Longparish Village Handbook (1999 edition)
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The main responsibilities of the Council are as follows.

  1. It looks after the interests of the parish by doing what it is empowered to do, and drawing other needs to the attention of the relevant authority, for instance, problems with roads. It also responds to consultation from other authorities.

  2. It looks after Parish property, which includes the bus shelters, Ashburn Rest, the grindstone, the stocks, the Jubilee Seats (one by the church and one in Forton), the memorial cross by the school, the parish notice boards.

  3. It expresses its views on planning applications to District and County Planning Committees. It is not able to make decisions on planning matters.

  4. It administers the cemetery. In practice you should contact the Clerk, who is also secretary to the Burial Board.

  5. It leases the Village Hall from the Church and delegates the running of it to a management committee. The car park opposite is managed by the Council by arrangement with Middleton Estate.

  6. It is responsible for the children’s playground which it has leased from the Middleton Estate since 1973.

  7. It leases the allotments from the Middleton Estate which are then run by the Allotments Association.

  8. It has areas of common land which it owns - the sand pit by Larkwhistle Farm, the chalk pit by Vale Farm, and the Common, off Southside Road. East Aston Common, which is registered as Village Green, is part of the Longparish House Estate, and the field across Long Bridge is cut by arrangement with the owner.

  9. The football field behind the Plough belongs to the Middleton Estate, and by arrangement the Parish Council has it cut for the benefit of local players.

  10. It is responsible for the rights of way through the Parish Paths Partnership with Hampshire County Council (see footpaths).

  11. It appoints a governor of the village school, a bus representative, and a treewarden.

The Council charges Test Valley for the money it needs to carry out its responsibilities, and this amount is shown on the Council Tax bill.

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