Clerk’s Corner – June 2019
Our May meeting is aptly named the Annual Meeting but is not to be confused with our Annual Parish Meeting.
At our May meeting Councillors have the opportunity to vote for their Chairman and Vice Chairman for the coming year as well as representatives on outside bodies and Committees.
This year saw a change and Chris Willsher is our new Chairman with Suttichai Se-Upara as our Vice Chairman.
Mark Rollé has been our Chairman for the last ten years, apart from a brief spell and he remains as a Parish Councillor and will continue to play an important part as Chairman of the Recreation Committee and as one of two Councillors who, with myself, are working towards our Parish Council becoming responsible for taking on the lease for the Senior Football Ground in Wellands Road.
We are just waiting to sign on the dotted line with Forestry England as the landowners and we can start to build on plans for the future.
I would like to thank Mark Rollé for all the work he has put in as Chairman of the Parish Council and all the assistance and guidance he has given me over the last ten years.
I think we have worked well together and I look forward to forming a good working relationship with the new Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Mark will particularly be remembered for enabling the new office at 13 High Street as it was such a big step to move from LPC having an office in the Clerk’s home to what we have now.
Another huge difference he has made is down at Coles Mead Recreation Ground where we now have children’s and adults’ play equipment that is second to none for a village of our size.
CCTV has also been installed enabling parents to have peace of mind that their children can play safely in this area.
I know there are more ideas and plans already forming for Coles Mead in the future so thank you Mark.
Our former Vice Chairman, the Revd Dr Caroline Wilkins also remains with us as a Parish Councillor.
New Parish Councillors Barbara Preddy and Brice Stratford joined us at the May meeting and their enthusiasm is already apparent with lots of ideas for the future coming forward at our “brainstorming” session – more of that in the future.
We also welcomed Hilary Brand, our new District Councillor.
We still need to co-opt one more Councillor and there are details elsewhere on the website about the process involved.
I have been asked to mention that volunteers are needed by the Community Speedwatch Team.
This is a very worthwhile voluntary role so if you would like to know more please get in touch with me for more details.
Volunteers are also needed by the Village Decorations Committee.
They are holding their AGM on the 26 June at 7.00 pm in the Crown Manor Hotel, Lyndhurst so why not go along and find out more about the organisation that provides our Christmas lights.
Margaret Weston, Clerk and RFO, Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org /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 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 time 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.