DAPTC 2022 AGM | We are currently reviewing the most appropriate and effective means of staging the 2022 AGM and are mindful that in person meetings are still a concern for some, whilst clearly desired by others. Over the last two years we have had about 80 attend online from all corners of the county and we are keen to ensure similar participation levels if we go back to an in person format at County Hall. Could you give us your viewpoint in a snap poll that will take less than 60 seconds to complete: SNAP 2022 AGM POLL - we will publish the results next week - the poll closes 5pm Thursday 28 July. Can Clerks/Chairs check with whoever normally attends to gather their views.
WORKING TOGETHER WEBINARS | 1st August 2022 at 4:00pm is the next free session with an update on the libraries consultation with Dorset Council. If you want to attend REGISTER HERE
NALC STAR COUNCIL AWARDS | Congratulations to Ian Bark (Chair) and Will Austin (Town Clerk) and their shortlisting for 'Council of the Year'. Great to see one of Dorset councils feature in amongst the contenders this year. If you would like to read about their submission just click here: Bridport TC Council of the Year and even better if all of our members could take the time to vote by clicking here: VOTE NOW
PLANNING TRIO | We have just agreed new dates for the end of 2022 for our popular planning trio with Dr. Andrea Pellegram. For the dates and times and to register click here: DAPTC PLANNING TRIO
DAPTC AUGUST e-news | We will be moving to two e-news editions in August and then back to weekly in September and a new look.
JOB VACANCIES | We've had a flurry of vacancies crop up and some that have been filled too with some great Clerks! There are a few on this link close to the cut off dates for applications, please take a look if you are interested.JOBS
Have a great weekend, let's hope for some rain as it's all looking a bit brown right now.
** NEW ** 1. Tour of Britain Cycling event - the Dorset Stage
All Dorset Council area Town and Parish Councils and meetings should have received a newsletter from Dorset Council this week giving full details of the Dorset Stage of the Tour of Britain. Dorset is hosting the penultimate stage of the Britain's leading cycle race on Saturday 10th September 2022.
Stage seven of the race will take the riders from West Bay to Ferndown via one of the most stunning routes in Tour history. Stage seven will run parallel with the West Dorset Heritage coast before passing through Dorchester, West Lulworth and Corfe Castle. The route heads inland towards Wareham, Milton Abbas and Wimborne Minster and loops round into the heart of Ferndown town centre.
Check out theNewsletterfor all the information and links you need to find out more about the event and make sure you are aware of road closures and opportunities to watch the race.
** NEW ** 2. NALC are keen to hear your views on Short Term Holiday Lets
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently launched a consultation into short term holiday lets. The aim of the consultation is to garner potential solutions, including measuring regulation, to fix the problems caused across England by short term property lettings. Take a look at the NALC Policy Consultation briefing note here. The date for you to get your views over to NALC is Tuesday 30th August 2022 by 5pm. This deadline will give NALC time to pull together all the responses they receive nationally and submit their response in time for the consultation closure in September 2022.
** NEW ** 3. Request for advice on a more efficient way of managing a cemetery
Louise Harrison, Clerk to Wimborne Town Council has asked us to put out request to all her fellow clerks in the county for any practical advice they may have of managing a cemetery. In particular, she's interested to hear from anyone that has made the administering of the cemetery more efficient in terms of staff, software vs burial books, stopping pre-purchasing and anything else that you may think would be useful for her to know.
** NEW ** 4. Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner survey
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick is keen to find out if you feel safe in your community and your perception of policing. He would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey here.
5. Community Governance Review final recommendations now published
The report to Dorset Council setting out the Community Governance Review (CGR) final recommendations has now been published. You can find the report and all associated papers here. The report contains a link where you can find all the submissions received during the last round of public consultation on the draft recommendations, which took place from 28th February to 23rd May.
It should be noted that the recommendations relation to Weymouth, Chickerell, Winterborne Farringdon and Vale of Allen have been withdrawn from this Community Governance Review in order to allow further public consultation to be carried out. A separate CGR relating to these areas will be undertaken later this year.
You can watch the Council meeting that took place on Tuesday 14 July 2022 using this link. The discussion on the CGR Report item starts at 1hr 10 secs.
The final recommendations agreed by Full Council at the meeting will be published during July via the Community Governance Review web page and an Order to implement any adopted changes will also be made, with any changes taking effect on 1 April 2024. The first elections under any new community governance arrangements will take place on 2 May 2024.
6. Congratulations to Weymouth Town Council!
Weymouth Town Council is the South West Councils Challenge Cup winner! Fifteen teams from councils across the South West competed against each other for the cup. Staff from the council experienced what it was like to run a council under extreme pressure. They completed against other authorities and Fire and Rescue services. Read more about their win on the Weymouth Town Council website here.
7. Does your council have a Flood Warden?
Does your council have a Flood Warden? Can you help provide further information and practical guidance on the role and responsibilities to another clerk? If you would be willing to help, please contact Tamsin Ely, Clerk at Char Valley Parish Council.
8. Dorset GPs score highly in national survey
An independent survey eight out of 10 respondents in Dorset rate their experience of their local GP practice positively. Find out more about the results of the survey here.
NALC On-Line Events
Giving local councils more of a say on housing - 27th July 2022 12pm - 1.15pm Click herefor more information on this event.
Working between the Tiers - 28th September 2022 12pm - 1.15pm Click herefor more information
NALC to hold it's first-ever hybrid conference - Empowering Communities
NALC will hold its first-ever hybrid conference later this year. Empowering Communities takes place on 7 November 2022 between 10am and 4pm at America Square Conference Centre in London.
In person Ticket - up to £130 for NALC member
Virtual Ticket - up to £70 for NALC member