Clerk's Corner: June 2016

Our May meeting happens to be the meeting where Councillors elect a new Chairman and Vice Chairman and also gives the opportunity for Councillors to think about which Committees they want to serve on in the coming year. Helen Klaassen is the new Chairman, moving up from Vice Chairman and Jeff Lock is now Vice Chairman.

Helen Klaassen is the new Chairman, moving up from Vice Chairman and Jeff Lock is now Vice Chairman.

Helen Klaassen is the new Chairman, moving up from Vice Chairman and Jeff Lock is now Vice Chairman.

This article gives me the opportunity to thank Mark Rollé for being such a fantastic Chairman.

I worked with him closely for seven years and previously when he was Vice Chairman for three years.

I don’t think we ever had a difference of opinion and it was a real privilege to work with him – I certainly learned an awful lot in that time.

Mark can feel justly proud of everything he achieved during his time as Chairman of Lyndhurst Parish Council. He remains as our Recreation Committee Chairman.

Other Chairmen of Committees are Adrian Wiltshire – Cemetery Committee and Allotment Committee, Helen Klaassen – Planning Committee and George Bisson – Amenities Committee. Committees usually meet two or three times a year apart from the Planning Committee which meets monthly.

Committees usually meet two or three times a year apart from the Planning Committee which meets monthly.

The Parish Council has, for some time now, been championing the idea of having some permanent Speed Indicator Devices in the village. Some may say why do we need these when half the time the village seems to be gridlocked with traffic? In actual

Some may say why do we need these when half the time the village seems to be gridlocked with traffic? In actual

In actual fact, our approach roads do see a good deal of speeding traffic and anything that can be done to slow it down has to be a good idea.

The Parish Council would even be prepared to fund these devices. However, we have met with opposition from

However, we have met with opposition from Hampshire County Council who say that certain criteria have to be met before SIDs can be installed (ie deaths on the road). As a last

As a last resort, I wrote to our MP Dr Julian Lewis and he has sent a letter to County Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and the Environment asking if this matter can be revisited to see if some resolution can be reached.

It occurred to me recently that one of the things I love about this job is the phone calls and emails I get from people asking for assistance. Whatever the topic it is always satisfying when you can help someone whatever the problem. It also occurred to me that even at Parish Council level this is becoming more difficult.

Whatever the topic it is always satisfying when you can help someone whatever the problem. It also occurred to me that even at Parish Council level this is becoming more difficult.

It also occurred to me that even at Parish Council level this is becoming more difficult.

I am far busier and the job has changed so much in the 13 years I have been Clerk that it is not always possible to do such things as visit the allotments on a regular basis.

Apart from anything else I always got advice on when to plant my potatoes and beans and how to deal with sawfly on the gooseberries.

Anyway, the Parish Council Clerk is always here to help so please get in touch if you need advice of any kind.

Unfortunately, much to the disappointment of the village community, we have not been able to resurrect Picnic in the Park. We did offer the Chamber of Trade the opportunity to run an event but nothing seems to have come of it. However this year we are running the Paws in the Park Dog Show again on Saturday 11 June in Coles Mead Recreation Ground. Entries can be made from 10.00 am and judging commences at 11.00 am.

We did offer the Chamber of Trade the opportunity to run an event but nothing seems to have come of it. However this year we are running the Paws in the Park Dog Show again on Saturday 11 June in Coles Mead Recreation Ground. Entries can be made from 10.00 am and judging commences at 11.00 am.

However this year we are running the Paws in the Park Dog Show again on Saturday 11 June in Coles Mead Recreation Ground. Entries can be made from 10.00 am and judging commences at 11.00 am.

Entries can be made from 10.00 am and judging commences at 11.00 am.

Entry forms are available on our website if you want to download and fill it in beforehand. Hope to see as many of you and your canine friends as possible.

Hope to see as many of you and your canine friends as possible.

Terena Plowright will be giving two demonstrations in the arena with her sheepdog and some gorgeous geese.

The Scouts will be on hand with delicious refreshments and Sarah Penfold of Infinity Photography will be taking the photographs so this is an ideal opportunity to have a really professional photo taken.

Last but not least, Jon Cuthill will be compering the event. There will be 10 classes with rosettes and certifications to 6th place, two cups and lots of prizes.

There will be 10 classes with rosettes and certifications to 6th place, two cups and lots of prizes.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the raffle.

The public open space in the main car park still has a few items to be added. There will be long bench seat using some of the bricks from a wall of Vernalls Orchard which formed part of the house where Arthur Phillip lived.

The parish walk noticeboard will be reinstated once the new map board has been finished and it is hoped to add another map board showing the historical Lyndhurst walk.

I seem to remember when plans were first laid there was also talk of a commemoration for Alice in Wonderland but we were told this would be funded by the business community so we await further news there.

Unfortunately, as always seems to happen at this time of year, there has been some vandalism in the Recreation Ground.

Damage was done to the buccaneer ship and one item of equipment on the play trail.

Nothing too much but we will be viewing the CCTV to try to establish the culprit. Quite a lot of not very pleasant graffiti has also appeared on the skateboard ramp.

This will be painted out shortly when the new equipment is installed.

By the time you read this article Adrian Wiltshire and I will have met with the representative from Viridor concerning the grant application we have made in order to be able to fund electricity for the Cemetery and Chapel.

We seem to have supplied them with a great deal of information and we are hopeful that, due to the fact that they will be visited us shortly, there is some significant hope that we will be successful in obtaining the grant.

More news in the future.

Lastly, a few words about the Lyndhurst Football Club who play on the pitch at the end of Wellands Road.

In recent years I don’t think there are many people in Lyndhurst who have had a very good relationship with the club but all that is changing.

Councillors Mark Rollé, Karl Kaljura, myself and two local residents met with the new Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer recently and have been assured that the Football Club want to work very closely with Lyndhurst as a whole and we have already put them in contact with local players who would be only too happy to join them.

They hope to organize some training sessions for young people and, of course, our Junior Football Club will act as a natural feeder for the senior club.

However, the previous management has left them in dire financial straits so if there is anyone out there who would like to seize the opportunity and sponsor them in some way or lend a hand with maintenance work please get in touch with me and I will be glad to pass on contact details.

The first thing that has to be done is to provide suitable posts and netting so that footballs do not end up in neighbours’ gardens on match day.

This is something that has been stipulated by the Forestry Commission as their landlords. However, there are many more opportunities to give assistance.

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

Why not come along.

There is an opportunity for members of the public to air their views at the commencement of the meeting.

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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.