Clerk’s Corner – July 2021
So high summer is here and Lyndhurst is buzzing with activity (and, unfortunately, traffic).
Firstly, can I express my thanks to District Councillor Hilary Brand and the staff at the Fox & Hounds for diligently watering the plants in the plant border island outside their shops.
I know Hilary would like to see planters all around the High Street and other areas of the village to brighten things up and this is something that could be worked on, although not at the expense of blocking the pavements.
The Parish Councillors have now settled into face-to-face meetings again and the public are very welcome to attend.
We also look forward to many of you visiting the new Parish Council office which is situated in the rear part of what used to be the Library.
Access is through a gate in the garden to the side of the Community Centre.
We will initially be opening from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays but will be extending our hours shortly.
Please use a face mask when you are visiting us.
This is a more accessible building than our former office and if the hours shown above are not convenient please get in touch as we can sometimes arrange other visiting times.
You may remember that I mentioned in a previous article that our Speed Indicator Device was missing from its last known site.
The pole where it was situated was removed without our knowledge by Hampshire County Council who are adamant that the SID was not attached at the time.
We have ordered another SID which will arrive soon and I am pursuing an insurance claim through our insurers.
As mentioned last month, we are hoping, subject to Councillors’ approval of the latest scheme, to replace the remaining play equipment and safety surfacing shortly.
Councillor Jim Green conducted a survey on what both children and their parents would like to see in the remaining area and has come up with a scheme.
However, it is slightly over budget so there is no room to finance some picnic benches.
The benches that were removed were no longer serviceable so we are faced with a lack of seating down at the Recreation Ground.
The cost of a wooden picnic bench is approximately £250 but we would like to put at least one recyclable bench in with the play equipment.
The cost of one bench is in the region of £400 but they require no maintenance and have a 25 year guarantee.
An added bonus is that they come in bright colours which will compliment the new play equipment.
For many years now we have tried to improve our Recreation Ground using the ethos that it provides a really nice, cost free day of entertainment for the village children and an attraction for anyone visiting our village as well.
So, is there anyone in the village (individual or business) who would sponsor a seat or be prepared to fund raise for one?
If so, please get in touch with Councillor Jim Green or myself.
Our Parish Council meeting this month is on Tuesday 13 July in the Pine Hall at the Community Centre commencing at 7.15 pm.
Our next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 July at 7.15 pm, again in the Community Centre.
Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council
Telephone: 023 8028 4928
Visit our website at www.lyndhurst-pc.gov.uk
Speeding is a significant community concern in Lyndhurst. It can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people in the community.
Community SpeedWatch (CSW) allows the public to volunteer with the police to monitor the speed of traffic at specific locations using speed indication devices.
The initiative allows the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety and working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, your local council and other agencies.
If you think that speeding traffic has a dangerous impact in your area, Lyndhurst, and you would like to take an active role in speed monitoring and educating offending drivers and you have a few hours to spare each week, please contact your local PCSO, Richard Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or you can get in touch with me in confidence if you would like more details in the first instance. Training and safety equipment will be provided to fulfil this role.
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.
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