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Welcome to the Milton Abbas Parish Council Website.

One this page you will find a series of informative posts to update you on the work of the Parish Council. You can refine the posts you see by using the categories listed to the right. Please use the navigation bar at the top of the website to take you to information about the Council, our Meetings, Planning Applications and the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Should you have any suggestions or issue using this website please speak with one of the Councillors or the Clerk who can be contacted here.

October Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the October Parish Council meeting is now online on the Meetings page. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th at 7:30pm in the Reading Rooms. The open forum will be held prior to the parish council meeting and commence at 7.30 pm. We would particularly invite comments and queries ref agenda items but other issues can be addressed. The open forum will last for up to 25 minutes and the chair will ensure that the time allocated to people is fair.


Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31 March 2016 was completed on 19 September 2016 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  The requisite information as defined by Section 13(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 is available for inspection here.

Alternatively this information is available for inspection by appointment.  To arrange a viewing please contact Mrs Elizabeth Sellen (Clerk/RFO) between the hours of 10.00 and 14.00 on 01258 880383 or 07917 300847.

More Great News For The Play Park Committee

Milton Abbas Play Park Committee have successfully been shortlisted to receive a cash award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.  You are invited to visit Tesco stores between 26 September and 9 October 2016 and vote for who you think should take away the top award.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.  The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.  The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.  In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Please visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for more information.

September Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the September Parish Council meeting is now online on the Meetings page. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th at 7:30pm in the Reading Rooms. The open forum will be held prior to the parish council meeting and commence at 7.30 pm. We would particularly invite comments and queries ref agenda items but other issues can be addressed. The open forum will last for up to 25 minutes and the chair will ensure that the time allocated to people is fair.

Reshaping Councils Consultation

All Dorset’s councils are working together to seek the views of residents, businesses and others about proposals to reduce the number of councils in the county from nine to two from 2019.
Councils play a central role in our everyday lives. We all use council services. Dorset’s nine councils are responsible for housing, planning, social care and protecting the vulnerable. They also empty the bins, maintain roads and run libraries. It is important therefore, that you have a say in how these and many other services are delivered in the future.
If you live anywhere in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, your council, local services and the amount of council tax you pay would be affected by the proposals outlined here.

Public consultation on the proposals for change starts on 30 August and closes on 25 October 2016. The consultation is being conducted by an independent research company, ORS. Dorset residents, local businesses, town and parish councils and other organisations are being asked to share their views on the proposals by completing a questionnaire.

More information can be found here.

District Councillors will be attending the Parish Council meetings to inform and update.

Recruiting For The Dorset Local Access Forum Now!

Help IMPROVE public paths and open space in Dorset for walking, horse-riding and cycling

Enjoying Dorset’s countryside and urban areas on foot, horse and bike is a pleasure for many local people and visitors but how can it be improved?

Coast path being lost to erosion; the need for safe off-road/vehicle free routes for walking, cycling and horse-riding; enabling people to walk and ride and not use vehicles for local trips; how to provide better space for children to play and exercise; better access for disabled people to enjoy the countryside; maximising access opportunities for tourism and economy; complementing farming practices … The Dorset Local Access Forum considers such matters – and more – and works to find solutions to get the best from Dorset’s Public Rights of Way and public green space.

Be part of the team that helps develop and improve Dorset’s public paths and green space to benefit matters such as recreation, health, equality and diversity, disabled access, planning, transport, economy, conservation, land management and tourism.

The forum is an independent, statutory body providing advice to various organisations, including councils, AONBs, English Heritage, the Forestry Commission, Defra and Natural England, as well as any members of the public who request it.

Anyone can apply to join the DLAF – all you need is commitment, enthusiasm and experience of using; helping provide or of the wider issues that could be benefited by improved countryside access. That could be:

• someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, cycling or other outdoor activities, or who uses the county’s rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area;
• an owner, occupier and/or manager of land – especially with open access or PRoW;
• Someone involved with matters such as health, planning, tourism and the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits.

The DLAF brings together a diverse mix of people of all ages to provide fresh, creative and challenging ideas and advice on how to improve and develop paths and countryside access sites in Dorset. Its members shape the Forum and its work. The Forum aims to make Dorset more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, both now and in the future.

To apply to join the DLAF https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorset-local-access-forum/apply or contact the Project and Service Support Team for an application pack:

Telephone 01305 221305, email EnvironmentalServices-ReceptionTeam@dorsetcc.gov.uk or write to Dorset LAF, Project and Service Support Team, Environment and Economy Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted as applications, as the same range of information is required from all candidates.

For more information on the role and work of the DLAF, please contact Tara Hansford, Forum Co ordinator, email t.s.hansford@dorsetcc.gov.uk
DLAF website: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorset-local-access-forum
DLAF recruitment pack: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorset-local-access-forum/apply

Deadline: Friday 23 September 2016

Milton Abbas Parish Council Transport Report

Originally presented at Milton Abbas Parish Council Meeting on 13 July 2016, by Nigel Hodder;
“The meeting to discuss community transport options was attended by a total of 18 people; 3 presenters -Nigel Hodder, Hilary Cox and Ian Gray of Dorset Community Transport, plus 2 Parish Council representatives (Melcombe Horsey & Hilton) and 13 residents of Milton Abbas Winterborne Whitechurch & Melcombe Bingham.
County Councillor Cox advised that she did not expect the 311 service to survive the further transport budget cut of £1.85m announced by Dorset County Council (DCC) to apply from July 2017.
I [Nigel Hodder] have offered Neighbourcar’s services to get people to and from Winterborne Whitechurch or Milborne St Andrew in order for them to use the X12 service but emphasised that this is not a taxi service and that the precise bus requirements would need to be agreed beforehand for the volunteer drivers to be available for such an option.
Ian Gray informed us that a service had recently been launched by DCT called “PlusBus” designed to operate between the hours that their buses are required to carry out the school run (approximately 9:30 to 2:30 p.m.). There would be a flat fare of £5 for a return journey as a contribution to costs. Residents would need to establish a firm demand and to this end I am happy to act as a coordinator in the short term to get such a service established assuming there is sufficient demand.
The one downside to the DCT offering is that they currently do not operate the bus service to/from Milton Abbey School although I believe they do something to/from Dunbury School which is not too far away.
A short survey will appear in the Bulletin, alongside a report on the meeting, to determine what people currently use the 311 for and whether they would be prepared to consider a variety of options including possible joint use of the school bus (something that DCC are considering).
The public consultation, that ends on 22 July, can be accessed here.”

Nigel Hodder 13 July 2016