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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.

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West Moors Town Council: Office Re-opening!

Although Council staff have been working throughout the 'lockdown' and subsequent period, the public have not been able to access services by walking into the Park Way office.

The Council are pleased to announce that the office ( just behind Tesco Express ) will reopen to visitors on Tuesday 8th September: the hours will be those in force before the 'lockdown' - 10.00 am - 2.00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

We would like to thank you for your patience in these difficult times.

Please note that additional precautions will be in place to protect both you the public, and the staff working inside the office: the guidance is displayed at the front of the office and on notices inside - no more than two people inside at any one time, and as elsewhere, 'social distancing' is to be observed. A hand sanitiser is available in the public area of the office.

The temporary scheme to deliver food caddy bags is now suspended; obviously if you still find it difficult to obtain these, please contact the staff who will endeavour to help you out.

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VJ Day August 15th 1945: 75th anniversary commemoration

August 15th, 2020 marked " Victory over Japan (VJ) " Day - the end of all hostilities in the Second World War. To mark the event, West Moors Town Council arranged for a small ceremony at the village's War Memorial. This special Newsletter has been issued to record that event. The pdf document will open in a new window in your browser.

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Play Areas Re-opening

On the 4th July as per government guidance West Moors Town Council will be reopening the children's play areas at Fryer Field and Oakhurst Road. Guidance for the use of the Council owned play areas is available here. 

 Parish Council crest West Moors Town Council: Combined Annual Reports 2019-2020

Under normal circumstances, there would have been an Annual Public Meeting of the Town Council on the 16th April 2020: at these 'open' meetings, councillors and the public assemble and receive a briefing on the work of the Council over the year past from the Chairman of the Council and the Chairs of the individual committees. Although that meeting did not take place, the Annual Report that would have been presented is now available to view on this web site.
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 Parish Council crest Meetings of the Full Council during the Covid-19 emergency

On the 30th April 2020, the Town Council held its first ever 'virtual' meeting of the Full Council. It is intended to hold such meetings in this manner for the duration of the restrictions on meetings due to Coronavirus/Covid-19. However, at the present time it is not intended to hold committee meetings in this way.
If you wish to 'attend' the virtual meeting please email the Council office and joining instructions will be sent to you. Agendas will be published in the usual way on the Agenda page of this web site (under Council Information). 

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May 2020 Newsletter: VE75 Anniversary

The Council has produced a special Newsletter ( No. 8 / May 2020 ) which contains much information regarding the commemoration of the 75 years since VE Day in 1945. There are many quotes from local residents who remember that day - and some special poems and other texts which mark the event. Download a copy from this web site and perhaps print out for anyone who hasn't got internet access. Unfortunately the Council Office is closed at the moment, so paper copies aren't readily available, but copies will be distributed to various residential care homes around the community.
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The latest Town Council newsletter is now available! Among items in this issue: Coronavirus impacts on West Moors & Council activities ... tentative plans regarding the Village Litter Pick, Annual Public Meeting & Westival ( all CANCELLED for 2020 ) ... useful contact numbers / email addresses etc., regarding support for isolated / vulnerable residents ... detail of the work of Pinehurst Community Church Action Group in support of local residents ... Good Citizen Award details ... Food Caddy bags delivery service ( see item below ) ... and of course the usual information about Councillors, how to contact etc. 
Although the Council Office is closed 'for the duration' you can download a copy from this web site ... and perhaps print out for others to see!
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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.

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Use 'Amazon Smile' and help fund the refurbishment of the Skatepark!

The Council 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 Council Office for further information (when open - currently closed due to the Covid-19 emergency).

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