17th September 2010: Rosie & Poppy Visit Hurst Castle
It seems like writing children’s books is a popular pastime in Milford on Sea. One of our local artists, Shaun Stevens, has just published her first book. The title is 'Rosie & Poppy Visit Hurst Castle' and it is available for sale at Hurst Castle, St Barbe Museum, and has been in a special display at Lymington Library all summer.
We also have Christine Calder (Rix), who is another author of children’s books in the village. Christine has written a series of books about the adventures ‘Bradley the New Forest Bear’.
Shaun’s website: www.shaun-stevens.com
17th September 2010: Snobbiest Town in the UK!
Throughout the BBC news bulletins last Tuesday there was a feature story about Lymington. This was not just on the local news, but the story was apparently important enough to warrant national coverage. So, what major national story had taken place? Had an international drugs ring been busted on the Isle of Wight ferry? Nope. Had the pope refused to visit Lymington town centre because it has a Pound Shop? Hmm, nope. Was it because an 80 year old lady had skateboarded from the top to the bottom of the High Street naked? Err, nope. Actually, it was because a Wetherspoons pub had been refused planning permission to open in the old C.Ford & Co shop at the top of the town centre! A real national crisis of course needed to be reported thoroughly. So, Graham Satchell from the BBC carried out in depth interviews with unsuspecting locals passing by, then the producers decided to select the most fun ones to air on the TV. Amusingly it seems the whole purpose of the TV news bulletins was to declare Lymington the ‘Snootiest Town in Britain’. If only they had found the time to come across to Milford on Sea, we could then have had a great time winding ‘dear old Graham’ up. I know I could pick some interviewee’s for him in the village that would make great TV. Not sure what ‘national title’ we would win, but it would be good to find out. Come on Wetherspoons, apply to get a pub in our village.
If you missed this great bit of crucial journalism you can watch it on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-11297261
17th September 2010: Ravenhurst Development Charade
There is still no decision on the appeal relating to the redevelopment of the Ravenhurst site, adjacent to the White House. Following the three day public enquiry this week at Lymington Town Hall, the hearing has been adjourned to the 29th September for closing statements. We understand that a decision will then not be announced for six weeks. It warms my heart to see bureaucracy is still operating at its very best. Even my wife can’t talk for that long on a subject without coming to a conclusion. I bet it didn’t take this long for Erno Rubik to invent his cube.
Whilst plenty of people are being well paid through this lengthy process, & many others are wasting time hanging around awaiting the outcome of the whole event, how about public enquiries are done away with for planning issues? Then, simply give all of the many thousands of pounds spent on the public enquiry’s to the applicants. They can then offset this windfall against designing a building project that can please everyone, without this endless rigmarole. Better still, base the result of the enquiry on who can eat the most cream crackers without having a drink.