Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – November 2019
Highway issues have featured again this month.
As you are already aware from my report last month we were joined by County Councillor Heron at our October meeting when the possibility of improving the crossing in Shrubbs Hill Road, together with concerns about crossing the road at Goose Green, Clay Hill and Pikes Hill were also raised.
Councillor Heron and our District Councillor met with a Highways Engineer during the month to look at our concerns and the upshot seems to be that there will be no money available for anything until the new financial year and even then any improvements will be very limited.
However, Councillor Brand reported that it had been observed that motorists’ perception of speed altered if they knew they were in a village setting and to this end she is exploring the idea of providing some tubs, etc for planting which might also assist in alleviating pollution levels.
We now know that the Lyndhurst Park Hotel has been purchased from PegasusLife but we haven’t heard anything further yet and are awaiting any future developments with interest.
Any new scheme for the site must comply with the new NFNPA local plan.
Plans are beginning to form for the VE Day commemoration which will take place over three days commencing on Friday 8 May with a solemn commemoration, Saturday 9 May will be the Fun Day (similar to previous Picnic on the Pitch events) and Sunday 10 May will bring in the historic, cultural and religious side of the commemoration.
We are likely to have visitors again in December – the animal silhouettes aimed at cutting down on animal deaths on the open forest will be taking up their usual grazing spot in front of the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel for a couple of weeks.
We are also writing to NFNPA to ask if there is any possibility of reintroducing something similar to the old signs that we used to have on the roads prohibiting the feeding of animals.
Lyndhurst Parish Council is to receive a grant of £2,000 from NFDC for environmental enhancement.
This comes with the stipulation that the majority of the money has to be used at Great Mead.
There are plans for a few trees and some swathes of wildflowers, all to be undertaken with guidance from NFDC.
There may also be a small amount of money available to enhance the community orchard that is beginning to take shape in the allotment gardens.
Planning featured quite heavily at our October meeting partly due to consideration being given to the implications of the NFNPA Local Plan but also because our Planning Committee Chairman, Graham Reeve, had asked Councillors to consider whether they would like to undertake a village design statement or neighbourhood plan.
It was decided that a VDS would be a more viable option for a parish the size of Lyndhurst with four Councillors and our District Councillor initially involved in discussions but bringing in all aspects of the community to work together.
I hope to be able to bring you more information on this subject at a later date.
Arrangements are well in hand for the Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade.
The service commences at 10.45 am at St Michael and All Angels Church, followed by a Parade to the war memorial at 12.00 noon. All are very welcome.
We had three notices in last month’s What’s On.
One was for a Financial Officer so there will be more news of the person appointed when interviews have taken place.
We also asked for views on the possibility of providing play equipment for the three to five year old age group at Great Mead and comments can be made until 8 November by taking part in the survey on our website.
The third notice was for our Parish Champion Award 2019 and I have put the notice in What’s On again this month as entries do not close until Monday, 2 December 2019.
It has come to light that some residents may be under the misconception that our offices at 13 High Street are only open and staffed for one day a week.
We usually open for four days a week and this may well increase to five days a week when we have a new member of staff.
However, I only work part-time so there is no-one in the office for a full day and I am often out on one of our sites dealing with Parish Council business.
It may be that the fact that the window blinds are down at the front of the building and there are notices in the window which prevent people looking in may be contributing to this but when the office is open the door blind is up and there is an OPEN sign on the door.
A lot of people do visit the office and we are always pleased to see them and to try to help with their queries.
The next meeting of Lyndhurst Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre and our Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday 26 November 2019 again at 7.15 pm in the Community Centre.
Margaret Weston, Clerk and RFO,
Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org /tel: 023 8028 4928).
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.
If you require disabled access please contact us in advance so that arrangements can be made to meet you elsewhere in the village.
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.