Parish Council co-option
The Parish Council has now filled the vacancy in the South Ward which occurred following the May elections. The Council has co-opted Simon Lucas of Winsor Road, Winsor to give the Council its full complement of seven members. The Council membership is:
Chairman – John Goodwin
Vice-Chairman – Joe Reilly
Lady Kara Hawks, Simon Lucas and Mike Moriarty (South Ward)
Sarah Coombs and Steve Herra (North Ward).
Full contact details are on the Council’s website or are available from the Parish Clerk.
Highway seat at Bartley crossroads
Residents who use the highway seats dotted around the parish will have noticed the poor condition of the seat at Bartley crossroads in front of the Royal British Legion hall. After receiving an estimate for repair the Council has decided that it would be more economical to provide a replacement seat. A new one is now on order and should be installed shortly.
The Parish Council recently completed its review of footpaths in the parish. This involved all the paths being walked by Council members to identify any problem areas. One or two issues were identified, including overgrown sections and missing signposts, and these have been reported to the Rights of Way section at Hampshire County Council.
Full details of parish paths will be included in the Council’s website shortly but if you would like further information in the meantime, please contact the Parish Clerk.
August Planning meetings
Copythorne Parish Hall will be closed during August for fitting of a new floor in the main hall. As a result, the Parish Council’s Planning meetings on 11 and 25 August will be held in the Scout HQ in Romsey Road. The meetings will both start at 7 pm and there will be a public participation session as usual.
Plantlife International is a charity that works with others to promote the conservation of wild plants. Its ‘Bee Scene’ survey has involved over 30,000 children since its launch in 2010. With the benefit of new funding the project is being extended and families can discover whether their local area is good for bumblebees by looking for bee-friendly wild flowers such as foxgloves, dandelions and clovers in the local green spaces.
A new Plantlife study also shows that Britain’s road verges are home to 703 species of wild plants, more than in any other part of our landscape. 87 of them are either threatened with extinction or heading that way. 88% of these wild plants provide nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, making road verges essential refuges for insect life.
More information on these and other topics can be found at www.plantlife.org.uk
Sun Aware in the New Forest
According to the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the New Forest has the third highest rate of malignant melanoma in England:
The good news is that nine out of ten skin cancer cases are preventable if simple measures such as using factor 30+ (at least 4 star) are followed and the majority of skin cancers can be cured if detected early enough. The New Forest District Council has been running its 2015 Sun Aware Campaign to advise about good sun safe behaviour and further information can be found at nfdc.gov.uk/sunaware.
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
Planning is an important topic in any community and the Parish Council is always anxious that any development should comply fully with local policies. Applicants are encouraged to use the pre-application advice service offered by both the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council.
Parish Council meetings
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.
During August, there is no full Council meeting but there are two Planning meetings instead. As the Parish Hall is temporarily unavailable, these will be held in the Scout HQ, Romsey Road.
Tuesday 11 August 2015 Planning (Scout HQ, Romsey Road)
Tuesday 25 August 2015 Planning (Scout HQ, Romsey Road)
Tuesday 8 September 2015 Planning (Parish Hall)
Tuesday 22 September 2015 Council (Parish Hall)
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.