Help with your energy costs
Hampshire Council proposes to take part in a collective energy switching scheme that will allow residents to benefit from discounted fuel prices. County Councillor Edward Heron will be presenting details of the scheme at the Copythorne Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 13 March at Copythorne Parish Hall (rear extension).
The meeting, which starts at 7.30 pm, also provides an opportunity to meet your elected representatives from the County, District and Parish Councils and raise any local issues you have in the Open Forum. Light refreshments will be available before the meeting.
Community Speedwatch Scheme
This scheme has now been operating successfully in Copythorne for a little while. The scheme is operated jointly with the parishes of Bramshaw and Minstead and aims to combat speeding on local village roads.
Speedwatch is operated under the guidance of Hampshire Constabulary who provide the necessary training and reflective clothing. More volunteers are needed to help run the scheme and if you are interested please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.
New national health helpline (111)
Residents in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth can now call NHS 111 if they need health advice or information or if they have a non life-threatening health issue and are not sure where to go for treatment. The service will make it easier for people to access local urgent healthcare while taking pressure off the 999 service and local A&E departments.
The easy to remember three digit number, which is free to call, replaces NHS Direct and should be called if medical help is needed fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. A team of advisers supported by trained paramedics and nurses will then assess the caller’s symptoms, provide relevant advice and direct them to the right local service at that time, helping eliminate the need to make lots of telephone calls.
The service, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is being rolled out across England and is expected to be in operation across the country by October 2013. For more information, you can contact the SHIP PCT Cluster media team on 023 9268 4821.
Guidance for riparian landowners
If you have land or property next to a river, stream or ditch you are a ‘riparian landowner’ with various rights and responsibilities. For example you are likely to own up to the centre of any watercourse that runs alongside your boundary.
At the same time you should take steps to keep the banks clear of anything that could cause an obstruction and increase flood risk, either on your land or downstream.
A very useful guide entitled “Living on the Edge”, published by the Environment Agency, is available on the Parish Council’s website.
Community Walk invitation
The National Trust is organising community walks at Foxbury Plantation on Saturday 9 March at 10 am and 2 pm. The walks will provide an opportunity to meet the rangers, find out more about the future of Foxbury and the events programme.
The meeting point is at Foxbury gate via Half Moon Car Park in Blackhill Road. Booking is essential so please call 01425 650035.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during January, should be on the parish council’s website soon. The former beat officer, PC Dee Faulkner, has recently retired after 30 years’ service with the constabulary and the Parish Council sends its best wishes for her retirement.
Pending the appointment of a new beat officer, please note that there will be no beat surgeries for the time being.
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 12 March 2013 Planning
Wednesday 13 March Annual Parish Meeting (7.30pm)
Tuesday 26 March 2013 Council
Tuesday 9 April 2013 Planning
The Clerk to the Council (Mike Derrick) can be contacted at
3 Chichester Close,
Telephone and fax 01794 322080,