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Welcome to Winterborne St Martin Parish Council 

We welcome you to your Parish Council and hope you are able to come along to the regular meetings. There's no need to prepare or let us know you are coming to a meeting; just come along; you can speak in the democratic period or simply observe. It really is your Parish Council so come along and get involved.

Winterborne St Martin Parish Council meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (excluding  December) meetings commence at 7pm unless otherwise stated.  The next meeting is on Thu 22 Jun 2023 at 19:00 in the Parish Church.  Agenda items need to be tabled 7 days prior to the meeting and suggestions sent to the Parish Council email address Agendas are published 3 clear days prior to the meeting. 

‚Äč2023/4 meeting schedule: 27 Apr, 25 May, 22 Jun, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 21 Mar, 25 Apr.

The Annual Parish Meeting, a meeting of the community rather than the Council, is usually held in the Village Hall Apr-Jun; all are very welcome.

About Winterborne St Martin (Martinstown)

Winterborne St Martin, locally known as Martinstown, is a rural village running alongside the South Winterbourne stream.  Surrounded by dairy farms it lies in the heart of the Dorset AONB. The village has a long history dating back through the Domesday Book to the 6000 year old Maiden Castle on the village's eastern perimeter.

Winterborne St Martin is within the civil parish of the same name. The Parish Council is the closest tier of government to you and aims to give voice to local people. The civil parish  is in the electoral ward of Winterborne & Broadmayne  and is represented on Dorset Council by Councillor Roland Tarr. The total population of the ward was 2,095 in the 2011 census. The ward is one of 32 that comprise the West Dorset Parliamentary Constituency, which is currently represented in the UK national parliament by the  MP Chris Loder.

Latest News and notices

C53 Road Closure

Between 9th and 15th June 2023, the road from McDonalds to Clandon Farm is scheduled for surface dressing. This site will form a part of a rolling programme that is weather dependent and liable to change. For safety reasons, work will be carried out under a temporary speed restrictions of 10mph with convoy working under Stop and Go. During the work periods there will be no on street parking available. Parking restrictions will be imposed to prevent waiting or parking on the roads stated above. Any vehicle waiting in contravention of any restriction imposed by this Notice may be removed
under the provisions of the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986. If a vehicle has been towed the owner will need to contact our towing contractors Ashleywood Recovery Ltd/Bride Valley Recovery Ltd on 01305 889421.
Working times will be between the hours of 5am and 6pm, works will not take place at night , over the weekend or on Bank Holidays. Due to the unpredictable weather, a narrower window for the work will be advertised two weeks before it’s due to start through a public notice email and yellow advance notice boards will be placed on site two days in advance. Businesses and local farms affected by the works will also be notified three weeks before work starts. Access for residents will be maintained where possible, however they may be asked to wait while the site is made safe before travelling through. Where we know of school transport, we will ensure this is able to pass through the site or alter working hours accordingly. A small surplus of loose chippings will remain on the road, these will be removed by a suction sweeper around two days after the work. Shortly after this sweep any previous line markings will be reinstated. This is a Premium site that will need Surface Sealing this will mean the road will be closed a second time and will happen between the sweep and line marking.

Allotments - we have four allotments in the village all of which are presently allocated. Please drop a note to the Clerk if you would like to join the allotment waiting list.

Elections - Dorset Council issues the legal notices of elections; they can be found here

Contact the Council at or contact Marion our Clerk directly on 07359 243559.

Alternatively contact a Councillor directly,