Notices

OLD BEACH HUTS FOR SALE

The Council has agreed to sell the remaining three old beach huts to people local to Charmouth at a flat rate of £250 each.  The huts are 6' x 6', will be flat packed and should be collected by the buyer.

These will be allocated strictly on a "first come, first served" basis with the first three applications by email being accepted.  Please email charmouth@dorset-aptc.gov.uk if you wish to purchase a hut.  Payment will be required by bank transfer prior to collection.

EMERGENCY ACTIVE TRAVEL FUND TRANCHE 2

The Council has been informed that Dorset Council has some funds available from the Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 and it has been suggested that Charmouth could apply for a Traffic Regulation Order for a 20pmh speed limit in The Street and Lower Sea Lane.  Before proceeding, the Parish Council is keen to hear views of parishioners on this idea, which has been suggested previously and not taken forward by Dorset Council.  Please let us have your comments by email.

COVID-19 DECISION NOTICES

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

Foreshore Car Park - re-opened on 21 May (see decision notice here)

Boat Launching - re-commenced on 21 May (see decision notice here)

Beach Huts - re-commence seasonal lets from 1 October 2020 (see decision notice here)

Playground/Outdoor Gym area, Charmouth Playing Field - re-opened on 8 July (see decision notice here)

Playing Field Pavilion - re-opened on 8 July (see decision notice here)

Mallory Hayter Room, The Elms - remain closed currently (see decision notice here)

Following a meeting on 22 September 2020 when the use of facilities were reviewed again in light of renewed restrictions, there are no changes to the above notices except Beach Huts which have been opened for seasonal winter lets. 

Additionally, the Council Offices will not now be open to the public with staff mainly working from home again.  Contact by email is recommended initially please.

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

Following the recent resignation of Kay Solomon, and confirmation from Dorset Council that this vacancy can be filled by way of co-option along with the other 3 current vacancies, Andrew Lightfoot was co-opted by the Parish Council at its meeting on 22 September.  Andrew will initially sit on the Playing Field, Cemetery and Street Management Committee as well as the Planning Committee.

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 charmouth@dorset-aptc.gov.uk.

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

We look forward to hearing from you!

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INFORMATION REGARDING BURIALS

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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COUNCIL STAFF TO TRIAL BODY WORN CAMERAS

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.

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THE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

The CAB 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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POST OFFICE UPDATE!

As well as the ongoing service on Thursdays in Charmouth Library, a new Post Office Outreach Service will commence at the Village Hall in Wesley Close on Fridays from 1015-1330 up to Christmas.

Services to include:

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

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