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East Boldre Community Hub - Ongoing Activities
Can You Help?
If you can help us in any way, please get in touch with by using our Contact Page or by phoning Mike Husband on 01590 611073 or Steve Antczak on 01590 626368.
Work is progressing on several fronts at the moment:
A team of local experts have viewed the current theatre and the architects plans with the aim of improving the use of the theatre for plays, cinema, as a music venue and for lectures, presentations and workshops. Research is currently being carried out across a number of small theatre venues locally to optimise the development of our theatre in terms of layout and audio-visual equipment.
The current plans offer an increased seating area and the opportunity to improve the layout, for example for stage access for props, changing rooms and storage. Vitally important too is that refreshments can be offered during performances so how people move around the space is being considered.
Recruiting Volunteers to Build the Hub Team
See the Get Involved Page.
We now have many of these in place across the village, each generally covering 10-25 of their immediate neighbours. We are still working to cover East End. They will be briefed regularly by the hub team so they have up to date information. They are the go-to people to answer any of their neighbours' questions but perhaps more importantly to feedback ideas and concerns from their part of the village into the hub & shop committees.
We intend to submit a full planning application in March 2020. We are currently busy finalising all of the supporting documentation and drawings.
Shop Licence Issue
The hall sits on Crown land subject to grazing rights and operates as a recreational facility for the village under a licence from the Forestry England on behalf of DEFRA. At the end of 2018 the Verderers flagged that, under the New Forest Act 1949 s.18, Forestry England do not have the powers to issue a licence for a village shop to operate from the hall as that would not be ancillary to the hall's recreational purpose. As commoned land, Forestry England need the Verderers approval in any licence matter.
In June 2019 a potential solution was proposed. This involves Forestry England identifying an area of Crown land they own that is currently free of grazing rights and therefore not subject to the New Forest Act 1949.
Grazing rights/commoning rights would be established on the 'new' area of land and removed from the Hall site. This process is outlined in s.19 of New Forest Act. Forestry England would then be able to issue a licence for the shop with the Minister's approval under his powers. The licence fee of the hall would increase to compensate Forestry England for the loss of revenue from the Crown land they turned over to commoning.
Forestry England have identified a piece of land that may be suitable for the rights swap but there are issues that are not yet resolved. It should become clear in the next 2 months whether this particular land is a viable solution. As a back up to this the Hub Team are currently investigating other land options.
Alternatively, the village could identify and purchase some land (about 0.5 acre) which they give to Forestry England. This would become Crown land in perpetuity whether or not the village continued to operate a shop from the hall. Forestry England would then swap the hall site grazing rights onto this and would then be able to grant a shop licence as above. This would involve a relatively small upfront cost but would reduce the licence fee payable to Forestry England.
Page updated on 14 February 2020
Land Wanted - Can You Help?
If you have 0.5 acres of land adjacent to the open forest that you would consider selling please contact the hub team.
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