Village sets up parish council to tackle issues

Funtley residents are hoping to set up a parish council  left to right .& Elaine Tower, Ro Petrazzini, Helen Hallett, Ed Morell, Ruth Saunders, Adrian Saunders, Jason Mudge.
Funtley residents are hoping to set up a parish council left to right .& Elaine Tower, Ro Petrazzini, Helen Hallett, Ed Morell, Ruth Saunders, Adrian Saunders, Jason Mudge.
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VILLAGERS are hoping to make their voices heard and take a stand on local issues through the creation of a parish council.

The council would serve the village of Funtley, near Fareham, and would be the first in the borough.

A petition containing 322 names was submitted to the council after supporters canvassed the village’s 268 homes to gain support.

Ed Morell, who has been co-ordinating the campaign, said: ‘As we see it, through the creation of the parish council we would be able to sit at the table and speak on decisions and we would be consulted on the sorts of things that matter to the village, like planning decisions.

‘Certain decisions are best made at a local level. Things like traffic managements, footpaths, street lighting – they are not very sexy issues – but for local people they are the important issues and a parish council would have the best focus on them.’

Funtley is a small village on the northern boundary of Fareham, which dates back to the Domesday Book in 1086.

Within its boundaries are a church, lake, social club, pub and recreation ground. 

There are many parish councils nationally and within Hampshire the nearest are at Whiteley, Botley and Wickham. A meeting was held on the March 11 at the Funtley Social Club.

Mr Morell said: ‘It was clear from the meeting and the petition that residents in Funtley want to have a more powerful voice in local government and wish to preserve their village community.’

There would be an extra cost to set up the parish council, which Mr Morell said would work out to be around 77p per week for every village household, or £40 a year,

Fareham Borough Council has received the petition and now has to conduct a community governance review and inform the residents of their decision within one year.

Council leader Sean Woodward confirmed that the council had received the petition and that it was working on the application.