I’m Steve Clarke and together with Neil Tungate I have the privilege to represent the people of Bashley Ward.
I am very pleased that our council has introduced a blog to enable your Town Councillors to have another means of letting the people of New Milton know what we are doing and also to enable you to know who we are so that if you need to speak to us or ask a question that can be made easier.
First a confession, I am not what you could call a regular blogger so bear with me as I ramble on. It may take me a little while to get into this form of communication.
You can see from the other posts some of the things that happen in the life of a councillor especially our Mayor. I thought you might be interested in some of the things that we do on a daily basis to try to make the life of the town work smoothly.
A little about myself, I am a member of two of the committees which form part of the work we do. I am vice chair of the planning committee which meets every other Thursday throughout the year. We do our best to make sensible decisions about the various planning applications we receive. Anybody is welcome to come along to these meetings and see what we do and if you want to speak about any particular application we are pleased to hear your views.
I am also a member of the Finance and General Purpose committee which meets every 6 weeks and as the title suggests monitors how we spend your money as well as a number of other areas. Again we welcome the people who live in the town to attend these meetings.
Like Goff Beck whose recent post you may have read I also spent an enjoyable afternoon at the BMX event on the Rec. Neil Tungate came along as well and we spent an interesting time watching the acrobatics of the contestants and wondering whether we would have done this at that age. Certainly not now but all credit to the skills and bravery of all those who took part.
I have recently had several meetings with a local resident and Ken Thornber one of our county councillors as well as members of Hampshire Highways concerning the number of accidents along Bashley Cross Road especially near New Lane. Within the next 8 weeks the road here will be improved with signage and road markings in the hope that motorists will be better able to stay safe. I also discussed the problems that the residents of the nearby park home sites have turning onto Bashley Cross Road and the County Council have promised to review the speed limit and I hope that we will in time be able to reduce the speed limit along that part of the road to 30mph making it safer for all of those residents.
I also hope that the Town’s new speed limit reminder sign will shortly be in use. This sign will be placed around the Town for several weeks at time on roads where we see some drivers exceeding the speed limit. Rather than issuing speeding tickets and using cameras these signs work by reminding you that the speed limit is being exceeded. I’m sure many of you will have seen these signs elsewhere and appreciate how they work. If this stops someone in our town being hurt I believe the money we have spent on the sign will be well rewarded and I am pleased all the Town’s councillors supported my proposal to buy the sign.
You may also be interested in some of the other daily activities we get involved in. As part of my role on planning I look at all planning applications in Bashley Ward and go out and look at the various locations of these applications to help me discuss the application at the committee meeting. Yesterday I spent around one and half hours looking at applications for this Thursday. Recently I have also attended the District Council to represent the views of the Town at their planning meeting.
I think it is now time to finish my inaugural blog with the offer that should any of you have a question or query that I as one of your town councillors may be able to help you with don’t hesitate to contact me. My contact details can easily be found on the main site by following the links.
I hope you find this blog and the others which I hope my fellow councillors will soon be posting useful and perhaps even interesting