The Parish

Thank you for searching out the Amport Parish website, hopefully you will find some useful information and learn a little bit more about this community. My name is Ian Long and I serve as chairman of the Parish Council, it is a council of eleven, including our clerk, Mrs Suzanne Hoare. We are an eclectic team and our diversity reflects that within our community.

The Parish Council is the first level of civic governance, we are a non-political group and whilst the primary aim is to set the precept and have an overview of maintenance etc., we believe our motivation is to promote community cohesion. I hope you might like to get involved and we welcome anybody who wishes to sponsor a project, or simply help out when we are clearing, cleaning or in council.

Meetings are normally held in Amport and Monxton Village Hall at 7:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Members of the public are always welcome.

Ian Long – Chairman


Parish Council Activities

Parish Council activities fall into these main categories:

  • Representing the local community
  • Delivering services to meet local needs
  • Improving quality of life and community wellbeing
  • Local councils can provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects.
  • Parish councils receive funding by levying a ‘precept’ on the council tax paid by the residents of the parish. Parish councils comprise unpaid councillors who are elected to serve for four years.

Representative Powers

Parish councils must be notified by the district, borough or county council of:

  • All planning applications in their areas
  • Intention to provide a burial ground in the parish
  • Proposals to carry out sewerage works
  • Footpath and bridleway (more generally, ‘rights of way’) surveys
  • Intention to make byelaws in relation to hackney carriages, music and dancing, promenades and street naming
  • The Amport Parish Council meets every two months at the Monxton Village Hall. Meetings are open session and parishioners are very welcome to attend.
  • The Parish Councillors work on a voluntary basis and interface with Test Valley Borough Council in matters concerning the village.

Relevant Links

Test Valley Borough Council

Local County Councillor (Andover West)
Zilliah Brooks (Conservative)

Local Borough Councillor (Amport Ward)
Ben Few Brown (Independent) – 07889 806707

Member of Parliament (North West Hampshire)
Kit Malthouse (Conservative)


Parish Council Meetings

  • Submit a Point for discussion at the Parish council meeting to either Mr Ian Long or Mrs Suzanne Hoare.
  • View the minutes of previous parish council meetings.
  • APC Standing Orders (rules of conduct for councillors)

Amport & Monxton Community Charity

The Amport and Monxton Community Charity was founded in November 2013 as a way to support local community projects. The Charity is established as a charitable trust, with six trustees all of whom are residents in the villages, and objects as follows:

  • To improve the parishes of Amport and Monxton for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area
  • To encourage the goodwill and involvement of the wider community
  • To foster community spirit
  • To support local community groups and projects

The charity is a beneficiary of the annual Village Fete as well as the Mucky Duck Race and Burns Night. The Charity also applies for grant funding for specific projects. Our first project was a paediatric first-aid course, for parents and grandparents in the villages. We have arranged tours of Amport House for locals and created a village map for residents, showing local footpaths and suggested walks. We would be delighted to hear your ideas for future projects that you would like to see in our community. Please email your suggestions.

Trustees:

  • Kate Cavalier
  • Rupert Collingwood
  • Sarah Dowding
  • Emma Jones
  • Gemma Pearce
  • Neil Warren

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