Charmouth Parish Council

Environment Day, Saturday 1st October

Contributing to the national Great Big Green Week, we are staging an event on Saturday 1st October.  The agenda can be downloaded here.  People are welcome to drop in for one or more of the talks which are practically based:

  • Carbon footprint auditing: both individuals and organisations can relatively easily calculate their carbon footprint which helps to identify where there is scope to make a difference.  Chris Lockyear has tested a number of auditing tools for Sidmouth and will share his experience.
  • The marine environment: vital to Charmouth and, as the ‘sink’ for much of our pollution, important to our understanding of the priorities for action. Ali Ferris from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will explain the work being done here to raise the public’s awareness and appreciation of the littoral zone.
  • Community tree planting: having created the Queen’s Green Canopy in the playing field, there is scope to further protect and enhance tree cover in the village.  This is an opportunity to learn from the successes of Bridport Tree Planting Group which we can apply in future.
  • Great Dorset Hedge: one of the Dorset Climate Action Network’s projects, this aims to enhance a corridor along the centre of the county by protecting and reinforcing hedges.
  • River Char projects: we shall hear about both projects, one focused on the upper reaches where agricultural run off is critical and new planting of the river banks can reduce flood risk downstream, and the other addressing sewage ‘leaks’ and biodiversity along the edges of the estuary.
  • 2-3.30pm Fossil hunting walk: having been cooped up all morning, you might like to join Ali on the beach to reflect on how different the environment was many millions of years ago. Please see for details and to book.

Please help to promote awareness of this event by sharing the agenda attached and displaying the poster in any prominent place.  Thanks very much and we hope to see you on 1st October.

To register your interest in attending, please email Cllr Andrew Lightfoot on

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a public meeting.

This will take place on

06/10/22 at Charmouth Library, The Street , DT6 6PE between the hours of 10.00-11.00am.

Please come along as this is your opportunity to speak with your local officers to discuss any issues of concern to you.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to attend a future one, look out for the dates on Dorset Alert or follow us on social media.

You can view policing priorities and a calendar of events from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via this link:

If you would like to report concerns in your area, or if you would like to request a call back from a member of your Neighbourhood Policing team, the best way to let us know is by contacting us through our website:


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

Notice from Dorset Council:
Please find a link to a news release ( on Extra funding for families and schools which is now live on our Newsroom and will be shared to local media.
This week we are only sharing business essential articles. The topic of this article is considered pressing, as it is vital for families and schools. If you have any questions, please email


Advice on Avian Flu is available on the DEFRA website -


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 ( and leaflet ( 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 (


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.

Extended Lyme Regis and Charmouth Park and Ride - the press release below was issued yesterday following successful partnership working with Lyme Regis Town Council:

13 April 2022

Improved Lyme Regis and Charmouth park and ride service is launched

AN improved park and ride service will be operating in Lyme Regis this year and for the first time ever will incorporate Charmouth.

The service launched last weekend and will continue throughout the Easter holidays, operating as normal from the Charmouth Road site.

Lyme Regis Town Council has this year worked in partnership with Charmouth Parish Council to operate a service which runs between both communities.

Not only will passengers have more choice about where they can travel, but there will be three double-deck buses to deal with the volume of visitors and a more frequent service to provide a more efficient service.

Passengers will be able to buy an ‘all-day’ ticket and hop on and off the bus as many times as they like, so they can enjoy the benefits of both Lyme Regis and Charmouth in one day.

The park and ride will be open for the peak visitor periods throughout the year, including the early May Bank Holiday Monday, the Whitsun half term, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, and the school summer holidays.

The service will operate from around 10am until 7.30pm and buses will be running every 15 to 20 minutes.

As well as all the usual stops in Lyme Regis, including Holmbush car park, the post office, and Cobb Gate Square, the buses will stop at St Andrews Church, Georges Close and Newlands Holiday Park in Charmouth.

As this is a scheduled service, even local residents would be able to use the service to travel between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

The joint service between the two locations has been welcomed by Lyme Regis Town Council and Charmouth Parish Council and it is hoped it can offer benefits to visitors, businesses and residents alike.

Lyme Regis mayor Cllr Brian Larcombe said: “I’ve been a long advocate of a Lyme – Charmouth dedicated bus link that enables a shared service and park and ride exchange trip that traverses either resort for local residents and tourists wishing a change of scenery while on holiday, and I’m delighted we are trialling it for the season.

“I and the clerk and deputy clerk have had exploratory discussions with Charmouth Parish Council over the last 18 months to determine whether there was common support and traction to the idea. This has culminated in the pilot for this year’s upcoming season.

“Hopefully, it will prove to be of mutual benefit to both Lyme and Charmouth and underline the value of the park and ride and the part it plays in helping reduce traffic volumes on our narrow streets.

“The cost is marginally more than the present singular park and ride, and the level of uptake and benefit will be evaluated at the end of the season. If it proves viable and of value to both resort communities, all parties can look to its continued operation.

“We have nothing to lose and potentially something useful to gain, but as they say, ‘you don’t know ‘til you try’ and it will all be subject to the end of season evaluation of the numbers. I hope the idea proves a success for the benefit of less traffic volume and congestion on our streets; a new resident and holidaymaker offering for both towns, and encourages park and ride usage levels to inform the future options of Strawberry Fields.”

Cllr Peter Noel, chairman of Charmouth Parish Council, said: “As chair, I have been in discussions with the mayor and town clerk of Lyme Regis on a monthly basis to talk about the potential of the new bus service which has ultimately now been discussed and approved by the Charmouth Parish Council and which I hope will become an annual feature as it is sure to benefit lots of visitors and residents.

“We have also been discussing other ways in which we might help each other and making sure we are both aware of potential funding and support from Dorset Council and elsewhere.”


For more information:

Adrianne Mullins - Administrative officer

01297 445175


SW in Bloom

Charmouth has been entered in this year’s competition and we would like to engage your support and participation.  Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, this well-established competition provides a structure and means of external verification to assess how we progress in creating a positive environmental impression for the village. While 40% of the marks awarded relate to horticulture, 30% stem from each of the ‘environment’ and ‘community’ categories, so the approach is reasonably holistic. Consequently, this encourages a focus on aspects such as local identity and pride of place, communication, education and awareness as well as the natural environment. Since various groups are active in these fields, Charmouth already has a good basis for presenting an image of an active community and one which is taking comprehensive steps to improve its sustainability, in the broadest sense.

So far, a small group of Parish Councillors from the Environment Working Group have stimulated the initiative and we hope that wider representation from the community will come forward to help co-ordinate Charmouth’s entry and steer future activity. It will be exciting to see what emerges and please get in touch if you are keen to contribute to ‘shaping this space’.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The Parish Council took part in the National Beacon Lighting event to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.  Geoff Davis, played the bugle call "Majesty" prior to the lighting and the event was really well attended and received. 


Following previous consultation with the public, Natural England, Environment Agency and Jurasicc Coast Trust a revised draft of the Foreshore Assent Document has been prepared. This document is a permission document for the Parish Council to be able to carry out work in a Site of Special Scientific Interest. If you have any comments please contact the office by the 20th March 2022. The document can be found here.

A seperate document to catalouge species at the foreshore will be produced shortly.


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 (, 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.


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.



A message from Dorset Council:

As you may already be aware, the effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage - coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic - are starting to disrupt some of our waste services.

We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed.

While we continue to work on tackling the problem, please see below some answers to questions residents may have about their bin collections: –

·         Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink - Missed bin collection - Dorset Council)

·         Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual

·         If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink - Report a public litter bin problem - Dorset Council sel - Welcomef-service portal (

·         If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee.

·         Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact the Dorset Council waste services team at If anyone is interested in joining our waste services as a driver or a loader, they can find out more about current vacancies at

We will keep providing updates as the situation changes, and continue to speak with MPs to work on a long-term solution.


AUDIT 2020-21

Charmouth Parish Council has approved and submitted the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements to the Auditors, PKF Littlejohn LLP, 15 Westferry Circus, London, E14 4HD together with the Annual Internal Audit Report.  As yet these accounts are unaudited.



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!


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