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Hale Parish Council


Welcome to Hale, a small village in the north west of the New Forest.  Lying partly along the River Avon and partly on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border, Hale is a scattered community with the centre of the village being Hatchet Green.  This delightful open space, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Conservation Area. The Green, often grazed by wild ponies, is surrounded by pretty thatched cottages. It is here you will find the modern Village Hall adjacent to the Victorian school building, home to the flourishing and very successful Hale Primary School. Nearby is the modern sculpture that was erected to mark the Millennium.

Other notable landmarks in the village are Hale Park House, rebuilt in about 1715, St Mary's Church and Hale Purlieu, a stunning common in the New Forest, owned and managed by The National Trust. There are 260 properties within the Parish boundary and a population of approximately 470.

Thank you

A massive thank you to all the volunteers who came along and helped to fill potholes in the car park.  Due to their hard work you now have a level car park without potholes and puddles.  Please do use it and avoid parking on the verges.  Thanks


Thanks to all who took the time to complete and return the Parish Plan Questionnaire.  The replies have now been collated and the results can be found on the Parish Plan tab. Your replies will be reflected in the Parish Plan being prepared  by Hale Parish Council so that your council works towards the things you want. 

You will have recently received a detailed Hale Housing Needs survey sent out by New Forest District Council.  Thanks to the many of you who have already completed and returned it.  The deadline for doing so is 14 November.  Please do take a few minutes to complete the survey and return it to NFDC.

Year end accounts

The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017 have been prepared and are being inspected by the external auditor. 

History of Hale Parish Council

An informal meeting of Parishioners of Hale took place on 4 December 1894. It was proposed that a formal second meeting be called on 20 December 1894 to determine whether an application should be made for a Parish Council. At that second meeting it was resolved that an application be made to the County Council for a Parish Council in Hale. Such application was successful and the first Parish Councillors were elected on 27 May 1895.

Present day - Hale Parish Council

The Parish Council and its Planning Committee each meet 11 times a year on the first Tuesday in the month, except in August. The Annual Parish Assembly takes place in April each year. All the meetings are held at Hale Village Hall by Hatchet Green and start at 7pm for Planning and 7.30pm for the full Parish Council meeting.  Parishioners are very welcome to attend all Council meetings and the Annual Parish Assembly.

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