Sunday, November 23, 2014

Delivery scam (PDS)

Swanage Residents Association?

Some of you will recall there was an advertised public appeal in 2011 to keep the Swanage Residents Association going. I actually thought it had already been wound down, but it seems there are still some formalities to complete. I thought it worth making one last effort to see if anyone is interested in keeping this going (in whatever way a new committee determines). If no community-minded people step forward to fill the key roles (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, etc) and form a legitimate committee, the organisation WILL finally be formally wound down.
If you wish to join the Committee or stand for election as an Officer, please let me know asap, as the SRA is scheduled to be dissolved at a committee meeting on 15 December 2014. Mike Hadley (Committee Member):

Friday, November 07, 2014

New subject

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Severe weather meeting 3 December


Swanage Coastal Change Forum Meeting
‘Severe weather – who is responsible for what?’

3 December 2014
5.30 - 7.30pm
Emanuel Baptist Church & Centre, 160 Victoria Ave, Swanage, BH19 1AZ

The aim of the meeting is to build community resilience and it will include presentations from organisations to outline their role when there is severe weather in Swanage. Organisations presenting will include:

·        Environment Agency- Nick Reed
·        Fire and rescue -  Phil Burridge
·        Emergency Planning (Purbeck DC) – Kirsty Wriglar
·        Coastguard Agency & Swanage Town Council- Ian Brown
·        Police - (TBC)

Please book your place by or calling 01305 224833 by the 31st November. This is a free event

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Purbeck’s Normandy Veterans to be honoured on Monday 8 September

Our local WWII Normandy veterans are to be honoured and presented with the French Insignia on Monday 8th September at Swanage Railway. Any members of the public wishing to attend should ideally meet the veterans off the train when it returns to Swanage at approximately 16.20 on Monday afternoon, when they will be awarded the French Insignia, which were personally collected from Normandy by Mr Tony Watts.  See Purbeck Gazette website for full details:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dolphin Alert service

[From Durlston Country Park newsletter] 
Dolphin Alert! Text Service
What with all these new fangled technologies
(mobile phones!) now allowing almost instant
communications we have decided to drag
ourselves kicking and screaming into the
1990’s and offer a text alert system to anyone
that’s interested in spotting the magnificent
creatures of the sea. By making the call out
system more accessible we hope to
encourage more people to text in their own
sightings to give us a better idea of
populations and behaviour in the waters off
Dorset. Although called Dolphin Alert! it is not
just Dolphin sightings we’re interested in, we
would love to hear about sightings of Whales,
Sharks, Seals or anything a little unusual such
as Sunfish. All you need to do to receive a
text notification of what has been spotted,
where and when, is to email your name and
telephone number (texts can be sent to a
landline if you don’t have a mobile, or one
that you switch on!) to
with the subject ‘Dolphin Alert’. The service
costs £5 per year (cheques payable to
Durlston Marine Project) (1st August – 31st


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Shark in Swanage!?

I was by the stone quay this morning when the kids crabbing suddenly shouted out, and there was a four-to-five feet long shark swimming around. I'm told this was probably a tope (as too big for a dogfish), but if anyone else who was there knows better ...

Thursday, July 03, 2014

(NO) Parking on Swanage old stone quay

In case you're interested, Dorset County Council Highways Department have just confirmed to me (3 July 2014) that parking is now NOT allowed on the pedestrian area by the old stone quay (i.e. where the motorbikes [and some cars] park, and the traffic wardens WILL issue tickets.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Have your say ...

Ask Dorset - Have Your Say Dorset County Council wants to know what matters to you most and is travelling around the county throughout June and July giving you the chance to speak to the key decision makers at the county council. A list of places and dates for the first week of roadshows can be found at: -

You can also complete a survey online or download a copy at:

Changing Coast

You might like this python-esque animation about our changing coast....

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UNESCO oppose Navitus wind farm

Unesco director voices concerns over £3billion Navitus Bay wind farm project

Bournemouth Echo: HOT TOPIC: Pro and anti-wind farm demonstrators in SwanageHOT TOPIC: Pro and anti-wind farm demonstrators in Swanage
  • Bournemouth Echo: HOT TOPIC: Pro and anti-wind farm demonstrators in Swanage
  • Bournemouth Echo: INSTRUMENTAL FIGURE: Kishore Rao
THE director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has voiced concerns about the controversial £3billion Navitus Bay wind farm project.
Kishore Rao, who is an instrumental figure in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has written to the head of heritage policy at the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Jurassic Coast, where the wind farm is proposed to be constructed offshore, became a Unesco World Heritage site in 2001.
Unesco’s concerns on the project come after the respected advisory body – the International Union for Conservation & Nature (IUCN) – reviewed relevant documentation connected to the wind farm application.
In his letter to Leila Al-Kazwini, Mr Rao said potential impacts from the wind farm proposals – to put up to 194 turbines with a maximum tip height of 200m – could be, according to the IUCN report, in contradiction to the “overarching principle of the World Heritage Convention as stipulated in its Article 4.”
Article 4 of the World Heritage Convention, which the UK is signed up to, spells out that individual countries have a duty to ensure the “identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage” of World Heritage Sites within their borders.
Mr Rao does not elaborate on what would happen with regard to the Jurassic Coast’s current World Heritage Status, should the Navitus Bay application become a reality as it is.
But he did stress that the IUCN report concluded: “The completion of the project would result in the property being presented and transmitted to future generations in a form that is significantly different from what was there at the time of inscription and until today.
“Specifically, the property will change from being located in a natural setting that is largely free from human-made structures to one where its setting is dominated by human-made structures.”
The IUCN also said the wind farm will have a “significant impact on important views.”
Earlier this month the Planning Inspectorate confirmed the wind farm application, from French energy giant EDF and Dutch firm Eneco, had been accepted. The inspectorate now has three months to examine the proposals.
Plans for the sprawling wind farm have been subject to numerous public exhibitions, which have divided local opinion.
On this latest twist in the Navtus Bay saga, Dr Andrew Langley, from wind farm opposition group Challenge Navitus, said: “We welcome IUCN’s conclusions, which are in line with our own concerns. “The Navitus Bay wind farm would completely change the character of views from the main visitor centre at Durlston Castle.
“The decision by the Crown Estate in 2009 to designate this zone so close to England’s only natural World Heritage Site, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a national park, was extremely surprising.”
Work of organisation
THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) was established in 1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War.
It was formed to create lasting peace on the basis of “humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.”
It works to build networks among nations through a range of initiatives, including creating protection and support for cultural diversity.
Unesco created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value

And another article in the Mail on Sunday 250514:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Navitus wind farm: last chance to comment

The time to voice your opinion on the proposed Navitus Bay windfarm has arrived, all previous comments are now irrelevant. Please register on this site and place your views, this is the LAST chance you will get to influence the decision in which ever way you feel is good for the town and the Purbeck area as a whole. You have until Monday June 23rd to do so. Thank you.