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10 May 2022
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail

As part of West Parley's celebrations, we encourage you to join in this fun event while walking around our lovely village. There are posters at various places which have a QR code. Use your smartphone to scan the QR code, and enjoy a video about each decade of Her Majesty's reign. There's also fun characters to take selfies with for the kids.

parley wood

So log on to the website to find the locations, grab your smartphone and join the fun.

10 May 2022
Staffie and Stray Rescue Rehoming Parade

A chance to meet some of the dogs who are looking for their forever homes!

Sunday 15th May, West Parley Memorial Hall, arrive by 9,45am, parade starts 10am sharp. . more information on the parade

25 April 2022
Parley Wood Boardwalk

Please be advised that this week, the Parish Council has arranged that the West Parley Residents’ Association (WPRA) Volunteers will be removing the main boardwalk on the Western side of Parley Wood.

parley wood

This is the main boardwalk within the woodland after you enter from the path from the Parish Council car park, recreation ground or playing fields. Unfortunately, the wood had rotted significantly in places and it is now safer to remove the boardwalk in its entirety rather than continue with smaller repairs.

We are currently seeking confirmation from Natural England, as Parley Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), whether we are permitted to replace the boardwalk with composite material which has a longer life span, or whether we have to replace with natural products again. Obviously, the sooner we have this clarification, the sooner the new boardwalk can be installed.

We thank you for your patience while these works take place.

13 April 2022
Ferndown PROBUS Club - meet new people and make new friends

Now is an excellent time to meet new people and make new friends. Why not join our members for lunch each month at the Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa? Good food, good company and interesting speakers, just what you have been waiting for!

Ferndown PROBUS is a members’ club for retired or semi-retired professional men and our aim is to create a positive ambience of fellowship, friendship and fun.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Brabant Function Room, Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa, Ferndown commencing at 12 noon. Meetings are centred around a two-course lunch, followed by a talk given by invited Speakers covering a diverse range of subjects. Many of our ladies meet for a more informal gathering in the Spikes Bar at the same venue at the same time or arrange to meet at an alternative location.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Brabant Function Room, Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa, Ferndown commencing at 12 noon. Meetings are centred around a two-course lunch, followed by a talk given by invited Speakers covering a diverse range of subjects. Many of our ladies meet for a more informal gathering in the Spikes Bar at the same venue at the same time or arrange to meet at an alternative location.

New members will be made most welcome. For further details please ring the Secretary, Alan Stevens, on 01202 876826, or email:
More detailed information can be found on the PROBUS club website.

13 April 2022
Golf Links Road Ferndown Attempted Outbuilding Burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an attempted outbuilding burglary in Golf Links Road, Ferndown.

The incident, in which offenders attempted to enter an outbuilding by forcing the door along Golf Links Road, happened between 8PM on 06042022 and 7.20AM on 07042022.

Police are also reminding residents to ensure that their property is secure. Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220054812. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via the Crimestoppers website.

13 April 2022
Planning a Platinum Jubilee party?

Any residents planning to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by holding a street party, in the Dorset Council area have until 21st April to lodge a street closure request.
Application online is to

6 April 2022
Two temporary road closures

Parley Close, West Parley 27/6/22 – 29/6/22
The road will be closed daily between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 but it will be open overnight and at weekends. During the closure periods there will be no on street parking available. . full information on Parley Close closure.

Linden Road & Linden Close, West Parley 28/6/22 – 30/6/22
The road will be closed daily between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 but it will be open overnight and at weekends. During the closure periods there will be no on street parking available. . full information on Linden Road & Linden Close closure.

25 March 2022
Want to Make a Difference on your Doorstep?

West Parley Parish Council currently has 3 vacancies available for co-option

What do Council’s do? Local (parish and town) councils and councillors make a massive difference to local people's quality of life. They are passionate about their communities and seek to make a change to help improve their residents' lives.

Local councils run numerous services, depending on the size of the council. Many you will see day-to-day, but some are less known. These include introducing solar panels, setting up dementia-friendly groups, organising community buses, creating neighbourhood plans, implementing suitable housing, establishing youth projects, managing allotments and open spaces, maintaining footpaths, public seating and litter bins.

Councillors are elected to represent the local community, so you must either live or work in the council area. Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents' lives. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.

What is a Casual vacancy?
A casual vacancy is a seat that becomes available between elections, which may occur for several different reasons, such as a councillor resigning, becoming disqualified (by committing an offence) or not attending any meetings in six months. The council clerk will declare the vacancy by posting a note within the parish and notifying the electoral returning officer.

This notice will also confirm that a by-election will be held if at least ten electors request it within 14 days (not including weekends and public holidays). If there is no demand for a by-election, the council will fill the vacancy by co-option. For more information, contact one of the Councillors on our website or email the Council’s Clerk on

25 March 2022
Donation to East Dorset & Purbeck Citizen’s Advice

At the meeting of the Parish Council on 16th March 2020, members resolved to provide a donation of £500 to East Dorset and Purbeck CAB, who provide support to many people, including those in West Parley. They provide an essential service and are reliant on donations, so we hope this donation will assist them in delivering their service over the coming year.
Please also see tthe Stakeholders Quarterly Update from the East Dorset and Purbeck CAB.

23 March 2022
Playground Refurbishment - March 2022

Following a successful grant application, the Parish Council received just over £50,000 to refurbish the play area on the Recreation Ground adjacent to Christchurch Road. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed the installation, but we are thrilled to announce that work starts TODAY on the refurbishment. A few of the more recently installed items are being retained, but we are excited at the thought of new and interesting equipment for the children to enjoy. The play area remains for users of 12 years and under and we ask for your patience during the refurbishment. The recreation ground will continue to be available for public use and we will share pictures once the area is once again open for use.

17 March 2022
Five Marathons in Five days! - Steve Mason is raising money for the MS Centre

Steve Mason, a friend of the MS Centre is aiming to run five marathons in five days.

Steve will start on 23 March 2022 at 11.00 am and will be running around Ringwood/Verwood forest on a 8.7 mile loop, three times back to back over five consecutive days. To support Steve, please visit Steve’s JustGiving page. Also here are more details on Steve's great effort.

21 March 2022
Need a wheelchair - British Red Cross Mobility Aids Service Poole can help

The British Red Cross provides over 58,000 wheelchairs to people across the UK every year. Thanks to our incredible team of Red Cross wheelchair volunteers, we can offer wheelchair and toileting aid equipment hire for up to a 20-week period.

The British Red Cross Mobility Aids service in Poole has recently expanded its opening times to better reach those seeking assistance in times of need. Red Cross Poole Mobility Aids is now open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-16:00 and can be found at:
British Red Cross Mobility Aids
Unit 1 Albany Business Park
Cabot Lane
Poole BH17 7BX

01202 699 453 – for enquiries and hire within operating hours
0300 456 746 – for enquiries and hire outside operating hours

Also please see a printable poster with opening times and contact details, and further details on the Mobility Aids Service where service users are also able to hire wheelchairs themselves can be found on the BRC website.

17 March 2022
Planning latest - Lands East of New Road

Whilst the Parish Council is unable to make comment on the application amendment, it has concern over the lack of clarity in this road scheme.

P/NMA/2022/01544 Lands East of New Road
Proposal: Non material amendment to Approved P/A 3/17/3609/OUT (Outline application (All matters reserved except for access and associated link road); with up to 386 dwellings (Class C3); upto 1000sqm of retail units (Classes A1-A5); upto 900sqm of offices (Class B1) and upto 2200sqm of foodstore (Class A1); together with accesses, a link road and associated highway works, public open space including SANG, allotments, landscaping and associated works) to vary planning condition no.2. The application is seeking to replace existing approved drawing W524- 02B Proposed Link Road with drawing no. W524-02C Proposed Link Road - more details on this proposal.

8 March 2022
Image Appeal After Bikes Stolen During Burglary In Ferndown

Officers investigating the theft of five bikes during a burglary in Ferndown are appealing for witnesses and are issuing images of some of the stolen items. Please see the images can be seen via the Dorset police website.

Sometime between 10pm on Thursday 3 March and 7am on Friday 4 March 2022 offenders gained access to the garage of an address in Leeson Drive. Two Motocross bikes, two electric bikes, a mountain bike and a Motocross helmet were stolen, and it is believed the offenders pushed the bikes along Leeson Drive toward Ameysford Road.

The bikes are described as a 2020 model orange and black KTM Enduro motorbike, a 2022 model red and blue Beta Enduro motorbike, a gloss black Specialized Levo Comp electric mountain bike, a grey/blue Specialized Kenevo Comp electric mountain bike and a teal/silver Vitus mountain bike. Police Constable Sam Kinsella, of Ferndown police, said: “These bikes are of significant value both financially and personally for the victim and I am appealing to anyone who has any information about who was responsible for this burglary to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would also ask any residents or motorists to check their home CCTV and dashcam footage and get in touch if they have captured this incident. “Finally, I would urge anyone who has seen any of these bikes being offered for sale locally to please call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220035567. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

6 March 2022
BCP Planning Committee to hear Eco Composting application 8th March

Residents may be interested in an upcoming meeting of the BCP Planning Committee. On 8th March they will hear an application by Eco Composting comprising the installation of a low carbon Energy Recovery Facility. Full details of the meeting.

18 February 2022
Bournemouth International Airport Airspace Consultation - Have Your Say

Bournemouth International Airport are engaged with their stakeholders on a public Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) consultation. In short summary the proposal appears to increase the cargo carrying capacity allocated airspace and route direction, and there is an aspiration for 24 hour-a-day cargo flights. The cargo planes are usually older and bigger than tourist planes, so noisy for our residents. The current owners of the Airport are increasing cargo storage capacity on the Industrial Estate. From a commercial perspective, they think this is a more profitable money earner than catering solely for the holiday trade.

Please see the ACP Consultation Document.
The deadline for comments is 26th February 2022, the preferred method of response is an online MS form - section 5.3.1 of the document.

16 February 2022
DCC Community Governance Review - Have Your Say

Parish and town councils play a vital role in providing local services and involving local people in Dorset’s towns and villages. This is an opportunity to have your say about Dorset Council’s draft recommendations in respect of changing the boundaries, the Parish name, wards, number of Councillors, grouping with other Town/Parish councils.
We encourage residents to comment on this consultation which affects all areas within Dorset Council. The Consultation runs from 28th February until 23rd May 2022 - more consultation details.

13 February 2022
Volunteers keeping up the good work

West Parleys Volunteers were recently seen working on the road by the Memorial Hall in one of their twice weekly sessions going round the village improving the appearance and maintaining the safety of pavements and footpaths. The edges in Stocks Lane were trimmed back, removing leaves, soil and nettles returning the road to is full width.

west parley volunteers
Terry Scott, John Cullen, Albert Best, Daniel Morris
Linsi Fanner, Roy Chapman, Marilyn Bennett, John Smith

Many areas have been cleared over the past few months including the pavements on New Road from close to the former Porsche garage to Parley Cross and a huge amount of fallen leaves were swept from the Recreation Ground, the Sports Club car park and the access road to the Guide Camp at Dudsbury. The Team of up to 14 Volunteers are currently working along Christchurch Road near Barrack Road.

Give them a wave if you are passing!

1 February 2022
Information - Ex Porsche site

Please be informed that a planning application has been submitted to Dorset Council by Tesla, for alterations at the ex-Porsche site on New Road. This is positive news that there is ambition for use of this well-established site rather than see it decline.

24 January 2022
Left turn ban at Christchurch Road, Parley Cross (night works)

Night works are beginning 31st January at Parley Cross, and there is a left turn ban at Chistchurch Road. The works are anticipated to be complete by 11th February. Please see the Dorset Council Public Notice for full details.

18 January 2022
Allow local government meetings to take place virtually - sign the petition

During the pandemic new temporary legislation was brought in to allow 'virtual' meetings for local government, which regrettably ended in April 2021.

Many councillors and council staff don't wish to expose themselves to the risk of meetings, due to personal circumstances or underlying health conditions. Likewise the same applies to members of the public who might like to attend. Whilst meeting in person is currently possible, another lockdown would prevent meetings and therefore stop council decisions taking place.

There is currently a petition in place to encourage central Government to reintroduce virtual meetings and we would ask residents to offer support by sharing and signing the petition.

Please sign the petition.

11 January 2022
Police Precept - Facebook Live 12th, 13th January

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick will be joined by the Chief Superintendents for both the Dorset and BCP areas this week in a Facebook Live chat to talk about precept and policing in your area.

At 7pm on Wednesday the 12 January, the PCC will be joined by Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan to talk about how precept funding will affect BCP and again at 7pm on Thursday the 13 January, he will be joined by Chief Superintendent Richard Bell to talk about how precept will affect the Dorset area.

To ensure that both distinctive areas of the county are covered, the events have been split across two days to ensure residents have the chance to ask area specific questions and find out more about how precept funding will be used in their community.

Follow ‘Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner’ or ‘Dorset Police’ on Facebook or the Dorset Police YouTube account from 7pm on Wednesday 12 January for BCP and Thursday 13 January for Dorset and pop your questions in the feed when we go live.

10 January 2022
Police Precept - Have You Had Your Say?

The Police and Crime Commissioner launched the Precept survey a couple of weeks ago and would like to thank all those who have already taken part and shared your views.

If you haven’t had your say, then there is still time to do so.

Please complete the survey, it will only take a couple of minutes – your opinion is very much valued.

Should the above link not work - please cut and paste the following into your browser

14 December 2021
Important Housing Update

For an update on the upcoming local housing developments, please see this housing poster (pdf).

8 December 2021
HM Land Registry fees update

From 31 January 2022, some of HM land registration fees will increase for the first time since 2009. This will affect applications for first registration and for the registration of transfers, leases and mortgages of property (scales 1 and 2). For the majority of affected applications – those submitted electronically – the fee will increase by 11%.
For more details, please see the Goverment website.

7 December 2021
Better broadband could be yours

Dorset Council, in partnership with Openreach, has been rolling out full-fibre broadband to around 3,000 premises across rural areas in the county. You can find out if you are in one of the areas to get full-fibre to the premises (FTTP) by going to the Dorset Council Superfast Broadband checker.

If you are one of the lucky ones to now have FTTP, the uplift in speed does not happen automatically. To benefit from this new ultra-fast technology you will need to contact your internet service provider to see if you can upgrade to a faster speed.

Not all internet service providers have FTTP packages, so you may need to consider switching to one that does when your current contract expires.

Don’t have FTTP but would still like to improve your broadband?
There are government subsidy programmes that can help residents and businesses in rural areas improve their broadband. For more information and advice email

2 December 2021
Important Information - Land East of New Road (Parley Cross field) Planning proposal

Unfortunately, we all understand that the allocation of this land to housing forms part of the Dorset Council Local Plan but there is still the opportunity to comment on what will actually be delivered.
Please see the Bellway Homes leaflet (pdf) which contains information on how to view the illustrative plans during this public consultation period. It also contains contact details for people to submit their opinions on the proposal before the formal planning application is submitted to Dorset Council (which will again be open to comment by residents).

A 1 hour long webinar has been arranged by the developer for Tuesday 7th December at 6.30pm and we encourage residents to join this virtual meeting. We have requested a public meeting, however this has been declined and alternative measures are currently being discussed.

Please also see the dedicated Bellway Homes website to view the detail of the proposal is Land east of New Road, West Parley.

For ease of comparison, you may wish to compare the two images below.

old core strategy plan
old core strategy plan
new illustrative plan
new illustrative plan

Whilst you peruse the layout of the housing, please note the apparent absence of both the allotments and play area. The Foodstore is currently being considered under a separate application and there appears no detail for the office / retail outlets. It is also not clear why only part of the SANG is being considered at this stage.

30 November 2021
Tree Removal at Parley Cross

For those enquiring about the removal of trees at Parley Cross as part of the development of the 'land east of New Road', please refer to the Landscape Visual Appraisal by Tyler Grange for information.

30 November 2021
Important Information

The Parish Council has been approached by representatives from BOTH Developers regarding plans for the land east (field by the crossroads) and west (behind Ridgeway) of New Road.
As information becomes available, we will share this on our website, facebook page and noticeboards. So do please 'watch this space'. Part of the planning process is a public consultation by the developers and we will share this information with residents when known. We encourage you to have your say as these plans are the final stage in the process and will determine exactly what is delivered.

Residents may also be interested in this illustrative sketch layout for development of field at Parley Cross (Land East of New Road).

22 November 2021
Update on the development at Parley Cross

The latest planning application is open for comment until 9th December and we encourage residents to share their opinion with Dorset Council.

P/RES/2021/03989 Land East of New Road
Reserved matters application in respect of the foodstore development phase of the Outline Planning Permission 3/17/3609/OUT relating to the details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout. If you wish to, please submit a comment on their website.

The Parish Council discussed the application at the full council meeting on 17th November and the response is as follows.
Members discussed the application and felt the plans were poor in relation to the concept of the whole plan. Members questioned whether the location of the access road on the B3073 has moved position to be directly opposite Parley Close and also that on New Road. This is believed to alter the concept of the ‘relief road’ to that of a residential road merely serving the new proposed estate. In addition, new road links to Church Lane were also noted, which the lane would be unable to accommodate. The appearance of the store is completely out of character for the semi-rural village.

The landscaping suggested is a sparse selection of flora which is insufficient. West Parley is a semi rural village benefitting from hedgerows and large volume of trees, which has a positive environmental impact and encourages fauna; and differentiates the village’s character from that of the adjacent town of Ferndown and this should be respected. Council therefore resolved to offer a strong objection on these grounds.

16 November 2021
Overnight temporary traffic management notice - Ringwood Road, Ferndown

The Notice comes in to operation on 14th December 2021 between 20:00 and 06:00 and will remain in force for 5 nights, however it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 16th December 2021. The road will be open out side of these times as normal.
Please see the traffic management notice (pdf) for full details.

16 November 2021
The benefits of Music in care - Music in Care at Ferndown Manor

An invitation to the benefits of Music in care
Music is an important part of life for residents at Ferndown Manor and in all care settings. Indeed where would we all be without music in our lives and the enjoyment and memories linked to our favourite songs and tunes in recognition of this we are dedicating Thursday 18th November to a day of 'Music for wellbeing in care'.

We have invited Rosie Mead from 'Musica music' to hold a zoom presentation at 2pm on the day. Rosie Mead is an expert in music, health and wellbeing. She is the founder of the not for profit organisation Musica Music and Wellbeing, a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and an academic specialising in music sociology.

In this presentation Rosie will be providing information on the benefits of music within care. Drawing on her academic research she will be sharing the science behind what happens in our brain when we listen to music, as well as the power of music to support wellbeing. She will share tips on what it means to listen to meaningful music, and the ways to use meaningful music to support quality of life. The session will be followed by a Q&A where you can pick Rosie’s brain on anything related to music within healthcare.

Please join us if you are a carer or family member with loved ones in care to learn more about how music can help those we care for at 2pm on 18th November.

10 November 2021
Recent shed break-in

Police want to draw your attention to a recent shed break-in.

The incident happened in Ferndown this week.

Police are reminding members of the public to ensure that their personal possessions are secure at all times.

Please go to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice.

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