Friday, November 26, 2004

MIll Pond building plans

What's the story about development plans for the site overlooking the millpond?

Friday, November 19, 2004

Grammar school site planning application

Planning application was not granted for the development on the grammar school site. The full details can be see on the PDC website, so removed from here to free space.

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6/2004/0945 The Welfare Dwellings Trust Change of use and erection of 13
new buildings to form self-catering holiday accommodation,including 103 flats, sports hall and health club, landscaping and car parking; The Purbeck Centre,Northbrook Road, Swanage

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Timber groynes for Swanage beach

TIMBER groynes and not rock groynes will be used to save Swanage beach.

Purbeck district councillors have backed plans to build 19 timber groynes and agreed to spend just under £100,000 on getting a detailed design drawn up.

Councillors voted in favour of spending that money up front to get work on the scheme under way in the hope that DEFRA will agree to fund one hundred per cent of the total costs.

The estimated cost of saving the beach varies from just over £2 million to more than £3 million depending on whether sand used to recharge the beach is dredged from Poole Harbour or from further afield.

Cllr Nick Cake said: "If DEFRA come up with 100 per cent funding there will be no problem but if they don't there will be a problem."

Council chief executive Paul Croft told councillors that landing 100 per cent funding from DEFRA was not unprecedented - pointing to West Dorset District Council's success in securing funds for coastal protection works at West Bay.

Cllr Tony Miller, mayor of Swanage, said: "The majority of the people in Swanage did not want to see rock groynes but there was overwhelming opinion that to do nothing is not an option.

"There is no point whatsoever in delaying this, we will only have higher costs in the future."

Purbeck council will seek support from MP Jim Knight in its request for 100 per cent DEFRA funding.

Scheme planners hope to start work in October 2005. Five groynes will be built on beach owned by Swanage Town Council and the rest on privately owned beach.

First published: November 12

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

NEW SUBJECTS (archived dec 04)?

If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment in this section — just click on Post a comment (see bottom left of this panel), and I shall set up a new heading, allowing others to see and add their own comments.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Mad ...Bad ....Sad ... Glad ... photos

Perhaps it might be interesting to post photos of anything that makes you ..mad, bad, glad or sad. Just send your photos, with any commentary, to me at and I shall display them here if all works well.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


You may find some of these addresses useful:

Purbeck Gazette:

Swanage Advertiser:

Swanage Town Hall: (Town Clerk)

Monday, November 01, 2004


Originally uploaded by m.hadley.