Devolution for the Solent?

solent by satellite consultationBetween now and 18th September, we residents of Chilworth have an opportunity to submit our opinions to a public consultation on a devolution deal for the Solent area, which is being negotiated with the government.  The councils of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are proposing a new Solent Mayoral Combined Authority with devolved powers to manage an additional £900M over the next thirty years. The new authority would combine and take over some of the roles of the existing three unitary authorities, which would still continue to exist.  Whether we like it or not, this will affect us. Continue reading

Southampton Sports Centre – again…

Chilworth is part of the borough of Test Valley but many residents, particularly at the Bassett end of the village, find Southampton Sports Centre a valuable amenity for themselves and their children. There has been a lot of controversy in recent years about the boating lake, much of it reported on this site. On Wednesday this week its future is to be debated by the City Council and, after reading what Penny Hastings of “Love The Sports Centre” has to say, you may feel moved to at least make your views known. Continue reading

Faster Broadband

superfast broadbandFrom conversations with quite a number of people over the holidays, it’s clear that many still haven’t got the message that superfast broadband is at last here, although it’s necessary to take some action if the benefits are to be realised.  This piece in Hampshire Now is worth a read.  The problem has always been the distance we are from the Bassett exchange.  “Fibre To The Cabinet” effectively puts the exchange right here in Chilworth.  Even though speed still drops off with distance from the cabinet, it should be possible to get massive speed increases over what was available before.

Better Broadband

fibreBetter news on the broadband front, at least for those connected to BT’s cabinet 7 at the top of Bassett Heath Avenue. Most locals will be aware that Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) has been implemented. It’s now possible to get faster broadband from a range of suppliers. However, even if you stick with BT you’ll still be faced with choices. Before making  your pick, this very informative website will explain in simple terms just what you need to know. Continue reading

Traffic Control Proposals

A consultation is now in progress on traffic control proposals relating to the Hut Wood lay-by on the Winchester Road. Roads affected include Birch, Hutwood, Heatherlands and Pinelands Roads. If you missed the proposals being on display in the Chilworth Community Centre (by St Denys church) from 6-8pm on Monday, 23rd November, read on. Continue reading

Superfast Broadband?

hampshire superfast broadbandResidents who have registered with the Hampshire Superfast Broadband project have just received an informative update.  Read on to see full details, and to find out how to register your own interest in faster broadband.  It would be interesting to hear what individual homes are experiencing – please let everyone know by leaving a comment saying what road you live in and what speed you’re currently getting.  According to the map at the project website, a large part of Chilworth (Heatherlands/Pinelands/Hadrian Way) is being provided for commercially by BT or Virgin Media. The rest is part of “Hampshire Wave 1: to end 2015”. Continue reading