The Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on the 2nd thursday of each month at 7pm in the Drax Hall.

A Parish Councillor also joins Peter Wharf our district Councillor at the regular surgery he holds at Turberville Court on the first Saturday of each month from 9.30 to 10 am.

If you have any queries regarding the council, you can contact them via their website here or via the people below (with any additional responsibilities added) -

Title Name Added Responsibilities Tel. No. Email
Chairman Ian Ventham   01929 471 480 Email
Vice Chairman Robin Pitcher Environment & Facilities 01929 472 151 Email
Parish Clerk Amanda Crocker   01929 472 327 Email
  Laurie Fairhurst Planning & Housing, Rights of Way - Email
  Peter Wharf   01929 472 246 Email
  Bryan Benjafield PR Officer 07969 770 890 Email
  Dominic Bishop Police, Traffic & Roads - Email
  Tony Bates   01929 471 563 Email
  Simon Munnings Neighbourhood Plan 01929 472 609 Email
  Brenda House Community Liaison 01929 471 255 Email

We have Reports from all the meetings held so far this year. For the Reports of older meetings stretching back to July 1961, have a look at our Parish Council Monthly Report Archive by clicking the photo below. The actual Minutes of current Meetings can be found on the Parish Council website here

Choose a Date from the menu below for that months Parish Council Minutes Summaries...

January 2017 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 12th January 2017 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th February at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Village Forum Our Village Forum is now confirmed for Saturday 25th March at the Scout Hut, at 10am. This is a great opportunity for everyone to come along, meet your Parish Council, and listen to updates on plans under discussion. Topics for this year’s forum are the proposed new Community Hall, the Purbeck Partial Review and the Unitary Council review and an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Wareham Hospital Consultation

The consultation on the proposed changes within the NHS in Dorset, including Wareham Hospital, continues until the 13th February. We would urge everybody who has used or benefited from any of the services at Wareham Hospital to complete the survey. Hard copies of this can be found at the Doctors Surgery and Post Office, or it can be completed on-line here.

New Community Hall We had a very informative and well-structured presentation from members of the New Community Hall working group, who put forward the information they had collected and their suggested proposals of how we might benefit from with a new hall and how to take that forward. The full report can be read on the Parish Council website here. In summary though, the report suggests that the parish does have a requirement for a new community facility, largely to replace the existing Drax Hall which is no longer fit for purpose. The group proposes a venue with one larger function room and two smaller ones with catering facilities and ability to put on some sports and fitness as well. Having looked at all available locations in the village, their first choice of site is on Soul’s Moor, just off the access road to the new school. The Parish Council thanked the group for their hard work and efforts so far, and will be discussing the proposal in more detail at a forthcoming meeting after which we will put forward our proposals as to how we will proceed.

Nature Reserve Working Party

With the help of the wildlife group volunteers, the large pile of cuttings produced from previous work parties have now been removed. The work carried out here is providing more light to create a more attractive aspect to Bere Stream and also improve the quality of the stream itself. On Souls Moor a small pond will be dug shortly to provide permanent water for the ponies when they return.

New School

The Council were delighted to see the opening of the new School at the beginning of January and would like to send our congratulations to everybody involved with getting it completed and opened on time. Initial monitoring of the traffic and parking in Manor Farm Road and Elder Road seemed to show very few issues or problems and we would just like to remind all road users who are in the area around pick-up and drop off times, to be cautious of an increased number of pedestrians crossing roads in that area.

Christmas Trees

Following the success of the Christmas Tree sales in 2016 and the decorations around the village, it was agreed to continue the scheme in 2017. Forms will shortly be available from the clerk and we will continue to offer trees at the reduced rate of £10 for outdoor display.

Bryan Benjafield

 

February 2017 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 9th February 2017 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th March at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Village Forum

Our Village Forum is now confirmed for Saturday 25th March at the Scout Hut, at 10am. This is a great opportunity for everyone to come along, meet your Parish Council, and listen to updates on plans under discussion. Topics for this year’s forum are the proposed new Community Hall, the Purbeck Partial Review and the Unitary Council review and an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. There will also be representatives from the Wildlife Working Party, School, NeighbourCar and Lunch Club and developers for the White Lovington New Housing Site.

Church Roof Fund

The Council had received a letter asking to support St John the Baptists Church’s application for grant funding towards the £200,000 that is being raised to carry out urgent repairs and restoration to the church roof. The Council unanimously agreed to support the efforts of the Church Fundraising Committee. There will be a series of events coming up over the next year.

New Community Hall Having heard last month from the working party tasked with investigating the need and feasibility for a new community hall, the Council this month voted on taking this project forward and appointing 2 new sub-committees, one to pursue the location and design of a new hall, and the second to undertake the fund raising needed to build such a project. The Council all agreed to take this forward and were delighted that Mike Gee has agreed to continue heading up the project. There will be opportunities coming up in due course for people with relevant experience and skill sets to be involved with these groups and we would welcome anybody who feels they could add something to the project to contact the Clerk, Amanda Crocker for more information.

Nature Reserve Working Party

The clearance work along the Bere Stream is nearly complete except for some willows which are leaning precariously into the stream.We hope to clear these during March. The environment group is also planning to sow wildflowers on the banks just outside the new school. On Souls Moor we are planning to get the ponies back to do their grass grazing conservation work this month. The grazing period last year was successful in clearing part of Souls Moor.

Jubilee Bridge

To make identification easier, the council heard a proposal to name the original wooden bridge which crosses Bere Stream just at the end of Stanbarrow Close, as “Jubilee Bridge”, as the Jubilee Trail crosses over it. This was unanimously agreed and a sign will be made in due course. We are also using the terms “Souls Moor Boardwalk” to refer to the new boardwalk, south of the stream and “Riverside Boardwalk” to refer to the original boardwalk north of the stream. The bridge near the Scout Hut is, of course, already known as “Souls Bridge”. This should make it easier for people to report any defects or faults with these areas, which you can do to any councillor or the clerk.

Notice Boards

The Council have recently funded the creation of 2 new large noticeboards, (beautifully hand-made by Bill Steggles), to be used for displaying information and notices of upcoming events. These will be situated by the pinch point crossing to the new school, and near the garden of the Vicarage.

Bryan Benjafield

 

March 2017 Meeting

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April 2017 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 13th April 2017 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th May at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Village Forum

55 people were present, together with Steve Tapscott (Purbeck District Council), Wayne Roberts (Head Teacher, Bere Regis Primary School), Richard Henshaw (agent for the owners of the White Lovington land), Cllr Peter Wharf (County and District Councillor) and members of the Parish Council.

Cllr Ventham welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced those councillors present before giving a brief outline of the format for the Forum. He then ran through the work and achievements of the Parish Council over the last year, including the current position of the Neighbourhood Plan and an update on the new proposal for the White Lovington site.

Mike Gee outlined the work of the Community Hall Working Party to date and went on to explain the next phase of the work – looking into the various legal, planning and funding raising aspects of the scheme.
Cllr Peter Wharf gave a brief outline of the history of the Purbeck Local Plan and why the Review is now having to take place saying that, the Independent Inspector agreed to the Plan on the condition that the housing numbers are reviewed and increased. This meant that, up until 2033, a further 3,000 houses were needed throughout Purbeck. He then went on to explain the recent unitary consultation and the outcome that had been achieved, together with the representation to the Secretary of State.

There followed a question and answer session at which the concerns of the White Lovington residents over the wild life on the proposed development site was raised. A full set of the notes, together with the presentation is available on the Parish Council web site.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

There have recently been positive developments in discussions with local landowners, meaning we are getting closer to bringing forward our Neighbourhood plan and putting this out for initial consultation, followed by a referendum on adopting it and moving forward. Anybody wanting to catch up on the progress made with the Neighbourhood Plan so far can look at the dedicated area on the Parish Council website for it here. From there you can find links to ecology reports on the proposed areas and all of the surveys that have been carried to date.
Parking

The number of vehicles around the Elder Road/Manor Farm Road/Old Barn Road area was discussed, particularly the effect this has on visibility at the junctions. We acknowledge that on street parking is at a real shortage in many areas of the village, and as a council we are always looking for any ways we can improve the situation for both motorists and residents alike. We are looking into the possibility of Dorset County Council putting white lines on all of the junctions leading onto Manor Farm Road as a reminder that there should be no parking within 10meters of a junction. In addition, the PCSOs are going to increase their visits to the area and Parking Services will also be in attendance. The council would urge all residents to park considerately wherever they are parking and to make use of available car parks where possible.

Litter

It was also noted that the level of litter around the village seems to be increasing. Whilst we do benefit from consciencious residents who often collect litter, and our own Lengthsman spends time collecting it as well, it would be great if we could just reduce the amount which gets dropped and thrown into hedges etc. We also discussed entering competitions in future such as Best Kept Village, and reducing the amount of litter on our streets would help considerably with our chances of that.

Ponies on Souls Moor

We now have semi permanent grazing on Souls Moor thanks to 2 cobb ponies and there is a grazing agreement with the owner who specialises in providing pony grazing on nature reserves. The grazing is necessary to reduce excessive vegetation growth and stimulate the growth of rarer plants that grow on wet meadows such as Souls Moor. After some delay a pond has now been dug which will not only provide a water supply for the ponies, but also provide an additional wildlife habitat for plants and insects. The ponies are called Nicky and Lucy and our picture shows Lucy inspecting the part dug pond.

Play Park Inspection

We have recently had the annual audit of our Play Park and were delighted to hear that it passed with flying colours, with only a few minor ammendments and repairs needed. A full copy of the report can be found on our website.

 

May 2017 Meeting

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June 2017 Meeting

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July 2017 Meeting

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August 2017 Meeting

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September 2017 Meeting

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October 2017 Meeting

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November 2017 Meeting

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December 2017 Meeting

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