Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – December 2018

Can I start by wishing all our residents a Very Happy Christmas

As many of you will know I have spent the time since the November Clerk’s Corner recuperating from a knee replacement operation but am now starting to take up my work again.

Actually it is very difficult nowadays to stop, especially when I could see all the emails coming in.

Sometimes I resisted but other times I couldn’t help myself …. Anyway many thanks to Christine Howe for stepping in so admirably whilst I was away.

I will be coming back on a phased return to work so the office will only be manned for reduced hours on Friday mornings.

However, you can always telephone or email me for assistance.

During November we heard so much about the centenary to mark the end of the First World War on 11th November 1918.

I am sure we are all too well aware of the horrors and sacrifices faced by our troops and others who served on the front line during the 1914-18 war but I, for one, know I learned a lot more this year.

Thanks to the generosity of some of our residents and County Councillor Edward Heron we now have sufficient funds to purchase the memorial seat that I wrote about in previous Clerk’s Corners and I will keep you all informed as to its arrival.

This was one of my projects so I am truly grateful to all of you who have given money.

Please don’t forget that the date of the Appeal hearing in respect of the Lyndhurst Park Hotel has been set for 29 January at 10.00 am at the Forest Lodge Hotel, Pikes Hill.

We could do with as many placard waving residents there throughout the week to let the Inspector know how much the village is against the particular design and use that PegasusLife is trying to bring to our village.

The new track has been laid in the Recreation Ground – just in time before the wet weather arrived.

Many thanks to Brett Wateridge at RTS Fencing for undertaking the work and to the residents of Wellands Road because there were lorries bringing materials down the road.

Would anyone like an allotment?

At this time of the year we renew tenancies and it is fairly standard practice that a few allotments come back to us each year for various reasons.

So, if you are thinking of taking up allotmenteering, either as a hobby or as a start to becoming self sufficient, now is the time to get in touch.

We all know about Goose Green, Swan Green and Gales Green but do any of you know about the little green on the corner where Broughton Road meets Westwood Road.

I call this the forgotten green because many years ago it was manicured by the Forest stock but the advent of fencing led to it lying outside the forest itself but still remaining in the hands of the Forestry Commission.

We have previously looked at it, as have the Forestry Commission, but have never had sufficient funds available to tackle the work needed which involved clearance and drainage as well as keeping the grass cut once this had been achieved.

Local resident Andy Bartram decided that this wasn’t going to present a problem to him and after securing the necessary permissions he set about planning and achieving the work involved.

This enthusiasm has been infectious and, together with a few other locals, they are now determined to secure the finance needed to purchase a lawnmower so they can keep the green looking pristine.

Personally I think this is a splendid achievement and can give anyone in that area an amenity to be proud to have instead of the previous eyesore.

If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the lawnmower please let me know and I will pass on Andy’s details to you.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 11 December 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: 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.