Shopping Permits Throughout The County?

You have until midnight on Saturday, December 5th to have your say on a new shoppers permit for Dorset.

Residents in the former West Dorset District Council area have been able to purchase shopping permits for several years. This took the form of a cardboard disk which is displayed in vehicle windscreens.  It currently allows 2 hours’ parking per day (or 3 hours if a disabled badge is also displayed), 7 days a week.

They want to know if this should be extended across the Dorset Council area, or if the permits should be withdrawn. The new proposed permit may be virtual where the registration number allows access for a set period in short stay car parks.

Let them know what you think while you still can!

Complete their 5 minute consultation HERE.

If a decision is made to stop the scheme, the Western Dorset permits will remain valid until their expiry date.


Dorset Council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy Survey

Dorset Council are asking for your help and opinion with their Climate and Ecological Strategy Survey 2020.  The 71 page document has the following contents:

Climate Change Survey Contents

You can download the full pdf document HERE.

You can complete the survey by clicking HERE.


Petition Against Extended Car Park Charges

Most will be aware that Dorset Council has a series of proposals to raise extra money from local car parks. This includes charging between 6pm and 8pm from Monday to Saturday and daytime on Sundays. The daily rate for some car parks, including those in Bridport and Lyme Regis, is proposed to double.

There are many who are concerned that these new charges will increase parking in nearby residential streets where parking is currently free.  There is an online petition calling on Dorset Council to withdraw their plans to extend these car parking charges.

The petition has been launched by the Liberal Democrat Party.  However, you are able to sign the petition and state whether or not you want to be updated by email about their campaigns.

Sign the petition HERE.


Cliff Fall Near West Bay

Many in our parish visit West Bay and Lyme Regis to see the sea.  As expected, a large section of Highlands Park cliff near West Bay fell last night.
  • Dorset Council reported an alternative path that takes people away from the fall has been kindly provided by Highlands End Holiday Park.
  • Walkers must read the on-site information, not climb over the barriers and follow this path.
  • The cliff is still falling and unstable.
All feedback/photos courtesy of the landowner.

Dog Fouling Escalating

The escalation of dog fouling in the village has prompted this reminder from the Group Parish Council:

Once again, reports of people not cleaning up after their dogs have fouled have been received, most notably in Yarn Barton where one particular garden is being plagued with dog mess and on route to Broadwindsor School, outside of the Old George.

This is a criminal offence and is totally unacceptable.

The Dog Warden has been informed. Contact with dog excrement can cause Toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000. The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

You can report dog fouling to Dorset Council by completing a short online form HERE.


Dog Poo En Route To School

On 3 out of 4 mornings this past week, a school Mum from Trusthams, Broadwindsor repeatedly observed dogs’ mess in three different places along the path leading from Trusthams all the way down to the village shop.

Unfortunately, on Thursday morning her 4 year old stepped in some that was hidden amongst the leaves whilst on their way to school. All the children that walk to school are vulnerable to step in it, particularly at this time of year, as it is often masked by leaves. It is likely that many children have walked into school this week with mess on their shoes.

The woman believes that it is the same local person as it’s on the same route  It is an offence to not to pick up dog mess as well as it being exceptionally selfish and anti social behaviour.

Another village resident on the same route has had dog poo bags dropped into his council recycling bin on more than one occasion!


You can report dog fouling directly to the department at Dorset Council online HEREA dog warden may then contact you and/or visit the area to assess how severe the problem is and take the appropriate action to deal with the problem.  However, local councillor David Leader has asked if you have any information on dog fouling to contact him on: 01308 868275 or 07867 608652.


Broadwindsor Cricket Club Saved!

Broadwindsor Cricket Club has reached and gone beyond their target of £25,000 securing the funding for their development project 🙂

This will now enable them to purchase the land and place the freehold in a Trust.

£20,00 had to be pledged by 8pm Wednesday, 4th November 2020 and this evening they announced on Twitter “We are delighted to report that thanks to a massive last minute donation from Dorset County Council for £12,500 it gets us over the line to purchase our village cricket ground .Thank you sooooo much to all our supporters for your kind donations from all round the country.

BWCCCongratulations BWCC

All donations continue to be gratefully received HERE,





Road Closure: Broadwindsor – 30th Oct 2020

At 9am on Friday, 30th October the B3164 road at Hollis Hill will be closed until 3pm.  This is to allow BT safe access to carry out urgent replacement of damaged telegraph poles.

Although in force for five days, it is anticipated that the work will be completed in just one day.  The alternative route will be signposted: B3164 – Beaminster – B3163.

Find all the information HERE.




Over 25yrs and Out Of Work? UCan Get Wise

WiseAbility’s Better Building Opportunities (BBO)  is a programme which supports organisations through local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving employment growth opportunities. It aims to help the most disadvantaged in our community.

The five key areas of Building Better Opportunities are:

  • Help the most disadvantaged
  • Tackle social exclusion
  • Be focused on the capabilities of each individual
  • Lead to better coordinated services
  • Create new opportunities for work.

If you are in touch with anyone living in Dorset, over the age of 25 that is not in any form of paid work. They can get 1:1 free support towards education, training and employment goals.
Please contact to discuss this: email: or telephone: 0300 303 3737

WISE Ability Services is the lead partner of the Building Better Opportunities Grant in Dorset. Visit their website for more information HERE

UCanThe UCan Project is for people in the Dorset area, aged 25 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive. They have a caring and supportive team who will listen to your needs and offer specific and tailored information, advice and guidance. They can help and support you to achieve your learning, training and employment goals. They understand every situation is different, and so they will take the time to get to know you as an individual.

Call 0300 303 3737 for more information.

The UCan project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund through the Big Lottery Fund.



Road Closure at Drimpton – 7th September 2020

DORSET COUNCIL has issued a Notice under Section 14 [2] of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 as amended. All vehicles will be prohibited from proceeding along BURSTOCK LANE & WOOD LANE, DRIMPTON.  Only one road will be closed at any one time.  The Notice is needed in order to comply with health and safety regulations which require the provision of safe working areas and to minimise likelihood of danger to highway users.

It will come into operation on Burstock Lane, 7th September until 8th September between 9.30am & 3.30pm; Wood Lane, 9th September until 10th September between 9.30am & 3.30pm. This will remain in force for five days, however it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 10th September 2020.

This notice will enable BT safe access to overhead network to provide new customer connection.

The alternative route, which will be sign posted is as follows:

Burstock Lane; Wood Lane – School Lane – B3165 – B3162
Wood Lane; School Lane – B3165 – B3162 – Burstock Lane

For further information: about the work being undertaken call BT on behalf of BT on 03700 500 7992, concerning this Notice call Dorset Highways Traffic Team on 01305 221020 or email Find this information online:
26th August 2020
JOHN SELLGREN, Executive Director of Place, Dorset Council, South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ. Any person who uses or permits the use of a vehicle in contravention of the Notice will be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000.

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