Would you like to be a Parish Councillor?
Parish Council elections will be held in May 2015 when new Councillors will be elected for a further four-year term. You can make a contribution to your local community by joining the Parish Council and helping to make decisions affecting the local area.
Copythorne Parish Council has two wards – North and South – and candidates can stand in either of the wards.
The election process will start around March when nomination forms will be available for completion. In the meantime if you would like more information on the role of Parish Councillors and local councils generally, please contact the Parish Clerk for some useful leaflets.
Can you be a volunteer driver?
The Hampshire Volunteer Driver Recruitment Campaign was re-launched in October 2014 at the Good Neighbours Support Service Conference in Winchester.
The campaign features:
For more information and to view the film clips please visit www.hants.gov.uk/volunteerdrivers
Age Concern Hampshire are still looking for a Village Agent for Copythorne parish. Village Agents are local volunteers who help signpost older people to local services and information. Typically they will offer 4-6 hours per week and be fully supported with training sessions and informal get-togethers with other Village Agents across the county.
For further information or to apply please contact the Village Agent Co-ordinator on 01962 892443 or Freephone 0800 328 7154. Contact can also be made by e-mail to email@example.com
Community involvement in planning
New Forest District Council has published a revised Statement of Community Involvement setting out how residents can have their voices heard on district-wide planning strategy and on individual planning applications.
Details can be found on the NFDC website at www.newforest.gov.uk and residents are invited to submit comments by the consultation closing date of 9 January 2015.
M27 traffic noise
On behalf of local residents, the local MP Dr Julian Lewis has again taken up with the Department of Transport the matter of traffic noise on the M27 at Cadnam. It may be recalled that previous plans to install noise barriers between junctions 1 and 2 were dropped for economic reasons.
The Department has repeated its previous advice that Defra’s Noise Action Plans have not identified junction 1 as an ‘Important Area’ and that site specific noise mitigation measures are not therefore being considered at this location. However, resurfacing of the M27 between Cadnam and Newbridge is planned during the 2015/16 financial year which will incorporate a lower noise resurfacing material.
Hampshire County Council has welcomed the announcement from Public Health England that plans will no longer go ahead to implement water fluoridation in Southampton and neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire. The County Council has long been opposed to the plans following doubts raised about the science and efficacy of fluoridation, with Hampshire’s greatest resistance on the principle of compulsory medication of the public water supply.
However, HCC underlines its commitment, as a public health authority, to maintain and where possible increase efforts to help improve the dental and oral health of children across the county.
Hampshire Constabulary continue to publish a monthly Safer Neighbourhoods Beat Report, a copy of which can be found on the Parish Council website. Beat surgeries are also held in the locality, including at Bartley Stores from 12.30-13.30 on the first Wednesday of the month.
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 13 January 2015 Planning
Tuesday 27 January 2015 Council
Tuesday 10 February 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.