Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – August 2018
Your residents’ questionnaires have now been returned and Councillor Chris Willsher has been collating the replies and putting together all your suggestions.
I am hoping we will have a good idea of the results by the time our September Parish Council meeting comes around.
The response from our residents was excellent with good ideas coming forward and, in some cases, a definite pattern emerging.
At our July meeting we welcomed our County Councillor Edward Heron who always has a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips and is very keen to work with us at Parish Council level.
This was particularly opportune as, once again, there were a number of residents from the Mill Lane/Emery Down area present who are concerned about the amount of traffic they are experiencing on what has become the unofficial Lyndhurst bypass.
I think we all understand that it is difficult to solve this sort of problem overnight and by sorting out a traffic situation in one place it can easily lead to the difficulty being moved elsewhere.
However there is no doubt that negotiating Mill Lane and the C17 can be quite a scary experience at times.
There is a problem with tourism traffic and the fact that when there are holdups elsewhere the SATNAVS seem to divert motorists onto the C17 and Mill Lane, but there is also a problem with the sheer volume and speed of cars during morning and evening peak travel times.
This seems to be identified as a more local element.
There will be a road closure during August to allow for road markings and dragon’s teeth to be installed and a traffic survey will also be conducted.
New signage to try to discourage motorists from using these roads will also be installed.
Staying with roads and traffic, a resident asked if the speed limit could be reduced to 30 mph to the top of Clay Hill.
This would seem a sensible idea and Councillor Bisson was able to report that this used to be the arrangement but at some time in the past it seems to have been changed.
Edward Heron is going to look into this for us and report back.
Personally I would also like to see the 30 mph speed limit extended on the A337 beyond Broughton Road as I have often received remarks from residents that the junction from Broughton Road is a difficult one to negotiate.
As I write this column we are still waiting for a date regarding the inquiry into the planning application relating to the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
It seems likely that it will be in October and six days have been allocated but the venue is, as yet, unknown.
With the amount of interest this Appeal is likely to generate, it is difficult to think of anywhere, certainly in Lyndhurst, that would have sufficient room to accommodate everyone.
The Parish Council do intend to be represented.
I would like to draw your attention to a document called the Southampton Clean Air Zone Consultation.
The title does not make it immediately obvious why it would be of interest to Lyndhurst and its residents.
However, there is an importance because it also refers to the pollution levels in Lyndhurst High Street.
The link to the website consultation is www.Southampton.gov.uk/CAZconsultation so please do have a look and take part.
Another important link for you to go online and have a look at can be found on the NFNPA website and relates to their Recreation Management Strategy.
There is a survey which you can find at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/news/new-forest-residents-and-visitors-to-have-their-say-on-proposals-for-managing-recreation/
The deadline is 12 August so please respond now.
Also on the subject of recreation management in the New Forest National Park, there has been increasing concern regarding cycling in the New Forest.
There is an obvious need for a cycle path between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst and one idea is that part of it will be on the roadside (as in the cycle path between Lyndhurst and Ashurst) and part will take cyclists through the open forest on already existing gravel tracks.
There are clearly two types of cyclist – recreational and those commuting – and whichever group you look at there is a consistency in that numbers are increasing.
One concern is that the cycle path between Lyndhurst and Ashurst is not always used and cyclists still use the road more often than not.
Cycle events are also causing concern, particularly in the outlying areas.
With regard to the Silent Soldier idea, more information has come to light and I am looking into the possibility of providing a commemorative seat.
Meanwhile, we are renovating the seat near the war memorial on the open forest and will be painting the railings around the war memorial in readiness for Lyndhurst’s commemoration of the end of the First World War on 11 November 2018.
On a sad note, I have to report that Karl Kaljura has now resigned as a Parish Councillor due to work commitments.
We thank Karl for the enthusiastic way he has always tackled the work he has done for us, particularly in bringing in the new skateboard equipment at the Recreation Ground and in recent times the meticulous attention to detail he has given to our consolidated objections to the proposed development at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
He will be sorely missed by the Parish Council and by myself, as Clerk.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 11 September 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 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 who is sometimes out on site, 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.