Newton Valence Parish Council

Local government at parish level is undertaken by the Parish Council. The Council is comprised of five elected councillors who meet five times a year. Meeting dates are advertised on the village website and village noticeboard, and are open to the public. There is also an annual meeting when the accounts and Chairman’s report are formally presented.  Minutes of the meetings are published on the village website and emailed to villagers via a circulation list.


Parish Councils have a range of powers but very few duties. Some of the key areas of work undertaken by NVPC include: reviewing and commenting on local planning applications, managing the income from the Parish precept, liaising with Highways over repairs to the roads, monitoring the state of local footpath and bridleway networks and arranging for remedial work where necessary.

Our village Plan is available to view and print  at  Newton Valence Village Plan - South Downs National Park Authority

Contact numbers:

Gill Pendlebury (Chair) Emergency Contact Tel 01420 588664

Julian Balaam (Treasurer) Tel 01420 513660

Bob Fewings (Planning) Tel 07714 287139

Ele Thomas – Footpaths & Rights of Way  Tel 07919 184230 

Sue Harrington (Governance) Tel 01420 587430

Rat Advice

The Parish Council (PC) has received some reports of rat infestations within the village and whilst control of pests is a landowner, rather than PC, responsibility, there are a few tips that can be followed to help to control them.
It is impossible to eradicate rats completely from a countryside location such as Newton Valence and the increasingly warm winters that we are having are providing the conditions for these highly successful rodent populations to increase still further. We can, however, all take steps to control the spread and the overall number of rats on our properties by taking a few actions, coordinating with neighbours and, where necessary, calling expert help.

To alleviate the spread of rats, some obvious advice is to:
- Seal up any entry points to the home – rats can collapse their ribcages and need only about a 15mm gap to squeeze   through
- Always dispose of food waste correctly
- Ensure bins are always closed and not overflowing
- Do not overfeed birds via tables etc. and clean up any seeds that fall to the ground
- Keep outdoor areas clean and free from food debris as well as places in which the rats can nest
- If keeping food outdoors for any domestic animals: dogs, cats, poultry, horses etc. then store in metal containers as rats can eat through plastic ones
- Use outdoor feeders and water dispensers with rodent proof access
- Keep drains and covers in good condition and repair when necessary

If you want to take direct action to control the rats on your property, rat traps and bait/poison may be acquired from numerous local sources but the PC recommends Farm & Country Supplies on the Selborne Road who will be glad to provide advice and assistance.
If infestations are crossing the boundary between neighbouring properties, it is worth coordinating the attempts to control them by agreeing with neighbours on the timing and type of any poison that is to be set. Varying the type of poison used is another important decision because rats can become immune if the same bait is used for a long period of time.
Be aware that dogs, in particular, are very susceptible to poisoning by rodenticides so poison should be used with caution and poisoned rats should be disposed of properly so that they do not enter the food chain of other wild animal and bird life.

Should you wish to bring in a specialist pest control company, the PC has heard several recommendations of Woodside Pest Control Services in Petersfield (01730-828182). 

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Latest Recycling News

Take your DIY waste to the local tip

If you have DIY waste, you can now book a slot and take up to eight 50-litre rubble bags, or four bulky items to the tip (or household waste recycling centre) free of charge every four weeks.

Any waste which exceeds this allowance will be chargeable.

Household waste recycling centres are run by Hampshire County Council. For more details, please visit their website.

If you can't fit it in your car

If you have waste that is too big to move yourself, please ensure that you contact an approved waste carrier.

When they take your waste, you should get a waste transfer note as a receipt to show who took it.

You could also use our bulky waste collection service.

Recycling the right things

We collect steel and aluminium tins and cans, which will be recycled into new tins and cans!

Drink cans, food tins, pet food cans, sweet and biscuit tins - just give them a quick rinse. Leave lids attached or place within the emptied, clean container.

No dirty cans or paint tins please.

Empty aerosols such as deodorant cans and air freshener sprays can be included in your recycling.

Please don't add:

  • camping gas canisters
  • aerosols with a hazard symbol (an orange and black skull and crossbones) e.g. oven cleaner

Please don't pierce or squash aerosols.

We want all different types of paper!

Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, catalogues, envelopes.

Please don't add shredded paper, gift wrap, wet/ soiled paper, tissues, paper towels, photographs.

Cardboard packaging such as cereal boxes or similar can be included in your recycling.

We are also able to accept larger cardboard boxes, but these need to be broken down into smaller pieces.

Please don't add soiled items such as take-away boxes. Remove wrapping tape and staples attached to the cardboard.

If it's made of plastic and shaped like a bottle, we want it!

Drink bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles.

Lids and labels can be left on. Please empty any liquid content and squash the bottle before replacing the lid.

No other plastic - only plastic and bottle shaped.

Glass bottles and jars can go in your glass box or to a local bottle bank.

Rinsed out with no corks or lids please.

There are ways to recycle lots of other materials, but they can’t be put in your recycling bin.

If you’ve got a material and you don’t know what to do with it, please visit the HCC website.

Parking charges rise for first time in six years -other fees set to go up by 10% 

For the first time in six years car parking charges in East Hampshire are set to increase to provide funding for vital front-line services – and other fees and charges are set to go up by at least 10%.  

EHDC only currently charges for parking in Petersfield and Alton, with the rest of the district’s car parks being free.

Now charges are set to go up by an average of 26.7% (we have rounded to the nearest 10p to make the transaction simpler, which is why this is a specific percentage) and our one-hour parking is expected to increase from £1 to £1.30.

The increase, if implemented, will be less than the equivalent cost in inflation over the six-year period while charges were frozen. The accumulated inflation rate over a six-year period is 27.1%.

The council has protected the district’s communities throughout Covid and the cost-of-living crisis by consciously taking the decision not to increase parking charges since 2017.

The increased parking charges will be considered by Cabinet on Thursday 16 November, after consideration by Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 9 November. You can see the proposed fees and charges on the agenda for that meeting by clicking on the image above.

Increasing non-statutory fees and charges, which includes things like pre application planning advice and a garden waste collection service, are part of the council’s long-term strategic plan to ensure it has a robust financial strategy for the next five years so that it can protect front-line services. Making these increases will also be considered by Cabinet on 16 November.  

The garden waste collection will also see an increase, rising to £120, allowing us to invest in service improvements and ensuring that this non-statutory service is not subsidised by the taxpayer.

Cllr Tony Costigan, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Property, said: “There has been no increase to parking charges since 2017, and following a review, we feel that the time has come to increase them.  

“We have to make difficult choices to ensure that we can continue to provide important services and invest in projects to help those who most need it in the district.

“To futureproof the finances of the council we need to make some tough decisions and this is one of them.”

Cllr Charles Louisson, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “We are tackling the financial issues we face head on by focusing on our long-term strategic plan - and this means we have to make these kinds of decisions now.  

“With ever-decreasing funding from central government and higher costs we have to act now to ensure we can continue to deliver what our residents need.

“We are planning for the next five years so we need to make these decisions today. Together with efficiencies made across the organisation, this will help secure the council’s finances for the future.  

“These increases will ensure we can continue to fund our front-line services and invest in interventions that will have the biggest impact on our communities so that we are in a position to help those who need us the most.”

Newton Valence Parish Footpaths & Rights of Way

For those either living or visiting Newton Valence, to view The Rights of Way Definitive Map for Newton Valence Parish, you can access the Hampshire County Council’s online definitive map:  


Search for location and click on the red marker on the map and in the Identify Results scroll down the list till they find the Definitive Map Sheets entry and click on the Web Link: Definitive Rights of Way Map. This will open the Definitive Rights of Way Map in a new browser window.


Village Plan – November 2015

The Village Plan is based on the views of residents which were obtained through a detailed questionnaire and a series of meetings and presentations. The Plan reflects national and local policy and has been shared with key external stakeholders including the District and County Councils, and South Downs National Park Authority. It seeks to accurately reflect the views of the community, highlighting what is valued today and a vision for the future.   A copy of the Plan will be given to all new residents.


A Short History of Newton and Valence - Tim Denehy

A history of the village written by a local resident. 

Copies of these documents are available from the Parish Council at a small charge.

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Forthcoming Events

Parish Council Meetings 2023/2024
All meetings start at 7pm unless stated otherwise
Wednesday 10 July 2024
Wednesday 11 September 2024
Wednesday 6 November 2024             


Parish Council Minutes 2023/24

Parish Council AGM Minutes 2024

Parish Council Annual Accounts 2023/24

Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2024

NVPC Diversity Policy

NVPC Code of Conduct

NVPC Equal Opportunities Policy

NVPC Safeguarding Policy Updated September 2022

NVPC Constitution 2023