The Parish Council’s efforts in investigating the flooding events last December are continuing. Positive improvements have been made by the Highways Agency to the structures associated with the culvert under the M27 near Newbridge Road.
Other areas of concern in the Pollards Moor area have also been highlighted for attention. In addition, work on improving the road and surface water drainage in Shepherds Road is being progressed.
The Council will continue to work with the main bodies, i.e. Hampshire County Council, the Highways Agency and Environment Agency to identify further measures aimed at preventing future flooding.
For the time being, updates will continue to be given at monthly meetings of the Parish Council.
Noise from the M27 at Cadnam
Some time ago the Highways Agency were developing proposals for sound barriers on the M27 between junctions 1 and 2 at Cadnam.
This was in response to the many complaints from residents about traffic noise. Unfortunately, these proposals were put on hold because of the economic situation and now it seems they have been abandoned.
The local MP, Dr Julian Lewis, has written to the Highways Agency about the ongoing concerns. The Agency has replied saying that the noise issue will be addressed through resurfacing, using low noise materials.
However, the policy is to resurface only when required for maintenance reasons. Resurfacing is currently planned for delivery in 2017/18 so regrettably there appears to be no early hope for improvement.
Electric blanket safety checks
Hampshire County Council will be running its safety check programme for electric blankets again this year.
The nearest events to Copythorne will be as follows:
The events are run by Hampshire’s Trading Standards Service and are by appointment only to give some control over very busy days.
For bookings, telephone 01962 833358.
This is often an unmanned line and callers will be asked to leave their name and full telephone number clearly to enable a call back by a staff member.
Blankets and relevant electrical cables are required for the test.
Eat out with confidence in the New Forest this summer
New Forest cafes, restaurants, hotels and pubs are proudly displaying a ‘badge of honour’ this summer to encourage more people to come dine with them.
Food hygiene ratings are available for 1100 hospitality businesses in the New Forest to reassure customers that they can enjoy their meals with peace of mind.
Environmental health officers from New Forest District Council inspect the cleanliness and safety of all food businesses in the district under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).
While 5 is the highest rating, you can eat with confidence in establishments with a 3 rating.
Visitors and residents can view a business’s food hygiene rating when choosing where to eat or shop by checking the rating sticker in the window, the certificate on display inside the premises or by going online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings
A mobile app is also available to download from the Food Standards Agency.
Eling Tide Mill secures Lottery Fund investment
In a major boost for the heritage of the area, the partnership of New Forest District Council and Totton & Eling Town Council has received a grant of £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grant will develop the ‘Eling Experience’, a tourist attraction which includes the historic Grade II listed tide mill, heritage centre and the open spaces encompassing Goatee Beach and Bartley Water.
The project will include essential conservation and restoration work to the mill, extension and development of the heritage centre and creation of a new learning centre and café.
There will be an exciting programme of activities, exhibitions and events for young and old and will offer the involvement of volunteers, including training for volunteer millers.
Eling Tide Mill (c .1785) is a rare example of a working mill still producing flour using only tidal power.
The location between the industry of Southampton Water and the rural New Forest has played an important role in the rise and fall of the mill.
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 August 2014 Planning (Cancelled)
Tuesday 26 August 2014 Planning
Tuesday 9 September 2014 Council
Please note there is no full Council meeting in August.
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.