Clerk’s Corner August 2021
I would like to start on a high note and thank the generous residents and the business who have each donated the cost of a picnic bench for our Recreation Ground.
These acts of kindness have really given me a lift and show what a lovely village we have.
By the time you read this column the new play trail should be in place.
Thanks must go to all the volunteers who helped to dismantle and dispose of the old play trail and the icing on the cake will be the picnic benches.
Unfortunately, these will not be delivered until early Autumn but we feel the benches we have chosen are worth waiting for in this instance.
I have one last plea …. Is there anyone out there who is feeling generous enough to donate £400 for one more bench.
Perhaps a group of people could get together to fund one. Anyway I leave it with you.
Lyndhurst Infant School PTA have been in touch with me to tell me about their plans to host their first ever official Scarecrow Trail on the weekend of 9 and 10 October 2021.
That might seem a while off but it’s never too early to start planning.
This fun, community focussed event will lead you on an adventure hunt around the village to spot as many scarecrows as you can find following an official trail map, copies of which will be available to purchase at various outlets in the village nearer the time.
All proceeds will go to St Michael and All Angels School PTA charity as they are raising funds to support playground landscaping and an outdoor school library project.
There will be a prize for the best scarecrow and a raffle prize for all of those who complete the trail and enter the draw!
The PTA are looking for residents, community groups, families and businesses in Lyndhurst village to get in touch and be involved.
Register your interest now by contacting Lyndhurstpta@outlook.com
Entries can only be accepted from Lyndhurst addresses that are within a safe walking distance from the village centre to ensure that the trail is walkable and safe for children and adults.
For updates and more information please follow Lyndhurst Scarecrow Trail on Facebook.
Since my July Clerk’s Corner four local residents have come forward to volunteer assistance with the Community Speedwatch scheme.
However, more volunteers are needed if the scheme is to continue to provide a useful service in our villages.
CSW allows the public to volunteer with the Police to monitor the speed of traffic at specific agreed locations using the Parish Council’s speed indication device so please give it some thought and get in touch with me if you would like to take part in this worthwhile exercise for your community.
We had a full house for our July Parish Council meeting.
Roads seemed to be one of the main topics for discussion with no less than five areas or individual roads being highlighted on the Agenda.
Unfortunately, we all know that our villages are blighted by traffic, particularly in the summer months.
Many of them such as Empress Road, Pemberton Road, Racecourse View, Clarence Road and Queens Parade were built before the householders had a car and most have no pavement.
Added to this we have roadside parking by people choosing to park in our side roads and walk to the village rather than pay parking charges.
Ways are being sought to alleviate the problem.
There is also the ongoing problem of Mill Lane and HCC has recently published the Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead 2018 Traffic Survey.
We hope that by working with residents and HCC some alleviation of the problems experienced on this road may eventually be resolved.
There have long been problems in Wellands Road where residents and High Street traders with service entrances to the rear have to co-exist and, once again, we hope that by maintaining lines of communication, a solution will be found.
With guidance from Councillor Wiltshire, LPC is looking into the possibility of providing stained glass windows in the Chapel.
External funding will be necessary and our Chair is actively exploring the possibility of grant aid for this project.
We have some ideas of subject matter that could be depicted on the windows but all ideas will be considered.
Another item of expenditure will be CCTV equipment for the Recreation Ground.
We do already have CCTV coverage but the new equipment should make the area vandalproof and increase visibility to more areas of the Recreation Ground.
Looking to the future, plans are now in place for Remembrance Sunday so more of that in the coming months and Councillors have noted the dates for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of June 2022.
A lot of ideas came forward for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and many of them involved most of the village including Picnic on the Pitch, a Dog Show and street parties, all organised by the Parish Council with help from the residents.
Do let us know what you would like to see.
Our next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 14 September in the Pine Hall at the Community Centre commencing at 7.15 pm.
Our next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 August at 7.15 pm, again in the Community Centre.
Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk
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