The next Parish Council Meeting at 7:15 pm on 9 April 2018 following the Planning and General Purposes Committee

Theft from a vehicle

Between 6pm on 11 March 2018 and 9.30am on 12 March 2018, a car parked in Lower Common Road, West Wellow was broken into.

The passenger window was smashed and a handbag containing various items was stolen.

If you have any information that can assist police, please call 101 quoting ref. 44180094473.

When the weather is bad …






What to do if the power goes off (PDF)

Volunteer Driver Recruitment

Hampshire County Council is currently recruiting Volunteer Drivers to undertake various social care journeys within Hampshire.

Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport adults and children who are under the care of the County Council.

The scheme provides an essential transport link to facilities and activities for Hampshire residents, some of whom have physical or learning disabilities.

View this PDF for more information


The Borough of Test Valley
(Part of Maury's Lane, West Wellow)

Temporary Road Closure - order 2018

under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 that The Borough Council of Test Valley as agent for Hampshire County Council (being the Traffic Authority) proposes to make an Order to allow for works in connection with gas mains replacement and reinforcement, as follows:-

Maurys Lane, West Wellow from a point 280 metres west of its junction with Slab Lane to a point 130 metres west.

From the western point of closure on Maurys Lane south westward to Salisbury Road, then east on Salisbury Road to Slab Lane, north on Slab Lane to Maurys Lane and west on Maurys Lane to the eastern point of closure and by this route reversed.

From Monday 05 February 2018 for a period of 3 months or until completion of works, whichever is sooner.

It is expected the closure will be from 05 February to 05 March 2018.

Reasonable access to adjoining properties will be available while the works are carried out. For any queries regarding the diversion or works please contact Sally Merrett of South Gas Networks on 02392 624 120. For all other enquiries, please contact Mr. Ejikeme Ibe, telephone 01264 368 728 on behalf of the Head of Estate and Economic Development Service.

Crime Prevention Advice

  • Don’t leave ladders, tools, etc. in your garden as these can be used to gain access to your property
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash (including foreign currency) at home
  • Don’t leave valuable items in obvious places (e.g. in the bedside cabinet) and consider storing them in a properly secured safe
  • Photograph valuable items, such as watches and jewellery, and make a note of any serial numbers
  • Register your property on free national property register
  • Don’t advertise any absences from home (e.g. holidays) on social networking sites
  • Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied
  • Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)

Did you know?………….

Hampshire County Council are responsible for

  • Potholes
  • Paving problems
  • Faulty street lights / traffic lights  
  • Missing or broken traffic signs
  • Salt Bins  - refilling / missing / requesting new ones  
  • Road problems
  • Rights of Way problems

Please report any of these to Hampshire County Council using the attached link to their website

In using this link, you can also report problems or find out who to contact for

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Fly tipping
  • Hedge or tree problems
  • Flooding or drainage issues and flooding on land or property

Work on Wellow Common – more information

In response to recent concerns raised by local residents, the following information is key to understanding the approach taken by the Parish Council in the management of Wellow Common.

Wellow Common is part of the New Forest National Park and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Parish Council’s Management Plan (2010-2019) is focused on conserving the lowland heathland environment and is approved by Natural England. Work is carried out in accordance with Natural England guidelines.

An annual grant is currently received from the Rural Payments Agency allowing the Parish Council to carry out the work.

As you may recall from the 2017 Annual Report we continue to implement the 10-year Management Plan to maintain the Common.

This year’s winter programme has recently started and involves further gorse and rhododendron clearance with some thinning of silver birches in copse areas.

To maintain and conserve the rare lowland heathland environment it is necessary to restrict the spread of gorse, non-indigenous species and trees.

In the past, gorse would have been cut and used by Commoners, but this no longer happens, so cutting and burning is now the adopted practice.

There has never been any cutting of heather under the Management Plan.

Intense recreational use is the main factor affecting heather growth on Wellow Common.

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