Friday, October 30, 2009

Vic Club

So our local night club is set to become three shops/flats. What a disaster for the Town. Swanage RIP. Can this not be stopped in planning?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 9:34 PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Second Home Owners Tax 200

At the Swanage Town Council meeting a little while ago, Gary Suttle raised the issue with Steve Dring (Core Strategy) that the second home council tax does not get reinvested back into Purbeck but disappears into the depths of Dorset. Could we not encourage Tax 200 and lobby to make sure that all of this tax supports either affordable local affordable housing or community sports facilities for Swanage and its villages.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 11:36 PM

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Local Economy and government

Can somebody from the 70's throw some light on the discussions that took place at this time re Purbeck this side of the bridge having its own local gov and economy ! Ive heard something about it but wasn't old enough to be engaged in the discussions at this time. It would be interesting to hear how far this got?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 10:02 AM

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shore House

The De Moulham trust are asking for our opinions re: Shore House redevelopment.

Comments forms are available from the Town Hall, or on - well, that's what it said in the announcement, but I couldn't find one.

According to:

the De Moulham Trust has an income of £0.13m - which to me is £130,000 - and it's Aims & Objectives are:


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 6:14 PM

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New giant supermarket?

I see that there is a poll on the PDC website specifically about where to have a large new supermarket (or whether one is needed at all).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Core Strategy consultation Weds 21st 4-8pm

Let's build houses!
Sorry about the short notice.
Do you all know about the consultation exercise by Purbeck District Council taking place at The Mowlem * on the Purbeck Core Strategy (mainly where the options are for building new housing in Purbeck in general and Swanage in particular) on Wednesday the 21st of October - 4-8pm?

Transport issues as well.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 5:59 PM (* I changed the location you posted, from the TIC to the Mowlem, having checked with PDC)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Swanage - Seaside Urban Decay

Many visitors to Swanage are amazed at how beautiful it is - can we really not do anything about the decrepit old restaurant near the pier?

The headline is not mine but can be seen at

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 8:32 AM

Friday, October 16, 2009

The First/Primary School Debate

All comments encouraged.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 11:45 PM

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Education Swanage come along on Saturday 17th

Railway link

Are you aware that Purbeck Rail Partnership requires between £2m and £3m for signalling at Wareham/Worgret so that daily passenger trains from the main line can access Swanage Branch? Without this money it will not happen!
Swanage Town council have just sold Swanage Bay view Caravan Park for £7.2million Do you think that some of this should be directed towards the signalling... We could get the train to anywhere in the country!
If you agree there will be petitions at the Red Lion, and Jurassic Outdoor, hopefully other places too, and I will be going round town asking for signatures.
Please sign as this could benefit the town so much, Both the businesses and their income and the locals who will be able to get elsewhere without having to use an unreliable and expensive bus service.
Thank you in advance!

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill to swanageview at 2:01 AM

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Common Purpose

Does our council operate under Common Purpose? ( Maybe the title to a new topic;) )
1. Decisions concerning policy and expenditure affecting councils are made at meetings of Common Purpose that bypass the democratic, executive and scrutiny functions of the council. This is what Common Purpose calls 'leading beyond authority'.
2. Members of Common Purpose, which includes senior council officers, are chosen by Common Purpose for their value to Common Purpose and trained at ratepayers' expense, in spite of the fact that these costs are of no tangible benefit to the taxpayer.
3. The so-called 'graduates' or members of Common Purpose use unaccounted council employee time and resources for the business of Common Purpose and, as with their so-called training, the activities of Common Purpose within councils often escaped the attention of the Full Council, Cabinet and Scrutiny Panel.
4. Meetings of Common Purpose are held using a corporate account, off-books, to pay for the hospitality at these meetings.
5. Citizens are not only lied-to when questions are asked about Common Purpose, but are not even allowed to know which council officers have received the so-called training at the taxpayers' expense, and legitimate requests are still being unlawfully withheld.
6. Common Purpose coaches its members on how to avoid answering Freedom of Information requests and how to break the Data Protection Act with unlawful disclosures.
7. Common Purpose encourages its members to identify 12-15 year olds for grooming before placement for so-called 'Your Turn' training without any evidence of having carried out the statutory criminal safety checks.
8. Those identified with Common Purpose, in any capacity or association, are among the same people determined as either corrupt or behind the worst and continuing abuses of citizens.

Just a thought.

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 9:57 PM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BIg Care Debate

Some of you may know that there is currently a government consultation going on about the future funding of care provision. I have been given the opportunity to attend a meeting with Jim Knight and Baroness Royall (the Leader of the House of Lords) to discuss care provision in South Dorset.

If anyone has any strong views/experiences, please let me know as soon as possible. The meeting is this Friday 16th. You can always email me directly on mail(at) if you wish.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quarr Farm fire?

Anyone know anything about the big fire at Quarr Farm on Thursday? I hear it burned for over five hours..

Swanage Bay View Transition News

On 15 October, Darwin takes over Swanage Bay View Holiday Park. The Council will receive 7.25 million pounds. There have been no official announcements about any changes that are due to take place after that date - some of which will impact us all.

We need a thread - call it SBV Transition News - so that owners at the Park, the residents of Swanage, and anyone else can post updates as and when they are announced. Otherwise rumours will spread unnecessarily (at least, within this forum rumours can be challenged and corrected). Let's aim to keep it factual and civilised!

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 3:21 PM

Thursday, October 01, 2009


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