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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.

Welcome to new Councillors Simon Barnes and Chris Davis

Please note that the Clerk is on leave from Monday 1st to Friday 5th June 2020.

26 March 2020 Covid-19 Information for Residents 

The Parish Council is working with the volunteer group coordinator, the Church, SWAG and others - and has launched a new website to collate all relevant Covid-19 information for Sway residents. Contact the Clerk at if you have suggestions for further content. 

You can also download a copy of the Sway Residents' Information Leaflet which has been recently sent to all households in Sway. Paper copies are also available in the village retail outlets: adobe icon Covid19 Leaflet [384kb]

24 March 2020 Covid-19 Update

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 remain closed to visitors. 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 contact the Clerk by email at any time


Details of our meetings can be seen here.

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 other councils and  organisations, links to other organisations in Sway and lots more about the Parish of Sway and surrounding area. 

For the latest info and FAQ on the Hatch Motors site development, please click here

2016-10-19 Sway Village Centre

Follow us also on: Facebook Sway_PC   and   Twitter @Sway_PC 

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

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Matters of interest:

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?

Flashing Speed Limit Reminder (VASLR) project

Vera is out there working hard 24x7!

Future of the Cango Bus

Checkout our clearer Timetable

Sway Community SpeedWatch

SpeedWatch works. 12% improvement in 3 years.
We need more volunteers. Would you like to help?

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




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)


Things to be aware of or that may affect your journey around Sway:

See also the NFDC Safety Advisory Group website and their Public Events List where you can also leave feedback on any of the events. Details of planned road closures are on the New Forest District Council website and publicised in the Lymington Times. Our roads are often listed under the designation "Various Roads New Forest".

Roadworks on Coombe Lane



Notices on Home Page  

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  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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