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Proposed Closure of B3146 Jan ’22

Proposed closure of B3146 Jan ’22

Dear Sir/Madam
Dorset Council are continuing to maintain and invest in Dorset’s highway network. In recognition of the current pandemic, additional safety measures are
also being taken to ensure the health and safety of workers in these unprecedented times. We are working closely with other highway authorities across
the south west and with industry bodies to share knowledge of new ways of working. We will continue to do our best to keep Dorset’s businesses and
residents up to date as work progresses. The latest information on all planned road works can be found at
To enable us to carry out maintenance work, we plan to close B3146 Glanvilles Wootton between 18th and 26th January 2022. The road will be closed
daily between the hours of 09:00 and 16.00 but it will be open overnight and at weekends. During the closure periods there will be no on street parking
available. Parking restrictions will be imposed to prevent waiting or parking on the roads stated above. Any vehicle waiting in contravention of any
restriction imposed by this Notice may be removed under the provisions of the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986. If a vehicle has been
towed the owner will need to contact our towing contractors Bride Valley on 01305 889421.
We will be repairing sections of road within the area marked in red indicated on the map. The diversion route is marked in blue. National regulations state
that we have to divert traffic onto the same classification of road as the one we have closed.
In the current financial climate, the highways service has had to focus it budget on targeting the most damaged sections of road and areas with safety
We will contact you again nearer the time to confirm the dates of the work and the closure needed.
If you wish to discuss any issues regarding this work, please contact us.
Yours faithfully
Jason Loibl
Site Agent
Dorset Highways
01305 228100

Glanvilles Wootton Parish Rate

At the Glanvilles Wootton Parish Meeting held in October it was agreed that the average parish rate for 2022/23 should remain the same at £4 per household per annum.

However, two mature ash trees on land between the village hall and the fire station owned by the parish, are suffering from ash die back and an inspection report concludes that they need to be felled for safety reasons. Currently the application to remove tree preservation orders on the trees is with DC and the plan is to fell the trees when permission is granted.

Generously, the village hall committee is giving support to the parish to meet any immediate cost but bills will need to be repaid in 2022.

My proposal is to raise the average parish rate for 2022/23 by £1 per annum per household to meet this cost. Rather than convene a one issue meeting in these covid times please forward your views on this proposal to me, or 01963 210256. Objections and serious reservations will mean that an extraordinary meeting will need to be held.

                                   Mike Sandy [Chair GW Parish Meeting]  


Roadworks – Stock Hill Lane

Stock Hill Lane, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset
27 September — 01 October

Delays possible – Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works description: Capital Works – Struct.Bridges – STOCK HILL LANE Culvert – Maintenance

Works location: Stock Hill Culvert, STOCK HILL LANE,730m south from the junction with Holwell Drove. Eastings 368505 Northings 109501

Responsibility for works: Dorset Council

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: B311014183503



Waste Services Disruption


Dear Clerk,

Dorset Council would like your help please.

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 pass these key messages to any residents who may approach you with questions or concerns around their bin collections: –

• 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.

We would also appreciate this information being posted to your website and/or community noticeboards too.

If there are any further questions or comments from yourself or your residents, please contact the Dorset Council waste services team at If anyone is interested in joining our waste services as a driver or a loader, they can find out more about current vacancies at

We will keep providing updates as the situation changes, and continue to speak with MPs to work on a long-term solution. Town and Parish councils are a vital partner for us when working with the people of Dorset, so I want to thank you for your support and understanding.

Kind regards,

Jill Haynes
Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Communities
Chalk Valleys Ward
Dorset Council

Ironman – Sunday 19th September 2021

Dear All,

               You should have been notified but please be reminded that part of the route for the cycle ride runs from Holwell to GW, via Stock Hill, east along Park lane then to Middlemarsh via Kennels Lane. The road is closed from 8 am until midday. Stewards are placed at road junctions and in the past have been receptive to urgent requests for vehicular access for short distances. Permission for essential access, carers, livestock etc can be sought by contacting, 03330 116600 or There is also an understanding with race organisers that litter left by the event will be collected.




Changes to rapid community testing

  AM Start Date   PM Start Date
Monday Gillingham 8am – 11.30am Shaftesbury 1pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday Blandford 8am – 12.30am 17-May Sturminster Newton 2pm – 4.30pm 17-May
Wednesday Sherborne 8am – 12.30am 09-Jun Cerne Abbas 2pm – 4.30pm 19-May
Thursday Gillingham 8am – 11.30am Shaftesbury 1pm – 4.30pm
Friday Blandford 8am – 12.30am 21-May Sturminster Newton 2pm – 4.30pm 17-May
Saturday Cerne Abbas 8am – 10.30am 22-May Sherborne 12pm – 4.30pm 12-Jun


Roadworks November 2020

Traffic Interruptions

South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset
13 November – 13 November

Delays likely – Road closure

Name: South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton

Location: South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

Responsibility for event: Dorset

Current status: Planned


South Farm to Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset
13 November — 13 November

Delays likely – Road closure

Works location: On the bridge near sewage works

Works description: Repairing railings on the bridge

Responsibility for works: Dorset

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: B319014160605


Statement from GWPCC

Before he died in 2019 Sir Howard Guinness was keen to give a piece of land to our church in Glanvilles Wootton with a view to finding a permanent solution to issues around parking and access. Most people will be familiar with the current access and parking arrangements but maybe not the actual status of those arrangements.

The current carpark is on private land. Robert Frankcom very kindly allows the church to use this land and to access it by car along his private drive. Although it has been in place for a number of years this is a temporary arrangement. At any time, we could lose this parking at which point the church would become effectively landlocked, except by the footpath or along Rectory Drive. The alternative would be parking on the B3146 road through the village or on the first (public) part of Rectory Drive.

For many people in this village and surrounding areas the continuing survival of the church of St Mary’s Glanvilles Wootton as a functioning building is very important. We need to avoid a situation arising in which the Diocese of Salisbury opts to close the building, something they would be more likely to consider if access and parking became difficult. We believe that there may already be pressure to close a number of rural churches in our area, so the threat is real.

Sir Howard Guinness’ gift of the land to the Church finally completed last month. Subject to Planning approval being obtained and through agreement with the owners of The Old Rectory, to replace the existing right to access the church along the full length of Rectory Drive with a new right to access the gifted land, the PCC would like to use it for occasional parking primarily for church services. Nowadays there are typically two regular services a month plus a small number of weddings, christenings and funerals. The numbers attending the regular services are low and since some people walk to church there are relatively few cars. The car park we require would reflect this and be low key, there would be no lights, no tarmac, just an informal surface akin to that we currently have on the temporary car park. Furthermore, there would be no interruption of the public footpath that runs diagonally across the field.

We hope that people in Glanvilles Wootton, whether churchgoers or not, would like St Mary’s to continue as a living part of the village and will understand that this parking provision will help to achieve that.


County & District Councillor Pauline Batstone’s Final Blog

This will be my last report as your County and District Councillor as both the County and District Council’s ceased to exist on the 1st April and were replaced by the Dorset Council. Along with three others I am putting my name forward in the Dorset Council Elections on 2nd May but at this point who knows what the outcome will be.

It has been eight years since I became your District Councillor and six since I became your County Councillor. The main local authority theme running through those years has been Highways – speeding, vehicle size, road conditions, parking and potholes. The next most important theme as been planning – where properties are proposed, what the properties are for, density of building, impact on neighbours and whether or not the parish should do a Neighbourhood Plan. I fear it will be ever thus under the new Council. The main issue raised with me outside of local authorities matters is that of local policing and unhappiness with the service provided in the rural area. The next most important is that of rural transport. Our rural area has changed from the long settled dairy farming area I grew up in to an area which is increasingly urban in its population and in the expectations of that population, the majority of whom are newcomers from towns and cities elsewhere.

I thank all those who have worked with me over the years as your Councillor, especially in those parishes which will no longer be part of the Blackmore Vale Ward, should I be successful in being elected as its councillor.

Pauline Batstone
County and District Councillor
Elvlyn Cottage,
Glue Hill,
Sturminster Newton
Dorset DT10 2DJ
Facebook – Councillor Pauline Batstone