The Parish Council is continuing to work with its neighbour, Netley Marsh parish, on investigations into the flooding incidents over the Christmas period and beyond.
Many local residents have completed the Council’s survey questionnaire and meetings have been held with officers from Hampshire County Council and the Environment Agency to identify practical measures for the future.
If you have been affected by flooding and have not completed a copy of the questionnaire, please contact the Parish Clerk for a copy. Please note also that an update on the flood investigations will be given for the foreseeable future at every full Council meeting (4th Tuesday of the month).
Owners of land next to a main river or ordinary watercourse are reminded that they are likely to have riparian maintenance responsibilities. This includes ditches which are outside property boundaries.
More information can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/flooding or please contact the Parish Clerk for details.
The Parish Council will shortly be appointing a Parish Lengthsman to carry out various year-round maintenance tasks.
This will be a joint appointment to cover the four parishes of Bramshaw, Copythorne, Netley Marsh and Wellow. Duties may include light ditch work, clearing footways and verges, cleaning and minor repairs to road signs and bus shelters, and reporting defects and breakages.
Lists of tasks for each parish will be drawn up throughout the year, the total work averaging around 1 day a week. The Lengthsman will be self-employed and need to have their own means of transport and tools to carry out the work.
More details can be found here (PDF) or are obtainable from the Parish Clerk. Applications for the post close on Monday 28 April 2014.
Village Agent Scheme
Some months ago, the Council appealed for volunteers for the position of Village Agent for Copythorne.
This is a scheme run by Hampshire County Council to help provide support for older people in the community. While an appointment was recently made, unfortunately the successful applicant has had to withdraw.
Village Agents work with people from all social and economic backgrounds and can often be a lifeline for the more vulnerable. They provide information about local services and facilities and enjoy being active in their local community.
The post is suitable for someone able to offer between 4 and 6 hours a week. Volunteers need to be owner drivers for which expenses are paid. If you are interested in the post, please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
The Council has recently been approached by HARAH (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing) about the provision of more affordable housing in the parish.
Any housing would be for people with a genuine local connection to the parish and would be built by a housing association, with no right-to-buy.
Following discussions it has been agreed to conduct a residents’ survey to ascertain the extent of housing need. The survey form is presently being prepared and will be circulated to all Copythorne households shortly.
Once the survey is complete, the results will be analysed to determine the level of need, if any. The survey form will include a question on whether residents are aware of any sites that might be suitable for a small affordable housing scheme.
Don’t leave valuables in your car
It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car – so never leave valuables inside. The Safer New Forest Partnership urges drivers to take simple steps to keep their vehicles and contents safe when left in car parks this Spring.
Hampshire police advise:
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 22 April 2014 Council
Tuesday 13 May 2014 Planning
Tuesday 27 May 2014 Council (AGM)
(Please note that the Planning meeting scheduled for 8 April has been cancelled)
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.