Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 9th January.
There were over 20 members of the public present, plus our community
policeman, PC Jon Stewart, and our PCSO, Luke Taylor.
next meeting will be on Thursday 13th February, at the Drax
Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
would like to make it clear that the Parish Council has a policy
of not being drawn into debates on the village Facebook page.
We use Facebook to inform about events and activities, and,
sometimes to announce matters being published on our websites.
We do not believe that Facebook is the right forum for constructive
discussion and debate. Parish Council meetings, always held
on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm, and Parish Forum
meetings, held once or twice a year, are the open, democratic
opportunities for people to speak, and for the Council to discuss
and decide matters.
Wood Deer Fencing
council expressed its disgust at the vandalism of the recently
erected deer fencing on Brian May’s land. As he has been
generous enough to allow free pedestrian access onto his land,
particularly where there are no formal rights of way, we all
felt that this was a particularly ungrateful and unnecessary
criminal act. Anyone who has any information about who might
have done it is asked to speak to the police, and to be vigilant
in the future. It is highly likely that night vision CCTV cameras
will be installed
the beginning of this year Dorset County Council implemented
its policy of turning off street lights in our residential areas
from Midnight to 5am. Members of the public spoke against the
new policy on grounds of vehicle and personal safety, and crime
prevention. Others expressed views supportive of the new policy
on grounds of cost saving, and environmental benefits. Peter
Wharf, our County Councillor, reported on his discussions with
DCC over the matter. PC Jon Stewart reported that there had
been no measurable increases in crime in areas where the policy
had been running for some time. After due consideration, the
Council decided that there were no exceptional grounds for making
a case for Bere Regis to be treated differently from the rest
of the county.
Thomas from the Post Office spoke at the beginning of the meeting
about future plans in general, and specifically about the future
of our post office on West Street. He explained the new national
initiative being implemented at present to invest £1.34billion
to help retain some 12000 main and sub-post offices all over
the country. Although our present incumbents had indicated that
they wished to give up the post office, Gary was confident that,
from the expressions of interest he had received, there would
be a successful applicant to take over the post office possibly
in its present location, or possibly elsewhere in the village.
is a proposal to extract gravel from a number of sites in the
county, including one in the parish on Bere Heath near Philliols
Farm. The Parish Council is trying to get more information about
the impact this might have, both ecologically and in terms of
vehicle movements, so as to determine how to respond. Parishioners
can comment individually, and we would urge anyone with an interest
to go to a consultation meeting and comment. Meetings are being
held between the 8th and 30th January at various locations around
is to remind everyone that the new Dorset Waste partnership
recycling scheme takes effect in March. You will shortly get
your smart new food recycling caddy, your new, smaller, rubbish
wheelie bin, and you will have to then use your larger old wheelie
for recycling. More details can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/recycling
Transport & Volunteer Driver Scheme - NeighbourCar
volunteer driver registration evening was held on Thursday 9th
and those drivers that attended were registered and will be
ready to start as soon as the paperwork is processed. There
will be a further registration evening in the near future for
those who were unable to attend and anyone else who wishes to
become involved. It is intended that the scheme will start asap,
with an official launch being help on 1st March – further
details will follow nearer the time.
Arms Community Benefit
are pleased to announce that Sam and Jacqui are planning to
put on monthly benefit dinners in aid of good causes in Bere
3 course dinners will be held on the 1st Saturday of every month
(except July and August), when up to 50 people will be able
to enjoy a fine dining evening for £15.95ph, of which
£2.00 per person will be donated to the selected cause.
In addition the proceeds of a raffle and a quiz will also be
donated, so each event may generate a donation of up to £200.
charity or good cause in the parish can apply to be the beneficiary.
Good causes may include organisations such as the Scouts, FOBRES,
Ragamuffins and Pop In Place, but may also include individual
young people (under 25) seeking support for instance for a gap
year charitable project or similar. Applications should be made
in writing to the Drax Arms, with contact details and explaining
what the donation will be used for. The Drax Arms management
and a member of the Parish Council will vet all the applications
and will carry out a draw for the successful monthly bids.
person or organisation applying must be prepared to fully participate
in the event by providing information, selling most of the tickets
and finding raffle prizes. This is a wonderful opportunity for
the whole community to benefit, by supporting our good causes
and one of our local businesses and enjoying a great night out
all at the same time.
Stream Open Space Project
parishioners will probably know, the Parish Council now owns
the whole of the Souls Moor area to the South of the Bere Stream,
including the fenced SNCI area, and the open land towards Southbrook.
We are very shortly taking ownership of the land to the North
of the stream from Shitterton Bridge through to the Scout Hut.
We have plans under development for a skate park, and there
is now a proposal to create a memorial sensory garden as part
of the development of the open space near Southbrook .
the moment these are all separate projects, but the Parish Council
would like to integrate our thinking and take a more holistic
view of the development and management of this hugely valuable
and attractive area of open space. This does not mean the individual
project teams will be wound up. They will still be crucial to
each part of the whole, but an over-arching view will help us
to better coordinate our approach.
therefore want to create a small project team comprising both
Parish Councillors and residents to take this forward. Any residents
who would be interested in helping either with this team or
with the individual project groups is asked to put their names
forward to Amanda Crocker, our clerk.