Clerk's Corner: May 2017
On Saturday 8 April the Parish Council held an open day at Lyndhurst Cemetery and St Margaret’s Chapel and this proved to be a very popular and successful event, all helped by some really beautiful weather.
For four hours the Parish Council opened the doors of St Margaret’s Chapel so that members of the public could see the heating and lighting that has recently been installed.
They have made a great improvement to this already lovely building and we hope our residents will use it for funerals, christenings and marriage blessings in the future.
We can offer immaculate surroundings in which to hold your service in what must be some of the best countryside the New Forest has to offer.
Also on display on the day was a history exhibition mounted by Councillor Angela Trend which brought forward a great deal of interest.
It mainly concerned the Cemetery and surrounding area of Boltons Bench.
People were also invited to make enquiries about our cemetery registers and to view our new maps, specially drawn by Michael Grant who did all the work on an entirely voluntary basis.
For me it was also good to spend the day with Paul Boyes who came along to assist people who wanted to find graves.
Paul was once a Councillor and our Cemetery Committee Chairman for a considerable length of time so he and I were renewing an old partnership for the day.
We have put a great many photographs on our website at www.lyndhurstparishcouncil.org.uk so please have a look.
Thanks also need to go to Cemetery Committee Chairman Adrian Wiltshire who steered the electricity project and special thanks to his wife Jenny, who provided me with a couple of very welcome cups of tea during the day.
On a sad note, we have had quite a lot of mindless vandalism in the Recreation Ground.
Kevin, Harry and Brad are the maintenance crew who look after this area as well as the Cemetery and Kevin had to spend the entire day on Good Friday going above and beyond the call of duty to rectify the damage so that the children and young people of our village can continue to enjoy the excellent facilities that we have on offer.
It is so important that we keep the area safe for everyone who does enjoy playing on the varied items of equipment that we have installed for all ages.
We will shortly be purchasing a new piece of equipment but more of that in future Clerk’s Corners.
We will be viewing the CCTV equipment and the culprits of the vandalism should be clearly visible.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Village of the Year competition was discussed at the April Parish Council meeting.
You may recall that Lyndhurst was lucky enough to win this competition in 2016 and entries are now being sought for this year’s competition.
Councillor George Bisson organised our winning entry in 2016 but feels it is now time for someone else to take up the challenge and perhaps bring some new ideas into our entry.
I have been asked to write in this column to ask if there is any individual or organisation out there within the parish who would like to take up the challenge.
If you are interested or would like more details please either contact George (email@example.com or telephone 023 8028 2517) for more details.
For many years there has been excessive air pollution around Lyndhurst. It is a national problem and there is talk of a scrappage scheme for diesel cars.
On the Parish Council we are looking at other mitigators. We believe that by increasing green screens of trees, shrubs and plants, this will help.
It will also make the village more attractive. If you would like to support our campaign do please get in touch with Councillors Elizabeth Chell or Caroline Wilkins. (07534 300 027 or 07773 737 365). They will be very pleased to hear from you.
In January the Chairman for the Planning Committee changed and has now been assumed by Councillor Dr Elizabeth Chell. Elizabeth welcomes public participation.
However she stresses the importance of contacting the committee before it sits to discuss a particular proposal or to attend the meeting in order to air any concerns you may have.
If you are the proposer and would like to invite Councillor Chell to make a site visit every effort will be made to do so.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 commencing at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Please come along and hear what your Parish Council is doing for you.
There is also an opportunity for members of the public to speak during public participation so please use this as your chance to tell us about your ideas or concerns.
Margaret Weston, Locum Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Lyndhurst Parish Council, Woodlands, Fritham, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7HJ (email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 023 8081 3218 (Monday – Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon). Please try to avoid telephoning on Sundays and Bank Holidays unless it is an emergency.
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.