Following on from last month’s report, investigations in several areas are continuing. The flooding that regularly occurs in parts of Bartley village has been discussed and visits made by representatives from both Hampshire County Council and the Environment Agency.
A proposal involving upgrading a roadside watercourse in Shepherds Road and returning the flow into Bartley Water is currently under consideration. This proposal is expected to reduce the occurrence of standing water on the highway in Shepherds Road and flooding in the local area.
If you have unfortunately been flooded internally since 1 December last year you can apply for up to £5000 of grant funding towards 100% of the costs of purchasing and installing appropriate flood resilience measures that will help withstand future flooding.
The grant assistance will not cover work covered by any insurance. The closing date for applications is 1 September 2014. Full details are shown on the New Forest District Council’s website or contact the Parish Clerk for further information.
Review of bus and community transport services
Hampshire County Council is currently carrying out a review of transport services which includes the discretionary element of the Hampshire Concessionary Travel Scheme. The review is taking place against the background of HCC needing to achieve savings of £93 million annual revenue funding by 2015/16.
A contribution of £1.25-£1.5 million needs to be identified from the council’s support of passenger transport services towards this.
Option for achieving the contribution could include: reducing or ceasing support for Sunday services; reducing or ceasing support for evening services after 7 pm; ceasing the 9 am early start for the older persons bus pass; reducing the frequency and/or days of service; replacing bus services with taxishares or community transport services; reducing the amount of printed publicity with a greater use of electronic information.
A list of the subsidised services operating in the area which are within the scope of the review can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/transportconsultation2014. The consultation process will run until 31 May 2014.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting held on 12 March 2014 was well attended by local residents who received a presentation from Parish Councillor John Goodwin regarding ongoing investigations into recent flooding incidents.
Other topics discussed included the need for riparian landowners to be made aware of their responsibilities by Land Registry and possible options for traffic speed reduction and/or traffic calming near Copythorne Infant School, Romsey Road.
Twinning with village in northern Normandy
The co-ordinator of the New Forest Twinning groups has been asked for suggestions for a possible twin village or small town for Cany Barville, a small town 25 miles south west of Dieppe with farming and light industry and a population of 3200.
International twinning is usually run by a community association and does not rely on public funding although the local council is asked to support the twinning in principle and sign the twinning charter.
Twinners usually exchange visits in alternate years, involving individuals, couples and families of all ages. The proposed link might also involve exchanges between schools, sports clubs or music organisations.
There are many successful twinning links throughout the world which can vouch for their enjoyment and promotion of international understanding. If anyone is interested in helping to set up a twinning link with Cany Barville, please contact the Parish Clerk to discuss matters further.
Village Agent Scheme
As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, 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.
Safer New Forest is concerned at the increase in rogue traders and aggressive cold callers operating in the district. To increase residents’ awareness of the problem, the organisation has put together an information pack which includes a handy booklet Avoiding Scams from Age UK. There is also a window sticker stating ‘We do not buy or sell at this door. No unwanted callers please’.
Copies are available from the Parish Clerk.
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 13 May 2014 Planning
Tuesday 27 May 2014 Council (AGM)
Tuesday 10 June 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.