Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wheelie bins

Mad MAD MAD!!!we live in a block of three appartments with 4 residents. Home from work last night and we have SIX wheelie bins delivered in the yard!!! We never normally get a refuse collection at all, so have to walk down the lane and put sacks in the main street. No green boxes yet..."you can put one bag of rubbish beside your wheeled bin at Christmas" What religious discrimination is that. What about other religions? Why don't they want us to recycle wrapping paper? What about MY birthday???

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/29/2005 11:55:14 AM

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Seacourt development




Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Caravan Park - what's up?

What's happening at the Vista (sorry, Bayview) Caravan Park? Seems more going on than just closing the restaurant for the winter.


- 12 people sacked yesterday (not just restaurant staff)

- the swimming pool is apparently to close evenings and weekends

If things are as bad as this, why did the Council not say something when the subject was raised in public participation time at last night's meeting?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Back to Swanage

Aint it nice to get our town back?even if for a short while.Dancing Ledge

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/26/2005 01:18:45 PM

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Community Plan? Parish Plan?

Apparently there's another meeting about the Swanage & District Community Plan on Saturday 24th (though I believe the thing's now called the Parish Plan, so perhaps that means all the terms of reference for the former can be chucked),

It seems that money has been invested (£45,000) on progressing a 'multi-purpose community centre' which may or may not combine sports and business facilities (but certainly no swimming pool, as many believe).

But how is it that one idea (of the many put forward by the people of Swanage) is being progressed and receiving considerable investment --- when the findings of the consultation process have not even been published yet? There were many ideas, some involviong little or no cost, yet one project has been singled out. Strange.

You can see a first draft of the report on: <> See link at bottom of right-hand sidebar.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


What are your views on what, if anything, should be censored on swanageview? In the interest of ultimate democracy it would be good not to censor at all. But there are obviously things that might upset/disturb some viewers and of course there's no control over who can view the site, so perhaps there is a need for some control. I'm inclined against obscenity, and against non-local advertising of dubious content and origin. What do you think? And do say if you ever see anything here that you think shouldn't be.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Council gets its fingers burnt at Swanage Bay View Restaurant.

The restaurant has been closed because of massive underperformance.
Here are a few quotes from the Blog in April. STC this blog site told you so.
“Do they not remember that they could not even successfully run the ice cream kiosks on the beach”
“we ate there at the week end, we wont be goin back”
“By the way it wasn't the kids menu I was looking at because there is no kids menu, an odd omission for a family facility”

Before setting up this restaurant:
Did Councillors do any marketing research?
Did they ask anyone in the local catering industry?
Did they take a trip to the Village Inn at Ulwell?
Its all very well saying the restaurant is part of a profit making whole, but even top hotels generally don’t try to run their own restaurants anymore, they let a dedicated professional take on the franchise.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Unwanted furniture?

For the benefit of anyone who has not yet come across them - you might be interested in DORSET RECLAIM.

They can normally take furniture (and many other household items, too) in good condition from you for redistribution around the area.

"Dorset Reclaim" is a charitable organisation, recycling furniture, based in Stanley Road, Bournemouth. They also
have a depot near the Poole Household Amenity Site on the Nuffield Industrial Estate.

The Charity is now in its fifth year and boasts a 5,700 strong donor base, with over 13,500 items of furniture being donated to date. The principle aim of Dorset Reclaim is to provide furniture and household items to those in need within the local community and has so far helped some 3,000 people in this way.

"Dorset Reclaim" also aims to provide opportunities for members of the local community to help in the day-to-day running of the organisation.Dorset Reclaim is dependant on a voluntary workforce, with a variety of jobs on offer, such as warehouse, driving, collection and delivery team members, client reception, office and administration, carpentry, electricians and IT to mention but a few.

Find out more, here:

Disabled parking

Disabled Parking.This problem still exists in Swanage. There are folk that persistently park in the disabled slots around the town, and do it quite blatantly, with little regard for those that are desperate for a place to park. I have heard the excuse I was only there for a minute! But is that minute that should a disabled person be arriving? There is nowhere for them to go…I realise that the Traffic Wardens seem to be none existent in the town, and therefore unable to do anything about it. I have been told there are Traffic Wardens here? but to date since they “privatised” it I have only seen one since then. It there are some seen around? please post a comment. Two things to be wary of; there has been a law enacted that makes fraudulent use of disabled parking liable to a fine of £1000.00. That law, although passed, has not been made active in England. Two, apparently the disabled have been having there own back in parts of the Country. It appears that in places, the motorist has returned to their vehicle to find their car door locks have been “Superglued” That is a something that is way over the top. But a friend of mine who lives in that area, wrote this observationThey take notice when their locks are superglued and stare threateningly at any OAPs in the vicinity as it is fairly well known who does it! They stare not quite so threateningly at big, old, fat OAPs carrying a walking stick with a point on the end, and even less threateningly at aggressive looking big, old, fat, ugly etc...Dancing Ledge.

--Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/16/2005 11:45:50 AM

Saturday, September 10, 2005


It seems to me that with the new rubbish collection rules...two sacks and that is it! Is nothing short of ridiculous. That immediately raises the question? What happens when we have several household rubbish sacks to get rid of. Then again, another question about public health? with the possibilty of rotting food hanging about for two weeks in the broiling sun.Surely we are going backwards towards a third world country state. Hoisted on us by our local council. Who is the person that is responsible for this backwards step?If they are running out of space then go and find somewhere else to get rid of it. There are many places in the Purbecks where old rubbish dumps are used, and sometimes built on.The new housing estate at the top of Bell Street was a place where rubbish was dumped. Yet here,it is now covered with houses.Dancing Ledge.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/10/2005 09:13:18 AM

Thursday, September 08, 2005


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Town annual meeting

aka the "Annual Parish Assembly" will be held on Monday 19th September, 7pm at Swanage Town Hall. This is the annual meeting where anyone can discuss anything, with the whole meeting given over to the public, for as long as people have anything to talk about - as opposed to the 15 minutes allocated to the public at the Council meetings on the last Monday of each month.

This meeting was originally held on 16th May but had to be reconvened. At the original meeting, John Wootton proposed a motion for the Council to conduct moreof its business in the evenings, to extend democracy by enabling more people to participate in the process of Council meetings. But the Mayor did not allow the topic to debated at that meeting. Subsequently, the Mayor and Town Clerk admitted this was wrong, so this new date has been arranged.

This motion will be proposed again, so if you have a view on the subject, please turn up.

And if you have anything else you wish to raise, this is the time and place to do it!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

PC Plod

Being old fashioned, I am one of those that like to see a policeman on our streets. That begs the question; Where is the friendly local Bobby that walks around the town, keeping in touch with what is going on, and is immediately available to talk and to listen to what folks have to say? It is some time since I’ve seen a Policeman in the town. I am also unimpressed with the local cop shop. It seems to me to be the most distant, and unfriendly place. A ‘don’t come in here’ place.Bring back the days when we had police in the town, when we could actually have a real Copper to talk to, and to rely on to uphold our law, our way of life, and our society.Dancing Ledge.