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LET'S KEEP LIFE MOVING TOGETHER

With most legal restrictions for Covid-19 in England lifted, we’re urging residents to continue looking out for each other to keep family and friends safe so we can all enjoy the new freedoms this summer. The virus is still with us, so let’s do all we can to keep life moving, together. Remember –  what might be mild symptoms for you, could be a serious health issue for someone else. There is guidance on simple, sensible choices we can make to help limit the spread of the virus. Even if you’re vaccinated, every extra layer of protection you take will help you and those around you. Enjoy summer safely.

CONNECTIVITY BOOST FOR RURAL AREAS

We’re investing a further £1 million to support the delivery of high-speed broadband to households in rural parts of Hampshire. The funding will ‘top-up’ the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, to help people in hard-to-reach locations get a fast, reliable broadband service. Eligible residents can get vouchers worth up to £3,000 per property – double that of the standard voucher.  

KEEP HAMPSHIRE MOVING

News from our roads & transport teams       

Plans for the first Active Travel fund schemes progress 

Detailed design work is to be begin on the first Active Travel Fund schemes to improve walking and cycling infrastructure across several areas of Hampshire. The schemes take into account the feedback from an extensive consultation that took place during the spring. They include provision of low traffic neighbourhoods, school cycle support and new, continuous footways. 

Have your say – our latest Active Travel surveys  
Healthy Streets: Fishers Hill, Fareham
Healthy Streets: Portsdown Road, Fareham
  

TRANSFORMING CITIES
As part of plans to improve the way people travel around South-East Hampshire either on foot, by bicycle or bus, we've invited feedback on proposed bus priority improvements to the Ladybridge Roundabout in Waterlooville. Our share of money from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund will enable us to deliver local transport schemes, totalling £19.6 million, by the end of 2023, in eight locations in Havant, Fareham and Gosport.

GETTING THROUGH EXAM RESULTS DAY 

This year there may be added uncertainty about exam results as young people have coped with added challenges. Help the young people in your life to prepare for this big day next week, talk about their feelings and find support if they need it, especially if things haven’t gone to plan. Encourage them to talk to a friend, parent, carer, teacher or GP about their worries. Find top tips for parents/carers to manage results day and help look after your child’s mental wellbeing

MORE NEW SPECIAL SCHOOL PLACES

We’re creating more than 100 new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Hampshire from next term. Extensions to specialist capacity in 12 schools will be made, which will allow more children to attend schools close to where they live, and remain in their communities, learning alongside their peers.

EXCITING PLANS FOR CITY CULTURAL HUB

Winchester Discovery Centre is to be refurbished to provide upgraded library facilities and improved gallery spaces, alongside enhancements to the café, toilets and lift. This major new cultural hub has been given the go ahead through the creation of a partnership between the County Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust. 

MAKING THE MOST OF THE SUMMER

As children and young people start to enjoy a well-deserved break after the academic year and the disruptions and uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, here are a few ideas on how families can keep their minds active and stay energetic over the summer holidays.