Blandford Forum Town Council is the parish authority for the town of Blandford Forum. It is the fourth tier of government after parliament, the county council and the district council. Its legal powers are granted to it and regulated by various government acts.

With a population of approximately 8,850 source The Dorset Data Book 2003)it is the largest town in the North Dorset district. The Town Council supplements the provision of local government services in Blandford Forum and provides a range of social and recreational facilities, while promoting and representing the town with other national and statutory bodies.

For example the Town Council acts as a consultee and lobbying force with both the county and district councils, and both regional and national government, putting forward the wishes and needs of the local community. Dorset County Council, which covers the whole of the county except Bournemouth and Poole, (whose main responsibilities include education, social services, highways, fire and rescue, strategic planning and libraries), consult with the Town Council on such subjects as the County Structure Plan, the Local Transport Plan and the Mineral and Waste Local Plan. North Dorset District Council (which is mainly responsible for development control, environmental health, refuse collection, economic development, tourism and major recreational facilities such as the Blandford Leisure Centre) also consults with the Town Council on such matters as the District Wide Local Plan, planning applications within Blandford Forum, and the economic development strategy.






























The Town Council has 16 Town Councillors elected for a term of four years. Blandford Forum has 5 wards known as: Blandford Damory Down, Blandford Old Town, Blandford Hilltop, Blandford St Leonards and Blandford Station. Three councillors will be elected to represent each ward with the exception of Blandford Old Town Ward which will have four councillors.

Detailed below are the roads which make up the different wards.


Ashmore Close

Avebury Court

Badbury Drive

Cadley Close

Eastleaze Road

Froxfield Road


Heddington Drive

Hilcot Way

Hinton Close

Holland Way

Jubilee Way

Kingston Close

Lavington House

Liddington Crescent

Lockeridge Close

Manningford Road

Marston Close

Mary Cossins Close

Medbourne Close

Mortain Close

Overton Walk

Ramsbury Close

Ramsbury Court

Shaw Close

Stanton Close

Staverton Walk



Angus Close

Buttercup Lane

Carter Close

Casterbridge Close

Castleman-Smith Close

Counter Close

Dairy Field

Davis Gardens

Hunt Road – Part

(2-28 evens)

Lady Baden-Powell Way

Lane Close


Mellstock Close

Old Farm Gardens

Preetz Way

Rosebank Lane

Salisbury Road – Part

(78-82A evens,

81-163A incl)

Sandbourne Avenue

Shaftesbury Lane

Shottesford Avenue

Stevens Close

The Pavilions

Wetherbury Close


Bryanston Street

Church Lane

Damory Street – Part

(2-12 evens)

Dorset Street

Eagle House Gardens

East Street

Bakers Corner

Chestnut House

East Street Lane

Fields Oak

Hanover Court

Market Place

Milldown Road

North Place

Orchard Street

Park Road

The Cedars


Pines Court

River Mews

Ryan Court

Salisbury Street

Sheep Market Hill

Shorts Lane

The Close

Marsh’s Court

The Milldown

The Plocks

The Tabernacle

Wessex Court

West Street

West Lodge

White Cliff Gardens

White Cliff Mill Street

Whitecliffe Court

Whitecliffe House

Nursing Home


Andrew Close

Anne Close

Bayfran Way

Black Lane

Chapel Gardens

Downside Close

Elizabeth Road

Fishers Close

Hambledon Close

Hambledon Gardens


James Close

Kings Road – Part

(31 & 33 only)

Langton Crescent

Langton Road

(Archway House)

Meadow View

Percy Gardens

Philip Road

Queens Road

Riverside Road

St Leonards Avenue

St Leonards Terrace

Stour Road

Tudor Gardens

Wilson Park

Wimborne Road

Windmill Road


Albert Cottages

Albert Place

Albert Street

Alexandra Court

Alexandra Street

Alfred Street

Barnes Close

Barnes Homes

Boundary View

Castleman House

Charles Street

Churchill Road

Damory Court

Damory Court Street

Damory Street – Part

(5-65 odds)

Edward Street

Edward Street Flats

Fairfield Bungalows

Fairfield Road

Field View Road

Gent Close

Hunt Road – Part

(1-27 odds)

Kings Road – Part

(1-29inc,30-38 evens,

Ashley Reach,

Burley New &

Underone House)

Newman Close

Nordon Road

Nursery Road

Oakfield Court

Oakfield Street

Park Road – Part

(2-14 evens)

Peel Close

Princess Court

Queens Road

Richmond Road

Salisbury Crescent

Salisbury Road – Part

D’Arcy Court

Orkney Court

Station Court

The Mount

The Sidings

Victoria Flats

Victoria Road

Wilverley Gardens

The Civic Year runs from May to April with the election of the Mayor, the Chairman of Council and his/her Deputy and Vice Chairman taking place at the Annual Statutory meeting in May. The roles of Mayor and Chairman of Council are usually taken by the same councillor and likewise for the Deputy Mayor and Vice Chairman. These roles and those of Chairman of Committees are filled by councillors who have been nominated and voted for by their councillor colleagues.

The Council operates on a committee system covering Finance and Staffing, Planning, Recreation and Amenities and Town and General Purposes. The committees’ remits and details of the areas which each committee covers are shown on the “Committees” page. The committees and full council meet on a 4 weekly cycle with the exception of Finance and Staffing which operates on a quarterly cycle. At full council meetings the committees’ minutes are received and any committee resolutions involving major changes to existing council policies are voted upon.

Subject matters are brought before the relevant committee or full council by means of the agenda which is issued a minimum of three clear working days before a meeting and is posted on the various notice boards around the town (see below) and on this website.

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The front of the Corn Exchange, Market Place
Outside Bailey & Co Solicitors Offices, The Plocks
The Spar Shop, Junction of Heddington Drive and Jubilee Way
Holland Way (opposite Stanton Close)
Salisbury Road (next to the bus stop)
Hunt Road
Langton Road
Outside the Town Clerk’s Office, Church Lane

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The Council Tax paid by Blandford Forum households includes the spending requirements of Dorset County Council, North Dorset District Council, Dorset Police and Blandford Forum Town Council.

Many people do not realise that the Town Council does not receive any revenue support from central government, unlike the County and District Councils, neither does it receive any funding from local businesses and retailers via their payment of the non-domestic rate.

Each year the Town Council calculates the money it needs to raise to provide its services. Then we deduct the income which we expect to receive from fees and charges such as the hire of sports facilities, lettings of the various halls, etc, to leave the amount we require to spend on the services and any capital projects which are planned for the year ahead. This sum, called the precept, is the amount we levy on the district council and which is collected by them as a proportion of the total council tax paid by Blandford’s households. In this financial year commencing 1st April 2004, our precept totalled £315,462. If you live in an “average” Band D house, you will contribute £96.70 of your total council tax bill of £1,273.09 to Blandford Forum Town Council.

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