News & Events

This is the Hythe & Dibden Parish Council's blog.
Here you will find news, information about events and important local information.

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council Interim Audit Report

Hythe and Dibden residents might have noticed that the Parish Council is updating its financial arrangements and the Chairman of Council, Cllr Maureen McLean, is pleased to announce that the Council is now able to take payments by card, by bank transfer or over the phone in addition to cash or cheque;

“At last our residents can now pay for Parish Council services in a way that suits them best and we are aiming to introduce online bookings and payments as soon as possible.  As councillors we are looking to improve the services that we provide you and if anybody has any ideas on what we could do please do not hesitate to contact us”.

The Parish Council is also using bank transfers to pay it’s suppliers and it’s latest audit report praised the Council’s exemplary systems. Cllr James Binns, Vice Chairman of Council says “All the Parish Councillors recognise the hard work of the staff not only in bringing these new systems to the Council but also in delivering such a high standard of managing the council’s financial systems.  Please let us know what you think.”

What Do We Need To Do To Bring Jobs and Employment To The Waterside?

We all want the best for our community and today Hythe and Dibden was represented by parish, district and county councillors at a Conference looking at economic development on the Waterside; how can we help provide more employment and business opportunities?

The Conference heard from many organisations including the National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council Transport, Fawley Waterside and Associated British Ports as well as Deloitte who have been commissioned to identify the economic opportunities that could be developed for the Waterside area.  All of the presentations that were given can be found on the district councils website www.newforest.gov.uk/watersideconference.

Cllr Maureen McLean said “ I believe that it is important that Hythe and Dibden Parish Council work to achieve the best for our current and future communities by working with as many different organisations as can help us”.  

Cllr James Binns, vice chairman of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council and cabinet member of New Forest District Council  attended the Conference and is keen to hear from local people “I would like to hear from people about the economic opportunities they would like us to consider including in our early discussions”

The Parish Council is currently writing it’s draft Neighbourhood Plan and Cllr Graham Parkes is leading on this piece of work “Providing the right places and infrastructure for jobs and businesses is included in our plan that is being drafted.  Through this process and our work we will endeavour to provide information to the public and we are ready to listen to your thoughts and ideas”. 

Posted in News by Admin on 30/11/2017

Christmas is Coming!

The Christmas decorations are going up and we've started with the stockings. Please bear with us as 900 metres of bunting takes our Maintenance Team a lot of knotting and threading through.
Many thanks to our hardworking partners Amanda (Harveys from Hythe), Shirley (Pebbles) and Jane (Toys Ahoy); their Christmas trees and wreaths will be going up shortly.

Posted in News by Admin on 15/11/2017

The Memory Tree 2017

Mistletoe Fayre
Saturday 2nd December


The Memory Tree

This year, in addition to the lights on the Christmas Tree we are turning it in to a Memory Tree. If you want to commemorate a loved one, or a special event, then the rules are simple: make the decoration, take a photo of it, post it on Facebook Page ‘The Hythe & Dibden Memory Tree 2017’. Bring the decorations to the Mistletoe Fayre on 2nd December to be added to the tree, (if you can’t attend you can drop them at The Grove before the 2nd).

  • Decoration can weigh no more than 100g (4ozs)

  • Decorations should be no more than 8” in diameter

  • Decoration must have a hole/loop to enable us to attach it to the tree with a cable tie.

  • We’re sorry decorations CAN NOT be returned

Blooming Hythe!! We'd Like To Give You Flowers

In 2016 the community at Dibden Purlieu asked for spring bulbs to be planted. 1 ton of daffodil bulbs later the display astounded both the community and the team who completed the planting.

The daffodils are little harbingers of spring and certainly bring joy to the community as every year we get loads of messages saying how appreciated they are. We are keen to spread even more joy so if people have a request for daffodils near their homes or businesses please let the Council know by e mailing sean.spencer@hytheanddibden.gov.uk or by phoning Sean on 02380 841411. The Parish Councillors are keen to provide daffodils where the community would like to see them as such a relatively tiny expense yields a huge amount of pleasure

After the beautiful daffodils displays that have brightened the community our thoughts move onto summer. The Council’s Maintenance Team have now finished planting the summer flower displays. With hanging baskets, summer flower beds and planters now completed, summer is officially with us.

This year the Maintenance Team has redesigned the planters in the Village Centre and are trying something new as each tower will only be planted with one type of flower but each tower will feature a different colour. 

As there are so many flowers to be watered and with a large number of the hanging baskets in busy areas, it means that the maintenance team have to either carry out the watering whilst many of us are still asleep in bed or as we are making our way home after work at night. 

Chairman Cllr Maureen McLean said “I am so proud of our flowers and I receive loads of messages from people telling me how much they appreciate the splashes of colour that start early in the year.  Thank you to Leigh, Lee, Alan, Ian and Grant – your hard work gives us lots to smile about."



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