A message from our MP, Chris Loder:

"Two weeks ago, the Government confirmed Dorset’s inclusion in the £5 billion Project Gigabit broadband programme, which I lobbied hard for. We also have several Community Fibre Partnerships (CFPs) active in West Dorset and I have been working closely with Openreach on these.

As I continue my campaign to get good broadband connectivity across West Dorset, I need to collate the specific details of where connectivity is particularly poor. I have created a survey on my website for this purpose:"

If your broadband is slow please complete the survey.


Due to the Government not extending the legislation relating to virtual meetings after 7 May, and the logistics of holding "face to face" meetings while social distancing is still required, the Annual Meeting of the Council will now be held virtually on Tuesday 4 May instead of Tuesday 25 May as originally planned.  There will be no other meetings in May or June until the Committee meetings planned for the end of June when the Government Roadmap will hopefully be complete. The Annual Parish Meeting will be arranged when it is considered safe to do so.


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.



Please see the attached poster for the latest advice from the Government regarding the new vaccine.



Don't feel isolated this winter - get better connected with the Digital Hotline from Dorset Council 



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

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

Beach Huts - to be used for up to 6 people with social distancing observed, in line with the Government Road Map from 29 March 2021 (see 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 decision notice here)

Playing Field Pavilion - to remain closed to the public as no clubs are currently running (see decision notice here)

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

Following the publication of the Government Road Map for easing restrictions, the status of Council amenities was considered on 3 March 2021 with the above decisions being made. 

As the Council Offices remain closed to the public with staff mainly working from home again, contact by email is recommended initially 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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