Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – March 2019
On the back page of What’s On you will find the Agenda for our Annual Parish Meeting which will take place on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 7.30 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.
This is an ideal opportunity for Committee Chairmen and our Chairman to talk about what we have achieved in the past year and what is to come in the future.
This is also an ideal opportunity for you to come along and hear a bit more about your Parish Council as 2nd May will see elections.
We have 12 Councillors and elections take place every four years, but in 2015 there were only 12 candidates so no election took place, although we did welcome four new Councillors.
There have been various changes over the past four years and we now have five new Councillors who have been co-opted onto the Parish Council.
We already know there will be some vacancies so this is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is community spirited and has some time to spare to find out a bit more about what being a Parish Councillor entails and to give themselves time to consider standing for election.
I hope some of you can come along. There will also be refreshments after the meeting.
As I write this column I have just heard that the Armed Forces memorial seat has arrived at the Fire Station.
As mentioned previously it will be installed in front of the Fire Station which is as near as we can place it to our war memorial on Bolton’s Bench.
The Parish Council are very grateful to all the residents and organisations who gave donations to fund the seat and to our County Councillor Edward Heron who gave a very sizeable donation from his devolved budget scheme.
Names will be mentioned in a future Clerk’s Corner as without all of you we would not have been able to provide the seat.
It is hoped that there will be an unveiling, possibly in June, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day but more information will be given as it becomes available.
James Malcom has volunteered to install the seat free of charge so many thanks to James.
Also thanks must go to Lee Cintra and everyone at Lyndhurst Fire Station who have all been so accommodating.
The next week or so should also see the arrival of LPC’s SID.
Initially, this will be moved around four different roads in the village that have developed some notoriety for speeding motorists.
We will then establish the effectiveness of this deterrent before deciding whether to purchase another SID.
In conjunction with HCC we operate the Lengthsman scheme.
HCC provide us with £1000 per year in order for us to undertake minor jobs around the village such as path clearance and road sign cleaning.
We have a bit of money left in the scheme coffers this year so we are going to start with clearance of the footpath from Goose Green up to the top of Clay Hill.
If there are sufficient funds left after this work, Kevin Bennett, our Lengthsman, will move onto another area.
Concern was expressed in the Parish Survey about the level of Police presence patrolling the beat in Lyndhurst.
We are told it has improved.
How do you all feel about that?
Please let us know.
This is also a good reason to attend our Annual Parish Meeting as PCSO Richard Williams will be giving a report and there will be information available regarding Neighbourhood Watch which is going from strength to strength, partly thanks to the Parish Survey again.
Another question on the Parish Survey concerned the village Christmas lights and whether this should be taken over by the Parish Council.
Opinion was fairly split on this topic as taking them over would obviously present an additional cost to the Parish Council.
It was decided that I should mention the fact that the Christmas decorations are provided by a group of volunteers who, as well as shinning up ladders and fixing trees and lights, have to fund raise considerable amounts to allow all this to take place.
So the question I am putting to close this Clerk’s Corner for another month is “Can anyone contribute to the Christmas decorations either financially, with ideas to bring in finance or by contributing practical help to ensure Lyndhurst keeps its Christmas decorations?
Please get in touch if you have any ideas and I will pass them on.
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 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.