Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – June 2018
I would like to start this month off by talking about our photographic competition.
I have had some lovely photos coming in recently of bluebells which might well look great on the May page for our 2019 calendar.
Of course, this is just a suggestion.
To reiterate what I have mentioned before, the Parish Council has launched a photographic competition which is open to anyone living in the New Forest but the main stipulation is that the photograph must have been taken in Lyndhurst.
Flyers have been delivered with What’s On and you can send entries via our website.
We really would love to see your photographs and you stand a chance of having your photograph published in our 2019 calendar.
There is also a prize of £100 for the winning entry which will feature on the front cover.
There will also be an opportunity for local businesses to advertise with us and full colour advertisements will be £50 each for a whole year of advertising.
There is still some space available so do get in touch if you are interested in advertising.
I am writing this column a few days after our May meeting, which is always the annual meeting where Councillors elect their Chairman, Vice Chairman, Committees, etc for the coming year and it gives us the opportunity to review our statutory requirements.
Mark Rollé is once again our Chairman with the Revd Dr Caroline Wilkins as Vice Chairman and this will take us up to the next Parish Council elections in May 2019.
In 2015, at the time of the last elections, we welcomed four new Councillors but it remains to be seen what happens next May.
If you think you might be interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please come along to one of our meetings (second Tuesday in the month at 7.15 pm in the Community Centre).
This is a really excellent opportunity to see the wide range of projects that the Parish Council undertakes as well as hearing about the day-to-day running that our Councillors undertake which we hope can make a difference to our villages.
Minstead Parish Council has been working to try to address some of the problems with traffic in Mill Lane and in April and May LPC also had this issue drawn to our attention by local residents.
A lot of behind the scenes work has been undertaken and both parishes have co-operated to try to achieve the best result.
Hampshire County Council will be undertaking some traffic surveys this year along Mill Lane and there will be new signage to try to ensure that Mill Lane is only used for the purpose it was intended – as a local route for its residents, not a rat run to avoid the ever increasing traffic jams around Lyndhurst.
I am sure that some time ago I told you about the proposed new bus shelter on the A35 outside the Thatched Cottage Park.
Thanks to the generosity of Brian and Denise Hadleigh, who have donated land owned by themselves, we will be able to provide a bus shelter for those waiting to catch a bus from Lyndhurst going towards Southampton.
It has taken a long time to sort out the legalities but we are now on the way and it shouldn’t be too long before you see the shelter in place.
Another new addition will be a cycle repair kit.
Councillor Trevor Dunning noticed cycle repair kits near the University in Southampton and I approached Fiona Wynne at NFNPA who was able to find us grant funding to cover the cost of the equipment and its installation.
It will be placed adjacent to the Community Centre and we are grateful to them for their co-operation in this matter.
Police Beat Surgeries will be moving to mornings from June onwards, the next two being on 4 June and 2 July at 10.00 am in the Parish Office.
Do come along and meet your local beat officer.
He is always very willing to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.
An important document popping through your letterbox shortly will be the Parish Council questionnaire.
A good deal of thought has gone into this and it is a chance for you to have your say about how you feel about your area and what you would like to see in the future.
Please do take the time to fill in the form and return it to us.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 12 June 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: firstname.lastname@example.org/tel: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218).
The office is open to the public from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm on
Tuesday and Friday mornings and by appointment at other times.
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.