Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – October 2019
Our Parish Council didn’t meet in August but it was back to work for the Councillors at the September meeting.
All our Councillors are volunteers which makes me the Parish Council’s only paid employee, but all this is about to change as I will be reducing my hours from the New Year to 20 hours per week and we are looking for a someone to take on the role of Responsible Financial Officer for five hours a week.
The person employed will also be asked to deputise for me during holidays or in the event of sickness so there is a need for some flexibility and it is quite likely that the workload, and thus the hours, will increase with time. Please see the advertisement here.
I am writing this column just prior to our first meeting to discuss the 75th anniversary of VE Day and how our village should commemorate this event.
I have notified as many local organisations as I can think of and/or have contact details for but there is still time to get involved if I haven’t already written to you so please do get in touch if you have any ideas, memories, reminiscences from people who lived through WW2 or can assist in any way.
It looks as though there is plenty of support for a “Picnic” type event so we can build from there.
County Councillor Edward Heron joined our September meeting which was very useful as we also welcomed Dr Jane Parry who gave a Powerpoint presentation on the crossing at Shrubbs Hill Road, where support is still very much alive to upgrade the existing crossing.
There are also several other sites around the village, namely Foxlease, Goose Green and near the bus stop at Pikes Hill, where residents would like to see crossings installed.
Councillor Heron has promised to bring a HCC highway engineer along to look at the problems and see if there is any way they can at least be alleviated with some signage, etc.
Both District Councillor Hilary Brand and I have received numerous complaints about the condition and external appearance of the former Post Office at the bottom of the High Street.
I think we all count ourselves fortunate to have the new Post Office at the Co-op but that has left a shabby building which looks worse every time I look at it.
We understand that the situation is difficult to rectify due to the fact that there is still a leaseholder for the premises.
Hilary has suggested covering the windows with something bright and cheerful for the time being as a stop gap measure and we are looking into the situation to see what, if anything, can be done.
It is work in progress with regard to our SID device and, as ever, our thanks must go to Dave Donawa for his expert assistance.
We have now identified a number of poles that are either suitable or can be lengthened to take the device with both batteries installed so we can move our SID around the village.
It is proving to be very effective in giving us an idea of the speeds some traffic is reaching on the inner village roads.
The Parish Council will be setting up a rota for Councillor Surgeries which will give residents the opportunity to come in and talk to our Councillors about matters that are concerning them that can be dealt with by the Parish Council.
The next meeting of Lyndhurst Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre and our Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday 22 October 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: email@example.com /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.