week Public Consultation on the Local Plan Part One - to get peoples' views on the potential locations for the new housing development they need to accommodate over the next 20 years.
While the NDFC consultation DOES NOT cover the area within the National Park it will be important to consider any impact the proposed developments have on areas such as Brockenhurst. Planning committee meetings on 23rd and 30th August will consider this matter
Go to our consultations page for further details on this important topic.
Live music at the station
The Community Rail Partnership is planning entertainment at local stations to brighten up rail journeys and encourage visitors during the summer.
The next Brockenhurst events are:-
20th August, 11am – 2pm
Lymington Town Band,
2nd September (all day)
THE BUNKER GIRLS - vintage duo:
JUKEBOX JAZZ - brass and banjo;
SURPRISE PRINCESS MEET AND GREET,
Red Sqwrl Four piece band;
DANCE VIBES Dance group;
BRIAN WHITE guitar solo.
New Forest Marathon Sunday 11th September
The Parish Council has been working with the NF Marathon organisers, ORA events, to accommodate the event in a way that will minimise the impact of the event on the village this year. After several meetings with the organisers and have agreed a much revised route for 2016.
The Council believes the revised route represents a positive way forward that will avoid many of the issues experienced after the major route re-organisation last year. We will be monitoring the effects and review them in due course.
Your Photographs Wanted.
The Parish Council is working on a new website and a possible social media outlet. We are looking for photographs that show a village scene or community activity. The best shots will be selected for use on the website. We will require you to let us have the copyright and to have obtained the permission of anyone who features clearly in the picture. No prizes sadly but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you work will be widely seen and appreciated.
Brockenhurst Superfast Broadband – update July 2016.
Our last report on progress for Superfast Broadband was that for the remaining two areas to be equipped in central Brockenhurst, HCC and BT Open Reach are doing all they can to complete these by the end of this year but with some of items to be resolved this timescale could extend into 2017. The customers involved are those in the general area of the Catholic Church (connected to BT Box 1) and the New Forest Drive Area (connected to BT Box 2). At the time of our previous report it was noted that there is a need to secure the necessary permissions from the relevant authorities and that there is technical issue with the cable ducting along Rhinefield Road. Since then an additional technical problem has arisen. The cable ducting under the Watersplash Bridge is damaged and replacement has to await HCC repair of the bridge which is scheduled to be carried out this month (July). This, together with the other issues, makes the achievement of the Superfast Broadband completion by the end of this year a greater challenge and therefore the completion is more likely to be in 2017. When HCC/BT Open Reach reappraise the timescales, we will update our website.
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