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
- A new Highway Network Recovery Strategy is to be developed for managing the county's roads and footways
- Getting back on board – Eastleigh bus stops to get a make-over
- Work starts in August to replace Holmsley rail bridge in the New Forest
- A326 southern junction improvements at Fawley are underway
- Get involved in an independent roads and transport survey
- Essential works at M3 J5 Hook roundabout
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
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.