Welcome to the Puddletown Area Parish Council Website

The Parish Council covers the areas of Athelhampton, Burleston, Puddletown and Tolpuddle.

We aim to bring you the latest news and information from the Parish. The Area Parish Council holds 12 meetings a year starting promptly at 7pm. The AGM is held in May at Puddletown Village hall. The meetings always start with a short democratic period for members of the public to raise issues of concern.

For more information about the role of the Parish Council. For a list of currently sitting Councillors visit our Councillors page.

If you require any further information please contact the Clerk.


Latest News

Next Council meeting 

11th February 2020 - Tolpuddle
Gardening and cake!

Come and join other volunteers for the Orchard Meadow 'Winter Tidy Up' on Sunday the 1st of March between 10am and 12 noon. All ages welcome! 
Dorset Council's "Call for ideas"

Dorset Council are looking for members of the public to submit ideas on how the Council might be able to help tackle climate and ecology concerns.

Dog fouling around Puddletown

The Parish Council understands that the majority of dog walkers are considerate and respectful, however some are not so thoughtful. Most concerning are reports of dog mess within the grounds of St Mary's Middle School. The health and safety of children and young people must be a priority and this simply cannot be allowed to continue. Please ensure that your dog is on the lead through the school grounds and that dog mess is bagged and disposed of appropriately. The council is seeking to have dog waste bins installed at key locations but in the meantime please take dog mess home. Incidents of dog fouling can be reported to Dorset Council using 
 Digital Norm Campaign
Superfast Broadband
"Puddletown" - a song by Daisy Chute

An award winning singer/songwriter has created a song about the story of a cobbler's daughter. Thomas Hardy is thought to have based one of his characters in Far From the Madding Crowd on a shoemaker in Puddletown whose daughter died of scarlet fever. Many thanks to Ben Kaye, who lived in Puddletown for many years, for bringing this to our attention.
Cycle event

The route for a cycle event taking place on Saturday 16th May runs through the four parishes. Although roads are not being closed during the event, there will be a lot of cyclists about in the morning so please take care. For further details, please click here.
Help wanted

Puddletown Area Parish Council is looking to recruit more Councillors. Please click the link for details. 
Cottage Garden Society event

The Dorset Cottage Garden Society are meeting in Puddletown Village Hall on Sunday 29th March. Guests can attend for £5. Click here for more information about the event. If you would like to know more about the society or are interested in joining, click here for details.
Have your say on dogs in public spaces

Dorset Council is holding a public consultation on rules about dogs in public spaces as it looks towards the new Dorset-wide Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order. 
 Do you need sandbags to protect your home?

The Blue Vinny is a community sandbag store and you are able to go there to pick up sandbags whenever they are open. Please be patient though when the staff are busy with other things and support your local while you wait!

A Community Speedwatch initiative is being established in Puddletown. If you are interested in volunteering for this then please contact the Clerk through the contact us page. 
Flood Alerts in force

Groundwater flooding in the West of Dorset. Lower Frome and tributaries flooding. More information and advice is available from the Flood Information Service. Please click here. Our community flood warden will shortly be dropping a leaflet issued by the Environment Agency to all residents who may be at risk of flooding. All residents who live near to the Rivers Piddle or Frome should sign up to the Environment Agency advance warning scheme by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
Parking on New Street and Coombe Road, Puddletown

Dorset Council send gritting teams out in the evening/night to ensure that the roads are safe for everyone in colder weather. They have had trouble in New Street and Coombe Road in Puddletown due to vehicles parked along the roadside which prevent the gritting vehicles from accessing the roads. If they cannot access the road then it will not be gritted. Please avoid parking along these roads where possible and remember that the Highway Code says "Do NOT park anywhere that would prevent access for Emergency Services." If an ambulance or fire engine would struggle to get past your vehicle then it shouldn't be parked there.