Please find an update from Dorset County Council about the disruption to services due to the impending Storm Emma,

There is an yellow warning for snow and wind for Thursday 0800 until Saturday 2355. Also there is an amber warning for snow and ice starting Thursday 1400 until Friday 0800. So tomorrow morning there may be a few snow showers, but the blizzard conditions are set to come in at 2pm. With snow settling, by Friday morning, there is an expectation of between 5-10cm of snow.

Although residents will probably be able to get into workplaces, schools etc, with the volume of snow forecast, we are not able to guarantee that the road network will be kept open. With significant snowfall gritting routes will divert into ploughing routes. The advice will be do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

What is happening:

  • Daily teleconferences are taking place this week and continuing over the weekend to discuss issues and plans with cross county agencies.
  • Adult day centres - Tricuro will be advising people not to put themselves at risk by travelling and potentially getting stranded during the day, but centres will remain open for people who need support and may be able to walk in. They are currently working through a list of which services may have to close and details will be published on their website www.tricuro.com
  • Cancellation of DCC contracted transport due to the forecasted weather making return journeys difficult. This applies to adult day centres, SEND and school transport for Thursday and Friday. Although schools make their own decisions, we are communicating this with schools before end of school today (Wednesday).
  • Joint county council and Dorset Council Partnership article in newsroom https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/2018/02/27/stay-safe-warm-extreme-cold-wind-chill-freezing-rain-come/
  • We are working with Public Health, CCG and NHS to reinforce their messages during this time.
  • Highways/ gritters – gritting updates can be found at https://mapping.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/traveldorset/severe-weather/gritting . The central control centre will be activated on Thursday morning and we will run a 24-hour gritting schedule with personnel on 12-hr shifts.
    • NB footways are not part of the gritted network.
  • The 4x4 protocol has been updated and the network is ready to help care services get to where they need to be.
  • Dorset Waste Partnership is prepared if bin collections can’t take place, and they have the capacity to hold three days-worth of collection if transfer is delayed. They are holding a watching brief on household recycling centres as these locations can get very icy and closing where necessary.


For the latest weather warnings visit https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings#?date=2018-02-28

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About the Parish & Parish Council

A parish council is the first level of local government and the closest to the community it serves.  The South Tarrant Valley Council exists to help residents and be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village.  The powers and duties, and the manner in which a parish council operates as laid out in local government statute and regulations. The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and owner of public land and buildings.

There are 209 dwellings in the parish with a population of 520.  Local employment opportunities are largely in farming, but a significant number work from home. The parish has one North/South road, the B3082 linking Blandford (3 miles)and Wimborne (6 miles) the two main towns to which parishioners turn for services. There is also the rural valley road following the river and linking the four parishes and the North end of the Tarrant Valley. Public transport is scarce although community transport schemes are available. Residents rely largely on their own transport to access services. A school bus takes primary school children to Spetisbury, and secondary school children to Blandford.

The parish has one pub,  and a village hall with large open play area at Keynston. There are three active churches and a private church within the parish, which is part of the Chase Benefice.

In addition there are 2 small campsites within Tarrant Keynston run by other  local businesses.

There is a lively community spirit within the Parish including, The Tarrant Valley Players, Tarrant Ladies Group and a Playgroup.