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Sway is one of the largest villages in the New Forest National Park. The civil parish was formed in 1879 when some 2,000 acres were taken from the neighbouring parish of Boldre. Sway has a population of 3,448 (2011 census figures). The village lies within easy walking distance of the open forest and some 4 miles north of the Georgian town of Lymington. Sway and the surrounding area is an attractive place to live or to visit, with travel made easier by the award winning rail station on the main line from London Waterloo to Weymouth. The village is a good location for walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
Sway is probably best known for Sway Tower. It stands 66 metres high and is a Grade II listed building. It is also known as “Peterson’s Folly” having been built by Andrew Peterson on his private estate from 1879 – 1885. The design was influenced by the follies he saw during his time in India. The tower is visible from most of the New Forest and most of the western Solent.
Latest Sway Parish Council News
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Latest news (following the 27 Feb 2014 Sway Parish Council meeting – see the March 2014 edition of Sway News pages 50-53):
- Cllr. Barry Rickman presented £600 cheque from NFDC Community Grant Fund to Sway Village Hall.
- Catherine Kirkham presented the Sway Housing Need Survey Report:
- See the Sway Affordable Housing page and a copy of the survey report is also linked further down this page;
- All Sway households surveyed – an amazing 29% response;
- 67% support small affordable housing scheme, 24% may support and 8% would not support;
- Survey and housing register show 98 households both require and are eligible for affordable housing;
- Respondents know of 445 people who have moved out of Sway because they couldn’t find suitable housing;
- Smaller 1 and 2 bedroom houses needed; 83% of those in housing need are under 44 years;
- There are also a number of Sway residents who would like to downsize (and are not eligible for affordable housing), but there are few smaller dwellings available even at market prices;
- The report will appear on the web and copies will be available (to pass round) from the Parish Office and Sway Newsagents etc.;
- Next step: to look for a possible site for 15 affordable houses…
- Community First Responder (trained first aider who can get to a 999 call scene before an ambulance). Impressive work by Jennie Russell. Sway needs volunteers – perhaps someone local from a Jubilee Field sports club who could also use a defibrillator? Article to appear in April Sway News.
- Payments this month include £300 for NFDC tree survey; £350 for Jubilee Field gas and electricity.
- Public consultation on proposed Sway Multi User Games Area (MUGA) Saturday 15 March Jubilee Field 10:00-14:00
- Tennis Club £2K for maintenance; £92 for Stanford Rise tree works; allotment hedges need to be cut; Junior Football Field flooded – they may seek refund from Parish Council; new Cricket score box coming; Friends of Sway Station £300 towards refurbishment
- Quadrant meeting: Sarah Wollaston MP and others working hard to get exemption from planning relaxations for National Parks; Wiggle wriggle out of cycling code by starting from just outside the National Park.
Latest news (following the 13 Feb 2014 Planning and Transport Committee meeting – see the forthcoming March 2014 edition of Sway News):
- Sway (Parish Council and residents) to appear before New Forest Planning Committee Tuesday 18th. February 09:30 Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road to discuss 13/99148 Land of High Forest. All welcome.
- Previous month’s Sway planning applications decided by NFNPA: 1 granted, 2 granted subject to extended conditions, and 2 were withdrawn.
- New planning applications: 2 supported, issues with 2 others.
- Sway’s robust response to Planning Inspectorate appeal over 13/98851 Land of High Forest submitted.
- Works on Sway Station Platform continue – noisy night-time work is finished, planned completion by the end of March. Osborne and their Mr. Nissiri continuing to monitor and respond to any comments – we expect few more; and generously helping FoSS with planters.
- Land of High Forest tree works and material importation questions to be raised with NFNPA.
- Bridge works on B3055 at Marlpit Oak Road continues – perhaps for another month…
- Many Sway roads have potholes and/or flooding – please report via http://www.fixmystreet.com
- Results of Sway Housing Needs survey coming to Parish Council meeting on 27 February 2014 – all welcome 7:30pm Jubilee Field Pavilion.
Latest news (following the 30 Jan 2014 Sway Parish Council meeting – see the forthcoming Feb 2014 edition of Sway News):
- Ken Thornber our County Councillor reported:
- B3055 road to Brockenhurst will continue to be closed (for works on the Marlpit Oak railway bridge until the end of February); Shirley Holms to be closed for road works from 07 Feb, and Cobblers Corner will only be closed for road works after the B3055 is reopened;
- Hampshire Highways will not add any 20mph zones until after the pilot is completed; but since they have no rural sites in the pilot they will add one – we hope this will be the south Sway lanes – see http://www.20splentyforsway.moonfruit.com/ ;
- New mass cycling event code of conduct: along wider roads, rest stops to have portaloos, numbers capped at 20% fewer, roaming marshalls, typeface size of competitor numbers to increase;
- PC Morgan Williams crime report: burglaries recently in this area – if you see anything suspicious phone 101 and note vehicle registration numbers, local outbuilding break-ins – padlocks and security lights recommended (and do note the serial numbers of any expensive pieces of kit you may have), Community SpeedWatch training early February;
- New financial regulations agreed;
- Proposed increase in number of Parish Councillors: deadline for consultation Wed 26 Feb 2014 – more councillors needed to share the workload (Sway Parish Councillors receive no allowances or expenses, so it’s no drain on resources): the more the better – 12 is suggested;
- Street lighting in Sway area to be reviewed with an aim to carry out any works in about October;
- Sway Parish Budget agreed – to keep us from using up all reserves and falling into debt.
- Sway Parish precept (a small part of your Council Tax) to increase this year by £1.48 per annum for a Band D property (yes – for the entire year, that’s less than 3p per week extra);
- Rental prices for Jubilee Field Pavilion to increase to £8/£10 per hour;
- Funding and support for all sports and other Jubilee Field users to be reviewed;
- Finance Working Group set up – intended to become a Committee after the May 2015 elections;
- Amenities Working Group:
- If you use anything from the First Aid kit in Jubilee Field please replace it (or at least let the Clerk know);
- Multi-User Games Area review coming in March;
- Need to improve disabled access to Jubilee Field Pavilion to meet requirements – £5K in budget;
- Meeting to discuss Sway Social Club redevelopment called;
- Sway Affordable Housing Survey results to be presented at the 27 Feb 2014 Parish Council meeting – all welcome. An astonishing 474 replies, and over 90% of respondents support affordable housing.
(following the 16 Jan 2014 Planning and Transport Committee meeting – see the forthcoming Feb 2014 edition of Sway News):
- Steve Avery, the NFNPA Executive Director (Strategy & Planning) kindly visited and spoke to a large meeting:
- He is well aware of process issues at the Land of High Forest and will investigate and tighten up procedures;
- Under new planning guidance and ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ Planning Authorities grant permission unless there are extremely strong reasons not to;
- Government Minister seems reluctant to allow National Parks dispensation from relaxation of planning laws;
- Despite relaxation of planning laws the New Forest National Park is not blighted and remains proportionately developed and desirable.
- Two out of two recent applications granted by NFNPA, 4 new application recommended, first planning appeal for Sway for many months, 14 enforcement investigations underway in Sway;
- Long term plans for improvements to Sway Youth Centre approved;
- New leaflet “Advice and guidance for owners of properties adjoining the open Forest” in final draft;
- http://www.fixmystreet.com/ is the best place to report road issues – potholes, flooding etc.;
- Station platform works progressing – slowly but surely;
- Cango bus service going well despite poor weather and flooding;
- Footpaths to be cleared by Hampshire County Council…
For older Stephen Tarling’s News please see his Archive.
Next public Sway Parish Council meetings:
- Amenities Working Group: Thursday 27th. February 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 27th. February 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 13th. March 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Amenities Working Group: Thursday 27th. March 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 27th. March 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 10th. April 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Amenities Working Group: Thursday 24th. April 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 24th. April 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
- Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 8th. May 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
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