Road Closure Information & Questions


Additional Q&A from Parish Council to Highways

Dated 9th March 2021

Q Please confirm the closure dates and times for the resurfacing work
Please note and pass on that the works at Shillingstone will take place over 5 shifts which includes a Saturday. So, the scheme will start on Thursday 25th March, and be completed Tuesday 30th with the road shut on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday between 9am and 4pm.

Q Your residents letter says there will be no street parking available
a) is this on the red area for the whole period or just where they are immediately working?
b) does no parking include lay-bys?
c) how can we access our properties on the main road?

There is no parking in the red areas for the duration of the works and this includes the laybys as we will be resurfacing some of them. All residents that properties access the red area will receive a letter and on the back of the letter is 10 Q & A’s about the works how residents can access their properties.

Q When you say no parking for the duration of the works, can we park from 4pm to 9am?
Yes, you can

Q I’m sure people will ask about clear diversion signs again to prevent the issues we had in the first Wessex closure - how will the road closed signs be managed to prevent large vehicles coming through and getting stuck or trying to go down the minor roads around the village?

Dorset has a traffic management partner that has about 6 operatives onsite and we will have persons on each of the hard closures points to prevent any incursions and to assist any resident that may need access or advise that a resident may need to enter their property from the of end of the closure.

Q Are all areas of the A357 in the red section being resurfaced or have you identified sections? If so, can you confirm which these sections are?

The red area is a guide but for this scheme it is most of the red area.

Q Will the closed sections be managed by traffic lights just at the section being worked on or is the whole of the red section closed for the day?

It is a full closure that will be manned at each closure point.

Parking at The Portman Hall

During the closure of the A357 from the 25th March to the 30th March 2021, The Portman Hall Committee will be pleased to allow residents to park their vehicles in the Portman Hall Car Park at their own risk. The Committee will accept no responsibility for any damage to vehicles or persons using these premises during the above dates.
The registration number of the vehicle together with the name of the owner must be advised by email to Sarah Clatworthy-Blake whose email address is

Sarah will destroy all names and registration numbers after the 30th March. If anyone should like to make a small donation to the Hall for the use of this facility it would be much appreciated.

We must request that No Vehicles are parked in the area at the side of the Hall which allows access to the field at the rear of the premises as this contains livestock. This area is also required for emergency vehicles should their attendance be necessary.

Road Closure letter plus Q & A amended.pdf