Dorset CouncilCoronavirus business support grant funding

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has announced support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Two new grant funding schemes have been announced:

  • Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Local authorities have been asked to administer this financial assistance when they are able to do so. 

Small Business Grant Fund

The government has provided Small Business Grant funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR), Rural Rate Relief (RRR) and tapered relief.

This will provide a one off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

This fund provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant per property:

  • businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

Please visit the Dorset Council website to apply at



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.



Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 23rd March 2020 all communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, skate parks, sports courts and outdoor gyms must be closed with immediate effect.

The instruction has also been given that people must stay at home except where it is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace. Our outside staff are therefore being asked to go home and to be available only in essential situations.

Please help us to limit the spread of the virus by;

  • Taking your litter and dog waste home
  • Respecting the closure of playgrounds, and outdoor gyms
  • Following government guidelines

Thank you for all your support and assistance in keeping our wonderful community safe in these exceptional times.



All Council meetings have been postponed including the full Council meeting due to take place on 24th March.

The office will be closed to the public from Monday 23rd March. Staff will be home-working where possible. 

The phones will not be manned but you can still contact us by email or through the Contact Us page here

We would remind all members of the public to follow the guidelines which have been issued.



Temporary Closure of Wesley Close and Bridge Road

Please click here to view details of the forthcoming closure


Highways England plans, builds, operates and maintains England’s motorways and major A roads. They will shortly be carrying out works which may affect you. Please accept their apologies for the short notice on this occasion and for any inconvenience this will cause.


To increase connectivity within Morcombelake they will install a pedestrian crossing. Enabling works have now been completed and work will shortly begin on the pedestrian crossing itself. The crossing will be located on the A35 at the western end of the village close to Ship Knapp junction (between the eastbound and westbound bus stops).

This site was chosen as the best spot for safety, visibility and connectivity. They will also install high friction surfacing, warning signs and lighting to ensure maximum visibility of the crossing.

Overnight road closures will be in place on the A35 between Axminster and Bridport in both directions on the following dates:

15 to 21 April 2020 – between the hours of 8pm and 6am the following morning, on week nights only.

Daytime works will take place on the A35 at Morcombelake on the following dates:

5 March to 15 April 2020 – 24/7 traffic lights with a single lane closure will be in place from 9:30am each Monday until 11:30am each Friday. We will remove all traffic management for the weekend and for the Easter break.

Access from the A35 to Shipp Knapp and Veriott’s Lane will be restricted depending on the section of carriageway that work is being completed on. Access will be possible via the alternative turning for Shipp Knapp and Gibb’s Lane.

What does this mean for you?

Residents – whilst overnight road closures are in place access for residents will be maintained via their gatemen. 

Motorists – whilst overnight road closures are in place all through traffic will be diverted via the A358 to Chard and on to Bridport via Crewkerne and the A3066 through Beaminster.

Bus stops – the eastbound and westbound bus stops will be closed for the duration of the works. This is to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians due to the proximity of the bus stops to the pedestrian crossing construction works. Signs are in place at the bus stops to advise customers to use the Moores/Post Office bus stops during this period.

Please note precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, they will notify you of changes via advance roadside warning signs. They will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum.

Find out more 

Thank you for your patience whilst these works are carried out. If you have any questions, or would like to know about their work, please contact them on 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or email Alternatively you can visit their website at

Dorset Council consultation on a Dog related Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

The Council is required to consult on any Order produced under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 every three years, to ensure that they continue to be current and appropriate.  This proposal aims to help ensure consistency, fairness and clarity for residents and visitors to Dorset and will assist the efficient use of enforcement resources.  

 A number of current orders from the previous councils of East Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland are having to be extended before they expire to ensure adequate time is given for the completion of this Order for public safety and animal welfare.  North Dorset is not due to expire until 2022 and Purbeck remains an Order until it is superseded.  For further information about the dog warden service in Dorset, the current orders in place and the confirmation of their extension until December 2020, visit

 Following a 12 week consultation period, results will be published online, and will guide councillors’ decision making for the PSPO relating to dog control. It would be much appreciated if you could give 15-20 minutes of your time, to complete the survey which can be found at

 The survey will begin on 24 January 2020 and close at midnight on 19 April 2020 and will then be reported to Dorset Council’s Place Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet in due course.


Dorset Council's 'call for sites' is an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.  To be assessed, sites need to be submitted by 25 October 2019. Letter from DC containing link.


The Council currently has 7 Councillors for the 11 available places. 

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!


Body Worn Cameras will shortly be issued to the foreshore staff for a trial period. Charmouth Parish Council has an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of its employees. It is particularly important that it helps to protect and support its workers whilst they are carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, the outside staff, through the nature of their work, are sometimes open to aggressive and/or abusive encounters.

To help mitigate the risks a body worn video camera (BWC) can be worn. This device records sound and pictures, which will help the employee gather unambiguous evidence and add an extra level of security. The system acts largely as a deterrent and the device does not record unless the employee switches it to the on position.


A new Post Office Outreach Service will commence at Charmouth Library on Thursday 27th June from 1015-1600 (closed for lunch 1300-1330) and continue every Thursday.

Services to include:

  • General banking
  • Travel money
  • All mail services/post etc
  • Stamps
  • Withdrawals & deposits
  • Bill payments
  • Moneygram
  • Itunes & one-for-all gift cards


has produced a leaflet which can be viewed here to help people maximise income on Universal Credit or assist those wishing to make a claim.

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