Notices

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

Following the resignation of Kay Solomon due to her forthcoming move back to Buckinghamshire, please see the relevant Casual Vacancy Notice

The Council is back down to 7 Councillors for the 11 available places with 3 spaces already being available for co-option.

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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BEACH HUTS

Please note that at the present time, Government guidelines do not allow for Beach Hut usage.  As soon as the position allows, the residents' draw will take place and all prospective tenants will be contacted.

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 www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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Update on Foreshore Car Park and Amenities - 22 May 2020

In response to the traffic in the village last weekend and looking at other authorities in the area, the car parks at Charmouth Foreshore will be open from today (Friday 22nd May).  The usual charges will apply.

Due to the required use of a keypad on the Foreshore Car Park machine, visitors using the machine do so at their own risk. People are strongly encouraged to wash their hands both before and after using the machine to lower the chance of infection.

Dorset Council has confirmed that the toilets will also be open from Saturday.  They will be serviced regularly with additional measures in place to encourage the public to act responsibly with regard to social distancing.

In line with the current dog rules, the Parish Council’s policy of dogs on the west beach should now be adhered to https://www.charmouthparishcouncil.gov.uk/file/cpc-dog-policy.pdf.

The Council reserves the right to close or suspend any facilities if it is deemed that public health is in danger through visitors not following social distancing measures.

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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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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES

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.

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COVID-19 UPDATE 

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.

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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 https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/environmental-health/dog-warden-service.aspx.

 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 https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/dogspspo.

 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.

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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!

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

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