Help to improve our local path network for walking, cycling and horse-riding

Dorset Council want your contribution to the Dorset Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2022-2032.
It is important that they hear from everyone who walks, cycles, or rides in our beautiful countryside.

Please use the links after the following description and note that the consultation ends on the 31st October

Click here for a link to the Dorset Council Rights-of-Way Improvement Plan

Click here for a link to the consultation



Potential development alongside Broadmead

It was great that so many villagers were able to visit Southern Strategic Land’s consultation event yesterday and discuss their ideas with them.

For those who couldn’t attend or who want to take more time to study the exhibited material, SSL have put it all on a dedicated website and are inviting your comments by the 15th October.

You can access the website and download a feedback form from this page (send it to “Freepost YOUR FEEDBACK”) or you can email your thoughts to 

Click here for SSL’s website (opens on a new tab)

Click here to download a feedback form (opens on a new tab)

Click here to send an email


We have just been informed, by Dorset Council, of an urgent closure to road traffic of the level crossing on Highgate Lane starting tomorrow night (Saturday 2nd October). The official notice says that “It will come into operation between 23:30hrs and 08:30hrs on 2nd October 2021 and remain in force for five days, however it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 3rd October 2021.”

So probably only one night of closure. Highgate Lane is the road connecting West Stafford to Crossways.

The full notice can be opened on another tab by clicking on this link

COVID cases down a little this week

Public Health update on COVID-19 in Dorset

We have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases in both the Dorset Council area and BCP Council area over the last week. Both Dorset Council and BCP Council case rates are below the average for the South West and England. Hospitalisations related to COVID-19 have also decreased to 30 over the last week, down from 40 in the previous week. The levels of hospitalisations related to COVID-19 are much lower than during previous waves. The vaccine is continuing to have an impact on protecting people from serious illness and death. 

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Waste services disruption – Request for support

A message from Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Communities, 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, I would greatly appreciate it if you could note these key messages

 ·         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.