Clerk’s Corner – November 2020

We didn’t get 10 members of the electorate asking for an election for the position of a new Councillor which was welcome as elections cost money that has to be taken from our precept – up to £2,000 in our case.

However, in the interests of democracy the question must be asked.

Our existing Councillors will now look to co-opt a Councillor and I will write more about this in due course following our November meeting.

A full description and application form will then be available online.

Existing Councillors can take up to six months to appoint a new Councillor if necessary and this can time limit can be extended if a valid need arises.

Frustratingly I have no news regarding the Parish Council taking on the land in Wellands Road other than to say I have been making enquiries from Forestry England and our solicitors but the matter is out of our hands.

The main stumbling block at the moment seems to be the handing over of the boundaries of some of the land.

However, our Finance Officer Carole Gibbs, Recreation Portfolio Holder Mark Rollé and I recently met with a playground equipment supplier with a view to replacing some of the play equipment at Coles Mead and seeing if we could also provide safety surfacing under the equipment that would provide a better surface than the play bark and make it inclusive for wheelchair users.

The play bark does look good in a rural setting such as ours but it is costly to maintain and, in the wetter, winter months it is really not practical for use with small children.

The result of the meeting was promising and it seems we are likely to be able to provide a better facility for our youngsters.

We are waiting for the quotation for the work involved and we are also going out to tender with two other companies as well.

I wrote last month that a new group had been formed in Lyndhurst with members from the Lyndhurst and Emery Down Community Hub, Lyndhurst Welfare Charity, Lyndhurst Food Bank, Lyndhurst and District Community Association and Lyndhurst Parish Council.

The name chosen for the group is Lyndhurst Community Resilience Forum.

I am sure that in time it will be useful in many areas but for the moment it will be used to assist and reassure all our residents, and in particular those who are elderly and/or vulnerable, to find practical ways of dealing with the current, and changing, situation with COVID-19.

By the time you read this you should have received your annual calendar.

This year it has been sponsored by our County Councillor, Edward Heron and our advertisers.

It has also been used as a facility to make our residents aware of the members of the Community Resilience Group, how to get in touch with them and what they can do and will be doing over the winter months.

The calendar was not without its problems to produce for 2021 but we have managed to get it round to you a little earlier this year.

If you would like to purchase further copies please contact me by email or telephone and I will send a copy/copies to you by post or deliver any bulk orders.

The price will be £5 and this includes postage and packing in a cardboard backed envelope.

To my mind this is the best calendar we have produced and that is mainly due to the fantastic quality of the photographs, all from local amateur photographers.

The Parish Council have decided to produce a Village Design Statement and your opinion is needed.

Please visit our website to fill in the SurveyMonkey questionnaire or fill out the form that you will find in the envelope containing your calendar and return it to the Parish Office or by email if you have a scanner.

Your opinion will be of great value when we put together this exciting document that will assist in mapping out the future of our parish.

The project is being led by Councillor Graham Reeve who is Chairman of our Planning Committee.

I have been trying very hard to source some finance for window coverings for the old Post Office building on the left hand side at the bottom of the High Street.

I think this is one of the main talking points, and not in a good way, that I hear about when I walk round the village.

At the moment every avenue I explore comes to a dead end but I am not giving up just yet.

District Councillor Hilary Brand is also interested in getting something done.

If anyone knows of a source for obtaining some money for window coverings please let me know.

Even small amounts brought together might be a way forward.

Also coming round with your calendar, and also available on our website, is a form for you to elect a local resident for the Annual Parish Awards.

There are four categories giving wide scope this year for you to vote for the people you feel have really made a difference in these difficult times.

It has now been suggested that, in line with the current COVID-19 guidance, Carole and I work from home.

We have decided to continue to staff the office but not on regular days so if you feel it is essential to come and see either of us please telephone first to arrange a convenient day and time for all concerned.

I am still working from home the remainder of the time and you are always welcome to telephone me there when I am not in the office.

Margaret Weston, Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB
telephone: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218

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