Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – January 2018
The first item that I would like to report on is the Police Beat Surgery that was held at our office on Friday 8 December 2017.
I had promised tea, coffee and biscuits to all those who came along but I have to apologise and say that I failed miserably on that score because of the large number of people who came along to talk to our PCSO Richard Williams.
The office was a very lively place that morning with a lot of the concerns relating to traffic and parking.
I must say that Richard was a very calming influence on everyone and I hope our residents went away feeling that some of their questions had been answered although in some cases there was little Richard could do except point them in the right direction for more information.
I have just received an email from Richard asking if we can hold the next Police Beat Surgery on Friday 19 January at 2.00 pm, again in the Parish Office so I look forward to seeing some of you then.
I expect many of you will remember PC Andy White and PCSO Lisa Quinn who were our local Police Beat officers some while ago.
They were in the village recently attending John Charlesworth’s funeral and so called at the office for a chat.
Both are well, Andy very busy and enjoying his retirement and Lisa is busy with her Pawsome dog care business.
At our December Parish Council meeting our Vice-Chairman, Caroline Wilkins, reported that the planning application submitted for the redevelopment of the former Lyndhurst Parish Hotel had been refused by the New Forest National Park Authority.
As far as I am aware there is no news at the time of writing this column as to whether the building will receive Listed Building status but pressure seems to be mounting for this to take place.
We now have to wait and see what happens next.
I get quite a few people coming into the office these days regarding highway problems.
Wherever I can I refer the queries to the right person at Hampshire County Council but am finding it increasingly difficult to get any immediate answers.
There is a link on our website (towards the end of the Home Page) to the correct department to deal with these queries and it is really just as easy for members of the public to send in their reports direct.
Whilst, like many of you, I prefer to speak or email someone direct, I have to admit that the new service is very good and if you don’t feel satisfied with the response please get in touch and I will try to get the problem resolved for you.
The Parish Council have been setting budgets for the financial year commencing 1 April 2018.
We all try to be as prudent as possible and to make the money we are allocated in the Parish Precept portion of your council tax go as far as we can.
We do realise that there are many organisations in our community who are having to tighten their belts and are finding it difficult nowadays.
To this end, we have, for the first time in quite a few years, allocated a Section 137 budget of £1,500.
This means that from 1 April local organisations who have particular projects in mind, etc will be able to come to us for some finance.
Application forms will be available on our website and these will need to be accompanied by a statement of financial accounts.
The new play equipment has now been installed.
Unfortunately, our suppliers, Wicksteed, had their van and tools stolen in the middle of the installation, which was just prior to the Christmas break, so everything took a little longer than expected.
It is very muddy in the Recreation Ground at the moment, especially near the entrance which is partly due to wet weather and partly due to extra traffic.
We will be rectifying this situation as soon as possible.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre. Why not come along and see what your Parish Council can do for you.
By the time you read this column I hope you will have enjoyed some New Year celebrations.
On behalf of Lyndhurst Parish Council, I would like to wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2018.
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.