Monday, June 27, 2005

Free plants

An elderly gent I know has two sub-tropical plants for the open garden. They cost about £60 plus to buy. They need to be put into the garden (They are in pots) Tall plants. Agaves Americana variegate.You see them all over the Med. They are typical architectural plants and can be yours for free to a Swanage resident. These two are coloured Gold and Green.Post an answer, I will send the phone number.Dancing Ledge

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/26/2005 10:58:07 AM

Community Centre? Exhibition 8-15 July

Rowland Hughes says:This was sent to me by Ann Faulkner to publicise as widely as possible. Please try to give it your support.

'Have Your Say' on a New Multi-Functional Centre Planned for Swanage.A week-long exhibition and consultation event incorporating sport, community, enterprise, training, and childcare uses is being planned by the Swanage Town and Community Partnership from Friday, 8 July to Friday, 15 July, to gather more public opinion on what form a multi-functional centre should take and where it should be situated.The 'Have Your Say' event, held in the sea-front Tourist Information Centre, will give residents and visitors to Swanage the chance to get the latest information about the project including the potential activities that people have already identified and the proposed sites for the new centre.The Swanage Town and Community Partnership is hoping that both residents and visitors to the area will participate in the event by answering a questionnaire and leaving comments about what activities they would like to see accommodated by the proposed facility.Tony Miller, Chairman of the Swanage Town and Community Partnership, said: "At this stage the plans for the new multi-use centre are pretty flexible. We have looked at all the comments that have been gathered over the last four years and have incorporated them into this consultation.""We are holding this event because it is important to work out what should be included in the centre based on local priorities. We want as many people as possible to look at the display and give us their thoughts. That way the final plans will meet as many aspirations as possible and will also be realistic in terms of what will be used and what is affordable.""There may be many more ideas we can incorporate - but we need people to tell us about them now."A second exhibition is planned for September. At this event the design and specification of the proposed centre, based on all the previous consultation work, will be unveiled to the public. After this the next stage in the project will be to seek planning permission for the new centre.The two 'Have Your Say' exhibition events are part of a £40,000 study looking into the feasibility of providing Swanage with a multi- functional centre providing activities and services for all sectors of the community. Funding is being provided by the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Purbeck District Council, Swanage Town and Community Partnership, Swanage Town Council and contributions from a range of sports groups and interests within the town.The feasibility work is being carried out, on behalf of the Swanage Town and Community Partnership, by Plymouth-based business consultants Hyder Consulting Limited and Bournemouth architects Terence O'Rourke.

Swanage Tourist Information Centre is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.end.For further information please contact:Ann Faulkner, Vice Chairman, Swanage Town and Community Partnership on 01929 424252.


Swanage webcam

Swanage webcamPurbeck District Council have installed a very posh webcam at Peveril Point. You can see it at can be controlled from your computer so you can spend hours panning and zooming and watching folk come and go. Why bother with reality TV when you can have reality Swanage.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 6/25/2005 03:09:20 PM

With regards to the new webcam in town, if you are using a more secure browser than internet explorer or are not using Windows you can still see the webcam at It seems very slow but I am not prepared to install an activex component the council say is safe to use on a Windows based computer!

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/26/2005 06:29:43 PM

Thursday, June 23, 2005


If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment in this section — just click first on Comments (bottom right), then on Post a comment (bottom left of the next window), and a new heading will soon be set up, allowing others to see and add their own comments. It seems it's sometimes easier to click on 'Post anonymously' than to open an account in your name - you can always add your name to your message.

Marketing Purbeck

Purbeck District Council has advertised for a Tourism Officer to cover maternity leave. The alarming thing is that the maximimum salary is £24,000. Tourism is by far the largest source of employment in Purbeck and the District's prosperity depends on aiming its marketing at attracting visitors who will spend the maximum amount of money while inflicting the least harm on the environment. As an industry one of tourism's main features is that it consists of a large number of small businesses with no collective organisation. It therefore falls to the District Council to market it. If it was a single private business it would have a properly funded marketing function with salary levels capable of attracting experienced professionals and not be an adjunct of the planning department. I know the council cannot look to the tax payers for more but does anyone have any ideas about how marketing could be funded. Personaly I am drawn to the French approach of having a small tourist tax which has to be spent on tourist facilities and supporting the industry.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 6/23/2005 10:21:21 AM

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

New comments

Is it possible to modify this blog spot or move to another that indicates when there is a unread post? It takes too long to scan through. God knows how long it takes without broadband!
Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/21/2005 07:18:15 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Public services broadband?

Swanage T C has been asked to approve the installation of a dish on the Town Hall to provide broadband locally at 20Meg per second at a contention rate of 3 to 1. It is for the schools, library, and perhaps the local cctv. Would be brilliant!

Posted by nick storer to swanage view at 6/20/2005 11:46:16 PM

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Wheelie bins

All households should now have had a (geeen - cunning hint, eh) leaflet to explain the new wheelie bin scheme that starts on 3rd October.

One thing it doesn't tell you (that may be of interest, as far as the practicalities of storage) is the size of the bins: 1100mm high x 580mm wide x 720 deep.

Who knows whether the concept of fortnightly collections of rubbish will work, as far as smell and volume? The Council say it has worked elsewhere, so we shall have to see, though many doubt it.

Don't forget to use the Freepost form to tell the Council if you anticipate any difficulties: whether you won't be able to move a bin or have nowhere unobtrusive to keep one.

I understand, from correspondence I have had, that there is an expectation that bins should be hidden away, not left on public display in front gardens, side alleys etc. So if you won't be able to do this, tell them and insist on alternative arrangements. Otherwise Purbeck will look like a third world country in no time.

This is what I was told: "Ordinarily we would expect people to store their refuse, in their bin, wherever they store it at present. Individual difficulties will have to be resolved as the scheme progresses, but colleagues at other authorities have assured staff at Purbeck that most properties can find somewhere unobtrusive to store their bin."

For more information, contact:

Customer Services Officer:

Recycle Helpline: 01929 557279.

Posted by Mike Hadley

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Disabled parking

Disabled Parking.What a complete farce the disabled parking is here in Swanage. Firstly, in the town the disabled area is outside the bank, everyone stops there and pops in the bank, “because I shall only be a minute or two”. The other area…. by the Mowlem, is often full, without a single disabled person parked there.Then we have the huge lorries trying to get up the back of the store to unload. Some of the disabled badge holders look remarkably young and fit, we have painters and decorators vans, delivery vans, and some disabled that have a quite jaunty spring in their step. That is further complicated by Swanage Councils refusal to let disabled folk park for free. Not even those that war disabled, that are unable to walk, through their war service. The Council is only too happy to enjoy the freedom that the war disabled afforded them, but does not want to help those that paid the price to have a reasonable life. Now that is a shame, and Swanage council should change it immediately.It is easy to recognise the war pensioners, their road tax disc has “disabled” on it.By the way, I have never seen any traffic wardens sorting out the cheats.The sooner the Government brings in the Thousand pound fine, for misuse of a disabled parking area, the better. Apparently it is in use in other parts of Britain, and it is reputed to work wonders.The blue badge is issued to those “unable to walk” or “virtually unable to walk” How many badge holders do you see that fulfil that criteria? Dancing Ledge.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/14/2005 04:25:04 PM

Monday, June 13, 2005


The birdsAs someone on shift work who regularly goes to work at 5.30am I thought you may be interested to know that the rubbish strewn streets first thing are not caused by foxes, vagrants, grockles or hoodies.It's the birds, thousands of them!It 's like a scene from the Hitchcock film at first light, the town is being over run by crows, the little black crows whick I think are jackdaws and seagulls.I have seen over 30 of them surrounding the chip shop waste bags and all along the front you can hardly walk for them.Maybe someone brave from STC can entice them with a bag of chips to Wareham.I don't know any ideas?Mr Royston Vasey

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/11/2005 10:47:34 AM

Friday, June 10, 2005

Road Charging

Road charging has the potential to return Swanage to the delightful Hebridean isolation it enjoyed before trains and steamers opened it up as a resort. Who is going to cough up a pound a mile or whatever to use the M3 at peaktime on Friday to come here for the weekend? At least when visitors do get here they will be captive as they wont want to pay up to go anywhere else. Snag is none of us will be able to escape.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 6/10/2005 01:32:44 PM

Publicise Swanageview

Mr. Moderator, can you try to publicise the site again.....see if we can get a few more contributors?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/9/2005 07:19:36 PM

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Do Councillors belong?

I wanted to e-mail Swanage North councillor Bill Trite.Couldn't find any e-mail address.I thought the PDC councillors could all get free computers.But on the PDC web site it only lists his address and telephone number.What I started to wonder is how he has an address in the centre of Swanage and a phone number in Corfe Castle.Someone told me he does have an e-mail address. But that it is not given out to the public.According to the contact details on the PDC web site he lives in Swanbrook Mews, Kings Road, Swanage. But the old phone number, a Swanage 427 prefix, that is listed on the Swanage Town Council web site is not listed on the more uptodate PDC site.The new one listed on the PDC website has a 481 prefix. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that was Corfe Castle or thereabouts. Someone said he'd moved out of Swanage to Norden years ago.I've been told there is someone living at the Swanbrook Mews place. Though not Councillor Trite.I started wondering when he moved out of Swanage.Not that it matters.Though I think people have to live within a few miles of the parish border to be able to be elected to the town council.Surely no one would be so keen to be on the town council they'd say they were living in the town when they weren't?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/9/2005 03:50:17 PM

Monday, June 06, 2005

Ferry Road

I hear that the local Wilts and Dorset bus drivers are going to refuse to "jump" the ferry queue this summer. This would cause chaos to the timetable. I also know the businesses around the ferry have terrible trouble getting deliveries when there is a lot of traffic waiting to cross. As a cyclist I find it down right dangerous when there are cars parked , often badly, along each side of the ferry road. Would it not be a good idea to tarmac over some of the soft shoulders to create a third bus, emergency, and service lane?

Posted by nick storer to swanage view at 6/6/2005 05:27:04 PM

Saturday, June 04, 2005

End of the road?

Often I hear from the womenfolk that what the two big stores offer here is. "End of the road goods" In other words, the best of everything has been taken long before the end of road to Swanage is reached.That seems to be even more apparent, when it comes to things like new spuds, Where are the new spuds we used to get? the ones we see now are no better than the old ones, and cost a damn sight more.We all look forward to the first new spuds with butter salt and mint, This year...YUK.Dancing Ledge.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/4/2005 01:30:58 PM

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Sea Rowing Club

What a good job the Sea Rowing Club made of the mini regatta on Saturday. The rowing was very entertaining, it certainly attracted lots of people to the Town, the beach remained open, the Ringwood Best was great, and it didn't cost the Council anything!

Posted by nick storer to swanage view at 5/31/2005 09:29:01 PM

EU Constitution?

talking about news from Swanage only on this site? Surely the New EU constitution is of immediate interest? for it will undoubtedly affect us all. Though the way things are going, it looks to be a dead duck anyway.How do local folk see the EU? in favour or not? I must admit to being in favour, if for no other reason it has been instrumental in preventing another European tribal war. For previously they came along every twenty years or so.Dancing Ledge

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6/1/2005 03:31:27 PM