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Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

Welcome to Corscombe, Halstock and District parish councils website

The parish consists of the villages of Corscombe, Halstock and East and West Chelborough and their surrounding districts.  The parish lies within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within Dorset.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Parish Council meeting is the 26th July 2021.  This will be a face to face meeting held at the Corscombe Village Hall.  Please check the website for any changes due to new Covid restrictions that may come into place. There will be an additional meeting in early July to ratify the AGAR and sign off the Outdoor Gym.  Date to…

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Dogs off leads

Dear residents The Parish Council would like to draw your attention to the issue of dogs off leads on public highways.  This has become an issue for both other dog owners and other users of the highway. You may not be aware, but it is an offence to have your dog off the lead on a public highway under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Section…

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Good Broadband – survey

Two weeks ago, the Government confirmed Dorset’s inclusion in the £5 billion Project Gigabit broadband programme.  There are also several Community Fibre Partnerships (CFPs) active in West Dorset and our MP, Chris Loader, has been working closely with Openreach on these. As part of the campaign to get good broadband connectivity across West Dorset our MP needs to collate the specific details of where connectivity…

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Your Representative on the Car Parking Group

Elizabeth Southern has volunteered to sit on a Car Parking group led by Elizabeth Murray (Strategic Parking Project Mgr for Dorset) who is looking at Car Park issues across the county of Dorset.  She is on the Beaminster/Bridport/West Bay group.  The goal is to achieve an equitable charging policy and consistency of standards for Dorset (currently there are 76 different types of permits operating across the county).…

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) LATEST INFORMATION & ADVICE LOCAL COVID ALERT LEVEL: STAY AT HOME LOCKDOWN YOU MUST Not meet people socially anywhere indoors Wear a face covering Work from home if possible Reduce the number of journeys you make  

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A village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, in the Dorset Council administrative area. The parish includes the small settlements of Benville and Toller Whelme to the south.


A village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated approximately five miles (8.0 km) south of Yeovil in Somerset. It lies on the route of the ancient Harrow Way.

West Chelborough

A village and civil parish 13 miles (21 km) north-west of Dorchester, in the Dorset district, in the county of Dorset, England.

East Chelborough

A small village and civil parish 7 miles (11 km) north-east of Beaminster in Dorset, England. On the top of the ridge at the nearby Castle Hill are the earthwork remains of a motte-and-bailey castle.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

The basic responsibility of the Parish Council is to represent the concerns and wishes of the whole community. The range of powers available to Parish Councils, defined by law, continues to increase. Proposals announced by the Government suggest that there will be changes ahead.

All councillors sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and undertake to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. Councillors also complete a Register of Interests, a copy of which is held by the Electoral Officer at Dorset  Council.

The work of the Parish Council is funded mainly by the Parish Precept. This is a small percentage of the Council Tax collected on each property by Dorset District Council and is passed onto the Parish. Accounts are prepared for each year, checked by the internal auditor and forwarded to be audited nationally.

Parish Council responsibilities include providing and maintaining recreational facilities such as the playground at Corscombe.

The Council comment on planning applications but the decisions are made by Dorset  Council.

Parish Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and Councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council does not have a permanent office nor any full-time staff. The Clerk works from home. Attendance is required at the bi-monthly Parish Council meetings and the annual Parish meeting, usually in April. Contractors are employed to undertake other works including grass cutting and hedge maintenance. Specifications are drawn up and quotations always sought.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council is a member of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC). Training and support is provided through the Association.

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