It’s good to report that a Parish Lengthsman has now been appointed to carry out routine maintenance work in the parishes of Copythorne, Bramshaw, Netley Marsh and Wellow. He is Kevin Bennett of Southampton and we look forward to seeing him around the parishes from this month. Kevin is also a Lengthsman in other parts of the New Forest so will be well versed in the requirements of the job.
Mobile Library Service
Not such good news for the mobile library service. Following a further budget review and a three-month consultation by Hampshire County Council, additional service reductions are to be made from January 2015. Two more stops in Copythorne parish are to be withdrawn as they are not well used. These are Copythorne Parish Hall and James Farm Winsor.
This will leave only one stop in the parish, namely Cadnam Shopping Parade. This is a monthly visit on a Saturday from 10.55 am to 11.25 am. The dates for the remainder of 2014 are 25 October, 22 November and 20 December. The service reductions will probably lead to changes in routes and timetables and more information on this will be available later this year.
Re-launch of Hampshire’s volunteer driver recruitment campaign
The Hampshire Volunteer Driver Recruitment Campaign will be officially re-launched this month. The Campaign is a partnership between Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Volunteer Services, the Good Neighbours Support Services and local community transport operators. It aims to find new volunteer drivers who will:
- drive minibuses for community transport schemes, and/or
- drive their own cars to transport people (where volunteers receive a mileage rate to cover the costs incurred).
As part of the re-launch, HCC will be unveiling three new short films which have been produced to promote volunteer driving in Hampshire. For more information about the campaign, please see www.hants.gov.uk/volunteerdrivers,
or telephone 01962 846785.
Help for families and practitioners
Families and support workers across the New Forest can now benefit from two new advice guides created by the New Forest Local Children’s Partnership. This organisation, which is made up of representatives from local schools, statutory services and voluntary organisations, has produced Family Help and Mental Health Matters guides providing advice, information and support both for families and professionals who work with them.
Other topics covered include health and wellbeing, skills development and employment, substance misuse, separation and divorce, amongst others. Both guides can be found free on Community First New Forest’s website www.cfnf.org.uk.
Hampshire Countryside Access Plan review
Hampshire County Council is currently reviewing the Hampshire Countryside Access Plan (CAP) and consulting stakeholders for their views on what the revised CAP should contain and how it might be restructured. The Access Plan is the statutory Rights of Way Improvement Plan, as required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
The CAP was first published in 2008 and addresses the provision of rights of way, access land, permissive paths and other public open spaces primarily for recreation and enjoyment.
The Access Plan can be downloaded from www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/access-plans.htm There is a shorter survey available for individual members of the public.
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 October 2014 Planning
Tuesday 28 October 2014 Council
Tuesday 11 November 2014 Planning
Tuesday 25 November 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.