Councillor Peter Armstrong
Parish Ward: Butts Ash
District Ward: Butts Ash and Dibden Purlieu
Address: Oaktree House, Hamilton Road, Hythe, SO45 3PB
Tel: 023 8178 1395
Register of Interests: Click Here
Committees and External Bodies that I sit on as representative of Council:
Open Spaces and Play Equipment Working Group
My Current Work:
Peter has been described as “someone who gets things done”
Peter believes Councillors are elected by the people for the people.
It is his privilege to represent and serve Butts Ash & Dibden Purlieu as a District Councillor and Butts Ash as a Parish Councillor.
Previously he has worked for Five District Councils as well as other work roles (including running his own business in the New Forest area). This has given him great insight into the workings of local authorities. He knows how to work with officers for the benefit of local communities. As a Manager in local Government his team, administrator and sites won awards nationally, regionally and locally. He ended up speaking at Cranfield University and writing articles for a national Journal + being interviewed by Local Radio.
He has also served on various Charities over the years, Peter has a long history of serving and helping others.
Since being elected : -
Peter has worked with New Forest District Council officers and seen over one million pounds worth of improvements to his local estate since 2015. Parish have installed a new play area and skate Board area (mainly from funds from the District) and planted bulbs. District have put in over 120 new fences, over 50 dropped kerbs and driveways, three new car park area and tree/shrub planting. Over 160 Council house properties have been re roofed from ring fenced rent monies. Improvements are continuing.
He introduced a Credit Union (Community Bank) drop-in locally with a view to it being spread further across the District. (This stopped in Hythe due to someone playing politics with the organisation!!) Currently this is running from Totton and it’s main base in Southampton.- Low cost loans, savings accounts and budgeting help. Especially with universal credit.
Hythe & Dibden were chosen as Brand New Forest Village of the year for 2017 after face to face contact with many local businesses and relevant local Government officers by Peter. One quote at the time said this “Hythe and Dibden’s win is mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm of Cllr Peter Armstrong who has tirelessly promoted the campaign to local businesses.” The local area currently has more offers than any other Parish or Town in the District. The scheme is now Go New Forest.
Peter is a Board member of the New Forest Business Partnership representing the Waterside and also sits on the Education Forum at Totton College + Chairs a Business sub-group at the College. He has been instrumental in a lot more “joined up thinking/partnership working for the local area.”
He continues to deal with numerous local residents queries and problems with good results in a very high proportion of cases. Hardly a day goes by when he is not helping and advising on a range of issues.
Peter is not afraid to get his “hands dirty” and is regularly seen litter picking which he has been doing most weeks for seven years. Initiated Clean for the Queen (A Keep Britain Tidy Campaign) across the New Forest area which saw 500 volunteers out in the spring of 2016. Involved in 2017 and 2018 - the Great British Spring Clean. Has been given “titles” such as District Litter Champion and Hampshire Litter Hero! (the later written up nationally by Keep Britain Tidy)! Twice in the last few years he has been invited to a reception at Westmister to meet with organisations and fellow litter pickers.
He serves on various Committees and task and finish groups at the District (as well as being a Local Parish Councillor too!). In 2015 he attended nearly 100 meetings!
In his Spare time !! He has been Chairman of a Charity that runs a Local Community Hall. He stepped down from this (summer 2017), after three years* helping to obtain £25,000 worth of grants, other improvements including writing a five year Business Plan, website, setting up other digital platforms and attracting more users giving the Charity a healthy bank balance and income.
*His wife was pleased as he found time to do some overdue painting at home!!
What others are saying about him: -
“You helped me sort out my long standing issue with my housing provider”
“Your experience in local Government comes in very useful”
“At last someone who cares for our local community”
“Someone who can be trusted”
“You do what you say”
Please do not hesitate to contact him if you have queries/issues that you need help with.
Not sure who to contact?
Give Peter a ring/email and he will endeavour to point you in the right direction.