16 October 2015
Roadworks update for the Chapel Gate roundabout

Designs are currently being worked on to change the current Chapel Gate roundabout into a much larger signalised junction.. The changes will increase capacity at the junction, relieve congestion, and open up development potential at the airport. This is one of the Growth Deal projects promoted by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) with £3.3M assigned to the junction. The intention is to start construction this time next year.

In order to get some surety in the design site investigations will be crried out on the highway verges and drainage runs covering the scheme, this is in order to establish the line and position of buried services as well as establishing ground conditions. This is essential work to enable the design to progress to planning and keep this tight programme on track.

The works can be carried out all off-carriageway if the trenches are hand dug. This being the case signs will be erected to advise that operatives are on site and cones put next to the kerbs just to highlight the areas where they are working. There will be no disruption to traffic.

The work will start Monday 19th October and last 1 - 2 weeks.

14 October 2015
Good road news!

Southern Gas Networks work at Ham Lane schedule for this week has been abandoned and won't affect the road. They have recalled their notice saying that all works will take place off the highway and so the temporary lights are not required.

DCC Highways were advised by Fulcrum's project manager for the gas installation scheme outside the Marks and Spencer development, that they were unable to do any work last evening due to "the team leader being taken to hospital" - the latest from Fulcrum is that they are still not in a position to carry out any work tonight either, but will endeavour to have a workforce on site tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

Keep Watching Facebook and our website and we will try to keep you updated.

14 October 2015
Work in Parley Wood 2015/16

Will residents please be aware that clearance work in Parley Wood will be ongoing until March 2016. New paths will be created and the wood surveyed.

6 October 2015
Investigation after 12 cars are damaged in West Parley

Officers in Ferndown are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a spate of criminal damage to a number of vehicles in the West Parley area. A total of 12 vehicles were damaged, with words being scratched into the bodywork by an unknown object. Police Sergeant Michelle Ford, of Ferndown police, said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious at the time in the relevant areas to contact me. Anyone else who may have discovered damage to their cars in the vicinity should also contact police. Witnesses and anyone with information can contact me, in confidence, on 101." Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting occurrence number 55150101998.

1 October 2015
West Parley welcomes new Councillor

At September's meeting the Parish Council was pleased to welcome Kay Bundy as a new Councillor. Kay has lived in West Parley for many years and is keen to get involved and help shape the village's future. We all welcome her on board and wish her every success for the future.

1 October 2015
Avoid Parley Cross - weeks of roadworks on A338 diversion routes, including New Rd temporary lights

Residents should note several sets of roadworks in the coming weeks on roads which are already busy because of the A338 Spur Rd rebuild. This includes temporary traffic lights on New Rd at Dudsbury Avenue from 7am-7pm from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October. Also there is work on the A348 Ringwood Rd from 19th October, temporary lights at Longham at Ham Lane from Monday 12th October, and overnight closures on the A31. . . Daily Echo article on the roadworks or the latest Dorset traffic updates. Please see a very helpful breakdown of all the local roadworks

10 September 2015
Parley First School are looking for Parent Governors

The role of the governing body is crucial for the effective leadership and management of the school. The governing body supports and challenges the teaching and learning across the school in a variety of ways. The school governors meet at least once every term and there is more information on the role of the school governor and how to become one. If you have a child at the wonderful first school, please consider joining the Governing Body and helping the Head Teacher run the school.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination form and return it to the school no later than Monday 12th October 2015. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent.

Full information and the form.

28 September 2015
Charges for non-household waste at recycling centres approved

Residents please note: as Bournemouth is not part of the DWP, Longham's HRC will not be affected although Wimborne Brooke Road will be. Councillors have agreed to introduce charges for taking "non-household" materials to Dorset's household recycling centres (HRCs), which could save around £200,000 a year.

Nearly 7,500 residents responded to a public consultation on the waste charges on a range of options to reduce the £3.3m-a-year cost of running Dorset's 11 HRCs. On Monday (14 September), the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) joint committee approved a charging structure for disposing of materials such as rubble, plasterboard and tyres in line with neighbouring Poole.

Under the scheme, householders will pay:

  • £1.50 per bag of soil or rubble or item of DIY waste, such as ceramic basins
  • £6 per bag or £12 per sheet of asbestos
  • £2.50 per bag or £10 per sheet of plasterboard
  • £5 per car tyre
  • Between £6 and £35 per gas canister (depending on size)

The DWP estimates charges could generate £250,000 a year, offset by initial set-up costs of around £20,000.

The contract for managing Dorset's 11 HRCs is currently out to tender. Charges are unlikely to come in before the new contract starts next August. Between November and February, the DWP asked local people to have their say on possible money-saving changes to Dorset's HRCs. Of the 7,440 people who responded, three quarters said closing one or more HRCs permanently would be unacceptable. This option has not been taken forward. When asked to rank the options, 57% of respondents felt charging for non-household waste was more acceptable than the other options. The results showed the DWP's recycling centres are popular, with 84% of people saying they were satisfied with their local centre and 42% visiting at least once a month.

Cllr Anthony Alford, chair of the DWP Joint Committee, said: "Thank you to everyone who had their say. The results showed just how highly residents value Dorset's recycling centres. HRCs are mainly provided for recycling ordinary household materials. The types of waste for which there will be a small charge are the result of home improvements or can be disposed of in other legal ways, such as skip hire and garages. The changes agreed will achieve significant and much-needed savings with the minimum impact on the majority of people who use our centres."

Please see the full results of the consultation

18 September 2015
Success at Bloom competition

Volunteers working to improve Parley Wood
Volunteers working to improve Parley Wood

Residents in West Parley are celebrating their success in the South and South East in Bloom competition following the announcement that the village had gained a silver gilt award after 2 years of gaining a silver. The judges commented "Pride in the village was more than evident at every stage of our most interesting tour. The large In Bloom group, involving so many volunteers, have worked hard to improve this year on year, making great and noticeable strides, with all round hard work, motivated by civic pride and consciously working to implement the recommendations of last years judging team. This is a great example of a can do entry seeming not to be thwarted by the enormity of so many challenges. Well done."

Parish Council Chairman Councillor John Cullen commented "This improvement is a well deserved reward for all the hard work put in by volunteer co-ordinators Pat and Stuart Couper and the army of fantastic volunteers we have here who turn out in all weathers to improve the village." In its first entry into the RHS Its Your Neighbourhood 2015 competition, run alongside the In Bloom competition, the West Parley Residents Association gained the second highest category of "thriving", just one mark beneath the top award of outstanding, a fantastic achievement at the first entry.

The judges were particularly impressed by the work done in Parley Wood to improve access and recreate a traditional woodland setting for the benefit of all residents. The awards were collected by volunteers Andy Steele and Diana Penwill at a recent event in Brighton.