Press Release

Published: 05 November 2020

Town Council

  • The office is open to the public between 10am and 1 pm, Monday to Friday, by appointment only.
  • Arrangements have been made for office staff to work from home at times. They can be contacted by email at which is monitored daily, or by phoning 01929 553006. Please leave a message on our ansaphone and we will get back to you. We will continue to provide a comprehensive service remotely and kindly ask residents to bear with us during this challenging time.
  • Members of the Grounds Maintenance team will operate as normal for the moment. We kindly urge residents to respect staff whilst they work and observe social distancing.
  • Virtual Council meetings will continue to be held as per agreed Calendar of Meetings 2021, with notification of and how to join a meeting posted on the Town Council website and social media pages. Agendas and Minutes are posted on the website too.
  • The operation of the planning system remains on an ‘email’ basis, as the Council are a consultee in the process, not the decision-maker. Residents are encouraged to contact the Planning and Transport Committee  if they have any issues/concerns on any live planning application, which can be viewed on the Dorset Council website.
  • The Council has taken the decision not to let the Corn Exchange for the foreseeable future; however, the Recreation Ground football pitch is available for hire.

Play Areas

  • The Council run play-areas will stay open and we will continue to ensure health and safety inspections take place as normal. Please follow the guidance notices posted around each play area.
  • Residents can use public spaces for exercise but are reminded to follow the latest government advice on meeting in public places

Public Toilets

  • The Town Council’s public toilets in Howard’s Lane and on the Quay are open for the moment. Cleaning of the toilets has been increased and social distancing measures are in place.


  • The Town Council have no plans to organise public events at present
  • Unfortunately, there will be no Christmas Parade this year. Rest assured that Father Christmas will make an appearance in some form, and the Christmas Lights in the town will go on as usual to brighten up your day!

Youth Provision

The Town Council continues to closely follow Government advice and encourage the public to also follow the official advice from the Government. Any changes to the situation at the Town Council will be communicated on this website.

Vanessa Ricketts
Town Clerk

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