The Culpepper fingerpost is back

Last summer the Culpeppers Dish Fingerpost was knocked over by an uninsured driver. The cost of repair was estimated in excess of £1,000. Dorset Council has taken a decision not to repair Fingerposts for the time being because of budget constraints. This meant that the cost would fall to the Council if Parish Councillors decided to reinstate the post. This cost represents approximately 10% of the Parish Council’s annual Precept.
The funding which made this repair possible was facilitated by an Officer of Dorset Council who dealt with a claim to recover the cost from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
The Parish Council would like to thank the Officer who dealt with the claim and the craftsman who has carried out the repair with such skill.

Waste Collections – Note from Dorset County Council

The impact of the Crookhill Depot fire in Weymouth on Sunday 15 November may be felt in areas outside of South Dorset over the coming weeks. In order to have restored services in Weymouth and Portland, we have had to draw all spare vehicles from our other depots across the county, as well as hire some additional replacements.  This, in the short term, may cause issues for any of our depots as we do not have additional vehicles to cover vehicle breakdowns, subsequent missed collections and the usual street cleansing programmes.

Put simply, if we miss collections anywhere in Dorset because of vehicle problems in the near future, there is the possibility we will not be able to return later to collect the waste and the household will either need to keep hold of their rubbish or recycling until their next equivalent collection, or take it to a Household Recycling Centre.

We wanted to make you aware of the situation and ask for your support while we source permanent replacement vehicles for those lost in the fire.  We will very shortly be going out to Tender under a  ‘Open accelerated 15 day procedure’ but I must impress upon you that we are very much still tied to The Public Contract Regulations which somewhat restricts the speed with which we can act. 

Please be assured that we are moving matters forward as quickly as is feasibly possible, but I ask for your patience during this time and would be very grateful if you would assist in explaining this situation to your residents if they experience bin collection disruption in your ward.

Financial Support Available

Dorset Council have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the range of support available to people financially affected by COVID-19 so they can seek advice and support before they reach crisis point. They hope that this will result in fewer people becoming homeless, becoming ill, or hurting others. Dorset Council are working with Dorset Citizens Advice on the campaign.

If anyone in the community is experiencing financial difficulties or is supporting someone who is, they can visit the web pages at or telephone the Dorset Citizens Advice Adviceline on 0344 411 1444 for further information.

Property Flood Resilience Survey

We have received an email from Emma Cary of Risks and Policy Analysts (RPA) Ltd who are carying out work for the Environment Agency. Emma writes that:

“I work for Risk & Policy Analysts. We are carrying out a study for the Environment Agency on resilience to flooding.  We are currently collecting views and opinions and are interested in questions such as: 

  • Are property owners and occupiers aware of Property Flood Resilience measures? 
  • Do property owners and occupiers have any measures installed (e.g. flood doors)? 
  • Are there any issues that are hindering owners and occupiers from taking up Property Flood Resilience? 

We are using an internet-based survey to collect opinions on Property Flood Resilience from owners and occupiers.  The survey can be accessed via:

We would like to ask you to kindly pass this invitation on to property owners and occupiers in your area, so that we can find out what they think about Property Flood Resilience. 

The study is part of wider work on increasing resilience to flooding (see for more information).   

If you would like any further details on the survey and how the data collected will be used, please do get in touch

Thank you in advance for your help. 

Black Hill cyclists building ramps ‘putting lizards at risk’

Article copied from BBC News 11 June 2020:

Picture showing ramps being built
Illegal ramps being built – picture copyright Dorset Council

The creation of trails and jumps by cyclists is ruining habitat used by sand lizards. Rare sand lizards are being put at risk by cyclists building ramps in a nature reserve, a council has said. Dorset’s Black Hill, near Bere Regis, is being damaged by the creation of trails and jumps by cyclists in areas where they are not permitted to ride, Dorset Council said. Sand lizards use these sandy areas of the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to incubate their eggs. Visitors are being urged to stick to bridleways marked by signposts.

Nightjar birds and smooth snakes are also found at the site. Like sand lizards, they are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them.

Cyclists are only permitted to use the bridleways at the site and not other areas of the hill, which have been dug up to build the jumps, Dorset Council said. The authority added the damage had increased since lockdown measures were introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Blackhills warden, Amy Gallagher, said: “Often the people who are using or creating these trails and jumps do not realise the catastrophic impact it has on the wildlife. For instance, sandy areas are used to incubate the eggs of one of our rarest reptiles, the sand lizard. Something as simple as riding across it could destroy a whole clutch of eggs hidden beneath the surface.”

The council is urging members of the public to report any damage or “inappropriate use” of the site to police and Natural England. PC Claire Dinsdale, of Dorset Police, said officers were patrolling the area. “Anyone found causing such damage will be dealt with and any motorbikes used off road in this way will be seized,” she added.

Parish Magazine goes on line

At least for the period of the Coronavirus Emergency the website is publishing an electronic version of the Parish Magazine in the Whats On page. It will take a bit of getting used to as the electronic version is the printers copy of an A4 document folded for A5 presentation – so the page numbers appear all over the place – but once you are used to it …..

Event cancellations and organisation closures

Unfortunately a number of events have been cancelled and temporary closures of activities due to the virus epidemic have been made. Most folk will already know through word of mouth. Briantspuddle Shop/PO intends to remain open subject to manning by volunteers least at risk to the virus – but see the Shop and PO page for more detail.

Dog Fouling

Parish Councillors have been made aware of a particular issue concerning dog fouling along footpaths in the parish. Dog fouling laws are in place because dog faeces are unsightly and unpleasant.  They also represents a serious health hazard.  For more detail click on the link below:

2019 Village Awards

Winner of the previous winners category for Dorset Best Small Village 2019

Councillor Sue jones receiving the Award
Councillor Sue Jones receiving the Award

In 2018 the Parish Council entered Briantspuddle into the small village category of the competition and was very pleased to be awarded first prize.  Having won before excludes entry into the full competitionfor a number of years, but entry is possible to a previous winners section.  The Parish Council decided to put Briantspuddle forward.  The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 1st October at Cerne Abbas village hall where the village was awarded first prize in this category.  As well as receiving plaques there was a cash prize of £100.

A number of factors are taken into account when judging this award and a significant one is the absence of litter.  The Parish Council would like to thank all those who took part in the annual litter pick which took place in April.  In addition, thanks go out to all parishioners who collect litter on a regular basis when out walking.

Runner up in the Community Heritage Project 2019 Awards

As all will recall the Parish Council purchased Briantspuddle telephone box from BT for £1.  Councillors asked parishioners how they would like to see the box utilised and the overwhelming choice was for an information kiosk.  Volunteers came forward to turn this into a reality and set about the task of designing content to fit the space. They also produced photographs, illustrations and text to overlay onto mapping.  Overall any visitor will gain a snapshot of the history, architecture, natural habitat and wildlife that help to make up the parish.

Sunday 28th April 2019 saw the official opening of the Mini Information Centre and ever since it has been very well received and admired by residents and visitors alike. 

The Parish Council entered the project in the Community Heritage category of the awards and amid some very stiff completion was awarded runner up.  In addition to a plaque there was a cash prize of £50.

The complexity of this project could not have been delivered without the skill and dedication of the volunteers who came forward.  The Parish Council would like to thank those involved for answering its call for help, expertise and support.

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