The Annual Parish Meeting

Due to Coronavirus restrictions the Parish Council held its annual Parish meeting for parishioners via Zoom last Wednesday 21st April.

Prior to that, the annual parish report was made available on the website and can be read

Draft minutes of the meeting are now available for further information

Elections May 6th 2021

Elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

It will be a combined poll to choose your next;

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
  • Hampshire County Councillor
  • Parish Councillor

Test Valley Borough Council is responsible for the advertisement and publicity of the Parish Councillor vacancy, not the Parish Council.

Details of the nominees for the Parish Councillor vacancy can be found on the TVBC Website at:
www.testvalley.gov.uk/MayElections2021

Operation Resilience – Surface Dressing Works

Further to our post of 19th April, Hampshire Highways has advised us of some updates to the planned surface dressing works around Wellow.

• SD-TV21032 – Church Lane , East Wellow – 6th May 2021
• SD-TV21033 – Broad Wood Lane, East Wellow – 6th May 2021
• SD-TV21034 – Hackleys Lane, East Wellow – 6th May 2021
• SD-TV21028 – Aston Cross, East Wellow – 10th May 2021
• SD-TV21029 – Plant Close, East Wellow – 10th May 2021
• SD-TV21030 – Elmdale Grove, East Wellow – 10th May 2021
• SD-TV21031 – Lodge Vale, East Wellow – 10th May 2021

We are still in the months where inclement weather can be an issue and works programmes are more susceptible to change.

There may be times when we have to postpone works at very short notice; based on the latest weather forecasts, this can occur just prior to works commencing.

We will always look to provide up to date information wherever we can, but sometimes these last minute decisions can be difficult to relay to the travelling public in a timely manner.

When we can, any significant changes to the scheduled dates will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located at the works limits.

Access for residents and businesses will be maintained when possible and safe to do so, pedestrian access to properties will not be affected, and emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

Information signs advising road users of the works will be erected before the start of works.

A letter will be sent to local residents and businesses and an email will be sent to the local Parish Offices to advise them all accordingly.

Car Park Closures within the New Forest

The New Forest Ranger has emailed us to let us know that some car parks in our area will be closed for a few days from the 22nd March on a rolling schedule.

Repairs to the surface and apron of the car parks to make them more accessible and user friendly for the future will be carried out.

The car park will then stay closed for a number of days to allow the new surface time to bed in and set before visitors can drive on it.

Signs will be displayed in the car parks to pre-warn any potential users of the intended works.

  • Car park closures:
  • Hale
  • Halfmoon Common
  • Hightown
  • Rockford

Halfmoon Common is the only car park which will immediately affect residents in the Wellow area.

Care for the Forest, care for each other – 2021 Action Plan

New Forest organisations are calling on people to ‘care for the Forest, care for each other’ and have put together a joint action plan to help to manage the increased visitor numbers expected this year.

The plan aims to ensure that the New Forest can play a positive and active role in helping people to recover in the great outdoors from the toll taken by the lockdown, whilst also caring for this special place.

It also aims to work closely with and support residents and the local business community.

Action plan put in place to encourage care for the New Forest – New Forest National Park Authority (newforestnpa.gov.uk)

May 2021 elections


The County Council is reminding residents who may wish to vote by post or by proxy to ensure that they apply to their local district or borough council ahead of the deadlines (5pm on 20 April for a postal vote, and 5pm on 27 April for a proxy vote).

Detailed information and guidance about the 2021 elections, including links to register to vote and forms for applying to vote by post or proxy, as well as information on voting safely in person, is available on the County Council’s elections webpage.

Can you help us to record dog incidences on Wellow Common?

As part of the Dog Forum, the Parish Council has agreed to record any known dog incidences on Wellow Common, which is owned by the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is a member of the Dog Forum run by the New Forest National Park Authority which brings together most of the stakeholders managing parts of the New Forest; it also includes representatives from dog groups.

We are asking people to report any incidences occurring on Wellow Common, including Monkey Jump, directly to the clerk via email only please at clerk@wellowparish.org.uk, so that the incident can be logged and reported back to the New Forest Dog Forum, which is trying to make the New Forest a safer place for all.

Public Urged To Help New Forest’s Rare Birds Survive

Details about people helping to ensure the survival of rare ground nesting birds.

Covid – Roadmap to Recovery

Details setting out the roadmap to recovery

Covid Restrictions

Due to the latest government advice, parish council staff will be working from home until further notice. 

Noticeboards will not be updated with latest agendas.
These will be posted on our website; www.wellowparish.org.uk and the Wellow Parish Council Facebook page, 5 days prior to the meeting.

Dog walking professionals
help care for the Forest

Professional dog walkers have teamed up with the New Forest National Park Authority to create a best practice checklist for responsible businesses.

Temporary Closure Extension – Wellow Footpath 22

Hampshire County Council, having made an Order under Section 14(1)a of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, has been directed by the Secretary of State for Transport that the order shall continue in force.

HCC have extended the closure to around 17th September 2021.