South Tarrant Valley Parish Council

General News



Dorset Council have advised the following statement has been issued by the press secretary at Buckingham Palace:

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.  Further announcements will made in due course.”

People are invited to leave flowers in remembrance of the Duke at the front steps of County Hall in Dorchester.  The nation will now begin a period of mourning for 10 days before a private funeral takes place at Windsor Castle.

An online book of condolence will shortly be available from Buckingham Palace for people to show their respect and Dorset Council will share the link for this on their webpage and on social media as soon as it is received.

People without access to the internet wishing to leave a message in the book, can call the customer service team at Dorset Council on 01305 221000 who will record it for them.

From Monday 12th April Dorset Council libraries will reopen where people without computer access may use the council’s computers to send their own message of condolence. To comply with current COVID rules, people are asked to phone ahead and book a computer session.

Cllr Val Pothecary, Chairman of Dorset Council, said:
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and the Royal Family as we mourn the loss of His Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, and I would like to offer them our heartfelt condolences. We give thanks for his wonderful life and years of devotion to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. He has been an inspiration to us all.”

Angus Campbell, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset, said: “‘It is with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.

“The country, and the county, are now in deep mourning in remembrance of an extraordinary man.  He has dedicated 70 years of his long life to support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, our longest ever reigning Monarch.

The Duke has been a remarkable pillar of strength to Her Majesty, who herself has been an extraordinarily strong and constant foundation of love, strength and hope for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.”


Dorset Council Local Plan – your views about how your County will look in the future..
Planning affects us all. That’s because it covers areas like housing, employment and community services including schools, retail, leisure and community facilities, it works to protect our natural environment and very importantly contributes towards the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The vision for how Dorset can develop in all these ways up to 2038 has been set out the in a document called the draft Local Plan and, because it will affect everyone living in the county, we’re all being asked for our views on what’s in it.

Visit Dorset Council draft Local Plan to find out more and have your say. Webinars to find out more are on Youtube – All Things Environmental

Update on advertising planning applications

Update on advertising planning applications in the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area

We have been notified that the Blackmore Vale Magazine has suspended publication for a temporary period due to the Covid-19 situation. Any planning applications requiring press advertisements that would normally be advertised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine will be publicised in the Western Gazette instead from 24 April onwards. This affects the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area only.

War Memorial Restoration

The War Memorial was restored in September 2016.

This was made possible through a grant from the War Memorial Trust and donations from local people – please see below for pictures of the restored memorial

Inclement Weather Plan

The Inclement Weather Plan can be downloaded and viewed in pdf format by using the following link: Inclement Weather Plan

If you need to view this in a different format please contact the Clerk by email at requesting the information in the format required.