Parish Matters   


The Parish Council have been informed that Winsley White will be commencing work on the Crouch Hill Development on Monday 18 May 2020.  Please be aware that there will be an increase of traffic and large vehicle movements.  There will also be some stopping/parking of site vehicles on the road for a short period until the on-site parking facilities have been installed.  

If you have any queries regarding this development please contact 07989 424565 or 19 June 2020)

Broadband and Communications

Superfast Broadband is now available to residences in the centre of Holwell. By clicking on the document below you can discover whether it is available in your postcode area. Also there are details of what you need to do to obtain superfast broadband. It will not automatically upgrade your system.  

Superfast Broadband Details.docx

 Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit connection.  Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.  Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.  The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers. For more information go to

Digital Champions

Dorset’s councils have a network of 70 people who run free, one-to-one computer help sessions in libraries and other venues across the county.

Superfast Dorset’s volunteers are called Digital Champions, and they can help with everything from switching on a computer and using the internet safely, to managing email and of course digital pictures.

If you would like help from a Digital Champion, call 01305 221048 and we will match you with a volunteer in your area. (posted 30.9.19

Telephone Box

January 2020 - The telephone kiosk has been cancelled from the removal programme.  This means that the telephone kiosk will remain in situ with the telephony equipment retained and working.

Rights of Way

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - Use of Public Rights of Way

Dorset Council recognises that public rights of way and the cycleway / walking trails in Dorset provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. These paths should not be blocked or obstructed and cannot legally be closed to the public.. It is also important to stress that people should not be making special journeys to access them. Travel to exercise is NOT essential travel and people should not be travelling to do their daily exercise. Please see the latest Government guidance on access to green spaces and as always, follow the Countryside Code.

Local communities throughout the County rely on rights of way and cycleway / walking trails, however this should not be the cause of unnecessary travel into and around the County – so, if there is a particular problem with people gathering on rights of way or cycleway / walking trails, then the Police should be informed. They have the power to disperse any groups behaving in such a way.

Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, it is important that the existing Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing is followed.

Dorset Council will work with the Police and other agencies to take any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance, however, at this time there are no plans nor legal means to close public rights of way or the cycleway / walking trail networks for COVID-19 related reasons.

 Maintenance of rights of way (extract from Dorset Council web site)

Footpaths in Holwell (extract from Dorset Council web site)

The definitive map and statement is the legal record for public rights of way.

If a right of way is shown on the definitive map and statement, that is conclusive evidence in law that there is a public right of way as shown and that it has at least the status indicated, but without prejudice as to any question of additional public rights which may exist along it.

Each path is numbered according to the parish in which it is situated. The 'working copy' of the definitive map will be altered if the route of a path is changed by a legal order or if new paths are claimed, created or extinguished.

You can view the definitive map at the Definitive Map Team office at County Hall, Dorchester, during office hours, by appointment only. Please contact the Definitive Map Team at least two working days before.

A digital interactive 'working copy' of the map can be viewed on Dorset Explorer. The online version can be used for rough guidance, but do not rely on it without checking with us first. It is not the legal document and is often incorrect in small details.

The footpath diversion shown below has now been confirmed.    16-08 (3).jpg


If you are having problems with your water pressure there is information on a dedicated page on the website of Wessex Water to help fix or identify the problem. Water customers can call if they are experiencing low pressure in their home Tel: 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm; emergencies only at other times). Wessex Water will check to see if maintenance work in the area is the cause of low pressure. If not, they will arrange a visit to test the pressure at the customer's kitchen cold tap.

Low water pressure information.pdf

December 2019