Swanage Town Council
is the parish council for the town of Swanage, including the settlements of Durlston, Herston and Ulwell.

Its mission statement is to maintain and enhance Swanage for the well-being and prosperity of present and future generations.

The Town Council is one of three tiers of local government and works with Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council to provide a wide range of services for residents and visitors alike.

The Town Council has direct responsibility for allotments, off road car parks, cemeteries, public gardens, children’s play areas, sporting facilities, the main beach, boat park, public conveniences, a Tourist Information Centre and the Town Hall.

Unlike the District and County Councils, the Town Council receives no direct government grant. It raises its income through the parish precept element of the Council Tax and the charges it makes for its services.

Dorset County Council is responsible for education, social services, highways and footpaths, libraries, and trading standards. More information can be found on its website www.dorsetforyou.com.

Purbeck District Council has responsibility for council tax, planning, environmental health, economic development and benefits. Refuse collection and recycling comes under the jurisdiction of Dorset Waste Partnership. More information can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com and   

Decisions of the Town Council are taken by twelve Councillors elected every four years. The next election will be in May 2015. The Council’s decisions are implemented by the Town Council’s staff, headed by the Town Clerk, Dr Martin Ayres.

The Town Council encourages comments, queries and complaints regarding its services and invites you to e-mail us at admin@swanage.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can contact us by telephone 01929 423636 or fax 01929 427888, or write to us at:

The Town Hall, 
High Street, 
Dorset BH19 2NZ.

Between April and September the Town Hall offices are open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The offices close to the public at 3.00 p.m. between October and March.

Latest News

Posted By: Niki on 27/06/2014 12:00:
It's official, Swanage has one of the best beaches in England.

Posted By: Niki on 29/08/2014 10:30:
This year the Town Council is only able to accept bookings for the boat park for the period 1st May to 31st October 2014 and this is because the Council has been advised by the RNLI that they will be rebuilding their boathouse adjacent to Peveril Boat Park from mid-November 2014. Space will be required at the boat park for a compound for the contractors and also to house the Inshore Lifeboat whilst the works are taking place. However, the boat park slipway will remain open to the public.

Posted By: Niki on 27/10/2014 11:30:
The Sandbanks Ferry will stop service after the 11.10 p.m. ferry on Sunday 2nd November 2014. The ferry will then be removed and towed to Southampton, weather permitting, on Monday 3rd November 2014 for an expected period of 4 to 6 weeks.

Posted By: Niki on 18/11/2014 04:55:
Come and shop for your Christmas gifts in Swanage. Free parking will be available in Main Beach and Broad Road Car Parks on Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th December 2014 and 3rd January 2015.