Problems on a Road

This is a new page and does not contain all of the information that you may be looking for at the moment. We will be updating it regularly but in the mean time, you can use the contact us page if you are not sure where to report an issue or you may find the Dorset Council website helpful.

If you have witnessed or been involved in a road traffic collision, call 999 for an emergency or contact Dorset Police for a non-emergency.

 Parking Issues

The Parish Council often received parking complaints however we have no power to enforce parking problems. If a road is obstructed by a vehicle to the point where it is not passable, that is a police issue. The police will only come out at the time of the obstruction. If you find a road obstructed by a vehicle please contact Dorset Police.

If a vehicle is parked on double yellow lines or is otherwise in breach of parking restrictions, this is a matter for the Local Authority and we have been permitted to share a contact number with residents. Parking Services can only enforce parking restrictions that are in place. Please do not contact them for obstructions (this is a police matter) or where parking restrictions are not in place but  you think they ought to be (Parish Council matter). You can contact Parking Services on 01305 228110.

If you feel that parking restrictions are needed where there currently are none, you need to request that the Parish Council considers the matter at a public meeting. Should the Parish Council decide to pursue this, Dorset Council will become involved and there will be several steps before restrictions can be implemented. To request this, please contact us.

 Speeding

The Parish Council has a Speed Indication Device which is moved between Puddletown and Tolpuddle regularly. If you notice a problem with the device, please contact us.

Again, the Parish Council has no power to enforce speed limits. If you spot a vehicle speeding, try to note as much information as you can and report it to Dorset Police. They may not take immediate action but if enough reports are made, the area may be prioritised for police patrol vehicles or mobile speed cameras. We often get asked if we can ask the police to patrol for speeding vehicles and when we contact them, there are no reported issues so we are not a high priority area. It is really important to report all speed issues, accidents or near misses.

If you think that a speed limit needs reviewing as it is too high, you need to request that the Parish Council considers the matter at a public meeting. Should the Parish Council decide to pursue this, Dorset Council will become involved and there will be several steps before restrictions can be implemented. To request this, please contact us. Please be aware that we have acted on requests for lower speed limits in Troy Town and Waterston but the next step is to commission a traffic survey for each area and we have been told that any data gathered would not be worth anything during the Coronavirus lockdown as it does not represent usual data. We will pursue this again when appropriate.

Other Highway Issues

If you have spotted another problem on a road or pavement like a pothole, abandoned vehicle, faulty street lighting, weed problem or obstruction in a road, please report this to Dorset Council. If the issue is urgent and could cause or has caused an accident, call them on 01305 221020. This number is only for emergencies.