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14 October 2020
Temporary Closure of Various Roads

Dudsbury Road from the junction with B3073 Christchurch Road to the junction with Hadrian Close; Hadrian Close from the junction with Dudsbury Road. The Notice is needed in order to comply with health and safety regulations which require the provision of safe working areas and to minimise the likelihood of danger to highway users. It will come into operation on 21st October 2020 between 08:00 and 16:00​ and remain in force for five days, but it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 27th October 2020. The road will be reopened overnight and at weekends.

This will enable Dorset Council to carry out carriageway maintenance and resurfacing works. A locally signed diversion route will be put in place to enable traffic to travel around the closed section.

Full details and map of the temporary road closures.

8 September 2020
what3words - Three words for a faster emergency response

What is what3words?
what3words has divided the globe into 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. It means everywhere can be located with just three words. For example ///kite.chats.dine will take you to a precise spot in a field next to the River Ouse in York. what3words is available as a free app for iOS and Android and online map at Find out more about what3words.

Just over 80% of services in the UK now use what3words, including Dorset Police and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue. Residents can download the what3words app on their phones in case they need to call 999.

Residents can also use what3words to report incidents with organisations like National Grid, Network Rail and the Environmental Agency.

25 August 2020
Dorset Council (Part of Footpath 9, West Parley at Dudsbury Fort) Public Path Diversion Order 2020

Residents please note that the Stour Valley Way will be diverted where it passes through Dudsbury Hill Fort.

Full details and map of the footpath diversionary order.

21 August 2020
Amended Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for Dudsbury Road and Hadrian Close, Ferndown

To enable Dorset Council to carry out maintenance work, they plan to close Dudsbury Road and Hadrian Close Ferndown,Dorset between 21st October 2020 and 27th October 2020. The road will be closed daily between the hours of 08.00 and 16.00 but it will be open overnight and at weekends.

Full details of closures and map.

21 July 2020
Criminal Damage

damaged trees

It is with great sadness that another 2 vergeside trees have been subjected to unnecessary damage, at the junction of Mags Barrow with New Road. It is particularly upsetting that one of the trees was donated by a resident who asked for it to be planted in memory of a family member who passed away.

The Parish Council bought a second tree to place on the opposite verge to compliment the memorial tree. Both trees have been snapped off at some point through Saturday 18th into Sunday 19th.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, please contact Dorset Police.

4 July 2020
Come Back Safely To Respect Protect and Enjoy Our Communities

Dorset Police is preparing for a surge of visitors this weekend as lockdown restrictions ease and the hospitality industry reopens.

But the message to those living in and coming to our region is clear – come back safely, respect, protect and enjoy our communities. Throughout the last week there have been reports of a surge in bookings across hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites and this coincides with the re-opening of the day and night time economy on Saturday 4 July 2020.

Dorset Police has been anticipating the demand and planning extensively with partners throughout the lockdown period for the re-opening of our region. Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “We know our tourism industry has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and there is a need to welcome responsible tourists back.

“However, this needs to be done safely while appreciating the fears our resident communities may have with many thousands of people coming back to our region – with the health concerns this may bring. “We must follow Government advice and guidance as to what is safe, but we would ask all people – whether you are a visitor or a resident – to be respectful and begin to enjoy parts of life none of us have experienced since the end of March.”

Last week saw an estimated 500,000 people come into the Bournemouth and Poole area during one day, with 150,000 descending on Bournemouth seafront – leaving 40 tonnes of rubbish. Chief Constable Vaughan added: “The scenes of last week were extraordinary and of significant concern to myself as a Chief Constable and a resident.

“Everyone, whether you are a visitor or a resident, has a duty to act responsibly and not to become involved in drink related anti-social behaviour or leave your rubbish to litter our beautiful region. “Just because we are coming out of lockdown it is not an excuse to drink irresponsibly, fight or act in a way likely to bring harm to yourself and others. It will not be tolerated and police will take proactive action to deal with this kind of unacceptable behaviour. “We have a strong collaboration with our partners and will do everything possible to keep those in the county safe – but that needs common sense and respect from all.”

Demand on police and other emergency services is expected to see a considerable increase from this weekend and for the rest of the summer season – likely to stretch well into September. Calls to 999 and 101 increase by 10 and 14 per cent respectively during the summer season and officers and staff will be prioritising this increased demand according to threat, risk, harm and vulnerability – some less urgent matters may take longer to attend. There will be more officers on patrol across the region with greater visibility and reassurance to communities throughout the summer period – particularly in areas such as Weymouth and Bournemouth that seeing some of the largest swells in population. Chief Constable Vaughan added: “Our licensed industry will re-open on Saturday, but it will be a very different experience for those going to a pub or restaurant.

“You are very likely to have to book your visit and may be restricted to the amount of time you can spend in an establishment. We want people to enjoy that experience, but be patient and prepared to have to plan – a walk-up visit to a pub may not be possible for some weeks. “If you are going to a beach or beauty spot, think about how you are parking your vehicle and the legacy you may leave. We have seen many tonnes of rubbish left on our coastline and country parks during the last week, which is inexcusable – respect our wonderful region and take your rubbish away.” Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “Everyone knows that irresponsible drinking leads to public disorder, fighting and other forms of anti-social behaviour. “There is never any excuse for this, and the fact that the Government has chosen to lift restrictions by re-opening pubs and bars does not change that.

“The police are working closely with partners in preparation for Saturday and have resources in place, but it is vital members of the public act responsibly. “Remember we are still in the middle of a global health emergency, so please don’t do anything that would put additional pressure on our Force or on the local health service.” Chief Constable Vaughan said: “We are going to be challenged by the numbers of vehicles on our road network this weekend and during the coming weeks, but again I would ask people to drive safely and not become a fatal or seriously injured statistic on our roads. “If you are coming to Dorset, we welcome you as a responsible citizen, but please be aware COVID-19 has not gone away. “Social distancing still needs to be observed and everyone must play their part to prevent the virus spreading and not bring further misery upon our communities. “Play your part and behave in a way that respects our communities, supports the local economy, but ultimately keep yourself and others safe.”

25 June 2020
Good news for cyclists

new Parley First School bike rack

Over the years we have received a series of requests for a bike rack at the Glenmoor Road shopping parade. This has not been possible as the land is privately owned and it not within Dorset Council remit.

On discussing matters with Mr Bagwell, the head of Parley First School, it was agreed one could be placed near the entrance to the school.

Even more excitingly, that the school had an under used bike rack that they could place next to the village sign and community noticeboard immediately ... and it's Parley blue!

So for those cyclists using the shopping parade or dropping children to school, you can now secure your bikes. It should also help to keep the pavements clear from bikes being laid down in front of the shops, which can be a hazard to others.

17 June 2020
Appeal For Information After Woman Bitten By Dog In Ferndown

Officers are appealing for information to help identify the owner of a dog that bit a woman in Ferndown.

The victim, aged in her 40s, was jogging on Poor Common at around 10.45am on Sunday 7 June 2020 and was near to the Heathlands Avenue entrance when she saw a woman with approximately eight dogs.

The dogs were all small ones apart from a black lurcher or greyhound type dog. The woman also possibly had a dog in a buggy. As the victim approached she went to the opposite edge of the path in an attempt to comply with social distancing guidance and one of the dogs that was on a lead, described as a brown terrier type, bit her to the back of the leg, causing an injury. The woman with the dogs is described as white, aged in her 60s, around five feet six inches tall and of slim build with greying blonde hair.

Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: “We are carrying out enquiries into this matter and I would urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed it to please contact us. “I would also urge the owner of the dog involved to do the right thing and come forward so we can take your account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200068912. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

2 June 2020
Witness Appeal Following Reported Aggravated Burglary In Ferndown

Detectives investigating an alleged aggravated burglary in Ferndown are appealing for witnesses to come forward. It is reported that at around 9.55pm on Thursday 28 May 2020 three men entered an address on Ford Lane and took a quantity of cash before driving away in a white BMW.

During the incident it is alleged that a male occupant was stabbed and he sustained injuries to his head and eye. He was taken to hospital for treatment. A woman also sustained injuries to her arm that did not require hospital treatment.

Following a search of the area armed officers, assisted by the NPAS helicopter, stopped a vehicle on the A31 eastbound at St Leonards. The road was closed to allow officers to carry out their enquiries and reopened just after midnight on Friday 29 May 2020. A 20-year-old man and two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and are currently assisting detectives with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Gavin House, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the reported aggravated burglary or saw any suspicious activity in Ford Lane to please get in touch. “I would urge local residents or any motorists who were in the Ford Lane area at the relevant time to check their home CCTV systems or dashcam for any footage that may assist my investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200068912. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

22 May 2020
Witness Appeal Following Reported Fail-To-Stop Injury Collision At Hurn

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to come forward following a reported fail-to-stop collision at Hurn near Christchurch.

At around 5.26pm on Friday 15 May 2020 a BMW car travelling along Parley Lane reportedly failed to stop for police. The officers lost sight of the vehicle and a short time later it was in collision with a red Volkswagen Fox on the roundabout at the junction of the Avon Causeway. The driver of the Volkswagen – a 22-year-old local woman – sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment. She has now left hospital. On the evening of Friday 15 May 2020 three men from Bournemouth – two aged 24 and one aged 22 – were arrested on suspicion of driving offences. They have all been released under investigation.

Following further enquiries, a 23-year-old Christchurch man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences on Monday 18 May 2020. He has also been released under investigation. The circumstances of this incident require a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) due to the police involvement. Officers are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200068912. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

18 May 2020
Dorset Council's message to visitors – “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice”

Dorset Council’s Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower, has a clear message for any potential visitors or day trippers thinking of coming to Dorset as a result of the government easing of lockdown restrictions: “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice.”

Dorset Council has decided that, at this early stage, car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being. The only exception is the Swannery car park in Weymouth which will re-open later this week for road safety reasons. Public toilets will also remain closed due to the difficulty for social distancing to be maintained at these facilities.

Some council-run car parks in town and village centres have remained open through the COVID outbreak for local residents. These will continue to remain open but parking charges will now be reintroduced. This follows the latest guidelines from government, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday 10 May, outlining the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.

More information and the full article.

18 May 2020
Amendment to Care Home Proposal

amended plans for care home proposal

Last year saw Dorset Council approve the 80 bedroom Care Home in West Parley.
3/19/0821/FUL - Land South of Christchurch Road, West Parley. Erect an 80 bedroom Care Home with associated parking, landscaping and amenity space.

Amended plans have now been submitted on the following application number.
3/20/0430/CONDR. Land south of Christchurch Road
The proposed plans include changing the appearance of the care home including an imposing pillared entrance. In addition, whilst the room numbers are set to reduce by 12% (from 80 to 68) the onsite parking is reducing by a disproportionate 34% (from 35 to 23 spaces). The B3073 is already very congested and cannot tolerate roadside parking and Parley Cross is the busiest junction in Eastern Dorset.

As always with larger scale developments, West Parley Parish Council encourage residents to review the applications and comment on the plans to ensure parishoners have the opportunity to comment on developments which affect the future of the village.

Deadlines for comments are 26th May, so if you wish to submit your comments, please do so directly to

18 May 2020
Temporary night closure of the Spur road

BCP Council and Dorset Council are to carry out Litter picking, sweeping of the central reservation and cleaning gullies along the A338, on 25th May 2020 between 19:00 and 06:00​ for five days, but it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 30th May 2020.

More information on the A338 night closure

18 May 2020
Investigation Into Death of Woman Following Incident In West Parley

Detectives investigating the death of a woman following an incident in West Parley are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Dorset Police received a report from the ambulance service at 3.39pm on Saturday 9 May 2020 in relation to two people requiring medical assistance in the car park of the Horns Inn in Christchurch Road. Officers attended to assist the ambulance service.

A woman aged in her 40s, who had reportedly been found unconscious, was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for medical treatment. Very sadly, she died in hospital on the morning of Sunday 10 May 2020. Her family has been informed and is being supported by specially-trained officers. A man aged in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to injuries to his arms. He was later released from hospital. Following the death of the woman, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder and is assisting detectives with their enquiries. The man and woman were known to each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police, said: Our thoughts are of course with the woman who sadly died and her family. I would like to stress that the death is being treated as unexplained at this time and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened. I would urge anyone with information to please contact Dorset Police. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any activity in the car park of the Horns Inn on the afternoon of Saturday 9 May 2020 and has not already spoken to police. I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area and has dashcam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200065559. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

7 May 2020
Food Bank Contributions

During these unprecedented times, foodbanks are under extreme pressure as more families face a daily struggle.

If you are on the Government list to be a recipient of the Go vernment food parcel, but do not require all or some of the food, would you consider donating the food to the local foodbank which helps families within West Parley and the surrounding area? Do you have a surplus of food from any ‘panic buying’ at the start of the pandemic? Would you be willing to pop a couple of extra items in your next food shop? Or do you have a few spare pounds from not going out, which you would be willing to donate?

For those facing a daily struggle to feed their family, the smallest of donations can make a big difference, and all the small donations can add up to be something great. The Country has seen communities coming together to help each other which is so heart warming and hopefully something that will continue long after lockdown.

To make a donation or arrange a ‘socially distanced’ collection please contact Malcolm Plascott on 01202 950521. More information on food banks.

17 April 2020
Dorset Council Garden Waste Collections to recommence from 27th April

Garden Waste customers have reason to be pleased as Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.
Full Garden Waste collection details.

1 April 2020
NHS Nightingale Hospital Request - Looking for something to keep the kids occupied?

Nightingale pop-up hosital

We are sorry to report that the hospital fb account was hacked & this is a hoax. Please do not send pictures .. . maybe try Bournemouth Hospital, local surgeries & shops or pop in your own window for passers by to enjoy.

NHS Nightingale would like to decorate its new wards with bright & beautiful drawings by children.

Why not draw some colourful, cheerful pictures with the kids today? Please note drawings need to be A4 so that they can be laminated for infection control purposes. If you can laminate them before sending to your regional hub PLEASE do! This saves a lot of work for those who are giving up time to do this.

Feel free to draw as many as you like there are no restrictions on sharing the love! Also if you’d like to write a message of hope or get well wishes please feel free to and always wash or gel hands after handling post etc.
Send your finished creations to:
Rainbows for Nightingale, 59 Sutherland Grove, London, SW18 5QP

Bournemouth Hospital would also welcome pictures being sent to brighten the wards. Please post your pics in the comments to give inspiration to others

1 April 2020
PE with Joe Wicks

PE with Joe Wicks

Not only is it a fun activity to do in the morning, it is good for your mental health. But in just over a week he has raised £80k for the NHS through advertising.

If you haven't already … why not join in the fitness fun at 9am and help raise more vital funds for the NHS at this critical time

1 April 2020
Newflash - new Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Facebook Group has been set up

A new Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support facebook group has been set up in an attempt to link those volunteers who are able to help with those who are self isolating.

This group covers all of Ferndown and West Parley so if you are on facebook, pop over and like their page to keep up to date.

As of 9am this morning, a phone line is open to enable those not on social media to also benefit. Tel: 01202 936121.

If you can offer support or are in need of support, please do contact the helpline as there is amazing community spirit to ensure basic needs are being met. Please bear in mind, these are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

More information about Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support
and also the Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support website

31 March 2020
Tv Licensing Scam Email Circulating

There are several reports of a scam TV Licensing email that is circulating at present. The email advises the recipient that they need to renew their TV Licence, which can be done quickly online by clicking a link in the email.

If you receive an email purporting to be from TV Licensing or any other unsolicited email that you suspect to be a scam, please follow the Action Fraud advice as follows:

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  • Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
  • Visit the Action Fraud website where there is information on how to forward on your scam mail. When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.
  • If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

Visit the TV Licensing website for further information and email security advice.

31 March 2020
Consultation on Rural Bus Services

Councils have been asked to comment on the rural bus service consultation, however would we encourage residents to let us know their views by end April. We need to understand whether the service (or lack of) in West Parley is sufficient, which particular routes are most needed and possible case studies with onward journey eg public transport links if going to Southampton hospital.

For more information, please see the Rural Bus Services terms of refernce

The deadline for reply has been extended to early May, so please send your thoughts by emailing the Parish Council on

31 March 2020
Parish Council Newsletters update

Historically the Parish Council has produced an all house newsletter in the spring and autumn to keep residents informed of events and actions of the Council. Given the current pandemic, the Council have chosen to delay the newsletter. The team of volunteers going door to door contravenes the Government guidelines for permitted daily activities and the risk of infection is too great.

The Parish Council plan to issue the next newsletter in the Autumn, if everything has reverted back to normal, and then it will be reduced to once a year, being sent annually in April. April is the end of the Council year and so can summarise the year’s activities to residents.

The Parish Council website and Parish Council facebook page are regularly updated, so you can remain informed on all matters.

30 March 2020
Bonfires - Please Consider Your Neighbours and Be Safe

After what was a long wet winter we have now seen an upturn in the weather and there has been very little rain over the last few weeks, so gardens, open spaces and heathland is drying up rapidly. At this time of year it is usual to see an increase in wildfires.

Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue (DWFRS) are therefore asking the public not to undertake prescribed or controlled burns unless it is absolutely necessary. For information and advice, please see the DWFRS website.

Many people will now be spending more time tidying up their gardens, but with the closure of council tips and the suspension of garden waste collection services, there may be a temptation to have bonfire instead. Bonfires can very quickly get out of control and DWFRS has seen an increase in calls as a result.

Not only that, bonfires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, especially for those who are at present unable to go outside of the perimeters of their property, so the only opportunity they have for fresh air is within the confines of their garden, so please consider your neighbours and whether it is really necessary to have a bonfire.

Both Dorset and BCP Councils have produced advice on their websites for dealing with garden waste whilst the kerbside collections are suspended - garden waste advice from Dorset Council - garden waste advice from BCP Council.

30 March 2020
Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist. See the latest Action Fraud news

What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

Protection advice
Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Report to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040.

Please email HMRC to report offers of financial assistance.

30 March 2020
Open Letter from Dorset Public Sector Organisations: Please stay at home

Dorset Police is working together with partner agencies to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Dorset.

We are all asking the public to play their part by doing one thing - stay at home.

Please read this Open Letter from Dorset Public Sector Organisations urging you to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

30 March 2020
Important new rubbish and recycling guidance for all Dorset residents

As Dorset Council’s waste services begin to feel the pressure from coronavirus (COVID-19) employee absence and the need to introduce new safety measures to protect our workforce, we are asking residents to help us by changing the way they deal with their bins, litter and recycling.

Lower priority services such as bin deliveries and garden waste collections have now either been suspended or are on the verge of being halted. Therefore, due to these reduced staffing levels, we are now implementing the next stage of our plan to keep essential collections going.

Full story and all the details of the new rubbish and recycling guidance.

30 March 2020
Dorset Council suspends charges in their car parks to support key workers and residents

Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Following calls from the general public and Dorset’s elected members, the Council will no longer require payment for the use of any of its car parks that remain open at this time while public health measures are in place.

However, on-street parking charges and restrictions will remain in place in order to keep roads clear and traffic moving.

Full story and all the details of free car parking.

27 March 2020
Dorset Council Message – Garden Waste Collection

After today (27 March), our Garden Waste kerbside bin collection service will be suspended until further notice. This is to enable us to deploy crews to cover coronavirus-related staff absence in higher priority collections, such as rubbish, recycling and food waste. Please keep hold of your garden waste until services return to normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

More Garden Waste kerbside bin collection information on the DCC website.

27 March 2020
Dorset Council – Countryside teams (verge Cutting)

Some people have seen verge cutting work still happening and have asked if it's essential at this time. Most of our countryside teams are still out and working, but keeping 2 metres from each other, regularly washing hands, and wiping down machines.

As a result of the closure of country parks, some colleagues are now being trained up to help with waste collection, to provide cover over coming weeks.

HUGE THANKS to these colleagues for helping keep essential services going during this time.

27 March 2020
Dorset Council – Financial Information

If your financial circumstances have changed over recent weeks which means you may have difficulty paying your council tax, please contact us:
- For West and South areas, email or call 01305 211970
- If you live in the East or North area, email or call 0345 034 4569.

Our Council Tax team will discuss your particular circumstances with you and find the best solution for you. More Council Tax information

25 March 2020
Annual Parish Meeting is cancelled

It is with regret that we must inform residents that the Annual Parish Meeting for West Parley has been cancelled in line with HM Government restrictions placed on gatherings in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread of the Corona Virus. All Town and Parish Councils have been instructed to cancel ALL meetings until further notice and this includes their Annual Parish Meeting.

Usually, Councillors provide a summary of the Council year and sometimes a speaker is invited to present on specific relevant topics. We had scheduled for a member of the Stour Valley Parks team to attend for this year’s event.

We hope you understand why we have had to take these measures to comply with Government restrictions.

24 March 2020
Important update - gym and play area closed until further notice

Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night ... the play area & gym are now CLOSED until further notice.

As it is not fenced, signs have been put up ... please DO NOT use the facility. Currently the recreation ground, playing fields & woodland remain open but we urge groups, to stop. The prime minister is giving powers to the police to disperse gatherings. This will be enforced.

23 March 2020
Volunteering and getting support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

If you are part of a community group which requires additional volunteer resource, or if you would like to volunteer but are unsure where to begin, then Volunteer Centre Dorset can assist with this. Registration links can be found on the Dorset County Council Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.

Vulnerable people
Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) are the nominated full Dorset Council area organisation coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, respite for carers or prescription collection with a huge team of DBS checked staff and volunteers able to assist in all non-direct care requirements. This will include temporary respite for carers who need a wellbeing break or to do essential shopping for their own families. They will also be working with our Adult Social Care teams to support low risk hospital discharge patients settle back into their communities.

Contact information can be found on the Dorset County Council Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.

Citizen’s Advice
Citizens Advice are continuing to provide free, independent and confidential advice and information to residents experiencing hardship in anyway. They have a full range of employees and volunteers who are operating their service from home so are not currently adversely affected by self-isolation. They will continue to offer a full range of advice including help with:

  • Benefits entitlement and claims
  • Debt management and budgeting
  • Employment advice, including Statutory Sick Pay and rights when laid off work
  • Advice for the self employed
Contact information can be found on the Dorset County Council Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.

Food banks
To ease the predicted increased demand for local food banks, Dorset Council have connected with all foodbanks in the Dorset Council area and given an initial support payment of £1000. Work is also underway to ensure they are able to access all the resources they require and to ensure they all will take electronic vouchers to make the ease of getting this food out to our most vulnerable residents as soon as possible. Find your nearest food bank.

Please adhere to national guidance on social distancing when donating your items or delivering to residents. Get the latest advice from Dorset County Council or contact your local food bank for advice.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Deputy Leader for Dorset Council, has sent a letter to all of Dorset’s major supermarkets asking them to give priority support to:

  • smaller care home providers finding it difficult to access the supplies that they need to the point that they are now running low on some items;
  • vulnerable older people and families where children have special health needs and who are self-isolating and are struggling to access food and essential household items;
  • young carers who need support with shopping;
  • supporting their local foodbanks with resources;
  • and accessing supermarkets at the designated “protected times” may not be possible for those older people living rurally and reliant on public transport.
Work is also in progress with Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) and local providers to see how those who are rurally isolated and may not be able to access shops and foodbanks can receive packages.

Public Health Dorset are contacting all pharmacies in the Dorset Council Area to give advice on prescription delivery options. Some selected Dorset Council staff have been redeployed to deliver controlled prescriptions.

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “We have seen an overwhelming response to COVID-19 from our residents, it is great to see our communities coming together during this difficult and uncertain time.

We are working closely with public sector partners and charities across Dorset to ensure the safety of those who are volunteering their time but also to those most vulnerable. It is important that everyone stays safe and well and I would like to ask residents to keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates and to share within their communities.”

You can find more information on how to access support, registering your interest to volunteer and also guidance for those who are currently volunteering on the Dorset Council Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.

19 March 2020
NeighbourCar - Suspension of Service

In the light of the latest Government advice that persons over 70 should not put themselves at risk by venturing out, the NeighbourCar management Committee have concluded that the service should be suspended for the foreseeable future. Therefore normal operations will cease from Friday 20th March. The committee have only taken this decision after careful consideration and regret very much the need to do so. However, they look forward to being able to resurrect West Parley NeighbourCar sometime in the future, when the present crisis is over.

19 March 2020
Covid-19 Pandemic - Cancellation of all meetings

Please be advised that the Parish Council has followed Government advice during this period of Covid-19 pandemic. After the monthly Parish Council meeting on 18th March 2020, in which social distancing was adhered to, the Council has cancelled ALL meetings for the foreseeable future. All Councils are receiving updates from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) who are working closely with the Government to ensure Councils are given sufficient power and flexibility to continue to operate.

. The key legislative areas relate to the means of carrying out the Annual Parish Council Meeting in May when all Councillors are appointed, the Annual Parish Meeting for the village which much be held between 1st March and 1st June, and the end of year audit to comply with Audit deadlines of 29th June and 30th September. However, the day to day operation is also affected for example, discussion regarding Planning Applications will now take place through email and the Clerk will submit the response.

Many offices have elected for staff to work from home. Our Clerk already works from home, however will not allow members of the public in her house and is likely to experience a period of self-isolation.

You are welcome to continue walking in the Council’s open space (recreation ground, playing fields, car park and woodland) but please take litter home with you to reduce the need for volunteers to empty the bins. All sporting activity has been terminated in line with Government recommendations.

Please be patient with us during these uncertain times and know that we will keeping the ‘show on the road’ even if it is from the safety of our own homes.

27 February 2020
Unusual activity involving a sign written van - please be aware!

We have been informed of unusual activity involving a sign written van, with several male occupants, reversing onto driveways and knocking on doors to see if the occupants are home.

They were witnessed driving off when the occupant appeared. Please be vigilant and keep an eye on more vulnerable neighbours.

24 February 2020
Message from Dorset Council regarding kerbside waste collections

  • Dorset Council have started changing vehicle types used on some collection rounds in East Dorset in advance of wider round changes that are starting soon
  • Most people won’t notice a difference, but we will write to you in advance if your bin collection day is changing
  • Your bins may be emptied by more than one crew at different times on your collection day
  • Larger vehicles have separate compartments for different waste types, so rest assured your rubbish/recycling/food waste is still being kept separated
  • Our crews also often use a “service bin” to gather up food waste or glass – this looks like a regular wheelie bin
  • You may notice vehicles, uniforms and bins start to display the Dorset Council logo, instead of Dorset Waste Partnership
  • If you suspect one/some of your bins have been missed, please wait until 4pm before reporting to us

13 February 2020
Missed Bin Collection

Due to a vehicle breakdown on Monday, parts of Christchurch Road and Elm Tree Walk did not have their kerbside refuse collected. We have contacted Dorset Waste Partnership (Christchurch) who have confirmed that they intend to collect tomorrow (Thursday 14th).

13 January 2020
Footpath closed due to a fallen tree

Please be advised that due to an obstruction, the footpath leading between Oaklands Walk and the Council's playing fields / recreation ground, has been closed.

A tree has fallen across the path, so anyone deciding to use the path does so at their own risk.

We are in the process of arranging a contractor to remove the tree as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.

8 January 2020
Notification of Temporary Closure of Fiztpain Road

Residents please note that Fiztpain Road will be temporarily closed for much needed roadworks between 8am and 4pm for the week 25th – 30th March. Residents will be allowed access to their properties, however may have to wait a short time whilst the workmen facilitate this. Obviously this will have a big impact for those attending Parley First School, so please allow additional time to reach your destination .... or perhaps make this an opportunity to cycle or scoot to school instead!