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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. So if you are here because you wanted to find out about a multimedia presentation tool or are looking for versions of "Sway" by Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, the Pussycat Dolls or anyone else, you are in the wrong place - sorry! However, please don't go away - you might just like what you see!

Good News! The Jubilee Field Play Park climbing frame has been repaired and the park has reopened in time for half term! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Issues of Interest to Sway at the moment include:

New Forest National Park Draft Local Plan Public Consultation.

This covers planning development over the next 20 or so years. Sway specific items on pages 51 and 52.

Come to the Public Session at Sway Village Hall on Wed 2nd Nov 2:00pm - 7:30pm.

Links to local Sway organisations

SWAG AGM 31 October 2016 7:30pm Church Rooms, Sway

The future of Sway Village Hall

The Survey is now closed and all boxes of paper forms have been collected. Check back regularly for updates.

Find out more here

Who's gonna clean up this town!

Contact Ted Watts if you are interested in keeping Sway tidy. First of 2 sessions likely to be one Saturday between 8am and 10am cleaning up leaves and rubbish in the centre of the village. When depends entirely on the season and weather. At the moment the trees seem reluctant to shed their leaves so watch this space but still contact Ted Watts if you wish to be involved.

adobe icon Hampshire Waste Recycling Centres [606kb] Efford Hours to be cut.

Winter 11:00-16:00. Summer 11:00-18:00. Closed Thursdays.

STOP PRESS - Later closing time in Summer!

irresponsible dog walking

NB Jubilee Field and Stanford Rise recreation areas are dog-free zones. Only guide dogs are allowed.


Wootton Riverine Wetland Restoration Project latest status

Work halted until next Summer

Sway Village Congestion

Checkout the latest News

Jubilee Field Pavilion possible plans for the future

Read all about the recent presentation to the Parish Council and come to Sway Village Hall on Saturday 3rd December for more information (venue and date still to be confirmed).

Sway Community SpeedWatch

S106 Stanford Rise project

How we spend the tiny portion of Council Tax we receive

Planning development in Sway Parish

Future of the Cango Bus

who to contact when you want to get things done

Links to local Sway organisations

SWAG AGM 31 October 2016 7:30pm Church Rooms, Sway

how to contact Sway Parish Council

lots of general News

Links to other Council websites in the local area

Affordable Housing

The NFNPA draft local plan will be of some importance here.

The next meeting of Sway Parish Council is at 7:30pm on Thursday 27th October at Jubilee Field Pavilion. Everyone welcome! adobe icon Agenda [26kb]

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

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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.

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.

See our latest News, follow us on facebook SwayParishCouncil and Twitter @Sway_PC

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)

Sway Cleanup

Last year a group of volunteers ventured forth to clean the footpaths in the village centre. This year it is hoped to do the same in two sessions. First to clean up the leaves in the centre of the village, and secondly to walk the country lanes in Sway when the foliage has died down and the litter hidden in the summer is revealed for the winter. The first sweep is likely to be on a Saturday morning between around 8am and 10am. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ted Watts.

Events to be aware of that may affect your journey:

Sun 13th November: Annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at Sway War Memorial. The adjacent cattle grid on the B3055 at Durnstown will be closed between 10:30 am 11:30 am. Detour along Back Lane/Pitmore Lane - quietly and considerately please. adobe icon Details and Map. [280kb].
2016-11-13 Remembrance day closure B3055 s

See also the NFDC Safety Advisory Group website and their Public Events List where you can also leave feedback on any of the events.



On Saturday 27th August, the start of the football match was delayed because of dog mess on the pitch. Please everyone, dogs are not allowed onto Jubilee Field or Stanford Rise recreation areas unless they are working guide dogs. Please also note that it is your responsibility to clean up if your dog does mess anywhere. Always Bag it and Bin it, or Take it Home.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crabbswood Lane between its junction with B3055 Arnewood Bridge Road and its junction with Middle Road from 14th November 2016 for 15 weeks. Alt Route from the northern point of closure west via Middle Road to its junction with  Wootton Road; southeast via Wootton Road to its junction with Arnewood Bridge Road; east via Arnewood Bridge Road to the southern point of closure and vice versa. This is for works on the railway bridge.

Notified on 23 Aug 2016: Hampshire County Council (contact Tel: 0300 555 1388) have requested temporary road closures as follows, in order to carry out carriageway surface dressing works and pre-surface dressing carriageway repairs. The likely maximum duration of each closure is 2 days. Although the works are not yet programmed, the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order comes into effect on 3rd October 2016 and the works will be carried out over the following twelve months. HCC will provide information boards on site to give road users advance notification of the dates of closure.

  • Boundway between its jn with Mead End Rd and its jn with Marley Mount-alt route via Mead End Road Middle Rd and Marley Mount
  • Crabbswood Ln between its jn with Middle Rd and its jn with B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd-alt route via Middle Rd Tiptoe Rd and B3055 Sway Rd. (This is in addition to the closure notified above)
  • Lower Mead End Rd between its jn with Middle Rd and its jn with B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd-alt route via B3055, Crabbswood Ln and Middle Rd
  • Marley Mount between its jn with Boundway and its jn with Middle Rd-alt route via Boundway Mead End Rd and Middle Rd
  • Mead End Rd between its jn with Brighton Rd and its jn with Middle Rd-alt route via Lower Mead End Rd B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd and Station Rd Sway
  • Middle Rd (Tiptoe) between its jn with Lower Mead End Rd and its jn with Tiptoe Rd-alt route via Tiptoe Rd B3055 Arnewood Bridge Rd
  • Mount Pleasant Ln between its jn with Pitmore Ln and its jn with C430 Sway Rd-alt route via C430 and Pitmore Ln
  • North Common Ln between its jn with Pitmore Ln and its jn with Mount Pleasant Ln- alt route via Pitmore Ln and Mount Pleasant Ln

Notified on 30th August 2016: Hampshire County Council's Highways West office (contact is Colin Hibberd Tel: 0300 555 1388) have requested temporary road closures at the locations below, in order to carry out highway maintenance works. Although the actual start dates for the works are not yet programmed, the Traffic Regulation Order will come into effect on Tuesday 30 August 2016. The likely maximum duration of each closure is two days, between 0800 and 1600hrs only on each day.

  • Mill Lane between its junction with Pitmore Lane and a point 185m west of that junction. Alternative route via South Sway Lane Sway Road and Pitmore Lane.

For more information, please refer to the New Forest District Council website. Our roads are often listed under the designation "Various Roads New Forest".
Roadworks on Coombe Lane

Notified on 30th September 2016: to allow for water service connection works sometime from 10th October for probably 3 days between 08:00 and 17:00 only on each day.

  • Shirley Holms Rd entire length. Alt route for vehicles max height 12'0" only is South down Pitmore Lane, East on Sway Rd then North on A337 Southampton rd and vice-versa.


In the first 5 months of 2016, 11 ponies, 2 cows and 3 donkeys died as a result of road traffic accidents.

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 £1,000 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



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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