Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – March 2018
We have two meetings in March – our usual Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, 13 March, followed a week later by our Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday, 20 March 2018.
The APM is an ideal opportunity for members of the public to come along and hear what the Parish Council has achieved in the previous year and also learn a bit about where we will be taking you in the next year, the last one before an election in May 2019.
In 2015 we didn’t have an election as 12 Councillors stood for 12 vacancies.
This gave us four new Councillors and since that date, we have said goodbye to three Councillors and welcomed three new ones, all of whom have slotted in well and are now very much part of the team.
The Annual Parish Meeting is a good opportunity to learn more about how the Council operates and what it can achieve so please come along on Tuesday, 20 March.
There will be refreshments at the end of the meeting too and you really can be assured of a warm welcome. Full details appear elsewhere in What’s On.
The past month has seen some “digging” in the Cemetery as our maintenance team have been hand digging and making good a trench to carry CCTV and electrical cable to service our maintenance shed and the CCTV equipment we will shortly be installing to safeguard our Cemetery and Chapel.
The work has been undertaken very carefully paying special care not to disturb any of the graves.
We now have new Allotment maps, courtesy of Michael Grant.
We owe Michael a great deal of gratitude for all his hard work in plotting this site, ensuring each allotment garden is the correct size.
We are wondering if there is anyone in the parish who remembers anything about the allotments from a historical aspect.
I have been hearing recently from Councillor Adrian Wiltshire about the rabbits that were bred in the second world war years and ended up helping to feed our village with rabbit stew when meat was rationed.
There must be many stories along these lines.
I remember riding my pony past the allotments many years ago and he bolted because he could smell the pigs on the other side of the fence and absolutely hated them.
So come on – please get in touch if you have any reminiscences or photos (that we can copy and return) you would like to pass on, even if it’s only to say that you remember seeing a small child sitting on the ground outside the allotment gate with her pony galloping off into the distance – happy days!!
We held our February LPC main meeting in the Beech Room at the Community Centre and it was a real pleasure to be the first people into the newly redecorated room.
Staff and Joe Reilly, their decorator, had really pulled together as a team to ensure we could hold the meeting as usual.
At the meeting, Councillors learned from Councillor George Bisson, who is also Secretary of the Village Lighting and Decorations Committee that they are making plans to celebrate the Royal Wedding in May this year and also to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War 1.
They will be coming to the Parish Council with their ideas shortly.
This led to a discussion about how the Parish Council could mark these two events and we are now planning a window display as a starting point.
Please let either myself or any of our Councillors know if your organisation has any plans for these two events so that we can coordinate and come together as a village.
Also at our February meeting, local resident drew Councillors’ attention to the new arrangement for the box gate opposite to Princes Crescent, out onto the open Forest.
A new rail had been fitted but this means that larger or less nimble dogs are not able to scramble over the rail and their owners are having to struggle to lift them.
It was decided that I should contact the Forestry Commission, who would have made the ultimate decision in this matter, to discuss options to make the new arrangement amenable to all.
It was noted that HCC had carried out the work and they will be copied into any correspondence.
Councillors are formulating their response to the NFNPA consultation on their draft local plan 2016-36.
This needs careful thought as there is a proposal for Lyndhurst in the form of future development on the site of the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
The consultation period expires on 28 November and the Plan itself should be adopted by the end of this year.
Plans for our calendar for 2019 are still forging ahead so look out for publicity material shortly.
Every household will receive a copy of the calendar and we are looking for content both in the form of photographs and sponsorship/advertising to assist in covering the cost.
You will find details regarding entering your photographs on our website.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 13 March 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
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org/tel: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218).
The office is open to the public from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm on Tuesday and Friday mornings and by appointment at other times.
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.