Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – July 2018
I start my column this month by saying that I am writing this in glorious sunshine.
It will be a fortnight yet before you get your What’s On delivered or pick one up from the Community Centre so I hope the good weather will be continuing then too.
We meet as a Parish Council in July, have a break in August and return in September, the summer all but gone but at least the traffic congestion will be abating by then.
I would like to mention the questionnaire that you should have found inserted into the June What’s On.
If you haven’t had a copy please let me know as I tried by various means to ensure a copy went to every home in the parish.
Alternatively, you can pick one up from the Community Centre or our office at 13 High Street.
It really is important that you reply as it will help to shape what we can do for you in the future both in terms of what we provide, eg in the Recreation Ground and to also identify any pressure we can exert on other organisations and authorities for issues that arise around the village and its surroundings.
It is quite clear from the questionnaire that residents love living in Lyndhurst but that doesn’t make it perfect and there are always improvements to be made – large and small.
I will say though that there has been a very good response already.
Apparently the average number of replies to questionnaires is usually in the region of 5% and we hit double figures very quickly so please keep this up.
The comments so far have been very varied and helpful so there will be plenty to work on.
Last month I asked for entries for our photographic competition.
The photographs will form the basis for a calendar that we hope to produce for 2019.
At the time of writing we are very low on entries and with a first prize of £100 now is the time to send in your entries.
Full details are on our website www.lyndhurstparishcouncil.org.uk
We will be improving the surface at the Recreation Ground this summer.
This will include a resurfaced and extended track and more play bark in the children’s play area.
The aim is ultimately to put down a more permanent all-weather play area but this will have to take place gradually due to the high cost of this type of material.
The allotments have filled up well this year but we do still have a couple of vacant plots if anyone is interested in taking one on.
Clearance work will need to be undertaken in both cases but the rewards will be healthy exercise in a peaceful environment and some lovely produce to take home to eat later on.
We have heard that PegasusLife have lodged an appeal regarding their planning application at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
We haven’t received the official notification yet though so it’s a case of watch this space.
Our next Police Surgery at the Parish Council Office will be on 2 July, followed by another on 13 August. Do come along and meet with PCSO Richard Williams to air your concerns.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 10 June 2018 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Why not come along and see what your Parish Council can do for you.
Margaret Weston, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer,
Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street,
Lyndhurst SO43 7HJ
Tel: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218.
The office is usually open to the public from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm on Tuesday and Friday mornings and by appointment at other times. When paying a visit to the office it is often advisable to telephone first as, with only one member of staff, there are occasions when it will not be open at the above times and we ask for our residents’ understanding as this is unavoidable.
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.