Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – November 2017

We are still awaiting the outcome of the Planning Application from PegasusLife at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.

At our meeting on 10 October, the Parish Council discussed the application and overwhelmingly voted to object to the proposals.

We now await the deliberations of the Development Control Committee at New Forest National Park Authority and, at the time of writing, we are still waiting to hear if the building will receive Listed Building status, particularly following information received regarding the Arthur Conan Doyle connection.

The Parish Council will be supporting the Remembrance Sunday Church Service and Parade and this year it falls on Sunday 12 November.

Our war memorial has recently been listed which will give it added protection.

2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and there are plans germinating to commemorate this in some way, perhaps with a concert and some other ideas around the village.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to highlight the heritage aspect.

Life at Number 13 High Street is now becoming more settled, especially now the traffic has died down a bit after the summer.

I hope to be able to open the office up for a few more hours each week but you are still welcome to come and see me on Friday mornings and the variety of questions I am asked is quite amazing.

It’s good to see you all so please do keep coming in and you can always make an appointment to come along and see me at other times.

The subject of the increasing traffic problems in Lyndhurst was again discussed at our October meeting.

It is some years since the Parish Council last undertook a bypass campaign and it ended with some suggestions from HCC but resolution could not be reached between residents as to which route, if any, should be taken.

The possibility of a Forest wide bypass might be one option.

We have, for a long time, been campaigning for permanent SIDs in the village and, thanks to information recently supplied by our new County Councillor Edward Heron, this might now become a possibility.

We are hoping to be able to produce a calendar for 2019.

Yes, I realise that is a long way off but I need all of you to start taking photographs, particularly those relevant to the seasons in some way or just a lovely photograph of somewhere or something within our parish – anything from the church steeple to a mushroom, a colourful autumn leaf or a spring bud bursting through.

I am also looking for sponsorship because the aim is to give each household in the parish a copy of the calendar.

It will have useful dates and information about local groups and services which we hope will ensure it is well used.

Subsequent years could have drawings/paintings of the parish and photographs of historical Lyndhurst.

We will be having our Parish Champion award again this year and hope to make the presentation at our Annual Parish Meeting next March.

This is a very worthy local award with some great candidates coming forward over the years.

There are further details on the flyer inserted in What’s On so please let me have your nominations.

By the time I write my next Clerk’s Corner I hope to be able to tell you the name of our new Parish Councillor.

We have four candidates and one will be chosen during November.

Unfortunately, we have had some more vandalism in our Recreation Ground – nothing major so far but it has meant that we will be tightening up with our CCTV arrangements, will have more signage, the Police will be making regular visits and we are going to install a noticeboard in the Recreation Ground giving details of both Police and Parish Council contacts.

The buccaneer ship will be dismantled during December in readiness for the new children’s play equipment which will arrive in early January.

I have put some information about the new equipment upon our noticeboard at the Parish Office.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 14 November at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Why not come along and see what your Parish Council can do for you.

Lyndhurst Parish Council – serving Lyndhurst, Emery Down,

Bank, Gritnam and Allum Green.

margaret

Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

Why not come along to our Council and Planning meetings. There is an opportunity for members of the public to air their views at the commencement of the meeting.