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Welcome to our website where you will find information about your Town Council and village.
In the Council Information section you can find out about the activities of your Town Council.
The Community Information section gives details of West Moors clubs, societies, churches, schools, sports and voluntary organisations
West Moors Town Council are pleased to provide this service to local organisations free of charge so please make sure your organisation
is featured with up to date information.
INFORMATION & NEWS . . . FROM YOUR TOWN COUNCIL
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL AND ITS COMMITTEES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
||Name change from Parish Council to Town Council
On Thursday 27th February, the Full Council resolved to change the name of the Council from Parish to Town. They both have the same statutory powers and can provide the same services. A record of the discussion leading to this change can be viewed in the Minutes published on this web site.
Your council has decided to change its name from Parish Council to Town Council.
As you will know, there was a major change in the local government organisation of Dorset last year with the creation of the Unitary Authority of Dorset Council. This has meant in practice that there is no longer an East Dorset District Council and your local Council has taken on many more services and responsibilities and expects to be required to take on even more in the future. West Moors has over 7,500 residents and is the 15th largest population in Dorset (out of 164 settlements). Dorset Council recently issued a Draft Local Plan to be produced by 2024 which shows that West Moors is categorised as Tier 2 - Towns and Other Main Settlements within the proposed Settlement Hierarchy
West Moors has very clearly defined boundaries and there will not be a change to its nature or character by this change of name. It may mean that the Council is better placed to protect and enhance what we already have and can respond positively to any future challenges. The costs of this change will be small, mainly being changes in signs; letterheads, invoices etc are printed ‘as required’ so no additional cost. A Town Council is not required to have a mayor.
The change of name from Parish to Town will also help to clarify the difference between the Civil Parish and the Church (Ecclesiastical) Parish as, unfortunately, the office has had many enquiries for booking for Christenings and Confirmations.
Your Council will continue to protect and enhance the facilities and social life of West Moors and ensure that the community continues to thrive.
Work is now underway to rename documents, web pages etc., on this site to reflect this change - but inevitably some will be missed! All documents on this site are current and will shortly reflect the altered name. The 'Header' and 'Footer' straps on this site will not be changed until a new web site is brought into use in summer of this year. At that time, the web address, email names etc., will also be altered to reflect the transformation; full details will be notified nearer the time.
|Use 'Amazon Smile' and help fund the refurbishment of the Skatepark!
The parish office is leading the effort to raise funds for the complete refurbishment of our Skatepark on Fryer Field. You can now help: if you use Amazon for your online purchases, why not register with 'Amazon Smile', when at no cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible products towards the charity set up to further this aim: the name of the charity to look for is ... West Moors Youth Club ... as the work is being undertaken in association with the Club. The News Release issued recently has more detail. [ The download will open in a new window ]
You can also keep up to date with news using the dedicated page on this web site for the Skatepark, where information and links will be posted that might be found useful; the page opens in a new window. If you are unable to access the documents here, please contact the Parish Office for further information.
||Closure of West Moors branch of Nationwide
As notified elsewhere, Nationwide have confirmed their decision to close the local branch office. The Parish Council wish to thank all who signed the petition to save this facility ( over 1900 signatures ). We have issued a special notice which advises how to get help if you find it difficult to access replacement banking facilities - and also ask for community help to take some of our elderly residents to / from the Ferndown branch when necessary. [ The download will open in a new window ]
||Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter
The latest Parish Council newsletter is now available! Among items in this issue: Carols on The Petwyn 2019 (full report with pictures, winners of prizes etc.) ... Christmas card competition winners and images ... Details of the 2019 Jean Ware Legacy Award winner (more below) ... Preliminary news for the 2020 'Westival' event ... and of course the usual information about Councillors, how to contact, office opening hours etc.
Keep up to date - pick up a copy from the Parish Office in Park Way ( just behind Tesco ), or download a copy NOW! [ The download will open in a new window ]
||Jean Ware Legacy Award: 2019
At the Full Council meeting held on the 19th December, 2019, the winner of the Jean Ware Legacy Award, Lorna Ross, was presented with an engraved glass trophy which she will keep as a reminder of her achievement. Lorna is pursuing a career in dance in all its forms and has been devoting her life to this aim since she was 7 years old. Read more about her achievements, hopes and ambitions in the press release available on this web site. [ The download will open in a new window ]