August 2014

 Parish Council Meeting

Meeting of Sway Parish Council 28 August 2014 at 19.30 in the Pavilion Jubilee Field. Present: Cllr Rickman (Chair),N Gulliver (Clerk), Cllr Cripps, Cllr Dance, Cllr Golby, Cllr Fleat, Cllr Tarling. Also present Sway News and 17 members of the public.

  1. Apologies Cllr Gates, Cllr Langford
  1. Minutes of July 24 2014 approved and signed off
  1. County Council Report. Ken Thornber not present.
  1. Clerks Report.
  •  Post of Parish Clerk. The Finance Working Party has shortlisted 5 candidates for interview. This will take place on Thursday 4 September.
  • Licensing Act 2003. Central Stores, Station Rd, Sway. No objection from Councillors although some have concerns about the long hours. Alcohol will be on sale. The view is ‘let’s suck it and see how it goes…’
  • Licensing Act 2003. Passford House is seeking a revised licence. To add music etc 10.00 – 01.30 Monday to Sunday. Late night refreshment 23.00 – 01.30 Monday to Sunday, indoors and out. The hours the premises will be open to public 00.00 to 24.00 hrs Monday to Sunday. Supply of alcohol on and off the premises Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 01.30.

The overall discussions were again ‘Let’s suck it and see…’. One neighbour had voiced concern to Cllr Rickman but was not being unreasonable. Cllr Tarling mentioned Cago Cottage not a long established hotel business who can seemingly play music/DJ’s through until 04.00 – it would seem unfair to pick on a hotel! Cllr Dance, Cllr Cripps believe such long hours weekdays is not on, perhaps Friday to Sunday OK. The Clerk will convey Council views in a letter.

  • Sway Gardening Club. Sway Open Gardens will be on 7 June 2015 with the primary charity being Oakhaven. The Parish Council gave their formal support and the use of the car park at Jubilee Field


  1. Accounts. Document circulated to Councillors only. Cllr Rickman and the Clerk confirmed that spending and reserves were on target at this stage. Payments schedule approved.


  1. Cllr Tarling reported on Planning.

 Meeting of the Planning and Transport Committee at 19.30 on Aug 21 2014 in the Pavilion Jubilee Fields, Sway. Present:

Cllr Tarling (Chair), Cllr Cripps (Vice-Chair), N Gulliver (Clerk), Cllr Dance, Cllr Gates, Cllr Golby. Apologies Cllr Langford. Also present: Sway News, John Warden (Transport), Ted Fleat and four members of the public.


(i) Minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2014 approved.


(ii) Matters arising. Cllr Golby asked if there was any news about the appeal over high fence at Heathey Lodge. No news was known.


(iii) Outcome of Planning.

  •  2 Dennett House, Brighton Rd. Withdrawn.
  • Buckland House, Adlams Lane. New build approved with many of the conditions suggested by Sway Planning incorporated in judgements.
  • Lepe House, Flexford Lane. Certificate granted for non-agricultural dwelling.
  • Shirley Down, Shirley Holms. Approved with conditions.
  • Sway Tower. 6 new antennae granted with many of the conditions suggested by Sway Planning around camouflage and using existing mounts.
  • Folds Farm, Mount Pleasant small change approved.
  • Hawthorns, Barrows Lane. Single storey extension. Certificate issued.
  • Westwards, Birchy Hill. Alterations which would improve look of building granted with conditions.
  • Pressure reduction gas kiosk. Granted in Manchester Rd subject to suitable materials being used.
  • Limolands, Vaggs Lane. Huge 14 hectare solar farm proposal has been withdrawn. Councillors concerned this proposal will re-emerge at a later date. Councillors re-iterated it is totally unacceptable in a National Park and not a good use of farm land.
  • Claywood House, Arnewood Bridge Rd. Replacement dwelling considered not in keeping with rural scene. Refused.


(iv) Planning Applications

  • 1 Shelleys Cottage – small plot being overdeveloped. What do neighbours think. One spoke to this point from the public gallery, not in support. Councillors believe not in keeping with SVDS or scale and character. 2 – refusal but leave to NPA officer. Subsequent to meeting was granted with conditions.
  • Brambles, Middle Rd. Pitched roof over existing flat roof. Councillors found plans misleading. Cllr Golby believes overdevelopment of a modest site and potential drainage problems. 2 – refusal but let NPA officer decide.
  • Fernlea, Westbeams Rd. Conservatory reconfiguration complies with SVDS, no comments from neighbours. 1 – grant.
  • 14 Anderwood Drive. Reapplication for two dormer windows with flat roofs. 5 – happy to leave to NPA officer.
  • Glenside, Middle Rd. Single storey extension plus dormer. Turning space plus use of gravel. 5 – leave to NPA officer.
  • Fairlight Cottage, Fairlight Lane. Cllr Tarling declared a non-pecuniary interest as a neighbour. He was in favour of application for stabling and hard standing. It ticks all the boxes in a horsey area. Other neighbours support the application. 3 – grant.



(v) Planning Enforcement.

 Started month with 13 breaches finished with 11.


(vi) Other Planning Issues


  • A member of the public reported criminal activity in Brighton Rd with regard to adopting of verges. One house holder had been subjected to vandalising of the verge by heavy wheeled vehicles on three occasions plus the dumping of dog excrement. Cllr Golby said this was anti-social at best. The police should take seriously.
  • Cago Cottage, Crabbswood Lane. A private rural dwelling is being used for weddings and events with dj’s and loud music being played throughout the night and on occasion over a number of days… Also local parking problems. Since Government deregulation temporary licences for this sort of activity and drinking until 04.00 is seemingly possible… Councillors believe this activity is anti-social at best and has little or no consideration for neighbours or people visiting a National Park for peace and quiet! If allowed to continue it will surely have an impact on holiday home rental and recreational businesses. The noise can be heard throughout much of Sway – from Adlams Lane, to the Station Rd end of Arnewood Bridge Rd and as far away as Pitmore Lane!!


Councillors ask whatever happened to noise abatement and prevention of public nuisance?   Indeed where are the ‘Silent Majority’. Members of the public suggested a petition to Downing Street… The NPA need to be more robust in their opposition to Government proposals of this nature – surely no sane person had this sort of disruption in mind when recommending relaxation of licensing rules? The quiet rural scene is being severely disrupted by absent property owners exploiting well meaning regulations…


(vii) Transport

John Warden reported a dip in Cango useage although there are some new regular customers.


(viii) Roads, Ditches and Hedges

Coombe Lane, drainage seems to have gone quiet when will work start? (Subsequent to the meeting work ‘will start first week in September’)

Lower Mead End, work there over the summer has had a good result.

South Sway Lane ‘lake’. Seems to have been sorted – recent heavy rain has not produced flooding for the first time in many years. The ‘shark’ has drowned it would seem.

Parking – a member of the public would like signs limiting parking to one hour with no return. Councillors do not want to urbanise the village with such signs and road markings.

Hedges – some hedges with dangerous brambles hanging over footpaths remain unkempt although many responsible householders have answered the appeal in Sway News.


(ix) Speedwatch.

Len Thomas would like our new PC, Mark Pannell, to be introduced to Councillors and the public, perhaps at the next full Council meeting?

1,092 cars had been ‘clocked’ exceeding the speed limit in Sway compared with 153 in New Milton and 49 in Pilley.

Sway speedwatch returns on September 7 and in new locations. You have been warned …

Cllr Tarling hoped the Police and Crime Commissioner would be a speaker at the next PC AGM?


(x) AOB

Hugh Marchant wondered whether any provision would be made to record (sound and/or vision) Council meetings in future. There are no secrets in the 21st century apparently (Hmmm!). No financial provision had been made in Sway for such activity…

Planning and Transport Meeting ended at 21.05.


  1. Amenities Working Group.


In Cllr Gates absence Cllr Fleat had taken the role of chairman and reported on that evening’s meeting

  • Fire Risk Assessment will be conducted internally saving £295
  • Football Club want to change the kitchen area around to suit their needs incorporating cooker hood, dishwasher, glass washer etc at their cost. They wish to install a TV Set in the Pavilion (Entertainment Licence?) and will share these extra facilities if agreed with other groups/users. This gesture was applauded by Councillors the audience, and all agreed this was a sensible way forward to pull away from reliance for funding from the Council.
  • There have been more applicants since the piece in last months Sway News.


  1. AOB.

Hugh Marchant was sorry not to see Cllr Thornber as he wondered when work would start on Coombe Lane (Clerk confirmed first week in September) and he wondered how discussions with Alan Titchmarsh had gone over verge cutting? (As Mr Titchmarsh was not at New Forest Show it is doubtful they met)

The Meeting of the Parish Council closed at 19.55.

Warren Breach

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