Parish Council Meetings normally take place on the second Tuesday of alternate months, at 7.00 pm in the Parish Pavilion. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday 9th January 2024. The Agenda and other documents relevant to the meeting, together with previous Minutes, will be found at Meeting Dates and Minutes
For your information, some work is being carried out on the Parish Paddock, during the week commencing 19 February 2024. This is being organised and led by FWAG (The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) as part of the Dorset Rural Run-off project. The aim is to help reduce flood risk and provide an enhanced wildlife habitat.Buckland Newton Parish Council
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority -
Consultation of draft Community Safety Plan 2024-28
We are consulting on our draft Community Safety Plan, which sets out the key challenges and risks facing us over the coming years. This is our high-level strategic plan.With future financial uncertainty, the plan details what we intend to carry on doing and what we intend to review and do differently, in order to continue to provide a high level of service to our communities.Working with others is central to how we deliver our services, and this will continue to be at the heart of everything we do. For that reason, we invite you to view our draft plan www.dwfire.org.uk/draft-csp-2024-28-consultation and the accompanying video, which provides a short overview. The consultation period runs from 9 February until 3 May 2024, and we would welcome your feedback, through a short set of questions on our website. Alternatively, you can call our freephone 0800 0213022.If you wish to raise anything specific, or require any further assistance in accessing the information, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in a paid role at a Polling Station in May
If so, please click on the graphic below for details on how to apply:
Buckland Newton Parish Plan 2023
The Final Parish Plan 2023 for Buckland Newton is now available. Click on ‘Parish Plan 2023 in menu at left to view.
Free workshop for farmers and landowners as Direct
Payments are brought to a close
Please find a link to an article regarding an upcoming workshop for farmers and land managers whose Direct Payments are set to be reduced and stopped in the coming years.
Help with Cost of Living
From Jill Haynes (District Councillor):There are many people locally struggling with the cost of living at the moment and I am afraid things will get worse as we go into the autumn and winter. Dorset Council now has a dedicated page ( https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/cost-of-living-help) on its website which can offer help and advice. For many people this situation is new to them, and they have not had to ask for help before, but it is vital that they get help as soon as possible and don’t wait until their situation is desperate. The page covers the following areas:• Money – debt – benefits available• Access to food• Housing• Support for families with children• Mental health and wellbeing• Energy – water – Phones – broadband costs• Employment.If you know and one who is starting to struggle, please encourage them to get help as soon as possible.Help for Buckland Newton residents may also be available from the United Charities of Buckland Newton. Click here for details.
The PC has had a request from Flood Risk Management Dorset Council for anyone who has had flooding issues to report it on the Flood Online Reporting Tool (FORT). The tool allows users to specify the type of flooding (external or internal) as well as many other important details. Users can also upload photos and videos to their reports. They said it is important that the full extent of the impact of the flood on a community is recorded on FORT as it has a significant impact on the resources we might be able to generate to investigate and mitigate the flood threat.
Dog Fouling on Parish Field
Please make sure that you pick up after your dog. It is important that there is no dog mess on the Parish Field as it is used daily by the school and dog mess can potentially be harmful.
Bonfires - please consider your Neighbours
Please be considerate if you wish to have a bonfire. Smoke from bonfires can be a real nuisance if neighbours have washing out to dry. Particularly with the coronavirus outbreak, smoke can also cause extra difficulties for those with breathing problems, such as asthma sufferers - please think before lighting a bonfire. For more advice from Dorset Council on bonfires please see: Dorset Council Advice on Bonfires
What is a Parish Council?
Confusion often arises because of the use of the word 'Parish'
which most people would connect with the Church. "Parish" is an
old English word that means a local territory or catchment area. A
parish had two principal functions: firstly to act as a civil unit
which was responsible for the collection of taxes and tithes, the
dispensing of justice and the raising of armies; secondly it was an
ecclesiastical institution served by a local church or chapel, with a
priest or similar clergyman tending to the spiritual needs of local
people. By the late 19th Century, the two functions of civil and
ecclesiastical parish were formally split in law. The civil parish
went on to develop into what we call the parish or town council
today (PC). The ecclesiastical parish or Parochial Church Council
(PCC) is now an entirely separate body. A Parish Council is now a
statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act
1972. It is a corporate body with a legal existence of its own quite
separate from that of its members. Councillors are elected every
four years and a Clerk is employed to organise meetings, carry
out the council's decisions and give advice on any legal issues or
new legislation. The Clerk is the only paid person to administer
and serve a council and is often the Responsible Financial Officer
too, but does not vote or make decisions for the council.
Parish and Town Councils in England are the first tier of local
government. They have extensive powers ranging from the
power to deal with 'offensive ditches', to acquire land and my
personal favourite 'to accept gifts'!! The list is too extensive (3
pages) to publish here, if you wish, you can check out National
The Parish Council is required to publicise a new Dog-related Order, which can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
Attention “Dog Walkers” who use the footpath
through Lydden Meadow
Please remember these grounds are private and should be
treated as you would your own private garden. Please be fair
and thoughtful to the residents. Make sure you stick to the
public footpath which runs along the gravel drive through the
entrance, behind the houses and past the meadow to the field
gate. Most importantly, please keep your dogs on a lead
throughout the grounds and if they get caught short, make sure
you pick up any foul material and take it home for disposal. The
overwhelming accumulation of dog dirt from dogs being walked
through the grounds is not just highly unpleasant for the
residents, but a real health hazard to the several young children
who live in Lydden Meadow and love to play in the grounds……
even in winter! The bridge across the river is a private, not a
public footpath. Although access to all villagers was freely given
in the past, from henceforth the gate will be locked to reduce dog
fouling. Please do not throw dog mess in the hedges or river. It
should be put in appropriate bins or taken home and put in
normal household waste bins.
Boosting Broadband in Rural Areas
Dorset Council is appealing to town and parish councils to help spread the word that help is available to boost broadband in rural areas. For more information, please see the attached article - voucher funding may be available for households/businesses with slow broadband. Wessex Internet are bringing fibre broadband to Buckland Newton. There is a drop-in event at the Gaggle of Geese from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm on Thursday 25th January if you would like more information.
Dorset Community Catalyst Project
An exciting two-year pilot project is underway in Dorset, launching a brand-new way of meeting health and social care need in hard-to-reach areas of the county. Click Dorset Community Catalyst Project for more details.
Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter? Contact Healthy Homes Dorset for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements – if you’re eligible for loft or cavity wall insulation it will be free! We will also register you for power cut support, a handy service to be on if you experience a power cut in your area. Our advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone. Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch. Call 0300 003 7023email email@example.comWeb www.healthyhomesdorset.org.ukHealthy Homes Dorset is a service provided by Dorset County Council, funded by Public Health Dorset and managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Evolve Home Energy Solutions.
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