Introduction to new Parish Clerk
As reported last month, Michael Mortimer has been appointed as the new Clerk to the Parish Council. The new Council telephone number is 01794 511379 (not as shown previously) but the e-mail address remains the same.
Mike has lived in the Romsey area for over 30 years having moved to this locality from the West Country, where he had trained as an auctioneer before embarking on a career in property in both the private and public sectors. Mike comes from a farming family and has lived in various village locations around Romsey before moving into Romsey about four years ago.
Mike runs his own consultancy business and is currently providing property related consultancy services to Hampshire County Council, having previously worked throughout Hampshire and in London. In taking up the appointment of Clerk to the Parish Council, Mike looks forward to continuing in the footsteps of his predecessor Mike Derrick who has given service to the Parish Council over the last 11 years.
Preparing for Winter
The Christmas and New Year of 2013-14 saw unprecedented rainfall leading to the worst flooding in recent history. Whilst much work has been carried out by all the agencies involved to minimise the impact of severe weather, landowners and householders also have a vital part to play.
There are simple steps that you can take now to lower the risk of flooding to your property and local community including:
This advice is based on Hampshire County Council's guidance given in their winter 2014 magazine. If you have any concerns about the maintenance of any watercourses or ditches close to your property please contact the parish clerk.
Parish Council communications
The Parish Council is anxious to ensure that it communicates adequately with its parishioners and other interested parties. The Council already uses conventional methods of publicity including use of its website and notice boards and by publishing this monthly bulletin in Stanleys Own.
However, the Council's Media & Publicity Group is looking at ways that communication methods can be improved, including a website upgrade. The Group will be making its first report to the Council this month and further details will be published as matters progress.
National Park Local Plan Review
In 2010 the New Forest National Park Authority adopted its first set of Park-wide planning policies through the Core Strategy. Following recent changes to the national planning system the Authority is looking to update its policies to ensure they are up-to-date and continue to provide a clear framework for planning decisions within the Park.
This is the first stage of reviewing the Plan. The Authority has prepared an initial list of issues for the next 20-year period and the public are being asked for their comments.
The Local Plan consultation document and comments form are available to view and download at www.newforest.npa.gov.uk or at the Authority's offices at Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington SO41 9ZG. For more information or a paper copy you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01590 646600.
Hampshire Constabulary Country Watch
Country Watch is Hampshire Constabulary's Wildlife and Rural Crime team. Its members are trained specialist officers who work alongside the Neighbourhood Policing Teams and other partner agencies in dealing with rural issues.
The team is led by Inspector Lou Hubble and Sergeant Debby Holman and comprises six police officers and four Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) located around Hampshire.
The role of the Country Watch PC mainly involves enforcement, education, the disruption of offending behaviour, and the investigation of rural crimes. The team also deals with investigations involving farm animals, dogs worrying livestock, heritage crime, theft of agricultural plant, tools and machinery, equine crime and any incidents involving hunting or shooting.
In a nutshell, anything which has a rural flavour will see Country Watch either taking on the investigation or offering expert assistance and support to colleagues both within the police and in partner agencies. Call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 to report any incidents or visit www.hampshirecountrywatch.co.uk for more information.
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
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.
Tuesday 13 October 2015 Planning
Tuesday 27 October 2015 Council
Tuesday 10 November 2015 Planning
The Clerk to the Council (Michael Mortimer) can be contacted at
Telephone and fax 01794 511379
Details of individual Parish Councillors can also be found on the parish website.