12 April 2016
Proposed temporary road closure, Parley Lane, Chapel Gate

To facilitate traffic flow during the Bournemouth Sevens Festival at Chapel Gate, 11:00am 27th May until 09:00hrs 30th May, a temporary closure of the Chapel Lane sliproad at the Chapel Gate roundabout is proposed. Please email the Clerk with any concerns.

18 March 2016
Police alert, hang up on fraudsters

Yesterday, a Ferndown resident received a phone call from a male pretending to be from the residents internet provider. The male had obtained some information on the resident's internet provider and with this, he managed to talk the resident into entering a code into his computer and entering his personal banking details, believing he would receive compensation. We strongly advise not to give personal details over the phone, callers may pose at banks, internet providers and even police officers. If you have any suspicions, hang up and call back on a number found on legitimate webpages or statements.

18 March 2016
A338 - plan ahead for Easter, a message from Dorset County Council

Although the timing of the end of phase one allowed us to reopen the road for the two week Christmas period, this won't be the case for phase four and Easter. We need to keep the current traffic restrictions on the A338 (a contraflow on the southbound carriageway) during the Easter Bank Holiday and two week school holiday. >We've squeezed the rebuild into nine months to avoid the summer season. Finishing phase 3 and waiting until after the Easter school holiday to start up again would cost us around four weeks of time, and would mean us finishing at the end of June.

Although there will not be a full consignment of workers on site during the Bank Holiday weekend, we equally couldn't afford to lose the time it would take to put the new layout in place, pull it in for the Easter weekend and put it back out afterwards.

Bournemouth and Christchurch are open for business as usual but drivers will need to plan ahead and think more carefully about their journey.

18 March 2016
Give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions, your Parish Council needs your vote

The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. The government should introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.

There is a fundamental imbalance in the planning system. Under current rules, if a council refuses a planning application, the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a council approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the government should give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions

Please sign the online petition, search Google "online petition 110489", your Parish Council needs your vote.

15 March 2016
Roadworks for Barrack Road, Christchurch

Wessex Water are due to commence work on A35 Barrack Road from Clarendon Road to Stour Road in Christchurch, starting 29 March, as part of a scheme involving Internal work to Manholes and sewers to carry out lining and repair work. Alongside closures of local roads off Barrack Road (being dealt with separately under normal procedures), there will also be lane closures on Barrack Road around Clarendon Road and temporary lights at its junction with Stour Road.

The schedule of the work is as follows:

  • Lane closures on Barrack Road at Clarendon Road - morning of 29 March until 1 April
  • Lane closures and temporary lights on Barrack Road at the jct with Stour Road 9.30am 6 Apr until 7 Apr.

The high impact work at Barrack Road and Stour Road is being kept to an absolute minimum and the temporary lights will be manually control at all times during the day (between 7am and 7pm).

Wessex Water are preparing a press statement and will be deploying high-visibility electronic message signs in advance and during, to warn and inform drivers.

2 March 2016
Traffic update - A338 closure and Matchams Lane temporary lights

There will be a northbound closure of the A338 on Friday night (4th March) to replace some temporary barrier, which was hit by a vehicle on Monday morning. The road will be closed to northbound traffic between Cooper Dean and Ashley Heath from midnight Friday 4 March for around 1 hour - reopening around 1am Saturday 5 March. Also, on Friday 4 March there will be two-way lights on Hurn Road bridge (northern most bridge over the A338 which turns into Matchams Lane) from 9am to 3pm while our colleagues replace a damaged parapet.

24 February 2016
West Parley Mobile Library service to be withdrawn

There are a number of stops now confirmed for withdrawal and a list of these is attached. These stops are not meeting the combined usage criteria of four readers or less and an average of 10 items or less issued per visit. Some stops originally proposed for withdrawal have been reinstated as they now meet the criteria. For the areas where the service is being withdrawn we are working to provide alternative access to library services for those affected users. Based on the comments received and working together with local staff, we will arrange to offer alternative schemes such as the Good Neighbour scheme and Home Library service for those users who would like help in continuing to use the library service.

Details of the review and the stops to be withdrawn.

New Mobile Library schedule.

24 February 2016
Police alert - door trader in the Ferndown area

Dorset Police has received information of a door trader in the Ferndown area, claiming loft insulation is showing on computer that the loft insulation, fibre glass type is out of date and needs to be replaced. The male then stated if it wasn't changed within 6 months the resident would be fined £1.900. Please do not deal with these individuals, you will not be fined if you don't have your insulation changed. If you have any concerns regarding a company contact Trading Standards Tel 01305 224012 or more info on the government website -