Clerk’s Corner – January 2021

I will start by wishing all our residents a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 

I hope it will be a good one, or at least a better one for all of us. 

Whatever your hopes and dreams are for this year I will follow what I always do and look back over what has happened at the Parish Council during what has proved to be a very different year. 

That said, nevertheless, much has been achieved or plans have been laid whilst keeping a positive attitude that things will get better.

During the year several meetings were held with Hoburne who are now the owners of the building that formerly housed the Lyndhurst Park Hotel. 

They have spent much of this year formulating their plans for the site and this will include preserving the part of the old hotel building that has architectural merit. 

We understand that a planning application has now been received by the New Forest National Park Authority as the planning authority but details have not appeared on their website yet nor have we been formally notified. 

Once this takes place a Parish Council meeting will be held which the public can attend, although with current restrictions this is likely to be held via Zoom. 

More information will follow as soon as it is available.

Still on the subject of planning, our December meeting considered their recommendation to the NFNPA regarding the former Budgens supermarket. 

In general the Parish Council were in favour of the proposals although they have asked for some minor adjustments. 

The major concern locally seems to centre around the fact that the proposals show the rear entrance to the car park blocked off.

In March everything started to change due to the onset of the pandemic.  We managed to hold our Parish Council meeting and were due to hold our Annual Parish Meeting coupled, for the first time, with a new Award Ceremony the following week. 

However, the current pandemic had started to take hold and the event had to be cancelled. 

It was such a shame but, I suppose, a small disappointment in the general way everything has worked out for all of us since then. 

We hope to be able to hold an Award Ceremony this year, although what form that will take is so far unknown.  Just for the record though I have shown below the actual recipients of the awards for 2019. 

They have received a framed certificate, an engraved award and a copy of the speech that was due to be delivered at the meeting:

Parish Champion Angela Trend
Youth Award Thomas Hague
Environment Award David Donawa
Community Spirit Award     Julie and Robin Mair

Judging for the 2020 awards will be taking place this month and nominations closed at the end of December.

So, after the March meeting there were no more LPC meetings until September but we were then lucky enough to be able to hold a face to face meeting in the Community Centre. 

It was decided to hold meetings every other month until the end of March, although Planning Committee meetings have been held throughout either via email or Zoom. 

It is very likely that the LPC Full Council meeting in January (Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 7.15 pm) will be held by Zoom and an Agenda with joining details will be published in advance. 

All members of the public are welcome to attend but if you wish to speak on any subject you are requested to contact myself, as Clerk, in advance.

Last month I touched on the subject of the calendar. 

This has been published and given free to all residents for three years now and has been heavily subsidised by grants from Ineos and County Councillor Edward Heron. 

However, so far we do not have a sponsor for 2022.  If you know of anyone who might like to contribute financial aid please let me know. 

I can raise some finance through the advertising but really need to find a sponsor or sponsors to the value of £1,000 if we are to continue. 

We did manage to publish the calendar a little earlier for this year’s edition but, in order to have copies for sale and catch the tourist market, we are altering our deadline for photographs to 30 April 2021. 

Some of the rules have changed slightly as well but briefly comprise of the following:

Entrants can submit up to three photographs either as prints, slides or high resolution digital images and a minimum of 2336W x 1080H pixels sent in either .jpg or .raw files. 

They may be in colour or black and white.  Our calendar layout will be landscape in design and therefore all photographs should be capable of display in this format. 

If the photographs come from a mobile phone or tablet the files need to be set to the highest manufacturer’s camera setting before the photograph is taken, once again 2366W x 1080H pixels.

Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. 

Lyndhurst Parish Council and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so that it alters its authenticity.  Images copied from outside sources cannot be used. 

A full list of rules will appear shortly on our website  www.lyndhurst-pc.gov.uk.

The condition of Cemetery Road still continues to cause problems.  I have sent and received various emails with Forestry England since I last wrote this column. 

I have now been promised the tarmacking of the road will commence on 18 January but this depends on the temperature not dropping constantly below five degrees. 

Meanwhile the condition of the road seems to be worsening quite rapidly.

New play equipment and safety surfacing is expected to arrive at Coles Mead Recreation Ground in early February but there will have to be a lot of ground preparation work undertaken first and I hope to be able to report favourably next month. 

In the meantime our maintenance team will need to distribute the play bark from two of the play areas into other areas of the Recreation Ground.

Speaking of the Recreation Ground, we were unfortunate enough to suffer some vandalism during December. 

Well done to the local resident (take out the name Jim Green) who was good enough to call the Police immediately. 

Due to teamwork the offenders have been identified and some relevant action can now be taken. 

Unfortunately, CCTV equipment and the Junior Football Club building were damaged. 

From a Parish Council point of view this means that our equipment will have to be replaced leading to less money for facilities in the Recreation Ground. 

margaret

Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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