Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mowlem Restaurant

I see the restaurant Is for sale in the Mowlem 150k for the lease.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 8:03 P

Monday, November 29, 2010

Worth Xmas stalls

Swanage Library

Swanage Library is now closed for six months (so scheduled to re-open May/June 2011). While a longer-term venue is sought, from Monday 6th December a mobile service will operate near the Tourist Office on Shore Road. [Was to start Friday 3rd, but cancelled owing to bad weather.]

Monday: 10 - 3.30, Tuesday: closed, Wednesday: 11 - 4.30, Thursday: closed, Friday: 10 - 3.30, Saturday: 10 - 2pm. (Only Saturdays 4, 11, 18 of December.)

Christmas opening: Open Thursday 23 December (10 - 3.30), then closed until Wednesday 5 January.

To return books etc before 3rd December: use collection box in Town Hall (usual opening hours).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Schools update

See the report on the Page link top right.

The adjudicator has not upheld the objection by Sandford Middle to the reorganisation of Purbeck's schools by DCC. The decision document can be read here:
A sad day for our middle schools, which will close in 2012.

If that link doesn't work try this one:
Type Dorset into the LEA box and submit, then scroll to the bottom of the page. Reorganisation of schools...Not Upheld...Nov 2010

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 6:49

Herston Bakers Shop to become affordable housing !

Following a compulsory purchase, Purbeck District Council has taken possession of a property at 335 High Street, Swanage.It is hoped that the former baker’s shop with flat above, which has been empty for many years, can now be converted into affordable homes for local people.  Read more

Monday, November 22, 2010


If anyone is interested... here's some stat info on this site:

Public Meeting (Core Strategy)


YOUR CHANCE TO DISCUSS Purbeck District Councils Core Strategy, that will affect EVERYONE IN SWANAGE

900 DWELLINGS from 2006-2026?


Thursday 25th November
5pm – 8pm

in the Mowlem Community Room

Sunday, November 21, 2010

'Planning Purbeck's Future'

'Planning Purbeck's Future' Core Strategy Pre-Submission Document Representation Form

What a mouthful but the meeting on 18th November was a briefing on how to complete these forms, and was held by PDC in the Committee Room at the Mowlem. Some 30 plucky individuals braved the weather which was at least 25 more than turned up for a similar workshop held in Wareham last week!

We learnt that:

The Core Strategy is considered sound by PDC unless, we the public prove otherwise

The public can write letters and submit handwritten responses but more credence will be given to representation forms completed online as these are apparently, easier to collate

The examination of the Core Strategy by a Planning Inspector will take place in May/June 2011

If PDC were to start the consultation process again they would apparently begin by asking the
community what they wanted

If anyone would like help completing the form they should contact the Planning Policy Team
For further information, visit http://www.dorsetforyou.com/purbeck_consultation email or call 01929 557273 to talk to a member of the Planning Policy Team

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 8:24 PM

Friday, November 19, 2010

Swanage Residents' Association (dissolution)

The future of the Swanage Residents' Association

(Text of a letter sent to all members)

Well, to put it bluntly, it doesn't seem that the Association has a future.

For a long time, the same few people have been responsible for driving the organisation and, having served for a number of years, most of them now either can no longer spare the time or they wish to do other things. Despite numerous appeals for volunteers to take their place, no one has offered to do so.

The purpose of this letter is to advise you that the Association will be formally dissolved in the near future — unless now, at the eleventh hour, some community-minded people step forward.

The roles to be filled include Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, etc— or you could just join the Committee. There isn't a great deal of work involved; but any group needs a few key people to organise and arrange things, and make things happen.

But it may not just be apathy.  Recently, we've seen how strong independent groups can be when they have a particular cause to fight: such as campaigns for the Day Centre, the Minor Injuries Unit, the Recycling Centre, Herston Fields and the Schools.  Perhaps there's no longer any need for an organisation like the SRA to fight people's battles for them. And with communications more effective than ever before, especially from some local media, websites and via email, there is less dependence on the SRA to keep people informed of developments in their local community.

So there we are. Unless some enthusiastic volunteers step forward NOW, please take this letter as formal notice of the proposal to dissolve the Swanage Residents' Association, according to the Terms of its Constitution. Any funds held by the Association will be transferred to one or more other charitable institutions with similar aims.

There will be an Annual General Meeting in April/May 2011, at which this proposal will be formally presented, and at which members may vote. However, if a majority should vote to retain the Association, it will be necessary for individuals to stand for office, and be elected. If you wish to stand, please let us know by 31 January 2011. If the decision is taken at the AGM to dissolve the Association, a final Special General Meeting will be held not less than 14 days after the AGM.

Thank you to all of those who have supported the Association in the past, and who have contributed in various ways. We are sure you will find other ways to remain closely involved with your community.

Signed on behalf of the Committee,

Mike Hadley,
Committee Member

If you wish to join the Committee or stand for election as an Officer, please let me know before 31 January 2011.  Telephone: 426338   Email: mail@mikehadley.net

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Local marine plans

The Government will be setting up marine plans around the country over the next 20 years. These plans will manage activities and developments that take place on the coast and out to sea. The Dorset Coast Forum is currently working on C-SCOPE (Combining Sea and Coastal Planning in Europe), a marine planning project which will create a pilot marine plan for part the Dorset coast (Portland Bill to Durlston Head, out to 12 nautical miles).

To find out more and get involved in this project residents are invited to a road show event where they can:
  • Find out what a marine plan is
  • “Fly along the seabed” to see the Dorset coast in amazing detail from the ancient riverbeds to historic shipwrecks
  • Feed into the marine plan by saying what activities happen where in Dorset waters.
All events will start at 6.00 pm and will finish at 7.30pm. The Swanage event will be at the Middle School on Tuesday 1 February 2011

Monday, November 08, 2010

Swanage schools

Urgent message !!!!

Please please encourage as many people in Swanage to attend this hugely important meeting, with the adjudicator, this evening - 8th November- at Swanage Middle School 6pm.

This is the last opportunity to respond to the Schools Review Consultation Process

Please turn up to show that the people of Swanage and villages care about local children and their education.  We need to show our support.

If over 3,000 people can respond to the Herston Fields situation, this shows that people do care about the future of our town, so please try to encourage as many people to come along to a meeting that will change things for ever for our children, schools and community.

The adjudicator will listen to all of the reasons why we think its important for local children to be educated in this community and the problems that have been highlighted within the consultation process.  Even if you don't feel able to speak, please come along if you are able. 
It is important that we understand how these changes effect this community.

Even if you don't have children this decision will effect  the whole of the Swanage community and surrounding areas.

In the past, the older generation have supported Swanage Middle School, with history topics, crafts, reading support, sports etc.  Volunteers are easily able to support local children when education is local.  This has been of benefit to the children and to these people involved.   It would be a sad day if this relationship could not continue.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Deli suppers

The Purbeck Deli is hosting a special deli supper at Worth Village Hall on Saturday, 20 November at 7.30pm and at Harman’s Cross Village Hall on Friday, 3 December. Tickets, costing £15.50 each, will be available from the Purbeck Deli in Swanage.

Photographs wanted (DCF website)

Dorset County Council's Dorset Coast Forum are in the process of developing a website for Dorset’s local community and visitors who wish to pursue a recreational activity on the Dorset coast or within its inshore waters. They are looking for active and exciting photographs of people in Dorset carrying out any of the activities listed below. If you have any photos that you would like to submit to be included in the website please send to Matilda Bark at m.bark@dorsetcc.gov.uk , including:
1. A detailed description of where the photo was taken
2. Your approval for the photograph/s can be used within the website and on printed marketing material royalty free, in any size, for an unlimited time
3. That anyone who features in the photograph is happy for the photograph/s to be used within the website

Activity list:

Beach BBQs, Boat trips, Camping, Coasteering, Cruising, Cycling, Diving, Fossil Hunting, Gig racing / Rowing, Hang gliding, Heritage (looking at), Horse Riding, Picnicking, Jet Skiing / Personal Watercraft, Kite surfing, Making sandcastles / sand modelling, Paddle boarding, Paragliding / Hang gliding, Power boating, Rock Climbing, Rockpooling, Sailing, Sea Angling, Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling,Surfing, Swimming, Walking,Water Skiing / Wake Boarding,Wildlife Watching, Windsurfing

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Core Strategy (Pre-submission Public Consultation)

Representations are invited on the final draft of the Core Strategy, before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. Preparation of the draft has been undertaken over a period of five years and brings together feedback from the autumn 2009 public consultation entitled ‘Have your Say on Planning Purbeck’s Future’ and the summer 2010 public consultation entitled ‘Where shall we build in Purbeck 2012-2026’.

The consultation period will commence on Monday, 1 November 2010 and will run for a period of seven weeks closing at 4pm on Monday, 20 December 2010. Representations received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The consultation documents are available electronically on the Council’s website www.dorsetforyou.com/purbeck_consultation or at the District Council offices, Town Council offices and libraries.  Copies of the Pre-Submission Core Strategy DPD are available for inspection locally at:
Corfe Castle Library, East Street, Corfe Castle (Mon 2.30pm-4:30pm, Wed 4:30pm-6.30pm, Sat 10am-12pm), Swanage Library, High Street, Swanage (Mon 10am-6.30pm, Wed 9:30am-5pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-4pm), Swanage Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Swanage (Mon-Fri 10pm-1pm/2pm-3pm), Wareham Library, South Street, Wareham (Mon 10am-5pm, Tue 2pm–6.30pm, Thu 9:30am-5pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-12:30pm), Wareham Town Council, Town Hall, Wareham (Mon-Fri 10pm-1pm)

Town Clerk

Congratulations to Dr Martin Ayres, who has been appointed Town Clerk for Swanage.

Volunteer of the Year

Swanage Town Council is seeking nominations for "Volunteer of the Year" to submit to Purbeck District Council. If you would like to recommend someone, either post here, with your reasons, and I'll pass them on — or send direct to the Town Clerk: M.Ayres@swanage.gov.uk

Monday, November 01, 2010

New houses

Say NO to 900 houses in Swanage

Today (Nov 1) marks the beginning of the next round of 'Planning Purbeck's Future': Core Strategy Pre-Submission Public Consultation. The Core Strategy is the blueprint for planning policy in Purbeck between 2006 and 2027.

We have had plenty of debate about Herston Fields which was part of the previous consultation. Let's set that aside for the time being, and just look at the figures: PDC aim to deliver 900 houses (mainly in Swanage), between 2006 and 2027. Of these 900, 250 have been built already, 190 have planning permission, 260 sites have been identified under "character appraisal" (ie infill within the town), and the final tranche of 200 which the 'Where Shall We Build in Swanage & Corfe Castle?' consultation addressed. This last tranche of 200 houses are to be built on settlement extensions (ie greenfield sites such as Herston and other sites yet "to be identified")

34% of ALL new build in the whole of Purbeck has been in Swanage since 1996. These new 900 houses, would represent an expansion of the town of 20% and this seems to be an unfair burden. Truly affordable housing for local people to rent or buy is all that is needed in Swanage.

We all know that the A351 is already heavily congested, and a planning inspector recommended in 2002 that no further devlopment should happen in Swanage until the A351 problems had been addressed. Nothing has changed and it is clear that the infrastructure is not in place to cope with an increased population. Then there is also the question of where all these new residents are going to work!

How on earth this "Public Consultation" is even remotely accessible to anyone without an intricate knowledge of planning procedure is beyond me. Top down decision making is alive and well in Purbeck.

To try to take take part visit this address:

Oh, and if you need any help Purbeck District Council are offering 'briefings on how to complete these forms and the process involved' in Wareham (2) Swanage (1). See you at the Mowlem on the 18th November at 7pm.

Posted by Stephen Foote to swanageview at 2:46 PM


Slow and overcrowded trains, why bother with the main line connection?
Is anyone else fed up with the overcrowding on South West train service to and from Waterloo? I recently boarded at Wareham 09.53 and got a seat OK but by departure from Bournemouth there were people standing and the tea trolley was stuck at base. Returning at 17.35 the whole train was packed with generally stoic people, but many others, some sitting on the floor, complaining of being treated like cattle.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 9:23 AM

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