Corfe Castle Parish Council
Welcome to the Corfe Castle Parish Council Website
Our website aims to bring everything great about Corfe Castle, the Council and events in the village to you. If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like please use the contact us, either using the form or the Contact page.
The Council is aware that refuse collections have been delayed since the Bank holiday and have received numerous reports of overflowing dog bins and rubbish bins.
Cllr Parish is Co-opted to Council
The Council welcomes Cllr Jose Parish who at the May AGM was co-opted to fill the vacant seat on the Council. Welcome Cllr Parish.
Corfe Castle Football Club are looking for a secretary, can you help?
The Chairman of Corfe Castle FC came to the recent Parish Council meeting to ask could the Council help to publicise their need for a Secretary. The requirements of the role would be to deal with the adult teams only, meeting once a month, minute taking and organising fixtures for the two teams Saturday matches. The club wish to forge links with the village and would appeal to any villagers who may be interested in the role of secretary. The PC suggested the club may want to use the PC notice board, the PC website and the CVN to advertise fixtures and achieve greater engagement with the village.
Homes for Purbeck Consultation Findings
A report has been published summarising the responses to this year’s New Homes for Purbeck consultation.
The consultation contained questions about sites to accommodate 1,700 new homes over the next 15 years to 2033. There were also questions about second homes and affordable homes.
Almost 7,000 households in Purbeck and neighbouring Crossways completed a paper consultation questionnaire and just over 1,000 participated in a telephone survey.
The key findings from the consultation were:
• There was majority support for a policy limiting new second homes in some parts of the District.
• Respondents gave strong support for housing principles to be included in the Local Plan. These particularly related to community and transport infrastructure and supporting the environment, habitats and local heritage of Purbeck.
• Although there was majority support for a small sites policy, there were some concerns about 30 homes being too many on an individual site.
• The majority of those taking part supported the draft affordable homes policy stipulating that 10% of new homes built should be for the cheapest type of affordable rented housing. There were some requests to investigate affordable homes for purchase.
• The proposed site for a small allocation of homes at Sandford was not supported by local residents, whilst stakeholders raised concerns about the environment and loss of recreational areas.
• Proposals for use of employment land and green belt land at Wareham are likely to require further consultation by the local Wareham Neighbourhood Plan Group.
•The preferred option, or least disliked option, for where homes should be built in the District was Option A which would spread development across the District.
See the full report here.
Corfe Castle Parish Council Object to the Proposed Revision of Ferry Tolls by the Bournemouth to Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company
– UPDATE MAY 2018– The Case will be going to a Public Inquiry to be held in Studland in September.
Corfe Castle Parish Council have responded to the public notice by the Bournemouth and Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company which proposes doubling fares for pedestrians and cycles, increasing the single fare from £4.30 to £6 and a 63% increase in the discounted fares available by purchasing books of tickets. Read their full response here.
A little bit about Corfe Castle
The village of Corfe Castle is much renowned for its Royal castle but there is much else in and around the village for both visitors and residents alike. The Norman Castle, destroyed by an act of Parliament following the civil war, is nestled in Corfe Gate – a natural break in the hogback Purbeck Ridge. The castle and much of the settlement that extends south from it is built of Purbeck limestone. During the medieval period stone carving, particularly of Purbeck Marble was worked here in Corfe, an activity that, though diminished, continues to this day. The Ancient Order of Purbeck Marblers and Stonecutters still hold their annual meeting here and play football along lanes and tracks on Shrove Tuesday to underscore their traditional rights of access.
An ancient settlement site, Corfe Castle is home to an extensive range of archaeological sites from the stone, bronze and Iron ages. Information on aspects of these can be found at the National Trust visitors center (Castle View) and Corfe Castle Museum. An important site for such remains, as well as being of significant ecological value, is Corfe Common adjoining the settlement to the south. Similar historical and ecological importance is attached to the Purbeck Ridge that stretches east and west from Corfe Castle. The Norden transport interchange is an excellent point from which to start a walking tour of the village and its surrounding hinterland. Facilities for visitors within Corfe are good with a selection of local shops, tearooms and pubs; many of the latter have good views from their gardens! Quality accommodation is also widely available.