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Sway Parish Council

This website is maintained by Sway Parish Council. Our intention is to keep everyone as fully informed as possible of local issues concerning the Parish Council and the residents of Sway - which is one of the largest Civil Parishes (in population terms) in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, UK. So if you are here because you wanted to find out about a multimedia presentation tool or are looking for versions of "Sway" by Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, the Pussycat Dolls or anyone else, you are in the wrong place - sorry! However, please don't go away - you might just like what you see!

Visit us regularly to check on the latest News, information about Parish Council Meetings, Planning and Transport matters, Finance, Amenities, how to Contact Us, other councils and  organisations, links to other organisations in Sway and lots more about the Parish of Sway and surrounding area.  Follow us also on facebook Sway_PC and Twitter @Sway_PC

2016-10-19 Sway Village Centre


Missed Radio Solent's week long coverage about New Forest Animal Road Casualties during the week March 27-31? You have until around the end of April to catch up at and the final debate on Friday is in the last hour of  Total animal road deaths so far this year now 11.


Our next meeting will be the Annual Parish Assembly on Thursday 27th April 2017, 7:30 pm, Jubilee Field Pavilion. adobe icon Annual Parish Assembly Agenda April 2017 [255kb] adobe icon PC Meeting Agenda April 2017 [419kb]

Everybody Welcome!

Minutes of all of our meetings for the past several years can be found here.

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Issues of Interest to Sway at the moment include:

Do you know what a defibrillator is,
and where to find one in an emergency?

How much do you know about our community First Responders?

AVIAN FLU restrictions latest

From 13 April 2017 the Prevention Zone rules have changed. Keepers are not now required to house poultry or have total range netting in place in Higher Risk Areas of England. However, they must continue to follow  detailed biosecurity requirements.

Future of the Cango Bus


Animal casualties - 63 deaths in 2016 (8 more than 2015)

42 ponies, 13 cattle and 8 donkeys died as a result of road traffic accidents in 2016.

Most accidents occur at night when even the 40 mph speed limit is too fast.

Advice on how to drive safely on New Forest Roads.

Sway Community SpeedWatch

(11 deaths so far in 2017)

How we spend the tiny portion of Council Tax we receive

A couple of pence in every pound of your Council Tax comes to Sway Parish Council in the form of the precept. Click here to view the budget for this financial year.

Sway Village Hall proposals

Jubilee Field Pavilion proposals 

See Parish Council Meeting documents for 23 February for additional information.

Sway Community SpeedWatch

We need more volunteers. Would you like to help? Contact

irresponsible dog walking

NB Jubilee Field and Stanford Rise recreation areas are dog-free zones. Only guide dogs are allowed.


Wootton Riverine Wetland Restoration Project latest status

Work halted until next Summer but I still walk through on occasion and will keep updating this page.

Sway Village Congestion

Checkout the latest News

Affordable Housing

The NFNPA draft local plan will be of great importance here.

lots of general News

*** Updated April 2017 ***

S106 Stanford Rise project

New Forest National Park Draft Local Plan Public Consultation.

This covers planning development over the next 20 or so years. Sway specific items on pages 51 and 52.

The Public Session at Sway Village Hall on Wed 2nd November was very well attended. See our News page.  End date for submission of responses was 28th November. Next opportunity to review the submission plan will be Summer 2017.

Sway Parish Council submitted this response on 23rd November. adobe icon 2016-11-23 Sway Response To NFNPA Draft Local Plan [76kb]

Planning development in Sway Parish

how to contact Sway Parish Council

who to contact when you want to get things done

Links to local Sway organisations

Advice and guidance for those with properties adjacent to Forestry Commission Land 

Links to other Council websites in the local area




Welcome to the Sway Parish Council website.

Sway Civil Parish covers some 1,321 hectares (3263 acres) of the southern part of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, UK. Select here for a map.

Sway Civil Parish includes one of four 'Defined Villages' inside the National Park, as well as an area of the open forest and an extensive area of rural outer parish. Sway Civil Parish contains around 1,500 residential properties and has a population of about 3,548 (2015 estimate).  Sway Parish Council managed amenities include a range of sports and recreation grounds, public open spaces, a large pavilion, children's play area, allotments, bus shelters and some benches. We hope that this website will provide you with lots of useful information.

Sway Parish Council comprises the Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer and twelve Parish Councillors.

The Full Council meets generally on the fourth Thursday of each month.
The Planning and Transport Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Please see Parish Council Meetings for all meeting dates and documents
or our Contact Page for a calendar of meeting dates and Parish Council Office opening times.

Sway Parish Council Office is at Jubilee Field Pavilion.
Select here for Contact details and Opening hours

(Note the Pavilion is available for hire in connection with the sports facilities on the site)



Events to be aware of that may affect your journey:

8th and 9th April 2017 Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive. adobe icon Route and other details here [1Mb]One councillor's observations can be found here.

18 June 2017 New Forest Bike Ride. Details at

1 July 2017 Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer Sportive. Details at

16th and 17th September 2017 Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive. Route goes through Tiptoe, along Mead End Road into Sway village and out again along Brighton Road.

8th October 2017 Gridiron 100. Details at

See also the NFDC Safety Advisory Group website and their Public Events List where you can also leave feedback on any of the events.


Notification of Road Closures

Sometime over the next few weeks and months, the following roads in or close to Sway Parish will be subject to closure for Highway maintenance works:

Notified on 23 Aug 2016: Hampshire County Council (contact Tel: 0300 555 1388) have requested temporary road closures as follows, in order to carry out carriageway surface dressing works and pre-surface dressing carriageway repairs. The likely maximum duration of each closure is 2 days. Although the works are not yet programmed, the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order comes into effect on 3rd October 2016 and the works will be carried out over the following twelve months. HCC will provide information boards on site to give road users advance notification of the dates of closure.

  • Boundway between its jn with Mead End Rd and its jn with Marley Mount-alt route via Mead End Road Middle Rd and Marley Mount
  • Lower Mead End Rd between its jn with Middle Rd and its jn with B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd-alt route via B3055, Crabbswood Ln and Middle Rd
  • Marley Mount between its jn with Boundway and its jn with Middle Rd-alt route via Boundway Mead End Rd and Middle Rd
  • Mead End Rd between its jn with Brighton Rd and its jn with Middle Rd-alt route via Lower Mead End Rd B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd and Station Rd Sway
  • Middle Rd (Tiptoe) between its jn with Lower Mead End Rd and its jn with Tiptoe Rd-alt route via Tiptoe Rd B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd

For more information, please refer to the New Forest District Council website. Our roads are often listed under the designation "Various Roads New Forest".
Roadworks on Coombe Lane




Did you know that Lymington Police Station is open 7 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays)?

Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm (closed 2pm - 3pm). Sunday 9.30am - 6pm (closed 2pm - 3pm)

This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

As the weather gets better, we are reminding visitors to the New Forest not to leave anything of value in their vehicles.

Our officers will be visiting car parks over the weekend to give out drawstring bags - funded by the New Forest Community Safety Partnership - so you can take your valuables with you on your walk.

We'll also give out crime prevention advice and leaflets, as well as notices that you can leave in your car telling would-be thieves it is empty.

For more crime prevention advice, go to:

Recently the Neighbourhood Policing Team have received an increase in theft from motor vehicles in the Fordingbridge area, so please take note of the following advice from Hampshire Alert.
  • Try to park in sign-posted parking areas.
  • Be cautious about parking your car in isolation. Thieves can be put off when other people are around.
  • Do not leave anything in your vehicle. A jacket or coat left behind may be of very little value to you, but a thief may think it has been used to hide a laptop or handbag and will break into your vehicle to find out.
  • Take items with you rather than locking them in the boot, you can't be sure who has seen you.
  • Before you leave home, think about what you need and leave any unnecessary items of value at home.
  • Make sure you do not leave documents which have your personal details on in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your sat-nav in your vehicle and don't forget to remove the cradle and wipe the sucker marks from your windscreen.
  • Remember to shut all windows and sunroofs and lock all doors. Activate the alarm and immobiliser. Make use of any security products you might have such as steering locks.
  • Whilst enjoying the sights make sure you keep you bag and possessions with you.
Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:
  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at: or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.


You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it's 8 weeks old. Failure to do so could result in a £500 fine.
Select here for full details.

New Forest District Council have alerted us to the following. Click here to view the original NFDC page

Warning over scam to Careline customers

NFDC are writing to Appletree Careline community alarm customers to make them aware of a scam where a caller falsely claims the alarm service is being taken over before asking for bank details. Two Appletree Careline customers have contacted NFDC after being approached by a company claiming to be taking over Appletree Careline.   NFDC are working with Trading Standards and are advising customers that this takeover claim is not the case and not to give any bank details or part with any money.
Anyone who is concerned can contact Trading Standards on 01962 833620 /

Anderson Moores Vets latest Alabama Rot Update 

*** Warning about Council Tax banding scam ***

New Forest District Council has been advised some customers have been contacted by companies calling themselves Council Tax Claims Ltd and Council Tax Review Service regarding their council tax banding. Please see adobe icon 05 11 15 Warning of council tax scam [110kb] for full media release or click here to access the NFDC web page directly.

General warning about scams.

Don't get caught out. Organisations such as Royal Mail and HM Revenue and Customs would never email or telephone asking for personal or banking details. Banks will never ask for any of your login details or PIN codes. Microsoft Windows Support will never phone suggesting your computer is infected with malware. Neither would the banks or the police ever telephone asking you to transfer money out of your accounts. If an investment opportunity looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is. In short, don't even open any suspicious looking email, put down the phone on any caller you did not expect and telephone the police on 101 about any suspicious activities (use 999 in any emergency).

Please do not get caught out.





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