Many residential properties affected by flooding on Christmas Eve 2013 have been assisted during the past year in securing a government grant to make their homes more resilient to flood events. Hampshire County Council recommends the following three simple steps to lower the risk of flooding to you and your neighbour’s property:
Over the last year there has been a lot of work carried out to many ditches and watercourses in the parish and it is now for our community to ensure that these remain fit for purpose in the future. Please report any concerns to the Clerk to the Parish Council.
It should also be noted that New Forest District Council will no longer provide sandbags for general issue to householders or business. NFDC advises that the most effective way of protecting property at risk from flooding is by means of proprietary systems available from companies specialising in flood mitigation.
More information is available in the “Flooding Advice” section on the NFDC website. In an emergency situation, any incident of flooding should be reported to the Environment Agency’s 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
Further details at www.gov.uk/report-an-environmental-incident
Parish Council elections, May 2015
The Parish Council was pleased to welcome Steven Lugg, the Chief Executive of Hampshire Association of Local Councils, to its meeting on 9 December to discuss the recruitment of new parish councillors. There was a good discussion on the increasing role of parish councils in the community and the opportunity for local councils to take more control over their areas.
Encouragingly, a number of local residents attended for this item and some expressed an interest in standing for the parish council elections in May this year. All seven council seats will need to be re-filled for a further four-year term and nomination forms will be available in March.
If you would like to consider standing for election, please contact the Parish Clerk for further details and for copies of useful leaflets on the role of parish councillors and local councils generally.
Hitting the cold spots
Thanks to funding from the Hampshire County Council Rural Development Fund, the County Council’s Older People’s Well-Being Team is able to offer extra support to tackle fuel poverty in the rural areas of Hampshire. Hitting the Cold Spots can help individuals and families with practical support and detailed advice, including visits from skilled Advisors.
This can lead to the provision of emergency heating, access to funding for repairs and replacement heating or hot water systems, as well as small grants to help cope with winter emergencies. Hitting the Cold Spots will also provide practical support with debt, financial advice and benefits as well as assistance with switching energy providers. Home Safety visits offering carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are also available.
Council moves to keep residents on the go
New Forest District Council is giving its support to community transport schemes which help keep vulnerable residents on the move. The council has agreed to contribute £45,700 towards keeping current community transport services on the road.
These include New Forest Call & Go which allows the elderly and disabled people to get out and about, the Wheels to Work moped scheme for young people, and New Forest Community Transport Services which supports Community First New Forest voluntary transport.
The funding is shared in joint partnership with Hampshire County Council which is expected to contribute a similar amount. The decision to provide funding will allow the transport services to run for a further two years up to 2017.
As this bulletin was being prepared, Copythorne Parish Council was also due to discuss the problems of reducing bus services and increased reliance on community transport facilities. An update will be given in the next bulletin.
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 10 February 2015 Planning
Tuesday 24 February 2015 Council
Tuesday 10 March 2015 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.