Annual Parish Meeting
This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2015 at 7.30 pm in Copythorne Parish Hall (rear extension). There will be a report on Parish Council activities during the past year and a presentation on the Council’s efforts in dealing with local flooding issues. The Parish Lengthsman, who’s been appointed to deal with routine highway issues in Copythorne and neighbouring parishes, will also be present.
County, District and Parish Councillors will be in attendance and there will be an Open Forum for your questions and comments on local topics. Light refreshments will be available before the meeting and all residents are cordially invited to attend.
Parish Council elections May 2015
Another reminder that Parish Council elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015. They will be held on the same day as Parliamentary and District Council elections so voter turnout will be higher than usual. If you would like to consider standing as a Parish Council candidate please contact the Parish Clerk for a nomination form and further information about being a parish councillor.
Would you like to lead a Healthy Walk?
Community First New Forest is appealing for new volunteer walk leaders to help support its regular walk programme. To make sure that leaders feel well equipped for the task, the organisation offers them a full day’s training with an accompanying manual.
A training session is being held on Wednesday 11 March 2015 and further details are available from Jan Barratt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07788 558864. The training focuses on the practicalities of leading a health walk but also touches on the benefits of walking, route planning and leading walkers with special requirements.
Walking is proven to improve health and happiness and is excellent for getting to know new people and learning about the local area.
Community First New Forest would be delighted to hear from aspiring new recruits.
Free bicycle checks
The Parish Council has been approached by a locally based company offering free bicycle MOTs with free minor repairs and adjustments. The aim would be for a mobile workshop to visit Copythorne and other parishes in the National Park providing an opportunity for residents to have their bicycles fixed by a professional mechanic. The Council was due to discuss this project at the end of February and further details will be provided in the April bulletin.
Pony-proof bins initiative to protect New Forest wildlife
Visitors to the New Forest are urged to help protect ponies and donkeys from potentially harmful food litter. New Forest District Council and the National Park Authority are carrying out a joint initiative to install pony-proof bins at visitor hotspots to encourage safe waste disposal.
Brockenhurst is the latest village to benefit from the specially-designed wood-clad bins which have shallow openings for rubbish, preventing animals from pulling waste out of them. NFDC provides the bins which also carry an anti-litter message engraved by the NPA.
New Forest’s new look website
2015 has heralded a new look website for New Forest District Council. Regulars of the website newforest.gov.uk will find the clear and easy-to-navigate homepage allows access to all the council’s services – from paying for council tax or finding out about bin collections, to buying a car parking clock.
Up-to-date information about New Forest housing, benefits, business support, environmental issues, planning permission and electoral services is available online. The site also helps customers perform transactions, such as applying for housing services or paying for council services, easily and efficiently.
With an upgraded search engine, the new website also provides greater ease of use when viewing from a mobile phone or tablet. The free New Forest In Touch app lets you report problems, such as fly-tipping or a broken street light, directly to the council to be quickly addressed by the appropriate service.
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 March 2015 Planning
Wednesday 11 March 2015 Annual Parish Meeting (7.30 pm)
Tuesday 24 March 2015 Council
Tuesday 14 April 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.