Your Parish Council is the first tier of local government – we are the level closest to the community and we are here to benefit and represent our residents; above Broadmayne Parish Council sits the “Dorset Council”, a Unitary Authority formed in 2019 and, from the point of view of Broadmayne, basically incorporating the West Dorset District Council and the Dorset County Council.
As a parish council we have very few duties (things we must do) but Parliament has granted us a number of powers which give us a degree of freedom to choose what action to take. One of our powers is to raise money through an element of the council tax (the precept) and we have a range of powers to spend money on your behalf.
As well as day-to-day expenditure, we have, most recently, partially financed the extension and revitalisation of the Village Hall, we have purchased a Speed Indicator Device (SID) to help manage traffic speeds through the village, we assisted the Playing Field Committee with the replacement of the climbing equipment in the Children’s Play Area, we installed fitness equipment on the playing field and refurbished the changing rooms, we have helped the Scouts and other village groups and regularly contribute to the upkeep of the playing field and the church-yard.
Broadmayne Parish Council provides allotments for residents and owns the playing field and village hall site.
As well as our work in the village we also represent our parishioners, and negotiate on their behalf, in contacts with the Dorset Council and other organisations. We are statutory consultees on all planning applications in the parish and these are generally discussed in public at the Parish Council meetings before a response is made. We also respond to many other consultations. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its comments will be taken seriously; so, you need to tell us your views.
Based on the size of the electorate, seven Councillors make up Broadmayne Parish Council which employs a part-time clerk. Councillors are volunteers who are elected to serve in four-year terms.
The Council meets once a month, generally on the first Monday of the month, at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to address the meeting and debate issues of concern.
Agendas and Minutes are posted on this website and on the public noticeboards in the village.