Parish Council meetings September and November

Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council

15 September

A brief meeting where the main topic was funding for repair of fingerpost signs. David Hitchcock, chairman of the Marshwood Community Land Trust, outlined the costs and approach. As this meeting was held before the CLT AGM, Mr Hitchcock said he would come back to the council and seek members’ support if the CLT board agreed to spend some of its funds on fingerposts.

Councillors also discussed the locked gate at Bottle Lane, Marshwood. The County Council Rights of Way officers have written to the landowners requesting that it be unlocked.

Under planning matters, councillors agreed to support a retrospective application by The Dorset Hideaway at Bridge Farm, Cardsmill Lane. The application was for change of use of agricultural dairy farm land for use as a camp and glampsite. Part of the land currently in use already has permission for the buildings being used on site in connection with the business and for the pitches and access roads to them. This application sought permission for the remainder of the development.

17 November

Another concise meeting which lasted a brisk three quarters of an hour. Councillors heard that the planning application for a children’s farm and family visitor centre at Foxdown Farm in Marshwood has been approved.

Councillors supported an application to fell five poplars, a pine and a sycamore along the access road to Brimley Mill in Stoke Abbott.