Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – December 2020
Another year has rolled by so I would like to start by wishing all our residents a Very Happy Christmas even though it might be a little different this year.
I hope that we will all be able to make the best of it and go into next year in the knowledge that a vaccine is round the corner and life can return to some sort of normality before we reach the festive season in 2021.
I won’t go into my own feelings on how this year has worked out for all of us but just hope that you all stay safe and well.
November saw the first full Parish Council meeting conducted via Zoom.
I think we all embraced the technology very well, although we did end up with a meeting running over by half an hour.
However, a lot was accomplished.
We were joined by several members of the public, both our District and County Councillors and PCSO Richard Williams.
The Parish Council are asking for views to be added to a village design statement and you will have received a copy of the form with your calendar or can add your views online through our website www.lyndhurst-pc.gov.uk.
It is well worth taking this opportunity to tell us what you would like to see for our village and what you already appreciate and don’t just take for granted.
It is a great opportunity to have your say.
Another form that we distributed with the calendar asked for nominations for our Annual Parish Awards.
There is still time to nominate someone in the village who has played a big part as a volunteer in village life in the past year.
Unfortunately, we were unable to host our Annual Parish Meeting and give out the awards this year but we have to remain hopeful that the event can take place in 2021.
I hope you enjoyed your Parish Calendar for 2021.
It was delivered free to all households in the parish but I am well aware that a few people may not have received one.
If you have been missed please let me know and I will endeavour to get a calendar to you.
Extra copies can still be purchased at £5 each.
There will be more news regarding the calendar for 2022 in the January issue of What’s On.
There have been quite a few complaints about the condition of Cemetery Road.
I first started to write to Forestry England, who have responsibility for maintenance of this road, about our concerns in 2018 and this resulted in some minor patching to the road surface.
However it really now needs more drastic action and I have, once again, been in contact with them and have been assured that they do intend to get the work done, hopefully during November, but definitely before year end.
We are starting to make headway on the recreation front relating to the new lease for the football ground in Wellands Road.
This has been held up through no fault of our own although our ever patient solicitor now tells me that she has the agreed lease and will be getting on with the necessary work to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion for all concerned, thus ensuring another facility for our community.
The Parish Council have agreed to take over the maintenance of the flower border on the pavement in front of the Fox & Hounds PH as well as the planters at the top of Knightwood Avenue and at the bottom of the High Street.
Progress has also been made in the Recreation Ground regarding the provision of some new children’s play equipment and safety surfacing on two areas.
Hopefully the third, and last, area will follow in the next financial year. A much cleaner safety surface will be added when the equipment has been installed.
The addition of a Cemetery toilet is still work in progress and I will be writing more about this subject in the New Year.
Councillor Graham Reeve has managed to source some frosted coverings for the windows of the old Post Office in the High Street.
Anyone who has walked past this building will know how much they are needed and Graham has also volunteered to put the coverings onto the windows.
This obviously doesn’t solve the problem completely but it will help to make the building look a lot tidier.
Councillor Reeve will also be sourcing some identity badges for staff and Councillors.
We are still advertising for another Councillor so if you are interested in joining us please have a look at our website where full joining details and an application form can be found.
Some good news for all you who are Council Tax payers.
The Parish Council will not be increasing their portion of the Council Tax this year so you will not see an increase in the Parish Rate.
We hope to be able to maintain all our services, although it may result in a reduction in our reserves.
Since writing last month’s Clerk’s Corner we have gone into another lockdown due to COVID-19 restrictions.
I am mainly working from home with occasional visits to the office.
However, you are welcome to contact me on my home phone whilst restrictions are in place or email me and I will reply as soon as possible.
Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB
telephone: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218
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.