STURMINSTER NEWTON TOWN COUNCIL

The ANNUAL TOWN PUBLIC MEETING will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton at 7.30pm to transact the following business:

AGENDA

1.      Welcome and Introductions

2.      To Approve and Sign the Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on 12th April 2018

3.      To Receive the Annual Report of the Town Mayor

4.      To Receive a report on Town Council Finance – Town Clerk

5.      To Receive an overview of the work and purpose of the Charity of William Williams – Councillor Rose

6.      OPEN FORUM – an opportunity for members of the public to raise questions or comments on any of the topics already presented or to raise any new items for discussion 

Once the meeting has formally closed refreshments will be served and members of the public are invited to speak to Town Councillors

Councillor Helen Lacey

Town Mayor and Chairman of the Council

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Following the resignation of Councillor Spackman on the 24th January 2019 a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council.

The vacancy has been called within 6 months of the scheduled elections and will therefore be filled on 2nd May 2019.

Dated 30 January 2019

Emma Lindsay

Town Clerk

 for full details click here. 

 

 

 

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Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

 Result of the Poll held on 21st February 2019

 

What’s it all about?

The Neighbourhood Plan sets out planning policies which apply to all relevant developments in the town and its surrounding parish up to 2031.

To view the plan online visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk and search for:

Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2031

A paper copy can also be found in the Town Council Office or the Library

 

What happens next? – It’s your decision

If the voters vote “Yes” the Plan will be adopted by the Local Planning Authority and must be taken account of in all relevant future planning matters in the parish.

If they vote “No”: Sturminster Newton will not have a Neighbourhood Plan. This means local planning decisions will be made solely using District and National policies.

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Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan – Vote on 21st February

 

What’s it all about?

The Town Council sponsored a team of local volunteers to produce a comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan that sets out planning policies which apply to all relevant developments in the town and its surrounding parish up to 2031.

A referendum will be held on the 21st February between 7.00am and 10.00pm in The Exchange and you will be asked “Do you want North Dorset District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Sturminster Newton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

 

Why have a Plan?

 It gives our community important benefits:

             We have been able to say where any larger development should be located in the town

             It helps us protect our important landscape and character of the town from inappropriate development

             It sets out design criteria for new buildings that enhance our neighbourhoods and improvements to the footpath links

             It indicates areas for improvement in the town centre and encourages economic regeneration

             It sets out opportunities for investing income raised when development occurs to improve the town’s facilities

 

Where are we now?

The Plan has just completed the final stage - an examination by an independent Examiner appointed by the Secretary of State. 

The Town Council, has reviewed the changes made by the Examiner and feels that the amended plan still achieves the objectives of the community, while protecting our landscape and local character.

 

What happens next? – It’s your decision

 

Leaflet

 

 

NOTICE OF POLL 

STURMINSTER NEWTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN AREA 

Referendum on the Sturminster Newton

Neighbourhood Plan

 

1.    A referendum will be held on Thursday 21 February 2019 to decide on the question below:-

 

“Do you want North Dorset District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Sturminster Newton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

 

2.    The hours of poll will be from 7am to 10pm.

 

3.    The situation of the Polling Station and the description of persons entitled to vote there is as follows:

 

Situation of Polling Station

Station Number

Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote there

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

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STN2 -1 to STN2-3,381

 


4.   ABSENT VOTES

 

Electors and their proxies should take note that applications to vote by post must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 , if they are to be effective for this election. This includes electors or their proxies who wish to make alterations to their existing arrangements on a permanent basis or who wish to make separate application for their ballot paper to be sent to a different address for this particular election.

 

Applications to vote by appointing a proxy must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 .

 

A person can apply to vote by ‘emergency’ proxy if they learn they cannot go to the polling station because of their occupation, service or employment, or a medical condition, illness or disability arises after 5pm on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. The application MUST reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on the date of the poll.

 

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Council Offices, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UZ.

 

Dated : 17 January 2019

Stuart Caundle

 

 

 

 Counting Officer

Printed and published by the Counting Officer, North Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UZ

For information on the Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan click here

 

Click on the links for;

Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Annual Governance Statement

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of annual Governance & Accountability 

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Sturminster Newton is a small market town in the heart of the Blackmore Vale steeped in history and tradition. The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and some present day residents can trace their ancestors back for centuries. The last fifteen years have witnessed considerable changes. The closure of the well-established cattle market and the loss of the creamery caused much sadness and dismay but led to regeneration of the town centre and large new housing developments. Thanks to the vision and efforts of its residents and business community, the town retains its character and vibrancy and remains a friendly and popular place to live, work and visit.

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