The Parish of Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle lies within the local government administrative Ward of Wool and is one of 24 Parish and 3 Town Councils in the District of Purbeck, Dorset. The parish is represented by a Council of 9 elected Members. All work unpaid but are supported by a Parish Clerk who is remunerated out of public funds for his/her work. Elections take place every 4 years, with the next elections due in May 2019.
[Note – the merger of five District Councils with Dorset County Council to create the more rural authority to be known as Dorset Council is going ahead The new Dorset Council will replace the existing 206 Councillors with an anticipated 82. The new wards may not necessarily be aligned with existing District boundaries. All services operated by the merging councils will then come under the Unitary Authority. There are no new powers or responsibilities delegated to Town and Parish Councils although the Dorset Council will need to consider the interaction with these councils. There is the possibility of some assets being transferred from existing authorities to Town and Parish Councils, such as public toilets or areas of land, however, none exist within our Parish. The elections for the Dorset Council will be held on the first Thursday in May 2019].
The parish has a population of about 450 of whom just over 410 are of voting age. Formerly the two parishes of Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle were centered on their own village churches but now the combined parish of some 250 households is effectively centered on Briantspuddle.
The Council tries to represent the wishes of the residents of the parish and to look at ways of improving services and amenities with the aid of the Parish Plan adopted in 2004. The Council also considers planning applications and makes recommendations to District Council based on the general guidance in the Design Statement contained within the Parish Plan.
Parish Council meetings are normally held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.00 pm in the Briantspuddle Village Hall. They are regularly attended by our District Councillor and our County Councillor.
The agenda, together with the minutes of the previous meeting, is available on this website and on the Parish Council noticeboard (outside the village hall) a week before the meeting. Previous meeting minutes are also posted on this website and a summary of the main items of each meeting are featured in the parish magazine with an early look available by clicking here.
Members of the public may raise issues in person at each meeting. You can also contact any Member of the Parish Council or the Clerk.
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