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Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann Neighbourhood Plan

For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan following this link: Shaftesbury Plan

Below is a link to the 'First Cut' Analysis of the Neighbourhood Plan Group's questionnaire, based on data input as at June 2015. These results will be updated once the full set of data has been input and analysed. The final report will have all free form comments made by residents in the questionnaire.

Click here for the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire First Cut Analysis 

Link to the Neighbourhood Plan Facebook page

Local Information 


Local Organisations

The Councils representatives on Local Organisations

Hilltop Litter Pickers 
Shaftesbury and District Chamber of Commerce 
Shaftesbury and District Task Force
Shaftesbury and District Tourism Association
Shaftesbury Trinity Centre Trust
North Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau

Who provides local services:

Local Authority STC NDDC DCC
Advertisement control    
All parking    
Building preservation notices  
Building regulations    
Bus Shelters    
Civic events
Clean air    
Conservation areas  
Consumer protection
Crime Prevention Initiatives    
Development control  
Development plan schemes    
Electoral registration    
Environmental Health  
Fire & Rescue Services    
Footpaths and bridleways    
Footway lighting    
Grants to Voluntary Organisations  
Highways lighting and maintenance    
Home Safety    
House and area improvement    
Leisure centres    
Libraries and archives    
Listed building control    
Litter and Litter Receptacles    
Local plans    
Markets and fairs    
Museums and art galleries    
Off-street parking    
Parks, Open Spaces and Play Areas  
 Passenger Transport    
Personal Social Services    
Physical training and recreation    
Provision of Cemetery    
Public Conveniences    
Public transport    
Recreation and Recreational Facilities    
Refuse collection    
Refuse disposal    
Registration of births, deaths and marriages    
Road safety    
Street cleaning    
 Street Lighting    
Street Markets    
 Street Naming and Numbering    
Structure Plans    
The Town Hall    
Trading standards and consumer protection    
Transport planning    
Tree preservation  
War Memorials  
Youth Employment    

Some of the services provided by both Councils are concurrent powers. This means that each Council has the power to provide the services they want to.

*Acting as a consultee on planning applications to the planning authority

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Rural Services Network profile of North Dorset can be found on the Rural Services Network website


How to Contact your local Member of Parliament

Simon Hoare MP

To make an appointment to see Simon at one of his regular advice surgeries please contact:  Tel: 01258 452585 or email

You can contact Simon at: Tel: 0207 219 5697 or email

Twitter:  @Simon4Dorset Facebook:  Simon Hoare MP

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