Frome Valley Annual Parish meeting Minutes 22-05-23

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting- (Draft to be approved May 2024)

held on

Monday 22nd May 2023

at 7.00 pm at Savill Hall Cattistock




Cllr C Ould (CO)

Cllr G Browning (GB)

Cllr D Newman (DN)

Vacancies x 2

Frome St Quinton

Cllr S Palmer (SP) Chair)

Cllr D McCallum (DM)-



Cllr I Mitchell

Cllr S Tosswill (ST)



In Attendance

Mrs M Harding (Clerk)                             Cllr A Alford (AA) (County Councillor)                      2 members of public


Apologies received from Ben Sennett, Sophie Stovin and Walter Lashbrook


  • Welcome from Chair and Annual Report

SP welcomed everyone to the meeting and reported on the activities of the Council over the year. All meetings have been face to face, we have welcomed 2 new Councillors, we continued to monitor the Caravan issue. The new Outdoor Gym equipment has been installed in the year and is well used; the PC helped fund this equipment.


  • Approval of the minutes of the Annual Parish meeting on 23rd May 2022– all greed

Proposed ST                   Seconded IM


  • To receive a report from Dorset Council Ward Councillor Anthony Alford

Low-income households in the Dorset Council area will be able to apply for the next round of the Household Support Fund (HSF) to help with rising costs.

Dorset Council has been awarded further funding from the Government’s Household Support Fund to support households in the most need with their energy, food, and water bills. The support will be in the form of supermarket vouchers. Citizens Advice will be allocating this fund on behalf of Dorset Council and vouchers will be issued to residents who meet the eligibility criteria within 6 – 8 weeks.

Unlike round 3, which saw two application windows, round 4 will be split into 6 different windows, spread over 6 months, allowing more residents to have a chance to apply.

Dorset Council is currently consulting on several guidance documents on planning for climate change. These are:

Interim Guidance and Position Statement on planning for climate change, Proposed sustainability checklist, new guidance on listed buildings – what you can do for climate change.

These documents, although they are not mandatory, will support: Our natural environment, climate and ecology strategy. Our decision making until the New Dorset Council Local Plan is adopted.

The documents will bring together legislation, national policy and local planning policy on climate change and will encourage those making planning applications to consider measures for addressing climate change. The closing date for comments is 8 June.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that bring communities across Dorset together.

If you’re looking to kickstart a new project that will make a difference for people in your community, round 5 of the Community and Culture Project Fund has now reopened.

Changes to the Cabinet came into effect from 1 May 2023. The changes reflect the ten Cabinet Commitments in the Dorset Council Plan and ensure that the Cabinet portfolios are aligned to those priorities.

All our car park and on-street pay and display machines are to be replaced.


  • Democratic forum for your issues and any reports from the community

IM asked AA if there had been any further updates on placing solar panels on all new development, AA commented that this would not be included given that not all houses face the south but it would be up to developer/applicants to do all they can to put in appropriate energy saving projects in new developments.


SP asked if the changes to listed buildings for energy saving would include the use of double glazing and solar panels if discreet, AA was not able to answer detailed questions on this topic but would enquire.


A resident attended the meeting to comment on the issues of dog fouling in the village. The issue is that the Cattistock Hunt take the hounds on exercise and the poo is not collected as it has been in the past, there are not enough people on the exercise to do this. The poo on some occasions have flicked into the hedges/verges and on one occasion historically was actually into someone’s garden where children play.

The situation is getting worse and needs attention. It was noted that Walter Lashbrook who is the hunt liaison rep has drafted an e-mail with these concerns and is waiting for a response the Hunt master, the PC will keep the resident up to date on the response.

SP thanked the resident for bringing this to the attention of the PC and noted that there are still vacancies on the PC for Cattistock.


Meeting closed at 7.20pm