News & Events

This is the Hythe & Dibden Parish Council's blog.
Here you will find news, information about events and important local information.

What makes Hythe and Dibden look special? Is there a building, area or feature that has an interesting story to tell?

We have identified a further piece of work that we are told is important for Hythe and Dibden; the preservation of how our community looks.  That is the preservation of streets, buildings, features and open spaces.  We have buildings that are listed and we have buildings in the Hythe conservation area, and we are keen to hear from you what you think is important to how our parish area looks or what you feel is important as it has an interesting story to tell.

We have put together a short questionnaire and we ask that people fill it in and let us know what they think.  Don’t worry about trying to find out if any buildings that you feel are important to our community are already listed or in the conservation area; we can check that.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TR5t3xgPVF6YqWruSzmmBIHv0_zryi349O_dU_dU14g/edit#responses

If you would like a paper copy of this survey please pop into the Grove to collect one.  The deadline is 12 noon on the 25th January, 2018

Hythe and Dibden Awards 2018

Invitations are invited for nominations for the Community Spirit, Endeavour and Environment Champion Awards.

The Parish Council is continuing a tradition that is a memorable and distinctive way for the community to thank and pay special tribute to the people of Hythe and Dibden whose work and efforts show excellence, commitment and achievement.  These people are a key part of our diverse and caring community and what they do and what they have achieved is an example for us all.

The three awards are:
  • Community Spirit – to particularly recognise people who have acted in a kind or selfless manner for the good of the community;
  • Endeavour – to particularly recognise young people who have worked hard to fulfil personal targets;
  •  Environmental Champion – to particularly recognise people who voluntarily keep our Parish clean and tidy and/or undertake environmental improvement work.

Further information and the form to be completed can be downloaded here or you can pick up paper copies from the Grove, 25 St Johns Street.  The deadline for the 2018 awards is 1200 on Friday 9th February.

What Hythe and Dibden Parish Council will be doing in 2018

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and I also hope that, like me, you are looking forward to what 2018 holds for us.  To kick off 2018 I wanted to let you know of a few things that we are doing and how things are getting on.

Our Christmas Lights are something to be proud of.  The village looked lovely and I have received so many positive happy comments about the lights, the trees and the bunting.  We will be having our ‘wash up’ meeting soon and we would be delighted to hear your ideas and receive your offers of help for what we could do next year; incredibly we need to plan for December 2018 very soon to make sure the orders are placed in time!  Thank you to Hythe Alive and our Maintenance Team for all of their hard work.

The Tuesday markets are carrying on and we will be also be returning to bank holiday markets that you told us you missed.  We are planning to introduce monthly Saturday markets and we will let you know the dates as soon as we can.

The new skatepark at Netley View is open and we are now consulting you on what facilities you would like to see provided at the site at Jones Lane.  You can let us know what you think if you haven’t already by completing the survey which is available on line at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f1gxDQ24Q40ZHfL94L-mk5-jEEr8hvSHx-FY-gTaOOc/viewform?edit_requested...

We have the funds available and we have the support of Hampshire Police to provide an extra two Police and Community Support Officers for Hythe and Dibden.  We are just waiting for the police to complete their staffing review after which they have assured us they will be in a position for Mr Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner to sign the agreement and for us to get started.  We will let you know as soon as we have news; I want the extra PCSOs in place as soon as possible.

The maintenance team are already getting ready for the new planting season and we will soon see the daffodils blooming in glorious colour once again.  I love seeing the flowers around the Parish and recognise the commitment of the team to getting them to look so good.

I am very grateful for everyone that donated decorations to the community tree in the library and it was wonderful to see and read all of the memory baubles on the Christmas Tree in the Marsh.  We are thinking of doing a thank you tree for 2018 – is that a good idea or have you got any other ideas for the tree?  

2018 will also see a national day commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent in World War One.  We are planning an evening where we will join others around the UK lighting a beacon so please pop 11th November at 7.00pm in your diaries.  We will let everyone know what is happening where once the details are finalised.  

If you  have any ideas for what we should be doing as your Parish Council please do not hesitate to contact me at Maureen.mclean@hytheanddibden.gov.uk and I would like to encourage you to come to the Council meetings and see how your councillors work; you might find it interesting.

I wish you a good 2018.

Councillor Maureen McLean
Chairman
Hythe and Dibden Parish Council

NEW SKATEPARK AT NETLEY VIEW OPENS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council is delighted to announce that the new skatepark at Forest Front Open Space is complete and is open to the public.  

The project was delivered by the Council’s Open Spaces and Play Equipment Working Party which is made of Councillors, Officers, representatives from the Handy Trust and the police following consultation with the local community.  The facility was provided using money provided by developer’s contributions which have been collected by New forest District Council. The Handy Trust also contributed funds which have enabled new seating and litter bins to be provided.

Chairman of the Open Spaces and Play Equipment Working Party Chris Harrison said;

“I would like to thank the local community for their help in delivering this much needed facility.  I would also like to thank fellow councillors and our partners for their hard work and support.

“This project follows on from other successful projects which include the provision of a new play area in Dibden and the refurbishments of the play areas at Bluebell Gardens, Fletcher Close and Noads Way.  The Council is currently developing its forward strategy and I am hopeful that further improvements to our much loved open spaces and play areas will continue.

“The Council is currently seeking views from the community about what it would like to see provided in the former skatepark in Jones Lane.  The link to the google survey is available  at www.hytheanddibden.gov.uk or paper copies are available from the reception at The Grove or from Hythe Youth Club.  I would encourage as many people as possible to provide their views."



Pictured are Members of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council and representatives from the Handy Trust at the new skatepark.

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council Interim Audit Report

Hythe and Dibden residents might have noticed that the Parish Council is updating its financial arrangements and the Chairman of Council, Cllr Maureen McLean, is pleased to announce that the Council is now able to take payments by card, by bank transfer or over the phone in addition to cash or cheque;

“At last our residents can now pay for Parish Council services in a way that suits them best and we are aiming to introduce online bookings and payments as soon as possible.  As councillors we are looking to improve the services that we provide you and if anybody has any ideas on what we could do please do not hesitate to contact us”.

The Parish Council is also using bank transfers to pay it’s suppliers and it’s latest audit report praised the Council’s exemplary systems. Cllr James Binns, Vice Chairman of Council says “All the Parish Councillors recognise the hard work of the staff not only in bringing these new systems to the Council but also in delivering such a high standard of managing the council’s financial systems.  Please let us know what you think.”

What Do We Need To Do To Bring Jobs and Employment To The Waterside?

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”. 

Posted in News by Admin on 30/11/2017

Blooming Hythe!! We'd Like To Give You Flowers

In 2016 the community at Dibden Purlieu asked for spring bulbs to be planted. 1 ton of daffodil bulbs later the display astounded both the community and the team who completed the planting.

The daffodils are little harbingers of spring and certainly bring joy to the community as every year we get loads of messages saying how appreciated they are. We are keen to spread even more joy so if people have a request for daffodils near their homes or businesses please let the Council know by e mailing sean.spencer@hytheanddibden.gov.uk or by phoning Sean on 02380 841411. The Parish Councillors are keen to provide daffodils where the community would like to see them as such a relatively tiny expense yields a huge amount of pleasure

After the beautiful daffodils displays that have brightened the community our thoughts move onto summer. The Council’s Maintenance Team have now finished planting the summer flower displays. With hanging baskets, summer flower beds and planters now completed, summer is officially with us.

This year the Maintenance Team has redesigned the planters in the Village Centre and are trying something new as each tower will only be planted with one type of flower but each tower will feature a different colour. 

As there are so many flowers to be watered and with a large number of the hanging baskets in busy areas, it means that the maintenance team have to either carry out the watering whilst many of us are still asleep in bed or as we are making our way home after work at night. 

Chairman Cllr Maureen McLean said “I am so proud of our flowers and I receive loads of messages from people telling me how much they appreciate the splashes of colour that start early in the year.  Thank you to Leigh, Lee, Alan, Ian and Grant – your hard work gives us lots to smile about."



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