Village Agent Scheme
Do you enjoy being active in your local community? Are you able to offer between 4 and 6 hours a week? As a volunteer you could become a Village Agent for Copythorne.
Village Agents are being recruited across the county to help provide support for older people in the community by providing information about local services and facilities. Agents are a trusted local presence and resource, working with people from all social and economic backgrounds. They can often be a lifeline for the more vulnerable.
Volunteers need to be owner drivers for which expenses are paid.
If you are interested in becoming a Village Agent, please contact the Clerk to the Council for more information.
The Parish Council has continued to liaise with Hampshire Highways over safety issues concerning the Haywain crossroads. Highways have now completed a three-year monitoring exercise following the casualty reduction scheme implemented in 2010.
This comprised extended hatching and line changes to the west of the junction, installation of a vehicle activated advance warning sign and new junction markings in the centre of the crossroads. The review shows a reduction in both the number and severity of accidents. Overall, the monitoring shows that traffic speeds at the junction have generally slowed, justifying the various safety measures.
In the centre of the crossroads, motorists also seem to be more cautious. However, the line markings in the centre need re-painting and are to be renewed as soon as possible.
The Parish Council has also tried to counter the absence of repeater signs in the new 30 mph speed limits in the parish. A number of ‘Think’ signs have been erected in Southampton Road, Romsey Road and Winsor Road which remind motorists of the new limits. Thanks are due to County Councillors Heron and Mans who have helped to pay for these signs from their devolved budgets.
Wrap your sharp items
Wrap your sharp items and dispose of them responsibly – that’s the reminder from New Forest District Council following a spate of knives being discovered in rubbish bags. Sharp items can cause injury to refuse collectors and can also split bags.
Any items like scissors, knives and skewers should be placed in a container before they are placed in the sack, and any broken glass must be wrapped. NFDC say they would prefer that knives are disposed of at recycling centres. Where this is not possible then knives and other sharp objects should either be placed into a box or securely wrapped and taped in cardboard before placing them in your household waste bag.
Watch out – Totton businesses fight crime
Totton business owners are fighting back against crime by launching a Business Watch scheme in the town. The free crime prevention service will be run in partnership with Totton police and aims to reduce theft and fraud. It plans to keep all members informed through instant messaging and its website businesswatchtotton.com
It will encourage businesses to improve crime prevention and where necessary, provide enforcement by banning repeat offenders from using Totton businesses. The website will also be a constant source of valuable information relating to all business crime-related subjects.
Copythorne Parish Hall Wi-FI
A reminder that Copythorne Parish Council has installed Wi-Fi in the parish hall which is available to local residents. If you are a regular, bona fide user of the parish hall and have a use for wi-fi facilities, contact the Parish Clerk for a password to access the facility.
Copythorne News is an independent website carrying local news items and details of local events and advertising. It serves all the communities in the parish of Copythorne and can be found at www.copythornenews.co.uk
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during June, can be found on the parish council’s website.
As reported last month, the new Beat Officer, PC Rob Morant, has confirmed that mobile beat surgeries are continuing as before. For Copythorne, these are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Bartley Stores from 12.30 – 1.30 pm.
There are also sessions on the same day at Minstead Stores (9.30 – 10.30 am) and Bramshaw Stores (8.15 – 9.15 am) (new time).
The Parish Council discusses all planning applications at each of its meetings – on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month If you think you may be affected by an application, the Council would be pleased to hear your views to help form a response to the planning authority (either the New Forest National Park Authority or New Forest District Council).
Comments can be made to the Parish Council either by letter or in person in the public participation session at the start of each meeting.
Applications due to be considered at the next meeting can be found by clicking on Planning on the top menu on the Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk
The Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm in the Copythorne Parish Hall (rear extension). Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meetings and speak on any matter of concern at the start of the meeting.
The dates of the next few meetings are:
Tuesday 13 August 2013 Planning
Tuesday 27 August 2013 Planning**
Tuesday 10 September 2013 Planning
Tuesday 24 September 2013 Council
** Please note there is no full Council meeting in August.
For those who would like information about the Council’s financial affairs, the Council’s budget for 2013/14 can be found on the website. Details of the Council’s grant scheme, designed to help local organisations with small projects, are also on the site.
The Clerk to the Council (Mike Derrick) can be contacted at
3 Chichester Close,
Telephone and fax 01794 322080,
Details of individual Parish Councillors can also be found on the parish website.