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The non-native Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a serious predator of European native insects.  It is a risk to all pollinators, but particularly to honey bees, which are the primary managed pollinators of crops in the UK, and it is a significant threat to commercial and hobby beekeeping. Nature conservation organisations, including the RSPB, are concerned about the impacts of Asian hornets on pollinating species and UK biodiversity.

Native to Asia, in 2004 the Asian hornet was inadvertently introduced into France, became established and spread rapidly into neighbouring countries.  It was found in the Channel Islands in 2016 and is now established on Jersey.

One nest was found in the UK in 2016 and one in 2017; both were destroyed.  In 2018 two nests were found in Cornwall and two in Hampshire; single male and female hornets were found in Surrey, Hull, Lancashire, Kent, Cornwall and on the Poole/Cherbourg ferry. 

Read more: Help to delay the Asian Hornet

Proposal for the Parish Council to Contribute to a Part Time Bus Service

The Winterborne Valley Transport Group have received an offer from a local bus company to provide a once a day bus service through Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton and Winterborne St Martin. The bus would provide a route towards Dorchester in the early afternoon, approximately 2pm.  Passengers could then make a return journey on one of the later afternoon regular services that are already in place. 

The service would only run on school days, therefore weekdays only in school term time. The bus company need a contribution of £2,850 per year to operate this service. Passengers would be able to use a concessionary bus pass if they have one. The County Council are unable to contribute to the cost of the provision of this service therefore a request has been made to the Parish Council.

If this was agreed by the Parish Council it would result in an increase in annual expenditure which would be a direct increase in the Parish Council element of your Council Tax bill. 

Currently the Parish Council precept totals £5,500. Therefore this would be an increase of approximately 52% in the Parish Council element of your Council Tax bill. The 2018/19 (figures for 19/20 not yet available on Dorset for You) Parish Council precept was £16.98 per year for a Band D property.  An increase of 52% on that would be approximately £25.81 on a Band D property. The Parish Council has already set its precept for 2019/20 – therefore if a payment was required during that year the required increase in 2020/21 would be £5,700 to repay the 2019/20 contribution and pay for the 2020/21 contribution. This assumes the contribution amount remains the same which is not guaranteed.

If the Parish Council had to cover two years bus service contribution in 2020/21 this would increase the Parish Council Precept element of your Council Tax bill in that year to approximately £35 on a Band D property. These figures are approximate and do not include any additional increase which might be required in the Parish Council precept alongside the contribution for the Bus Service. There is no guarantee that the service will be used by passengers every day. There are already additional transport provisions that are not fully utilised. The Parish Council is also speaking with Councillors at Winterbourne Abbas and Steepleton about sharing the cost. This is a very clear example of the increases in costs which might fall to the Parish Council if they wish to provide services which can no longer be funded by the new Unitary Authority due to cutbacks in central government funding and increase social care costs. Therefore this may be the first of many such questions the Parish Council has to consider.

As the cost of the proposed service would fall directly to you – the residents and Council Tax payers – it is important we gather your opinion.  We will circulate a note to all addresses in the village and hope you will be able to respond to the Parish Council. 

Responses can also be emailed to the Chairman of the Parish Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winterborne St Martin Parish Council
Elections 2nd May 2019
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Elections for the New Dorset Unitary Authority and all the Town and Parish Councils in Dorset will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

Your Parish Council will be part of this election process.

The Parish Council has nine members. In order for an election to be held, and for you – the residents and Council Tax payers - to have a choice, there must be more than nine candidates. If nine people or less are nominated, you – the residents and Council Tax payers – get no choice about your representatives on the Parish Council. We feel sure you would prefer some choice in this – therefore we would encourage people to consider standing for election to the Winterborne St Martin Parish Council.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your current Parish Councillors, Debbie Wiltshire, Patrick Jeffrey, Martin Usherwood, Anne Bennett, Dave Read, Neale Hallett, Karen Delafield, Richard Eversden or the Clerk to the Council Stephen Slade. Contact details can be found on the Parish Council page on the village website.

More information can be found on HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR  –  CLICK HERE to download or view PDF.

Nomination Forms must be handed to the Returning Officer at WDDC by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

Closure of the Martinstownnews.webplus site

Dear all

The server I was using for my website, has now been shut down, and so I can no longer redirect people to the site.

I was also using it for occasional posts on valley wildlife and environmental topics, this I have now  transferred to  which has the merits of being much easier to use and free. There are around fifty members of Dorset Wildlife Trust in Martinstown plus severel others who are interested in our wildlife so I feel there are enough to keep the blog going, but I am not sure how many are aware of the change over . 

Best wishes
John Elliott

Auction VV 2019

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Manor Grove
Communal Hall


10.30am - 12.00

Entrance: 50p
includes cake & biscuits


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*As at 23rd September 2018.

Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

GardenCraft18REPORT & PHOTOS

MOG 2019

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Mondays and Fridays

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 10.15am

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 13.15am

Visit the Aline Taxis website HERE

Monday, 25 03 2019

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Winterbourne Valley
CE VA First School
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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

5 Saturday - recycling and food
11 Friday - rubbish and food
17 - recycling and food
24 - rubbish and food
31 - recycling and food

7 - rubbish and food
14 - recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

MARCH 2019
7 - rubbish and food
14 - recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

APRIL 2019
4 - rubbish and food
11 - recycling and food
18 - rubbish and food
25 - recycling and food

MAY 2019
2 - rubbish and food
9 - recycling and food
16 - rubbish and food
23 - recycling and food
30 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2019
6 - recycling and food
13 - rubbish and food
20 - recycling and food
27 - rubbish and food

JULY 2019
4 - recycling and food
11 - rubbish and food
18 - recycling and food
25 - rubbish and food

1 - recycling and food
8 - rubbish and food
15 - recycling and food
22 - rubbish and food
29 - recycling and food

5 - rubbish and food
12 - recycling and food
19 - rubbish and food
26- recycling and food

* Except where otherwise stated

The next start date for the garden waste service is 01/12/2018 – sign up by 31st October 2018.If you miss this deadline the next opportunity to start collections will be 1st April 2019.

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