Parish Clerk vacancy
The post of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Copythorne Parish Council will shortly become vacant. Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons, particularly those with previous local government experience.
For full job details and an application form, please see the Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk or contact the Parish Clerk. Applications close on Monday 13 July.
A new Beat Officer, Rachel Gallimore, has now taken up duties in the parish. For those residents who would like face-to-face contact, or particularly those without access to email, Rachel will be holding regular beat surgeries from Bartley Stores and Post Office. These will be at 10.30 am on the following dates: Monday 17 August, Monday 28 September, Monday 16 November and Monday 4 January
Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve
If you are looking for something for all the family this summer that Is outdoors, hands-on, fun and also educational, a visit to Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve in Totton is an option. Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers will be running weekly events throughout the summer holidays, including a Wildlife Tots and Babies session starting on 30 July from 10.30 am – 12 noon.
For children aged 0-5 years, the sessions will involve outdoor play, stories, games, singing and opportunities for parents to explore the woodlands and meadow with their little ones. For children aged 5-15 years there will be a weekly Wildlife Watch club every Thursday starting on 30 July from 2 pm – 4 pm. These sessions will offer children and their families opportunities to explore the reserve, take part in activities to learn about nature, do bushcraft, practical tasks, games and outdoor play.
For more information about these and other events, please visit www.hiwwt.org.uk. Booking is essential for all events and the Wildlife Trust ask for a £4 donation for most events. Please phone 023 8066 7929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Recycle Right in the New Forest
New Forest District Council took part in national Recycle Week 2015 in June and asked residents who may be confused about cardboard, perplexed about plastics or mystified by metals to Recycle Right. Although the Recycle Week is now past, NFDC will be out and about at events across the district during the summer to help people with queries.
County Council budget review
Hampshire County Council is committed to finding savings of £98 million from its revenue budget by April 2017. A public consultation is currently underway which closes on 6 July.
This can be viewed at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/spendingreviewsurvey where an information pack may be downloaded or a survey may be completed online. Residents are invited to take part in the survey and express their views on budget priorities.
Keep burglars out when you go on holiday
The message from Safer New Forest is ‘Don’t invite thieves in when you go away on holiday – make sure your home is left secure’. The Safer New Forest Partnership urges residents to carry out simple measures to prevent thieves from breaking into their empty properties.
These include making sure that windows, doors, shed, garage and gates are all secure; don’t leave valuable items such as laptops or televisions on view through the windows; fit a burglar alarm and security lighting; and store your valuable outdoor equipment and tools in locked outbuildings. Make sure that you do not leave visible signs that you are away.
Residents should also ensure that valuables are properly marked and that they take a photo of them. Make a note of serial numbers on items such as bikes and computers. Outbuildings should have a good quality approved lock which complies with insurance requirements.
The Safer New Forest Partnership offers residents a high quality alarmed padlock for £10 which can be purchased at New Forest District council information centres.
The Partnership also reminds homeowners to register outdoor furniture, such as gas barbecues, patio heaters and patio sets, bikes and garden machinery for free at immobilise.com.
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
Parish Council meeting dates will vary slightly in May as a result of the forthcoming elections. The next full Council meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 20 May followed by a Planning meeting on Tuesday 26 May. Thereafter, the meetings will revert to the regular pattern of 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (Planning and monthly meeting respectively). The next few meeting dates (all at 7 pm in the rear extension of the Parish Hall) are therefore:
Tuesday 14 July 2015 Planning
Tuesday 28 July 2015 Council
Tuesday 11 August 2015 Planning
Tuesday 25 August 2015 Planning
Please note that there is no full Council meeting in August and that the two Planning meetings (11 and 25 August) will be held in the Scout HQ, Romsey Road
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.