Budget/Precept Enquiry & Response

On the 3rd February, a Milton Abbas Resident wrote to the Parish Council regarding the increase in precept for 2016-2017.

The Resident’s enquiry can be read by viewing this PDF: Resident’s Enquiry

Following this enquiry, the Parish Council gave a short response in the February edition of the Bulletin. The Parish Council’s full response to the Resident can be viewed on this PDF: Parish Council’s Response.

If any resident has any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the clerk.

Trading Standards Warn of Blue-Badge Copycat Websites

Trading standards officers are warning Dorset residents about copycat websites dealing with applications and renewals of Blue Badge disabled parking permits.

The unregulated websites may appear to offer a quick and easy application but in fact charge at least £49 for minimal help in completing the application form, and they have no authority to issue a Blue Badge.

Dorset residents who use these sites will still have to submit their applications to Dorset County Council and pay a further £10 to cover the genuine application fee.

These copycat websites are in no way affiliated to the Blue Badge scheme and many ask for personal information such as bank details and National Insurance numbers, which could be used for further fraud.

To report a problem with a copycat website contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. For information about the Blue Badge scheme and how to apply please visit: www.dorsetforyou.com/blue-badge .

Playpark – Date for the diary!!

A date for your diary…… Saturday June 4th

We are having a village party to celebrate the queens 90th birthday – 2pm til late.  A day to remember, live music, live acts, bouncy castle, face painting, magic, pony rides and much much more. Please do support this very worthy cause. More details coming shortly!

March Parish Council Meeting

There is no meeting in February.

The agenda for the March Parish Council meeting will be added to the Meetings page as soon as available. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th 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.

Update on Milton Abbas Playpark

A magnificent £4000 was made on the evening of the promises auction and Halloween event.

The playpark committee would like to say a huge thank you to all who helped in setting up the event, donating promises for the auction, writing the catalogue, helping on the evening and cleaning up after the event. It was just wonderful to see so many local people enjoying the evening and supporting a much needed amenity for the village.
The playpark committee have a teaching session planned from Dorset Community Action in February on project planning and getting ourselves ‘fit for funding’ enabling us to apply for larger grants and funding. We will be seeking the views and opinions from the local community on what amenities parishioners would like to see in the park so do please get involved. We have been extremely fortunate to secure a £1200 grant from village SOS to kick start the project.
You may have noticed some work being carried out in the playpark already. This is to make the park safe from a healthy and safety point and to comply with child protection legislation. Rotten stiles and fencing have been removed, and the hedge facing the surgery. This will hopefully help with reducing vandalism and making the park a safer place to be as it is less enclosed.
We are looking for volunteers to join our grass cutting rota and maintenance days in the playpark. This will provide the opportunity to save a lot of money on maintenance contractors, that can be put towards the playpark amenities. If you are able to volunteer a couple of hours on an occasional basis please contact Milton Abbas Parish Clerk.