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Hale Parish Council Information Update


This is the latest news from Hale Parish Council.  Documents not found elsewhere on the website will be uploaded here.

15 January 2018

Parish Plan Exhibition

As you know the Parish Plan exhibition is taking place this Sunday - from 10am to 4pm in the village hall.  This is your chance to have your say about the future work of the Parish Council in Hale.  Come along and meet members of the Parish Plan working party and Councillors to find what is planned, what you can do and to have your questions answered.  There will be lots to see and you can have a cuppa while looking at our new projects such as Hatchet Green regeneration, improvements to the cemetery and upgrade of the car park.  The Council is also looking at working with possible new volunteer groups for example a youth working project, Community Land Trust, Community First Responders and Age Concern.  The Parish Council cannot do this work or make meaningful plans without your help so please do drop in and see us.  A poster is attached for your information - feel free to display it and tell your friends too!

Bus passes

Hampshire County Council have asked us to pass on the fact that they are in the process of renewing the bus passes that expire on 31 March 2018.  Please do not contact HCC unless your circumstances have changed - see attached poster.  adobe icon HCC Concessionary travel [262kb]

National Trust

The latest newsletter from the National Trust is attached.  adobe icon National Trust Newsletter Jan 18 [855kb]

I look forward to meeting lots of you on Sunday



3 January 2018

Dear all

I hope you all had a good Christmas and found some time to relax and recharge your batteries ready for 2018.  Just a couple of items for you to start the new year.

January council meetings

Please note there is no Planning Committee meeting this month as there are no new applications to consider.  The full Parish Council meeting will be on 9 January and will start slightly earlier at 7pm.  As ever you are all welcome to come along.  The Agenda is attached and is also on the website.

Parish Plan Exhibition

On 21 January 2018 there will be an exhibition in the Village Hall with further thoughts on Hale Parish Plan.  Please watch this space for more information and put the date in your diary to come along and help shape the future of Hale.

NHS Hampshire

I have received a round robin email from NHS Hampshire explaining the pressure the hospital emergency service is under and advising of other means by which health care may be sought.  The note is attached.  adobe icon NHS Hants January 2018 letter [74kb]

And finally, on behalf of the Parish Council may I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018 enjoying life in Hale

Best wishes



19 December 2017

Dear all

I hope your preparations for the festive season are in full swing and you are looking forward to some time out with friends and family.  Here is the last update from Hale Parish Council for 2017.


The Minutes of the November Planning and Full Council meetings are attached, along with draft minutes of the December meetings.  The latter have yet to be approved.  This will take place at the meetings on 9 January 2018 which you are all welcome to attend.

Hale Housing Needs survey​

Our thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to the Hale Housing Needs survey sent out by NFDC.  NFDC has collated the responses and prepared a short summary report relating to the replies to Part 2.  You will recall this was the section completed by those who have a housing need. A copy is attached.  The summary report is useful in that it demonstrates a prima facie housing need within the village but is insufficient to enable the Parish Council to make any decisions about its possible future involvement in the provision of any affordable housing in Hale.  HPC is asking NFDC to pass the survey responses to HARAH (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing) so that they can prepare a full report.  Those interested may like to look at the report on the Ellingham, Hargbridge & Ibsley Parish Council website as an example of the type of report HPC is looking for.

I understand there may be some confusion as to the current status of this project.  If anyone has any questions or concerns please do give me a ring or drop me an email and I will happily answer them.

A date for your diary

The working party who put together the Parish Plan questionnaire and who are now working on a draft of a revised Parish Plan will be holding an exhibition at the Village Hall on 21 January 2018 to provide more information about the responses and to consult with you on the way forward for Hale.  More information will follow, but please do put the date in your diary as it would be good to see as many of you as possible.

National Trust events

I attach a couple of posters from the National Trust with details of events being held at Foxbury, along with the December newsletter.  adobe icon December 2017 Newsletter [741kb]  adobe icon Foxbury Christmas event [3Mb]  adobe icon Horse Rides 2017 [651kb]

Community First job opportunity

​I have the following email from Community First - could be a new year, a new job!  This will not insert as it has an incompatable table.  It is CEO role, if you are interested I can email the details.​

That's the news for now.  It just remains for me, on behalf of all at Hale Parish Council, to thank all of you for your contribution to life in this lovely village and to wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy 2018.

Best wishes



10 November 2017

Dear all

We understand from Lucy Buis (NFDC) that there has a been a good level of response to the Hale Housing Needs survey sent out by New Forest District Council.  Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to complete and return the survey so far.

Just a reminder to those of you who have yet to return your survey to NFDC, the deadline is 14 November so if you have time this weekend please do take a few moments to fill it in and pop it in the post. 

Please be assured that the responses will be collated by NFDC and presented to the Parish Council, those interested in developing affordable housing and the village as whole in an anonymous form so please do be open with your answers.  It is only by knowing how the village genuinely feels about affordable that those who are interested in the various schemes can decide whether and if so, how to take matters forward.

Many thanks, have a good weekend


6 November 2017

Good morning

On behalf of the Parish Council and all users of the Village Hall car park I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you who kindly gave up your Sunday morning to help fill the potholes in the car park.  Your digging, raking, shovelling, water blowing, compacting, leaf shifting and numerous other jobs paid huge dividends and we now have a fabulously level car park.

Thanks so much for all your help and hard work, I hope you aren't aching too much this morning!



2 November 2017

Good afternoon

I hope you have enjoyed the sun this afternoon.  A few updates

Next meetings

​The next Planning Committee and ​full Parish Council meetings are Tuesday 7 November, 7pm and 7.30pm respectively at the Village Hall.  The agenda for each is attached.  As ever you are all welcome to attend.

Temporary repair to the car park

I hope I have contacted all those of you who have kindly volunteered to help fill in the potholes in the car park.  In case I have missed anyone I confirm the work is going ahead this Sunday, 5th November from 9am onwards.  For obvious reasons we will need to close the car park for the duration of the work.  If you do use the car park can you please move your car before 9am on Sunday.  The gravel is being delivered tomorrow morning.  If you are using the car park Friday or Saturday please be aware there will be a large pile of gravel to the left hand side of the car park.  We will cone it off so please do not move the cones or park near the gravel.  Hopefully by Sunday afternoon the car park will have a reasonably level surface!

Responses to the Parish Plan Questionnaire

Thanks to all of you who completed the Parish Plan Questionnaire.  The results have been analysed and are available on the website   A copy is also attached.  It makes interesting reading.  The Parish Council will be using this information to prepare the new Parish Plan and its work to improve life in Hale in the future.

Grants available for businesses in rural areas.

​I have received the following information from New Forest District Council

" Grants Still Available for Businesses in Rural Areas, including New Forest, southern Test Valley and southern Wiltshire

The EU's New Forest LEADER grants can be used to fund investment in certain types of buildings, equipment and machinery to help small businesses grow and/or create jobs. However the scheme is due to end in 2019, so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

LEADER can grant fund up to 40% of the investment cost (for commercial projects) up to a maximum grant amount of £75,000. The minimum grant amount you can apply for is £5,000. 

Visit the New Forest LEADER website at  for information on what LEADER can fund and how to apply.  For tips and information follow us on twitter at @newforestleader

 Sally Igra

Programme Manager

New Forest LEADER

New Forest District Council

Appletree Court


Hants SO43 7PA

Tel: 023 8028 5588


Grants for rural businesses and communities:"

That's all for now, I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday


Sue Plumb

Clerk to Hale Parish Council

Tel:  07717 851694









































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