Charmouth Parish Council back to just seven members


HAVING secured the services of an experienced former councillor and chairman to boost their declining ranks, Charmouth Parish Council has now lost another valued member.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the full council, it was reported that Councillor Judy Fellingham, one of the council’s most active members in recent years, had tendered her resignation for personal reasons.

Mrs Fellingham served on all the council’s main committees and was also Charmouth’s representative on the Dorset Partnership for Old People Project.

Only seven councillors put their names forward for the 11 council seats in last May’s local election, despite an impassioned plea from chairman Peter Noel at the annual parish meeting urging people to offer their services rather than complaining on the sidelines.

Recently, former councillor Jane Bremner, who previously served as council chairman and on the former West Dorset District Council, rejoined the parish council, but it is now back to just seven members following Mrs Fellingham’s resignation.

Councillor Noel paid tribute to Mrs Fellingham’s services and hoped she would be able to rejoin the council at some time in the future.

With regard to getting more people to come forward, Councillor Noel commented: “We just have to keep plugging away.”

Council questions church donation

THE parish council has been considering making a donation to the clock at St Andrew’s Church but, following the controversy about Lyme Regis Town Council making a grant of £40,000 for repairs to their own parish church, the advice of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils was taken.

Councillors were informed that there was conflict between two pieces of legislation upon which a government ruling was awaited before a final decision could be made.

It was agreed to hold the money for the church clock in abeyance until a final decision was known with a letter being sent to the church explaining the situation.

Memorial roses

THE council is considering a request from Charmouth Gardeners’ Association to plant some memorial roses in the garden at The Elms.

When first discussed it was decided not to accept the offer due to setting a precedent, a concern being the number of plaques that could be erected.

Charmouth Gardeners came back to the council saying they would be happy to plant the roses without plaques and it was agreed that Councillor Judith Sheppard would meet with the gardeners to discuss the situation.

Wildflower meadow

THE council received a letter from a resident suggesting a wild meadow with fruit trees on part of Charmouth playing field in which it was mentioned that Charmouth Gardeners’ Association were able to contribute to the cost.

Councillor Jane Bremner provided the playing field committee with information on wild meadow flowers, stressing that they needed good planning and maintenance.

Concern was expressed about the maintenance of the meadow and it was decided to go back to the resident asking for more information on whether the gardeners’ club would be able to contribute time to the upkeep.

Remembrance poppies

THE council was told that Linda Bearpark was raising money again to have large poppies erected on all the lampposts in The Street and Lower Sea Lane for Remembrance, an initiative which won great praise in the village last year.

So far she had collected £250 towards the £750 target and councillors agreed to make a donation of £250 to be taken from reserves.

Vice-chairman Paul Oatway has agreed to take over the role of road marshal for the village’s Remembrance parade in November and he reported that matters were well in hand.

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