Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – November 2018

I start my column this month with the news that the Parish Council have appointed a new Councillor.

Graham Reeve, who will already be known to many of you, has joined us after interviews took place for the vacancy.

Four candidates came for an informal interview and it is timely to say that for anyone who is contemplating becoming a Parish Councillor there will be elections next May.

At that time any resident can put their name forward and if there are more than 12 candidates there will be an election which will be decided by residents’ votes.

As I write this column November is just around the corner and with it comes Remembrance Sunday and the Annual Remembrance Sunday Parade, made all the more poignant this year by the fact that it falls aptly on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Wasn’t it supposed to be the war to end all wars but it seems that will never come.

Anyway, we have a new Vicar at St Michael and All Angels Church and I am sure we will see him in the Parade down the High Street after the church service to the war memorial.

The railings round the memorial have been newly painted for the occasion.

As anyone who knows this area well will know the railings receive rough treatment from our Forest ponies and donkeys who love nothing better than to scratch their itchy bodies on the railings with a look of utter bliss on their faces.

I am not sure what treats Adrian Wiltshire and the British Legion have in store for us this year in the way of troops marching down the High Street and aerial flypasts, etc but I am sure we will find out soon enough and will not be disappointed.

This month sees a bit of a change for me as I have retreated home to Fritham for a few weeks to recover from a knee operation.

The office will be in the capable hands of Christine Howe, who is an experienced Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer elsewhere in Hampshire and has found some time to work with us.

Please welcome her if you meet her as we are very lucky to have her with us.

The photographic competition has been judged so it is time to press on now with the calendar.

All households will receive a copy of the calendar before the end of the year and we hope you will find it useful.

Entries for the competition were slow at first but gained momentum and you didn’t disappoint us – there were some lovely entries showing our village off at its best.

It is at this time of the year that our Councillors consider their budget appropriation for the financial year commencing 1 April 2019.

It is always difficult to judge what we will need to spend but we tend to use the existing year’s figures as a guideline coupled with projected costs for the rest of the year and then factor in any additional items that might be needed.

By the time you read this column a new track will have been laid in the Recreation Ground which will go as far as the children’s play area.

There are plans to improve the remainder of the track which goes to the skateboard ramp and weather conditions will probably decide whether the work can be done this year or not.

We are also looking into the possibility of putting wet pour safety surfacing under the swings in two of the play areas as these are the places that take the hardest wear.

Play bark has served us well over the years but is not always the best material.

Our Cemetery Committee Chairman Adrian Wiltshire is keen to provide a toilet facility in the Cemetery.

This will only be open during funerals, etc so there shouldn’t be any problems with vandalism and in any case we have CCTV installed in our Cemetery and Chapel.

We have looked into the idea of a compostable toilet but because of the logistics of the situation in the Cemetery this idea is not possible.

However Adrian has done a great deal of research and has come up with a good design and feasible option.

Of course, funding will have to be obtained so if anyone knows of a funding stream please let Adrian know (023 8028 4134).

Would anyone like an allotment?

At this time of the year we renew tenancies and it is fairly standard practice that a few allotments come back to us each year for various reasons.

So, if you are thinking of taking up allotmenteering, either as a hobby or as a start to becoming self sufficient, now is the time to get in touch.

The date of the Appeal hearing in respect of the Lyndhurst Park Hotel has been set for 29 January at 10.00 am at the Forest Lodge Hotel, Pikes Hill.

In the meantime, hoardings have been erected around the hotel by the owner, PegasusLife.

They submitted a planning application for the hoardings but began work before a decision had been made by the Planning Authority and the hoardings are far higher and of a more shoddy material than described in the application.

The Parish Council Planning Committee voted for permission to be refused for this application.

Particular concern was expressed regarding the possible fire risk that could arise should permission be granted.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 13 November 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: / 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.