Parish Council elections May 2015
Following the close of nominations, only the North Ward of Copythorne Parish will have an election on 7 May. There are six candidates for three seats, details of which are on notice boards and on the parish website. In the South Ward there are three candidates for four seats which leaves one seat to fill by co-option. The Council will invite applications to fill the co-opted place after 7 May and any interested resident can submit their name for consideration.
With declining bus services, people need alternative forms of transport for shopping trips, medical appointments or social outings. The following services are available to Copythorne residents:
The Fritham, Nomansland, Bramshaw, Brook and Minstead 31 Taxishare has now been extended to Copythorne, providing a taxi service to and from Totton on Tuesdays and Fridays. Passengers need to book in advance and will be picked up from their homes.You must first register with Hampshire County Council by calling 01962 846786. You will then be sent a membership pack with the booking number to ring when you would like to travel. All journeys cost £4.20 single or £5.70 return or you can use a concessionary bus pass.
Call and Go is a flexible bus service that will take you to set destinations. It is available to anyone not having a bus service, where you live too far from the bus stop or if you find it difficult getting on and off public buses. Fully equipped wheelchair accessible minibuses are used, providing a door to door service. Fares compare with normal bus services and payment is accepted by cash, travel vouchers or concessionary bus passes.You can request a registration form by calling 01425 461751.
Leaflets on both the above services are available from the Parish Clerk.
At long last we have a Village Agent for the parish of Copythorne. It’s Wendy Thomas of Winsor Road, Winsor who will be taking up her duties in May. As a volunteer working with Age Concern Hampshire, Wendy can help older people find information and services on a range of issues.
These include finding transport for shopping and other trips, Blue Badge parking and concessionary travel, and helping to claim benefits, grants and loans. Around the home, Wendy can help with free home fire safety checks, provide information on gardening, maintenance, reputable trades people, care options and how to use a computer.
Wendy can be contacted during the week on 07843 853006 or by calling Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154. Alternatively, e-mail email@example.com
New Forest Advice Network
Another source of advice and information is the New Forest Advice Network. Under the Network, a number of local services work together to provide the best advice for local people. These include the New Forest Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern New Forest, Community First New Forest and the New Forest Disability Info Service. If you have a computer and internet access you can go straight to the website at www.newforestadvice.org.uk or you can ask the Parish Clerk for an information leaflet.
Hampshire County Council has given the Parish Council advance notice of further 30 mph speed limits proposed for Winsor Lane, Barrow Hill Road (southern end) and through Newbridge. The Parish Council is also asking for the existing 40 mph limit in Barrow Hill Road to be reduced to 30 mph so that the whole road is covered by the lower limit.
More information will be available when the County Council formally publishes the proposals.
New Forest Glass Recycling Scheme
Recycling in the New Forest will be easier than ever when a new Remind and Reward Scheme is introduced by New Forest District Council. Householders who sign up for the council’s new green initiative later this year will receive a text message the day before the glass recycling collection is made and they will also be entered into a prize draw every month. The Remind and Reward Scheme has received government support with a grant of £296,960 being awarded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The kerbside glass collection scheme is now available to more than 77,000 New Forest homes but it seems that some residents forget collection days. The new scheme will help to provide a reminder and also offer prizes supported by Brand New Forest. People who sign up will also have the opportunity to obtain a Brand New Forest Card, worth £5, giving them access to offers and discounts at over 250 local businesses throughout the Forest.
New Forest residents who have not received a recycling box should call 023 8028 5000.
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:
Wednesday 20 May 2015 Council (AGM)
Tuesday 26 May 2015 Planning
Tuesday 9 June 2015 Planning
Tuesday 23 June 2015 Council
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.