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What exactly does Kingsclere Parish Council do?

By Kingsclere Parish Council Clerk Kingsclere Parish Council

Friday, 31 March 2023


Kingsclere Parish Council Contributor


(Updated March 2023)

Kingsclere Parish Council looks after a wide range of facilities and open spaces, all on behalf of the community. In recent years you may have noticed some major improvements. For instance, the Holding Field car park has been enlarged to make parking easier for parents on the school run and over 400 trees have been planted around the village including the new Community Orchard and to fill in hedgerows.

Many people don’t know exactly what the role of the Parish Council is, however, so here is a summary of what the Council, and its Councillors, do.

There are up to nine Councillors, all from the village, who volunteer their time to protect and enhance the community. Their work includes maintenance and improvements to the assets the Council owns and making requests and recommendations to other organisations for anything else. This includes other councils, such as Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as well as the police and other groups.

The Parish Council own things like the bus shelters, benches, the Recreation Ground play equipment, the War Memorial, the projector at St Mary's and the electronic Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) located on Winchester and Basingstoke Road.

Kingsclere Parish Council also own and/or maintains some of the open spaces around the village, such as the Holding Field and adjacent car park, the Recreation Ground (the Rec), the Cemetery, the allotments, the Community Orchard and the Malthouse Open Space (next to the churchyard). That's a lot of mowing!

There are many things that come under the responsibility of either Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council or Hampshire County Council, such as planning and roads. Although the Parish Council can’t take direct action on these, the Council actively advocates for the village when there are major issues such as significant planning applications and traffic problems.

There are always a wide range of projects underway, so if you want to get involved or even just report a problem within any areas of Parish Council responsibility, please get in touch.

Contact Information

Clerk to the Council

  • 01635 298634

Find Kingsclere Parish Council

Kingsclere Parish Office, 37 George Street, Kingsclere, Newbury, Hampshire, RG20 5NH


Additional Information

Phone and email monitored regularly Office Phone voicemail available. To make an appointment to visit the office in person, please contact the Clerk to the Council.