Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – January 2019
I start this month by wishing all residents and readers of this column a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Let’s hope it turns out to be a good one for all of us.
I seem to be making a good recovery from my knee operation so will be able to offer more opening hours at the Parish Office in the New Year.
Thank you for your patience to all those who have not been able to gain access as much as we would have liked during the end of 2018. We did employ a Locum Clerk for part of the time though.
January 29 sees the start of the Planning Appeal Inquiry for the application by PegasusLife for the Lyndhurst Park Hotel.
The Appeal Inquiry is likely to last for five days and will take place at the Forest Lodge Hotel. Can anyone who is planning to come along please note that there is very limited parking on the hotel site and the green area in front is very likely to be waterlogged at this time of the year.
Not only will cars become stuck in the mud but the area will get churned up beyond recognition and repair.
The answer is not to park in adjoining roads as this causes a nuisance to residents.
Please leave your cars in the main car park, off the High Street and enjoy a short walk round to the hotel.
Alternatively, those living in Lyndhurst or within walking distance can easily leave their cars at home and walk to and from the Inquiry.
All that said, please do not think that we don’t want any of you there because we would certainly welcome your presence.
We hope to be able to put together a rota of people who are prepared to give a few hours during the week to attend. This is really important and we do value any assistance you can give.
Please get in touch if you require more information.
All residents should have received a free copy of our calendar.
I have written about this calendar on several occasions but just to reiterate I would like to state again that there has been no cost to the Parish Council in putting the calendar together.
All Councillor and Officer time was given freely.
It was funded by a large donation of £1,000 from the Ineos Community Grant Fund and from the banner advertising that appears on each monthly page.
We are grateful to all our advertisers and hope they will come back to us again next year.
Indeed, I am taking (and already have) offers for more advertising in 2020 so it looks as though the calendar is here to stay.
It’s never too early to get in touch if you would like to advertise.
Photographs in the calendar come from a photographic competition run earlier this year with the winning entry receiving a cheque for £100.
You will find details of how to enter for the 2019 photographic competition contained in this year’s calendar and they will shortly be available on our website.
If you live within the parish boundary of Lyndhurst, Emery Down (part), Bank, Allum Green and Gritnam and have not received a copy of the calendar but would like one please get in touch and I will make the necessary arrangements.
Anyone else can purchase a copy of the calendar for the very reasonable price of £3 and we do still have limited numbers for sale.
As reported at our December meeting and in the Lymington Times we were all saddened to hear that someone had decided to scatter cremated remains on our war memorial at Bolton’s Bench.
Unfortunately this was soon after 11 November when wreaths that had been placed on our war memorial to commemorate the end of World War 1.
Councillor Adrian Wiltshire and his family had spent a day one weekend ensuring that there were 100 wreaths on display to commemorate the end of the First World War and this was added to with wreaths from local people and organisations wishing to show a mark of respect.
I know that the ashes may well have been those of a previously serving member of the armed forces but we do not know that for sure.
What did happen was that the ashes blew onto the wreaths, it rained and the ashes turned into an awful messy substance and completely ruined the display and all the wreaths, which had subsequently to be thrown away.
The irony is that just up the track is our Cemetery where the ashes of someone’s loved one could have been laid to rest in a more appropriate setting.
I know from experience that there are ashes being spread around on the Bench and other places within our parish but we can always work something out for people if they get in touch with us.
I have relatives buried in our Cemetery and can take comfort from the fact that it is one of the best cared for Cemeteries in the area (thanks to Mint Gardens Ltd and our Cemetery Committee Chairman and Committee) and we have CCTV to ensure security at all times.
We also have a lovely Chapel, albeit small in size, and I would be very pleased to show it to anyone who is interested.
Perhaps it’s time we had another Cemetery/Chapel open day so everyone can have a look and can also find out from our records if they have a relative buried in our Cemetery.
I am sorry if I seem to be labouring the point a bit here and I am not directing this at anyone in particular but this is the last thing that we do for a loved one so let’s all try to get it right.
Many of you do, but it’s just the few who probably don’t know which way to turn when something like this happens.
Back to a lighter subject – the new bus shelter outside the caravan park on Southampton Road (A35).
We are nearly there with this project but there have been so many legal hoops to jump through that I won’t believe it until it arrives and is installed.
By the look of it that won’t be until the Spring, just in time for the fine weather.
However, it will keep our residents dry and a bit warmer next winter!
I can’t believe we will still be waiting for all the legal loose ends to be tied up by then.
I should have more news on the memorial seat by the February issue of this column.
Margaret Weston, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer,
Lyndhurst Parish Council, 13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7HJ
(email: email@example.com / 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.