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: - https://www.dorsetforyou.com/415157

You can also complete a survey online or download a copy at: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/have-your-say

Changing Coast

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

http://youtu.be/i-tPOlMeWbI

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UNESCO oppose Navitus wind farm

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11234263.Unesco_director_voices_concerns_over___3billion_Navitus_Bay_wind_farm_project/

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
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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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638335/Wind-farm-dwarf-Isle-Wight.html

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.
http://www.challengenavitus.org.uk/register.html

Monday, April 14, 2014

Studland concert Sun 4th May

Our next concert is on Sunday 4th May, featuring the return of Paul Hutchinson - this time as one half of Belshazzar’s Feast. This duo have asked to start their 20th Anniversary tour here following Paul Hutchinson’s visit to the hall in November 2013.The much loved odd couple of Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson unique among the line ups of the vibrant English Folk scene, renowned as consummate live performers who mix humour and intricate traditional English Folk music in equal measures. See http://www.belshazzarsfeast.com/ for more details.
Tickets £8 are now available from Studland Stores 01929 450204.
 
Stephen Yeoman
on behalf of Studland Village Hall

Friday, April 11, 2014

Art events now on

http://www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/drawing-inspiration


Over the centuries, the Dorset landscape has inspired artists, writers and scientists to produce outstanding work.

The Drawing Inspiration project takes a closer look at landscape-inspired art to encourage people to look at the landscape from a new perspective. These are fantastic works of art but they also tell us about the cultural, physical and social changes that have shaped how we live today.
Working with partners across Dorset, the project will showcase these great art works from the past. Project Coordinator Crystal Johnson explains, "We have a fantastic range of different events, there is something for everyone. Take a walk, visit an exhibition, join a workshop, listen to a talk – immerse yourself in the beauty of the Dorset landscape and experiencing first-hand the places where artists have truly, drawn inspiration."
Find events near you on the map below or click on the links on the right for further information. You can also pick up a programme at your local Tourist Information Centre.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Studland events March, May

Just to let you know that the tickets for Leon Hunt n-Tet on 30th March are selling fast and we are heading for another sellout. If you are thinking of coming but have not yet bought or reserved tickets don't hang around too long. Tickets (£8) from Studland Stores 01929 450204.
 
We also have an additional concert on 4th May, featuring the return of Paul Hutchinson - this time as one half of Belshazzar’s Feast. This duo have asked to start their 20th Anniversary tour here following Paul Hutchinson’s visit to the hall in November 2013.The much loved odd couple of Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson unique among the line ups of the vibrant English Folk scene, renowned as consummate live performers who mix humour and intricate traditional English Folk music in equal measures. Seehttp://www.belshazzarsfeast.com/ for more details.
Tickets will be £8 available from Studland Stores 01929 450204 in due course.
 
Stephen Yeoman
on behalf of Studland Village Hall

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Public transport

Better local public transport needed.

A regular, punctual, circular bus service would be a great asset for Swanage promoting tourism, cutting the number of car journeys and of great help to the elderly and infirm. I would suggest from the Railway Station, to the Pier, Durlston Country Park, Hospital, Arkwrights, Hereston via the Caravan site, the Middle School, Ship at Langton, Square and Compass, Kingston, Harman’s Cross, back down Victoria Avenue, St Georges Car Park, Northbrook Road, Village Inn, New Swanage, North Beach Car Park, Seafront and home. I would say running two, hourly services, one in each direction would ensure people don’t need to wait more than half an hour for a bus. I would hope to pay £1 for a single trip and £2 for an all day rover ticket. No bus passes. Bus drivers should be instructed, if for unforeseen circumstances, they are late at a stop no fare is chargeable; and that they should not leave a stop until the timetable stipulates. Hopefully the buses could be electric, and obviously accessible.
Fund it locally
1) With all the money from development tax, instead of stupid cycleways which only a tiny fraction of residents use. 
2) With the revenues from all this recycled stuff they make us save.




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Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Downs

Whats happening on the lower Downs? Normally if you want to blow your nose or prune a rose bush you need planning permission. What's happening to all the top soil? Are they going to build a retaining wall? Who has actioned this with no consultation? - See more at: http://swanageview.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/new-subject.html#sthash.zDwp319J.dpuf

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Swanage Local Plan

Find out about plans for Swanage, and have your say.

Swanage Local Plan (Consultation):

Planning Purbeck’s Future  

To find out more about the plan come along to a "drop-in" consultation event

DateTimeWhereType of event
Saturday 8 February10:00am - 1:00pmSwanage Co-opInformation: find out what it's all about and how you can have your say
Monday 10 February10.00am -  1.00pmSwanage Town HallDrop-in: find out more and tell us your views
Tuesday 11 February5:00pm - 8:00pmEmmanuel ChurchDrop-in: find out more and tell us your views
Monday 17 February10.00am -  1.00pmSwanage Co-opInformation: find out what it's all about and how you can have your say
Monday 17 February2.00pm -  8.00pmMowlem Community RoomDrop-in: find out more and tell us your views
Tuesday 18 February10.00am -  1.00pmUnited Reformed Church HallDrop-in: find out more and tell us your views
Tuesday 18 February2.00pm -  5.00pmAll Saints Church Hall, Ulwell RdDrop-in: find out more and tell us your views
Thursday 27 February5.00pm - 8.00pmAll Saints Church Hall. Ulwell roadDrop-in: find out more and tell us you views