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THE role of parish lengthsman has been revived to help villages look after their local surroundings.

A successful trial in the Meon Valley has led to the development of the scheme and a proposal by Hampshire County Council to extend the scheme to 43 parishes.

Parish lengthsmen operated until the late 1960s in Hampshire, carrying out work to keep the sections of highway they were responsible for in a good and tidy condition.

James Morrice, who co-ordinated the Parish lengthsman work for Corhampton and Meonstoke Parish Council, said: ‘This has worked successfully in our parish and we have found it to be valuable and beneficial for the villages.’

A decision on extending the scheme will be made tomorrow.