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Sway Parish Council

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

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.

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

Welcome to the Sway Parish Council website.

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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.
The Amenities Working Party meets on the first 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)

Wootton Riverine Woodland Wetland Restoration phase 1 starts Monday 25th July and is expected to complete Friday 30th September.

The area will remain open for recreational activities while the phase one work takes place from 25 July to 30 September and they will try their best not to cause any unnecessary disruption to forest users. The Wootton Bridge car park will stay open and to ensure that everyone stays safe they will be putting up signs and information about any diversions to the main tracks that may be temporarily closed to allow machinery to operate. The restoration works will only be carried out from Monday to Friday, so there will still be regular access for people during the evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

If you would like more information about the restoration project visit: or click on the map below.

Wootton Riverine Wetland Restoration map


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:

  • Mount Pleasant Lane between its junction with Sway Road and its junction with North Common Lane- 1 day- carriageway repairs. Alternative route via Mount Pleasant Lane, Pitmore Lane and Sway Road.
  • Silver Street between its junction with Broadmead and its junction with South Sway Lane-3 days -carriageway repairs- Alternative route via Silver Street, Vaggs Lane, Arnewood Bridge Road, Birchy Hill, Durnstown and Pitmore Lane. More information here.
  • Pitmore Lane between its jn with B3055 Birchy Hill and its jn with C430 Sway Road. Alt route via C430 Silver Street, C11 Vaggs Lane and B3055 Arnewood Bridge Road.
  • Shirley Holms Rd between its jn with Pitmore Ln and a point 500m east of that jn- 1 day 0800hrs-1600hrs. Alt route via Pitmore Ln, B3055 Marlpit Oak Rd, C10 Setley Plain Rd, A337 Southampton Rd.

For more information, please refer to the New Forest District Council website.
Roadworks on Coombe Lane


Events to be aware of that may affect your journey:

Tue 26 July-Thur 28 July: New Forest Show
Sat 6th August: Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive. Details. Map.
Fri 2nd September: Garmin Ride Out. Details and Map
Sun 11th September: New Forest Marathon. See our News Page for details
Sat 24 Sept - Sun 25 Sept: Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive. Details. Map.

See also the NFDC Safety Advisory Group website and their Public Events List

In the first 4 months of 2016, 10 ponies, 2 cows and 3 donkeys have died as a result of road traffic accidents.
At around 11:30pm on June 7th a pregnant Shetland pony was killed near Burley golf course in a hit-and-run incident probably involving a Jaguar car.

Also in that week one Mare was injured and had to be destroyed and one Foal was killed.

When driving on unfenced forest roads, the animals have right of way at all times of the day and night and are very likely to try and exercise that right. If visibility is poor and especially at night, do not drive any faster than you can safely see ahead. If you think you can see animals ahead, SLOW RIGHT DOWN. Help ensure that 2016 is at least no worse than last year in the animal accident statistics record.

A report on last week's animal casualty figures can be found linked to from the Verderers' website, and for monthly statistics, please refer to the Verderers' court minutes.

There is a reward of £1000 for information leading to the successful conviction of drivers prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident involving a Forest animal.
Please drive safely within the speed limit and be considerate to all road users, both human and animal.

Select here to see Hampshire County Council's thoughts on this issue.
Do not feed the ponies 2

 S106 Stanford Rise Public Open Space Update
Stanford Rise

Sway Village Congestion Project banner


Survey results and next steps.





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)

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 

 Forest Animal RTA Statistics 2015 - 55 deaths and 21 injuries.  Select for more detail. 

*** 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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