27 June 2018
CARE – Heath Fires

With the hot weather we are experiencing at the moment, the ground is very dry and heath fires can start easily and spread quickly. Please see advice from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service for tips to reduce the risks.

25 June 2018
Can you help to keep our roads safer?

In a bid to address any issues which may be present on West Parley roads, it has been suggested that the village create its own Traffic Working Party. Currently this will be lead by the Parish Council’s lead for Highways, Cllr David Allen, and our District & County Cllr, Andrew Parry, will also be part of this group.

However we are looking for 3 or 4 residents who would be willing to sit on this group to try to address any highways concerns in the village.

It is anticipated that the group will only meet a handful of times each year, so should not be too time consuming.

If you are interested, please email the Parish Council and the Clerk can forward your details to Cllr Allen and Cllr Parry.

24 June 2018
Outside Gym opened - see the photos!

opening the outdoor gym in the recreation ground

West Parley Parish Council is extremely proud to have provided an outside gym for residents to help with their health and well-being and to help combat isolation in the village. The gym sits in the heart of the Parish Council’s land, incorporating the Recreation Ground, Car park, sports fields and Parley Wood. A spokesperson said “we are thrilled to provide this facility for residents, and especially as we secured the majority of the funding from grants and donations”. The gym was formally opened on 18th June 2018 by Mr Tony Bernard of the Steve Bernard Foundation, a charity established after the tragic loss of his son in a car accident. Steve had a promising career in sports and as part of the touching speech for the opening, Mr Bernard explained Steve’s passion for sport and his wish to make his career in that field. To honour their son’s wishes, the Foundation was established, which has helped numerous great causes in both Dorset and Sussex.

images of people using the outdoor gym in the recreation ground

This is a great example of the community working together; from the consultation to establish the need for the facility, to the ground being prepared by some of West Parley’s wonderful volunteers, and financial support through generous donations by local organisations and Funding schemes, including SBF who contributed a piece of apparatus for those with disabilities.

The Chairman of the Parish Council thanked all the many contributors to the project, and explained how a donation had been made following the passing of a friend after early diagnosis of dementia. He said ‘when someone you know is diagnosed at just 48, it makes you think. Strive for a healthy heart which leads to a healthy mind”.

The Parish Council hope that residents enjoy this facility, but do stipulate that it is not for commercial activity as this really is a facility for residents. The ceremony was followed by use of the gym by attendees and light refreshments.

Please see the Daily Echo article, which notes that one of the groups to make a donation was the Steve Bernard Foundation, which provided a special piece of equipment for people with disabilities.

22nd June 2018 - Look out for the ‘sport’ article in today’s Stour and Avon Magazine!

24 June 2018
Hurn Roundabout - dates of temporary signals

Friday 29 June
Three-way lights will be in place at the roundabout for one night from 10pm. Please avoid the area if possible. Specialist equipment for Moors Bridge maintenance will be unloaded – all directions of traffic will need to be stopped for around 15 minutes when the delivery vehicle arrives, as it will block the road during unloading.

From Monday 2 July
Three-way lights will be in place at the junction of Matchams Lane and Avon Causeway 9am-4pm for two weeks while footpath works are carried out.

From Monday 9 July
Three-way lights will be in place at the roundabout from 8pm (overnight) each weekday night while a new channel is dug for BT cabling. This may only take three nights but it could take up to five.

24 June 2018
Urgent - DCC tree works, Parley Cross

Please note these works ARE NOT related to the proposed development at the New Road site. DCC wish to inform residents of planned urgent tree works in your area at the bus stop on the A347 New road, south bound from Parley Cross. The tree works are of an urgent nature due low branches that are overhanging the bus stop at this location and damaging buses accessing the bus stop. The works required are to crown lift a mature silver lime and oak to 5.2m over the highway and fell several poor quality elm and ash trees.

As you are aware the location of this bus stop as just off the very busy Parley Cross junction, it is therefore required that the tree works are undertaken as night works to ensure the tree works can be undertaken in a safe manner with limited disruption to traffic. A date that is set for this work to be undertaken is the evening of 5 July 2018 between 19:00 and 06:00.

DCC have written to residents and businesses around the Parley Cross junction that will be effected by any overnight noise, to give all a good amount of prior warning, and several advanced warning signs have been put out on the main roads at Parley Cross.

15 June 2018
Calling all Gym users - new outside Gym opens 18th June

the outside gym in the recreation ground

West Parley Parish Council is having an official opening of the Outside Gym on West Parley Recreation Ground by Tony Bernard of the Steven Bernard Foundation on Monday – 18th June – 10am. If you are a local resident who uses the equipment, we would love you to join us! Feel free to come in your sports kit and show the apparatus in action for some publicity shots!

The Parish Council is extremely proud of providing this facility for residents to help with their health and well-being, and was successful in securing the majority of the funding from grants and donations.

We hope to see you on Monday.

8 June 2018
New Shadow Dorset Council formed

Elected Members for the Dorset Area have made history by coming together to form the new Shadow Dorset Council. The shadow council will ensure the safe and legal transition from the six existing councils to the new ‘Dorset Council’ in April next year. Elections for the new authority are due to take place in May 2019.

The Shadow Dorset Council consists of all 174 members for the Dorset Area (drawn from the existing Dorset area councils). It was established when the Structural Order, confirming the creation of the new unitary council, was approved by Parliament and ratified by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP.

Please read the latest Shadow Authority news.

7 June 2018
Warning from Dorset Police - Suspicious Males, West Parley

A message from Kate Hann (Dorset Police, PCSO 6268, Ferndown Town) "We have received reports today of three males attending certain properties in the Berkley Avenue area of West Parley. Officers have attended and a resident had spoken with the males who were touting for business as a driveway company. We have our suspicions that if you were to use this company that it MAY be substandard.

Can we please remind residents everywhere not to buy from door to door sales and to use Trading Standards recognised companies.

If you believe that any work you have had carried out is below par for the money paid then please contact Trading Standards directly."

7 June 2018
Hurn Roundabout latest

Following yesterday’s works DCC have confirmed that the contractor carrying out the tree removal at Hurn Roundabout will need to use ‘stop and go’ traffic management again today – Thursday 7 June – between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Now that work is underway at the roundabout, stop/go boards will be used as necessary for some works, deliveries, and for pedestrian/cyclist access through the area when the pavement is blocked. Action is being taken to minimise disruption but please allow extra time for your journey through the area.