Details of all Hampshire's Councils
Hampshire has some 15 Local Government Authorities covering the county and the Isle of Wight. The county has a rich mix of urban and rural areas, farmland, open countryside, cities, towns and villages, and coastal resorts.
All Hampshire's local councils have comprehensive websites giving full details of council services, amenities, local tourism guides and listings of all types of accommodation from hotels and B&Bs to caravan and camping sites, shopping facilities, restaurants, entertainment, activities and events.
Below is a list Hampshire's county and local council offices and their websites.
Hampshire County Council
The county borders (clockwise from West), Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The county has an area of 1,455 square miles and at its widest points is approximately 55 miles east–west and 40 miles north–south. The county town is Winchester. The 2001 census gave the population of the administrative county as 1.24 million; the ceremonial county also includes the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, which are administratively independent, and has a total population of 1.6 million. Hampshire is a popular holiday area, with tourist attractions including its many seaside resorts, the maritime area in Portsmouth, and the motor museum at Beaulieu. The New Forest National Park lies within the borders, as does a large area of the South Downs, which is also scheduled to become a National Park. Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England's largest ports lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
General enquiries - 0845 603 5638
The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8ZB
East Hampshire District Council
East Hampshire's market towns and country villages are full of historical and architectural interest. They include: Alton, Buriton, East Meon, Grayshott, Horndean, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Selborne, Whitehill & Bordon.
General enquiries - 01730 266551
Penns Place, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EX
Hart District Council
Nestling in the north-east corner of Hampshire lies the beautiful district of Hart-more than 84 square miles of lush green wooded landscape, heathland, common and arable land. There are a few small thriving towns and many parishes of unspoiled villages and pretty hamlets. Three small rivers cross the area on their way north to join the River Thames. One of these, the Blackwater, forms part of the boundary with Surrey and Berkshire. The Whitewater flows from the western side into the River Hart from which the District takes its name. Hart contrasts greatly with the modern growth of its neighbours Basingstoke to the west and Aldershot and Farnborough to the east. Residential and light industrial development has taken place in recent years, concentrated around the main towns of Fleet and Yateley to the north and at Hook village.
General enquiries - 01252 622122
Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hants GU51 4AE
New Forest District Council
There is something for everyone in The New Forest, whether you are looking to relax, explore or just enjoy, The New Forest is the ideal location. There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in The New Forest from gardens, museums, leisure and wildlife farm and parks plus much, much more. Main towns and villages include: Brockenhurst, Fordingbridge, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Milford on Sea, New Milton, Ringwood and Totton.
General enquiries - 023 8028 5000
New Forest District Council has two centres of administration:
Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7PA View Map
Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9ZG
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is named after the largest town and the smallest village. The borough covers an area of over 245 square miles in North Hampshire of which over 90% is rural. The rest of the borough is made up of villages and rural hamlets and countryside and includes 47 conservation areas.
There are 16 infant, 16 junior, 26 primary and 11 secondary schools in the borough which are supported by Hampshire County Council.
General enquiries - (01256) 844844
Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 4AH
Eastleigh Borough Council
Located in central southern Hampshire, the Borough is a combination of coast,countryside, quiet villages and busy towns. It stretches from Netley on the banks of Southampton Water, the historic river villages of Hamble-le-Rice, Bursledon and Botley, the developing areas of Hedge End, West End and Fair Oak and the green residential belt of Chandler's Ford. The town of Eastleigh with its excellent shopping, parking and Help Point facilities and plenty of opportunities for leisure and entertainment is the administrative and commercial centre of the Borough. With a population of over 117,000 the Borough has seen a rapid and controlled expansion in residential, industrial and commercial development over recent years.
General enquiries - 023 8068 8000,
Civic Offices, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hants SO50 9YN
Fareham Borough Council
The Borough of Fareham lies on the Solent coastline between the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth covering an area of almost 30 square miles and has a population of 108,000 people. Fareham Borough Council’s aim is to make Fareham a prosperous, safe and attractive place to live and work by promoting economic, social and environmental well-being and sustaining the quality of life that Fareham residents have come to enjoy.
General enquiries - 01329 236100
Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
Gosport Borough Council
Situated on a compact peninsular site, the Borough of Gosport is the most densely populated district in Hampshire, outside the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. The population of the Borough is estimated to be some 80,000.
Approximately 30 per cent of the Borough's land area is owned by the Ministry of Defence which also provides a third of the jobs in the Borough.
The rationalisation of the MOD establishments in the Borough has already had a significant impact on the local economy, and major historic sites adjacent to the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour are being released.
General enquiries - (023) 9258 4242
Town Hall, High Street, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1EB.
Havant Borough Council
Set in beautiful southern England, Havant is on the rural coast and is the adventure playground of the south. It is a haven for a relaxing break, and equally, activity-seeking visitors, possessing excellent watersports and leisure pursuits. Havant, Emsworth, Hayling Island and Waterlooville make the ideal base to explore and visit Hampshire, to visit West Sussex, to visit Portsmouth, to visit Chichester, Southampton, Winchester, the Solent, Isle of Wight, the South Downs, the New Forest and much more!
General enquiries - (023) 9247 4174
Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX
Rushmoor Borough Council
Rushmoor has a population of around 90,000 and covers an area of 3,900 hectares. The Borough of Rushmoor was created in 1974 by the combination of Aldershot and Farnborough and the military town which lay between them as well as the rapidly expanding village of Cove. Aldershot is world-famous as the home of the British Army while Farnborough's main claim to fame is the biennial International Air Show, held on the site of the birthplace of flying and aeronautical research in Britain. The eastern border of the Borough is the River Blackwater, and beyond it lies the County of Surrey. The eastern half of the Borough is entirely urban as the towns run into one another. The urban area continues into Surrey in the south (Farnham) and the east (Camberley, Ash, Frimley and Mytchett), and into Berkshire and the district of Hart in Hampshire to the north. The western half is military land but is an important open space, largely wooded, that lies between Aldershot and Fleet.
General enquires - 01252 398 398
Council Offices, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7JU
Test Valley Borough Council
The borough, named after the valley of the River Test, is predominantly rural and covers some 250 square miles with a population of approximately 114,000.
It has three main towns: Andover, Romsey and Stockbridge and many beautiful and historic villages. The River Test is world famous for it's salmon and trout fishing.
General enquiries - 01264 368000
Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ
Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth - a modern and dynamic centre attracting visitors and investment
A city that in 1994 celebrated the 800th anniversary of receiving its charter from Richard the Lionheart is undergoing a major transformation. Already world renowned as the home of the Royal Navy and an international visitor destination is now becoming a cosmopolitan business, leisure and residential waterfront location. With almost 50kms of waterfront Portsmouth has always provided a unique quality of life and a diverse range of attractions and amenities for its businesses and residents. However as a place to live the offering has been significantly enhanced by penthouse, town house and apartment developments at Port Solent Marina, Gunwharf Quays and a number of ex-Navy sites. Portsmouth also has a high profile as a location for major events hosting a stage of the Tour de France, the Great South Run and the D-Day 50 commemorations. However it has always been well placed as a sailing event location with its harbour facilities and waterfront public viewing areas. With new bespoke facilities at Gunwharf Quays and new waterfront promenades Portsmouth has been chosen to host a number of high profile yacht races and marine related events including the International Festival of the Sea, the Times Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race, Global Challenge and the UK stop over for the 2005/06 Volvo Ocean Race.
General enquiries - 023 9282 2251
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2BG
Southampton City Council
Southampton is one of Britain's most historic ports. It is also a vibrant, modern city offering a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world. Southampton has always been a city that has been proud of its close links with the sea. We boast a world class port that's not only the Cruise Capital of Northern Europe, with over 280 cruise ship movements a year, but also one of the country's leading commercial dockyards. At the Southampton Boat Show, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, there's fun for all the family with boats, watersports, magical marina, shopping, holidays and fun features. The Maritime Museum contains exhibitions, displays, and provides educational information on the maritime history of Southampton. The Southampton Hall of Aviation (Solent Sky) in Albert Road South depicts the history of aviation in the Solent area. R J Mitchell, designer of the legendary Spitfire aircraft was one of the area's most famous residents. Mitchell's achievements feature in the museum together with many others.
General enquiries - 023 8022 3855
Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LY
Winchester City Council
An unspoilt cathedral city on the edge of the South Downs, Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. Today, Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. One hour from London, this is England as it ought to be.
Popular for its shopping streets and architecture, its floral summer season and quirky open air events, Winchester is most well known for its eleventh century cathedral and for the Great Hall which for over 600 years has housed the mysterious Round Table.Winchester College is the oldest continuously running school in the country, whilst the Hospital of St Cross - a medieval almshouse - still offers the Wayfarer's Dole to travellers as it has done for more than eight centuries. Home of good food, birthplace of the modern game of cricket, resting place of author Jane Austen and inspiration to the many craft-makers and artists who live here, Winchester is truly a destination for all seasons.
General enquiries - 01962 840 222
City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LJ
Isle of Wight Council
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break, at any time of the year. It is a stunning Island with unspoilt scenery and a wealth of fascinating attractions. For the energetic, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including windsurfing, sailing and paragliding. And for those who wish to escape the modern world, we're sure you'll leave the Island having found exactly what you were looking for. There is a wealth of accommodation, places to visit, outdoor activities and events on the Isle of Wight.
The minute you step on the ferry there is a sense of chilling out. For a stress free, fun family holiday the Island is popular all year round. And for those who like a physical challenge, if it's an adventure holiday you are after then look no further. With over half the Island designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a network of footpaths that stretches over 500 miles it's easy to get close to nature. Alternatively, if you are looking for somewhere to be spoilt then indulge yourself in the Isle of Wight's fine restaurants, art galleries and historic houses.
General enquiries - 01983 821000
County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle Of Wight PO30 1UD