A new parish council for the Sherfield Park community at Taylor's Farm
A new parish and parish council has now been set up for the Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm. The area was previously covered by the Sherfield-on-Loddon Parish Council.
The new Sherfield Park Parish Council
The new Sherfield Park Parish and Parish Council took effect from 1 April 2016. The reorganisation order giving legal effect to this is below. Elections for the seven new councillors were held in May 2016 and those elected are now in office.
By creating the new council this means the Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm has been removed from the Sherfield-on-Loddon Parish Council that previously covered it. Sherfield-on-Loddon now has eight councillors.
More information on how to contact the council is available on the National Association of Local Councils' website
Why was a new parish council set up?
The decision to set up the new parish and council was taken by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in March 2015. This followed the borough council receiving a request to consider the parish arrangements.
As part of the review there were two periods of consultation
- A total of 1,010 responses were received in the first stage of the consultation on parish arrangements for the area between Friday 6 June and Friday 1 August 2014. This covered residents of Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm, Sherfield-on-Loddon and Chineham. The favoured option for 61% of all those responding was that a new parish council be set up for the Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm. In the community itself, there was 78% support for a new parish council from those responding.
- The second phase of consultation on setting up a new parish council for the Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm ended on Monday 30 January 2015. In total 323 individual responses were received with 61% of responses from the Sherfield Park community at Taylor’s Farm and 39% from Sherfield on Loddon. Of the total responses received 91% were in support of the creation of a new parish. Only the Sherfield Park community at Taylor's Farm were asked about the name, with 76% of the responses being received in favour of 'Sherfield Park Parish Council'.
What does a parish council do?
The new council has overall responsibility for the well-being of the community at the most local level. Its work falls into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs and striving to improve quality of life in the parish.
Principal councils covering this area are Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. Working together with these principal councils, a parish council agrees the services they will provide which could include:
- burial grounds
- bus shelters
- car parks
- community transport schemes
- crime reduction measures
- leisure facilities
- litter bins
- local youth projects
- open spaces
- public lavatories
- street cleaning
- street lighting
- tourism activities
- traffic calming measures
- village greens