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West Meon Parish Council

Lengthsman Programme

The name Lengthsman dates back to the 1800's, referring to workers who were responsible for keeping a particular length of road neat and tidy.  Years ago many Parishes had their own Lengthsman and, in fact, West Meon had one back in the 1960's who looked after the A32 down as far as the Parish boundary with Warnford.

Nowadays it is not feasible for Parishes to have their own Lengthsman but the work still needs doing.  Hampshire County Council now fund a scheme under which Parishes join together and share the services of Lengthsmen.  West Meon is part of this scheme.  There is no cost to the Parish and we get the services of a Lengthsman for 5 or 6 days a year.  If we had to pay for this, it would cost well over £1,000 per annum.  Tony Prowse runs the scheme on behalf of West Meon Parish Council.  This mainly involves identifying work for the Lengthsman, meeting him on the days he is in the village and arranging for him to do what is needed.

There are certain things the Lengthsman is not permitted to do, such as work to roads or work on the verges of the A32 but that still leaves much that can be done.

Tony is always keen to receive suggestions of works the Lengthsman could do, so if you have any thoughts on this please contact Tony on 829921 or by e-mail at tony105e@hotmail.com

Although 'Lengthsman' may seem an old fashioned term, the scheme is very helpful and as West Meon is lucky to have this, we need to make sure that we make the best use of it.