Shroton Village News and Announcements

Parish & Town Council Bulletin No 8 - 13 February 2019
Information and news on the to help you keep up to date with what’s happening around reshaping the councils in Dorset (formerly Local Government Reorganisation [LGR]).
View this information here: Bulletin No.8

Cybercrime Prevention Awareness and Information sessions 
in Shroton Village Hall 19 & 21 February 2019
view this information here: Cybercrime Prevention Awareness.pdf

Dorset Travel & Transport Newsletter - 30 January 2019
Information for route disruptions, Dorset Road Fix - works to watch, links to scheduled repair work

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Important notice for residents from the Parish Clerk 10 January 2019

Durweston Bridge - forthcoming closure information
View the map here: Durweston Bridge - Diversion Route map Jan 2019

Important notice for residents from the Parish Clerk 2 January 2019

Melbury Abbas road closure and associated works Monday 7 January 2019 for 12 weeks - 

Information regarding the A350/C13 project and the upcoming works due to begin soon in Melbury Abbas as will have noted locally in the press and Parish noticeboards.  As you will recall, Cabinet made recommendation in December 2017 that the HGV north/south routing is continued with improvements to ensure that conflict is kept to a minimum especially in Melbury Abbas.

DCC Highways have now got to the point that the project will begin construction on Monday 7th January 2019 for a 12 week period up to April. This will involve a complete 24/7 closure of the C13 in Melbury Abbas between the top of Spreadeagle Hill (junction to Compton Abbas Airfield) through to the B3081 junction near Melbury Motors. The official diversion route is via the A350

The temporary Vehicle Message Signs (VMS) on the Blandford By-pass and Christies Lane will initially be used to inform drivers whilst the new permanent VMS signs are being installed by the manufacturer, hopefully later in January/February 2019. The diversion route will be fully signed with communications messages put out locally. Advanced warning signs will be put out and DCC Highways have been working with Melbury Abbas & Cann Parish Council to keep them updated.

The main work involves:

  • Trenching and ducting to link up the existing traffic signals in Dinah’s Hollow with the existing HGV sign on Spreadeagle Hill and the new sign in the village centre.
  • Making the temporary signals in Dinah’s Hollow permanent by improving equipment and putting cables in ducts underground.
  • New Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) to inform drivers of HGV approaching from the north.
  • HGV pull in adjacent to the new VAS sign.
  • Elements of kerbing to protect banks.
  • Improved Signing and lining as consulted on previously through the stakeholders and community process.

The 12 week road closure also gives DCC the opportunity to carry out other maintenance works through the village thereby taking care of the highways from ‘hedge to hedge’. This includes:

  • Pot holes, restructuring and resurfacing, to be partly funded from the recent extra £6m funding provided by the Department for Transport to local authorities for highways maintenance work.
  • Improved and new lining. The new surface gives an ideal opportunity to improve he lining throughout the village with increased painted 20 mph roundels and ‘SLOW’ marking etc.
  • Tree and hedge trimming with notices issued to adjoining landowners.
  • General tidy up and clean for example the barriers and behind the barriers in Dinahs Hollow.

Road Closure Information - Dinah's Hollow closure - impact on A350

Revised DCC Speed Limit Policy (Dec 2017)

Parish Council Minute 21 November 2018 Item 8 (734) refers.

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Final recommendations for Dorset Council- Electoral Review

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The Rural Bulletin 4 December 2018
Information and news on rural matters

 War Memorials News November 2018

How will we honour them after 2018?

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First World War Commemoration

On 10 and 11 November 2018, at Shroton Village Hall, there will be a exhibition to commemorate the heroes from our village who fought in World War 1 and the people who were left at home. There will be visual displays both written and photographic of local history/people, some of the battlefields where our fallen heroes still lie, memoirs, poetry readings and military artefacts. It will be a time honour our predecessors who gave up everything for us 100 years ago.

Judith Hewitt would love to hear from anyone who has any local family photos of that era, or has interest/expertise in WW1 or who would like to help at the event.

News from the Surgeries
Attached are three documents which you should read:
Flu jabs
Missed appointments
Overseas travel

Plus Bus

With the recent cuts in public transport, use of these new services should be taken up to promote travel on an alternative to limited public transport services. I have attached details of the routes in the DT11 area, Blandford and Salisbury. Please look at the information at the bottom of the message regarding the journeys to and from Salisbury starting in Shroton.

For more information click here

Nuisance Calls

Nuisance calls remain a source of annoyance and frustration for many; and for some they can cause anxiety or involve scams and fraud.

OFCOM, the communications regulator, has hard copies of a short guide that you can obtain as a consumer experiencing problems with such calls. The guide is in an ‘Easy Read’ format, which presents information clearly and simply, using pictures to support the meaning of the text. 

This guide has information on the different types of nuisance call, tips for reducing such calls, and on how to complain about them. You can see a copy of the guide here:

You can find further advice for consumers on nuisance calls on OFCOM’s website:, including a short educational video guide, which is available in subtitles to help people with hearing impairments.

DT11 Area Transport

Information on local transport and a leaflet can be obtained from the following websites and

TravelDorset Live traffic and travel information and online highway fault reporting.

A reminder that you can get all the latest traffic and travel information on and if you use twitter, follow us @TravelDorset

It has been a busy few days as you no doubt will know, but I would encourage the use of the online highway fault reporting tool at Please ensure that any official publicity circulating in your area refers to the website.