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Welcome to the Allington Parish website. The purpose of this site is to publicise the work of your Parish Council with the aim of encouraging involvement and therefore local democracy. Parish and town councils are the grass-roots of local government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they do, have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the District or County Council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils. By becoming involved the local community can directly affect how these powers are implemented.

We encourage the people of Allington to attend Council Meetings as observers and we are obliged to organise at least one parish meeting a year to which all local electors are invited to attend and may raise issues of local concern. If you have any queries, observations or suggestions about your local area, please use the contact form which will be sent directly to the Parish Clerk, Mrs Amy Stephenson.

About Allington

Allington has been a small hamlet since the 1200s it is bordered now by Symondsbury, Bridport, Bradpole and Dottery parishes. In recent years Allington has seen the advent of several new developments at each end of the parish. Whilst these new buildings do not overshadow the historic buildings of Allington. The Pack Bridge at Pymore, the historic church St. Saviour’s Dottery with its ancient iron roof. 15 footpaths go through Allington, and we have Allington Hill a local landmark where in 1262 Sir William De Legh paid one old penny for every corpse with leprosy to be buried within Bridport Cemetery.

The B3162 goes through part of Allington as well as the old A35. The River Simene is part of our parish. We have a farm shop which is licensed, Washingpool Farm on the B3162 selling local produce. Bridport Community Hospital is in Allington this hospital built on the site of the old Isolation Hospital had the topping out ceremony held when Cllr. Lathey was Mayor of Bridport.

URGENT ATTENTION**  DORSET COUNCIL COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW  **  URGENT ATTENTION

1st PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO BE COMPLETED BY THE 28th OCTOBER 2021

https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/community-governance-review   

(Click on above link to learn more and make your thoughts known)

As a principal authority, Dorset Council are required to undertake a review of governance arrangements of all parishes every 10-15 yrs.  The community governance review will formally begin mid july with the public consultation taking place from 5th Aug.  A Community Governance Review is a legal process whereby Dorset council will consult with those living in the area, and other interested parties, on the most suitable ways of representing the people in the parishes identified in the Review. 

The Consultation is open to electorsCouncils and others within the Dorset Council Area.

It is primarily about electoral representation and not about Council taxes but boundary changes could mean a potential huge increase in the amount of council tax you pay to bring it to the same level as that of the Town Council council tax.  This could be an increase of up to £200 per year!

This consultation is important – it could affect the services on offer to you and others in your community. Your voice needs to be heard, even if that is to vote for no changes.  It is  Dorset Council that will make the final decision but without the input of residents and parish/town councils, then they will not know your views and you will not be represented accordingly.  

 The initial Consultation, which includes an option for no change to boundaries etc., closes on 28th October.

This will be followed by a consideration of responses by Dorset Council.

Draft recommendations are scheduled to be published by Dorset Council on 20th December for further consultation by electors, Town & Parish Councils, local groups, and other stakeholders. This Consultation will be open for a period of 10 weeks until February 2022.

Dorset Council will then undertake final considerations pending the publication of the final recommendations in May 2022 with a view to any changes coming into effect in 2024.

LATEST UPDATE
Your Parish and Parish Council are at risk from Bridport Town Council
Bridport Town Council could absorb all or part of your Parish into their boundary
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN:
• Your historic Parish disappears
• Your elected Parish Council no longer exists
• The Parish web site would vanish
• Current lines of communication for concerns/requests/action would be gone
• All monies (the Precept) currently available to your Parish Council to be spent
on and in the Parish would be spent by BTC
• Your Council Tax would increase, in some cases by £ hundreds, in line with
the BTC Council Tax.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS
DAMAGING PROCESS THEN PLEASE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION AND CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE TOP TO REGISTER YOUR VIEWS

UPDATE: Bridport Town Council have published their agenda for the meeting of the Town Council on 21st September 2021 that will consider a report of the Town Clerk and agree any actions in relation to the Community Governance Review.