Sway Parish Council News
This is a brief summary of significant items that may be of interest to the residents of Sway or that relate to the activities of Sway Parish Council. For official minutes of meetings, refer to the appropriate meeting minutes.. If there is anything you feel should be mentioned here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|26 May 2017 Sway Football Club will be holding a Golf Day at Crane Valley Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Verwood, Dorset, BH31 7LE on Friday 26th May to raise funds for the club. Click on the logo opposite or contact Andrew Blackwell for details.|
|22 May 2017 Sway Welfare Aid Group Extraordinary Meeting of Members|
A short special meeting of the members (the volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries of the charity) to discuss proposed changes to SWAG's constitution will be held on Monday, 22nd May 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Rooms. This extraordinary meeting will be followed immediately by SWAG's already scheduled May Public Meeting. All members are welcome to attend both meetings.
|8 May 2017 Stanford Rise Open Space will be closed from 8th May for 3-4 weeks while George Farwell carry out drainage improvement works as part of the S106 funded project. During this time for your own safety we ask that you do not attempt to access the site from any of the entrances. Plans for the new path and improvements to the entrances can be seen on this web page or by clicking on the thumbnail opposite.|
8-14 May 2017 Fourth United Nations Road Safety Week. But you don't have to wait until then to make a difference. Simply drive safely below the speed limit and be considerate to all other road users whether they be humans, ponies, cattle, donkeys ... everyone.
|22nd April 2017 Another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 95 vehicle details sent to police. Highest speed recorded 51 mph. Numbers low due to it being Easter week. We still need more volunteers so please email email@example.com if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding very fascinating conversations during the quieter moments between those speeding vehicles! It's also a very worthwhile way of giving something back to the community. It will not however keep you off the streets!!|
|13 April 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the minutes [659kb]. No need for planning permission for extension of football dugouts. Last weekend's Wiggle observations to be sent by Sway PC following committee & clerk's approval. TPO/17/0251 Burbrush House - leave to tree officer. 17/00149 Shallfleet - 1, 17/00158 7 Buldowne Walk - 1, 17/00186 Land Nth Hunters Folly - 2, 17/00185 Durnston - 4, 17/00192 Land rear 37&38 Setthorns Rd - 4, 17/00188 Flexford House - 1, 17/00187 Boundway Gate - 4, 17/00196 22 SetThorns Rd - 1, 17/00163 Little Mead - 1 with screening conditions, 17/00197 Bojangles - 1. 17/00210 Fuchsias and 17/00257 Widden Edge were info only. S106 Stanford Rise path and gateway improvements - planning application not required. NFNPA PDCC April 18th 16/00696 Land to the rear of Toby Cottage Sway will make representation. Cango figures much better this month. Inappropriate verge cutting back on the agenda - Cllr Warden to look for support from Plantlife. Community SpeedWatch - 3 new volunteers plus another in pipeline. Additional Speed reduction - carry over till after HCC elections. CSW & Animal Accidents - Radio Solent programmes still available till end of month. Wiggle future events - invite organisers to consult with us - Cllr Marchant to draft invite. Conserving the Forest Fringe - Sway to invite Sean Marsh to one of our meetings to tell us more.|
13 April 2017 Now the holiday season is upon us and the New Forest is drying out after the winter, it's vitally important for everyone to realise that lighting fires of any sort on the New Forest is not only illegal, it is stupid. This includes bar-b-qs, bonfires, anything. There are specific areas set aside for bar-b-qs in Wilverley Inclosure. Do not light any fire anywhere else. These people were very lucky that someone was vigilant enough to call the emergency services before this one got out of hand.
If you see any such behaviour, please always call 999 or 101 depending on the severity so that the situation can be dealt with before it escalates into a massively destructive forest fire.
Love our forest - don't destroy it.
|13 April 2017|
From 13 April 2017 the Prevention Zone rules have changed. Keepers are not now required to house poultry or have total range netting in place in Higher Risk Areas of England. However, they must continue to follow detailed biosecurity requirements.
8th and 9th April 2017 Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive. Route and other details here [1Mb]. Expect cyclists on road from Burley via Wilverley to Marlpit Oak, down B3055 to Pitmore Lane, then Shirley Holmes to Boldre/Pilley from 9-ish to around noon on both days. For approximate timings at other locations on route see pic.twitter.com/X2z86YZzPi
Update after the event. Approximately 4,500 cyclists took part over the two days. Click here to read some observations and recommendations from one of your Parish Councillors.
31 March Catch Julian Clegg's "the big conversation" at 9am on BBC Radio Solent for debate on how to tackle the problem of Animal road Casualties. Join in!
27-31 March Keep an ear on BBC Radio Solent. They will be running a series of programmes spotlighting Animal Road Casualties across the New Forest. We believe that this will start with Julian Clegg's breakfast show on Monday 27 March (6:30am-10:00am). For information about some of the issues involved visit our webpage here and for some extremely sage advice on how to drive safely on New Forest roads, click on the Shared Forest logo opposite.
If you missed any of this week long coverage, you have until around the end of April to catch up at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04yclrl and the final debate on Friday is in the last hour of http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04w5p90
29 March 2017 Sway CSW featured on Julian Clegg's Breakfast show between 08:20 and 08:40 on BBC Radio Solent. And another Sway resident Tony Hockley featured on Sascha Twining's show around 12:10 talking about ways in which people might be persuaded to drive at a more appropriate speed. For such a small village, Sway has done pretty well for airtime today. However Archers Fans will know that Ambridge with an even smaller population will be getting much more air time on road safety matters as they may be setting up their own Community SpeedWatch! Trust Lynda Snell to get more of the limelight! Can we write her script please?
24 March 2017 End of another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 126 vehicle details sent to police. Highest speed recorded 48 mph by 2 vehicles in 30 limits. Pitmore Lane near Pauls Lane / Mountpleasant Lane was amazingly well behaved in very poor weather. Other locations were sadly much as ever. Very encouraging to have 3 new volunteers join us, and we would welcome more to spread the load further and survey more roads. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding very fascinating conversations during the quieter moments between those speeding vehicles! It's also a very worthwhile way of giving something back to the community. It will not however keep you off the streets!!
7 April 2017 feedback from the police. 121 letters have been sent out: 107 first letters, 9 second letters and 5 hand delivered by police as caught 3 or more times in past 12 months.
|23 March 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the minutes [578kb]. Another full house in the public gallery! JFP Central Heating broke down again, boilers unrepairable and had to be replaced urgently - cost probably similar to last year's underspend. JF Cricket pitch voted pitch of the year. Adlams Lane bench replacement - decision next month. Start and Finish Task Group for potential redevelopment of JFP:- ToRs agreed, members will be Cllrs Golby, Cripps, Turner and Pepper. The group may invited others as required. S106 Stanford Rise: drier weather so clerk to chase Farwells to get drainage sorted ASAP, FoSR meeting Tue 28 Mar 7pm at JFP to discuss design responses with Village Hall, Scouts, Wild Play etc. Proposal for SPC to apply for Village Hall and Scout Hut pre-application advice agreed by majority (3 abstentions). Tiptoe May Fayre - 4 Cllrs volunteered to attend. Vote at supermarket nearby for grant to go to Sway Village Hall. Planning fees to increase by 20% next month. Listen to Radio Solent next week for more Community SpeedWatch news and watch out for stiffer speeding penalties coming April 24th. South West Trains to be asked about bus replacement service time publicising.|
|19 March 2017 The New Forest Commoners Defence Association have provided us with a very thought provoking and sobering analysis of the dangers of driving at night on the unfenced forest roads. When driving at the 40 mph speed limit, the stopping distance may often be further than the distance you can see. On seeing this, a member of the Verderers' staff said, 'The ponies don't stand a chance.' Click on the logo opposite to view their document or select here for more information about Animal Casualties. And please drive safely below the speed limit and be considerate to all other road users whether they be human or animal.|
16 March 2017 Cllr Edward Heron was guest speaker at Minstead's Annual Parish Assembly last night. He spoke on various subjects including things currently being considered to reduce animal road casualty figures on the open forest. Points to note from his talk:
Cllr Heron will be guest speaker at Sway's Annual Parish Assembly on Thursday 27 April at 7:30 pm, Jubilee Field Pavilion. Everybody welcome.
|9 March 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the minutes [723kb]. Wootton Riverine Access Problems. One problem area close to crossing has been fixed. HLS contract manager said he wants to review remainder again in dryer months with FC recreation team. In meantime, no additional action will be taken. New applications: 17/00086 Middle House, Middle Rd Tiptoe - info only. 17/00063 15 Widden Close - 5. 17/00134 Highbury Brighton Rd - 1. 17/00154 Old School House plot 2 - 5. 17/00149 Shallfleet - deferred. 17/00102 St Dominics Priory - 1. 17/00091 Hazlehurst Farm Flexford Lane - 4. NFNPA PDCC Menage at Toby Cottage decision deferred. NFNPA Draft local plan summary of responses available here. CANGO numbers increasing. HCC have erected new animal aware signs on B3055. Member of public complained strongly about standard of pothole repairs - see this week's Lymington Times page P4 for HCC's immediate response! Sway CSW has 2 new volunteers with 2 more hopefully in the pipeline, but highlights need for alternative measures to slow down vehicles - to be debated further in next month's meeting. Finally Wiggle on 8/9 April - more details here.|
10 March 2017 Are our litter picking heroes already preparing for the Great British Spring Clean 2018? The litter throwing villains certainly are! This large bag full of cans and other food wrappings etc was collected this morning on my daily walk around the lanes barely a week after we cleaned up everything from these lanes. Most of what you see here was discovered in one very short stretch of Coombe Lane informally referred to locally as the watersplash. I can only presume that the perpetrators' cars are pristine inside as they so regularly clean them straight out of the windows. I would dearly love to return their rubbish to them in the same fashion, but have instead put it into my household waste for collection next week!
C'MON PEOPLE. The Countryside is not your litter bin - please stop treating it as such.
3-5 March 2017 Great British Spring Clean 2017. Various people were out and about around the village and surrounding Parish clearing the litter and other stuff from the verges and elsewhere. This was Sway's response to the national initiative and an extension to the leaf cleanup work done before Christmas. Ted Watts again kindly volunteered to organise it all. NFDC provided equipment such as high-vis jackets, black sacks and litter pickers. All our litter picking heroes should read this guide Litter picking_VOLUNTEER_NFDC guide 2 [69kb].
3-4 March Update from South Sway-: 2 Councillors cleaned up 2 miles of rural lanes and already 6 bags full - one from just 50 yards of Mountpleasant Lane. Lots more to do out this way! And from our Councillor in deepest darkest Tiptoe:- Just done Great British Spring Clean: mostly drinks litter: cups, cans & bottles. Some crisp packets & sweet wrappers, a few dog poo bags. And from North of Sway: councillor's wife cleaned up a Big Mac fly tip at Longslade Bottom Car Park. Possible id of perpetrator passed on to police as wallet found at scene!
5 March Update from East Sway Councillor:- Church Lane 3 bags including 1 tyre, 1 side to a wheel chair, 1 hanging basket bracket, Numerous drink cans and coffee cups with lids, Beer and vodka bottles.
There were lots more heroes out and about this weekend and so much of Sway was cleaned that it is simplest to show graphically, so please click on the map opposite to see where all of our volunteer litter picking heroes have been. This map will be updated as further information comes in.
We can be heroes just for one day. (David Bowie 1947-2016)
1 March 2017 If you have to put household rubbish bags out before the normal waste collection day, it would really help our Great British Spring Cleaning Heroes considerably if they could be put into a dustbin or similar container with a lid (the bags that is - not the heroes!). If you just leave them out on the ground, even just overnight, they will often end up looking like this.
Please help us to help you - Keep Sway Tidy.
28 February 2017 Quite relevant to the Great British Spring Clean is the responsibility of dog walkers to follow the New Forest Dog Walking Code and always pick up after their dog has done it's business. This responsibility extends everywhere - not just in the village on pavements. It means up on the forest - regardless of what the ponies leave. It means along our lanes in the verges - everywhere. Please pick up after your dog - Bag it and Bin it. If there is no nearby bin then take it home and dispose of it in your household waste. Don't leave it for others to encounter and definitely don't just leave the filled bag or throw it into a nearby bush or anything like that. As of today (28 Feb) the total of those I have found and disposed of in the past 11 months is now 192 bags (17 yesterday alone)! This is truly far more than just GROSS! Click on the chart opposite to see where these bags are being discarded. Dog Walkers Unite - let's all act responsibly! Pass the message on and offer doggy bags to those less prepared.
24 February 2017 End of another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 92 vehicle details sent to police. Highest speed recorded 50 mph in 30 limit. The registered owner of that silver Peugeot can anticipate a personal visit from the police. Pitmore Lane by the allotments is looking very disappointing with 23 speeding vehicles in 1 hour - much higher than in previous months.
15 March 2017 feedback from the police. 4 records failed PNC checks: 2 mismatch, 2 no current keeper details. 74 letter one and 11 letter two sent. The other 3 escalated for personal delivery by the police - 1 for excessively high speed, and 2 for being caught three or more times in the past 12 months.
We are looking for more volunteers. The more we have the more the workload is spread and the easier it becomes for everyone. It's a great way of helping the community and we have really interesting discussions out there! Email email@example.com if you are interested.
|23 February 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the minutes [4Mb]. Over 40 members of public and press present for the main feature. Ted Watts organising Sway's Great British Spring Clean weekend of March 3-5. Sway Social Club Trustees offer of £480,000 [26kb] is extremely generous and will be looked at in detail by a task and finish group with Parish Councillors forming the majority plus other members with specific skills and interests in this project. This working group will report back within 6 months with full proposals especially a business plan with projected ongoing maintenance and operation costs, legal situation, etc etc. Aim to follow the original benefactor Herbert Moser's philanthropic goal for funds to be used for good of Community of Sway. Sway Football Club's imminent promotion requires slightly larger dugouts and altered changing facilities at their expense. Sway CSW believe stronger measures like cameras or SLRs needed to reduce overload on police systems as per PCC Michael Lane's statement at Minstead Conference. Cllr Cripps joins FWP. Finances in better position than budget. S106 SRPoS project design in consultation. Wootton Riverine access problems - more at next month's PaTC. Dates of Annual Parish Assembly (27 April) and AGM (25 May). Cllr Edward Heron to be invited to speak at APA on animal casualties, speed reduction and recycling.|
|16 February 2017 Please come along to next Thursday's Sway Parish Council meeting if you have any interest in the proposed MUGA or the proposed extension to the Jubilee Field Pavilion. The trustees of the former Sway Social Club have made an offer which will be discussed at this meeting. Hope to see you there - Thursday 23rd February 7:30 pm Jubilee Field Pavilion. PC Meeting Agenda February 2017 [429kb]|
|15 February 2017 We have been lucky that this winter has been considerably dryer than previous ones. However with warmer, probably wetter weather forecast, now is the time to think about ensuring that ditches in Sway are clear of debris and able to flow freely. Several people recently have commented on the poor state of some ditches. In general, it is the responsibility of the adjacent landowner to ensure that ditches are kept clear. Failure to do so affects everybody with roads and sometimes properties suffering from flooding. So please check your ditches now.|
|14 February 2017 News just in regarding the next Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive on April 8th and 9th. Click here [1Mb] for a PDF with map and details, or on the thumbnail opposite to access the UK Cycling Events website.|
14 February 2017 Following the recent consultation (see 19th January), we have now received latest details of the proposed signage improvements intended to educate drivers of the dangers with forest animals along the B3055 Sway to Brockenhurst road. 2017-02-14 SIGNING LOCATION PLAN - NEW FOREST WILD PONIES SIGNING JAN17 [1Mb] 2017-02-14 SIGNING ARRANGEMENT DETAIL PLAN - NEW FOREST PONIES SIGNING JAN17 [638kb] 2017-02-14 SIGNING INVENTORY AND SIGNING PROPOSALS JAN 17 [3Mb] 2017-02-14 SIGN FACE DETAILS S1-S4 DESIGN PLAN JAN17 [428kb].
This work will be done between early and mid-March.
We can only hope that this new signage will make drivers more aware of the dangers of forest animals, however it is doubtful whether it would mean anything to the idiot driving the 2005 Red Fiat Punto Van JTD overtaking a builder's truck who had slowed down because of the ponies in the road beyond the railway bridge going north from Sway at 7:40 this morning. Nobody should be overtaking on any unfenced forest road except in very exceptional circumstances. The photo opposite shows this vehicle seconds later speeding past me at approximately 60mph.
|11 February 2017 Of the 30 or so delegates at today's Police and Crime Commissioner's New Forest Rural Communities Matter Conference at Minstead, no fewer than 8 were representatives from voluntary groups that exist to support the police in their activities. Six of these were from Community SpeedWatch - three from Sway alone! The other two came from Neighbourhood Watch in Ashurst. The common theme that came across was that the police are highly dependent upon the community itself to provide the vital first line of defence that is so important in enabling a sense of safety and security within the rural communities. I hope that we managed to get across the message that, if such volunteers are valued so much, then they must be supported more visibly in order to maintain morale and help with recruiting. If so, then the conference will have been of great use. Time will tell.|
|10 February 2017 Latest information on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) restrictions. After 28 February, restrictions are expected to remain in place for most of the Parish of Sway. Click here to view an interactive map showing all areas at higher risk. Current expectation is for restrictions to remain in place until end April 2017. However this approach remains under review and a final decision will be confirmed at the end of February. Click here to download a PDF with latest information.|
|9 February 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the minutes [7Mb]. TPO/17/0040 The Towers Brighton Road only prune what's necessary. TPO/17/0057 2 Sway Lodge Brighton Rd insufficient info for SPC to take a view. Planning applications 16/01082 Hillcrest Church Lane - verify if actually small dwelling then 4, otherwise 2. 16/01050 St Luke's School Celtic roundhouse - 5. 17/00003 Jubilee Cottage Chapel Lane - 1. 17/00020 Fuchsia Farm Sway Rd Tiptoe - 1. 17/00051 Michaelmas Cottage Pitmore Lane - 4. 17/00057 Twillingate Farm Middle Rd Tiptoe - 1. 17/00086 Middle House, Middle Rd, Tiptoe - info only. NFNPA PDCC 21st Feb 16/00696 Land to rear of Toby Cottage - retention of Manege. Cango figures still low, governance meeting requested. Parking in Sway Village - review postponed through lack of interest from public. Community Speedwatch - lack of volunteers, will raise questions re police involvement at PCC Rural Matters conference this Saturday. Wootton Riverine site visit next Thursday morning. NFNPA SWQ meeting 28 Feb. NFNPA Enforcement Briefing 22nd March.|
29 January 2017 End of first week of Sway Community SpeedWatch activities in 2017. 81 vehicle details sent to police. Highest speed recorded 46 mph in 30 limit. Pitmore Lane South looking very disappointing with 33 speeding vehicles in 1 hour -18 of those exceeding 40 mph in the 30 limit.
We are looking for more volunteers so come along to Lyndhurst Community Centre today to find out more about volunteering in the New Forest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Update 16 February 2017 Feedback from police shows that all 81 records passed their PNC checks. 72 letter one and 5 letter two were posted and a further 4 registered keepers will have had their letters delivered personally by the police as their vehicles have been recorded speeding 3 or more times in the past 12 months.
|27 January 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting last night - a few seconds of the minutes [3Mb]. Kevin Cripps co-opted back. Memorial bench at bottom of Adlams Lane severely damaged by unknown white van - any info anyone? S106 money received - work at Stanford Rise will start soon. Jubilee field gate now repaired. B3055 animal warning signs to be erected (See 19 Jan below). SPC's vigilance of mass cycling events commended by NFNPA. NFNPA to partially fund wild play area at Stanford Rise. Jubilee Field Pavilion central heating boilers need replacing. £5,000 of PC reserves earmarked for MUGA. Full update of proposals for development of JF pavilion will be on next month's agenda. Junior football pitch in much better shape. New "No Dogs" signage appears to be working. Letters have been sent to HCC re footpath 2 and NFNPA re state of Wootton Riverine access tracks. Presentation to Cllr Thomas in recognition of his work as CSW co-ordinator over past 3 years. Parking congestion in Sway to be discussed again at next PaTC on 9th February. Ted Watts to be convener of volunteers for Great British Spring Clean March 3-5.|
|20 January 2017 A warning has been issued by the New Forest Dog Owners Group about possible contamination up on the forest north of Pitmore Lane / Durnstown. A dog being walked up there on Tuesday afternoon subsequently suffered severe burning around the mouth possibly caused by some corrosive chemical or bacteriological substance. Information is very sketchy at the moment, but please just be aware and check our facebook and twitter feeds for any further updates. The original alert can be viewed on our facebook page or the NFDOG one. The map opposite shows the area where the dog was walked. Click on it for a more detailed view. The dog was holding a tennis ball in its mouth for most of the walk which was dropped in puddles in the area indicated so it may have picked up something there. The tennis ball was lost further along the route and if anybody has found one in that vicinity between the afternoon of Tuesday 17th January and today, please contact us as it might help the vets with their diagnosis. Email email@example.com.|
19 January 2017 New animal warning signs are to be put on the B3055 between Sway and Brockenhurst - one of the routes identified as higher risk for animal casualties. A 'wild ponies' warning sign and a safety message will be put at all cattle grid entry points, and further repeater messages will be placed throughout the route. New black posts will be used but to avoid increasing signage, the location of existing posts will be used as far as possible. Work will hopefully be completed by 31st March 2017. More details here Sway to Brockenhurst-wild pony signing proposals [1Mb]
|17 January 2017 Want to get more involved in your local NHS? Why not become a Public Governor! Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community and mental health services across Hampshire including the New Forest, is currently looking for people who are interested in becoming a Public Governor for the South West Hampshire constituency. Select here for more information.|
|13 January 2017 Don't forget to come to the NFNPA Volunteer Fair on Sunday 29th January at Lyndhurst Community Centre. A chance for you to make a difference.|
|12 January 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the minutes [5Mb]. TPO/16/1314 Fell 1 x Cedar tree at Manor at Sway for safety reasons - recommend approval P&TC Tree Report January 2017 [181kb]. 16/01022 2 Red Cottages SO41 6FX - 1, 16/00999 SZ 27391 96644 Land adjacent Oaklea Farm - 5, 16/01044 Sumac, SO41 6EN - 2, 16/01005 Boundway Gate SO41 6EN - 1, 16/00929 Swaylett Farm SO41 6ER - 2, 16/01040 Rushcroft SO41 8LS - 2. Two more Old School House applications at NFNPA PDCC next week. Brockenhurst Flood Action Group request deferred to full council. CSW report as on web plus Cllr Len Thomas has now resigned as CSW co-ordinator - Cllr Marchant to take over this role. CSW will be at NFNPA volunteers fair on 29th January. No further action on NFNPA Draft local plan until Submission Plan consultation this Summer. Letters to be drafted to HCC Rights of Way regarding continuing problems with footpath 2, and to Forestry Commission regarding the state of tracks around the Wootton Riverine works contravening planning conditions. Disappointing response from HCC regarding verge cutting regime.|
|4 January 2017 For the latest update on the S106 Stanford Rise Public Open Space project - click here or the thumbnail opposite.|
|2 January 2017 Back to reality! At around 11am at Horseshoe Bottom I had a most surreal experience while clearing up after my dog. A woman walking two Weimaraners told me that she utterly disagreed with what I was doing. I was absolutely speechless to be effectively told off for being a responsible dog walker! I wonder just how many others feel the same as she does?|
|1 January 2017 A Happy New Year to everyone from Sway Parish Council.|
|22 December 2016 For those who haven't noticed, the long awaited closure of Crabbswood Lane between its junction with B3055 Arnewood Bridge Road and its junction with Middle Road is now from 4 January 2017 for 12 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. We believe that this is for works on the railway bridge.|
|21 December 2016 Something to add to your brand new 2017 diary! If you have any concerns about policing in our local area, come along to this session being held by Michael Lane, Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner on Saturday 11 February 2017 09:00 - 16:00 at New Forest Outdoor Centre, Minstead Manor Estate, Emery Down, SO43 7GA. It is free but you do need to pre-book. Click on the thumbnail opposite for further details.|
|19 December 2016 New Forest District Council's Electoral Administrator has confirmed that as they have not received requests from ten electors for an election to take place, Sway Parish Council should now co-opt a member to serve on the Council. Select here for more information.|
19 December 2016 Feedback from the police regarding our final Community SpeedWatch of 2016 (see 3 December below) means that the grand totals for 2016 are as follows:
Total letters sent = 2,273
|17 December 2016 The New Tractor is looking good. Replacing one that was several years old, it's book price was over £20,000 plus VAT. With generous discount and part exchange, the eventual cost including VAT came to £12,850. This has been paid out of Parish Council reserves. See the Parish Council meeting minutes for October 2016 [3Mb] and the PC Payment Schedule November 2016 [13kb].|
|17 December 2016 New Parking bays at Set Thorns Road are also looking good. Hopefully a very welcome addition to the area. Well Done New Forest District Council! This was done in response to a complaint received in February 2016 about the state of the verges. See the Parish Council meeting minutes for February [324kb] and March 2016 [315kb] for further details.|
17 December 2016 Not looking quite so good is the amount of dogs' mess there is around the area. This is the sort of Christmas present that nobody likes to encounter. In the past 9 months, one person has discovered and disposed of 109 dog poo bags discarded by irresponsible dog walkers in car parks and out on the forest close to Sway, and some were even within Sway Village itself. Wherever your dog performs, you must bag it and bin it. It can be placed in any litter bin in the village or those in the forest car parks. If there is no bin available, then you must take it away with you. You can dispose of it in your household waste. It is simply not acceptable to leave it for others to encounter either within or without a bag.
And please remember, dogs are not allowed anywhere on Jubilee Field, or on Stanford Rise Recreation ground. Both of these areas are strictly DOG FREE ZONES.
|16 December 2016 Sway Parish Council meeting last night - a few seconds of the minutes [417kb]. No request for election so co-option process will start. All interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please Contact Us. Should Sway be involved in the Great British Spring Clean? Reconfirmed Sway has no need for a phone box defibrillator. Set Thorns Rd parking area works completed last week. New tractor arrived Wednesday. Budget 3 yr plan deferred till next month. Next yrs budget approved. Precept for next yr will increase by £1,254 (£0.69 pa for Band D council tax). MUGA may be part funded with £60k from Social Club Funds (to be confirmed) and £10k from Council (£5k from S106 and £5k from reserves to be on PC agenda for next month). Also possibly Social Club could loan shortfall to the MUGA project, but not sure who would repay it. Application to fell 26 trees at Lepe House to be assessed by tree officer and recommendation reviewed by PaTC via email next week. Potential future projects to be considered at Annual meeting.|
|9th December 2016 Cllrs Thomas and Marchant attended 2nd CSW focus group meeting where 7 delegates invited from all of Hampshire discussed future direction of Community SpeedWatch with Police Support personnel led by 2140 Chief Superintendent Richard John. A surprisingly large number of issues relevant to New Forest area were covered. Some will require further investigation over the next months. Although Sway constitutes just 1% of all SpeedWatch in Hampshire and IoW, it comprises one of the most active and effective groups in the county. Anyone who wants to join us can email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|8th December 2016 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the Minutes [271kb]. Last minute Lepe House application to remove 25 trees deferred to PC meeting next week. 16/00874 Mill Lane Field Shelter 5, 16/00940 Sway House Cottage 1, 16/00910 Old School House 4, 16/00958 Sway Youth Centre 3, 16/00949 Plovers 2, 16/00957 Agrumi 1. Enforcement - 4 resolved, 3 added. Cango passenger numbers more encouraging. Response re HCC's verge cutting regime with HIWWT input to be sent. Vegetation cutting list agreed - footpaths 2,6,7,11,12. CSW reports for December and the year show Sway punches well above weight but more volunteers needed. No additional action proposed as yet re CHOC23 against NFNPA Local Plan proposal for fields off Church Lane. Advance notice of possible thoughts for Sway Bowmen clubhouse.|
|7th December 2016 Jubilee Field Pavilion proposals as displayed at the public consultation session last Saturday December 3rd can now be seen on this website. Click here or on the thumbnail opposite to view the plans.|
|6th December 2016 The following notice applies to ALL who keep birds - not just the farms.|
ALL owners of poultry and any other birds must follow new prevention measures from now until January 6th 2017.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration (PDF, 157KB, 2 pages) was declared by Defra on 6 December 2016. This means extra biosecurity measures for all poultry and captive birds to protect them from the risk from wild birds. The zone covers the whole of England and will remain in place for 30 days (until 6 January).
|4th December 2016 Friends of Sway Village Hall have kindly provided us with copies of their presentation material from the consultation session yesterday. Click here or on the image opposite to view this.|
|4th December 2016 Is the School park and stride initiative working? Too often while driving through Sway in the afternoon around School pickup time I have noted a whole line of cars parked on Station Road from the Youth Centre all the way along to Jubilee Field. At the same time, Jubilee Field car park has had 40 or so empty parking spaces - more than ample. If the cars have been left on Station Road by parents picking up their kids, why not use the car park? Parking on Station Road restricts sight lines for those driving and any crossing the road. Using the car park adds a few extra yards to your walk. Comments please to email@example.com.|
|3 December 2016 What a busy day! A large crowd attended the final highlight - the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights. St Luke's choir were absolutely amazing and enchanting. The Salvation Army Band led the Carol Singing and Father Christmas put in a welcome appearance.|
3 December 2016 An estimated 150 people came to Sway Village Hall today to learn about latest thoughts on possible plans for Jubilee Field Pavilion and for Sway Village Hall. Organised by Ian Gale and the trustees of the former Social Club, each of the user groups were represented. There was considerable lively discussion and a simple paper survey form asking for opinions on the 3 main proposals; the MUGA, The JF Pavilion extension and the Village Hall extension. We hope soon to be able to display all the latest plans on this website.
We should point out that contrary to some expectations, Sway Parish Council have no say at all in how the Sway Social Club trustees may choose to spend their money.
3 December 2016 End of another week of Community SpeedWatch and our last of 2016. We need more volunteers. If anybody is interested in helping us improve road safety around the Parish of Sway, please make contact. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Parish Clerk.
This month we sent details of 128 speeding vehicles to the police. The highest speed recorded was 49 mph on Brighton Road. Pitmore Lane North surveyed in the opposite direction from usual has far too many people speeding. This is particularly worrying given the sensitive nature of the location on open forest with animals grazing. Really people, if you won't slow down for other people, at least do so for the sake of the free roaming New Forest animals. They have right of way.
19 December 2016 update. Feedback from the police. None of the records submitted were rejected so 128 letters were generated: 112 first time, 13 second time and 3 personally delivered to third time or more offenders.
|3 December 2016 The final leaf cleanup bagged 2 sacks full at the Village Hall and a third courtesy of Ian Gale at Westbeams Road. Hopefully most of the trees have now shed their shedloads!|
|26 November 2016 Second of three leaf cleanup sessions in the village saw 8 volunteers collect 5 big builder's sacks of leaves. A further 4 large black refuse sacks were collected by Hair Sway. There are still a few more leaves on the trees so next Saturday's session will go ahead starting at 10am if anyone wishes to join us. We will start around the Village Hall and a later group will do the section between Hair Sway and the Silver Hind.|
|25 November 2016 Apologies to all our Facebook followers but we have had to move our Facebook page. You will now find us at Sway_PC. Please visit us and "like" us all over again!|
|24 November 2016 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the minutes [416kb]. Anita Gresham-Hale resigned. No mention of devolution in Chancellor's Autumn Statement. JF gate to be repaired at Coach Companies expense. JFP carpets - clean when weather improves. Allotment hedges to be trimmed. JFP expansion to be trimmed (see 3rd Dec). MUGA to be looked at again if S106 funds permit - 2 or more Cllrs to help JFUG create proposal. JFP alcohol license to be extended 9am-9pm 7 days/wk - SPC to oversee usage - voted 5 for with 4 abstentions. Dogs still fouling JF - more DOG FREE ZONE signage to be trialled. Moles to be caught. 3yr budget forecast to be approved next month. Switch electricity supplier. Nobody present supported adoption of red telephone box. SPC facebook page to be administered by clerk and infoWG. Parking problems - nothing more SPC can do - residents and businesses themselves need to help. Farwell to do Stanford Rise drainage when S106 moneys released. Might be as many as 4 Sway applications at next month's NPA PDCC. Sway providing 2 (of the 7) delegates at Hampshire Constabulary CSW focus mtg next month. Cango needs better publicity. Next SPC meeting 1 week earlier than normal on 15th December.|
Please note that the deadline for responses is 28th November. Make your views known.
|21 November 2016 Those with properties adjacent to or within the New Forest Perambulation need to be familiar with the information provided by the Forestry Commission on their web page http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest-residents. The guidelines on that page are for property owners and those living in the New Forest who have direct access to Forestry Commission land.|
|20 November 2016 Overnight on the 8th/9th March we had around the same amount of rainfall as fell last night. Photographs taken then and again today appear to indicate that the flooding at Arnewood Bridge is a little less now than it was back in March. Could this be an early indication of the efficacy of the work completed so far at the Wootton Riverine Wetland Restoration? Read more on our Wootton Riverine Restoration page.|
|20 November 2016 Storm Angus hit the area quite hard yesterday. It certainly has taken most of the leaves off the trees locally so next weekend's cleanup session should be quite productive! If anyone has any photographs of the aftermath they would like to share, please send them to email@example.com.|
|19 November 2016 The first of probably 3 cleanup sessions of Sway Village this year saw 7 volunteers clearing leaves from the Village centre and around the Village Hall. Starting in almost darkness at 7am, they worked in eventually glorious sunshine to clear up the debris of Autumn in order to make the pavements safer for everyone. Over 2 trailer loads of leaves were collected and there are more still to come. If anyone would like to help us out on the next couple of Saturdays (weather permitting) please contact Ted Watts.|
|13 November 2016 The Annual Remembrance Day Service at St Luke's Church and Parade at the War Memorial was again very well attended. Under a cloudless sky the large congregation observed the two minutes silence before wreaths were laid around the memorial which is one of very few situated on open forest land. For further information about this memorial refer to the Imperial War Museums website which can be accessed by clicking on these pictures.|
Information there © IWM (WMR-40545).
|10 November 2016 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the Minutes [336kb]. Large number of applications and people. Clerk to send Feedback on Mass Cycling events to NFDC SAG. Agricultural tie removed on Merrifield. Coombe Grange "Starter Homes" granted. Old School further extensions refused. No new TPOs on land to North of JF at present. Planning Application recommendations: 16/00830 Hunters Folly 5, 16/00842 Silver Hind 4, 16/00879 Claywood House 1, 16/00886 rear of 37&38 Set Thorns Rd 4, 16/00811 Land E of Woodside Shirley Holmes 3, 16/00832 Marlins Cottage 1, 16/00797 The Foxes 2, 16/00696 Land Rear of Toby Cottage 4, 16/00861 The Swallows 5, 16/00849 Plovers 1, Old School House 4, 16/00923 Dennet House 2. NFNPA draft plan consultation ends 28 Nov - considerable local interest. Cango underused - USE IT OR LOSE IT! CSW smaller numbers recorded as can't survey evening rush hour. Badgers Close to Scout Hut footpath will be closed for drainage works 25-29 Nov.|
5th November 2016 End of another week of Community SpeedWatch. With the shorter daylight hours we are unable to cover the rush hour traffic in the evening. We also operated fewer sessions owing to a shortage of available volunteers. If anybody is interested in helping us improve road safety around the Parish of Sway, please make contact. You can do this by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Parish Clerk.
This month we sent details of 102 speeding vehicles to the police. The highest speed recorded was 46 mph - a great improvement on previous months. Other good news is that Pitmore Lane near North Common Lane junction appears to have reverted back to normal although there are still too many people speeding.
15th November update Feedback from the police. 99 letters were generated. 81 first timers, 16 second timers and 2 escalated for personal attention as caught 3 times or more.
|2 November 2016 The NFNPA Draft Local Plan consultation drop-in session at Sway Village Hall was extremely well attended. Executive Director (Strategy and Planning) Steve Avery, Planning Policy Manager David Illsley and several senior planning officers from the NPA very ably fielded numerous questions over several hours. Many Sway Parish Councillors attended both to raise questions of their own and answer many from the general public on a variety of issues - not just associated with the plan. The general consensus seems to be that there will need to be considerable improvements to local infrastructure (Church Lane congestion, drainage and sewage in particular) before any building should commence. Also the desperate need for proper affordable housing must be fully addressed in the plan. Sway Parish Council will be formulating its response over the next week or so. It is important that as many Sway residents as possible should also make their views known. See the National Park Authority web page for details of the plan and how to submit your responses.|
|31 October 2016 The AGM and Public meeting of the Sway Welfare Aid Group this evening was very well attended. The five trustees and many volunteers do a wonderful job providing transport for hospital and medical appointments, Emergency financial grants, grants for additional heating and a twice monthly Lunch Club for those living alone. SWAG can be contacted on 01590 681 500. More volunteers are always welcomed.|
30 October 2016 Following the survey period at the beginning of October, FoSVH have now analysed and drawn conclusions from the data. A Brief for the chosen architect has been compiled. The architect will be engaged on Monday 31 October and will then begin work on a Concept Design for the Village Hall upgrade proposal in preparation for the Public Consultation Day on 3 December, which is being organized by Ian Gale and the Trustees of the former Social Club. The Public Consultation Day will be held at Sway Village Hall.
FoSVH look forward to seeing many Sway villagers at their Presentation to the Public Meeting and thank you for your continuing support.
|30th October 2016 New alternative plans for Jubilee Field Pavilion have been created by the trustees of the former Sway Social Club. These are expected to be presented at the public meeting at Sway Village Hall on December 3rd|
28 October 2016 In the first 8 months of 2016, 19 ponies, 3 cows and 3 donkeys have died as a result of road traffic accidents. 6 accidents were hit and run.
Can you help with information about the following? If so, please call the police on 101 or the Verderers office on 023 8028 2052.Police reference number is 194 of 28/10/16.
Sometime last night a pony was struck by a motor vehicle on Burley Road Brockenhurst. The driver did not report the incident. The pony suffered 2 broken legs and was not found until hours later this morning. No vehicle parts were found at the scene which suggests that it may have been a larger vehicle, possibly an HGV, which hit the pony. For full details read this message on the Verderers website.
|28 October 2016 Sway in the News this week - Lymington Times Page 22. Interesting article on Andrew Thomas Turton Peterson, a personage from all accounts as unique as his renowned creation nowadays referred to as "Sway Tower" which to this day is depicted in our Parish Council LOGO.|
28 October 2016. What should we do with our red telephone box? BT are undertaking a cost cutting scheme to remove a number of phone boxes across the New Forest National Park, including the traditional red phone box at Setthorns Road. There is an 'Adopt a Kiosk' programme that allows groups or parishes to purchase a phone box for £1 and then convert it into something of local interest/value.
There have been several successful adoptions of kiosks across the New Forest including at Emery Down, Bramshaw and Lyndhurst. The Lymington Times this week has an article about Brockenhurst investigating this as well.
Should Sway Parish Council consider adopting the red phone box at Setthorns and if so what would it be used for? Are there any volunteers to help look after it? Should it be moved? Will it be a liability to the parish? What are your thoughts? Email us at email@example.com
This item will be discussed at the November Full Council Meeting on 24th November at 7:30pm. We would like to know what our residents think. Why not come along then and let us know or at least email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
27 October Sway Parish Council Meeting - a few seconds of the Minutes [3Mb]. Two number112's in last month's minutes! Everton recycling hours will come in line with rest of Hampshire. Climbing frame back in full use again. JF gate post damaged by coach. Sway village congestion working party unanimously decided on walking bus solution and parents are doing this. New dog bin on Manchester Rd still being negotiated. Setthorns Rd Red Phone Box to be removed - do we want to adopt? (Decision postponed to next meeting see above). Small increase in allotments rental agreed. Monthly payment schedule to be published with appropriate redactions regarding salaries. New tractor agreed. S106 work tenders close tomorrow and decision on contractor to be made probably next week. Everyone strongly urged to attend NFNPA draft local plan drop-in public consultation Wednesday 2nd Nov 2pm-7:30pm at Village Hall. Member of public spoke eloquently about this and wondered if Sway has sufficient infrastructure to support. Info working group presented report on past year's work [81kb]. Sway village parking issues to be on Agenda next month - so anyone who has a view on this or red phone boxes please come along next month.
|26 October 2016 Here's a very useful and informative resource. It's an interactive map with selectable layers that shows everything you wanted to know about proposed development in the NFDC and NFNPA local plans. It also allows you to see the extent of SSSI and other designated protected areas in the New Forest. I have also linked to this from our Defined Village and Sway Parish map pages. Many thanks to the New Forest Association for permission to use this.|
|21 October 2016 Sway in the News this week. Article in Lymington Times page 13: "The first application under new government legislation to build two starter homes as affordable properties in the Forest - with a price tag of £250,000 each - have been approved by national park authority planners.....". Click on the thumbnails opposite for further details.|
19 October 2016 Survey on the future of Sway Village Hall is now closed. Friends of Sway Village Hall greatly appreciate the support given by villagers in answering their recent Village Hall survey. They collected the boxes from around the village 2 days earlier than previously intended because they have to wrap up the analysis and write the brief for an architect. They begin screening a number of possibles on Friday 21st October. Keep checking back here for more news.
|19 October 2016 The children's playground at Jubilee Field has reopened. A big thank you to all of those residents of Sway who took the trouble to tell us about the broken climbing frame in the first place. Unfortunately, repairing the climbing frame proved a bigger challenge than we had anticipated. It was originally installed in 2007 so the first challenge was to identify the manufacturer who turned out to be based in Cumbria! Despite our pleas, they couldn't deal with it for several weeks. We didn't feel we could take the risk of leaving the playground open until the climbing frame was repaired so sadly we decided to close it until the repairs could be carried out. Playdale Playgrounds came at 7:00 this morning to repair the climbing frame and we are delighted to say that it is now back in action and the playground has reopened.|
16 October 2016 Information from Hampshire Constabulary in a newsletter to all SpeedWatch groups in Hampshire and the IOW.
|14 October 2016 Excellent article in the Lymington Times about how St Luke's School are attempting to combat the problems of congestion in the village at school run times by encouraging the children to walk to school, and for those outside the village to use Jubilee Field car park as a drop off zone for a walking bus to school. Way to go St Luke's! Keep on trekking! In a newsletter and on their website they are asking all families to make use of the park and stride facilities at the Jubilee Fields, the Manor at Sway and outside Janet Kirk Floral Designs, in front of the Forest Heath Flats. We thank the Parish Council, local businesses, the Manor at Sway and Janet Kirk Floral Designs for fully supporting this scheme.|
|13 October 2016 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the Minutes [152kb]. Try to get TPOs on land to North of JF. Coombe Grange and Old School at PDCC next Tuesday (Cllr Marchant recused from former as due to speak at PDCC on behalf of residents and NFA). Feedback on Mass Cycling events to be sent to NFDC SAG. Cango meeting required. Where should Lengthsman work? CSW shows greater speeding on resurfaced roads. HCC response on verges disappointing and to be followed up.|
8 October 2016 End of another week of Speedwatch where we sent details of 254 speeding vehicles to the police. One was recorded at 50mph along B3055 at Arnewood Bridge. The most worrying trend is the increase in speeding along Pitmore Lane near North Common Lane junction. It appears the new road surface may have encouraged more speeding. We will certainly be watching this very closely in future.
24 October 2016 Update from Hampshire Constabulary. 251 letters sent (34 second timers). 10 escalated as caught 3 times or more. 1 escalated for excessive speed.
|2 October 2016 The launch of the Sway Village Hall public consultation survey today was somewhat quiet. This is a very important survey. If you care for your Village Hall, please make certain that you have your say. The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/swayvillagehallhaveyoursay or paper survey forms can be picked up at the Village Hall and other locations around the village. You will also find them outside Sway Newsagents over the next 2 weekends. More details here.|