A reminder that homeowners and businesses who suffered internal flooding in the recent events may be eligible for grant-aid under a Government-sponsored flood support scheme.
Grants of up to £5000 are available under the Repair and Renew Fund to pay for repairs and measures that will improve a property’s liability to withstand future flooding. A council tax discount or business rate relief may also be available.
Further details are available on the New Forest District Council website at www.nfdc.gov.uk or contact the Parish Clerk for further information.
Surface water drainage – rebates
The annual standing charge made by Southern Water includes an amount for surface water drainage. Surface water is rainwater which runs off roofs and paved areas and includes such activities as car washing.
However, if your property does not connect to a public sewer and the surface water drains into a soakaway, you can claim a rebate for the current charging year onwards.
To make a claim, complete the online form at www.southernwater.co.uk/rebate or alternatively call 0845 279 0845 and record your details. Once your claim has been agreed you will automatically receive the rebate each year, although it cannot be backdated.
Village Agent Scheme
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Hampshire County Council is in need of a Village Agent for Copythorne parish. The scheme helps to provide support for older people in the community by providing information about local services and facilities and offering practical help.
The post is suitable for someone able to offer between 4 and 6 hours a week, with volunteers needing to be owner drivers for which expenses are paid. If you are able to help, please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Parish Council grants
The Parish Council has a modest budget to help local organisations with small projects. The closing date for the next round of applications is 24 June, with requests being considered on 8 July 2014. For further details of the scheme and an application form, please visit the Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk or contact the Parish Clerk.
Copythorne Parish Hall Wi-FI
A reminder that Copythorne Parish Council has installed Wi-Fi in the parish hall which is available to local residents. If you are a regular, bona fide user of the parish hall and have a use for wi-fi facilities, contact the Parish Clerk for a password to access the facility.
Security mark your tools
Tradesmen are urged to security mark valuable tools to discourage thieves from selling them on. The Safer New Forest Partnership advises tool owners to mark their property with a postcode and house number, which will also enable police to return stolen goods if recovered.
Security marking kits are available which mark valuables with a unique code.
Car and truck drivers in particular are advised to property mark their work tools and secure their vehicles properly to deter thieves. Anybody noticing people acting suspiciously near a vehicle should report it to the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
A date for your diary
The Copythorne Community Group is organising another Fun Day at Copythorne Parish Hall on Sunday 7 September 2014. There will be entertainment for all the family, with free entrance and parking. Look out for further details nearer the date.
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 10 June 2014 Planning
Tuesday 24 June 2014 Council
Tuesday 8 July 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.