Clerk’s Corner – December 2019

Christmas treeSt Michael and All Angels church are hosting a ‘Policing in your community’ evening on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm.

Our PCSO Richard Williams and Sergeant Michael Scothmer-Clay will be discussing the latest ‘scams’ and offering crime prevention advice that is particularly important at this time of year with the dark evenings and Christmas approaching.

All residents are invited to come along and ask our Beat Team about any policing issue.

Also present will be our Speedwatch and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators.  This is an informal, hour-long meeting with tea and coffee available.

Highway issues have featured again this month.

This is exactly the same sentence that I started with last month which points towards the subject being of concern to our residents on a long-term basis.

We had a large contingency from the Racecourse View to Empress Road area at our November meeting to see if we could give assistance or advice regarding the problems that residents are experiencing in that area both with “rat running” to avoid traffic queues in Romsey Road and motorists leaving their cars on the roadside while they visit the village centre.

This leads to pedestrians who live in the area having to walk in the centre of the road to get anywhere, remembering that at this time of the year it could be children in dark coloured school uniform during the hours of darkness.

District Councillor Hilary Brand, who comes along to our meetings, explained that a meeting of interested parties regarding traffic issues had been held as there was a move for a petition asking HCC to conduct a traffic survey of the entire village.

Another meeting would be held in January.  Councillor Brand also reported that she had met with Rachel Higgins at NFDC regarding the latest environmental report which was still work in progress.

Still during public participation we were asked why the strings of Christmas lights would not be in evidence this year.

Like highway issues this is not something that the Parish Council can influence so our Chairman asked Parish Councillor George Bisson, who is also Secretary of the Village Decorations Committee to explain the situation.

We understand that by now a letter from the Committee will have appeared in the Lymington Times but I will repeat it here as well:

Sir,  There is currently much speculation and misinformation regarding the Christmas illuminations in the Village of Lyndhurst.

May I reassure your readers that there will be lights in the Village over the festive period.

It is unfortunate that due to increased regulations the fixings that were used to carry the illuminated strings across the road are no longer fit for purpose and the type of building construction in the High Street is not suitable to enable replacements.

The small individual trees will be positioned as usual together with the larger feature trees and silhouettes.

The Decorations Committee has not been idle and have made a considerable investment in an alternative scheme which is hoped will flood the Village with colour.

It may be sad to be losing the overhead strings but we should not dwell on what we can’t do but concentrate on what we can do and move forward.

Change should be an opportunity, not something to hold you back.

To celebrate the new beginnings may I invite all your readers to join us for the “Switch On” Saturday 30th November on the forecourt of the Mailman’s Arms Public House Lyndhurst.

There will be musical entertainment from 5pm till 7pm with the actual switch on scheduled for 6pm.

There is a strong possibility of a salvo of fireworks to coincide with the switch on.

George Bisson, Hon. Sec. Lyndhurst Village Decorations Committee.

It seems this is now a case of “wait and see” before a decision is taken on whether any further action is necessary although concern was expressed that public donations had been made towards the Christmas lights without prior knowledge that the strings would not be in evidence.

The next major item for discussion was the possible provision of play equipment for very young children at Great Mead.

A consultation has taken place and results show that 114 are in favour of the proposal with 65 against.

There has been some misconception regarding the idea in that many people had been given false information that the Parish Council intended to ban dog walking in the area.

Nothing could be further from the truth, although we would always encourage dog walkers to “pick up” after their dogs.

The idea has always been to fence all our children’s play areas exactly in the same way as at Coles Mead so there is no reason why children and dogs should come into contact.

A group of local people are slowly formulating ideas for the VE Day commemoration next May.

The next meeting will have taken place before this column is published but there will be another meeting in January.

It is very important that as many people as possible get involved and on Saturday 9 May, when the Picnic in the Park event takes place, we will need a large contingency of people to lend a hand.

Please get in touch if you are interested in helping in any way.

Also, on the subject of the VE Da commemorations, Angela Trend will be putting together a “wartime themed” exhibition so if you have any memories/memorabilia however small or insignificant you may consider them to be please do get in touch.

The Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade took place on 10 November.

I know that some people missed the Parade as it had, unavoidably, to start a little early.

There are always reasons for this kind of thing and I, and the Parish Council, would like to thank Adrian Wiltshire and the Royal British Legion for the huge part they played in this day.

Adrian is a true perfectionist and makes it all look so easy although he puts a lot of hard work into it and has a good team of people alongside him.

At the beginning of January, we will welcome a new member of staff.  Carole Gibbs will be joining us as Responsible Financial Officer and I will start to reduce my hours as well.

More about Carole in the future I am sure.

The next meeting of Lyndhurst Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre and our Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 again at 7.15 pm in the Community Centre.

Margaret Weston, Clerk and RFO, Lyndhurst Parish Council, 13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB (email: 023 8028 4928).   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 and we ask for our residents’ understanding as this is unavoidable.  If you require disabled access, please contact us in advance so that arrangements can be made to meet you elsewhere in the village.


Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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