Please see up to date notices below

Welcome to the Brockenhurst Parish Council website


Coronavirus Updates
  
During the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak the Parish Council Office will not be open to the public and the staff will be working remotely via email and picking up voice messages.   

 

The Clerk does not work on Fridays so emails and messages are dealt with on the following Monday. 

 

Please see the link to the Parish Council Covid-19 page for up-to-date advice and information

 

Until further notice Brockenhurst Parish Council will not be holding face to face meetings including Parish Council meetings, the 2020 Annual Parish Meeting and Planning Committee meetings.  Please see the link to the Parish Council Planning Pages for how to provide comments to Planning applications.

The Parish Council Office will continue to be open for its office days and times but not for public visitors. If the telephone is not answered please leave a message and the Clerk will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Local Businesses

 

To view a list of local businesses operating during the current lockdown please click the link to the Local Businesses list

 

Post Office:  Services have returned and are available in the Welcome Store, Brookley Road.  Opening hours will initially be 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday.

 

Please remember when using Brookley Road to Keep Your Distance and Keep Alert.  Stay safe.  

 

Remembrance 2020

 

Joint statement from the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion and Brockenhurst Parish Council, 21st October 2020

 

Remembering those who served this country in conflict, and especially those who sacrificed their lives or endured suffering, is a key part of our beliefs.  Events take place in Church services and around war memorials across the nation, particularly around 11th November and Remembrance Sunday which falls on 8th November.  

This year though, with the need to socially distance, collective commemoration and Remembrance is difficult.  Safety is uppermost in our minds and circumstances are different, not least a requirement to take names and addresses of all those who attend - those taking part and the public alike.  This is to enable contact tracing if necessary.  

In Brockenhurst villagers traditionally gather at the War Memorial in Sway Road at 11am on the Sunday after a parade and march from the Church service.  Unfortunately under Government guidance, by taking reasonable measures to limit the transmission of the virus, a parade will not take place as these are strongly discouraged.  

The War Memorial Gardens are restricted to public viewing from mainly one side of the memorial.  Understandably people tend to crowd in order to witness the laying of wreaths and other ceremonial elements and to hear the spoken words.  The need to record personal details of everyone present under the Government's rules for the event is an additional problem. 

The issues have been discussed.  Along with other towns and villages we are not alone in deciding that the public commemoration poses unacceptable safety risks.  The two-minute silence will still be marked, in private, perhaps accompanied by the national event which is shown on television.  

The preceding Church service will go ahead with limitations such as social distancing and no hymns to suppress the possibility of COVID transmission.  Entry is by ticket from the Church, but the service will also be relayed outside in the grounds for those who want to attend and socially distance.  

A small event at the War Memorial will take place at 11am on 11th November as usual, limited inside the fence to 27 participants according to current rules and risk assessment.  This is not a 'public' event.  

The War Memorial Garden gate is open and, if local people want to make private visits, they are welcome.  

Many will wish to join the two minutes silence both on the Sunday and 11th November.  The people whose names are recorded on our War Memorial and others across the nation gave their lives for the freedoms we have today.  Though we should all stay safe, it is important the sacrifice is remembered this year and always.  Indeed, we encourage private moments of remembrance and reflection, for example by asking you to stand outside your own house in a similar vein to the Clap for Carers tribute.  

 

 

Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations go to our Vice-Chairman, Michael Harris, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.  Well done Michael! 

The award was in recognition of his role as a Trustee and Treasurer for Comic Relief and helping to raise over £1.7 billion.  

Superfast Broadband update

The Government supported Rural Gigabit Scheme has now been given improved financial support from Hampshire County Council.  The grant for each property will now be £3,000 towards the cost of installation.  Two or more households in a local area can group together, each getting a grant to offset the installation cost for the group of properties. Speeds of up to 1000 Mbs can be obtained.  

Whilst some households are satisfied that the current superfast broadband speed is adequate, there are those, particularly on the fringes of the area covered, who may wish to join together and upgrade their speeds.  Further details can be obtained at: https://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/top-up/

 

Parish Council Newsletter

The Parish Council publishes "The Brock News" newsletter three times per year which is distributed to all homes within the Parish. Unfortunately the Spring 2020 edition has been held up during the current Covid-19 situation but normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would prefer to receive the newsletter by email.

Follow this link to read our last newsletter. Please note that the latest release has been delayed due to the pandemic. 

Flood Alleviation

The Parish Council have been working with various bodies to achieve flood reduction by identifying watercourses and drains that are particularly prone to blockage so that their clearance can be prioritised.  In low lying areas such as Brockenhurst it is particularly important that watercourses and drains are actively managed.  

Please see the Flooding section of our link to Emergency Services webpage for more information.  

To report a faulty or blocked watercourse please phone the Parish Clerk on 622829 or New Forest District Council on 023 8028 5000.

Verge Restoration Works

Forestry England, having a legal duty to protect the New Forest, are undertaking a programme of verge restoration works to stop further vehicle damage across the forest, including Brockenhurst.  These works with various partner organisations - Verderers, National England, New Forest National Park, Parish Councils, CDA, residents and local staff - are funded under the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. 

A number of areas are included in the proposed programme of remedial works which will include re-profiling existing car-free banks and ditches which have eroded over the years, and creating new banks where erosion has been caused by vehicle movements.  Dragon's Teeth (small wooden posts made from FSC Chestnut) will also be installed. 

link to Maps of the area.   Further information is available via this link to hlsnewforest.org.uk.

Christmas Fun Evening - Friday 6th December 2019

A video can be found on this link to the Christmas Fun Evening Video.  Many thanks to everyone who came along and made the evening such a success!

 

Website Terms & Conditions of Use

 

Use of this website is subject to the terms and conditions outlined in our website policy.  This includes the use of cookies.  

Full details of our policy can be viewed by following this link to our Financial & Governance Information page.  

 

This website contains links to other websites which may be of interest, however, please note that we do not have any control over these external websites and they are not governed by our website policy.  Once you have left our site we cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide to these third party websites.  You are advised to exercise caution with regard to the security and trustworthiness of any other site connected to or accessed through this site and to review the privacy statement applicable to the website in question before disclosing any personal information to them.