Appointment of Lengthsman
The Parish Council has joined partnership with Bramshaw, Netley Marsh and Wellow Parish Councils to appoint a modern-day Lengthsman.
Parish Lengthsmen were deployed in Hampshire until the late 1960s, carrying out routine maintenance work across allocated parishes. They were given lengths of highway to maintain, generally worked alone using hand tools, and took great pride in their area. Eventually mechanisation and reducing budgets sent the service into decline.
In recent years, the County Council has developed a new lengthsman scheme in a bid to provide a more local highway service. Now, with the help of a County Council grant, parishes can employ a lengthsman to carry out such tasks as maintaining parish-owned ditches, cleaning road signs and street name plates, and cutting back hedges overhanging roads and footways.
The lengthsman will also have a role in reporting defects in and around the area.
In the case of our local scheme, the four parishes are adding some of their own funds which will allow the lengthsman to work up to one day a month in each parish.
In this way it is hoped that aesthetic and practical improvements can be achieved for the benefit of all residents. The new lengthsman is expected to start within the next month.
The electoral registration system is changing
Over the summer, all New Forest residents will receive a letter telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
A new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the old system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
Many New Forest District residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily online.
A guide to a safer New Forest
Whether you live in the Forest or are just visiting for a fun day out, the Safer New Forest team wants to offer some advice. Pick up one their bright blue ‘Welcome to the beautiful New Forest’ visitor guides from information centres and campsites around the district for useful information and reminders to help you enjoy your time safely in the forest.
There are many tips to keep visitors safe and to protect the environment, including:
The guide also requests visitors to report any anti-social behaviour or criminal damage, take litter home and keep dogs under control, using a lead if necessary.
Consultation on household waste recycling centres
Hampshire County Council are reviewing their household waste recycling centre service and would like feedback on future provision.
It is important to know what people want and expect from the service and the consultation will help inform the County Council on how they use their reduced budget and remain mindful of the public’s priorities.
The consultation is open until 22 August 2014 and can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/recycling. A paper copy of the questionnaire can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.
As the weather gets hotter and pupils are spending more time outdoors during and after school hours, it’s a great time to get them thinking about where and how they relax and play.
The New Forest National Park Authority has been working in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund to research “Wild Play” – how young people use and feel about the local natural spaces they use, and if they do use them.
So many of the young people in our area live with the New Forest on their doorstep, but perhaps not all of them get to enjoy it. The Park Authority would like your help to survey as many children and parents as possible.
This survey will lead directly to a project enabling access to natural space for young people who live in and on the borders of the New Forest. The link to the online survey can be found at http://goo.gl/sprQsc.
There is also a separate survey for parents to be found at: http://goo.gl/aYZDyn
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 8 July 2014 Planning
Tuesday 22 July 2014 Council
Tuesday 12 August 2014 Planning
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.