Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Meeting – Monday, 14th November, 7.30pm

Monday’s meeting of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council will be held at Drimpton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

There are 14 elected Councillors who represent the five wards of Blackdown, Broadwindsor, Burstock, Drimpton and Seaborough. Who are your Councillors? Click HERE.

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE.

Item 5 is PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this
Agenda else you must wait until item 22.

a. Report from Councillor Christopher, Dorset Council

b. Report from Dorset Police

c. Update on Broadwindsor Parish Council Vacancy, Broadwindsor Ward

Item 6b deals with Chapman Lily Planning Ltd, Proposal for Residential Development of the Site at Hillside, Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QN.

Item 9 – there are no planning applications this month.

Items 14 & 15 seek management of the MUGA and Broadwindsor Sports Field on the Hursey Road, two places developed and managed previously by the late David Leader.

Item 16 addresses Warm Spaces in the Parish.

Item 17 will discuss the coronation of King Charles III

Item 19 has many issues with our HIGHWAYS
a. Footpaths Officer Update

b. Street Lighting in the Grouped Parish

c. Parking in Broadwindsor Square

d. Dog Fouling

e. Speed Indicator Devices Data

f. War Memorial Project Update

g. Flood Wardens

h. Fingerpost Sign Restoration Programme Update

i. Repositioning of Broadwindsor Litter Bin

j. Hedgehog Awareness Sign

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE.

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

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Thank You From UNICEF

Further to the profit made at the coffee morning a month ago, organiser  Sally Sarling received the lovely letter shown from UNICEF thanking her for the donation made.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

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Restricted Play Please Until 12th November

** Update **

The tape is only round the swings now, the other equipment is good to go! 🙂

The Comrades Hall Management Committee have issued the following request:

Due to the recent wet weather, the ground that has been disturbed during the new installation has become very muddy, and new grass seed has been planted to grow through the safety rubber matting. This is why the whole area has been taped off – it is important that the ground around the apparatus is allowed to settle. We request that children of all ages (including the more adult!) please respect the restriction on use until the official opening on 12th November.

This follows their announcement yesterday on achieving their £20,000 target:

With thanks to our Crowd, extra funding from Sport England and the balance topped up through a generous grant from Dorset Council, we’ve managed to pull it off.
Any money we get over and above our original target will go towards our £25,000 stretch target to help pay for outdoor gym equipment. Some of it can be also put towards new curtains at Comrades Hall to retain the heat generated by the new solar panels and air source heat pumps and therefore doing our bit for the environment.
The new-look Broadwindsor Village Green at Bernards’ Place will be officially opened on Saturday 12th November at 11am, followed by refreshments in The White Lion. We’d love it if you – our Crowd – could come along and join us.

Well done all involved!


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The Comrades Hall Celebrate Their Own Platinum Jubilee

The Comrades Hall in Broadwindsor celebrates its own Platinum Jubilee this year!

On Saturday, 19th November, celebrations start with a coffee morning at 10.30am, there will be much memorabilia on display and a raffle will be held.
In the evening, from 7.30 – 10pm, there will be a Barn Dance 🙂 :

  • Music provided by ‘Crooked Furrow‘.
  • Bar Available.
  • Tickets: £10, to include a hot snack.
  • Under 12s: £5
  • On Sale at Broadwindsor Community Stores
    & The Post Office on Tuesday & Friday mornings.

The land was Glebe land belonging to General Pinney of Racedown. The life of the Comrades Hall begins when members of the British Legion obtained the barn from the Pinneys. They borrowed £200.00 and converted it into a Hall which was used by the parish for many events.  Prior to this, events had been held in ‘The Old Schoolhouse‘ opposite. There is a photograph of the men of the British Legion – all of them Comrades together and that is how the Hall got the name ‘Comrades Hall‘.

On 25th November, 1952 – the British Legion returned the Hall to Lady Pinney and on that same day, she made a Deed of Gift…

This was completed in July the following year, with the Charity Commissioners & Trustees, giving the Hall and ground known as Bernards’ Place to the Parishes of Broadwindsor and Burstock. (Charity number: 301110).

On 5th December, 1952 – the first meeting of what became known as the Comrades Hall Committee involved four local families:

  • Dorothy Shiner
  • Mr. Boucher
  • William Pascoe
  • and a Miss Curtis

The 12 members at that time, remained the governing body until April 1953 when 21 members would be elected at their first AGM. It was then specified that:

  • The Management Committee should be no less than 20.
  • 5 members had to be women.
  • 2 ex-officios –  The Vicar of Broadwindsor & Headmaster of the School.
  • Every organisation in the parish had to be represented on the committee.

More historical information will appear online at Broadwindsor.org in timing with the event…


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Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Meeting – Monday, 17th October, 7.30pm

Tonight’s meeting of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council will be held at Blackdown Village Hall at 7.30pm.

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE.

Item 5a is Cllr. Simon Christopher‘s report which follows at the end of this agenda information.

Item 5c Broadwindsor Parish Council Vacancy, Broadwindsor Ward.

Item 8 includes to approve payment of £5,000 for Comrades Hall Management Committee (Short-Term Loan) for the village green project at Bernards’ Place.

Item 9 has 2 Planning Applications:

Planning permission for P/HOU/2022/05487, 12 Yarnbarton, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QW was Granted.

Item 14 addresses the management of the MUGA.

Item 16 looks at Communications within the Grouped Parish area.

Item 17.  HIGHWAYS

  • a. Appointment of Footpaths Officer
  • b. Grouped Parish Speed Limits
  • c. War Memorial Project Update
  • d. Management of Hursey Common
  • e. Flood Wardens

The Editor will be readdressing the matter of a Hedgehog sign on the Beaminster road.

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE.

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

Cllr. Simon Christopher’s report (as received)

It appears that this Autumn there is a great deal of change , perhaps it can also be said that there is a great deal of uncertainty……

There is a great deal of interest in Dorset being named as one of 38 local authorities that may see the creation of Investment Zones.

As I see it, Investment Zones would have at least four main interesting aspects :

Firstly, generous business rate treatment for businesses

Secondly, 100 per cent capital allowances for tax purposes for business

Thirdly, generous National Insurance reliefs

Fourthly, what is described as simplified planning arrangements

I will offer some thoughts on each of the above:

Firstly With respect to small businesses, small business rates relief has been enjoyed by micro businesses for many years.

Traditional farms are exempt of course. The proposed new business rate relief would therefore be a benefit skewed towards those with larger business premises.

Secondly, with respect to capital allowances, all but the largest of businesses can already write off capital expenditure on plant and machinery for tax purposes  in the year of acquisition of the asset . Thus except for large businesses there will be no tax advantage of being an Industrial Zone

You wonder if Investment Zones favour large scale premises who pay business rates as mentioned above.

Thirdly the National Insurance benefits clearly have the greatest attraction for larger scale, labour intensive or major added value employers rather than small employers .

Fourthly I now turn to the idea of simpler planning proposals,

This would clearly be of concern for instance were the arrangements for an Industrial Zone to incorporate part of the Dorset AONB and were the AONB to be put in jeopardy.

I can see why you might think Investment Zones, with a light touch attitude to planning, might be more beneficial for disadvantaged perhaps urban areas of Dorset with high levels of deprivation rather than for rural areas .

Cabinet of Dorset Council agreed an update to the Local Development Scheme (LDS) at its meeting on Tuesday (4thOctober).  The revised LDS (as agreed) sets out the anticipated milestones for key stages in the preparation of development plans. The LDS needs to be reviewed from time to time to ensure the milestones are as accurate as possible so that communities are aware of when a development plan that we are preparing is likely to be reaching a key milestone such as a formal consultation stage.

Project and event funding for cost-of-living challenges, arts, museums, heritage, community, physical activity and play activities. 

Dorset Council project funding can help you to make a difference to people living in our communities.

Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available to groups who support the council to meet its core priorities.

Round 4 of the Community and Culture Project Fund will open at 9am on Friday 4 November 2022.

In addition to supporting the themes in round 3, the next round will prioritise grants to applicants that address and support the cost-of-living challenge for vulnerable communities and those most in need in the Dorset council area. The types of cost-of-living projects that can be considered will focus on:

o    community warm spaces especially in rural areas

o    community food projects including lunch clubs and dinner clubs

o    foodbanks

o    low level Mental Health projects

Cllr Laura Beddow, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Communities and Customer Services said:

“We’re encouraging community groups to apply for the next round of funding. Last time around, we distributed over £35,500 to local groups including theatre companies, groups that help people with learning disabilities, energy champions and efforts to improve recycling of waste. This time around, we will prioritise groups who have a focus on supporting people through the cost-of-living challenge, but also welcome applications from other groups too.”

For more information criteria, how to apply and support with your application, visit www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/community-and-culture-project-fund. The page will be updated as more details become available.

I was sent a copy of the application to the Dorset Council Capital Leverage Fund by the Broadwindsor Village Green project group . The group aims to enhance this outdoor facility by reconfiguring the green to include new, challenging, and inclusive play equipment and open up space at the lower end for community events, outdoor exercise classes and gym equipment. The stated aim is to enhance the facility and contribute to healthy living .

As this project for capital funding through the Capital Leverage Fund is intended to  take place within the Dorset Council ward I am pleased to represent, my views were sought by the grant making panel. .

I was asked to provide commentary on the suitability and indeed the need for their project.

Clearly, my enthusiastic support of this project was noted and I was informed that following the Grants panel meeting held on Thursday 29 September the panel has approved a substantial grant of £15,000 to the group.

The panel had by their own admission to make some difficult decisions and the volume of applications was very high . However, in conclusion this Broadwindsor application has been looked on very favourably by the panel acting for the Dorset Councils Capital Leverage fund.

I was formally thanked by the Grants Monitoring Officer for my feedback and support for the application. I must confess, this was particularly pleasing at a time when perhaps, politicians are not universally popular …….

 I attended a constructive meeting of the West Dorset Western Transport Action Group.

Clearly there is the possibility of changes to the mini  budget and it would be more appropriate to further discuss the impact of wider economic influences on Dorset Council when the consequences of the Chancellors early return from the United States are known and the impact on prevailing interest rates, liquidity and inflation.

Best regards

Simon

Councillor Simon Christopher

The Dorset Councillor For the Marshwood Vale Ward

077988 33715

 

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Ukraine Sale Raises £585

The Coffee morning held on Saturday 8th in aid of the Ukraine raised £585.00 🙂

Sally Sarling reported the breakdown as follows:

  • Donations, including £25 from the Over 60’s Club: £274.00
  • Plants: £33.50 + ?*
  • Cakes: £75.50
  • Books & Puzzles: £31.00
  • Raffle: £171.00

Sally added “I just wanted to let you know how much money we made…. Not quite as good as the previous one last May but, knowing now we must be a little more careful with our cash, I am not surprised that we made £575. *However, it is possible that a little more might come our way from Val & Colin Lawrence who kindly put a table with plants for sale outside their cottage in Burstock.
I wanted to say a big thank you from Philip, Diana and myself for your support and invaluable help in making the event a success.
Thank you very much.
With best wishes and kind regards,
Sally Sarling.

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Ukraine Fundraiser – Saturday, 8th October

Following the successful coffee morning in May, donations are asked for your tea/coffee with biscuits at the Comrades Hall on Saturday, 8th October, from 10am to 12 noon 🙂 Here is more from Sally Sarling:

In addition to the coffee and biscuits (no admission price just a donation) we will have a raffle, cake stall, plant stall and asking anyone who would like to join us and have a stall to set out their crafts, cards or similar for sale.  We will be asking for a monetary donation, of your choice for this very good cause.
If you would like to join us or know of anyone who would please let me know what you will be selling and what size table/stall you require.
My email address is  :   thesarlings@btinternet.com
Telephone   :   01308 867672
Mobile   :   07731 630546
I do hope you can join us and help this very worthwhile cause.
Many thanks & kind regards,
Sally.

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BGPC Meeting Postponed Until Monday, 26th September.

As the UK is in mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, Broadwindsor Group Parish Council have postponed their meeting due this evening, Monday, 12th to Monday 26th September, 7.30pm at Blackdown Hall.

The full Agenda can be downloaded HERE.

Item 4: Councillor Dorothy Rowe‘s resignation. (Item 16a will address the Appointment of a new Footpaths Officer).

Item 5: APPROVAL OF SPECIAL RESOLUTION FOR THE REVERSAL OF PARISH COUNCIL RESOLUTION BGPC2022/07/6/10B (COMPLIANT WITH STANDING ORDER 17).

Item 10: only one Planning Application for councillors to consider this month, P/FUL/2022/04339, at Common Hill to erect an agricultural storage barn and form an access track – details HERE.

Item 11: APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD FINANCE

  • a. Update on Application, Feedback from DAPTC
  • b. Report to Council (Summary of the project, business case and budgets)
  • c. To resolve to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communitiesto apply for a PWLB loan of £50,000 over the borrowing term of 30 years to support the purchase of the freehold of the Old Telephone Exchange building by Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise Ltd (BADCE).

The full Agenda can be downloaded HERE.

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

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Comrades Hall 100 Club Winners

The Autumn draw took place on Tuesday 6th September 2022 at the Comrades Hall Post Office. The numbers were drawn by John, the Post Office Outreach Clerk.

The winning numbers and names are as follows:

  • 1st   £75          No 91         Winner    Dorothy Rowe
  • 2nd  £50         No 53        Winner    Keith Haggett
  • 3rd   £25         No 63         Winner   Margery Hookings
  • 4th   £15         No 71         Winner    Chris & Di Ponton
  • 5th   £10         No 34         Winner    Steve Corley
  • 6th   £5           No 20         Winner   Audrey Woodley

“This is our last time of making the draw and we would like to thank all the Members who have supported us over the last few years.”  – Joyce & Sally.

Thank you ladies 🙂

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Post Office Open Today

Despite National Industrial Action this weekend, Broadwindsor’s Post Office Outreach service will be at the Comrades Hall this morning from 10am – 12.30pm. Thank you to the guys from Crewkerne!

You can also stop and enjoy a cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee thanks to the Post Office Users Group 🙂


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