Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – April 2019
As from 22 March 2019 until the local council elections on 2 May 2019 we are officially, as a Parish Council, in a situation where purdah applies.
This means there are restrictions on the publicity we can give and employees must remain politically impartial.
Most parish councils are politically impartial in any case.
Since I last wrote this column we have held two main meetings – our March Parish Council meeting and our Annual Parish Meeting.
Numbers of attendees are gradually improving for our APM with approximately 40 members of the public coming along this year to hear what we and our County and New Forest District Councillors have been involved in this year.
It was a good opportunity to meet your Councillors afterwards in a relaxed setting with food provided by the Lyndhurst Tearooms and Berry’s Bakery.
Grateful thanks also to Lyndhurst and District Community Association (our Community Centre) for setting everything out for us in the room so we could enjoy the evening.
Also at our Annual Parish Meeting it was announced that the winners of the Parish Champion Award 2018 were the Village Lighting and Decorations Committee (Christmas Lights).
This was the first time that an organisation had been given this award and I understand there are plans to expand to cover other branches of the community in the future.
Unfortunately, the memorial tree in our garden of remembrance at the Cemetery was the casualty of storm damage recently.
This had originally been provided by two local residents in memory of their parents who are buried in our Cemetery.
We are trying to find another tree of the same variety and it will be planted as soon as possible.
Have you noticed the Speed Indicator Device whilst driving around the village?
This has been provided by the Parish Council and grateful thanks must go to Dave Donawa who has spent countless hours ensuring that the equipment is running efficiently.
We have noticed that it is already having an effect in slowing motorists down and we feel by moving it around every two weeks motorists will not become complacent.
The Community Speedwatch co-ordinator (yes, it’s Dave Donawa again) tells me that they can always do with a few more volunteers to assist in manning the speedwatch equipment that you see out and about around our roads.
They can now operate on 40 mph roads too which will give them a bit more scope, hence the need for volunteers. Please get in touch with me if you need more information.
The Armed Forces memorial seat is now in place and we hope it will be well used in the coming years.
6 June 2019 sees the 75th anniversary of D-Day and it is hoped to have an official unveiling of the seat at that time.
We have some visitors on the other side of the road too, but they will probably be gone by the time you read this article.
The forest animal silhouettes have been placed on the small green between the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel and Beaulieu Road.
These highlight the number of animal deaths that occurred on Forest roads during 2017.
The silhouettes are being placed in various appropriate locations around the Forest so look out for them and please drive carefully with consideration to the Forest animals on the unfenced stretches of road.
We have had a good uptake for Allotments this year but there are still a few available if anyone would like to contact me.
Starter plots are £21, medium plots are £32 and large plots are £64, all prices per annum.
The allotment gardens are situated in Westwood Road, Pikes Hill if you would like to go and have a look before committing to one.
As I write Clerk’s Corner I do not know how our Parish Council will be made up from May, New Councillors bring their own new ideas and training will be arranged as soon as possible.
However, I would like to say a very big thank you to District and Parish Councillor as well as National Park Member Pat Wyeth.
Pat is retiring at the end of April and will be sadly missed although I am sure we will still see her around the village.
Her wise counsel has been much appreciated by me during the 16 yeas I have been Clerk.
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 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 who is sometimes out on site, there are occasions when it will not be open at the above time 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.