Food Hygiene Rating
New Forest District Council is now participating in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The scheme helps local people and visitors to make informed choices about where to eat out or shop for food by providing information about the standards of hygiene found at the time of inspection by officers from Environmental Health.
This informed choice givers recognition to businesses that meet the standards required and provides an incentive to improve to those that do not. The main aim is to protect public health. These ratings are published on the Food Standards Agency’s website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings and there are also mobile phone apps. Businesses are provided with stickers/certificates showing their rating and encouraged to display these at their premises.
Wheels to Work
Community First New Forest offers a moped loan service which aims to help young people aged 16-25 who have difficulty accessing public transport to enable them to access employment opportunities or vocational training.
The scheme offers a fully taxed, insured and maintained 50cc moped for a hire charge of £15 inc VAT per week, payable by standing order, plus a £60 refundable deposit. Free mandatory basic training and safety equipment are also provided.
The loan period can be up to a maximum of 12 months enabling users to save for and provide their own transport at the end of the loan. Riders are responsible for supplying their own licence, the minimum requirement being a provisional motorbike licence.
Community First have offices in Ringwood and Winchester and can be contacted on 0845 5216405 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Older People – do you need help to remain independent in your home?
Community First New Forest is the new provider of the New Forest Community Support Service, whose aim is to help older people with continued independence in their home.
The service, funded by Hampshire County Council, is successfully supporting over 300 people in the New Forest District and is keen to help more older people with independence.
The service has a team of trained support workers who are providing support across a range of needs. Examples include benefits advice, housing/tenancy related needs, exploring housing options, providing a home safety check, organising adaptations to your home, information on local social groups and events, arranging community transport or help in arranging any day care needs/home help.
The support service is free for the first 12 weeks. After that, clients may have to pay an hourly rate but if they are in receipt of a means tested benefit such as council tax benefit or pension credits, they will continue to receive the service free of charge. More information is available by telephone at 01425 478005 or on the website at www.cfnf.org.uk
‘Wild About Plants’ Project
Wild plant charity Plantlife are hoping to reach out to many wild plant enthusiasts and nature lovers by inviting them to become wild plant ‘pioneers’ and subscribe to a free quarterly e-learning bulletin to learn more about our native wild plants via the ‘Wild About Plants’ project website – www.wildaboutplants.org.uk.
The May bulletin is on the website now. The organisation works with schools, families and communities from all walks of life and, with free downloadable resources, hopes to engage people with the nature on their doorstep.
Plantlife have just launched “flowers on the edge”, their annual road-verges campaign. They are asking communities to record how their road verges are looking this summer by taking photos and sending in stories. The Wild About Plants team is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during May, can be found on the parish council’s website.
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 (3.30 – 4.30 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
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 9 July 2013 Planning
Tuesday 23 July 2013 Council
Tuesday 13 August 2013 Planning
Tuesday 27 August 2013 Planning**
** 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.