Parish Councils were formed by an Act of Parliament in 1894
Ashurst and Colbury were a part of Totton and Eling Parish Council until in 1985, Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council were formed.
Since that time the Parish Council has dealt with, and continues to deal with, matters that affect the parish and its residents.
The parish of Ashurst and Colbury is a very active and dynamic parish with a population of approximately 2,100. It is located within the New Forest National Park, in the county of Hampshire, and prides itself on being the ‘gateway village’ to the New Forest National Park.
Amongst the Parish Council’s activities are;
- Provision and management of allotments
- Provision and management of Whartons Lane recreation ground
- Employment of a parish Lengthsman
- Annual village fete
- Annual Christmas singalong
- Producing a monthly colour magazine delivered free to all homes in the parish
- Parish Council website and Facebook page
- Installation of Christmas lights
- Provision of parish office
We hold 10/11 full council meetings a year, our Annual Parish Meeting is in April/May and our Annual Parish Council Meeting is in May. We also have a monthly Planning and Development Committee Meeting, and hold other committee meetings as required.
We have 5 committees, they are;
- Finance and Resources – responsible for staffing matters, fiscal management and overseeing audit procedures
- Highways and Transport – responsible for matters relating to highways and footpaths, bus shelters, street furniture owned by the parish council, the upkeep of the precinct outside the shops and the Christmas lights
- Community Engagement – responsible for producing the magazine, website and social media, parish council events, parish plan and community engagement
- Open Spaces – responsible for managing the Recreation Ground and allotments, and;
- Planning and Development – responsible for observing and commenting, as a consultee, to the New Forest National Park Authority on planning applications within the parish, and any other matter relating to planning and development within the parish.
There are many groups within the parish including a Community Group, Neighbourhood Watch, an Outreach Group and various clubs and societies. The Parish Council has formed good links with these groups and will often work with them on joint projects.
There are also two schools within the parish, an infant and a junior school, who share the same campus in Foxhills.
The Parish Council has a precept of £36,736 for the year 2019/20 and a forecasted income of £1170 (Allotment Rents) and £5000 (Parish Magazine Advertising).
The Parish Council currently meets every month (except August) on the third Tuesday, at Colbury Church Rooms. A full set of dates for the current year are available by visiting our Calendar of Meetings page.