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What does Milford-on-Sea Parish Council do?IMG_0013

Milford-on-Sea Parish Council is responsible for many village amenities, including:

  • The Village Greens at Milford-on-Sea and Keyhaven
  • Carrington Lane Play Park
  • Barnes Lane Recreation Ground and Pavilion, sheds and maintenance equipment
  • The Bowling Club Green and Pavilion (managed by the bowling club)
  • The Old Putting Green (Hurst Road)
  • Dance Studio building in Sea Road car park (managed by the VCCC)
  • Bird Hide at Sturt Pond Nature Reserve
  • The Boltons public open space
  • Swallow Drive/ Grebe Close public open spaces
  • Basket’s grazing field, Keyhaven
  • The Pleasure Grounds (woodlands) – Local Nature Reserve
  • Sharvells Copse (Shorefield Close) – Local Nature Reserve
  • Centenary Copse – Amenity Wildlife Garden
  • Barnes copse – Local Nature Reserve
  • Studland Common – Local Nature Reserve and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
  • Studland Community Orchard – Local Nature Reserve and SINC
  • Studland Meadow Grazing Field – Local Nature Reserve and SINC

Download the Studland Common Management Plan to find out more.

The Parish Council appoints contractors to maintain all the above land and property (except where indicated).  The Parish Council also manage Hordle Grazing Field and the Sea Front (Hurst Road) play park which is leased from New Forest District Council.

In addition, Milford-on-Sea Parish Council make valuable observations to the local planning authorities (New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority) on every planning application and tree work order within the parish boundary.

 

Key achievements 2015/16

The Parish Council also works with many other authorities and community groups to improve the village in many aspects.  Here are some of the Parish Council’s key achievements from 2015 -16:

  • Renovation and sponsorship of existing Memorial benches.
  • Footpath restoraton work in the Pleasure Grounds.
  • Renovation of Barnes Lane Recreation Ground pavilion.
  • Refurbishment of Hurst Road playpark.
  • Village Millennium Clock repaired.
  • Baskets’ Field hedge remdial work to create views across.
  • Community Support Grants of £600 given towards MiCO Banner Project on the Village Green.
  • New community noticeboards on the Village Green and Keyhaven.
  • Undertaken major Tree Survey programme on all Parish Council owned land.
  • Implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan for Milford-on-Sea Conservation Volunteers.
  • Grants awarded to orgaisations inclding SCARF, Guide Dogs (in memory of Freda Cheney), Love Milford Week, New Forest Citizens’ Advice Bureau, MoS Dementia Care Group, MoS Community Care Group and the Village Defibrillator.

To read the full 2015/16 report by The Parish Clerk click here:  Annual Report 2015-16

 

What is a Parish Council?

Parish Councils were formed under the Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of social welfare and civic duties in towns and villages.
Before this date a variety of groups based around ecclesiastical (church) parishes had responsibility for these matters, in a system of local government that dated back to the feudal system of the 8th century.

Today, the promotion of what is known as Local Area Management has led to an increase in the number of parish councils within urban and rural communities.

A Parish Council is the most local level of government, with responsibility of the well-being of the local community.  Their work falls into three categories:

1. Representing the local community

2. Delivering services to meet local needs

3. Striving to improve the quality of life in the community

A parish council is a statutory body and collects its funding through a precept, or a charge which is collected through the council tax by – in Milford-on-Sea’s case – New Forest District Council.

What does a parish councillor do?

The Parish Council makes decisions through its regular meetings with the elected Parish Councillors.  Parish Councillors are voluntary and give their time freely as community leaders to represent the views and aspirations of local people and as such they make a real difference to the community.  Milford-on-Sea Parish Council has 12 members who are elected every four years.  The next election is due next year in May 2015.  For a list of parish councillors and their roles click here.

Councillors have three main components to their work:

1. Decision making – through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2. Monitoring – councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally – as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
• Going to meetings of local organisations such as tenants’ associations.
• Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community.
• Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public.
• Running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.
• Meeting with individual residents in their own homes.
Visiting your council is the best way to find out what happens there. Give the council a call and find out when its next public meeting happens. By law, ordinary people are allowed to be present at most council business.

If you would like to help make a difference to Milford-on-Sea and become a Parish Councillor at the next election, please contact the Parish Office.

 

Lengthsman Scheme

The purpose of this initiative is to devolve some minor highway works to parish councils. It enables parish councils to identify minor defects and maintenance requirements and, in many instances, repair them with funds allocated by Hampshire Council.  Parishes can use the delegated budgets to employ a local contractor familiar with the area.  Examples of the type of work available for delegation include:

Drainage

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gully grid tops and drainage grips
  • Clear vegetation from the entrances and exits of highway culverts

Unlit traffic signs

  • Ensure legibility and visibility of traffic signs including straightening, cleaning and removing vegetation

General maintenance

  • Verge cutting
  • Cut back overgrown hedges encroaching on footways. Strim overgrowth along footways in urban areas
  • Paint and repair fences
  • Clear foliage blocking the visibility of road traffic signs
  • Clear all minor storm debris discharged onto the highway and keep tidy all specified roads
  • Nominated task specifically relating to a minor highway maintenance item – as and when agreed by our contractor

Find out about the Milford-on-Sea Community Project progress here