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High Speed Broadband

superfast broadbandWhen is Beaulieu getting High Speed Broadband? One of the most frequently asked question of councillors on the Beaulieu PC.

The Story so far ...
We have followed the roll out of rural broadband since the start, attending a meeting last year with the government minister Maria Miller at Winchester. There have been group meetings for our Parish, East Boldre, Denny Lodge and Exbury and we are in a bidding group, organised by Jim Mitchell of the NPA, making application to the Rural Communities Broadband Fund for extra funding to reach the difficult parts of the Parish (Those a long way from the telephone exchange with possibly old and poor quality cable)

Phase 1 of Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is going live during January and March 2014.

BT Openreach will install new equipment across parts of Basingstoke & Dean, Gosport, Hart and the New Forest. Speeds will be a minimum of 24 Mbps

Phase 2 will go live between April and June. However at the time of writing only Totton in the New Forest has been covered by Phase1 but an announcement on Phase 2 is imminent. We await good news!

Regarding our application for additional funding for rural areas (for those who would not be reached by the main scheme funding) we have gone in with Hampshire CC. They are the applicant to DEFRA and are bidding for£1,000,000 funding across several of the Forest Parishes. It has only just been agreed between HCC and BT Openreach as to which properties in the New Forest would apply, based on eligibility and their assessment of value for money and ability to deliver in the timescale. The final details of which postcodes have been selected is not available at this stage, however the vast majority of properties are in the three parishes of Beaulieu, Denny Lodge and East Boldre.

Update ... On Friday 28th Feb. Hampshire County Council submitted a RCBF bid for 2117 properties in the parishes of the New Forest, mostly in Beaulieu. East Boldre and Denny Lodge. I am informed we will find out if we are successful in around a months time. HCC have advised that the RCBF end of project deadline has been extended to the end of December 2015. BT have said that the latest they will do work if successful is June-December 2015. So still a fair way off but underway!

Ship Restoration Project

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IT is the Hampshire village where Britain’s finest warships were built in the 18th century.

Now Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River has been chosen for a new shipwrights’ workshop where students will learn the art of restoring historic vessels.

Portsmouth Naval Base Prop-erty Trust (PNBPT) has received a vital grant for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The trust has been awarded a total of £3.8m. Most of the cash will be spent in Portsmouth but some will be used to fund bursaries for students wishing to join the workshop scheme.Mary Montagu-Scott, daughter of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and director of Buckler’s Hard, said: “We are very excited to be working with PNBPT on this project.

“Our long held wish to revive traditional shipbuilding training at Buckler’s Hard, on the very site where Admiral Nelson’s favourite ship Agamemnon was built, is now close to fruition.”

35 Years

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Estate Warden, Charlie Knight, has retired from the Beaulieu Retained Fire Station after 35 years of service. Charlie joined Hampshire Fire Service in February 1978 and worked his way up to Junior Officer rank, Leading Fire Fighter, Sub Officer and finally Watch Manager, before retiring this August. During his 35 years of service he has attended many hundreds of fire calls both on the estate and the wider county, while also running Home Farm at the Countryside Education Trust and latterly, as Warden to the estate.