Clerk's Corner: Clerk’s Corner – September 2020

Ultimately it was a little early for all of us to have a meeting in August so we are trying again and our first meeting back in action will be on Tuesday 8 September at 7.15 pm.

There will be a very full Agenda and we hope to be able to start taking a lot of items forward.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but due to the social distancing aspect it would be very helpful if you could let me know if you would like to attend.

As usual, we will be asking residents who wish to speak during public participation to let me know beforehand but if you would like to come along just to observe I can arrange this with the appropriate social distancing measures in place and this is where having an ideas of the number of people involved will be useful.

We also realise that not everyone feels confident enough to come to a meeting yet but might have a question to ask or a point to make, in which case please get in touch with me.

I might be able to answer your query straight away but, if not, I will be very happy to draw it to the attention of our Councillors and, hopefully, get some answers or action for you.

Catts Treecare, a local company, have been busy undertaking tree work for us in Great Mead.

All the work was very necessary and there is still some more to come.

Both Councillor George Bisson, Amenities Committee Portfolio Holder, and I have received some excellent comments from the owners of neighbouring properties who are enjoying more sunlight in their gardens and homes as a result of the work.

We know that many local people enjoy walking through this “green lung” in the centre of our village and hope they will appreciate the improvements.

I don’t very often go to lengths to promote an individual or company who undertake work for the Parish Council but we can honestly say that Catts Treecare have done a really excellent job for us and have cleared up afterwards leaving the site looking at the best I have seen it for a long time.

The Parish Council has a pot of money set aside to finance this work that originally came from developer’s contributions when The Meadows estate was built.

I often get visitors to the village popping into the office to ask me what there is to do in the area.

I don’t know how much general tourist information is available on Lyndhurst but we now have a fresh supply of our Parish Walk leaflets and we already have a Historic Walk Round Lyndhurst leaflet.

We have now added to this with a Lyndhurst in Wartime leaflet.

These are available from the Heritage Centre at the bottom of the car park and I will be distributing them to our information kiosks (ex-telephone boxes) at Racecourse View, Emery Down and Bank.

If any hotels and guest houses, restaurants, public houses, etc would like copies please let me know and I can arrange for you to collect them.

The latest leaflet was put together by Angela Trend (and husband Paul) and they have also provided some information posters for an exhibition which we hope to hold in the not to distant future.

It was originally intended that this would take place for VE Day but we did manage to get some of the posters in our office window in time for VJ Day so, if you are up this way, please have a look in the window.

We can only manage to accommodate a few posters in the window but they are well worth a visit.

Some of our Welcome to Lyndhurst signage is in poor condition and the sign on the Beaulieu Road had to be removed due to safety concerns.

New signage has been ordered and will be installed shortly.

As you will know if you have ever had to consult with the Parish Council regarding planning procedure, the New Forest National Park Authority is the planning authority and makes decisions on all planning matters within the boundaries of the National Park.

However, the Parish Council is asked for their recommendations on each application and is provided with an Officer’s Briefing Note from the NFNPA.

A recent interesting application has been for the area occupied by the Former Youth Centre in the main car park in the High Street.

Plans show a change of use and installation of 4no electric vehicle charging points with demolition of the existing building.

With the demise of the petrol pump forecourt in Romsey Road this type of facility might be looking to the future of how we power our cars to some extent.

I am now finishing off the 2021 calendar ready to send to the printer so it will be in stock in good time for you to purchase a copy to send to friends and relatives.

We have some lovely photographs again this year.

As in previous years it will be distributed to every home in the parish and if you would like to assist with taking it round please let me know as we would be very grateful for any assistance we can get this year.

The calendar has been funded by advertising and from a generous donation from our County Councillor Edward Heron.

Carole and I are now staffing the office on most days but I would still like to ask that anyone wishing to come in and see us makes an appointment to do so.

We are limited for space and it is important that we maintain safe distancing at this time.  Hand gel and masks are available in the office if required.

Margaret Weston, Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB

Telephone: 023 8028 4928/Email: clerk@lyndhurst-pc.gov.uk

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Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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