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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 info@sway-pc.gov.uk.

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17 January 2018 NFNPA Local Plan final consultation has begun. Responses must be in by 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. These should be returned by email to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk or in writing to New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG. The plan documents can be viewed online here or by visiting the NFNPA offices at the address above.

The section of greatest interest to Sway is on Page 62. Policy SP24 shows land adjacent to Church Lane allocated for development of 40 residential dwellings of which 20 will be affordable housing. This is a reduction from the 90 dwellings proposed in the previous consultation draft.

2017-12-08 NFNPA Draft Local Plan

15 January 2018 There is a new facebook group for those who want to keep up to date with things happening in and around the Parish of Sway. The group is intended to be a place where people can find out and share information, news, items of interest, details of events etc happening in and around Sway. If you live in or have some connection with Sway, why not join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwayHearsay/.

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13 January 2018 Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) is on the increase again. While not yet detected in our area, those keeping poultry or other birds need to remain extra vigilant.gov.uk logo
11 January 2018 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [509kb] . Neighbourhood plan proposal deferred. 17/00994 Furzy Corner 4, 17/01019 Builders Yard withdrawn, 17/01020 1 Laurel Bank 2, 17/01024 Sirius 1, 17/01030 Ramblers Rest 2, 17/01046 Fuchsia Farm 5, 17/01063 Highbury no comment, 17/01064 Highbury 5, 17/01065 9 Heron Close 1, 17/01081 Claywood House 5, 17/01093 Merrifield 1. Appeals intended for 17/00604 Silver Hind and 17/00876 Hatch Motors. Cango numbers down, new leaflet being designed. More people using Cango webpage. Lower Mead End Road flooding - ditches need clearing but Wootton Riverine works appear to be working. CSW working well however repeat offenders rising - various solutions being proposed. PaTC recommend that SPC support HALC proposal that parking be made a material planning condition.Sway Parish Council logo

10 January 2018 Slightly belated Happy New Year everyone! Why not make it an extra special year for that person or group who you has made an outstanding contribution to the benefit of the people and Parish of Sway. Every year up to 6 awards will be presented at the Annual Parish Assembly in May. Closing date for nominations this year is 19th April.

Further details can be found here. Click here to download a nomination form.

As Clint Eastwood once (almost) said (albeit in a rather different context):

Go ahead - make their day!

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19 December 2017 17/00876 Hatch Motors application refused by NFNPA Planning Development Control Committee by 10-0 with 1 abstention. Reasons for refusal (almost identical to those for the previous application 17/00403) include over development of site, urbanising effect of 3 storey dwellings at rear, lack of off street parking raising concerns over road safety along with safety concerns over the delivery management plan.Sway Parish Council logo

16 December 2017 Please support your Cango bus. It is a vital lifeline for local residents and an easy to use service for everyone. Checkout our easier to understand timetable to plan your travel.  Click here or on the thumbnail opposite to see this. Why not bookmark it on your smartphone.

Book in advance, or simply jump on the bus if just travelling from one timed stop to another.

Booking phoneline 01983 716956 open 7am-9am Monday - Friday.

Cango can even come to you if you live in one of the two roam zones.

Click here to download the easier to use timetable. Why not display one in your window for others to use.

You go, We go, Everybody Cango!

Cango on Station Road
14 December 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [436kb]. Playground repairs delayed by cold weather. A second War memorial refurbishment grant opportunity to be investigated. SVH received £600 grant from NFDC. JF enclosed dog space to be considered amongst other ideas by JFPG if/when SSC trustees submit new proposal. HCC Highways officer visited Sway to investigate mobility vehicle access problems - should trigger some repairs. 2018-19 precept approved - £61,747- 3% more than last year, equivalent to 80p increase for band D household.Sway Parish Council logo

8 December 2017 Latest NFNPA Draft local plan will be presented to the NFNPA at their meeting next Thursday 14th December. Sway specific stuff is on pages 62&63 showing a reduction in the area for housing down to 40 units. 50% of the dwellings must be provided as affordable housing for local people in housing need. All of the dwellings on the site will be limited to a maximum floor area of 100 square metres.

Click on the thumbnail map opposite to download this latest draft which will be out for consultation early next year.

2017-12-08 NFNPA Draft Local Plan

7 December 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [220kb]. 17/00876 Hatch Motors will be decided by NFNPA Planning Development Control Committee on Tuesday 19th December. New applications: 17/00912 Cherries - 2, 17/00918 Brookside Farm - no comment, 17/00919  Woodlarks - 5, 17/00949  Switchells - 1. Cango - simpler timetable on website and posters available for display around parish. SLR project - list of potential sites being drawn up. CSW - proving successful. AOB - questions about building in green belt, curfew on use of JPF, and Neighbourhood plan.

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2 December 2017 End of our final week of Sway Community SpeedWatch in 2017. 128 speeding vehicles' data sent to the police for processing. Two vehicles were recorded doing 50 mph or more. Our SpeedWatch session on the open forest along Pitmore Lane was however much more successful, aided no doubt by this new volunteer Mare-y who stood there watching SID intently (Mare-y is the one in the middle)!

It being our final week for 2017, there is a short summary of the statistics for the whole year, This confirms that Community SpeedWatch works. The percentage of motorists obeying the speed limit has again improved by 5% compared to the year before, while those exceeding the reporting threshold has reduced by 4% compared with 2016. Sadly the numbers caught 3 or more times has increased suggesting that Community SpeedWatch can only educate those who are willing to learn. Full details are in our report here adobe icon 2018-01-08 Sway CSW Report for 2017 V2 [17kb].

8 January 2018 update. Feedback from the police indicates that 104 letter 1 and 14 letter 2 were sent. In addition 5 people will have been given special attention, 2 for excessive speed and 3 having been caught speeding 3 or more times.

It is worthwhile reiterating that SpeedWatch is a community based scheme intended to educate motorists on the need to drive safely and considerately below the speed limit. Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in injuries and deaths on the road and is also highly antisocial to those having to share or live alongside those roads.

If you are as concerned as us about speeding around the local area, why not help us out. Depending on weather and time of year, we try and run two sessions per day across 1 week in every month. Sessions typically are one to one and a half hours long. Volunteers choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they feel comfortable with. You'd not only be doing valuable work for the local community, you'd also make lots of friends. Email info@sway-pc.gov.uk if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding highly fascinating conversations during those quieter moments between those speeding vehicles!

Merry Christmas from Sway Community SpeedWatch! Help us make 2018 even safer!

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23 November 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [140kb]. Chair reported latest Pitmore memorial field lease negotiations going well. Poignant Remembrance service feedback. Cango needs YOU. Disappointment over process whereby 17/00519 and  17/00520 Arnewood turkey farm CLDs granted. 17/00192 Land rear 37&38 Setthorns appeal dismissed. Wiggle feedback discussed in depth with NFDC SAG and NFNPA. 17/00876 Hatch Motors - 4 with further comments on housing density, parking, congestion, ecology and accuracy of plans - Hants Highways have visited site. CSW Oct - 146 CSW letters sent +8 escalated. CSW in 40mph campaign and LEN 80 not out! No news on HWRC closures. SFC need floodlights and more advertising - SPC give qualified agreement in principle to their pursuing further (7 for, 1 abstention). SFC have applied for Temp extended license for XMAS Social event 2nd Dec. SPC to apply for War memorial trust grant match funding for refurbishment - estimate around £4,500 - extra names need to be added. NFNPA Communities officer available to help with grant applications. Protocol in event of death of Senior Royal to be submitted to NFDC. Playground temporary repairs and Tree works contracts agreed. Proposed Budget and Precept to be agreed at next meeting. Stanford Rise - 1.5k bulbs planted, fruit trees ready to plant, wild play works early next year, area being used and drainage working fine. "Temporary" accessibility ramps for JFP meeting room agreed. SVH need £10k more to start "cinema project".

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15 November 2017 At the Verderers Court this morning, Sue Adams who is a Community SpeedWatch volunteer and a commoner, made a presentment asking that the Verderers support the request that Community SpeedWatch again be permitted to operate on 40 mph roads up on the open forest. Although Sway CSW has always operated within 30 mph speed limits, we fully understand and support the need to operate along 40 mph roads. Sway Parish has over 7 miles of 40 mph speed limit roads, 60% being on the open forest. Our statistics amply demonstrate the considerable improvement in driver behaviour through our operations on the open forest along Pitmore Lane and we strongly believe that improvements can be made elsewhere on open forest roads through Community SpeedWatch's operations. 

Nearly every other county in the UK permit Community SpeedWatch operations on 40 mph roads. For instance, Dartmoor which is similar to the New Forest in having 40 mph unfenced roads and livestock roaming free, have a very active and effective Community SpeedWatch operation

Observing the proceedings at the Verderers Court this morning were Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane along with his Staff Officer Superintendent Bartolomeo. We hope that they took careful note of this presentment and will do everything in their power to help enable Community Speedwatch to again operate on 40 mph roads.

2017-11-15 Verderers Court

14 November 2017 At a meeting this afternoon between the New Forest Marathon Organisers and Volunteer Marshals from Sway at the Village Hall, Chris Farr and Ian Vickery from ORA Events showed their appreciation by presenting Marathon Medals to the volunteers. 

During the meeting, Chris and Ian solicited feedback from the marshals on ways in which the event might be improved. There were a number of ideas which will they will take into consideration for the next New Forest Marathon planned for Sunday September 9th 2018.

All agreed that the event is a great success and that the Marathon's New Forest Community Fund will be of great help to local projects. Last year £1,000 was donated to the Jubilee Field Users to help with improvements to the Jubilee Field Pavilion.

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2017-11-14 New Forest Marathon Medal

12 November 2017 Today's Remembrance Sunday Service at St Luke's Church along with the Parade and Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial was extremely well attended with people braving the sunny though rather cold and windy weather. The two minutes silence at 11am was enhanced considerably by the closure of the cattle grid, and even traffic passing along Pitmore Lane seemed much quieter than usual. 

It was even more poignant to see the following sent in an email to our Parish Clerk:

This morning my husband and I, having observed the two minutes silence, drove through the forest and came to Sway just as your Remembrance Day Service was ending and the participants were walking down the hill back into Sway.

What a lovely sight. There were so many people of every age all wearing their Poppies with pride. Obviously there were the older residents, some with service medals but also, at the opposite end of the age range, I noted all the children in the uniforms of the Scouting and Guiding Associations. What an absolutely wonderful sight. As well, my eye was drawn to family groups of parents with their young children returning home and in particular, the father who took his young scouting son's hand. I hope that your village is as successful as these few minutes suggested and that you will continue to thrive.

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9th November 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [236kb] . Wiggle feedback meeting with NFNPA and NFDC SAG on 13 Nov. Disabled access around Sway - clerk to follow up with HCC. Brighton Rd Cattle Grid closed all next week. New applications: 17/00876 Hatch Motors - probably 4 but defer to full council mtg when more info and residents may be available.  17/00844 Little Haven - 1.  17/00797 West Cottage - 1.  17/00834 18 Heron Close - 2.  17/00845 6 Widden Close 3.  17/00835 Holm Farm - 4 due to major concerns about more damage to the forest by contractors. 17/00912 Cherries deferred to Dec mtg. 17/00923 Cranleigh - 1. 17/00838 Downlands Farm and 17/00870 9 Gilpin Hill were both info only. Cango desperately needing more usage or it could be lost. Flashing SLR - Potential sites so far: top of Brighton Rd, Durnstown and Pitmore Lane between Shirley Holmes and Mt Pleasant Lane. CSW - Lymington soon to start their own. SWR timetable - SPC have nothing to say. 2016 Gridiron feedback - deferred. War Memorial wreaths to be anchored after Sunday's service to prevent them blowing away.Sway Parish Council logo
5th November 2017 Very sad to hear the news that Ken Thornber CBE passed away yesterday. Ken was a long term resident of Sway and had been our County Councillor for 28 years before his retirement earlier this year. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.Ken Thornber
3 November 2017 End of another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 87 speeding vehicles' data sent to the police for processing. If the driver of the black Vauxhall Corsa who sped past at 54 mph this afternoon had instead been caught by a Police Officer, a court visit and instant ban could have resulted. SpeedWatch being education rather than prosecution means that this person will only receive a warning. However considering the two finger salute he gave as he went by, one has severe doubts about whether such education will be effective in this case.

Thick fog prevented us from operating on two of the mornings as it would have been too dangerous for us and too much of a distraction for those motorists speeding past in the poor visibility.

It is worthwhile reiterating that SpeedWatch is a community based scheme intended to educate motorists on the need to drive safely and considerately below the speed limit. Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in injuries and deaths on the road and is also highly antisocial to those having to share or live alongside those roads.

4 December update Feedback from the police shows that 84 letters were despatched: 72 letter-1, 11 letter-2, with personal visits to 1 three or more timer and 1 high speeder.

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30 October 2017 Sway Parish Council Office opening times are changing from today. New opening hours are:

  • Mondays from 10am until 1pm
  • Tuesdays from 11am until 2pm
  • Thursdays from 3pm until 6pm

Select here for full details on how to contact Sway Parish Council.

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29 October 2017 Friends of Stanford Rise Sway kicked off their first group activity by planting over a thousand bulbs in the orchard area of the public open space. If you would like to help plant the orchard trees or get involved with the timber play that is soon to be installed please contact Rachel the Chairperson via email on rccharlton@hotmail.co.uk For more information on the Stanford Rise S106 project, click here.FoSR Bulb planting Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

27 & 28 October 2017 at Lyndhurst Community Centre, the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre hosting a conference on the New Forest's History and Archaeology.

The conference is a two day affair with a range of speakers including members of local history and archaeology groups covering an eclectic mix of subjects. We hope it will be of interest to a lot of New Forest residents as it will give them a chance to discover more about the New Forest's history and potentially find out how they can get involved in future.

Full information on the conference, who is talking and how to buy tickets is here

or click here to download more information adobe icon 2017-10-27&28 Unearth the New Forest's Past [42kb] .

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26 October 2017 Sway Parish Council Meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [118kb]. Playground maintenance quotes being sought. Following tree survey urgent works quotes being sought. Sway PC to help with exhibit at Church festival 24-26 Nov. Cllrs attending 12 Nov Remembrance service to assemble at 9:15 outside Youth Centre. HCC report: Refuse sites possible £1 levy and/or opening hours adjustment, Cango possible 50p levy per trip, £500k to be made available to parishes for projects. Sway PC office opening hours change (see above). £117 donation granted for Molly Mould bench turf. Lengthsman to trim hedges around allotments and Jubilee field B3055 hedge amongst others owned by Sway PC. Next year's precept anticipated to be similar to this year's. Wiggle followup mtg scheduled with NFNPA & NFDC-SAG. 1,500 bulbs to be planted at Stanford Rise. Sway Social Club proposals for Jubilee Field Pavilion not yet firm. Letter re Gridiron report to be discussed at PaTC 9th Nov.Sway Parish Council logo
12 October 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [145kb] . 17/00751 Merrifield  5, 17/00746 The Wayside Cottage 1, 17/00761 Mount Pleasant Farm House 1, 17/00769 Fair Holme 5, 17/00737 Land at Quarr House 4, 17/00777 Plovers 2, 17/00768 Oakleigh House 5, 17/00808 Carbery Manor 1, 17/00724 New Forest Growers 1,  17/00810 40 Anderwood Drive 1,  17/00842 Kingfishers OK.  17/00817 Swaylet Farm and  17/00796 Merrifield were info only. Cango numbers better but still need more. Encroaching hedges and blocked ditches require attention by landowners.  CSW to recommend positioning of Flashing SLR. NFNPA Draft Local Plan probably delayed till next year. SW Railway timetable consultation ends 22 Dec so need to send any comments soon.Sway Parish Council logo

12 October 2017 We are very pleased to report that Katie Walding has been appointed Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer to Sway Parish Council. Katie lives in Sway with her husband and dogs, is a commoner with ponies on the forest and loves running.

She will be taking up her post on Monday 16th October and attending her first Parish Council Meeting in an official capacity on Thursday 26 October.

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6 October 2017 End of another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 131 speeding vehicles' data sent to the police for processing. None exceeded 50 mph, though a few came close.

Sway Community SpeedWatch also presented evidence to the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel at their scrutiny meeting this afternoon. We hope this will result in more innovative ideas on how to reduce the problems of speeding across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A very clear message came through that there are hundreds of highly motivated SpeedWatch volunteers out there and that their expertise and dedication must be recognised to a far greater degree than at present. A second clear message is that speeding, along with other things such as mobile phone usage while driving, needs to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

7 November 2017 feedback from the police received today also included data from our sessions at the end of October, so we have to estimate how much refers to this set of sessions at the beginning of October. As far as we can tell, around 101 letter one and 17 letter two were sent out, and 8 people should get personal visits having been caught 3 or more times.

It is worthwhile reiterating that SpeedWatch is a community based scheme intended to educate motorists on the need to drive safely and considerately below the speed limit. Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in injuries and deaths on the road and is also highly antisocial to those having to share or live alongside those roads.

If you are as concerned as us about speeding around the local area, why not help us out. Depending on weather and time of year, we try and run two sessions per day across 1 week in every month. Sessions typically are one to one and a half hours long. Volunteers choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they feel comfortable with. You'd not only be doing valuable work for the local community, you'd also make lots of friends. Email info@sway-pc.gov.uk if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding highly fascinating conversations during those quieter moments between those speeding vehicles!

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3 October 2017 News about South Western Railway's proposed new timetable and it's affect on Sway Station: adobe icon 2017-09-29 SWT Timetable consultation Dec 18 [1Mb]

South Western Railway are running a consultation on the major timetable changes to be made on 9th December 2018. Full details are here.

A review of the timetable 158 South Western Mainline (for weekdays) shows that Sway will continue to have a similar level of service as at present. The main changes are

  1. The hourly service, with Sway departure times similar to now, will run between Weymouth and Portsmouth serving all stations and provide connections at Brockenhurst with the fast London services.in both directions.
  2. Sway will continue to have direct services to and from London in the morning and evening on weekdays as now.

South Western Railway has invited any comments to be sent by email to timetable.feedback@swrailway.com . Consultation closes on 22 December 2017.

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1 October 2017 Information Working Group' s Google Analytics chart shows a massive spike of interest in Mass Cycling Events immediately following the Wiggle NF 100 event last month.2018-01-01 Top 40 web pages Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
28 September 2017 Sway Parish Council Meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [426kb] . To avoid unnecessary costs, playground resurfacing will be deferred until a plan has been agreed for complete refurbishment of play equipment. Tree survey will be undertaken within next month. Allotments gate had to be replaced as matter of urgency. Clerk interviews with 4 applicants on Monday at Youth Centre - Interview panel (Chair, Vice-Chair and Finance WP Chair) delegated to choose best candidate. David Edwards kindly volunteered to help with interviews and coverage until handover complete. County Cllr Keith Mans sent apologies along with info about future of bus services - watch this space. Clerks report: 2nd instalment of precept (just under £30k) received; Sway WI to plant centenary tree on Stanford Rise and will hold centenary event there on June 20th; Audit completed (see below). Finances - accounts in good shape. £5k to be earmarked from reserves for flashing SLR. Following to be built into next yrs budget: JFP maintenance £4k, SVH £2k, Tree Works £2k, initial 10k for JF playpark upgrading. Amendment to finance regulation 4.5 expanding those authorised to make decisions in emergency situations. Sandy Williams to fill in as RFO until new clerk in place. Allotment rents to increase by £2 full and £1 half plot. Stanford Rise proceeding well: easier to use latch will be installed on gate; wild play equipment to be installed by end Oct - will be subject to regular inspections; tree works required; volunteers sought for bulb and tree planting; lengthsman to clear/tidy hedge on front boundary. SVH chair to step down in March - they are looking for replacement. PaTC updates: 17/00403 Hatch Motors refused at NFNPA PDCC; 17/00519 and  17/00520 Arnewood Turkey Farm - new amendments submitted so all will need to revisit. 17/00659 Fyre Stychen refused. NF marathon marshals thank-you meeting 14th Nov 13:30 SVH. Latest Wiggle feedback endorsed by PaTC. Hampshire PCP have invited Sway CSW to give evidence at their scrutiny mtg next Friday.Sway Parish Council logo

27 September 2017 NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT FOR SWAY PARISH COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year ending 31 March 2017 was completed on 22 September 2017. For more details please refer to the following documents:

adobe icon 2017-09-22 Notice of Conclusion of Audit [472kb] adobe icon 2017-09-22 Annual Return [4Mb]

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16 & 17 September 2017 Wiggle New Forest 100 Mass cycling event coming through Sway. First riders expected to arrive in Sway at 08:45. Last riders at 12:50. Click here for more details

If there are any problems during the event, please contact UK Cycling Events Ltd on 07591 206394 (only to be used on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th) Other times, please use their office number 01425 653372.

Cycling Event

14 September 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [769kb]. 20 members of public present. Marathon last Sunday great success (see below) - Wiggle this weekend (see above). Disabled access - second letter received re Church Lane pavements - Clerk to chase HCC. 17/00659 Fyre Stychen - 4. 17/00604 Silver Hind - 4 - & Sway should investigate ACV potential. 17/00701 Thornhill - 1. 17/00706 Fuchsias - info only. 17/00403 Hatch Motors at NFNPA PDCC next Tuesday 19th Sept. P&TC to request SPC earmark £5,000 for flashing SLR to be deployed around Sway. CSW needs more volunteers please - contact info@sway-pc.gov.uk. Footpath 2 electric fencing apparently illegal - Clerk to follow up with HCC Countryside services. Clerk to request cattle grid closure at Durnstown on Remembrance Sunday.

Cango numbers worse - likely to be affected by HCC cuts. USE IT OR LOSE IT! Sway News mounting big campaign in Oct edition & St Lukes Church arranging Cango bus rides later this month.

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10 September 2017 The New Forest Marathon came through Sway today. Some 2 dozen Sway residents volunteered to help marshal the event and were stationed around the village, Setthorns, Wilverley and Wootton Inclosures. The weather was generally kind to us, although some of the runners would have experienced a sharp shower or two later on in the afternoon. I hope all agree that it was a highly successful and worthwhile day's marshalling. The runners were amazing - well done everyone. Click on the thumbnail opposite to see a montage of images from before and during the event. The Forestry Commission really came up trumps with the improvement to the path down to the temporary bridge by Wootton Coppice Inclosure, and the runners helped immensely by compacting the path material for future walkers and horse riders. Why use a roller when all you need is a few hundred runners!

12 September update This email arrived from the New Forest Marathon team:
On behalf of Andy, Chris and I, we would just like to say a huge thank you to you and all of the Sway Community for helping and assisting at the New Forest Marathon this year in 2017! Please could you circulate this message to all of those who assisted as I do not have everyone's email addresses.
Without your support and kindness there would not be an event! The feedback we have received from runners and spectators has been fantastic; you honestly helped to make this event so special for a vast number of people! I will be collecting and emailing out some of these amazing comments soon; all of which refer to how amazing our volunteers were!
Thank you for your exceptionally friendly, upbeat and supportive attitude; honestly it was great to work alongside you and we would love for this to continue next year! I was yet again so impressed by the community spirit demonstrated by the residence of Sway; this was really great to see.
Andy, Chris and I are all looking forward to hopefully meeting you all at Sway Village Hall in the next few months to personally say thank you for all of your help.
Once again, thank you for the time you dedicated!
Kind Regards, Ian

Click here for more information from the New Forest Marathon website.

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9 September 2017 End of yet another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 67 vehicles recorded speeding in 6.5 hours of surveys. No vehicles above 50 mph however a number were being driven dangerously for the conditions particularly at Arnewood Bridge Road where standing water made the road particularly bad. Two vehicles in particular stand out. One, a BMW X5 was initially clocked at 38 mph, but accelerated to 43 passing SID and continued accelerating up the hill towards Sway village. The other, a grey Jaguar F type was being driven in a particularly aggressive manner in the opposite direction. We estimate it to be doing between 60 and 70 mph heading towards the double bends. Such drivers are a menace to all around them and are unlikely to ever learn until they discover it is too late.

25 September feedback from the police:

  • Number failing PNC checks = 4: No current Owner = 3, PNC mismatch = 1
  • Number of letters sent =57: Letter 1 = 49, Letter 2 = 8
  • Number escalated = 6 - all multiple incidents

It is worthwhile highlighting that SpeedWatch is a community based scheme intended to educate motorists on the need to drive safely and considerately below the speed limit. Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in injuries and deaths on the road and is also highly antisocial to those having to share or live alongside those roads.

If you are as concerned as us about speeding around the local area, why not help us out. Depending on weather and time of year, we try and run two sessions per day across 1 week in every month. Sessions typically are one to one and a half hours long. Volunteers choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they feel comfortable with. You'd not only be doing valuable work for the local community, you'd also make lots of friends. Email info@sway-pc.gov.uk if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding highly fascinating conversations during those quieter moments between those speeding vehicles!

SID Dec 2015
3 September 2017 Wootton Riverine Wetland Restoration Project latest status. The Forestry Commission have made good the path between the Wootton Coppice Inclosure boundary gate and the Avon Water crossing (point 9 on their plans). The result is a well constructed dry path allowing horse riders, walkers etc to access the crossing point safely. Excellent work and many thanks to both the Forestry Commission and the organisers of the New Forest Marathon for achieving this.2017-09-03 path down to Avon Water at point 9 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
18 August 2017 Select here to view Hampshire Constabulary's Rural Times - their quarterly publication for the rural communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  police
24 August 2017 The Sway Parish Clerk has regrettably resigned with effect from 30 September.  Sway Parish Council will therefore be looking for a replacement.  Contact the Parish Council Chairman: Cllr. Barry Rickman  Barry.Rickman@NFDC.gov.uk  or 01590 682650.Sway Parish Council logo
24 August 2017 Sway Parish Council Meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes. [744kb]  Quotes being sought for playground maintenance works. Mollie Mold Memorial Bench fully funded so no contribution needed from SPC. Sway Councillors voted to continue not to be remunerated for their work. Police say recent spate of burglaries appear to have ceased but extra patrols will continue. UK Cycling Events' Managing Director Natalie Hicks and Logistics Manager Jo Pickering answered questions on mass cycling events. More details can be found here. S106 Stanford Rise project next phase enhancement works will begin shortly. Councillors being asked to suggest new projects for the future. In AOB Cllr Warden reported disturbing news from HCC about their future plans for Cango.Sway Parish Council logo
24 August 2017 Nigel Mathews from the NPA has picked up that the New Forest Rattler Cycling Event is due to take place on this Sunday 27th of August. The reason for the late advice is that the organisers have failed to register the event with the Safety Advisory Group and therefore the event doesn't not appear on the Event Register and we have not had sight of any event plans.

Details of the three routes can be found here.

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18 August 2017 Latest News on Wootton Riverine wetland restoration project.

  1. Wootton Coppice Inclosure / Brownhills Inclosure works are now complete and they will be withdrawing from this area including removing stockpiles. 
  2. They will not now be commencing on the Broadley phase 2 until early 2018 ( May time)
  3. They are stopping tree work in Broadley now till after the summer holidays and removing logs currently blocking tracks
We have also heard that they intend to make good the track between Wootton Coppice Inclosure and the crossing at point 9 in time for the New Forest Marathon event next month however that is still to be confirmed.
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13 August 2017 End of yet another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. 123 vehicles recorded speeding in 7.75 hours of surveys. Two vehicles were being driven at over 50 mph - highly dangerous in a 30 mph speed limit.

1 September 2017 update - feedback from the police: 1 record failed PNC checks as no current owner. Of the rest, 96 letter one and 17 letter 2 were sent and the rest were escalated for personal visits - 7 for being recorded three or more times in the past 12 months, and 2 for excessive speed.

It is worthwhile highlighting that SpeedWatch is a community based scheme intended to educate motorists on the need to drive safely and considerately below the speed limit. Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in injuries and deaths on the road and is also highly antisocial to those having to share or live alongside those roads.

If you are as concerned as us about speeding around the local area, why not help us out. Depending on weather and time of year, we try and run two sessions per day across 1 week in every month. Sessions typically are one to one and a half hours long. Volunteers choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they feel comfortable with. You'd not only be doing valuable work for the local community, you'd also make lots of friends. Email info@sway-pc.gov.uk if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding highly fascinating conversations during those quieter moments between those speeding vehicles!

SID Dec 2015
10 August 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Committee - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [4Mb]. 17/00403 Hatch Motors amended plans - still 4 though better. UKCE will attend SPC mtg on 24th to talk about Wiggle17/00526 Merrifield - applicant will resubmit. 17/00535 Hollowood farm - 5. 17/00605 The Foxes - 4 if impermeable, 5 otherwise. 17/00575 - Rufus Cottage - 5.  17/00651 April Cottage - 1. Cango numbers better. CSW - see 15 July below. Sway Parish Council logo

1 August 2017 Friends of Sway Village Hall will be holding an Open Village Hall Drop-In session on Saturday 16 September between 2.00 & 4.00pm.

If you would like to contact them to talk before September, or would like to speak to them privately about a donation, please email: swayvillagehalltrust@gmail.com

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28 July 2017 You may have spotted a letter in the July 21st edition of the Lymington Times from the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel informing local residents of an upcoming survey into traffic related crime. If you have any views on such things as speeding, anti Social behaviour linked with the use of a motor vehicle, theft of property from motor vehicles, animal casualties within rural areas and also on the effectiveness of Community SpeedWatch, then please make them known by filling in and sending off the form that can be found on the Hampshire PCP website.

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23 July 2017 Community SpeedWatch volunteers from Sway, Tiptoe and Lyndhurst spent a wet but thoroughly enjoyable four hours or so on Sunday at Beaulieu monitoring speeds of some of their more unusual vehicles including two of Edd China's Wacky creations. BBC South Today featured this in their programmes on Monday however they completely missed our speed checks! Click here to see some of our photos  adobe icon 2017-07-23 Beaulieu Wacky Record Breakers [2Mb]2017-07-23 Beaulieu Wacky Record Breakers
20 July 2017 Sway Parish Council meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [4Mb] . Reports of antisocial behaviour at night at Jubilee Field - action will be taken. Idea of bench at Youth Centre in memory of Molly Mould approved. Some minor repairs needed to playground matting - quotes sought. Football club volunteer to redecorate JF Pavilion corridors and changing rooms - SPC to provide paint. S106 Stanford Rise - drainage working and grass growing well after recent rain! Path works will be done around end August. MOU for wild play equipment signed - work will begin soon. Gracewells have offered recently felled tree wood for this. Volunteers needed to help assemble the play equipment - contact FOSR chair Rachel Charlton if interested or email info@sway-pc.gov.uk. JFP Project new proposal from SSC trustees expected next month. Sway Village Hall looking for funding for expansion project. Grants: £2,000 to Cricket Club to complete pavilion works and £1,000 with conditions to Little Flyers for Summer Playscheme. Annual tree survey to be commissioned. CSW at Beaulieu Wacky Record Breakers this Sunday. Rules for Annual Sway Parish Council Award Scheme approved. AOB - recent spate of burglaries triggers request for Police to provide regular updates to SPC. Cango safe till March 2018 and hopefully 2019 but must be used or we will lose it. HCC Rural Communities Fund reminder. Watch out for possibly illegally operated drone in South Sway area.Sway Parish Council logo

15 July 2017 End of yet another week of Sway Community SpeedWatch. A much quieter week than usual. Total amount of traffic was considerably lower than usual. 97 vehicle details sent to police. Highest speed recorded was 44 mph in a 30 mph area.

7 Aug update the police sent 79 letter one, 14 letter two and escalated 3 for personal visit as having been caught three or more times in the past 12 months. One record was rejected as not matching the vehicle description on their database.

If you are as concerned as us about speeding around the local area, why not help us out. Depending on weather and time of year, we try and run two sessions per day across 1 week in every month. Sessions typically are one to one and a half hours long. Volunteers choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they feel comfortable with. You'd not only be doing valuable work for the local community, you'd also make lots of friends. Email info@sway-pc.gov.uk if you are interested. It is a great way of meeting people and holding highly fascinating conversations during those quieter moments between those speeding vehicles!

SID Dec 2015

13 July 2017 Sway Planning and Transport Meeting - a few seconds of the adobe icon minutes [5Mb] . 25 members of public present. 17/00403 Hatch Motors - 4 although strongly in favour of principal for redevelopment, actual design needs some rethinking. 17/00542 Lepe House - 4. 17/00497 and 17/00498 Laurel Cottage - 4.  17/00492 Half Day House - 4.  17/00519 and  17/00520 Arnewood Turkey Farm - doubts over evidence.  17/00508 7 Widden Close - 2.  17/00470 40 Anderwood Drive - 4.  17/00549 Little Hollies info only. 17/00521 Forest Way - 1. 17/00526 Merrifield and 17/0053 Hollowood Farm - both deferred till next month.  NFNPA Local plan consultation we note smaller development for Sway. NFNPA Recreation management we urge individuals to respond. Cango poor utilisation recently. Mobility Scooter access in Sway - write to HCC. Community SpeedWatch - carry on investigating more permanent flashing signs. Mass Cycle events - Cllr Marchant to feedback to SAG on latest events on behalf of SPC.

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