About the Council
West End is about 5 miles to the east of Southampton in Hampshire. Once a tiny hamlet it has now grown enormously due in part to the arrival of the M27 in 1978 and need for additional housing, i.e. the development of Chartwell Green and also the Barbe Baker area.
Despite its recent growth, West End is still known as ’the village’ to many residents.
In the past West End was known for its agriculture, market gardening, much of this on land lost to recent development, and also its paper mill on the River Itchen - Gaters Mill which in 1686 belonged to a company called White Papermakers. Although Gaters Mill is now part of Southampton, many see this as a gate way to the parish of West End.
One of West End’s land marks is Hatch Grange – 30 acres of parkland was purchased by the Parish Council in 1938 for the benefit of the residents. Hatch Grange has achieved SINC status – site of importance of nature conservation, which the Parish Council and the Friends of Hatch Grange (a volunteer group) maintain. The lower field of Hatch Grange is home to one of the best examples of a Liquid Amber tree anywhere in the country.
There are other open spaces in West End which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council, for example Moorgreen Recreation Ground and Barnsland. Itchen Valley Countryside Park and Telegraph Woods, owned and maintained by Eastleigh Borough Council, are also in the Parish.
West End is also home to the Hampshire County Cricket Club and its venue, The Ageas Bowl, attracts many visitors.
The Parish Council is made up of 14 elected councillors representing three wards in West End - West End South, West End North and Kanes Hill. As a corporate body, the Parish Council is responsible for all assets and liabilities of the Council; to ensure that all decisions are democratic and to also ensure that the precept is used wisely for the benefit of electors within its powers and duties. The precept is the money allocated to West End Parish Council by Eastleigh Borough Council from the collection of council tax. The Parish Council sets a budget each year based on this amount.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council in May each year, the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer are elected, and Councillors agree to serve on at least one of the following Committees : Policy & Resources, Personnel, Recreation & Environment and Planning & Highways. Detials of the aims and objectives of these Committees can be found in the appendices of West End Parish Council - Standing Orders.
This website is intended to give you up-to-date information about West End Parish and its facilities.
You will find contact information for all the Parish Councillors and some contact information for services relating to the Parish.
You can download the latest Parish Newsletter, and stay up-to-date with whats-what in and around the Parish through our news page. February 2015
More details are available on our contact page.