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Fibre Broadband Now Available to Order

We have some great news for anybody that has been frustrated with their home internet speeds at Ocean Village. BT have been busy over the last couple of years investing in and rolling out new ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’ (FttC) services across the country. Over the last two months, Southampton has been having its infrastructure upgraded – you may have seen the new green cabinets popping up all over the place? In essence, these cabinets allow the traditional wire “twisted pair” cable, which runs to the network equipment located at the local BT exchange, to be replaced with much faster fibre optic cables. Traditional wires are only used for the very short run from a BT box in the street into your home. The result is much faster broadband speeds. Previously, the high speed links terminated at the exchange and therefore top speeds were limited by your distance from the exchange.

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Ocean Village Hotel and Flats Approved!

Proposed New Hotel - Up ClosePlans to build a hotel at Ocean Village have this week been approved by Southampton City Council (you can read more about the background of this development on our ‘Big Issues’ page). The 76 bedroom hotel, now being provisionally named as the ‘Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa’, will be built on the existing promontory at Ocean Village, the finger of land which protrudes out into the marina roughly in front of the Harbour Lights Cinema. It will also provide a spa, gym and swimming pool. The ground floor will include a large open-plan lounge, restaurant and bar area which will extend out onto a terrace at the end of the promontory, and up on top will be a ‘champagne roof terrace’. Twelve two-bedroom apartments will also be incorporated into the hotel building.

The second phase of the development will see the separate development of 82 residential flats across three buildings – six, eight and ten storeys high – being built on top of the existing surface car park. These flats will sit above an arcade facing the marina waterfront consisting of a mix of restaurants, cafes, shops and offices. A new marina office is also envisioned. Parking for the residents of this development will be located under the building.

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£20,000 Robbery at Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

The Daily Echo today reports on a robbery at the popular Ocean Village restaurant and bar, Banana Wharf. According to the Daily Echo:

A terrified restaurant worker was punched, kicked and threatened with a knife during a £20,000 raid on a Hampshire restaurant. Four balaclava clad robbers stormed into Banana Wharf as a staff member was leaving the building at closing time. She was bundled in to a kitchen and held there while the three other men went upstairs and confronted the 28-year-old assistant manager.

They ordered him to open the safe and he only complied after being set upon and threatened with a knife. After taking £20,000 in cash, they fled from the restaurant through the fire exit and are thought to have escaped in a vehicle.

Detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which left the victims with minor injuries and suffering from shock. It is thought the men may have used a white five door Land Rover or Range Rover style vehicle and police are also interested in hearing from anyone who saw this in the area.

Thankfully events of this type are rare here at Ocean Village and we express our sincere sympathies to those caught up in this terrible event. If you have any information relating to this incident then please contact the police directly on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Alternatively you can complete an anonymous form on the Crimestoppers website.

[Update on 26th April 2012 from The Daily Echo]

Detectives investigating an armed raid on a Southampton restaurant want to trace the owner or driver of a white Range Rover Sport.

The 4×4 was seen in the area just after a masked gang escaped with £20,000 from Banana Wharf, in Ocean Village.

The car was seen in Channel Way at 11.20pm. Police want the owner to come forward so they can be ruled out of the investigation. They also want to speak to people who were in the Channel Way area between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Easter Monday.