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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

     

    Stephen Tarling’s news bulletin Latest news

    Latest news (following the 10 Apr 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting  – see the forthcoming May 2014 edition of Sway News):

      • Fascinating talk and Q&A from Lucie Cooper – the NFNPA Enforcement and Monitoring Officer covering the entire west of the New Forest:
        • NFNPA Planning offer FREE pre-application planning advice.  “If you’re frightened of us [NFNPA planning] saying no, it probably needs permission”
        • EMany planning infringements are accidental and ‘negotiation is encouraged’
        • EIf you suspect a planning issue ask yourself: “Is there any harm?”and if sending details in provide as much information as possible, which is received in strict confidence.
        • Enforcement typically deal with: absence of planning permission; overbuilding; change of use of land; businesses run from homes; adverts; waste site monitoiring etc.
        • Common issues include: mobile homes and caravans; mobile field shelters, stables and paddocks; fences.  Others include: Land fill, waste and minerals, tree houses, listed buildings, marquees, untidy sites and roadside adverts.
        • Further details start at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20041/enforcement
        • Lucie provided excellent advice, and if everyone always followed that advice, she would be redundant.

     

    • Planning issues:  four new applications supported by Sway, one we couldn’t comment on, and 1 opposed.
    • One Planning Inspectorate Appeal dismissed and three new Planning Inspectorate Appeals involving Sway are now underway.
    • Three enforcement issues solved but one added – so current total for Sway is 13.
    • Community SpeedWatch has started: owners of 50 speeding cars will be contacted (including the one travelling at 47mph in a 30mph zone). Please be sure it’s not you who gets caught out driving too fast.
    • The B3055 Marlpit Oak Road to Brockenhurst, and Shirley Holms have both re-opened.
    • Please report potholes to Hampshire Highways and www.fixmystreet.com and any local hedges growing into the road or blocked ditches can also be reported to the Parish Clerk.
    • Sway Affordable Housing: now looking for exception sites, close to village centre, total 1.5 acres or so (for one or two sites); suggestions to the Parish Clerk, Neil Gulliver neilgulliver@btinternet.com  and/or our Rural Housing Enabler Catherine Kirkham catherine.kirkham@actionhants.org.uk

    Previous news (following the 27 Mar 2014 Sway Parish Council meeting – see pages 42-45 of the April 2014 edition of Sway News):

      • County Councillor Ken Thornber has stepped in and the Marlpit Oak Road railway bridge works are being adjusted so that we should get one lane (with traffic lights) along the B3055 to/from Brockenhurst within the next week or so.
      • Broadband is being rolled out and most of Sway civil parish should be covered, excepting the eastern end (Pitmore, Chapel and Mill Lanes, Shirley Holms and Mount Pleasant) and the western end, Tiptoe: see for instance the pdf map http://bit.ly/1iODxPv Any further comments to Cllr. Thornber.
      • PC Morgan Williams was pleased to tell us crime in Sway is low, with a prolific thief recently arrested. The season for theft from motor vehicles (parked in forest car parks) is just starting.
      • Julian Higgins from Hampshire Highways kindly outlined plans to upgrade the street lighting in Sway around October 2014, with replacements for existing lamps and/or poles (much in line with what residents wanted in the Sway Village Design Statement survey) using better LED lighting.
      • Lucie Cooper the NFNPA Planning Monitoring and Enforcement Officer covering Sway will be speaking and answering questions at the 10 April 2014 Planning and Transport Committee meeting with an earlier start time of 7pm (6:45pm to view plans). All welcome.
      • A plea to dog owners to please pick up and bin their dogs’ faeces – there are bins around the village.
      • The May 29 2014 Annual Parish Meeting will include sessions from the Parish Council Chair, Clerk and Councillors on the structure, procedures and areas of responsibility of the Parish Council.  Given that by then NFDC should hopefully confirm that we will be increasing the number of councillors from 8 to 12 at the May 2015 elections this will be an ideal opportunity for any resident wanting to know more to find out.

     

    Previous news (following the 13 Mar 2014 Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting – see pages 42-45 of the April 2014 edition of Sway News):

          • Mr. Majid Nassiri presented a £300 cheque from Osborne for Sway Charities.
          • Planning issues (a good month): NFNPA up to date on dealing with applications and in general in agreement with Sway; Sway applicants please be aware of the Sway Village Design Statement see http://www.sway-pc.gov.uk/local-information-2/sway-village-design-statement/ Four applications considered, no new tree works, one appeal outcome awaited, no Sway application before the NFNPA Planning Development Control Committee.
          • Enforcement: three issues solved but five new investigations started.  Please ensure you check whether you need planning permission – it’s free to ask NFNPA by phone, E-mail, letter or in person.
          • Changes to mobile phone masts on Sway Tower – 14 day consultation not long enough.
          • Sway Affordable Housing: now looking for exception sites, close to village centre, total 1.5 acres or so (for one or two sites); suggestions to the Parish Clerk, Neil Gulliver neilgulliver@btinternet.com  and/or our Rural Housing Enabler Catherine Kirkham catherine.kirkham@actionhants.org.uk
          • Good news: National Parks to be exempt from relaxation of planning rules (e.g. to allow agricultural buildings to be converted into upto three houses).  Sway Parish Council lobbied hard, as did Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP (supported by our MP: Dr. Julian Lewis).
          • Osborne are finishing up the work at Sway railway station.  Results look excellent and Osborne’s team were praised as top contractors: minimised disruption, responded to issues, excellent communication, valuable support for Friends of Sway Station projects – adding planters, installing information board, new cycle hoops etc.  Examplars of good community engagement.
          • Community SpeedWatch starting soon: please be sure it’s not you who gets caught out driving too fast!
          • Sway Multi-User Games Area (aka MUGA) public consultation Saturday 15 March 10am – 2:30pm at Jubilee Field Pavilion.
          • Results of residents survey on Sway Parish Council just arriving…
          • The B3055 Marlpit Oak Road into Brockenhurst under the railway bridge might one day re-open (but that’s probably a secret).

     

    For Stephen Tarling’s older News please see his Archive.

     
    Next public Sway Parish Council meetings:

          • 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
          • Amenities Working Group: Thursday 29th. May 2014 at 7pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion (timing to be confirmed)
          • Annual Parish Meeting and Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 29th. May 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion (timing to be confirmed)
          • Planning and Transport Committee: Thursday 12th. June 2014 at 7:30pm in Jubilee Field Pavilion

     

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