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22 September 2021
Volunteers needed!

With the pandemic changing people’s perspective and possible work position … now might be the perfect time to get involved in your local community.

Become a Parish Councillor
This is going to be an exciting and challenging few years for West Parley, so why not join us as we currently have 3 vacancies. If you have some time to spare and are interested in helping the Parish Council represent the views of the local residents and enhance the community, get in touch. We would particularly welcome people with skills in finance, building work appraisals and developing social activities. If you would like an informal chat as to what is entailed, please speak to the Parish Clerk or any of our Councillors.

Local groups are looking for volunteers to help them provide benefit to the community – can you help? West Parley Residents’ Association Volunteers – litter pickers to help keep our highways clear of rubbish & the working groups are always looking for new members. (John Dinsdale 01202 872974) NeighbourCar - always need more volunteer drivers, minimal commitment required. (Clive Butcher 07592 860 104)

13 September 2021
A31 road widening at Ringwood - full details

Highways England are holding virtual sessions in September to provide more information about the widening of the A31 at Ringwood, with the chance to ask questions on a first come, first served basis.
Full details of the virtual sessions.

9 September 2021
Parley Wood Boardwalk

parley wood boardwalk images
volunteers repair the Parley Wood boardwalk

The Parish Council has funded the replacement boardwalk between Parley Wood and Parley Common and we would like to offer thanks to the West Parley Residents Association Volunteers who have done a great job of installation.

The hard work by this team of locals means the cost to residents is kept as low as possible, while re-opening the access direct to Parley Common for walkers. Repairs to the main boardwalk on the western side of the Woodland will take place in the coming weeks. Residents are encouraged to keep to the informal path around the perimeter of the woodland for safety reasons.

9 September 2021
Important Information – Waste Collections

There is a national shortage of HGV drivers and Dorset Council has numerous vacancies which is causing disruption to waste collection both kerbside and for our commercial collections.

If you are out and about and a bin is full, please take the waste home or find another bin with capacity ........ do not just pile it alongside! Please share this information to help raise awareness of the issue as not long ago we were applauding these essential workers.

National driver shortage impacts kerbside collections - Dorset Council article.

For information of vacancies..
Dorset Recruitment - Jobs and careers (

26 August 2021
Bournemouth 7s Community Update

Should you experience any issue during the festival weekend, organisers can be contacted on the following methods:
Phone: 01202 545631 (Available from 27 - 29 August | 8am - 1am)

22 July 2021
Recreation Ground waste bins to be changed - updated to larger wheelie bins

Dorset Council are moving to increased use of wheelie bins on the highways and for their commercial collection service. This not only aids Health and Safety issues with operatives not lifting heavy weights, but usually is a larger capacity than usual street bins.

The bins on the recreation ground have been emptied by volunteers for over 11 years and a huge THANK YOU goes out to Diana and Andy for their commitment to keeping the area litter free for residents to enjoy.

In the coming week or 2 we will install the wheelie bins on the recreation ground and playing fields. Please see our poster showing location of new wheelie bins. As dog waste can now be placed in the standard waste bins, and they are larger than the current bins, fewer are required.

We ask residents to help us keep the area pleasant and litter free for all to enjoy and ask dog owners to pick up poop throughout the Council land of Recreation Ground, Playing Fields, Car Park and Parley Wood, and dispose of it responsibly in the bins provided.

30 June 2021

digger at new road site

Latest update following the recent unauthorised incursion into the New Road.

Please be advised that the land owner is now putting measures in place to secure the field east of New Road, to ensure no further unauthorised access is possible.

27 June 2021
Unauthorised Incursion

The Parish Council is aware of an ongoing incident on the privately owned field East of New Road.

The emergency services have been informed and have been in attendance.

25 June 2021
New pandemic funding available for local groups and venues, apply now

Following a successful bid to our Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF), Dorset Council have launched a grant to help small groups within communities restart their community support activities.

The fund is aimed at:

  • Community Venues (Village Halls and Community Buildings)
  • Small Community Organisations which have not been able to operate during the pandemic due to Government restrictions and are now wanting to restart their community activity.

The fund total is £90,000

  • £40,000 – Village Halls / Community buildings
  • £50,000 – Community groups to restart activities
  • Each grant is between £500-£2000
  • Maximum organisation income is £100,000 to be eligible

See details about what can be funded

The closing date is 25 July 2021.

If you have any queries please email and a member of the team will respond.

11 May 2021
Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd – Planning Application Response

The Parish Council have submitted a letter to Bournemouth Poole and Christchurch Council in response to the proposed development comprising the installation of a low carbon Energy Recovery Facility for the generation of electricity and heat through a low-emission thermal process using residual waste. Many residents have raised concerned directly with Council members and the letter reflects the views Parish Council members and residents within the Parish.

Reference number: 8/21/0207/FUL
Proposal : Proposed development comprising the installation of a low carbon Energy Recovery Facility for the generation of electricity and heat through a low-emission thermal process using residual waste; including a new administration building and associated car parking area; associated reconfiguration of existing and permitted uses; an increase in permitted waste throughput; landscaping and associated works.

Please read the Parish Council submission in response to the proposed development. Please also note that today is the last day for submitting responses.

6 May 2021
Warning - please protect your property

In the early hours of this morning, individuals were recorded trying to access a number of vehicles on Dudsbury Road. Please take appropriate measures to protect your property .... ensure your vehicles are secure, no valuables are left in your vehicle, house and outbuildings are secure. As always, please pass the word around neighbours, especially the more vulnerable in the parish.

15 April 2021
Planning Application of public interest - Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd

Bournemouth Poole and Christchurch Council is consulting on the proposals for site reorganisation to increase capacity at the site on Chapel Lane. This will require additional vehicle movements and inclusion of a tall chimney. The application number is 8/21/0207/FUL. Deadline for comment is currently 22nd April 2021.

2 April 2021
Car Parks Closed For Essential Tree Works

On Tuesday 6th April, both the Parish Council car park and the Memorial Hall car park will be closed to allow essential tree works to be undertaken. It is anticipated that the car park will be open from mid-afternoon. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

30 March 2021
Disgraceful treatment of our wonderful village

waste in the recreation ground

The pictures show the waste that was dumped around the community area in just 3 days. ‘Weed’ packets, boxes of empty bottles, firework debris. Last week saw 12 wine bottles dumped in the ditches in 2 days.

This area is litter picked regularly by volunteers and this is total disrespect for those volunteers, for our public spaces and to the many residents who enjoy the area without causing harm. Please enjoy our facilities, but if taking bulky waste, please take it home.

This is unacceptable behaviour and evidence of illegal gatherings contrary to covid legislation. The police have been informed and we encourage residents to report incidents to the police when they are taking place, so they can respond immediately and fine the individuals concerned.

23 February 2021
Housing Update for land East of New Road

The potential development of the land East of New Road (opposite the shopping parade) was part of the proposals within the East Dorset District Council Core Strategy, after the greenbelt status was rolled back over a decade ago.
Please be advised that Outline Planning Permission has just been received for the reserved matters.

The next stage will be for a detailed planning application to be submitted with the detail of the dwellings, superstore, offices and retail outlets. We will inform residents when this is received and will encourage responses to be submitted.

Please visit Dorset Council's website DorsetforYou to review the conditions attached to the development.
Please select Documents and scroll to the bottom to view the Decision Notice.

27 January 2021
Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation – we need your views

Dorset Council have produced a draft Local Plan containing proposals for guiding future development in the Dorset Council area up to 2038. The plan outlines the strategy for meeting the needs of the area such as housing, employment, and community services including schools, retail, leisure and community facilities.

Dorset Council have launched a Consultation on their Local Plan, between 18 January 2021 and 15 March 2021 you are able to comment on the proposals.


The proposals for West Parley are grouped with those of Ferndown. The plan shows the existing 2 proposals for the land East and West of New Road but show the original figures from the EDDC Local Plan, namely 320 and 150 respectively. In reality the East of New Road planning application is for 386 houses, with large supermarket, office and retail and no application has been submitted yet for the land to the West.
Additionally, this plan proposes 700 dwellings on Dudsbury Golf Course, 400 off Angel Lane and industrial estate behind Haskins. The Plan can be viewed online and residents are encouraged to comment before the statutory deadline of 15th March 2021, so that Dorset Council has a true reflection of residents' opinions.

View the Local Plan

Planning affects us all. The Council’s planning policies are set out in Local Plans which are the legal starting point in determining planning applications. Public and stakeholder engagement is an important part of the plan making process. Involving residents, businesses, organisations, experts, infrastructure providers and town and parish councils allows local knowledge and expertise to be gathered from a wide range of perspectives. This consultation sets out recommended strategies and policies meeting the requirements of Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning Act (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Between 18 January 2021 and 15 March 2021 you are able to comment on the proposals.

Dorset Council have produced a draft Local Plan containing proposals for guiding future development in the Dorset Council area up to 2038. The plan outlines the strategy for meeting the needs of the area such as housing, employment, and community services including schools, retail, leisure and community facilities. The plan directs development to the most suitable locations near to existing facilities, and detailed policies promote high quality development that respects and enhances the character of each area. The plan also protects Dorset's natural environment and contributes towards the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

What is in the plan?

View the Dorset Council Local Plan consultation on the council’s website
Paper copies of the plan are available for loan via click and collect from your local Dorset Council library (Covid-19 permitting)
If you are shielding volunteers can help you pick up a paper copy of the plan for you from your local library. Find out more about support for those shielding

Find out more

Listen to or watch webinars
We are holding webinars throughout the consultation period on key themes within the plan. Each webinar will consist of a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.
The timetable for webinars is as follows:

Date Topic Time
Tuesday 26 January Distribution of development: including settlement hierarchy and the spatial distribution of development. 12-1pm
Thursday 28 January All things environmental: Climate change, renewable energy, flooding and biodiversity. 12-1pm
Tuesday 2 February Central Dorset towns, housing and employment and landscape. 12-1pm
Thursday 4 February Western Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and heritage 12-1pm
Tuesday 9 February Housing: including housing need, neighbourhood planning and affordable housing. 12-1pm
Thursday 11 February South Eastern Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and the green belt 12-1pm
Tuesday 16 February Northern Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and Design 12-1pm
Thursday 18 February The Economy, community and collecting money from development 12-1pm

Telephone the team

We also have a dedicated phone line available during the consultation period open Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm. Telephone 01305 252500 to speak to a member of the team.

Planning surgeries for groups

Town or Parish councils, organisations or community groups can attend a planning surgery during the consultation period to discuss any queries with officers. Limited spaces are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 10am until 2pm. Telephone 01305 252500 to reserve your slot.

How can I make a comment?

  • Make sure you give your name and either postal or email address along with your postcode so that your response can be considered appropriately
  • Use the official form
  • Make your comments within the consultation period

Please note:

  • representations cannot be treated as confidential. By competing a representation, you agree to your name (but not your address) and comments being made available for public viewing
  • the Council does not accept any responsibility for the contents of the comments submitted. We reserve the right to remove any comments containing defamatory, abusive or malicious allegations.

I want to make my comment online

View and comment on the plan
The benefits of doing your response this way are as follows:

  • less impact on the environment as we do not need to use paper or postage
  • you’ll be emailed a copy of your response as confirmation once submitted
  • you’ll also be able to start your response and return to it at a later date – a confirmation email will send you a link to where you left off
  • you can upload supporting information to your response.

I want to email you my comment

We also accept responses emailed to us at, completed on the specified response form.

I want to write my comment on paper

There are paper copies of the response form available upon request for those without internet or computer access. Please telephone 01305 252500 to request your copy. This is an important part of helping to shape the first local plan for the whole Dorset Council area. We appreciate your time and your comments.

12 January 2021
Interesting West Parley Stamp, August 1907 - appeal for information


A local resident has come across some postcards with the attached stamp and they are curious to know what was going on that warranted setting up a temporary office called ‘West Parley Camp’ for 1 month? This is way before the Guides camp at Dudsbury, and they wonder if it was something at the same location in Ann’s Meadow perhaps?

If anyone has any information they would like to share, that would be wonderful, please email

7 January 2021
Scam Alert - Covid-19 Vaccine Scam

Police would like to make you aware of the following scam which has occurred over a wide area. Users have been sent a text purporting to be from a NHS body or similar informing the user that they are entitled to a COVID-19 vaccination. They are then invited to click on a link within the text message that takes them to a web page.

This web page will ask for personal details including " card payment details" By supplying this information personal bank accounts are being raided by the scammers.

This is a very convincing text purporting to be from the NHS. Any genuine invitation from your GP or other NHS body for the COVID-19 vaccination will NOT ask for any payment details.
Stay Safe, Stay Home ,Stay Well and beware of this Scam

Should anyone receive similar contact, please report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or report online at

Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice -

7 January 2021
Your Opportunity To Ask Questions about Plans To Pay Extra For Policing

Dorset residents are being invited to put their questions about proposals to pay extra for policing to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner during an online event. Martyn Underhill is asking the public to pay an extra £1.25 a month to enable the Force to provide an enhanced service and recruit new officers. A survey is now taking place and residents are being asked to have their say on the proposed increases. Take part in the survey now.

A virtual event, giving members of the public the chance to find out more about the proposals and to put their questions to the PCC, will take place from 5.30pm on Thursday January 14.

How to take part
The session will take place over Microsoft Teams, and if you would like to be in the audience please email
If you would like to ask a question during the session, please send it to the above email address, making it clear whether or not you would be happy to have your name mentioned. Invitations will be sent out to audience members’ e-mail addresses, featuring a link they need to click in order to take part.

Raising the precept
The proposed increase to the precept, the element of a monthly council tax bill that funds policing, will enable Dorset Police to deliver a balanced budget and pay for additional costs, some of which have been created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

If approved, the figure would see those living in a Band D property paying an additional £15 a year for policing in the county. Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I ask the public about plans to increase the precept every year, and I always get an excellent response from Dorset residents.

“As part of my consultation, I always go out with my team to towns across the county to talk to people face to face. Sadly, as a result of the pandemic, I won’t be able to do that this year, so this online event is an opportunity for people to put their questions to me, find out more about why I want to raise the precept and what they will get in return.”

Please take part in the survey now.