Friday, May 27, 2011

iCoast website

The iCoast website is now live and can be accessed at

Created by the Dorset Coast Forum and by web developers One Bright Space as part of the C-SCOPE project, iCoast puts a range of information about water sports and coastal activities instantly at your fingertips.

A unique feature of the site is access to real-time weather, tidal and current information and sea conditions. Whether you are a kayaker, sailor, surfer, climber, sea angler, scuba diver or walker, iCoast is an invaluable tool for planning and maximising your enjoyment of these and many other activities.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shoreline Management Plan

The Revised Shoreline Management Plan between Hurst Spit and Durlston Head provides a long-term vision for the management of the coastal defences over the next 100 years.

The full SMP and supporting information is now available to download from the project website at and to view at local council offices. A SMP summary leaflet is also available for downloading from this website.

Save our NHS

People of Purbeck may be interested to know that there is to be a petition (38 Degrees ) being presented to Richard Drax MP for Dorset South. The petition is opposing the government's NHS reforms and is part of a national campaign to save the NHS.

Details are:

Friday, June 10, 2011 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Location: D'Urberville Village Hall, Wool, D'Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool, Wareham, United Kingdom BH206DL
Colliers Lane runs between the A352 and Wool High Street.
Suggest meeting in The Black Bear Inn (on High Street BH20 6BP) before the meeting, say 1.45-2.00pm.

This is being organised by a retired GP and more details can be found on:

Posted by Sue to swanageview at 25/5/11 11:30 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Swanagebayview Caravan Park

Well, well. The folk up the hill at the muni park have been sent a letter from the new park owners. It sez that after lenthy delays and legal consoltations with Swanage Town Council it will give the people up there a bit of a break fee wise.

So, how much money did STC have to refund to the new owner (Derwin) to compesate for the lower fees for the owenrs?

Question shold be asked.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 24/5/11 6:23 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Try Kayaking for free (Saturday 28 May)

There’s a great chance to try kayaking for free at this year’s OK Classic Fishing Tournament in Swanage. While the tournament competitors are out on the water, a special demonstration day will be taking place where colourful recreational sit-on-tops will be on display and members of the public will also be able to get afloat and have a go.

No previous experience is necessary, safety equipment will be provided and participants will be fully supervised. There will also be plenty of free advice for anyone interested in getting started in the hugely popular sport of sit-on-top kayaking. The demonstration fleet will be based in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage and launching will take place close by from the Monkey Beach

Last year the colourful event attracted huge interest. Sit-on-top kayaks are very stable, offer fantastic value for money and the self-draining, open cockpit design makes them very safe.

Old Grammar School site

London-based property developer Welfare Dwellings Residential Care Ltd says it will hand over the building if district planners allow construction of up to 50 homes on site.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Best Festival Nomination

Swanage Blues has been nominated for Best British Blues Festival! up against some huge festivals so please follow the link and cast your vote! Thank you!

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanageview at 17/5/11 5:13 PM

Kayak Fishing Competition 28 May

The first ever OK Classic Fishing Tournament which was held last year was a highly successful and enjoyable event raising £500 for the RNLI. Well this year, as Ocean Kayak celebrates its 40th birthday, it plans to be even bigger and better with the main prizes alone worth nearly £2,000. There are three fantastic fishing kayaks to be won; the first prize is a Prowler Trident 13 Angler, second prize is a Prowler Trident 11 Angler and third prize is a Caper Angler. In addition to a winner’s shield and winners’ medals, there will also be other ‘special’ prizes and fun awards on the day.

The tournament, which is sponsored by Johnson Outdoors UK and supported by AnglersAfloat, once again takes place on the beautiful waters of Swanage Bay, Dorset. The competition is open to all amateur kayak fishermen who would like to take part. This is a catch and release competition with competitors trying to catch as many different species as possible during an allotted time period on the day of the tournament. Last year 43 competitors took to the water and a total of 17 different fish species were caught. It costs £10 to enter the competition and all entry fees will be donated to the local Swanage RNLI Lifeboat Station.

All competition entrants must be 18 or over and full entry details and the rules are available from the Johnson Outdoors UK website where entrants can also download the necessary competition forms.

Purbeck Arts Week

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival starts on 20th May and runs to 5th June.

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival showcases the work of local artists through open studios and exhibitions of visual arts, combined with performance, music, film and lectures. Plenty more on the website.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cruises from Swanage Pier


Depart 19.00 Return 21.00
Jurassic Coast Bird Watching Cruise
Fare £10

Depart 19.00 Return 21.30
Bargain Fare (inc Fish & Chips) £12

Depart 19.00 Return 22.45
Bargain Fare (inc Fish & Chips) £12

Depart 19.30 Return 22.00
Swanage Fireworks & Coast Cruise
Fare £12

Purchase your tickets in advance from the Pier Shop or by sending a cheque made payable to “Swanage Pier Friends”
and addressed to Boat Cruise, Swanage Pier Shop, Marine Villas,
Pier Approach, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2AW for more details


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 16/5/11 9:03 PM

Friday, May 13, 2011

Swanage Town Council website

Looks like the Town Council have relaunched their website. It's been a while but at least it's up there and there does seem to be a massive amount of information! Compared to the last site!!

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 13/5/11 9:46 PM

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New subject

If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment here — just click first on Comments below, then type in post a comment (top right of the next window). Can you choose a title for your post, please? Sometimes it's hard to work out what a comment is about and what the subject is. 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. We try to keep posts civilized. And any posts that become too provocative, insulting, threatening or otherwise unpleasant will be deleted.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Banners in the Square

Over 120 children from Swanage schools on the Jurassic Coast have been extremely busy! Taking part in an innovative creative project called STONY BONES, they have designed a series of new banners which have just gone up in the Square in Swanage, Dorset. This colourful addition to the town is the culmination of a programme of educational and artistic activities inspired by England's only natural World Heritage Site - visits, a boat trip and several creative workshops working alongside local artists Antonia Phillips and Annie Campbell.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Only tourism can save our bankrupt land

"Only tourism can save our bankrupt land" I read in the weekend press, the Greek Prime Minister has told his people. If the peripheries of Europe have worked this out why haven't we? I was lent some old photos of the marina plans which made me think isn't about time this idea was rekindled? 250 safe berths and 130 car spaces with a cafe culture were proposed. Surely this would stimulate our local economy?

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Sewage alerts for Swanage

[This is the Wessex Water link, to check if there's been 'a spill':]
You can sign up for text alerts from Surfers against Sewage here:
(Postman) ]

Taken from the Surfers Against Sewage website. Did not know Wessex water were part of this campaign.


At the start of the bathing season, May the 15th, we’re proud to be launching a new real time sewage warning system that will tell you exactly when sewage is being discharged into the sea at key locations around the UK. We have developed an online map that will automatically update you in real-time with information on combined sewer overflow (CSO) spills at surf spots. You’ll even be able to sign up for free text messages alerting you to sewage spills at some of our nation’s best beaches. This will give you the real-time water quality information to help protect yourself, your family and friends from any potential health risks associated with exposure to raw sewage.

SAS has been exposing sewers discharging raw sewage onto the UK’s coastline for years. In recent times, SAS has elevated this issue to the front pages of national newspapers, onto prime time national current affairs TV programmes and highlighted it to Government ministers.

True to SAS’s campaign ethos, we’ve always highlighted the problem whilst consistently promoting the solutions. The real-time CSO warning system is just that, part of the solution, giving you reasonable and adequate information, allowing you to make a more informed decision to avoid any short-term pollution incidents arising from the CSO’s that impact on your favourite beaches, bathing waters or surf spots.

We have targeted the water industry tirelessly on this issue, persuading them of the importance of sharing sewage discharge information in real time. This year, there will be between 40 and 60 beaches, represented by 4 water companies, participating in the scheme, and by 2015, we aim to have all of our important, affected beaches around the UK signed up. We’d like to thank South West Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water and Wessex Water for sharing this information on a voluntary basis and for their commitment to the project. We are looking to expand around the entire UK so watch this space and, in the meantime, check out the map at

Andy Cummins, SAS Campaign Director says: “This is great news for beach users. Finally we are being told about sewage discharges as they happen, allowing us to make informed decisions about how and when we use the sea.”

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 8/5/11 2:49 PM

Friday, May 06, 2011

Election results 5 May 2011

These are the elected councillors:

South Swanage

Turnout: 48.1%
Mike Bonfield (Con) 1189
Angelo Wiggins (Con) 1118
Alison Patrick (Con) 1023
Mike Pratt (Con) 1003
Ian Brown (Con) 976
Steve Poultney (Con) 953
Cherry Bartlett (Lab) 911

Not elected:
Judith Taylor (Con) 892
Avril Harris (Lab) 750
Rupert Roker (Lab) 749
Mike Hadley (Lib D) 728

North Swanage
Turnout: 54.37%
Bill Trite (Con) 1175
Gary Suttle (Con) 1108
Gloria Marsh (Con) 1099
Cindy Harris (Con) 956
Mike Whitwam (Con) 912

Not elected:
Peter Clark (Lib Dem) 580
Elizabeth Clarke (Lib Dem) 493
Lorrie Harding (Lab) 376
Max Stanford (Lab) 336


South Swanage
Turnout: 37.9%
Mike Pratt (Con) 1123
Not elected:
Rupert Roker (Lab) 629
Mike Hadley (Lib Dem) 518
Leigh Van de Zande (Lab) 318

North Swanage

Turnout: 53.9%
Bill Trite (Con) 1192
Not elected:
Elizabeth Clarke (Lib Dem) 340
Harding (Lab) 285

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Elections: TODAY until 10 pm

Local elections are being held on Thursday 5th May to elect Swanage representatives for Purbeck District Council and Swanage Town Council. There will also be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote, rather than the present 'first past the post' system, for national elections in the future. You should have received a Polling Card with details of where to vote, but you don't have to take your card with you to vote.

Please vote (or promise you won't complain about anything to do with any councils for the next four years).

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Become a Friend of the Mowlem

Sally Maltby says: "There has been much criticism of the way the Mowlem Institute in Swanage has been run for several years.
On advice, it seems that the way forward with the Mowlem is that we get a deluge of new Friends and then call an Extraordinary General Meeting and voice general disquiet and work out with them how things can improve.
If you are interested in improving the Mowlem please become a Friend as soon as you can - and encourage anyone else - hopefully this week and then we can at least ask the secretary to call a meeting at the beginning of May".
Forms available to print off by clicking the link at top of page "Become a Friend of the Mowlem" or by copying and pasting the below: