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Buckland Newton

Parish Council

Your Parish Councillors are: Rodney Cuff (Chair), Nicki

Barker (Vice Chair), John Baker, Jane Collins,  Andy

Foot, Mark Needham, Chris Osmond (Recreation

Officer), Sam Sowerby, Lin Townsend.

Your Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300 345707) or

e-mail floodwarden@sky.com

Rights of Way Liaison Officer is Stephen White

Parish Clerk: Sarah Mitchell, 01258 817288 or e-mail Your District Councillors are Brian Haynes (Piddle Valley Ward - 6 Orchard Close, Sydling St Nicholas, Dorchester DT2 9PF tel: 01300 341277)  and Pauline Batstone  (Lydden Vale Ward - tel: 01258 472583).


Parish Council Vacancy

A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Buckland Newton Parish

Council following the resignation of Cllr R Cuff.

Rule 8 (1) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 1986 provides that if by Monday 9, October 2017 (14 working days from the date of this notice), a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, it will take place not later than Friday 8 December 2017.  Please click here for the full details.

Parish Council Meeting Dates

Meetings are held in the Parish Rooms at 7.30 pm every second Tuesday of each

month.  If there are any changes, a note will be posted on the Parish Room door.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th September at 7.30 pm, in the Parish Room.  The Agenda and associated Schedule for the September Parish Council Meeting meeting can be viewed here. At Parish Council meetings, we include a 'Democratic Half Hour' to allow members of the Parish to make representations at the meeting. This will be added to the Agenda, before the main body of the meeting takes place, allowing Parishioners to leave if they wish. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, or would prefer to write or e-mail your concerns or potential resolutions, please can you advise the Chair or Parish Clerk at least five days before the meeting, if possible.

Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of Buckland Newton Parish Council Meetings are available on-line from

December 2008.  Please use the tab opposite to view these Minutes.  For copies of

earlier Minutes, please refer to the Parish Clerk.

Annual Canvass for the Register of Electors

Each year the Electoral Registration Office sends out Household Enquiry Forms in

order to ensure that people are correctly registered to vote at their current address. 

These forms are already being received in the West Dorset Area and will be going out

at the end of August for those in the Weymouth and Portland and North Dorset areas.

As last year, the Dorset Councils Partnership is offering a £1,000 prize to an individual

in the partnership area who registers either online, by phone or by text as outlined on

the form, by the 8th of September.

What is a Parish Council?

Confusion often arises because of the use of the word 'Parish' which most people would

connect with the Church. "Parish" is an old English word that means a local territory or

catchment area. A parish had two principal functions: firstly to act as a civil unit which

was responsible for the collection of taxes and tithes, the dispensing of justice and the

raising of armies; secondly it was an ecclesiastical institution served by a local church

or chapel, with a priest or similar clergyman tending to the spiritual needs of local

people.  By the late 19th Century, the two functions of civil and ecclesiastical parish

were formally split in law. The civil parish went on to develop into what we call the

parish or town council today (PC). The ecclesiastical parish or Parochial Church

Council (PCC) is now an entirely separate body. A Parish Council is now a statutory

local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. It is a corporate body with

a legal existence of its own quite separate from that of its members. Councillors are

elected every four years and a Clerk is employed to organise meetings, carry out the

council's decisions and give advice on any legal issues or new legislation. The Clerk is

the only paid person to administer and serve a council and is often the Responsible

Financial Officer too, but does not vote or make decisions for the council.

Parish and Town Councils in England are the first tier of local government.  They have

extensive powers ranging from the power to deal with 'offensive ditches', to acquire land

and my personal favourite 'to accept gifts'!! The list is too extensive (3 pages) to publish

here, if you wish, you can check out www.nalc.gov.uk for more information.

Neighbourhood Plan Update - August 2017

The meeting with West Dorset District Council planning and legal officers on the 17th

July was not fruitful; they insist we have to accept the Independent Examiner’s

modifications to our plan in full and cannot alter them if we now wish to go to


There are now three options available to us:


accept the changes and let our current plan go ahead to the referendum


withdraw the plan and do some more work on it, more consultation, and then get

it re-examined


withdraw the plan and abandon the project

Each option has it pros and cons. These are listed together with more details on the

options in a circular being delivered to every household, also available here. This

circular invites feedback from parishioners to enable the Parish Council to make a

decision on the way forward.

The Parish Council is holding a number of drop-in events at the Parish Room for those

who would like more information:

10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Tuesday 15th August

2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Wednesday 16th August

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Thursday 17th August

All feedback must be with the Parish Council by no later than the 21st August as it has

to make a decision and report this to the District Council by the 23rd August.

Currently the Parish Council has a preference for Option 1. Please see the circular for

the reasons why.

The Neighbourhood Plan with the modifications made by the Independent Examiner

can be seen here. This may be subject to change as we are still waiting for West Dorset

District Council to agree we have made the changes correctly (5th August).

A list of the summarised main modifications is here.

Buckland Newton Parish Council                  

Parish and Neighbourhood Plans

Under the Localism Act, Buckland Newton Parish Council decided to draw up a Community Plan for the Parish.  The first stage, a Parish Plan, has now been completed and approved by the Parish Council and can be viewed by clicking the Parish Plan tab opposite. A Neighbourhood Plan will allow us, as a community, to decide what happens in our own Parish in the future. This can include such topics as: How much additional housing we need and where it should go How much of this housing should be affordable for local people only What additional employment opportunities we should allow Community facilities such as sports facilities and allotments Conservation measures, community open space and woodland Village signs, highway safety measures, bus shelters, etc The Parish Council has taken into account the comments and representations received from both the parishioners and statutory consultees in the public consultations, and has made and agreed final amendments to the draft Neighbourhood Plan. West Dorset District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People were given six weeks from Thursday 28 January 2016 until the end of Thursday 10 March 2016, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. Any concerns submitted during the consultation period have been passed on to the independent examiner for consideration.  To see the plan, click the Neighbourhood Plan tab opposite.  Please also see the latest (May 2017) information above.

Community Emergency Plan

The Community Emergency plan can be viewed by clicking the Community Emergency Plan tab opposite.  The Environment Agency has also issued a notice about new Flood Warning Areas in Dorset.  

Mobile Phone Signal

The Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal Scheme is no longer available, but if enough residents complain directly to Vodafone then they may consider looking into the issue of black spots and poor signal in our area. You need to write to Customer Service and Complaints, Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FN.

Dog Mess

Please do not throw dog mess in the hedges or river. It should be put in appropriate bins or taken home and put in normal household waste bins.

General Planning Matters

After each Parish Council meeting, there will be an entry in the Lydden Vale News covering planning applications. Please be aware that due to the nature of the process, the information will probably be out of date and it may be too late to make representations by the time it is published.  Planning matters are included in the Parish Council Minutes, published each month and which can be viewed by clicking on the Parish Council Minutes tab opposite. You can also keep a check on new applications locally by clicking on the West Dorset Planning Applications tab opposite.  Simply enter "Buckland Newton" in the box marked "Parish".  You don't need to know a planning number. This will bring up all the latest applications, and clicking on the "Select" box will not only bring up the plans, but also gives you the opportunity to send in your comments on any application immediately on line. If you are concerned about a planning application, or whether you need to apply for permission, you are very welcome to call the WDDC helpdesk on 01305 252492.

Salt/Grit for icy conditions and Sandbags

Salt/Grit bins are available outside the Village Hall and close to the Church. In case of flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags. If you are unlucky enough to require use of these at some time in the future please contact Doug Morse on 01300 345707 or Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309 to find out how to obtain sandbags.  The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300 345707) or e-mail floodwarden@sky.com

Policy for dealing with unreasonable complaints

Buckland Newton Parish Council is accountable for the proper use of public money and must ensure that the money is spent wisely and that the work of the organisation is not disrupted to the detriment of the residents of our Parish. The Parish Council is committed to dealing with all queries and allegations from parishioners fairly and impartially and to the best of our ability. Parish Council Meetings are open to all parishioners and Councillors will make every effort to meet individual's needs where they are unable to attend a Parish Council Meeting. The Parish Council will only deal with" bona fide" parishioners of the Parish of Buckland Newton, and those of surrounding Parishes where there is an impact on the running of this Parish. The Parish Council will only deal with parishioners who offer verifiable contact details and will not enter into communication with individuals who are unable or unwilling to provide such details. When the Parish Council consider that a parishioner's complaint is of an unreasonable or persistent nature, the Council will tell them why it considers their complaint or behaviour falls into this category, and explain that the Council may cease to respond to the parishioner. A decision to follow this course of action will be taken by the full council at a Parish Council meeting. Where complaints continue to be of an unreasonable or persistent nature, the Parish Council may seek the advice of a higher authority in the County of Dorset. In a case where the behaviour of a complainant is extreme, the Parish Council may consider other options, for example, reporting the matter to the police or taking legal action. In such cases, it may not give the Parishioner prior warning of that action.

Parish Room

Currently the newly refurbished Parish Room is used by the cricket and football clubs and also for the Parish Council monthly meeting.  Outside of these times it is available for use as a small venue for local events/clubs or small social gatherings such as children’s birthday parties etc.  All the Council would ask would be a donation of £5.00 towards the running costs for a half day booking and that the room is left clean and tidy afterwards.  If you are interested in booking the Parish Room, please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

Junk Mail

This can be a real nuisance. It only adds to the volume of recycling and at the end of the day our Council Tax to dispose of it. So unless you enjoy browsing through free mail, it IS easy to cut down on 90% of it by removing your name from direct mail lists. The best way to do this is: Write with your name and address to Mail Preference Service, Freepost 29 (LON20771), London W1E OZT (you can pick up a form for this at the District Council's Office in High West St in Dorchester). Or phone the Mail Preference Service on 0845 703 4599 or go to their website on www.mcsonline.org.uk  or e-mail 

Village Allotments

If you are interested in becoming a plot-holder please contact a member of the Parish Council.

Bus Passes

More information at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/bus/national-bus- pass-concessionary-travel

Piddlehinton Gym

Are you aware that this vast indoor community and sports space exists only a few miles away down the Piddle Valley?  It is a huge indoor space that could be a fabulous local venue for all sorts of things beyond its current limited sporting use. But it is run by a small group - The Piddlehinton Gymnasium Users Association - who because of falling membership are in danger of having to hand the lease back to the County Council. They need to make everyone local aware of its existence and its potential for all sorts of uses that might need a large indoor space. There are lots of free slots in its current usage and the Users Association are looking for interested local groups or individuals to hire it on a one off or regular basis. It has huge potential for indoor sports such as badminton/netball/volleyball or an indoor venue when our village hall is not big enough, or you needed a huge space for an indoor children's party, or to house the village fete if the weather is horrid, or noisy band practice as it has no near neighbours and has excellent parking.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

To find out which day is your recycling collection day, go to www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish-collections and enter your postcode, select your address, 'return to content', then 'view all data from My Local'.  Then click to view your next collection day. Your Bin Collection - what the District Council will and will not collect free of charge in West Dorset.  The Council are now enforcing their existing Waste Collection Policy to try and reduce landfill waste still further.  In the past, this policy should have charged for Garden Waste and Commercial collections but has not always done so. Ordinary Household Waste and Recycled paper, tin and glass: Uncharged collection continues. Garden Waste:  There is now a scheme for our locality: for £45 per year (240-litre wheelie bin) or £34 per year (120-litre bag) you can have garden waste collected fortnightly.  Sign up on-line at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/gardenwaste The free alternative is to compost it in the garden or take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Louds Mill in Dorchester for onward  composting.  Commercial Waste:  That generated by business premises such as pubs, shops or business units, has to be in a WDCC wheeled bin or prepaid blue "Trade" sack if you want it collected by the Council. Domestic properties offering  Bed & Breakfast accommodation:  Uncharged collection as this is treated as ordinary household waste. Commercially-run Holiday Cottages:  These should pay to have their waste collected using either prepaid blue Trade* sacks or a WDCC wheeled bin.  As each situation is unique, it may help to phone 01305 262117 to discuss which is the most economic route to collect this waste.

Parking Permits

Those of us lucky enough to have a car to get around often get exasperated when we haven't enough small change for the fee.  Did you know that there is a Shopper's Permit which allows 2 hours parking, or three hours if a disabled badge is also displayed, (limited to one use a day) in several short stay car parks  in West Dorset – Dorchester, Sherborne, Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis? You need to look on the board at the entrance  to make sure the permit is allowed,  These permits are available from the tourist office but you need to take the car's registration document along with you.  You can also now purchase or renew a permit online at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/parking/permit-for-west-dorset-shoppers   Permits are priced from £16 for one vehicle or £18.50 for two vehicles for each six month period.  The website has been designed to work on smartphones, tablets and desktops, enabling you to carry out transactions at a time and place that suits you. The fully automated service will also send you a reminder when your permit is due to expire.  
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