15 November 2022
We are thrilled to be able to create a Warm Space in Sway. A community project to enable us all to come together, informally, for free. We welcome anyone who would like some company, a warm space to relax, free hot and cold drinks and snacks. Sit quietly, meet and chat, watch TV, read, use our wifi on your device, do a crossword, attempt a puzzle, play a game of cards... something for everyone and all ages welcomed (children will need a responsible adult with them).
Thanks to the Co-op for helping us provide free refreshments and to NFDC for awarding £1000 to us from their Funding for Warm Spaces Grant, to help us cover the running costs of the Youth Centre during the periods the Warm Space is open.
Enormous thanks to Colin Denman and all the volunteers who will give their time and energy to making this project happen. Sway has the most incredible community spirit - we are very lucky.
13 November 2022
Sway residents processed from St Luke's Church to join those congregated at the War Memorial for a moving remembrance service in the autumn sunshine. We will remember them.
07 November 2022
As there are no pending planning applications for Sway this month, there will be no Planning & Trees Committee meeting this month. Two pending tree works applications will be commented on via the Parish Clerk to the Trees Team at NFNPA.
04 October 2022
NFNPA Education and Youth Team are putting together a resource for young people to help access green opportunities across the New Forest, including clubs, volunteering, work experience, apprenticeships, etc. It's for 11-25 year-olds to complete and will help shape what this resource might look like and how it might function.
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY TODAY
12 September 2022
We have opened a Book of Condolence for those residents who would like to sign. Please attend the Jubilee Field Pavilion between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or any time during the afternoon of Saturday.
10 September 2022
PROCLAMATION OF KING CHARLES III
8 September 2022
It has been announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died today, peacefully and with her family around her, at the Balmoral Estate, Scotland earlier today.
25 August 2022
HCC is seeking the views of residents about 20 mph limits within Hampshire and is keen to hear from as many residents, businesses and other stakeholders as possible, to find out their views on the implementation of 20mph limits in the context of other highways priorities and the County Council's statutory duties to maintain the highway in a safe condition within a limited budget. The survey is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/20mph-speed-limits-consultation and should take just 15 minutes to complete. It is open until midnight on 12th September.
23 August 2022
At the Local Planning Authority (NFNPA) meeting on 16th August, permission was granted to the amended application for the Church Lane development. See more details and links to the meeting recording and relevant documentation on our dedicated webpage.
12 August 2022
The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 15th to Friday 19th August.
10 August 2022
Despite a formal request to defer the consideration of the Church Lane Planning Application to its September meeting, NFNPA Planning Committee will cover this at its 16th August meeting. This is disappointing, given the 24+ additional documents added to the portal since the consultation period ended, meaning that no further public consultation period has been made available. See our Church Lane webpage for details.
29 July 2022
The Parish Office will be closed next week and re-open again from Monday 8th August.
7 July 2022
The Parish Council worked with the Church Lane Development Working Group to produce a response to the revised application. It incorporated feedback from the residents who attended the public consultation, expert opinion on specific matters and was submitted on 6th July to the Planning Authority.
See our dedicated page for details and a link to the documentation.
29 June 2022
A draft response to the amended application for development at Church Lane has tonight been published, prior to the meeting on Thursday evening 30th June, from 7pm, which will consider and approve a response from the Parish Council on behalf of Sway residents. See our dedicated page for full history and previous submissions.
You can review and download the draft and we ask that any amendments are brought to the meeting for consideration.
23 June 2022
The Chairman has called an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council, when they will consider a draft response to the amended application for the Church Lane development. The draft will be published following the public consultation, scheduled for this coming Saturday, 25th June between 1pm and 3pm at the Jubilee Field Pavilion. All are welcome to both the consultation and the meeting. View the agenda with all details.
14 June 2022
A residents' drop-in session will be held from 1-3pm on Saturday 25th June at Jubilee Field Pavilion to provide everyone with a chance to review the amended planning application for the Church Lane development. Comments can be submitted directly to the NFNPA Portal until Tuesday 28th June. See our Development at Church Lane page for more information.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3174647016134459
7 June 2022
Hampshire County Council have opened a consultation on Passenger Transport. We urge everyone to respond to the consultation, to make sure that your transport needs are included in their considerations.
6 June 2022
Our 2022 Parish Award winners were announced and presented at the Sway Big Platinum Jubilee Lunch yesterday! Our winners were: Barry & Sue Rickman, Colin Denman, Kirsten Watson, Colin Whitell and Robin Nursery! Many congratulations to them all and sincere thanks from the entire village for all that they do 👏 👏 👏 See our Community page for the details.
1 June 2022
Exercise of Public Rights - Our Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2021-22 is now published and Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) stipulate that our electorate is given the right to inspect the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records.
20 May 2022
In April 2022, NFDC published a VIDEO explaining why they are reviewing their Waste Management Strategy and some of the proposed changes on the table. Today they have provided a document detailing their plans to improve recycling and reduce waste for residents.
NFDC plan to release the full Waste Strategy on 8th June 2022 ahead of their Environment and Sustainability Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting on the 16th June 2022. In the meantime they will be keeping their web page updated with information. You can contact NFDC with any further questions at email@example.com
09 May 2022
Hampshire County Council’s Waste Prevention team are currently running a survey on the food and composting habits of Hampshire residents and wondered if you might be able to help us by sharing it with your networks? The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete and is open until May 31st. As a thank you for taking part in the survey, there’s the opportunity to win £100 of Leisure Vouchers. ACCESS THE SURVEY NOW
06 April 2022
Following concerns raised by residents about the noticeable increase in dog mess being left on Manchester Road, the ParishCouncil - in collaboration with NFDC - have increased and renewed signage in the area to remind the public to clear up or risk a fine. Patrols will also be increased in the area when possible.
All NFDC bins can take bagged dog waste - there is no excuse and you could be fined if caught.
29 March 2022
Following the village consultation back in 2020, the most popular communication methodfrom the Council to the parish was voted as the noticeboard. Our existing noticeboard had served us well for many years but was rotting away and rather too small. After long delays due to the difficulties presented by the pandemic, we have finally received and installed the new noticeboard which is standing proudly on Station Road. One side is purely for the Parish Council and the entire reverse is for the community. If you would like to place a notice in the Community noticeboard, simply email or drop it in to the Clerk.
10 March 2022
Due to one member contracting Covid and another's unavoidable absence, the Planning and Trees Committee will not be quorate (a minimum of three members attending is required by law) and so the meeting has been postponed. A new date and agenda will be issued ASAP.
09 February 2022
Please note that our Planning & Trees Committee will meet informally on Zoom at the later start time of 8pm on Thursday 10th February. Connection details at the top of the agenda.
17 December 2021
The Parish Council set the Precept for Sway, for the financial year 2022-23, at its meeting on Thursday 16th December. Following the presentation of an almost balanced budget, Council approved the increase of just £1150 across the year, and this resulted in a total Precept amount of £86,295.
With an increase to the tax base, this is an increase of just 4p per Band D equivalent property, for the year.
14 December 2021
The Parish Council has worked - through the Church Lane Working Group - on a further detailed submission to the NFNPA in response to the planning application for the Church Lane Development (21/00743). Read the submission sent on 14 December 2021 and see the history of the Parish Council's work in this regard, by checking out our dedicated Church Lane Development web page.
10 December 2021
With new Plan B restrictions in place, the Parish Council will make the following changes:
- face masks required (other than when seated)
- the Parish Office to be closed to visitors other than by prior arrangement with the Clerk
- consider the adoption of a Scheme of Delegation for January 2022 to enable regular business to continue even if it is not deemed safe to meet
01 December 2021
Update on the Holmsley Bridge road closure
23 November 2021
We have been notified of the intention to close the Post Office from 5pm on 31st December. The future of the Post Office in Sway depends on everyone supporting and using it. Send your comments to the Post Office as soon as possible and help us try to save this valuable service.
04 November 2021
Sway Community is coming together to make ourselves greener. We need YOU to help decide what collective action our village should take.
To find out more and cast your votes, come along on Monday 15 November at 7pm at Sway Village Hall. Refreshments available 🫖 ☕️
An event from Eco Sway in collaboration with Sway Parish Council.
01 November 2021
Following his co-option to the Parish Council on Thursday 28th October, we are delighted to welcome Michael Butler to TeamSway, joining the existing 11 members to work on behalf of the residents of Sway.
13 October 2021
Katie Walding PSLCC, Parish Clerk at Sway has received an award from her professional body, Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). SLCC represents clerks to over 5,000 town, parish and community councils in England and Wales and has awarded Katie an Outstanding Contribution award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the progress of SLCC and to the Clerks’ Profession. Katie accepted her award at SLCC’s annual National Conference this week.
07 October 2021
The planning application for the development at Church Lane is now open for public consultation. Come to Sway Village Hall on Monday 25th October, from 6:30pm, meet the developer, see the detail and find out how to make your comments count.
More information on our dedicated Church Lane page
05 October 2021
The Planning Committee will meet virtually, on Zoom, for its October meeting. Please see the agenda for full details of how to join via Zoom, from 7:15pm on Monday 11th October.
23 September 2021
Donna Jones, Hampshire & Isle of Wight's Police and Crime Commissioner discusses anti-social behaviour, policing, crime prevention and the judicial system with members of the Parish Council at it its public meeting. Watch the recording of the meeting on our Facebook page, or read the minutes.
10 September 2021
The winners of our photographic competition have been chosen and notified! Congratulations to Melanie Seacombe (1st), Clive Pitts (2nd) and Karen Lodwidge (3rd) for their stunning contributions. We raised £86 for the Oakhaven Hospice!
27 August 2021
At our meeting on Thursday 26th, Cllr Lisa Thomas was elected as the Chairman of the Parish Council, following the resignation of Dawn Bampton who will be sorely missed. Cllr Thomas thanked Dawn for all her hard work and wished her well from the Council.
20 August 2021
Come along to Stanford Rise Green next Wednesday 25th August between 10am and 12 noon.
Enjoy a free wild play event (donation welcomed!) hosted by Sway Parish Council in collaboration with the New Forest National Park Association.
Some organised activities including forest art, mud kitchen and a scavenger hunt will be available for everyone to enjoy on the green.
13 August 2021
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
Following a resignation, the Council has a casual vacancy. If, by 2 September (14 days after the date of this notice excluding weekends and bank holidays) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at NFDC by TEN OR MORE electors to the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy.
If no request for an election is received, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
Contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
9 August 2021
Hampshire County Council with Knights Brown are preparing for the works on the Holmsley rail bridge to start in earnest in September. They have published a newsletter with all the initial information. Read the newsletter here.
30 July 2021
Cllr Howard Millett was co-opted to the Parish Council by a unanimous vote from members at our meeting on Thursday 29th July. Having already been working with the Planning Committee as our Tree representative, the rest of the Council is looking forward to working with Howard - welcome!
22 July 2021
Church Lane Consultation - have your say
Chapman Lily Planning - on behalf of Hurst and Hurst Estates Ltd - are preparing a planning application for the proposed redevelopment of land at Church Lane to provide new homes and informal open space. They are keen to seek the views of local residents to help inform the design and layout of the proposed development. They have setup a website which provides details of the proposed development and invites your feedback and comments. Respond to the Consultation today!
19 July 2021
1 July 2021
The Parish Council is delighted to host both the Carnival Fete and Dog Show (Saturday 3rd July) and End Show (10th July) at Jubilee Field.
There will be some changes, as you would expect, to ensure everyone can attend safely. However, we are aware that some people may feel concerned about attending, or anxious at the thought of surrounding themselves with people after being locked down and distanced for so long.
We urge all residents who decide to attend to be respectful of others, ensuring they apply suitable distancing and other actions that may still be required such as hand sanitisation, or wearing a mask.
Huge thanks to the Carnival Committee for their tireless work to bring the village its most important week in the annual calendar!
28 June 2021
Have you seen the newly refurbished phone box?
It has been lovingly treated to repairs, sanding and painting, and some new windows and signage as well. Many thanks to Simon and Paul for their hard work.
The books have been sorted and replenished and the children's book swap is back in business again. For now, however, no further contributions are needed so you can take rather than swap - we have a stock of donated books stored so that we can regularly replenish.
Please encourage your children and their friends to take a book they would like to read 😀
15 June 2021
Local NHS Services and partners are working together to redevelop part of the Ashurst Hospital site in the new Forest to create a Health and Wellbeing Centre for Children, Young People and Families. We are unable to carry out any face to face engagement with local families due to Covid so are having to find other ways to reach out to them.
We are inviting children and young people (and their families of course) to help us design some of the external landscaped space around the planned new centre. The closing date for sending ideas is Friday 9 July. This NHS Flyer contains all the details.
Ashurst Hospital currently accommodates the New Forest Birth Centre and is a local hub for CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) so local families and young people may already know the site and therefore be interested in helping us plan for its future.
28 May 2021
As we start to emerge from the pandemic and start to return to 'normal' the Parish Council is delighted to see activities starting up again at Jubilee Field. Most recently, two new yoga classes have started at the Jubilee Field Pavilion:
- Monday evening at 6:15pm
- Wednesday morning at 9:15am
We are looking forward to welcoming back our friends at the NHS who will hopefully restart the pulmonary rehabilitation clinics in the summer.
1 May 2021
2021 Parish Award Winners were presented with awards and hampers by the Chairman, Cllr Dawn Bampton:
29 April 2021
At our virtual Parish Assembly, along with the Annual Report presented by the Chairman and Clerk, a video compilation from Sway groups and associations was played. Watch the video any time.
20 April 2021
A casual vacancy has been confirmed and anyone interested in becoming a parish councillor is invited to contact the Parish Clerk or any of our Councillors to find out more.
Expressions of interest should be submitted to the Parish Clerk
26 March 2021
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
Following a resignation, the Council has a casual vacancy. If, by 19 April (14 days after the date of this notice excluding weekends and bank holidays) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at NFDC by TEN OR MORE electors to the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no request for an election is received, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
18 March 2021
The Parish Council has been compiling a welcome pack for new residents; during the pandemic we are unable to pack and distribute hard copies, but have instead compiled a Welcome web page full of useful information for those new to Sway. Some of our longer term residents may also find it helpful! Email the Clerk if you have any suggestions for additions.
8 March 2021
The Parish Council is pleased to have awarded a total of £1450 in grants to various Sway based organisations. After such a difficult year, funds to help clubs and groups are well invested for all residents to benefit from. For details of those awarded, please see the minutes from the Council's February meeting.
3 March 2021
The bird nesting season runs from 1st March to late July. We all have a duty to support the initiatives from Forestry England, the New Forest National Park Authority and other local organisations to recognise the importance of this habitat to our many rare ground nesting birds, such as the lapwing, nightjar and curlew. The New Forest is one of the last places in the UK where these birds can still be found and helping them to breed successfully is now critical to their survival. Please observe the orange warning signs and red 'stop' signs which will be located in the vicinity of identified nesting sites. Some car parks may also be closed. With such a vast landscape you can definitely find somewhere to walk without negatively impacting nature, and further help by sticking to the main tracks and keeping dogs on a lead
12 February 2021
We are delighted to achieve this award from NALC in recognition of operating lawfully and within standard practice, demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement and development. Our next challenge will be to be accredited as a Quality Council.
3 February 2021
Following the village consultation in the Autumn of 2020, the Parish Council has now collated, analysed and published the results from 753 residents who took the time to respond. We are very grateful for all those who took the time to respond. Review the results and analysis PDF, and download if you wish
1 February 2021
At its January meeting, the Parish Council confirmed that it would like to receive applications from Sway groups, organisations and charities (eligibility terms apply) for grant funding. Applications received before 19th February will be considered at the 25th February meeting. See the Grant Policy and Application Form
8 January 2021
The Parish Council approved a Precept request of £85,145 for the financial year 2021-22. This represents a 57p increase per month, per Band D equivalent property paying council tax in Sway. For more details you can review the approved budget for 2021-22.
18 December 2020
The Council has adopted a new logo and we hope you like it.
7 December 2020
Following correspondence with residents on Church Lane, reporting their concerns about traffic speed and safety, the Parish Council wrote to Hampshire Highways to ask them to consider the issues and the idea of passing places to help ease the congestion. Please see the full response from Hampshire Highways.
1 December 2020
Sway Advent Windows - the trail has begun!Maps are £2 each and are on sale in Budgens, Central, Sway Butchers and Winkworth.
Another excellent village venture, created and managed by volunteer residents, led by Kirsten Watson. Our community is amazing! Thank you
18 November 2020
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12 October 2020
If you have thought about standing as a parish councillor, then now is your time! We have a vacancy which we hope to fill by co-option - you have one more week to submit your expression of interest to the Parish Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the closing date of Monday 19th October.
7 September 2020
7 September 2020
The Autumn 2020 Allotments Newsletter has been published.
17 August 2020
The public has the right to inspect the Parish Council's accounts for the year 2019-20. The full notice of the right to inspect and details of how to do so can be viewed in the Notice of Public Rights (click to view)
6 August 2020
Following a review of the latest guidance, and an update to the risk assessment, the playground at Jubilee Field is now open. Sadly, due to vandalism (when the playground was closed) the climbing frame failed its safety inspection and remains unsafe to use. Please advise your children to stay off the climbing frame until repairs are made.
26 June 2020
The Parish Council meeting was streamed live to our Facebook page on Thursday 25th June and we were delighted to see a number of residents used the opportunity to view the meeting. All virtual meetings will now be streamed to our Facebook page and recordings held there in line with our Audio/Video recording policy.
18 May 2020
Click Allotments Newsletter read the latest edition
25 March 2020
Our new information portal is live at www.swaycovid-19.info so please bookmark and visit regularly for updates.
24 March 2020
16 March 2020
Sway Parish Council is taking a number of steps to reduce risk in light of the increasing concerns around Covid-19. In particular, the Parish Clerk has called an extra ordinary (full Council) meeting for this coming Friday, 20th March, 7pm at the Jubilee Field Pavilion, in order to address emergency measures over the coming weeks. We are legally required to hold such a public meeting to transact business, but urge members of the public to follow the guidance given to decide whether they should attend or not. The meeting will be recorded and minutes published as usual for those who cannot attend to stay abreast of Council business.
10 March 2020
Who are our unsung heroes? We are very lucky to have such a vibrant community with lots going on. Never underestimate the time and effort that some of the residents contribute, to make all those things happen. We want YOU to tell us who the unsung heroes are! This will be the third year of the Sway Parish Council Awards, and nominations are open now and until the 19th March. You can nominate Sway individuals, and also groups and organisations, to receive recognition for their amazing contributions. Nomination forms are available on our website or collect a paper copy from the Clerk and help us identify this year's winners!
9 March 2020
The Parish Council is monitoring Government and Public Health England guidance on Coronavirus and its implications for public gatherings and community buildings. At present, it is business as usual; additionally, cleaning regimes have been stepped up to include more frequent treatment of door handles and other surfaces. NHS guidance for all individuals is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and we advise all individuals to be responsible and take suitable precautions.
4 March 2020
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
Following a resignation, the Council has a casual vacancy. If, by 23 March(14 days after the date of this notice excluding weekends and bank holidays) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at NFDC by TEN OR MORE electors to the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no request for an election is received, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
28 February 2020
This year's Sway Spring Clean will take place on Sunday 29th March, from 10am - 1pm and everyone is welcome to take part. Equipment will be provided and we will arrange for all collected rubbish to be removed by NFDC afterwards. Light refreshments for all those that lend a hand!
30 January 2020
Please see Church Lane Development for information regarding the proposed housing development at Church Lane. Also to remind residents that the public meeting on the same subject will take place at 7pm, Jubilee Field Pavilion today - Thursday 30th January 2020.
24 January 2020
A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Sway Parish Council. Click to see notice.
10 January 2020
A public meeting will be held on Thursday 30th January, at the Jubilee Field Pavilion, to discuss the proposed development at Church Lane. The Council is eager to hear all views from residents across the Parish, as they consider the key aspects which will become the focus of those hoping to engage closely with the developer in order to help shape the proposals for the site. See Facebook for more information