As previously mentioned, the Parish Council’s investigations into last winter’s flooding events are continuing. The Council has been asked to report all instances of internal and garden flooding to the Environment Agency so that they can update their records and use the information in their assessments. If, therefore, you have not already contacted the Parish Council following the flooding that occurred in December 2013 and the early months of 2014, please contact the Parish Clerk to request a survey form.
The July bulletin referred to the proposed appointment of a Lengthsman to carry out routine maintenance work in the parishes of Copythorne, Bramshaw, Netley Marsh and Wellow. Unfortunately there has been a delay in the appointment as the successful candidate had to withdraw. However, the position has been offered to another candidate and we hope to have the scheme up and running very shortly.
Residents alerted to bogus cold callers
New Forest District Council has been made aware that several residents in the district have received cold calls from two individuals claiming to be working with the council on the Solent Green Deal scheme and asking for householders’ details. These individuals are not representing the council or Solent Green Deal. Neither the council nor Solent Green Deal use cold callers to promote schemes or services and all NFDC staff working on council business carry formal identification with them.
Residents who receive a cold call like this are asked to report it to the Police by telephoning 101. The Police will share information with Hampshire Trading Standards who can also be contacted direct on 01962 833666 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm).
Who’s watching you in the car park?
New Forest visitors leaving their vehicles in public car parks are urged to take all their valuables with them. Thieves may be watching your movements in the car park when you arrive for a walk in the forest, to attend an event or park to go shopping. Since the Safer New Forest Partnership raised concerns earlier this year, there has been a significant reduction in thefts from motor vehicles – but visitors should not become complacent.
Drivers and passengers are advised to remove all valuable items – including bags, coats, satnavs, mobiles and laptops – from their parked vehicles and to lock their vehicle securely. Do not be tempted to leave items in the boot.
Local NHS launches campaign to promote patient choice
NHS analysis shows that the majority of residents of west Hampshire aren’t aware that they can choose which hospital they are referred to. West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has therefore launched a campaign to tell people about their right to choice. This legal right means that patients can choose from any hospital offering a suitable treatment for their condition that meets NHS standards and costs.
The CCG is therefore actively encouraging patients to consider the options with their GP to ensure that they make the best choice for their circumstances. The campaign also highlights that if a patient needs to see a consultant or specialist and has to wait longer than 18 weeks, they have the right to ask to go to another hospital.
For more information about choice, the campaign and the work done by West Hampshire CCG, visit the website at www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk
Do you need some free pest control?
If you have a pest problem, BBC Two would love to hear about it! The BBC2 channel is working with Keo Films on a new documentary series about female pest controllers. The programme will be looking at the work of the pest controllers day to day but will also be examining the behaviour of pests and the methods for exterminating or re-housing them.
Whether it’s bed bugs, mice or cockroaches, and however big or small the problem, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07817 499 635. Anyone involved would receive free pest control from the controllers and the location of the property won’t be identified.
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 9 September 2014 Council
Tuesday 23 September 2014 Council
Tuesday 14 October 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.