Southampton Car Park Closure

It’s unlikely that many Chilworth residents will park in Southampton’s Grosvenor Square multi-storey late into the evening, but those that do should be aware of this announcement by the City Council. We neither vote for Southampton councillors, nor pay Southampton council taxes but if we did, we would surely have more to say about it. Continue reading

Business Experience Wanted

Solent LEPThere are many experienced business people resident in Chilworth. Most may be unaware of the local LEP’s efforts to transform the economy of the Solent region. In aid of those efforts, nine additional members are sought to fill vacancies on panels dealing with Business Investment, Employment & Skills and Innovation & Business Support.  If you’re looking for a wider outlet for your business skills and experience, why not review the information contained here, find out more, and apply?

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.