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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.

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    Latest Sway Parish Council News

     

    Stephen Tarling’s news bulletin Latest news

    Latest news following the 16 October 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting see the forthcoming November 2014 edition of Sway News)

    • Since last month, and of applications previously considered by Sway, the National Park have granted three applications (one against the recommendation of Sway), and one application has been withdrawn.
    • One new Sway Tree Preservation Order was welcomed.
    • Planning issues:  eight new applications were on the agenda, but one was withdrawn before the meeting. Sway supported 4 most strongly, supported 2 (leaving the final decision to the NFNPA Planning Officer), and recommended refusal for 1.
    • The applicants to replace and enlarge the greenhouses at Kings Lane Nursery have kindly agreed to get independent professional advice to ensure there will be absolutely no surface water disposal issues from the site (even for a 1 in 100 year event plus climate change), and Sway Planning and Transport Committee await the details;
    • Two Planning Inspectorate Appeals involving Sway are still pending.
    • Four enforcement investigations had been removed from the list by NFNPA (no breach in two cases, breach ceased in one, and notice complied with for one). Four new investigations have been added to the NFNPA list and one case of building not in accordance with approved plans is most disturbing. So 11 cases are carried forward.
    • No Sway applications are coming before the NFNPA October Planning Development Control Committee.
    • NFNPA are undertaking a survey through consultants Resources for Change, to ensure the National Park is fit to face its future challenges. If you would like to take part please use the following link www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/audiencedevelopment
    • Sway Community SpeedWatch is doing great work in support of the priorities expressed by Sway residents – and as a result the Police have been monitoring speeding in Sway and will be delivering early xmas cards with points for driving licences to a number of people. [TIP: be sure never to exceed the speed limit in Sway!]. There are some concerns over the loss of some data but our CSW team are following this up…
    • We still await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • Roads, hedges and ditches items should be reported as detailed on this MS_Word document (updated 15 Oct 2014)

    Recent news following the 25 September 2014 Sway Parish Council meeting  see pages 29, 31, 33 and the missing page 35 which you can read here from the October 2014 edition of Sway News)

    • Sue Brayley (currently Assistant Clerk at Hordle) will start as our new Parish Clerk from 6th October. Planned hours at the Parish Office will be Mon-Thur 9am-12noon.
    • New Sway Parish Council Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures and Freedom of Information Policy approved.
    • Jubilee Field Pavilion premises licence issued (Tues 6-8pm and Saturday 12noon -8pm).
    • Passford House Hotel premises licence: Cllr Rickman to convene meeting with neighbours to discuss.
    • Manchester Road between Durnstown and Middle Road Sway closing from 12 Nov 2014 for railway bridge inspection works.
    • Payments authorised; largest items: Sway Village Hall rental for Summer Playscheme, Clerk’s salary and Grounds Maintenance.
    • Planning update: as 18 Sep draft minutes (Word document); plus
      • 14/00660  Kings Lane Nursery, Kings Lane  SO41 6BQ;  New greenhouses. NFNPA granted subject to conditions including no development to start until surface water plans are approved in writing and must be followed and maintained; similarly for soft and hard landscaping plans; lighting (internal and external); and vehicle and bicycle parking.  Applicants have been most helpful on vehicle routes.
      • 14/00666 Application for A5 Hot food takeaway at The Estate Office in Station Road has been withdrawn.
    • St Lukes rededication 26 Oct; Remembrance Sunday 9 Nov.
    • Quadrant meeting: NFNPA updating Management Plan; future Wetlands Restoration to include Avon Water canalised stretch either side of Wootton bridge; cycle facilities bid to be updated and submitted to Dept for Transport; NFNPA will receive Parish planning recommendations including conditions.
    • Coombe Lane ‘watersplash’ may need to be re-named now works are complete – thanks to local pressure from Hugh Marchant and others.
    • We still await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • As usual roads, hedges and ditches items should be reported as detailed on this MS_Word document
    • Tribute to Neil Gulliver:  Cllr. Rickman heaped well-deserved praise on our Parish Clerk (who is leaving us purely due to relocation for family reasons).  Neil moved Sway Parish Council from the 19th. century to the 21st. century in terms of governance and transparency; even at his final meeting bringing forward procedures and policies that will form a sound basis for the future.  He was also the first Parish Clerk to run a formal Parish Office, he helped steer the way to our impending increase in the number of Parish Councillors, established a beneficial working relationship with Hampshire Highways and others, and oversaw the introduction of the Planning and Transport Committee, the Amenities Working Group and the nascent Finance Working Group. And at the same time he has been a friend and advisor to both the Parish Council and residents alike.  He leaves Sway Parish and Parish Council in a far better state than it was when he arrived.

    Recent news(following the 18 September 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting -see pages 31 and 33 of the October 2014 edition of Sway News)

    • Since last month, and of applications previously considered by Sway, the National Park have granted five applications (but two against the recommendation of Sway), and refused one.
    • One Sway Tree Work Application was approved.
    • Planning issues:  four new applications were supported by Sway, and two recommended for refusal (one with the final decision left to the NFNPA Planning Officer).
      • The applicants to replace and enlarge the greenhouses at Kings Lane Nursery have kindly agreed to get independent professional advice to ensure there will be absolutely no surface water disposal issues from the site, and will route all traffic via Pitmore Lane south (to The Wheel Inn), and reassured us that lighting will only be needed for up to two weeks in February;
    • Two Planning Inspectorate Appeals involving Sway are still pending.
    • One enforcement investigation had been removed from the list by NFNPA (breach ceased – many thanks to remedial work from a helpful resident), and one investigation has been added this month – so the current total for Sway is still 11.
    • One Sway application came before the NFNPA September Planning Committee meeting and the committee reversed its previous decision, against Sway’s advice.
    • Sway Community SpeedWatch is doing great work in support of the priorities expressed by Sway residents – a further 363 instances of substantially exceeding the speed limit have been noted; and at key sites we are hoping that the Police will accompany Community SpeedWatch so that those caught speeding can promptly receive points on their licence. [TIP: be sure never to exceed the speed limit in Sway!]. 
    • We still await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • As usual roads, hedges and ditches items should be reported as detailed on this MS_Word document

      Previous news(following the 28 Aug 2014 Sway Parish Council meeting -see pages 29 and 35 of the September 2014 edition of Sway News)

    • Interviewing of 5 candidates for Parish Clerk post will take place in early September;
    • Sway Central Stores to have extended opening and licensing hours and Passford House Hotel seeking extended entertainment and alcohol licence;
    • Sway Open Gardens 07 June 2015;
    • Planning and Transport Committee 21 Aug as draft minutes Since when: 1 application granted, a number of new applications coming for September and a cycling sportive is to be re-routed through Tiptoe;
    • No immediate plans to record Parish Council meetings (insufficient resources);
    • SwayFootball Club to update the Sway Jubilee Pavilion kitchen and add a TV in the main hall there, and share with other users.  For which many thanks from Sway Parish Council and residents;
    • We still await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • Coombe Lane works to proceed at the start of September.

    Previous news(following the 21 Aug 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting -see pages 29, 31, 33 and 35 of the September 2014 edition of Sway News)

    • Since last month, and of applications previously considered by Sway, the National Park have granted (or agreed or issued a certificate for) eight applications, and refused one, all with no opposition to Sway’s recommendations; and two applications were withdrawn.
    • One Sway Tree Work Application approved.
    • Planning issues:  four new applications were supported by Sway, and two recommended for refusal (but the final decision is left with the NFNPA Planning Officer).
    • Two Planning Inspectorate Appeals involving Sway are still pending.
    • Fourenforcement investigations had been removed from the list by NFNPA (breached ceased in 2 cases; no breach in the other two), and two investigations have been added this month – so the current total for Sway is 11 – two less than the previous month.
    • Sway’slist of 6 Minerals and Waste Monitoring Cases and 11 Agricultural Occupancy Condition Monitoring Cases were noted – for review if there are any changes, or otherwise annually.
    • No Sway applications came before the NFNPA July Planning Committee meeting (one which was due to, had been withdrawn).
    • Wedding festivals – particularly in Tiptoe are being monitored and NFDC Temporary Event Notices have been issued.
    • Sway Community Speedwatch doing great work in support of the priorities expressed by Sway residents – more than 1000 instances of substantially exceeding the speed limit have been noted and over 400 letters have gone out. A four weekly cycle for Sway, Boldre & Pilley, New Milton and Lymnington is being adopted and new locations are being requested. [TIP: be sure never to exceed the speed limit in those Parishes]. 
    • We await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • As usual roads, hedges and ditches items should be reported as detailed on this MS_Word document

      Previous news (following the 24 July 2014Sway Parish Council meeting -see pages 37 and 39-41 of the August 2014 edition of Sway News):

    • County Cllr. Ken Thornber’s report:
      • £1K+ donation from his County Councillor’s fund to go to Sway Football Club for strip etc.;
      • Roadside Verges of Environmental Importance – strict restriction – only where there are notable species meeting SINC criteria;
      • Cllr. Thornber will check with HCC Environment, Transport and Economy on roadside verge posts and ownership;
      • (in answer to a question) Ragwort pulling is starting.
    • Clerk’s report
      • External Audit approved accounts;
      • £1K received from NFDC to support Sway Summer Playscheme;
      • Kings Lane and Pauls Lane to be temporarily closed sometime after August 4th.(details to follow);
      • Central Stores Sway (previously Londis) applying to sell alcohol 05:30 to 23:00 Monday to Sunday.
    • Paymentsauthorised include £1590 for Jubilee Pavilion doors, £610 for essential works to Jubilee Pavilion and Cricket Pavilion, and £509 for grounds maintenance.
    • Finance Working Group: high standard of applications for replacement Parish Clerk post received (deadline still a day away); all councillors to see cvs and invited to comment, and then the Finance Working Group will shortlist and interview;  Sports clubs sympathetic to helping to rebalance Sway Parish Council cash flow…
    • Planning and Transport Committee: see minutes.  Since when: one application withdrawn and five approved by NFNPA – much in line with Sway recommendations; criminal damage to verge in north Sway reported to the police, and this sort of vanadlism condemned by all present; NFNPA Public Bike Share consultation; next meeting Thursday 21st. August;   Len Thomas formally appointed Community SpeedWatch Representative.
    • We await a visit from the local police to one of our Sway Parish Council meetings…
    • Amenities Working Group: Repairs to childrens playground necessary and desirable; sprinklers (especially unattended) on the allottments leading to high water bills – to be checked by Allottmenteers and notice posted; LED lighting in Pavilion to be investigated.

      Previous news(following the 10 Jul 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting -see pages 39-41 of the August 2014 edition of Sway News and the minutes).

    • Since last month, and of applications previously considered by Sway, the National Park have granted five applications, four much in agreement with and one contrary to Sway’s recommendations.
    • Planning issues:  six new applications supported by Sway, one we could not fathom [and has since been withdrawn],one we left to the Officer, one recommended for refusal (but the final decision left with the NFNPA Planning Officer) and two recommended for refusal.
    • Two Planning Inspectorate Appeals involving Sway are still pending.
    • One enforcement issue has been removed from the list by NFNPA but three have been added this month – so the current total for Sway is 13.
    • No Sway applications coming before the NFNPA July Planning Committee meeting.
    • The issue of verges, and the extent of maintenance on the B3055 were discussed, and the Clerk will seek clarification from Hampshire County Council on both of those.
    • Sway Community Speedwatch continue their good work in support of the priorities expressed by Sway residents Len Thomas is proposed for co-option as Community Springwatch Representative.  We look forward to receiving monthy reports from PC Morgan Williams.

    For older news please see this archive.

    Next public Sway Parish Council meetings:

     

        • Amenities Working Group: Thursday 26th. June 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
        • Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 26th. June 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
        • Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 10th. July 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
        • Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 14th. August 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field
        • Amenities Working Group: Thursday 24th. July 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion
        • Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 24th. July 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion

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