The Parish Council is continuing to work with Hampshire County Council, the Highways Agency and the Environment Agency to identify measures to prevent future flooding. The Council has also assisted 17 householders in the parish to obtain Repair/Renewal grants for various flood works.
Eight of these are associated with the Cadnam River and nine with Bartley Water. Hampshire County Council has also invested £7000 on the upgrade of a ditch in Shepherds Road.
Parish Hall wi-fi
Users of the Parish Hall wi-fi facility will be aware that there have recently been connection problems. These have now been remedied and the service is up and running again. However, a new password will be needed which can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.
Hampshire Police are going through major changes to meet further reductions in funding. One of these changes involves the Safer Neighbourhood Teams whose beats will now be aligned to Parish Council boundaries.
The beat officers responsible for these areas will alter and, from April 2015, Copythorne’s new beat officer will be PC 1416 Andy White. Arrangements are being made for his introduction to the local community nearer the time.
For any resident wanting details of local crime figures, these can be obtained from the monthly Safer Neighbourhood Beat reports and regular Country Watch bulletins, all of which are posted on the Parish website.
Admissions to school – September 2015
Will your child be 4 years old between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015? For school places starting in September 2015, Hampshire residents can apply (from 1 November 2014):
The application deadline is Thursday 15 January 2015. Schools make individual arrangements for open events in the autumn term and residents are encouraged to make use of these opportunities to gather information before making an application.
Seasonal flu immunisation campaign 2014/15
Hampshire County Council is supporting this autumn’s seasonal flu immunisation programme, which takes a two pronged approach. Firstly, promoting the flu vaccine for those most at risk of severe illness if they catch flu.
This includes the over 65s, pregnant women, young children, those with underlying disease, particularly chronic respiratory or cardiac disease and those who are immunosuppressed. Secondly, encouraging health and social care workers to have a flu vaccination to protect them and the people they care for from infection.
Visit Flu vaccination: winter 2014 to 2015 for more information or e-mail email@example.com
New Forest National Park Management Plan update
The National Park Authority has published an initial draft of its Management Plan update for 2015-20. The draft has been produced jointly by many of the statutory organisations in the Forest and is designed primarily to bring the actions in the 2010 Plan up-to-date. Residents are invited to submit comments during the ‘Call for views’ consultation which will run until 19 December 2014.
The document can be viewed at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/managementplan, at the NPA’s offices in Lymington Town Hall and at the NFDC offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst. There will also be a number of public drop-in events as follows:
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 11 November 2014 Planning
Tuesday 25 November 2014 Council
Tuesday 9 December 2014 Planning
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.