Normally the Parish Council has held its Annual Parish Meeting by now, but with the various restrictions and safeguards still in place we have been unable to.  We wanted to let you know that the meeting is now planned for 2022. In the meantime, you can of course contact the Parish Council by email on or phone on 01297 560826 (office opening hours are 9-10.30am Mon-Fri).  You can also attend any of the regular Council meetings, the calendar for which is also set out on the website. Our website is a very good source of information, there you can find all the minutes of our meetings, our amenities, our staff and councillors, together with our policies and procedures. If you would like to get involved and help shape the parish please contact us about becoming a councillor.


A message from Dorset Council:

As you may already be aware, the effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage - coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic - are starting to disrupt some of our waste services.

We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed.

While we continue to work on tackling the problem, please see below some answers to questions residents may have about their bin collections: –

·         Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink - Missed bin collection - Dorset Council)

·         Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual

·         If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink - Report a public litter bin problem - Dorset Council sel - Welcomef-service portal (

·         If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee.

·         Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact the Dorset Council waste services team at If anyone is interested in joining our waste services as a driver or a loader, they can find out more about current vacancies at

We will keep providing updates as the situation changes, and continue to speak with MPs to work on a long-term solution.




Pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Paul Oatway has

ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office

of Councillor for the Parish.

If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 31 August 2021), a request

for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Electoral

Services, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ or by email to by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to

fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 2 November 2021.

Dated 10 August 2021

Lisa Tuck


The current Beach Management Plan is due to expire in 2022 and the Council are currently reviewing its content. A copy of the plan is available to read here.
This Beach Management Plan sets out the Parish Council’s proposals for the day-to-day management of the foreshore at Charmouth for the next five years in consultation with the various interested parties including the Environmental Agency, Natural England and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team. For the effective management of Charmouth’ s Foreshore there are three aspects namely: physical, social and economic. The Beach Management Plan is a control and permission document for permitted works to the physical aspect of the Foreshore. It specifically is not a document to manage SMP2 or any secondary issue affecting sea defences or shore line re-alignment.
If you have any comments that you would like to be considered during the review please email or write to the office by the 31st August 2021.
The Parish Council either by land acquisition or by the gift of the land, own the foreshore from the eastern parish boundary to the western parish boundary including the area known as Evans Cliff together with the land to the west of the Old Cement Factory building, in which the Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre is located. Unusually, the land between high water and low water is also owned by the Parish Council by virtue of a gift from Queen Anne to the Lord of the Manor of Charmouth, which the Parish Council had purchased in the nineteen thirties.



Dorset Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People are being given six weeks from Friday 18 June until the end of Friday 30 July 2021, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. Any concerns submitted during the consultation period will be passed on to the independent examiner for consideration.

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed online via the following link: and on the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan Website:

A hard copy of the Neighbourhood Plan will also be available to loan from Charmouth Library and for public inspection at Dorchester Library during their usual opening hours.

Update August 2021:

The Consultation has now ended and an examiner has been appointed.  Please click here to see the initial procedural matters laid out by the examiner, Mr Andrew Mead.

Click here to view the examiner's questions and responses from the Parish Council.

AUDIT 2020-21

Charmouth Parish Council has approved and submitted the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements to the Auditors, PKF Littlejohn LLP, 15 Westferry Circus, London, E14 4HD together with the Annual Internal Audit Report.  As yet these accounts are unaudited.



The Parish Council is now part of the Dorset Council Dog related Public Space Protection Order and as such dogs should be on leads at all times in all car parks and footpaths around the beach.  Dogs are permitted off leads on East Beach (east of the River Char) at any time of the year, however, dogs are not permitted on West Beach (West of the River Char to level with the end of the promenade) from 1 May-30 September. 

Council staff have authority to issue fixed penalty notices for breach of these restrictions, for dog fouling offences and general littering.



In line with the latest phase of Government guidance,  the Parish Council has reviewed its facilities as follows:

Foreshore Car Park - to remain open (see existing decision notice here)

Boat Launching - use of boats for leisure purposes to be permitted in line with the Government Road Map from 29 March 2021 (see existing decision notice here)

Beach Huts - open with no restrictions (see updated decision notice here)

Playground/Outdoor Gym area, Charmouth Playing Field - Playground to remain open and Outdoor Gym to be re-opened in line with the Government Road Map from 29 March 2021 (see existing decision notice here)

Playing Field Pavilion - to reopen for the use of the Bowls Club, Football Club and other groups as considered appropriate (toilets to remain closed to the general public) (see updated decision notice here)

Mallory Hayter Room, The Elms - to remain closed currently and reviewed in the Autumn (see updated decision notice here)

Following the move to the latest phase of the Government Road Map for easing restrictions, the status of Council amenities was considered on 27 July 2021 with the above decisions being made. 

Until the reconfiguration of the Council Offices is complete later in the year, the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk continue to work from home and contact by email is still recommended please.



If you would like to help shape the community which you live in, or have a skill which you think could benefit the running of the Parish, please write or email your letter of application to the Parish Clerk, Lisa Tuck, at the Elms, St Andrews Drive, Charmouth, DT6 6LN or

Co-options will take place at the next Council meeting. 

We look forward to hearing from you!



Charmouth Parish Council will observe advice given by Government to the Burials sector and will introduce restrictions to the number of people attending Burials in Charmouth Cemetery.
Taking account of Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the public and our staff operating this critical service, the following measures will apply from 1st April 2020.

The attendance of family and friends at burial services will be restricted to the congregation are members of the deceased’s household or close family. In a case where no members are attending, friends can attend, plus Funeral Directors staff.  No chapel facilities will be available.

We appreciate that this will be distressing for the bereaved.  When the situation improves, the bereaved affected by this restriction will have the opportunity of holding another service at the graveside should they wish.

Funeral Directors have been advised of this action and will be in touch with families to help make necessary arrangements. The bereaved should contact their Funeral Director for further advice.

Restrictions may change dependent upon future Government guidance.

Our main office is closed but e-mails are being received and replied to daily.

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