The ongoing discussions with various authorities/agencies have been successful in securing various flood resilience measures in the parish. Regular updates on progress will continue to be given for the foreseeable future at the monthly Parish Council meetings (4th Tuesday, 7 pm, Copythorne Parish Hall).
Further information is also available on the Copythorne News website, including the availability of polypropylene sandbags from a local supplier. Go to www.copythornenews.co.uk, click on ‘Information’ and then ‘Flooding’.
Age Concern Hampshire are still seeking a Village Agent for Copythorne parish. Village Agents are local volunteers who help signpost older people to local services and information. Typically they will offer 4-6 hours per week and be fully supported with training sessions and informal get-togethers with other Village Agents across the county.
For further information or to apply please contact the Village Agent Co-ordinator on 01962 892443 or Freephone 0800 328 7154. Contact can also be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quiet lanes in the New Forest National Park
Hampshire County Council and the National Park Authority are jointly promoting a Quiet Lanes project in Hampshire. Quiet Lanes are a designated network of rural lanes with low flows of traffic at low speeds that are suitable for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The objective is to improve awareness that there may be a variety of different users in the road and to encourage through traffic to use other routes. The Parish Council has expressed an interest in becoming a pilot area for the scheme and more information will be published at a later date.
NFDC supports businesses with free parking
New Forest District Council is offering free car parking on Saturday 6 December as part of its support for local business. Shoppers will be able to park for free in all council-run car parks to mark ‘Small Business Saturday’ – a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to shop local and support independent shops.
The 2015 Brand New Forest card will also be launched on 6 December. The card scheme, now in its fifth year, is designed to stimulate local business activity throughout the year by providing cardholders with special offers and discounts across the New Forest. The cost of a card is £5 and more information can be found at brandnewforest.com
New Forest District Council has been advertising Alcohol Awareness Week which took place during November. A free booklet providing more information on alcohol units, health risks and ways to cut down is available at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk under the reference C4L238 or call 0300 123 1002.
Parish Hall wi-fi
A reminder that the Parish Council has provided a wi-fi facility in Copythorne Parish Hall. It is used principally by the Council in relation to planning matters but can also be used by other bone fide users of the Hall. For password access, please contact the Parish Clerk
Many local residents will already be aware of the Copythorne News website. The site carries a What’s On guide together with information for residents and visitors alike on a range of topics. For newcomers to the site, go to www.copythornenews.co.uk
Hampshire Constabulary continue to publish a monthly Safer Neighbourhoods Beat Report, a copy of which can be found on the Parish Council website. Beat surgeries are also held in the locality, including at Bartley Stores from 12.30-13.30 on the first Wednesday of the month.
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 December 2014 Planning
Tuesday 13 January 2015 Planning
Tuesday 27 January 2015 Council
Please note there is no full Council meeting in December.
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.