Published: Saturday, 07 February 2015 15:56
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the year ahead.
I must thank you for your patience. I am sure when Mrs Noble announced she was going part-time you wondered how long she would job share with Mrs Dalman. Mrs Noble has now decided to retire at the end of this academic year and we have started the process of recruiting a new head teacher. Jane told the children in assembly today. We will be advertising for a replacement head teacher in January with interviews at the end of April.
I am sure you will join the governors in thanking Jane for her dedication to Beaulieu School and for her success in ensuring the children are confident lifelong learners with a strong community spirit. We could not have asked for a more hard working head teacher and we will all miss her greatly. It has in fact been a Noble team effort from the wonderful Christmas party entertainment, to Tim’s popular assistance in the classroom and on the games fields, to her husband’s help with transport to events, to her own strong and inspirational leadership of an excellent team of teachers.
Jane has tirelessly overseen the expansion of the school’s facilities and constantly sought to improve the buildings in difficult financial times. As a governing body, we will miss Jane’s experience, her ability to foresee the next educational issue before any government initiative, and her dedication to the children.
I am sure you will join me in wishing her the very happiest retirement and I encourage you to make the most of her final two terms at Beaulieu.
Chair of Governors
Published: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:26
As you may have seen, Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd has been issued with certificates of lawful development relating to our events activity.
We are well aware that our application caused some concern last year and would like to reiterate that the application was made at the request of the National Park Authority to regularise the use of this land. In making the application, our only aim was to retain the right to continue our event activity in the way that it has been for many years. The National Park Authority Planning Committee was unanimous in their approval of our application.
In August last year, the New Forest District Council approved our noise management plan to ensure that the sound levels from our outdoor events are controlled appropriately in accordance with current legislation and best practice guidance.
In response to comments received last year, we have also instigated an annual meeting at which residents are encouraged to provide feedback on how well we have done and where we can improve. At the first such meeting in November we were asked to circulate a list of event dates planned at Beaulieu for 2015, which you will find at the end of this newsletter. Please note that occasionally events are cancelled or new events added at short notice. An up to date list is available on our website www.beaulieu.co.uk.
Published: Saturday, 24 January 2015 17:12
Hampshire Association of Local Councils
Superfast Broadband Update
Lobbying and pushing for Broadband speeds across all Hampshire as quickly as possible at a minimum of 6meg(allows iplayer) is the current policy position for the ALC, and it is working closely with the HCC lead member, Cllr Gibson on this subject. Board Members understand that it is one of our top three priorities. The latest county position is as below.
HCC has contracted with BT to fund the gap in the rural areas which would otherwise not have been included in the BT SFB roll-out programme. The summary is as follows:
Hampshire summary :
- The County Council’s ambition to extend the availability of superfast broadband matches that of the Government and, using funds from its own resources and several partners, it aims to support the provision of additional fibre-optic infrastructure that can deliver superfast speeds to as many extra premises as possible in areas where commercial provision has not been made.
- Private-sector investment is expected to make broadband services with a speed greater than 14 Mbps available to the majority of business and residential premises in Hampshire. The level of commercial provision is typically described as being in the region of 80% of premises.
- The County Council and its partners are in the process of adding at least 94,000 extra premises to the number able to access superfast broadband in Hampshire. This represents an increase equivalent to more than 15% of residential and business premises and does not include those premises which can connect to the new fibre infrastructure, but which are not guaranteed superfast speeds (i.e. the number of Total Homes Passed or lserved by fibre’)
- The first phase of the programme is making superfast speeds available to some 59,500 premises. Over 65kms of new lspine’ fibre and 60kms of ldistribution’ fibre have been laid so far and Hampshire is currently in the Top
5 of all programmes across the country in terms of the take-up by communities of the extra services that have been provided through public intervention.
· The second contract is due to start delivery in 2016 and will add a further 34,500 premises at superfast speeds. This will extend the availability of high speed broadband services to cover more than 95% of premises in Hampshire.
· A lstatic’ map showing the footprint of phase 2 of the programme was added to the Council’s website on 19th December
· Hampshire attracted additional financial support from two other Government initiatives. The former Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF) has enabled additional communities in the Test Valley and the New Forest to be added to the first phase of our programme; and the Innovation Fund will benefit an area to the south and east of Alresford.
· The County Council’s public-facing website includes a more user friendly map that can be searched by postcode. The data behind that map is being updated to reflect the extra coverage and this will continue to be a particularly useful resource for residents.
· Residents who have registered their interest (and their postcode) with the County Council are e-mailed when superfast services become available in their area and the team has now arranged for individual Members to be alerted when new cabinets in their ward go live.
· At present, the second phase of the programme is projected to finish later than anticipated. In part this reflects the scale and resource requirements of the national project as a whole, but the County Council is working with BT and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Broadband Delivery UK to review the timetable with the aim of bringing the completion date forward.
· Further information about the programme is on Hantsweb and two recent Press Releases summarise the latest position: