Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound

Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound local area committee

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Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound           


The three parishes of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound together make up the southernmost part of the Borough fronting the Solent, bordering Southampton to the west and Fareham to the east.

The three parishes are diverse with a variety of competing demands.  These include heritage e.g. the picturesque ruins of Netley Abbey, the Castle and the working Bursledon Windmill as well as several conservation areas.  In parts it has a rural character with managed countryside sites and attractive walks e.g. Hamble Common and Royal Victoria Country Park.

The waterfront includes the quay and marinas on the Hamble River, the Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association, the country's yachting Mecca and one of the largest recreational boating centres in Europe with over 3,000 moorings. The river has a long history of boat-building and Bursledon was the site of major shipyards between the 14th and 19th centuries.  This included the construction of Napoleonic Men of War as well as Henry V's Grace Dieu lying near Bursledon Bridge.

There are two ancient monuments with Iron Age structures on Hamble Common and a Roman villa at the fork of the Upper Hamble.  Furthermore, a significant contribution to the history of the development of aviation has been made by Hamble with links to such famous individuals as R J Mitchell, Amy Johnson and Nevil Shute.

There are a range of community premises in the three villages, most managed by voluntary and community organisations, offering a wide variety of activities.

Economic life includes one of the largest companies in the Borough – GE Aviation employing about 800 people, the BP Oil Terminal, a large Tesco Superstore and Coopervision. 


Local Area Committee (LAC)

The residents of the area elect 7 Members to the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee, which meets locally 5 times a year.  The committee makes many of the decisions involving Borough Council functions and resources, particularly regarding planning and traffic management issues.

Come and have your say – our Committee meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone who wants to raise a local issue with all 7 Borough Councillors for the area at the same time. 

The meetings are always on Thursdays at 6.00pm at Hamble Primary School in Hamble Lane (SO31 4ND) and the dates can be found here

Contact Matt Blyth (Area Manager) on 023 8068 8311 or matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk, or for up to date news go to Facebook and search for ‘bhh local’ (you don’t have to have your own Facebook page to visit us).

There is a County Councillor who represents these wards on county issues.  To find details of your County Councillor please follow this link:


Grants for local charities

The Local Area Committee has agreed over £4,000 for small charities that help local people and make the Hamble peninsula a better place: Clubs for older people, Lowford Library, Hamble Playschool and local cultural groups have all benefitted.

Health Lottery available for community groups

Small charities can apply for grants of £5000-£25000 for projects that bring people together and boost community spirit.  For more information go to www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/.

Small Business grants

If you run a small business and need new equipment to help you sustain or create jobs, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £50,000.  Eastleigh Borough Council has ensured that businesses in the rural parts of the borough are included in this European Union funding scheme designed to promote the rural economy.  See www.fieldfareleader.org.uk  and click on ‘Leader 2014-2020’ for details, or use the contact details below.

Funding available for local groups

The Local Area Committee makes small grants of up to £500 available to small community groups and is welcoming applications until the end of November. 

For more information on these or any local issues, please contact the Local Area Manager Matt Blyth on 023 8068 8311 email matt.blyth@eastleigh.gov.uk.  If you use Twitter follow @EBC Hamble.  

Improving local shopping areas

The Local Area Committee wants to support businesses and residents by improving the Coronation Parade area in Hamble and Station Road/Victoria Road area in Netley.  Proposals so far include new bins and seating, improving the steps and surfacing at Coronation Parade, and creating a new village focal point outside Netley library in Station Road.

Any questions?

The Local Area Committee meetings provide an opportunity for residents in Bursledon, Hamble, Netley Abbey, Butlocks Heath, Old Netley and Kanes Hill to ask all the councillors for the area about council services (waste collection, recycling, planning, housing, transport, leisure, environmental health, parks and recreation areas and community safety).  You can also hear first-hand the debates and decisions on planning applications.  See contact below to find out more.


LAC Priorities for the area

  • Provide support for young people.
  • Wellbeing of older people
  • Reject proposals for gravel extraction at Hamble Airfield
  • Develop improved health and community facilities at Bursledon Community Centre
  • Keep neighbourhoods clean and tidy across the area
  • Tackle deprivation
  • Improve roads, pavements and parking
  • Work together with Parish Councils, Schools, Police, Housing Associations and a range of other agencies
  • Promote a more efficient way of running Bursledon Windmill
  • Respond to community safety concerns
  • Support local community groups to look after vulnerable residents
  • Improve air quality and congestion at the top of Hamble Lane
  • Support the development of Parish Plans in Bursledon and Hound.

Potential Infrastructure Projects

The Bursledon, Hamble & Hound LAC Councillors understand that infrastructure is required to enhance local quality of life and especially if further development takes place on the Hamble Peninsula.  This list sets out the potential infrastructure projects to be funded from Developers Contributions, the Community Infrastructure Levy (when adopted) and other funding sources:  CIP Priority Schemes

The Local Area Committee aims to use local knowledge to identify priorities in the Bursledon, Hamble and Hound area and use devolved budgets to improve the area. For more details follow the links below:

Contact details

Matt Blythe, Area Manager, telephone 023 8068 8311; or e-mail: matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk

We work closely with other agencies including parish and county councils:


To find out a bit more about the services for your area, go to myproperty.eastleigh.gov.uk.  This will tell you which bin to put out when, who your local councillor is, what planning applications are being considered around you and there are links to other important web sites.