Notices

REPAIRS TO CHARMOUTH BEACH FOOTBRIDGE

Repairs to Charmouth Beach footbridge are to finish later than expected.
Due to the recent freezing weather, and the need to divert the workforce onto gritting operations for Dorset Council, some of the work is taking longer to complete.
Completion is anticipated for late February. However, the bridge and footpath will be open to the public for the half term week starting 13 February 2023.
Through the work, the bridge’s boardwalk is being replaced and the handrails and posts either repaired or replaced.
While the bridge is closed, anyone wishing to visit the beach should plan ahead accordingly.
Please always take care when visiting any of Dorset’s beaches. The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it is important to use common sense and caution – and always pay attention to warning signs and messages about staying safe.
The official notice for the closure has been extended to 3 March 2023, but the work should complete before this so the bridge can reopen earlier.

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THERE IS CURRENTLY OFFICE SPACE TO RENT AT THE ELMS.

PLEASE CONTACT MARTIN DIPLOCK ESTATE AGENTS, 36 BROAD STREET, LYME REGIS, DT7 3QF

TEL: 01297 445500

(https://www.martindiplock.co.uk/)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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BEACH HUT RESIDENT'S DRAW 2023

See poster for details and how to apply (click here for application form).

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iNATURALIST APP AND WEBSIDE

The iNaturalist app and web site (https://uk.inaturalist.org/) has a global reach and a local focus for monitoring wildlife. 

The Parish Council would like to encourage as many as possible to use it to record sightings of wildlife in Charmouth.  This important information could then build up a picture of what is here, which would be useful to both residents and visitors.

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FIREFIGHTERS ARE NEEDED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you live or work in Charmouth or the surrounding area, have you thought about being an on-call firefighter?

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is doing a recruitment push this month, with the team out and about in the local area from Monday 16 January.

There will also be a special ‘have a go’ event at the fire station in Bridge Road on Monday 30 January between 7pm and 9pm.

When the pager goes off, an on-call firefighter can be called to a wide range of incidents, such as fires, road traffic collisions, rescues from height or water, animal rescue or flooding.

If you want to support your community, learn new skills and earn additional income, get in touch! Look out for the recruitment team, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/on-call-firefighters, email oncallsupportofficers@dwfire.org.uk or leave a message on the 24-hour recruitment line, 01722 691444.

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HEDGEHOGS

Hedgehogs are in decline….can you help?

Did you know that hedgehogs can travel up to 2 miles a night? Gaps in fences and walls link gardens and allow hedgehogs to forage. Charmouth Parish Council has a number of Hedgehogs R Us Highway Surrounds which are available free to Charmouth residents to help raise awareness and frame a fence gap.

Please contact the Parish Council office to arrange to collect yours today and create your own hedgehog highway!

https://hedgehogsrus.co.uk/hedgehog-highway-project

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PLANNING PERMISSION OR BUILDING REGULATIONS?

Are you converting or extending an existing property?

Confused on whether you need planning permission or building regulations advice?

The difference between the two is explained if you click the link below. Dorset Council’s dedicated Building Control surveyors can often visit your site on the same day. 

The difference between Planning and Building Control - Dorset Council

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AVIAN FLU

Advice on Avian Flu is available on the DEFRA website - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu.

COST OF LIVING HELP FOR RESIDENTS

Dorset Council is circulating leaflets to libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres, food banks and community larders to try and direct residents to the correct agency for help with the current cost of living crisis.

We have displayed the poster (https://dorsetcouncil.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c39535cf4f9d1ca66af8d2b44&id=c8490e1a7e&e=1a941ded80) and leaflet (https://dorsetcouncil.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c39535cf4f9d1ca66af8d2b44&id=3c4bae90e5&e=1a941ded80) on our website and on the main noticeboard as well as the information board inside the Elms foyer.
Please download or share the information or visit Dorset Council’s website for more cost of living help (https://dorsetcouncil.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c39535cf4f9d1ca66af8d2b44&id=fdddc7b804&e=1a941ded80).

VACANCIES FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS

We are pleased to report that at the July Council meeting, Mrs Melanie Harvey was co-opted to the Council.  Melanie will sit on the Foreshore Committee and the Emergency Committee initially and is welcomed with open arms.

Confirmation has been received that the vacancy caused by the resignation of Maralyn Hinxman as a Parish Councillor can now be filled by co-option along with the other two remaining vacant positions.  Please contact the Clerk if you are interested in finding out about how you can make your voice heard by becoming a Councillor.

DOG RELATED PSPO - POLITE NOTICE

Do you walk at Charmouth Foreshore with your dog?  Are you aware that the whole area is part of the Dorset Council Dog Related Public Space Protection Order?  This means that in line with this map (https://www.charmouthparishcouncil.gov.uk/file/dog-notice-may-2021.pdf), although dogs are allowed to be off leads on both beaches during the winter, they should still be on leads all year round when in the car parks and surrounding footpaths (yellow areas).  This is for the safety of the dogs as well as for hygiene purposes. 

Unfortunately, people are not following these rules and this is causing Parish Council staff to suffer abuse when they try to enforce them as well as a big increase in dog fouling.  Parish Council staff are able to enforce the rules by the issue of a fixed penalty notice and although this is the last resort, and none have yet to be issued in Charmouth, we will have no choice for this to be the next course of action with repeat offenders.

DOG RESTRICTIONS

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.

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