Hampshire Broadband Programme
Following publication of the National Audit Office report ‘The Rural Broadband Programme’, Hampshire County Council would like to reassure residents and businesses who currently experience slow broadband that the programme to bring improvements is still on track. Parts of the New Forest have little or no broadband so any upgrade will be welcomed.
The County Council and BT, supported by district and borough councils, are currently refining a plan that will see at least 90% of all premises having access to broadband capable of SuperFast speeds (24Mbps+) by 2015. Proposals are also in place to deliver speeds in excess of 2Mbps to the 3500 premises in Hampshire that will remain below this speed by 2015.
Hampshire is one of the nine local authorities included in the audit report that remains on track to achieve the original targets by the end of the planned period. The Hampshire Broadband Programme has also achieved the lowest cost per premise of all the national bids to date.
Family-friendly cycling in the New Forest
An innovative scheme for everyday family cycling in the New Forest National Park has been awarded £3.6m by the government, which will help create jobs and provide a boost to the local economy. The New Forest is one of four National Parks to benefit from a share of the Department for Transport’s £17m funding pot.
The scheme is expected to create more than 30 new jobs and generate income for local businesses as well as improve cycling facilities and management for residents and visitors. In particular, it is hoped to replace an estimated 127,000 car journeys with bike trips every year. The proposed programme includes:
The scheme has a target date of 2015. There is more information available on the National Park website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
Protect your bike from thieves
New Forest cyclists of all ages are urged to protect their bikes from thieves by security marking them and locking them securely when unattended. As an incentive to keep bikes secure, the Safer New Forest Partnership is offering a gold standard D lock for just £16, available from New Forest District Council information offices.
This is a much reduced price on similar quality products in the shops. Bike owners are also urged to make a note of their bike’s serial number and security mark their property with a product such as Crimestoppers Property Protector fluid. Remember to secure or remove your lights too.
More information can be found on www.safer.newforest.gov.uk
Free Wills Offer
Marie Curie Cancer Care are currently running a Free Wills Scheme in the area with local solicitors. The organisation is dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses, with gifts in Wills funding one in two of the Marie Curie Nurses who work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK.
For more information, telephone Toni Denyer on 01883 832 639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Council Grants
A reminder that the Parish Council has a limited grant budget to assist local groups and organisations with small projects. The closing date for the next round of applications is 29 October 2013.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during August, can be found on the parish council’s website. Mobile beat surgeries are held by the new Beat Officer, PC Rob Morant, on the first Wednesday of the month at Bartley Stores from 12.30 – 1.30 pm.
There are also sessions on the same day at Minstead Stores (9.30 – 10.30 am) and Bramshaw Stores (8.15 – 9.15 am).
The Parish Council discusses all planning applications at each of its meetings – on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month If you think you may be affected by an application, the Council would be pleased to hear your views to help form a response to the planning authority (either the New Forest National Park Authority or New Forest District Council).
Comments can be made to the Parish Council either by letter or in person in the public participation session at the start of each meeting.
Applications due to be considered at the next meeting can be found by clicking on Planning on the top menu on the Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk
The Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm in the Copythorne Parish Hall (rear extension). Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meetings and speak on any matter of concern at the start of the meeting.
The dates of the next few meetings are:
Tuesday 8 October 2013 Planning
Tuesday 22 October 2013 Council
Tuesday 12 November 2013 Planning
For those who would like information about the Council’s financial affairs, the Council’s budget for 2013/14 can be found on the website. Details of the Council’s grant scheme, designed to help local organisations with small projects, are also on the site.
The Clerk to the Council (Mike Derrick) can be contacted at
3 Chichester Close,
Telephone and fax 01794 322080,
Details of individual Parish Councillors can also be found on the parish website.