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Development at Church Lane

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 

image of notice of vacancy

26 March 2021


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.

Census Day 21 March 2021
There is still time to get your access code and fill in the Census online on 21 March

​​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.

Graphic for SPC Awards 2021

​15 March 2021

The Parish Council has launched the Awards for 2021 and will announce the winners at the virtual Parish Assembly to be live streamed on Thursday 29th April. Please review the rules and complete a nomination form and send it to the Parish Clerk before 14th April

​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.

Forest Organisations logos

​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 

Grant application advert

​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

​29 January 2021

Our new parish newsletter has launched. All residents will receive a paper copy of the first edition, and we ask you to sign up to receive it via email going forwards. For those without email, sign up for a paper copy is also available. We look forward to your feedback.

​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. 

New Logo

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

Do you have an interest and knowledge in trees? 
Do you live in Sway and could help the Parish Council to respond to tree work applications in an unbiased and impartial way?

You do not need to be a Parish Councillor in order to carry out this role with us. You can be co-opted to our Planning Committee as a non-voting member, and report to them (either by attending our - currently virtual - monthly meeting or by writing a report). We typically get 1-3 applications a month, and they could be for any trees on any property within the Civil Parish of Sway.

If you might be interested, or would like to chat about this, please contact the Parish Clerk 

8 November 2020

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

5 November 2020

Carriageway resurfacing and ditch clearance works on Mill Lane have been reprogrammed, from the junction with Pitmore Lane for a length of approximately 175 metres. The works will now start on Monday 9th November 2020, and expected to take up to 5 days to complete (week days only) during which time the road will be closed to vehicular traffic between 07:30 – 18:00hrs. The road will be open during the evenings and over the weekend. 

4 November 2020

At its October meeting, the Council elected a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. Congratulations to Cllr Dawn Bampton who becomes Chairman with immediate effect, working with Cllr Lisa Thomas as Vice Chairman. Cllr Stephen Tarling was thanked for all his hard work during his term as Chairman of the Parish Council. 

​21 October 2020

The Governments' White Paper 'Planning for the Future' has been published and there is a consultation period ending on 29th October.  National Parks England, the New Forest National Park Authority, CPRE, major planning bodies (e.g. TCPA, RTPI), the NFNPA South West Quadrant and most Local Planning Authorities including the Conservative NFDC have concerns over the centralism and automation proposed.  
There is a short briefing paper from the NFNPA which sets out some of the issues  succinctly.  Responses are invited, including the option to complete a survey.
All local residents who care for local planning and the built environment in the New Forest are encouraged to respond.

​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 ( before the closing date of Monday 19th October. 

​7 September 2020

Notice is hereby given that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Sway Parish CouncilIf by 25 September, 2020 14 days after the date of this notice excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by TEN electors for 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.

7 September 2020

The Autumn 2020 Allotments Newsletter has been published.        Image of newsletter

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.

Children receiving their prizes
15 July 2020                                                                    ​Representatives from Landmark Estates, the Co-op and Sway Parish Council were in attendance to present prizes to the winner and three runners-up of the Sway Junior Parish Council poster design competition, the results of which are displayed on the hoardings at the new development on Station Road. Colin Hayward, Co-op Area Manager was on hand to present a magnificent child-friendly hamper and gift voucher to the winner, 10 year old Freya Marnell.  Co-op goody boxes and a gift voucher were presented to two of the runners up: Cllr Louise Clark, aged 11 and Cllr Thomas Clark, aged 8. Unfortunately, 9 year old Cllr Aaron Marshall was unable to attend but Cllr (and Vice Chair) Dawn Bampton from the Parish Council was on hand to accept Aaron's prize on his behalf. Landmark Estates' Managing Director, James Bradley also presented a £500 cheque to the Junior Parish Council.

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                    Allotments newsletter page 1  Allotments newsletter page 2  Allotments newsletter page 3 

25 March 2020

Our new information portal is live at so please bookmark and visit regularly for updates. 

​24 March 2020

Sway Parish Council has today closed down the Jubilee Field Pavilion, and shut the children's playground. All tennis courts will also be closed. Stanford Rise Green and the grounds at Jubilee Field will remain accessible for individual exercise (walking, running, cycling) but the Government guidelines stipulate gatherings of no more than 2 unless from the same household and we ask residents to adhere to this. Current guidance confirms that the Allotments can stay open, but only for plot holders and not wider family or friends, and the same social distancing and hand washing guidelines must apply.

The Parish Office will be closed. The Parish Clerk continues to work remotely, and the phone line 01590 718116 will be answered where possible during the duty hours of Mondays 10am-1pm, Tuesdays 11am-2pm and Thursdays 3-6pm. You can reach her by email at any time.

​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 and we advise all individuals to be responsible and take suitable precautions.

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​4 March 2020


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

​6 January 2020

The NFNPA who worked in partnership with Sway PC on the creation of wild play facilities at Stanford Rise Green, would love to hear from residents in this short questionnaire: 
wild play questionnaire