west parley parish council

West Parley Today

West Parley is an ancient community with a long history, endangered by District Council proposals for major housing estates in the green belt.

It is also threatened by overdevelopment of Hurn Airport, appalling traffic levels and proposed mineral and gravel plants.

We urgently need people to get involved with their community and make a difference. .
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There has been a boundary change to include the top end of Barrack Road in West Parley, to see the new map please click here.

West Parley Parish

West Parley is a parish in its own right. It has a parish council, two churches, a village hall, a first school, two shopping parades, a surgery, a sports club and sports fields, a playground and two pubs.

At the 2001 census the population of West Parley was 3532. On the most recent electoral register there are 1530 residences. 95% of the houses are owner occupied. A third of the population is aged 65 or over. Only 14% are aged 15 or below.

A typical West Parley street

West Parley's houses are almost all 20th century, many of them post 1950 garden bungalows, all detached. In the centre, and on the eastern edge bordering the golf club, are larger detached houses, some of them substantial.

A feature of the village is the multiplicity of trees and the handsome grass verges to most of the roads. In the Spring, covered in daffodils and crowned with cherry trees, these can look quite handsome.

Flowers on New Road

West Parley was once a small village surrounded by countryside. In the last 60 or so years Ferndown has expanded to our north, and Bournemouth has grown right up to the banks of the river Stour.

Thus the visitor or passer through who drives in 5 minutes from Ferndown along New Road and through West Parley to Bournemouth may think it is all one urban area. This is far from the true picture. West Parley is a semi-rural community bounded by green belt and farmland to the East and West, and by the river Stour to the South.

Close to nature

The Stour below Dudsbury Rings

A walk round the parish boundaries reveals West Parley to be three quarters surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside. On the way round the eye meets virgin fields, horse farms, two golf courses, pastures bordering the winding river, small farms and nurseries, the ancient hill fort, the old church and manor house.

To the south, West Parleys boundary is the river Stour, one of Dorset's most prized natural features, which flows right through the County. A mile of open green belt countryside, broken only by a ribbon of houses, separates West Parley from the urban spread of Bournemouth.

West Parley is a village set in an ancient environment, much of which still remains, and surrounded (except to the north) by pastoral beauty. It still retains its own identity but has to struggle to keep this in the face of housing pressures from outside authorities.

Whats On

Christmas Jumble Sale

Sun 8th Dec, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Ferndown Village Hall, BH22 9ET, raising vital funds for Staffie and Stray Rescue. . .more

Coffee Mornings Suspended

The weekly Wednesday coffee mornings which were started by the Parish Council and PoPPS at the Council’s premises at 275 Christchurch Road, have been suspended whilst repairs are undertaken at the building. We hope to reinstate these as soon as possible.

West Parley Official Guide

The new Parish Guide is ready. . have a look!
You might also want this local map.

Heritage Walk

learn all about West Parley's history as you walk, it is well researched, informative, and has just been updated with lots of new historical information. . more

Parley Health Walks

Initially started by WPPC and EDDC, our weekly Health Walk is one of the most well attended in the eastern area of Dorset. Organised by Volunteer leaders, they take place every Wednesday at 10am from the West Parley Community Sports and Social Club at 275 Christchurch Road (BH22 8SQ). Our car park allows parking provision for upto 100 cars and you can be walking in healthland within minutes. Lets get healthy and have some fun. . . more

There's plenty going on in West Parley - click here for the latest.

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Next Meetings

Planning committee
Wed 4th December 2019, 7.30pm
MS Centre, Church Lane

Parish Council
Wed 20th November 2019, 7.30pm
MS Centre, Church Lane

Agendas / Minutes


Parish Council update for June 2017
previous newsletters:

Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for September 2019 -

Dorset Catchment Partnerships newsletter for Summer 2019

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