We all want the best for our community and today Hythe and Dibden was represented by parish, district and county councillors at a Conference looking at economic development on the Waterside; how can we help provide more employment and business opportunities?
The Conference heard from many organisations including the National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council Transport, Fawley Waterside and Associated British Ports as well as Deloitte who have been commissioned to identify the economic opportunities that could be developed for the Waterside area. All of the presentations that were given can be found on the district councils website www.newforest.gov.uk/watersideconference
Cllr Maureen McLean said “ I believe that it is important that Hythe and Dibden Parish Council work to achieve the best for our current and future communities by working with as many different organisations as can help us”.
Cllr James Binns, vice chairman of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council and cabinet member of New Forest District Council attended the Conference and is keen to hear from local people “I would like to hear from people about the economic opportunities they would like us to consider including in our early discussions”
The Parish Council is currently writing it’s draft Neighbourhood Plan and Cllr Graham Parkes is leading on this piece of work “Providing the right places and infrastructure for jobs and businesses is included in our plan that is being drafted. Through this process and our work we will endeavour to provide information to the public and we are ready to listen to your thoughts and ideas”.
The Christmas decorations are going up and we've started with the stockings. Please bear with us as 900 metres of bunting takes our Maintenance Team a lot of knotting and threading through.
Many thanks to our hardworking partners Amanda (Harveys from Hythe), Shirley (Pebbles) and Jane (Toys Ahoy); their Christmas trees and wreaths will be going up shortly.
In recent years we have seen some unusual weather conditions including some torrential downpours that have led to localised flooding when the storm drains become momentarily overwhelmed. In Hythe, this is very occasionally exacerbated by seasonal tides. Many will remember Valentines Night Storm in 2014 when torrential rain and a Spring Tide breached Hythe momentarily as the tide reached its peak.
Because these floods can be random and unpredictable, or they may happen late at night and occur in unexpected places, or services are being directed to more ‘serious’ areas, there are no guarantees that your issue can be dealt with. Some of you will already know that you are vulnerable in certain weather conditions and we’re recommending that you make your own provisions for flood prevention as help is not readily available.
Personally, I’m vulnerable in certain weather conditions and I live halfway up a hill on Hollybank (see the video of my garden during a freak rainstorm Here
We have available at The Grove the rather wonderful ‘Floodsax’, they are lightweight and come in boxes of 5. When soaked in water they expand and become a very efficient ‘sandbag’. They are more pliable than sandbags and infinitely more manageable. Of particular value is their lightweight, an elderly person living on their own can easily put the bags in place in an emergency. See a video of them in operation Here
. They cost £25 for a box of 5 (cost price). Alternatively, they can be purchased at Travis Perkins
at the same price. I’ve already bought some ‘just in case’.
If you know you may be vulnerable be prepared and save yourself lots of heartache and the hassle of repairs and insurance claims....