Switch Hampshire Scheme
There’s just a few days left to join ‘Switch Hampshire’ to see if you can save money on your energy bills. Simply register for free by 3 June to find out if you can benefit.
Hampshire County Council has joined forces with all the other local authorities in Hampshire to set up a collective energy switching service. This will allow gas and electricity consumers in the county to combine their purchasing power and get a better deal on their bills.
Once the registration process has closed, the County Council will invite quotations from energy suppliers. Residents will then be contacted with the best offer and it is up to you whether you switch or not. There is no fee to join or switch and you are under no obligation to switch.
When you sign up, just have your latest energy bill to hand. Register on-line at www.hants.gov.uk/switch or by phone on 01962 846828.
‘Have your Say’ on rural crime grants
New Forest residents are to ‘have their say’ about how £27,500 is to be spent on tackling rural crime and anti-social behaviour. Community organisations in the district are invited to apply for grants, ranging from £250 to £2000, to fund their own rural crime initiatives following the award from Hampshire County Council to Community First New Forest. The aim of the scheme is:
When all applications have been received, by midday on 3 June, the public will be invited to two Have your Say events to vote for the projects they would like to see funded. These will be held at Avonway Centre, Fordingbridge on 11 June and at Brockenhurst Village Hall on 13 June, both at 6 pm.
Further information is available from Community First New Forest on 01425 482773.
Keep a lookout for metal thieves
‘Security mark your metal’ is the message to New Forest businesses and residents following a recent rise in rural crime. Lead roofing and flashing, metal gates, pipework, drain covers, and cable containing copper have all been targeted by thieves in the district as the price of metal has increased dramatically.
The Safer New Forest Partnership urges local householders and rural businesses to consider security marking their property and taking other measures to avoid becoming a victim of metal theft. Security marking with a product such as Smartwater
www.smartwater.com/home/ is a real deterrent to thieves. SmartWater is virtually impossible to remove completely from metals and other items. The system can prove the ownership of an item and has 100 per cent conviction rate when used as evidence in court.
Hampshire Police asks the public to look out for any suspicious behaviour involving metal, such as people digging up cables or anybody on rooftops, especially at night, and to report it immediately.
Dame Mary Fagan granted freedom of the New Forest
New Forest District Council has recognised the work of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame May Fagan DCVO JP, by giving her the Freedom of the New Forest District at a special meeting of the Council on 13 May.
The prestigious honour was bestowed on Dame Mary in recognition of her services to the life and communities of the New Forest as the Queen’s representative. Dame Mary was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1994 and is responsible for arranging and attending royal visits in the county.
The Lord-Lieutenant is president or patron of over 60 organisations in Hampshire and maintains a keen interest in all aspects of life in the county, including voluntary and charitable groups, education, commerce, industry and armed forces.
Parish Council grants
The Parish Council has a modest annual grant budget to assist local groups and organisations with small projects. Grants are intended for groups based in Copythorne or those providing facilities primarily for Copythorne residents.
Grants are designed to assist new initiatives and are not for general running costs.
Applications are invited three times a year, the next deadline being 25 June 2013. Further information, together with an application form, is available on the Parish Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk.
Alternatively, telephone the Clerk on 01794 322080.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during April can be found on the parish council’s website. A new Beat Officer, PC Rob Morant, has now taken over from WPC Dee Faulkner and will be introducing himself to the local community in the coming weeks.
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 11 June 2013 Planning
Tuesday 25 June 2013 Council
Tuesday 9 July 2013 Planning
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.