Annual Report for 2012/2013 from District Councillor Jacqui Sewell

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This is the report given to the annual parish meeting by Broadwindsor’s district councillor Jacqui Sewell:

Over the past 12 months there have been many changes at the District Council; the Shared Services Partnership with Weymouth & Portland has resulted in savings of £2.1m – which has enabled West Dorset District Council to keep the council tax for 2013/14 the same as last year, still protecting front line services, no cuts to grants to our local voluntary and community groups – and have frozen short stay car parking charges yet again to help local businesses.

Moving into new greener offices in ‘South Walks House’ have given us more savings from better ways of working, also getting the maximum potential from our workforce, and for the first time, public and staff can access the whole building if they have a disability – and at a total build cost

of under £10million – almost £1 million under budget, this will also save the District Council more than £200,000 every year in running costs – much more that was budgeted for.

I now turn to a issues raised in our Local Plan.

Although Public Transport is no longer my responsibility as it passed to County some time ago I still do what I can to assist & of course I actually use the bus most weeks. At Drimpton Somerset County Council changed the route of the 99 Bus – it no longer goes through the village – but looking at the route that it takes it is still possible to catch this bus from Horn Ash – which is not too far for someone to be dropped off, or into Broadwindsor to catch the 47 Bus to Crewkerne – the 47 bus has a new timetable – I have put copies in the Comrades Hall & our Community Shop & is available on-line.

The best news is that the Number 42 Bus to Bridport on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s continues, although it leaves at 9.28am -Bus Passes can still be used – this was a totally NEW service that I initiated after I was first elected in 2007 as there wasn’t a bus to anywhere in Dorset running from

Drimpton. Also the lack of and the seemingly uncoordinated timetables between bus & trains is a huge problem – consultation between the bus & train companies is on-going & as soon as I hear anything I will get the information out.

Affordable Housing

A CLT Community Land Trust has been formed in Marshwood – if enough people put themselves forward to form an action group – this could be the way forward for this area as well, please contact me if you are interested in this.

Refuse & Recycling

As I said last year, West Dorset District Council has become part of the Dorset Waste Partnership – this partnership is responsible for managing 11 household recycling centres across Dorset & dealing with over 65,000 tonnes of waste – the collection PLASTIC – the service has already started and it will be here in 2014 -future years will bring more challenges…

Cllr Jacqui Sewell – 01308 867145


Broadwindsor Annual Parish Meeting 2013

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ImageTaken from the report by parish clerk Janet Tubridy in Broadwindsor News. The Clerk’s full report can be found on the public notice board in the village.

The Chairman of the Parish Council, Rowland Hibbard said the high point had been the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in June. July 7 was the low point when continuous exceptionally heavy rain caused a landslip at Beaminster Tunnel  which caused the tragic death of two people which has resulted in much disruption and much discussion at P.C.meetings centred on potholes and other damage caused by large vehicles using Broadwindsor as a diversion.

The Community beat Officer, Alex Bishop, sent a report saying that crime in the area had been very low although there had recently been the theft of heating oil from an isolated property in the village. The tank was not fitted with an alarm. “Stop that Oil” can give advice, the number to ring for it is 01308 862222.

He warned dog owners of what tragic consequences there can be when dogs are loose in the vicinity of livestock and that thieves are targeting garden ornamentsnow.

The Parish Council had earlier asked about Community Speed Watch; a pilot scheme is being started in Beaminster and Broadwindsor will be next in line. To get the ball rolling, a small team of 6-7 volunteers should be drawn up now. All must be able to read number plates on passing vehicles and to write them down. Volunteers will be vetted nearer the time.

District Cllr Jacqui Sewell’s report is published separately on this website.

County Cllr. Rebecca Knox has been working very hard. As Chairman of the Dorset Fire Authority, she is keen to ensure that the Fire Service continues to provide the best service for the whole county. More efforts are being put into prevention. Flood related rescues have increased by 400% over the last 18 months and Mrs Knox is trying for central government money towards this extra work. The diminished budget for Highways will have a one-off boost when an extra £2m will be available. Additional gulley emptying should lead to an improvement.

Provision of Day Care Services is under review with the aim to deliver a service which users and their carers want. Some services may appeal to others who do not receive financial support but wish to buy into what is on offer.

Mr Martin Hill from DCC’s Highways spoke about his work in general, and winter maintenance in particular. What had been the wettest year in his 34 years with DCC had given many additional problems. Water coming off the fields on to the roads has been very detrimental to the network. There had been 125 “salting days” compared with 60 last year. In the past, Government targets for

main roads had led to deteriorating minor roads. The extra government money in May will enable proper patching to be done, and draining will be prioritised. Community Self-Help Groups are being examined with guidance and tools coming from DCC. The man who comes round with a can of white spray to mark potholes, now carries what is needed to repair the worst of them. If complainants take DCC to Court over a claim for tyre or wheel damage, 90% of them will fail.

The FMR Trust report was given by Janet Tubridy, it had not yet recovered from the falls on the stockmarket so income is still down, grants totalling £6632 had been distributed during the year to Drimpton (4), CricketClub  (2) and one each to Hursey Common Sportsfield and the School. Mrs Tubridy asked that residents consider the FMR Trust in their wills in recognition of what a beautiful part of the world we live in.

The Sick Poor Fund report was given by Mr Hansford who said that grants are made to people with health issues and awards have been made recently. He will send more details to the Broadwindsor News.

Mr Bishop said that funds are available for more applicants to the Blackdown Education Foundation. There has been only one request in the last year.

Village Hall reports:

Comrades Hall, was given by Mr Ron Wright who said that the number of bookings had been slightly up. Hiring fees have had to be increased to cover the running costs. A new Loop and PA system has been put in, also a stair lift and an emergency escape chair which is also a wheel chair and a stretcher. Pollarding the lime trees in Bernards’ Place had to be halted when bats were found to be

hibernating in one of them. The parking area is to be marked out afresh. Mr Wright thanked Denny Hughes and Nigel Budden for organising entertainment via Moviola and Artsreach.

Volunteer helpers will be very welcome when general maintenance on the play area and general tidying up is done on Saturday May 18.

Blackdown Hall, was given by Mr Rowland Hibbard who said that it continues to be an important part of the community life. It hosts dog training, dances, private parties, whist drives, and the harvest supper which is always a sellout. He thanked the Parish Council for generous donations and from theCommunity Foundation which enabled the boiler to be repaired. Plans are afoot for

structural repairs to the front wall. Decorating the interior will be done in the near future. He thanked the volunteers, family members and friends who help with the running of the hall, and fund raising.

Drimpton Hall report was given by Mr Roger Smith saying that the refurbishment programme outlined at last year’s APM had raised £20,000. An improved access, disabled toilet, baby changing and improved sports changing rooms and showers had been completed. A further £11,500 has been raised to refurbish the kitchen which should be complete in May. He listed the many fundraising events which had produced the money to carry out the work. He thanked the Parish Council, the District and County Councils for their financial and moral support. Also the FMR Trust and the Fun Day Trust, and the volunteers, without whom it would not have happened.

Jacqui Sewell reported that the First Responders is down to 4, from the original 33, but 3 new Responders have almost completed their training and one more person has offered their services. It is expected that 3 public access defibrillators will be provided in Broadwindor, Drimpton and Blackdown through the British Heart Foundation.

Terry Clarke gave the Jubilee Group report saying that a very exciting programme to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee over 3 days in June was described as “fantastic.” Several groups had combined to make it such a success. Various events will take place to raise funds for the Fun Day on 8/9 June when the theme will be “Superstitions and Old Wives Tales.”

Jacqui Sewell spoke about the post Office Support Group. It continues to thrive with the post office giving a very good service. C/H committee were thanked for their support. £90 was raised on Red Nose Day.

Pat Armes read a report from Hursey Common Sportsfield. It continues to provide the youngsters of the village with a safe venue for various sports and is very well used. The footpath at the entrance to Hursey up into the Sportsfield has been very successful and is much safer. Fund raising has been to buy a new mower for which the outlay is large as it has to be of an industrial standard. Thanks were given to the Parish Council for grants.

The Parish Plan Report was given by Fraser Hughes who outlined the large amount that had been achieved. 92% overall had wanted a shop to reopen. Thanks to donations from the Parish Council, Chalk and Cheese, the Jubilee Group and many individuals who had invested in shares, it has opened free of debt. This gives an outstanding chance of success. BUT IT IS UP TO PEOPLE TO USE IT!

Speeding, potholes, the problems caused to Common Water Lane, bus timetables were cause for concern, and all have been discussed at Parish Council level.

There are still areas of the report to be addressed, but before this can proceed, more volunteers are needed. Please offer your services to help organise events to increase the use of the sportsfield. Or help report on the conditions of Rights of Way; run the Parish Website; organise facilities for both under fives and the under 18’s. Anyone interested is asked to contact Fraser Hughes on 867209.

When it was too wet to do any gardening, the Allotment Group tackled the problem of supplying water to the allotments.. Planning permission has been given for a water-harvesting project. A grant and self funding has enabled the work to start. Tenants who are tardy in paying their meagre rents (£10 p.a. for a whole plot, £5 for a part of a plot) are a continuing source of annoyance!


Restoration of the verges is the next aim for the Common Water Lane Friends, reported Mr Mike Lowing. Sliding rails have been put in the fencing to give access for tractors. He said that DCC Rights of Way will be improving Owl Lane.

Andrew Frampton gave an up-beat report on progress with the Cricket Club. There is a pool of 25 players and the team had finished second in the League against the much larger Wincanton Club. The final result went to the last game of the season. The continuing aim is to get a water supply to the Pavilion. A new entrance and a pedestrian gate have yet to be done but 130 people attended a dinner at Highlands End which raised £7,000 and this makes the completion so much nearer.

Mrs Donna Heys spoke about the WI which will be celebrating its 95th birthday in October. 30 members meet monthly in the Lewesdon Room when a short business report is followed by a talk from a visiting speaker and ending with social time. There are occasional outings and members have the opportunity to participate in activities such as canoeing, stone carving or rifle shooting. 868 368

for further details.

The draft Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting will be on public display.

WI Coffee morning

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Broadwindsor WI

Coffee, Cakes & Crafts
Friday 24th May
Comrades Hall 10.30-12 noon
WI Members’ Crafts Exhibition
and Sale of Baked Goods
Plants and Produce
Display of Broadwindsor WI Archive Material
£1 Adult entry
to include coffee and homemade biscuit (free for under 12’s)

Please lend a hand to help the hall

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Have you an hour or two to spare to help with the external maintenance day at our village hall
Saturday May 18th from 9.30 am
Refreshments: coffee & biscuits, soup bread
and cheese for lunch for volunteers.
Interested? For more information contact
Sue Eccles on 867386

Spring sale and coffee morning

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ImageSaturday 11th May
Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor
10.30am – 12.30pm
Admission £1 (includes coffee/tea and biscuits)
Children Free
Stalls will include Plants, Cakes, Tombola, Bric-a brac, raffle
In aid of Broadwindsor Fun Day 2013

Twenty’s plenty for Broadwindsor

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Campaigners are shifting up a gear in a bid to reduce the speed limit through Broadwindsor.

They are urging people to sign their petition on the 20s Plenty for Broadwindsor website, which states: ‘Our aim is for Broadwindsor Village to have a 20mph default speed limit where people live.

‘Since the closure of Beaminster Tunnel, the traffic in and around the village has increased in size and speed.

‘We would like to ensure that everyone in our lovely village is protected from traffic especially as we have few and narrow pavements.

‘We should all be able to walk to school, meet in the pub and pop to the great new community store safely without dodging speeding vehicles.

‘Why?- 95% reduction in risk to walkers and cyclists – Also more walking and cycling, less pollution, less noise, less fear and a better quality of life.’

Villager Susanna Newall, who is spearheading the campaign, says on the website:

‘There seems to have been a request for a reduction in the speed limit in Broadwindsor Village for as long as most villagers can remember. Some of us are fairly new to the village and adore its beautiful location, fantastic sense of community and a fair share of history. We have been welcomed with open arms and wouldn’t consider living any where else.

‘The traffic has always been a bit of a problem, however, exacerbated by the lack of pavements. Believe me, it’s not easy trying to keep hold of two extremely lively boys walking (or shall I say hopping, skipping and general jumping!) on their way to school each day whilst HGVs, people late for work, tractors, people driving with a mobile phone in their shoulder, boy racers to name but a few, all whizz past at what seems an alarming rate of knots!

‘Some have even been kind enough to gesture to me that I’m in their way…

‘Myself and other mums in the village have resorted to using the park as a means of avoiding the traffic, only to be met with a car park , a strong gate and several steps back onto the road again – not easy with a pushchair and a toddler. Even on the approach to the school, white vans hurtle past at great speed, not recognising the fear in parents’ eyes and seemingly oblivious to the children as young as four as they skip to the ‘sweetie shop’.

‘So..the parish council was approached and asked what could be done.

‘They said it was a very long standing issue and that the county council had agreed in principle to the reduction in the limit but that they couldn’t fund it. The parish council apparently stated that they would pay for small measures to be put in place to which the county council refused.

‘I then wrote to Oliver Letwin to arrange a meeting with himself and other people from the village and Rebecca Knox, county councillor for the Beaminster Division. Everyone agreed – and was supported by the Parish Plan – that a 20 mph limit should encompass the whole of the village.

‘Rebecca Knox spoke to the Highways Authority, in particular Andrew J Brown, Matthew D Piles and Richard Stubbs and their response was unsatisfactory to say the least.

‘In response to being advised that the parish council and the villagers could fund any possible scheme, Andrew Brown stated that they do not accept monies to move schemes up the list.

‘He also stated that there is no casualty record in Broadwindsor and there is no evidence of excessive speeding.

‘I for one feel that the “we can’t do anything without casualties” argument is inhumane and backward and there is certainly massive evidenced concern about speeding in the village.

‘So I have started this campaign to see if we can speed up this epic tale of apathy and disregard to human life. We need to show those who we pay to serve us that we are the ones they should listen to, and not the other way round and let us believe that they possess an ounce of common sense.’

To sign the petition, go to the website.

Support your shop!

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A triumph for the village
A triumph for the village

Villagers at Broadwindsor were in the mood for celebrating on Saturday when they officially opened their new community stores in the old telephone exchange.

And it was a special day for village school pupil Ellie Guppy, who won a poster competition to promote the opening. Not only did she cut the ribbon, it was also her ninth birthday.

Afterwards, they all went back to the school for refreshments and a slice of cake given by Fancy That Cakes of Beaminster, which bore the words ‘We Did It!’.

Fraser Hughes, chairman of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise, told the crowd: “The shop has drawn generous compliments from customers, who are not just from Broadwindsor, but all the local villages and further afield. Our fame is spreading. In fact they tell us they love it.

“Many customers have been amazed at how big the shop is when they get inside and how many lines we stock – over 1,000 already with more lines and services to come.

“We are good supporters of local firms and producers and aim to eventually have 30% of our products from suppliers within 30 miles of Broadwindsor.

“We have done what we said we would do, open a shop for the community. I think all the committee feel immensely proud of what we have achieved. And we have given the shop a real chance of success, with no loans or mortgages to pay back.

“It is now down to the community to support it. I think they will.”

The community stores are popular with customers, who have been without a shop since the one in the square closed 18 months ago.

Megan Jones, who is a volunteer as well as a customer, said: “It’s wonderful to have a shop in the village again. There is no need to get in the car, we have all our daily needs right here in Broadwindsor.  The fresh bread and vegetables are especially welcome.”

Mr Hughes paid tribute all those who had been involved in bringing the project to fruition.

He said: “This is definitely a day of celebration and a day to thank all those who have brought it about.”

Shop manager Sue Williams, who is assisted by Jane Sloman and a team of local volunteers, said: “Since coming to Broadwindsor after many years trading in Lyme, I’ve been impressed by the commitment of everyone I’ve met to making the community shop a success.

“The volunteer staff are doing a great job and the committee is tireless in its efforts.

“We are stocking as much local produce we can as well as giving value for money to local people. Our fruit and veg comes into the shop daily as does the bread from Evershot bakery.

“We have a full range of dairy products and frozen food as well as dried goods which carry our label.”