Christmas tree recycling
Christmas tree recycling points will be available from Monday 6 January until Sunday 12 January at a number of locations across the New Forest. The nearest site to Copythorne is Lyndhurst village car park, SO43 7NY.
You may also recycle Christmas trees at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (8am – 4 pm), including Normandy Way, Marchwood, SO40 4UD. Christmas trees less than 1.8m may be put out for collection with your refuse, but will not be recycled.
Switch Hampshire Winter Scheme launches
Following the first round of Switch Hampshire which ran from May to July 2013, Hampshire County Council in partnership with your Local Council is pleased to announce that the scheme is re-opening over the winter.
Registration is now open and is a quick and easy way for residents to find out if they could save on their energy bills. If residents do decide to switch, the scheme will handle the switching process for them.
The scheme covers residents who use gas or electricity (or both) and also those who use pre-payment meters. Residents do not have to agree to pay their bills by direct debit or online if they do decide to switch.
Residents can register online at www.hants.gov.uk/switch or over the phone on 01962 846828. The closing date for registrations is 17 February 2014.
Nominations wanted for New Forest Sport Awards 2014
Local people are being urged to show their support for sporting excellence in the New Forest. The New Forest Sports Awards 2014 is open for nominations until Monday 6 January.
The annual awards are organised by the New Forest Sport and Physical Activity Alliance and aims to reward and recognise commitment, performance and excellence across all sports. The wide range of categories ensures that as well as elite performers, recognition is given to teams, clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
In addition, the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award recognises inspirational endeavour on the part of a participant, coach or volunteer who has overcome adversity to make an outstanding individual achievement in their chosen sport.
The categories include: Club of the Year; Coach of the Year; Junior & Senior Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year; Junior & Senior Disability Sportsperson of the Year; Master Sportsperson of the Year; Outstanding Personal Achievement of the Year; Junior & Senior Team of the Year; Junior & Senior Volunteer of the Year; Official of the Year; Service to Sport.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the NFDC website newforest.gov.uk by searching ‘New Forest Sports Awards’ or by calling 023 8028 5000.
Clearance planned for Copythorne Common
The area of Copythorne Common bounded by Romsey Road and Whitemoor Lane has sadly become a dumping ground of late. The local Beat Officer, PC Robert Morant, is planning to organise a community clear-up with the local Scouts and other volunteers. New Forest District Council will be arranging to collect and dispose of the rubbish after the clear-up.
Community First New Forest issued a bulletin in December about various cyber scams used by unscrupulous people. It was mainly targeted at those buying Christmas presents on the internet but was issued too late for our last Newsletter.
However, it will still update your knowledge of the latest scams in use. Log on to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25200338.
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 14 January 2014 Planning
Tuesday 28 January 2014 Council
Tuesday 11 February 2014 Planning
Tuesday 25 February 2014 Council
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.