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Make a Change
Do you care about where you live? Are you passionate about your community? If so, you could make a great local Councillor. Stand for election and make a local change. May is now fast approaching and will soon be upon us. The Parish Council is a completely separate organisation to the higher tiers of local Government. It is made up of local residents and business people who want a direct say in what happens in our community. The Parish Council is autonomous, and is directly responsible for its own assets and employees, of which there is currently only one the Parish Clerk.

For a strong local democracy we need a diverse Council. A recent national councillor survey revealed some interesting facts about the current makeup of local Councils nationally:

So why did some of our existing Councillors join up and serve their community? From one of our long standing Councillors: "initially some join because of an 'issue'. A few examples are development, inappropriate, traffic on inadequate roads, parking and litter problems. But after a while good Councillors soon develop an interest in general problem solving and become mainstays of the Council."

From one of our newest Members: I became a parish councillor in 2018 as I was keen to embed myself in the life of the village and the wider community after retiring. I found myself immediately applying some business and life skills to good effect on a number of sub-committees and really enjoy giving something back now I have time to do so.

New Councillors keep a Council vibrant and active and we need a mix of experience, young and old, male and female, basically new blood if the Council is to truly represent the Parish. Standing as a Councillor gives you a chance to make a difference, work to address the faults and things you do not like and help to make our parish a great place to live.

Full details are available on but papers must be submitted to the Returning Officer by 4pm on 3rd April 2019 an appointment to do this is required. More information, including a nomination pack are also available below or contact the Parish Clerk on

Information Pack for candidates standing for the parish council.

Details of extra site off Horton Road for inclusion in Minerals and Waste Plan
See also for
the consultation document, the location map, the proposed access route map and other documents

The Council was very gratified to see approximately 230 parishioners attend the public meeting on 13 January 2018 regarding a possible Waste Plant for Woolsbridge Industrial Estate. Here are the Minutes

Following the Extraordinary General Meeting on 29 January 2018 the Council have now submitted their Representation Form to the DCC.

Please also see the following documents and links :

Site Assessment

Dorset for You - Waste Plan

You can also join the Facebook page "Stop Woolsbridge Waste" by clicking the Facebook logo below

See us on Facebook

For information on the proposed Ringwood A31 Road Improvement Scheme click here

A Specimen Home Emergency Action Plan can be downloaded here

Click here to see who to contact about various matters.

Click here which brings together all traffic and travel information for the whole of Dorset including live traffic alerts, road works, diversions, live bus and rail departures and cycling/walking routes.

Click here to read "How to comment on Development in the Parish".

Information and maps for 8 sections of the Castleman Trailway can be found here

New comprehensive cycle maps for Ashley Heath, Wimborne, Corfe Mullen, Sturminster Marshall, Verwood, Alderholt Ferndown and West Parley now available free from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre and online here

For details of the Parish Plan please click here

Link to St Ives First School

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