The Parish Council provides a range of services to residents as well as monitoring the services provided by Hart District Council and Hampshire County Council. The services provided by the Parish Council are:
The Parish Council leases, insures and organises all routine inspections of the recreation ground on Gaston Lane on behalf of parish residents. The recreation ground contains a grass football pitch, playground equipment and the SWAGA – the South Warnborough All-weather Games Area, which is available for tennis and five-a-side football. The recreation ground is a charitable trust and general management of the recreation ground and its facilities is by a committee of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council also provides ground maintenance for the recreation ground through a Ground Maintenance contractor and also through the Hampshire County Council Parish Lengthsman Scheme.
The Parish Council provides ground maintenance to the village green and other public open spaces in the village primarily through a Ground Maintenance contractor and the Hampshire County Council Parish Lengthsman Scheme.
The village green is at the centre of the village at the junction of Lees Hill and Alton Road and is opposite the war memorial. It is a “gardened” village green area containing mixed borders, which are managed by local volunteers, a bus stop and grassed area.
The village green is the centrepiece of a four stage Village Green Project to enhance the centre of the village. The project was funded through local fundraising, including proceeds from the flower festival, village fete and residents’ donations, as well as grants from the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council, Hampshire County Council and the War Memorial Trust.
The Parish Council provides a burial ground which is located behind St Andrews Church (the churchyard is now closed for burials). The burial ground is primarily for parishioners or anyone with a claim to the Parish and provides for interments and the scattering of ashes (see Burial Ground Regulations, Fees and Application Form).
The Parish Council has the responsibility for the care of the parish war memorial. This is located in the centre of the village at the junction of Froyle Lane and Alton Road.
The war memorial was raised in 1920 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 15 local servicemen who died in the First World War and the two who died in the Second World War. It was given grade II listed status in 2016 as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Local fundraising by volunteers and a grant from the War Memorial Trust has funded improvements to the location and access to the memorial and it is a valued part of the centre of the village.
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee for planning applications in the parish. However, the decision on whether to grant or refuse permission is made by the Planning Authority, which for most applications is Hart District Council.
The Parish Council is supported in planning issues in the village by the South Warnborough Local Plan Review Committee. This is a sub-committee of the Parish Council made up of local residents. It was originally set up in 2014 with the remit to review key planning issues in the parish and provide advice to the Parish Council.
Information on planning applications can be found on the planning pages of Hart District Council website.
Current planning applications are listed here.
The condition of local highways and Rights of Way is routinely reviewed at Parish Council meetings. Contact with Hampshire County Council (the local authority responsible for highways) to request highways repairs is carried out by Parish Council volunteer representative David Hand. He can be contacted on tel. 01256 862616
The Parish Council volunteer representative for footpaths and other public rights of way is David Thornton who can be contacted on mob. 07979388150.
Parish Information, including Councillor contact details, meeting agenda and current planning applications, is provided on the Parish Council notice-boards at the Village Shop.
The Parish Council provides bus stops with one located at the village green and another planned opposite the village shop.
The parish has a single bus service, the No. 13 service between Basingstoke and Liphook, operated by Stagecoach UK Bus. The service runs Monday to Friday with a reduced service on Saturday and no service on Sunday (timetable here).
Please note that the bus stops are request stops, so passengers will need to signal the driver to stop.
You can download the Stagecoach Bus App, free of charge, for Apple and Android mobile phones from App store and Google Play respectively – you can then use it to plan your journey, check live bus times and buy mobile tickets (using Paypal, debit or credit card).
Land Holdings and Assets
The Parish Council owns a small amount of land in the parish and this is shown on the attached map. [link to be added].
The current Parish Council asset register is available here. [link to be added].