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Our Aims:

We want to build and support strong, active and inclusive communities across the Parish to encourage people to take an active part in making decisions, delivering and influencing services across the Parish.

Southwater

Population: 10,730

Southwater is very different from the traditional idea of an English country parish. Once largely a farming community, the coming of the railway and the brickworks in the 19th Century started the expansion, which has led to today’s thriving community. The Parish Church, “Holy Innocents” in Church Lane, was consecrated in 1850 but the village itself was not enparished until 1987. The Brickworks and railway have now disappeared but in their place is a £25 million new centre, Lintot Square, complete with a community building housing the Parish Council, Community Police Office and Library. There is a modern health centre, new shops, a pub, restaurants and a mix of housing, all grouped round a spacious square,with parking, seating and a fine piece of artwork, “Dinosaur”. The village boasts large areas of mixed woodland, a network of footpaths, including the Downslink path, Country Park with lake and water based activities, many playgrounds and areas of public open space, a skateboard park, Leisure Centre, complete with Gym, and three schools. The Parish of Southwater also covers the hamlets of Christ’s Hospital, Newfoundout, Coltstaple Lane, Stammerham, Tower Hill and Two Mile Ash. Oakhurst Business Park houses a variety of companies and organisations, including the headquarters of the RSPCA.
 

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