Thursday, December 28, 2006


As the fag-end of another year sinks into the soon to be illegal ash-tray of Orwellian fantasy: what can we say about 2006?

Monty Panesar wins Beard of the Year.
Mark Ramprakash wins Strictly Come Dancing.
S Yorks Police have just prosecuted themselves for speeding.
The Top 40 is now downloads only.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/28/2006 06:50:27 PM

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New planning fees

From today's Echo:

Planning fees are going through roof
RESIDENTS thinking about extending their homes have just days to get planning applications in - or face new fees of at least £950, and maybe thousands.

Road layout

The new road layout at the lights by the Catholic Church is all wrong. There is nolonger two lanes, so anyone wishing to go straight on along Victoria Avenue towards the seafront has to wait behind the majority of cars queued to turn right into Rempstone Road.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/20/2006 11:57:04 AM

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


The Seventh Swanage Blues Festival will be held in various venues around the town from 2-4 March 2007. Admission is free and further information can be found at

The festival brings a lot of business into the town on what would be an otherwise very quiet weekend, and it has grown hugely since the first one in 2001.

Organising, advertising and promoting this event takes a considerable amount of my time, energy and money, and I thoroughly enjoy it.However, I am now in a wheelchair and unable to earn money to subsidise the event like I used to, so if anybody would like to help in any way, you are welcome to contact me.

Ways to help include telling friends, relatives and customers; putting up posters; giving out flyers; or putting a link on your website.

You can advertise on the festival website from only £12 a year, make a donation or you might like to sponsor an artist's performance.

I'm also looking for people who can put up a musician for a night or two.

If you can help in any way, please contact me on 01929 422338 or via the website

Thank you and Compliments of the Season!

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanage view at 12/19/2006 06:12:12 PM

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Durlston Country Park £3.2 m lottery win

Congratualtions to the team at Durslton for their succesful bid for a lottery grant, which heralds a bright new future for Durlston Country Park

Christmas has come early for one of Dorset’s top countryside attractions, with a £3.2 million grant set to transform the site into a world-class visitor facility..... see more at

Jobs for Swanage?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/16/2006 08:35:04 AM

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Council meeting Mon 18 Dec

The next monthly meeting of Swanage Town Council will be at the Town Hall on Monday 18th December, with Public Participation starting at 7pm.

Community Partnership meeting 20 Dec


Town Hall, Swanage
on Wednesday, 20th December 2006

at 2.00 p.m.

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of Meeting held 19th July 2006

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes

4. To receive and approve the MCTi Draft Plan – to be presented by Ann Faulkner
(Printed copies will be available upon request)

Please note:
A public consultation & exhibition will be held on 19th January 2007– venue to be decided.

5. To set date for Advisory Forum Public Meeting

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Out of favour?

Is Swanage losing popularity as a holiday resort?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/10/2006 08:10:16 PM

Swanage hotspot?

Can anyone remember those halcyon days when Swanage annually neared the top of the U.K. sunshine league? Does anyone wonder why these days we seem to get less recorded sunshine than our neighbouring resorts? Statistics, incidently, that are published daily in the national press. Does anyone even care? Surely, it is in all our interests for the publication of this kind of information to be accurate, especially as Swanage relies so heavily on tourism? Apart from anything else, someone who works for the town council is spending a considerable amount of time updating notice boards outside both the Town Hall and the Information Centre with erroneous statistics. The reason for these inaccuracies is clear and incredibly simple. The Met.Office recording device located in De Moulham Road, moved to this site many years ago from the roof of a local building, spends the last hour or so of each day's sunshine - wait for it - in the shade!!! This situation should be laughable, but perhaps it is another reason for Swanage's fall in popularity as a holiday resort, loss of income and properity from which has affected us all. Comments please...

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/10/2006 06:26:54 PM

Ferry good news?

I've lifted this off the Ferry Website and brightened up a damp grey sunday:-
"Refit Latest as of Sunday 10th December.
A break in the poor weather has enabled us to refloat the ferry in Southampton and we managed to return it to Poole under tow on the morning of Saturday 9th December. After reconnecting the ferry to the chains we plan to carry out routine safety trials and adjustments during the weekend after which we will be able to resume service, hopefully early in week commencing 11th December. We will make every effort to return to service as soon as possible."


Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 12/10/2006 03:04:01 PM

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Old Grammar School Site

What will be the future of this site? The lease to the Joseph Allnatt Centres ran out in 1997 and the site was sold by Dorset County Council in part to The Welfare Dwellings Trust. Part of the site was given to Swanage Town Council. The building is not listed, and the area is within the settlement boundary. Was the use of this Town Council land ever considered by the Town Community Partnership? The WDT is an equity release private family company who have made several unsuccessful attempts at getting planning permission. However the site remains undeveloped and must be a drain on the company resources. Lloyds bank as principal lender presumably holds the deeds.
Thanks to John Winterbottom for this research.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


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Commercial Road market

Saturday 9th December, 10 - 3, music, mulled wine, shopping ...

Those were the days?

Machine-gunned in Swanage:

Monday, December 04, 2006

Take care now!

3 signs in 30 m!
Originally uploaded by m.hadley.
Take care lest you fall.....
Be thankful there are people out there to look after you. In case you didn't realise that there's a cliff where the land ends and the sea begins, now you will be reminded every few metres if you walk from Peveril Point to the top of the Downs. Just don't forget your welding goggles so the neon yellow doesn't dazzle you blind.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Swanage Residents Assn (20 Nov 06)

If you're interested in the last meeting of the Swanage Residents' Association, the draft minutes may be seen at: [click on News]

(All a bit crude and clunky, and will welcome help and advice from anyone prepared to offer it!)