New Town Mayor

On 6th May at the Annual Town Council meeting, the Mayor for 2021/22 was formally elected.  Cllr Kelly Webb takes on the role for a second year (after first being Chairman 2018/19), the Vice Chairman this year is Cllr Butter.  Chairman of Committees are Cllr Bartlett for Recreation & Leisure, Cllr March for Planning & Environment with Cllr Chedgy remaining Chair of Resources.

Charitable Donation in Memory of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

‘In response to the Palace’s wishes regarding floral tributes in memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the  Town Council has decided to make charitable donations totalling £250.  The amount will be equally split between a chosen local youth organisation (in view of the Duke’s support for youth organisations) and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

Overnight closures of Leigh Road for 5 nights at the end of April 2021

Due to resurfacing work being undertaken by Highways England on the A31 at the Merley Roundabout, the diversion route for the published Leigh Road overnight closures has been changed.

Leigh Road, Wimborne will be closed overnight between Parmiter Drive and Gordon Road (in both directions) from the evening of 26th April to the morning of 1st May 2021.  The overnight closures will be from 8pm in the evening until 6am the following morning.

During the night-time closures a diversion route will be in place from Canford Bottom Roundabout, via Canford Bottom, Middlehill Road, Wimborne Road and Rowlands Hill.

The closures are part of the improvement works currently underway on Leigh Road and Wimborne Road West in Wimborne and Colehill.  It is necessary for the safe installation of the traffic control systems, new parallel crossing and new layout at the Brook Road Junction.

Any residents needing special consideration for deliveries or mobility should contact the dedicated TCF Dorset Direct hotline on 01305 221025 before the closures begin.


His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. (1921-2021)

It was with great sadness that Wimborne Minster Town Council learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The Town Council extends its heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

We remember with immense gratitude the lifetime of service which His Royal Highness devoted to Her Majesty, to our Nation and to the Commonwealth.

The Mayor, Cllr Shane Bartlett, on behalf of the people of Wimborne Minster, has written to Buckingham Palace to express the Town’s condolences.

Cllr Bartlett is advising residents that, “This is a period of public grief, during an unprecedented period, when people would normally come together to mourn a national figure who has been consistent throughout our lives, and for whom we have collective affection despite not knowing him personally. However, with the current challenges we are faced with, we are strongly encouraged to follow the Government guidance with regard to social distancing and, as a result, the Town Council will not be hosting a Book of Condolence and instead direct residents to the following website:

Census 2021 – 2nd Homes & Holiday Lets

If you have a second property, you should complete a census form for your usual address as well as your other property whether it be a 2nd home or a holiday let

Each property in England and Wales will have received a Census Pack.  If you own a 2nd home or a holiday let it is likely that due to lockdown you will not have been able to visit the property to pick up your census pack.

You still need to complete a census questionnaire for the property, even if it is empty in terms of you’ve not been able to stay there or let it out for holiday use.

2nd Home

If your second property is a holiday home that is only for your use, you’re responsible for filling in the census form sent to that address as well as the one sent to your other address.

If you can’t get the post from a property, you can complete the census online by requesting an access code for that address to be sent to you by text.

If no one was staying there overnight on Sunday 21 March 2021, you will only need to answer a few questions about that property.

Short-term holiday lets

If your second property is rented out for holiday lets, you’re responsible for filling in the census for that address.

If you had guests staying on Sunday 21 March 2021, please record their details in the Visitor questions only.

If you can’t get the post from a property, you can complete the census online by requesting an access code for that address to be sent to you by text.

Long-term lets

If your second property is rented out for tenants to live in for three months or more, and you had tenants living at your property on Sunday 21 March 2021, they’re responsible for filling in the census form sent to that address.

If you didn’t have tenants on this date, only answer the questions about the property in the Household questions.

Away from your property

You should fill in a census form for this address if:

  • you’re still in the UK
  • you’re outside the UK for less than 12 months

You don’t need to fill in the census form if you’re away for 12 months or more, and outside the UK.

There is plenty of help available on the census website, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres plus a dedicated call centre 0800 141 2021.

If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

For more information, including how to find a local census support centre, please visit

High Street Survey

Looking ahead to when social distancing rules relax and trips to the High Street are more common, Wimborne BID would like to know how the lock down has affected your perceptions of your High Street. This survey asks you what roles and core services the High Street and local shopping centres should be concentrating on.




The Town Council has submitted its response to the Dorset Council Draft Local Plan and is unable to support the Plan in its current form.   The Town Council’s Task & Finish Group set up for this project compiled its response following consultation with members of the public, resident groups, colleagues in neighbouring councils and other relevant community groups, as well as conducting desk-based research and analysis.

The Town Council strongly objects to any further major housing developments and what appears to be a significantly unjustified and unfair distribution of proposed development in the Wimborne area. It believes that the listed historic, severely restrained streets and unique infrastructure of the Town has failed to be acknowledged in this Local Plan. The additional development through the continuing proposed revision (removal) of the small areas of remaining Green Belt further burdens the historic Town.

The Town Council’s full response can be found here.

Dorset Council – Committee to discuss climate strategy and consultation

Please find a link to a news release regarding Dorset Council Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy and how it has been affected by the recent consultation.

Dorset Council – Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy & Action Plan

Please find a link to a news release regarding our successful bid for £19 million of government grant funding to update and upgrade Dorset Council’s properties as part of our Climate and Ecological Emergency strategy and action plan.

Commonwealth Day – Monday 8th March 2021

Commonwealth Day 2021 was marked in Wimborne Minster, today 8 March, but because of the pandemic there was no audience.

The town crier Chris Brown delivered a cry and the Commonwealth Day message from HM The Queen was read by the Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane Bartlett as the flag was raised outside the Allendale Centre. Also present was the Mayoress, Mrs Tracey Bartlett.

The theme for this Commonwealth Day is ‘Delivering a Common Future, Connecting, Innovating and Transforming’ in unity with the theme for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which will take place in June.


Credit – Marilyn Barber (Viewpoint & Dorset View)