What does the Parish Council do?

 

The Parish Council represents a large civic parish (nothing to do with the church!) of 2000 households which includes Wickham and Knowle

 

A local voice

The Council provides a local voice on issues that directly concern its residents such as planning, recreation, the environment and highways & transport through direct action and as a consultee.  The Council has good relationships with Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council and works closely with both councillors and officers to secure the best solutions for Wickham and Knowle particuarly when considering future planning needs for the community.

 

Open and transparent

Everyone is welcome to attend Council and committee meetings, there is always an opportunity to make your views known during the meetings.  Outside of meetings the Councillors and Clerk are happy to hear from residents by phone, email, social media and face to face in the Co-op!

 

Effective communication

A key objective is to communicate effectively and this is an ever improving campaign.  Through this website, newsletters in the parish magazine, notice boards, Facebook and Twitter the Council endeavours to keep residents informed on local and wider issues.

 

Supporting local voluntary groups

The Parish Council considers grant applications for financial support from local groups working for the benefit of Wickham and Knowle residents.  Alongside this work it makes regular grants to Citizens Advice Bureau, Home Start and Wickham Youth Club.

The Council supports the use of its open spaces for fund raising events.

 

Promoting pride in our parish

The Parish Council awards annual Citizen of the Year Awards for residents and businesses of Wickham and Knowle to recognise exceptional service to the community

 

The Council also runs the Stan Woodford Photographic Competition, encouraging residents to photograph community life in the parish.  The competition is in memory of Wickham resident Stan Woodford who spent his life recording life in Wickham and collecting historic photographs of the village and surrounding area.

 

The summer months see entries open for the Brian Sharp Memorial Cup, a prize for the best garden in Wickham and Knowle. The Parish Council organises the competition and also awards a cup.

 

Annual celebrations

The Citizen of the Year and Stan Woodford awards are made at our annual assembly.  This is a lively annual gathering that celebrates community life in Wickham and Knowle.  Local organisations and businesses are able to display their work. There is always excellent entertainment during the evening from local music groups and dancers, Wickham CE Primary School, Swanmore College and Wickham Youth Club.

And there is a buffet with wine!

 

Supporting local businesses

The Parish Council improves the entrances to the village by funding and maintaining the flower beds it also funds the hanging baskets and containers in The Square

The Council provided the Welcome to Wickham signs

The Parish Council sponsors events: Wickham Festival, Taste of Wickham to encourage visitors to The Square

The Council provides and installs the Christmas Lights and organises the switch on event.

Parking - under constant review together with campaigns to increase where possible.

Provide and maintain the bus shelter in Wickham Square.

 

Providing sports and recreation facilities

The Parish Council manages and maintains the following community assets:

 

Wickham

Wickham Water Meadows Millenium Green and the unfenced land behind Wykeham Field between the Fareham Rd and Bridge St bridges all in PC ownership

Bridge St Village Green - embankment owned, the rest managed and maintained by the PC

 

Wickham Recreation Ground, football pitch, pavilion, play area, floodlit tennis courts, car park.  Land leased from Rookesbury Estate, facilities owned and managed by the PC.

 

Lysander Meadow gifted to the PC by the late Mrs Philpott,  managed as a wildflower meadow with public access, owned by the PC.

 

The Circle play area, facility owned and managed by the PC, land owned by Winchester City Council

 

The Community Centre play area, facility owned and managed by the PC, land owned by Wickham Community Association

 

The Community Centre basket ball and football games area, facility owned and managed by the PC, land owned by Wickham Community Association

 

Community Centre concrete and metal skateparks owned and managed by the PC, land owned by Wickham Community Association

 

The Council provides and maintains 5 dog waste bins in Wickham and funds weekly litter picking in the village.

 

Knowle

Land and facilities owned and managed by the PC:


Knowle Village Green, two mini football pitches, adult football pitch, cricket pitch

Skatepark

All weather court

 

Victoria Mews play area

Consort Mews play area

Barbastelle Walk play area

 

Knowle Village Hall

 

Knowle Cemetery - closed cemetery for Knowle Hospital managed for public access and wildlife

 

Dean Copse managed as ancient woodland with public access

 

The Council provides and maintains 9 dog waste bins in Knowle