Extra support for local parish lengthsmen

Hampshire County Council has been working throughout the summer to increase the number of parish councils benefitting from the Parish Lengthsman scheme.

Aug 18 2017

parish lengthsman

First trialled in 2010 with just 10 parish councils, the scheme funds a local ‘lengthsman’ to carry out straightforward and low risk maintenance activities on footways, highways and rights of way, prioritised by the local parish or town council. At the beginning of this year, 140 parishes were part of the scheme.  Additional funding recently confirmed by the County Council has meant that 38 more parish councils will now benefit.

 

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby explained: “Parish Lengthsmen provide a greatly valued service to their local community, doing small jobs that create a big impact, such as ditch clearing, hedge cutting and sign cleaning. It gives parish councils and local communities a say over work that’s important to them and their local area. This year, because of a mild winter, we’ve been able to redirect some highways contingency funds we had put aside for dealing with harsh winter weather to make a one-off investment into the Parish Lengthsmen scheme in 2017/18.”

 

The scheme has been a real success story in recent years - giving local parish and some town councils an opportunity to prioritise and deliver small scale highway maintenance works, which really matter to their communities.

 

The term ‘lengthsman’ dates back to the 1800s, referring to workers who were responsible for keeping a particular length of road neat and tidy. The modern role of Parish Lengthsman was reintroduced by Hampshire County Council in 2010, in order to give communities more say in how their local area is maintained.

 

Additional parishes invited to be part of the scheme with 2017/18 funding

Abbots Ann

Amport

Appleshaw

Ashurst & Colbury PC

Beech

Bentworth

Botley

Braishfield

Bursledon

Denny Lodge

Fawley

Fyfield

Grateley

Greywell

Hurstbourne Tarrant

Hook

Hythe & Dibden

Kimpton

Kings Worthy

Kingsclere

Liss

Monxton

Nether Wallop

North Waltham

Nursling & Rownhams

Old Basing

Over Wallop

Penton Grafton

Penton Mewsey

Petersfield

Quarley

Rooksdown

Sherfield-on-Loddon

Shipton Bellinger

Thruxton

Upper Clatford 

West Tytherley and Frenchmoor

Whiteley

Wickham

Wield

Parish and town councils already in the Parish Lengthsman scheme

Ampfield

Ashford Hill & Headley

Ashmansworth

Awbridge

Badger Farm

Barton Stacey

Bentley

Bighton

Binstead

Bishops Sutton

Blackwater & Hawley

Boarhunt

Boldre

Bramley

Bramshaw

Bramshill

Bransgore

Breamore

Brockenhurst

Broughton

Burghclere

Buriton

Burley

Candovers 

Cheriton

Chilbolton

Chineham

Church Crookham

Cliddesden

Colden Common

Compton & Shawford

Copythorne

Corhampton & Meonstoke

Crawley

Damerham

Denmead

Dogmersfield

Droxford

Durley

East Boldre

East Woodhay

Ecchinswell, Sydmonton & Bishops Green

Ellingham Harbridge & Ibsley

Ellisfield

Elvetham Heath

Eversley

Ewshot

Exton

Fleet Town Council

Fordingbridge

Froxfield and Privett

Godshill

Grayshott

Greatham

Hale

Hambledon

Hannington

Hawkley

Headbourne Worthy

Headley

Herriard

Highclere

Hordle

Houghton

Hursley

Hurstbourne Priors

Hyde

Itchen Stoke & Ovington

Itchen Valley

King's Somborne

Kingsley

Langrish

Lindford

Littleton & Harestock

Lockerley

Longparish

Longstock

Lyndhurst

Mapledurwell and Up Nately

Martin

Mattingley

Medstead

Michelmersh & Timsbury

Milford on Sea

Minstead

Mitcheldever

Monk Sherborne

Mortimer West End

Mottisfont

Netley Marsh

New Alresford

Newnham 

Newtown

Northington

Odiham

Old Alresford

Olivers Battery

Otterbourne

Overton

Owslebury

Pamber 

Preston Candover & Nutley

Ringwood

Rockbourne

Ropley

Rotherwick

Rowlands Castle

Sandleheath

Selborne

Shedfield

Sheet

Silchester

Soberton

Sopley

South Warnborough

South Wonston

St Mary Bourne

Steep

Stockbridge

Stroud

Swanmore

Sway

Tadley

Tichborne

Twyford

Upham

Warnford

Wellow

West Meon

Wherwell

Whitchurch

Whitsbury

Winchfield

Wonston

Woodgreen

Wootton St. Lawrence

Worldham

Yateley