Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 8th January
2015. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 12th February 2015,
at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very
welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters
were very pleased to be joined by 21 members of the public,
by Colin Eversden, the Project Manager for the new school and
by our PCSO, Luke Taylor. Colin Eversden gave an update on the
progress towards a new school, focusing particularly on the
problems around the re-design of the Southbrook junction to
allow the access drive to be built for construction traffic.
December’s meeting he had been asked to initiate a survey
of the lime tree at the Southbrook junction to see if the tree
could be moved. He quoted extensively from the report that had
been produced on 29th December 2014 by Steve Maros MA; BSc (Hons)
Arb a professionally qualified tree inspector. Mr Maros’s
report (which is available to be seen by contacting the clerk)
categorises the condition of the tree as ‘fair’
which is defined as ‘generally healthy, some defects,
limited life expectancy’. He states that the tree has
a Safe Useful Life Expectancy of ‘10-20 years (tree has
obvious structural or cultural problems that cannot be rectified
and decline is likely to continue)’. He states that ‘The
tree is too large to be moved and replanted’.
discussion then ensued on the topic of the removal of the tree.
A number of members of the public spoke of the need to move
swiftly to ensure that the new school proceeds to plan, in order
not only to provide better facilities for our children, but
also to overcome the potentially dangerous traffic issues of
Rye Hill, and that, regrettably, the lime tree would need to
member of the public suggested, that if it was possible, the
timber from the tree could be used to create a something for
the school, perhaps a bench for the playground, as an enduring
was re-iterated that the council should look to plant a replacement
tree on council, or school land in due course.
matters raised by members of the public included mention of
another incident involving an aggressive dog, some comments
on the Council’s budget, parking in West Street and the
appropriateness of Facebook as a medium of discussion on Council
council received an update from the steering group that: The
Council’s analysis of responses to the Neighbourhood plan
questionnaire is in final draft form and would go out to all
households in the parish shortly. We are awaiting guidance from
PDC on the implications of the change in policy announced in
the Autumn about sites of fewer than 10 dwellings without a
requirement for affordable homes.
will be engaging again with the landowners of the potential
housing sites, particularly the Drax estate, to obtain agreement
in principle to our proposals.
New School and the Southbrook Junction
the contributions made by members of the public to the debate
about the re-design of the Southbrook junction, the council
agreed that it stood by its difficult decision to support DCC’s
request to remove the Lime Tree. The suggestions to try to use
the timber from the tree and to plant a replacement were enthusiastically
Lengthsman’s contract is presently up for review. Full
details have been advertised and are available from the clerk.
are delighted to announce that Wessex Water have given us a
‘Watermark’ award of £350 towards the provision
of a water supply for grazing on Souls Moor.
children of the parish will, I hope, be pleased to know that
the new slide was installed at the end of December.
Council was please to give a grant of £150 towards a defibrillator
to be installed at the Sports Club.
has been advertised, we have a vacancy for one councillor and
we would urge everybody who is enthusiastic about working for
the good of the parish to put their names forward. If we have
more than one applicant there will be a simple and informal
selection process leading to co-option. Everyone who comes forward
is guaranteed a place, if not on the council itself, then on
one of our many sub-groups where your contribution will be just
Parish Council met on Thursday 12th February 2015 at the Drax
Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th March at the
Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome
to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or
were very pleased to be joined by 34 members of the public,
by Colin Eversden, the Project Manager for the new school and
by our PCSO Jake Williams.
was discussion about a recent incident of unruly behaviour by
a number of young people outside the Royal Oak pub.
Kirk then spoke about extending the Bus2Go scheme to Bere Regis
(please see the advert in the Parish Mag).
were pleased to welcome Mr Rob Asprey of Hastoe Housing Association
who outlined a possible affordable housing development that
might be brought forward for planning consent on a rural exception
site at the end of Shitterton. Numbers of residents were able
to raise queries about the proposal.
council received an update from the steering group that:
The council’s response to the returned questionnaires
had been sent to every household in the village.
Various individuals who had raised specific queries had been
invited to contact members of the steering group. None had done
so to date.
A further letter had been sent to the representatives of the
applicants had applied to take on the Lengthsman’s role.
Interviews will be held in March.
Council was pleased to give a grant of £250 towards the
Bere Regis Show and Scarecrow Festival
are now two vacancies on the Parish Council and three people
had so far put themselves forward. The deadline for the submitting
yourself for election is 28th February, so we urge all who would
like to serve our community to put their names forward by then.
After that the vacancy will be filled by co-option. A selection
process will be put in place in March.
Road Open Space
second work party arranged to open up the overgrown woodland
area along the stream by the streamside walk took place on 7th
February. About 40 metres have been cleared and selected willow
trees pollarded. It was found that they were only 20-24 years
old and had rotten centres. This has shown how important this
management is. They will re-grow after this treatment. We were
joined by two conservation officers from DWT and at their advice
some areas close to the stream are being left to allow some
partial shading of the stream. This will allow variations in
the light level on the stream to provide a better diversity
of habitat. Another work party is arranged for the 7th March.
We hope more volunteers will join us then.
scheme is proving itself to be of huge value to our less mobile
residents. In the 3 months of November and December 2014, and
January 2015, there were 74 journeys undertaken to Dorchester,
Poole, Wareham, Salisbury and elsewhere. Drivers are still badly
needed. If you are able to offer help as a driver, or if you
want more information, please call Brenda House on 01929 471