Clerk's Corner: May 2016

That’s another month gone by far too quickly for me. This year has been really busy so far.

We now have three grant applications on the go – Cemetery electricity grant application to Viridor Credits, Parish Circular Walk leaflet grant aid was just given by NFNPA and Open Space grant allocation submitted to NFNPA for the second phase of the skateboard project in the Recreation Ground.

These are all good sources of funding and will help to keep the parish precept down for our residents.

There is also a chance of another grant application later in the year but more of that later.

Our April Parish Council meeting saw a presentation from NFDC’s Carole Gallagher and Rachel Higgins on air quality, with particular reference to our High Street.

If you would like further information please contact the District Council officers or visit the website www.newforest.gov.uk/airquality.

Suffice to say the readings have reduced a small amount in the last year and some of this is thought to be because we now have the left-hand filter light in operation at the High Street/Romsey Road junction.

At our April meeting our Chairman, Mark Rollé made the annual presentation of the Parish Champion trophy.

This year it was given to Monica Langston for the outstanding and unstinting voluntary service she has given to our community over a great many years.

Monica is much loved and respected by so many people and has a wealth of knowledge.

She works quietly in the background never seeking recognition or praise.

When she first came to Lyndhurst she and husband Jack ran the Post Office and newsagents towards the bottom of the village High Street for many years but Monica, although busy with her business interests, was quickly drawn into village life and joined the Committee of the Community Association at the Community Centre.

Photo courtesy of Helen Klaassen shows Monica accepting the award from Mark RolléAt the time of writing, she still serves as their Treasurer and she also runs the Community Club which organizes a monthly lunch and outings for local people.

Monica is a stalwart at St Michael’s Church (formerly a church warden) and was, at one time, President of the Lyndhurst Branch of the WI.

(Photo courtesy of Helen Klaassen shows Monica accepting the award from Mark Rollé).

The flags and bunting have been erected, making the High Street look very festive for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

I am still collecting names from residents who are holding parties to commemorate the event for their roads or organisations so please do get in touch if you would like a party box.

I, for one, am a bit confused about the future of our Library.

As far as I am aware at the time of writing this column no firm decision has been taken about its future but I understand that in the latest HCC report it has been put in Category 3, which makes it vulnerable to closure or being staffed wholly by volunteers.

As the mobile library service is being discontinued completely it would mean that if there wasn’t a library in Lyndhurst residents would have to travel to Lymington, Hythe, Totton, Ringwood or Fordingbridge to use the service.

Libraries nowadays are not just about borrowing a book so please call into the Library in Lyndhurst and see what is on offer and also what you can do to safeguard our Library for the future.

I am well aware that not everyone likes to use the internet but for those of you who do please note that you can report all sorts of road problems such as potholes, overgrown hedges and street lighting faults by tapping into www.3.hants.gov.uk/roadproblems.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 May at 7.15 pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Why not come along. There is an opportunity for members of the public to air their views at the commencement of the meeting.

There is an opportunity for members of the public to air their views at the commencement of the meeting.

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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.