New Parish Clerk
Michael Mortimer has been appointed as new Clerk to the Parish Council from 1 September following the retirement of the former Clerk. Michael lives in Romsey and has a good knowledge of the local area and of local government generally.
The telephone number for the Parish Council will change to 01794 511379 but the e-mail address will remain the same.
The previous Clerk, Mike Derrick, will overlap for a month or so to assist with the handover. The Parish Council will be “off-line” from 1 to 4 September while changeover arrangements are made.
Cadnam Post Office
The Post Office has informed the Parish Council that it is working hard to restore services in the Cadnam area following closure of the facilities at the BP Garage in Romsey Road. The Post Office is seeking alternative premises and would welcome applications from any potential partners.
In the meantime, the Parish Council has made enquiries about transferring Motor Vehicle Licences to Bartley Post Office. Unfortunately, the Post Office says that there are five branches within five miles of the Bartley PO currently providing this facility and therefore they are not seeking to extend this service further at this time.
A reminder that Copythorne now has a Village Agent to help older people to find information and services. The Agent can offer advice on: finding transport for shopping, organised trips & medical appointments, Blue Badge parking and concessionary travel; a free home fire safety check; information on gardening, maintenance and reputable trades people; care options; how to use a computer; and money matters (including entitlement to benefits, grants and loans).
The local Village Agent is Wendy who can be contacted on 07843 853006 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
If Wendy is unavailable, please leave a message or call Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154.
Litter in the New Forest National Park
A series of prominent posters will soon appear across the New Forest to spread the anti-litter message. Social media will also be used and reminder stickers will be placed on litter bins asking people to ‘leave nothing but footprints’. Visitors will be urged to use a bin or take their litter away with them.
The estimated clean-up cost of litter removal in the Park is over £250,000 a year. The Chairman of the Park Authority, Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, says that litter has a negative impact on wildlife, the free-roaming animals and people’s perception of their area. The summer campaign will build on work done in schools and by Forest Rangers.
This event is taking place at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey SO51 0QA on Sunday 6 September from 10 am to 5 pm. Described as ‘a day of Inspiration, Innovation and Education’, it will involve singing and music from the Romsey Ladies Choir, Ukebox Glory and Jayne Deer.
There will also be vintage vehicles on display plus seminars and talks all day on dementia subjects (including relaxation techniques, reminiscence therapies, exercises from Valley Leisure, Admiral Nurses and Remind me Care). The event is free and open to anyone … for the cared for, carer, public or health professional.
For more information, contact 07827 318017 or email@example.com
School Crossing Patrol Service
Hampshire County Council has published information for pedestrians and drivers on school crossing patrols. The advice reminds parents that, even where a School Crossing Patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for making sure their children get to school safely, just as they do when a zebra or pelican crossing is provided.
Drivers are also reminded to reduce their speed when approaching a school and be patient and considerate. It is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 not to stop when signalled to do so by a School Crossing Patrol. More information can be found at www.hants.gov.uk
Parish Hall wi-fi
Another reminder that the Parish Council has provided a wi-fi facility in Copythorne Parish Hall. It is principally used by the Council for planning matters but can also be used by other bone fide users of the Hall. For password access, please contact the Parish Clerk.
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 8 September 2015 Planning
Tuesday 22 September 2015 Council
Tuesday 13 October 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.