New kerbside glass collection service for the New Forest
New Forest District Council has been successful in gaining government grant funding of £1,880,120 to introduce a new district-wide kerbside glass collection and retain weekly refuse and recycling collections.
The funding is part of the Government’s £250 million Weekly Collection Support Scheme to be made available to local authorities over three years to help reinstate or retain weekly waste collections or introduce new recycling initiatives.
The Department for Communities and Local Government fund was oversubscribed as it received 130 bids totally £345 million and New Forest was the only district authority in Hampshire to be awarded funding. NFDC is also anxious to underline its commitment to keeping weekly refuse collections.
As reported earlier this year, the Parish Council has recently inspected all the footpaths in the parish. A few defects were found, mainly relating to missing/damaged stiles and fingerposts, waterlogged ground and obstructions.
All the items have been reported to Rights of Way at Hampshire County Council and hopefully these will receive attention in due course. Local residents can also help to keep footpaths in good condition by reporting any defects either to the Parish Council or direct to Rights of Way.
It is also intended to include details of all parish paths on the Parish Council website and publish occasional articles on particular paths.
Nominate your good neighbour
Are you lucky enough to have a good neighbour living nearby? Someone to call on when you need support, a friendly face who offers a helping hand, a neighbour who goes that extra mile? If so, you now have the chance to say “thank you” by honouring them at the Hampshire County Council Awards.
The Good Neighbour Award Scheme 2013 recognises and rewards volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities. It acknowledges the contribution people make in enabling older people to remain living independently in their own homes.
Nominate your good neighbour by completing the form available online to print out at www.hants.gov.uk/bettertime. The form also appears in the winter edition of the Hampshire Now magazine, or contact the Civic Events Office, Good Neighbour Award 2013, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UQ. Send your completed forms to this address or submit online to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of Friday 25 January 2013.
Copythorne Community Group
Congratulations to the Copythorne Community Group who are helping to raise funds for local projects. The Group consists of some of the organisers of the very successful Diamond Jubilee celebrations and is chaired by Cadnam resident, Lois Wells.
The Group also held a most enjoyable Barn Dance in November and hopes to use the proceeds assembled so far to provide a sports wall in the grounds of Copythorne Parish Hall for use by local youngsters. The aim would be to involve local firms in its construction. The Group is presently discussing the detailed plans with the Parish Hall Committee.
The Parish Council has been discussing ways of reinforcing the new 30 mph speed limits in the parish. One of the problems is the piece of legislation that prevents the user of repeater signs in areas with street lighting. This applies to areas such as Southampton Road, Romsey Road and Winsor Road.
In conjunction with Hampshire County Council, the aim is now to erect some alternative signs which will read “Think! Road Safety – this is a 30 mph limit”. These will be placed in strategic places to help remind motorists of the speed limit. Some funding has already been obtained from County Councillors Heron and Mans albeit a little extra will be needed to fund all the signs.
Residents will also be aware of the Speedwatch scheme being operated jointly with Bramshaw and Minstead parishes. Local volunteers, trained by Hampshire Constabulary, use speed indicator devices to identify persistent offenders and help the Police to make local roads safer for everyone.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report is available on the Parish Councils’ website, showing crime figures for the beat area during November. The beat officer, PC Dee Faulkner, continues to hold beat surgeries on the first Wednesday of the month, including at Bartley Stores from 12 noon to 1 pm.
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. Please note that the 8 January meeting has been cancelled.
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 22 January 2013 Council
Tuesday 12 February 2013 Planning
Tuesday 26 February 2013 Council
The Clerk to the Council (Mike Derrick) can be contacted at
3 Chichester Close,
Telephone and fax 01794 322080,