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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 23 Mar 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. 

​2023 meeting schedule: 26 Jan 23, 23 Feb 23, 23 Mar 23, 27 Apr 23

Th e Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the  Village Hall at !8,30 on Friday 19th 

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


Wessex Water Sewer

 A group of Parish Councillors will shortly be meeting with two Directors and the Regional Sewage Manager from Wessex Water, we will feedback to the March Council meeting. We asked WW for a number of specific points to be addressed but would welcome any additional points (or evidence) - please let us know via: We have raised the following points:

a.) WW specific plans and an implementation timeline for ensuring raw sewage can arrive at the Pump House and no longer flows down the village street;

b.) WW’s analysis of the root cause of the regular overflow from the Martinstown Pump House and your specific implementation plans and timeline for introducing added pipeline and/or pumping capacity to the Louds Mill facility;

(in both cases above we would like to understand the analysis WW made in reaching their conclusion and be reassured that the proposed changes will address the issue);

c.) a map of the works carried out to date; and planned works.

d.) it would be very helpful to us if you could provide a copy, redacted, if necessary, of the call log from your helpdesk over the last three years for postcodes in the valley.


Draft minutes of February meeting now available


P/OUT/2022/02496 Land Adjacent to Dukes Close Martinstown Dorset DT2 9TU

Erection of 18no. dwellings, vehicular and pedestrian access, open space with allotment gardens, infiltration basin and landscaping

Additional submissions from the developer on drainage basins etc.  Open for further comments until 16 Mar 23


Notice of Uncontested Election 

See notice below


Dorset Council Community Governance Review

Have your say on parish boundaries and more, review closes 17 April 2023.See notice below


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,