The history of Bursledon
Bursledon Parish Council is made up of five members of staff and twelve Councillors which includes three borough Councillors we also have Bursledon, Hound & Hamble’s County Councillor within our team. We have four main areas within the parish, Bursledon Green, Lowford Village, Pilands Wood & Old Bursledon. Bursledon is one of the older settlements in the Borough of Eastleigh. In the 1970’s and 80’s it accommodated quite considerable development. The parish straddles the M27 motorway, extending to the southern boundaries of Hedge End to the north, and adjoining Hound parish to the west and south. To the east the settlement fronts the Hamble river, which is tidal at this point. Bursledon had its origins in ship-building and repair activities focused on the river. The Hamble river remains of great significance to Bursledon for its ongoing marine-related economic activity – boat repair, chandlery and moorings – as well as its heritage, landscape, nature conservation
and recreational value.There are tensions between recreational and economic activities and maintaining the landscape and bio diversity interest of the river. The northern part of the parish includes part of the Manor Farm country park which includes some playing fields and provision for children and young people. To the south of the motorway lies the more suburban part of the parish.The southern most portion of the parish includes the oldest area at Old Bursledon. This has a spacious, well-treed character interspersed with narrow country lanes and retains a semi-rural character that is highly valued by its residents. It is excluded from the urban area of the settlement and included within the Old Bursledon Conservation Area, which is one of the largest in the Borough.