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January 2016 Report Minerals Consultation You   may   be   aware   that   over   the   year   DCC   has   consulted   on   two   emerging   planning   documents;   the   Draft   Minerals   Sites   Plan,   which   includes preferred   sites   for   mineral   extraction;   an   area   of   search   for   sand   and   gravel,   improved   restoration   and   management   in   the   Puddletown   Road   area and   further   guidance   on   mineral   site   safeguarding   www.dorsetforyou.com/mineral-sites    and   secondly   the   Draft   Waste   Plan,   which   contains   the spatial   strategy,   vision,   objectives,   policies   and   site   specific   options   to   address   the   key   waste   management   needs   that   have   been   identified   - www.dorsetforyou.com/waste-plan Consultation   on   both   Plans   began   on   15   July   and   ran   until   23   September   2015. A   series   of   exhibitions   were   held   during   the   consultation. A   range   of methods   were   used   to   publicise   the   consultation   and   exhibitions   including   leaflets   send   to   stakeholders,   posters   in   key   locations,   parish   and   town council newsletters/e-bulletins, press releases and social media. The Minerals Sites Plan 1300   comments   were   received   from   746   contributing   consultees   (individuals/organisations).   Now   that   the   consultation   period   is   finished,   officers are   beginning   to   review   these   comments   to   provide   further   information   where   appropriate   and   to   consider   what   changes   to   the   Draft   Mineral   Sites Plan may be required in light of the comments made. Some   sites,   or   combination   of   sites,   generated   particularly   high   levels   of   interest,   including   the   proposed   extension   to   Swanworth   Quarry   in Purbeck and the extension to the existing Woodsford Quarry together with two new site proposals on the Moreton Estate. Three   petitions   were   received,   one   of   40   signatures   from   Knightsford   Parish   Council   regarding   the   nominated   Woodsford   Quarry   Extension,   one   of 210   signatures   from   Moreton   Parish   Council   regarding   the   nominated   Station   Road   and   Hurst   Farm   sites   and   one   of   457   signatures   from   the T.E.Lawrence Society. The petitions will be considered by DCC. Officers   have   not   yet   had   time   to   consider   all   the   comments   in   detail,   but   it   is   already   clear   that   further   work   will   need   to   be   undertaken   including   an assessment   of   cumulative   impacts,   particularly   for   traffic,   in   the   Moreton/Crossways   area,   focussing   on   the   capacity   of   the   B3390   to   deal   with   the expected   development   proposed   for   the   area.   Closer   working   with   Purbeck   District   Council   and   West   Dorset   District   Council,   considering   the impacts of development proposed for the Moreton/Crossways area. Some   sites   were   nominated   just   before   the   consultation   began,   not   giving   any   time   to   appraise   and   consider   these.   They   will   be   appraised   and considered    for    possible    inclusion    in    the    Plan.    Other    sites    need    to    be    reduced    in    size,    or    have    various    mitigating    measures    applied. Discussion/negotiation   with   site   promoters   and   other   interests/agencies   (e.g.   Natural   England)   will   take   place   before   coming   to   a   final   decision regarding inclusion in the Plan. The Waste Plan 917   responses   were   received   from   197   contributing   consultees.   Generally,   consultees   were   supportive   of   the   levels   of   waste   growth   forecasted   in the   Draft   Waste   Plan   and   the   proposed   policies/supporting   text,   subject   to   minor   changes   and   updates.   Some   of   the   issues,   raised   during   the consultation, will also need to be addressed prior to the next stage. What happens next? In    order    to    keep    all    stakeholders    up    to    date,    it    is    proposed    to    prepare    a    detailed    report    of    responses    to    both    Plans    including    officer comments/recommendations.   This   will   be   sent   to   Dorset   County   Council   Members   early   in   the   New   Year,   followed   by   publication   on   the   DCC website   around April   2106. All   stakeholders   on   DCC’s   database   will   be   notified   when   this   report   has   been   published.   Further   formal   consultation   will take place during summer 2016. Wool Level Crossing Closure There   will   be   overnight   closures   of   the   level   crossing   on   25th   and   26th   January   to   allow   Network   Rail   to   complete   safety   work. This   closure   is   likely to be inconvenient and you may be redirected around East Burton during the closure. Driver Training for Older People If   you   dislike   driving   on   unfamiliar   roads   or   driving   in   the   dark,   then   it   may   be   time   for   some   driver   refresher   training.   For   just   £5,   drivers   aged   70 and   over   can   take   part   in   a   two-hour   theory   session   to   update   their   driving   knowledge.   The   sessions   are   organised   by   Dorset   County   Council   and are   run   by   a   road   safety   professional   in   a   friendly,   non-threatening   environment.   Subjects   such   as   staying   fit   to   drive,   new   driving   techniques, changes   to   the   Highway   Code,   negotiating   roundabouts   and   junctions   safely,   and   dual   carriageway   and   motorway   driving   will   be   covered.   There   is also   an   option   for   a   practical   refresher   drive   at   a   later   date.   This   90-minute   one-to-one   practical   driving   session   takes   place   on   local   roads   and includes   town   and   country   driving.   This   aims   to   improve   defensive   driving   techniques,   hazard   awareness   and   better   road   positioning,   as   well   as providing   tips   that   can   help   reduce   fuel   consumption   and   vehicle   wear   and   tear.   Bookings   are   being   taken   for   courses   across   the   county   for   the New Year.   For   further   information   and   to   book   a   place   on   the   theory   discussion   session   please   go   to:   www.dorsetforyou.com/roadsafety/gold    or   call the road safety team on 01305 221031 Mobile Library consultation The   consultation   with   communities   and   members   of   the   public   closed   in   early   September.   DCC   had   over   500   responses   and   have   been   analysing the   responses   to   inform   any   changes   to   the   proposed   schedules.   This   work   is   close   to   being   completed   –   we   are   currently   at   the   stage   of “roadtesting”   the   routes   in   a   mobile   library   to   ensure   that   the   timings   and   routes   can   be   done.   DCC   anticipate   providing   feedback   to   the   public about the consultation and an update about any changes to the proposals in January. The   new   mobile   library   schedules   will   not   come   into   effect   until   spring   2016   and   DCC   will   ensure   that   all   users   are   given   advance   notification   of   the new   timetables. Ahead   of   the   new   schedules   being   implemented,   DCC   will   work   with   users   at   any   of   the   stops   being   withdrawn   to   see   how   we   can continue to offer access to library services.   February 2016 Report Buses 186 and 103 County   have   announced   they   are   considering   further   cuts   to   the   Bus   services,   in   our   area   the   186   and   103   services.   The   announcement   has   been rushed   and   the   period   of   time   to   respond   is   very   short.   I   shall   not   be   supporting   this   and   would   hope   that   people   will   respond   to   the   consultation   if you   can.   When   this   is   raised   at   the   County   Cabinet   I   shall   be   arguing   that   this   has   been   poorly   thought   out   and   will   result   in   severe   rural   isolation for some people. Council Tax Settlement The   Government   announced   the   settlement   for   Local   government   in   December   and   when   we   read   the   small   print   we   realised   that   Dorset   is   being treated   worse   than   any   other   County   in   the   country   leading   to   a   further   and   unplanned   for   £7.2   Million   being   required   to   be   cut   from   the   budget before April. This   will   not   be   possible   without   savage   cuts. All   of   Dorset’s   MPs   went   to   visit   the   Minister   to   lobby   on   our   (and   your)   behalf   and   we   will know   the   results   of   this   by   the   time   you   read   this   article.   This   is   very   serious   as   over   50%   of   our   budget   is   on Adult   and   children’s   services   which are, generally, mandatory services. This means that any cuts elsewhere have to be correspondingly larger and more draconian.   March 2016 Report Broadband The   Superfast   Dorset   project   has   brought   superfast   broadband   to   almost   80,000   premises   so   far   in   addition   to   the   265,000   through   commercially funded   programmes.   This   brings   the   total   that   can   access   superfast   broadband   to   90%   of   premises   across   Dorset.   By   the   end   of   2017   when   we have   completed   current   plans,   this   will   have   reached   around   97%,   making   a   huge   difference   in   our   market   towns   and   villages   and   communities. However   we   know   that   this   is   of   little   immediate   help   to   those   in   the   remaining   3-5%   and   we   appreciate   and   understand   how   vital   reliable broadband is for businesses and residents alike. The   County   Council   along   with   other   local   authorities   in   Dorset   will   have   contributed   a   total   of   over   £12M   (Dorset   CC   £8.6M)   to   the   project   by   2017 to   help   enable   the   80,000   premises   referred   to   above   to   be   connected. This   is   in   the   context   of   significantly   reduced   overall   funding   being   available to   all   local   authorities   in   Dorset,   in   particular,   in   the   past   five   years. At   this   time   there   is   no   universal   service   requirement   for   broadband   in   the   UK, let   alone   superfast   broadband.   However   Dorset   is   set   to   be   one   of   the   best   connected   counties   in   the   country   by   the   end   of   2017   and   although   this does not mean 100% coverage, DCC is working hard to secure additional resources to get closer to that mark. However   we   know   that   this   is   of   little   immediate   help   to   those   in   the   remaining   3-5%,   so   Superfast   Dorset   has   launched   a   satellite   scheme   for premises that won’t get a superfast service in the foreseeable future and can currently receive only very slow speeds. The   scheme   is   designed   to   fulfil   Superfast   Dorset’s   commitments   to   a   universal   basic   broadband   service   of   2Mbps.   DCC   offers   a   subsidy   towards the   installation   of   a   satellite   broadband   connection.   In   order   to   be   eligible   for   the   scheme,   applicants   must   own   the   property   they   are   applying   for, not   be   in   plans   to   gain   access   to   fibre   broadband   through   the   Superfast   Dorset   programme   and   only   able   to   receive   broadband   speeds   of   less   than 2Mbps. Any   property   that   can   see   the   southern   sky   can   get   a   satellite   broadband   connection.   This   will   require   a   dish   on   or   near   the   property   which can   deliver   speeds   up   to   around   20Mbps   and   may   cost   about   £25   per   month.   This   scheme   will   help   subsidise   the   one-off   installation   fee   of   the dish. Satellite   connections   are   not   suitable   for   time-critical   activity   such   as   online   gaming,   but   are   fine   for   most   internet   use.   Most   satellite   providers   will allow account holders to swap to fibre broadband if it becomes available, with no cancellation charge. Council Tax Settlement Dorset   County   Council   has   welcomed   the   announcement   of   the   local   government   finance   settlement   by   the   Secretary   of   State   for   Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark. The   news   follows   the   Government’s   consultation   with   councils   on   the   provisional   settlement,   which   was   published   in   December.   This   changed   the way   funding   is   shared   between   cities   and   counties   and   would   have   left   Dorset   needing   to   save   an   extra   £7.4m   on   top   of   the   £13m   already   planned in the coming year. The transitional support and extra grant for rural authorities announced   by   Mr   Clark   in   the   House   of   Commons   will   see   the   £7.4m   of   extra   cuts   in   2016/17   reduced   to   £3.3m.   The   council   will   receive   a   further £3.5m   of   support   in   2017/18   and   £2.1m   in   2018/19,   which   means   it   will   not   receive   ‘negative’   grants   in   the   next   two   years   as   feared,   which   would have seen it having to pay money back from its business rates. Even   with   this   additional   support   our   financial   position   remains   very   challenging.   We   still   need   to   make   the   planned   savings   and   more   to   set   a balanced budget, which will impact on the way we deliver services.   April 2016 Report Dorchester Marathon Dorchester   Round   table   is   planning   to   organise   a   Marathon   to   be   held   on   Sunday   May   28th   (Bank   Holiday   weekend)   next   year   (2017).   It   will   run from   Dorchester   and   will   pass   through   Affpuddle,   Briantspuddle   and   Pallington   before   returning   to   Dorchester.   I   will   provide   a   contact   and   more detail when I have it in later reports. Special Council Meeting A   special   Council   Meeting   was   held   on   Thursday   March   10th   at   which   we   discussed   various   options   for   potential   unitary   forms   of   local   government in   Dorset   -   we   are   being   very   actively   encouraged   to   do   so   by   Central   Government. At   the   meeting   members   reviewed   six   options   and   voted   (non- binding)   for   which   options   we   preferred.   It   is   quite   complex   so   I   will   report   in   more   detail   later   but   suffice   to   say   we   voted   for   and   asked   Officers   to explore   in   more   detail   a   two   unitary   option   for   Bournemouth   and   Poole   to   be   merged   into   one   authority   and   the   shire   district   authorities   to   form   one authority.   These   are   the   six   districts   of   East   Dorset,   West   Dorset,   North   Dorset,   Purbeck,   Weymouth   and   Portland,   and   Christchurch.   We   have been   advised   by   Central   government   that   an   option   for   the   whole   of   Dorset   would   be   too   large   and   unwieldy   and   so   would   not   gain   the   approval   of government.   The   second   most   favoured   option   was   for   a   single   authority   of   Bournemouth,   Poole   and   Christchurch   (primarily   because   Christchurch contains Bournemouth airport) with the remaining five Districts forming the second unitary authority. Jurassic Coast consultation Devon   and   Dorset   County   councils   will   shortly   be   undertaking   a   public   consultation   on   the   future   management   arrangements   for   the   Jurassic   Coast which will go through to the end of April. If you wish to respond please follow the link www.jurassiccoast.org Wool Surgery The   take   up   for   the   Wool   surgery   on   the   1st   Saturday   of   the   month   has   been   very   low   so   I   and   my   fellow   District   Councillors   for   Wool   are   going   to try   something   different.   One   of   us   will   be   available   just   before   the   Wool   Parish   Council   meeting   which   starts   at   7.00   pm   in   Turbeville   Hall   and   we will arrange and publicise other events at which we will be available.   May 2016 Report Wool 103 Bus Service Dorset   Community   Transport   has   announced   that   they   will   be   offering   a   bookable   bus   service   as   an   alternative   to   the   recently-withdrawn   Damory Service   103   (Wednesday-only   Dorchester   market   bus).   This   will   be   what   is   known   as   a   demand   responsive   service   for   service   103   although   I   am uncertain as to how it will be booked. I hope to have that detail next month. The times are as follows 0930 Bovington 0940 Wool 1000 Lulworth Cove 1045 Dorchester Return at 1315 following outward route as the 103. Syrian Refugee crisis I   have   had   a   number   of   people   asking   me   about   Dorset's   response   to   the   refugee   crisis,   including   our   MPs.   We   are   holding   a   multi-agency   meeting in   May   including   all   of   our   district/borough   housing   authorities.   We   will   need   to   understand   the   funding   position   from   Central   Government   but   we are committed to help where we can. Broadband The   majority   of   the   work   planned   by   the   Superfast   Dorset   team   in   Purbeck   has   now   been   completed.   Fibre   broadband   is   now   widely   available throughout    Winfrith    Newburgh,    Lulworth,    Wool,    Wareham,    Corfe    Castle,    Swanage,    Lytchett    Minster    and    Bere    Regis.    Faster,    more    reliable broadband   has   recently   become   available   in   Studland   for   the   first   time.   This   year,   there   are   plans   to   extend   the   coverage   in   Bovington   Camp   and also   bring   superfast   broadband   to   Worth   Matravers   and   Morden.   Next   year,   communities   which   stand   to   benefit   include   Bloxworth   and   Church Knowle.   With   better   broadband   more   widely   available   than   ever,   now   is   the   time   to   encourage   residents   and   businesses   to   check   with   their provider   what   is   available   at   their   property.   If   you   would   like   to   receive   a   pack   of   leaflets   and   posters   to   distribute   in   your   area,   please   contact   the team at superfast@dorsetcc.gov.uk For   those   suffering   with   the   poorest   speeds   that   aren’t   in   our   current   plans,   support   is   available   via   the   Basic   Broadband   Subsidy   Scheme,   which offers   a   subsidy   towards   the   installation   costs   of   either   a   wireless   or   satellite   broadband   connection.   The   latest   information   about   the   Superfast Dorset   programme   is   available   at   www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast   The   Broadband   partnership   has   been   successful   in   securing   £2m   of   SW Ultrafast   Broadband   funding   to   deliver   Ultrafast   (min   100mb)   to   four   of   the   county’s   strategic   employment   sites,   including   Dorset   Green.   This   is being match-funded by a £2m grant from the LEP utilising its growing places fund (normally restricted to use for loan purposes).   June 2016 Report New Wool to Dorchester Market Bus The   Dorchester   Market   Bus   is   available   to   anyone   unable   to   access   public   transport   easily.   It   is   not   restricted   to   the   elderly   or   those   with   limited mobility.   To   use   the   bus,   simply   register   your   details   with   DCT   initially   and   then   pre-book   your   seat   whenever   you   wish   to   join   the   bus.   Where possible, DCT can offer a “door-to-door” service and can also accommodate passengers travelling in wheelchairs. Dorset Community Transport registration and booking hotline: 01258 287 980 (line open from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Mon-Fri) or email: here The   fare   for   the   return   trip   to   Dorchester   is   £5.   Please   note   that   concessionary-fare   bus   passes   are   not   valid   on   this   service.   The   Dorchester Market Bus runs Wednesdays at these times: Bovington *0930 Return bus leaves Wool *0940 Dorchester Trinity St Lulworth *1000 at 1315 Dorchester arrive *1045 *times are approximate The   route   will   be   similar   to   former   service   103,   serving   these   communities   (according   to   demand):   Bovington,   Wool,   Coombe   Keynes,   East Lulworth, West Lulworth, Winfrith, Owermoigne, Warmwell, Woodsford and West Stafford. If you use this please let me know how you get on. Unitary et al On   18 April,   East   Dorset   District   Council   reversed   their   previous   decision   and   agreed   to   take   part   in   the   discussions   about   the   possible   creation   of unitary   local   authorities   in   Dorset.   Local   Partnerships   (an   arm   of   Government)   are   now   including   East   Dorset’s   information   in   their   assessment   of the   financial   implication   of   such   a   reorganisation.   The   financial   assessment   was   reported   to   Leaders   of   al   Dorset   Councils   in   the   middle   of   June. A working   group   of   officers   across   all   Councils   has   been   established   to   oversee   the   procurement   of   consultation   specialists. A   specification   has   been prepared   and   Chief   Executives   appointed   a   company   to   undertake   the   consultation   at   the   beginning   of   June.   Consultation   will   run   from   the sometime   in   August   for   six   weeks.   However,   timings   may   need   to   be   reviewed   in   order   to   ensure   that   Councillors   from   all   Councils   have   an opportunity   to   comment   on   the   proposed   consultation   arrangements   prior   to   them   being   finalised.   If   all   Dorset   Councils   agree   to   implement   the local   government   reorganisation,   it   remains   on   target   for   the   new   Councils   to   take   over   on   1 April   2019.   Elections   to   the   new   Councils   would   take place in May 2019. More next month. Partial Review for Purbeck An   important   public   consultation   on   future   housing   development   is   taking   place   in   Purbeck   from   June   and   to   12th August.   The   consultation   is   part of   a   partial   review   of   the   Purbeck   District   Local   Plan   Part   1,   which   was   adopted   by   the   Council   in   2012.   The   review   is   a   requirement   of   an independent   planning   inspector.   Legislation   requires   councils   to   prepare   a   local   development   plan   (Local   Plan)   to   shape   future   development   and the use of land in their area by guiding development and determining planning applications. The Council commenced the review of the Local   Plan   Part   1   with   a   public   consultation   in   early   2015.   The   public   consultation   highlighted   the   key   issues   and   options   for   the   Council   when planning for future development. This summer’s consultation sets out a possible strategy for allowing future development whilst attempting to protect Purbeck’s natural environment. One   of   the   major   issues   the   Partial   Review   needs   to   address   is   the   potential   for   additional   housing   growth   over   and   above   that   identified   in   the Purbeck   Local   Plan   Part   1.   The   Eastern   Dorset   Strategic   Housing   Market Assessment   (SHMA)   was   published   in   December   2015   identified   a   need for an additional 238 homes per year in Purbeck over the period 2013 to 2033. Based   on   these   findings,   the   Council   would   need   to   provide   for   approximately   3,080   additional   homes   (over   and   above   the   2,520   already   identified in the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1). With   continued   added   pressure   on   the   District   to   provide   for   future   growth,   we   need   to   ensure   the   Plan   remains   up-to-date   to   avoid   developer   led planning   with   little   control   from   Councils.   This   potential   option   approach   has   been   developed   to   reflect   as   far   as   possible   the   feedback   the   Council received   from   the   2015   consultation   about   locating   development   in   the   most   sustainable   settlements;   the   desire   to   spread   development   as   much as possible; and the desire to achieve infrastructure, such as schools and highways improvements, alongside homes.” This   consultation   gives   everyone   the   opportunity   to   have   their   say   on   future   development   in   the   District.   I   urge   everyone,   irrespective   of   your   views, to   respond.   Please   take   the   time   to   respond   to   the   consultation.   Without   an   approved   up-to-date   plan,   the   Council   would   have   potentially   little control   over   where,   when   and   what   development   would   take   place   in   the   District.   Planning   affects   many   aspects   of   everyone’s   lives   and   it   is important   that   the   Council   gets   the   balance   right.   The   consultation   starts   on   Thursday   9   June   and   will   run   until   4pm   on   12th August.   Households   in Purbeck   should   have   received   a   leaflet   detailing   events   taking   place   around   the   district.   The   full   consultation   material   (including   details   of   how   to respond) are be available online here. Paper   copies   of   the   consultation   document   can   be   obtained   by   telephoning   the   Council   on   01929   556561.   Printing   and   postage   costs   of approximately £10 will apply for the consultation document. Paper copies will also be available to view at libraries around the district.   July 2016 Report Dorset Waste Partnership The   post   of   Director   of   the   Waste   Partnership   has   been   advertised   and   a   new   person   appointed   who   has   taken   over   from   the   current   post   holder who stepped down recently. How much is Dorset’s special environment worth? The   Local   Nature   Partnership   held   a   forum   at   Poole   Lighthouse   recently.   The   Dorset   Environmental   Economy   Report   was   launched   which estimated   that   Dorset’s   outstanding   environment   is   worth   an   estimated   £1.5   billion   a   year   to   its   economy.   The   Dorset   Environmental   Economy report   was   commissioned   by   Dorset   County   Council   and   its   partners   to   help   drive   future   growth   and   influence   decision-making. A   team   of   experts, led   by   consultants Ash   Futures,   used   a   number   of   ways   to   measure   the   size   of   Dorset’s   ‘environmental   economy’,   including   specific   studies   of   the Jurassic   Coast   World   Heritage   Site   (WHS)   and   Dorset Area   of   Outstanding   Natural   Beauty   (AONB).   The   central   estimate   suggests   that   it   supports around   30,000   jobs   in   Dorset   and   makes   up   8   to   10   per   cent   of   its   total   economy   –   roughly   the   same   size   as   manufacturing   (although   there   is some   overlap)   in   particular,   it   estimates   the   Jurassic   Coast   (part   of   which   is   in   East   Devon)   and   Dorset AONB   influence   around   £111m   and   £65m   of economic output, respectively. Library Service Dorset   County   Council   has   voted   to   maintain   one   home   mobile   library   service   van   and   withdraw   three   mobile   library   service   vans.   This   decision follows   a   consultation   with   library   users   and   local   town   and   parish   councils   to   look   at   alternative   ways   to   access   the   library   service.   People   who   are unable   to   access   a   library   due   to   a   disability   or   frailty   will   continue   to   have   access   to   books,   and   other   reading   material   delivered   to   their   homes through   a   partnership   with   the   Royal   Voluntary   Service   (RVS).   The   council   are   also   encouraging   community   transport   to   help   people   have   access to   libraries.   We   will   continue   to   take   the   home   mobile   library   service   van   to   residential   homes.   The   consultation   identified   that   social   isolation   is   a concern   for   some   people   and   the   council’s   Partnership   for   Older   People   Programme   (POPP)   community   development   team   has   started   working with   communities   to   address   the   social   aspect   that   the   mobile   library   currently   serves.   Dorset’s   library   service   has   joined   the   “LibrariesWest” consortium   which   means   customers   will   be   able   to   access   libraries,   ‘coast   to   coast’   from   the   Bristol   Channel   to   the   south   coast.   In   some   parts   of Dorset the nearest library is in Somerset, and being part of the consortium means they can still access library services.   August 2016 Report Ward Walkabout In   July   I   and   a   number   of   Parish   Councillors   for   every   Parish   in   my   ward   visited   over   100   reported   highway   related   problems.   These   have   now been logged and are all being followed up to see what if anything can be done about them. I will report back on results later. Unitary Update There   will   be   a   series   of   drop   in   events   throughout   the   County   to   publicise   the   options   currently   being   considered   to   reorganise   the   structure   of Local Government in Dorset. Please do along and let the organisers know your views. 21/09 Wednesday Swanage Co-op, Springfield Road 2pm-6pm Purbeck 22/09 Thursday Wool D'urberville Hall, Colliers Lane 9.30am-12.00pm Purbeck 15/10 Saturday Wareham Sainsbury's, South Street 10am-2pm Purbeck 19/10 Wednesday Upton Community Hall, Blandford Rd 10am-2pm Purbeck Grants Dorset   County   Council   has   invested   in   a   number   of   online   tools   and   support   for   Dorset's   communities   to   access;   in   addition   to   the   strategic   grants to   a   series   of   infrastructure   support   organisations.   These   are   now   available   within   the   Support   for   Voluntary   and   Community   Organisations   pages on Dorset for you. I   would   like   to   draw   your   particular   attention   to   the   Dorset   Fundfinder   tool   as   this   will   enable   community   groups   to   search   (at   no   charge)   for   current open grant funds to maximise their chances of obtaining future external funding. If you have any queries please feel free to contact the Officer named below. Laura Cornette T. 01305 224306 E. Email here W. Website here W. Dorset County Council Community Fund   September 2016 Report Buses A   revised   Bus   service   has   been   implemented   in   Bere   Regis,   Bloxworth   and   Briantspuddle   and   whilst   the   frequency   of   buses   has   remained   the same,   the   timings   have   changed   slightly   and   there   is   now   one   bus   that   additionally   starts   and   finishes   in   Blandford.   The   Bus   Company   has   still   not put   the   new   timetables   up   when   I   last   looked   at   the   bus   stops   so   I   wrapped   one   round   some   of   them   and   I   am   pushing   them   to   do   this   for   all   Bus Stops. The   Bus   Service   from   Wool   that   is   run   by   Dorset   Community   Transport   is   likely   to   revert   to   Damory   in   October   which   will   mean   that   concessionary passes will be able to be used again. Unitary Update There   is   still   time   for   you   to   respond   to   the   web   site   on   this   critical   subject. The   consultation   formally   started   at   the   end   of August   and   will   end   on   25 October.   We   are   encouraging   residents   and   stakeholders   to   complete   the   consultation   questionnaire,   which   is   available   along   with   further information, at reshapingyourcouncils.uk . Paper copies are also available in local libraries. Cycling Events Following   the   disruption   caused   by   the   Ironman   event   in   September   I   will   be   having   a   meeting   with   Officers   to   review   these   events   and   to   see whether they need to lock down part of Purbeck for, primarily, the benefit of Weymouth. Safeguarding Children Safeguarding   is   everyone’s   responsibility   and   if   you   have   any   concerns   about   the   safety   of   a   child   or   young   person   this   should   be   reported immediately.   This   doesn’t   just   apply   in   the   workplace   but   also   at   home   or   in   the   community.   If   you   see   something   say   something.   To   spot   the   signs of child abuse or neglect, look for changes in: •   Appearance   –   such   as   frequent   unexplained   injuries,   consistently   poor   hygiene,   matted   hair,   unexplained   gifts,   or   a   parent   regularly   collecting children from school when drunk •   Behaviour   -   such   as   demanding   or   aggressive   behaviour,   frequent   lateness   or   absence   from   school,   avoiding   their   own   family,   misusing   drugs   or alcohol, or being constantly tired •   Communication   –   such   as   sexual   or   aggressive   language,   self-harming,   becoming   secretive   and   reluctant   to   share   information   or   being   overly obedient Dorset   County   Council   Children’s   Services   is   launching   a   single   point   of   contact   for   any   new   referrals   or   safeguarding   concerns   you   may   have about   a   child   or   young   person.   From   5   September,   the   only   number   you   will   need   is   01202   228866. This   change   is   in   anticipation   of   the   launch   of   a Multi-Agency   Safeguarding   Hub   (MASH)   next   spring.   To   discuss   concerns   about   a   child   who   is   already   known   to   social   care   teams,   contact   their allocated   social   care   team   or   social   worker   as   usual.   If   you   are   unsure   if   you   should   make   a   referral   or   want   to   discuss   a   matter   in   confidence   then please   contact   Becks   Kirk   who   is   the   Purbeck   District   Council   lead   for   Children’s   Safeguarding.   For   more   information   about   safeguarding   children, contact: Rebecca Kirk – General Manager, Public Health & Housing 01929 557268.   October 2016 Report County Council Elections 2017 There   has   been   speculation   that   the   County   Council   elections   due   in   May   2017   would   be   postponed   until   2019   when   the   proposed   new   unitary form   of   local   government   (whatever   the   form)   would   take   effect.   The   suggestion   was   that   it   would   make   sense   to   postpone   the   election   to   coincide with   the   new   format   and   not   have   Councillors   for   just   a   two   year   period.   However   sense   has   prevailed   and   we   will   be   having   an   election   albeit   only for   a   two   year   period.   The   ward   will   be   the   new   ward   of   North   West   Purbeck   as   introduced   by   parliament   to   equalise   the   number   of   constituents   in each division. We will be losing Wool and East Burton whilst gaining Lytchett Matravers, East Holme and East Stoke. Unitary Update The   consultation   on   the   proposals   to   go   to   a   unitary   form   of   local   government   ended   on   October   25th   and   we   should   hear   about   the   results   by   early December. The timetable thereafter is: 1st   December   2016   -   Leaders   and   Chief   Executives   of   all   Dorset   Councils   receive   presentations   of   draft   findings   from   the   consultation   and   case   for change 23rd December 2016 - Each council to issue the final reports to Councillors The council meeting is as follows: 31st January - Purbeck District Council - 7pm - Wesport House, Wareham This meeting and others for the other Councils will decide whether to go into the new unitary format. It is open to the public Triathlon We   will   be   holding   a   review   into   the   Weymouth   triathlon   event   held   in   September   which   sadly   paralysed   many   of   Purbeck’s   roads.   We   will   be asking   the   organisers   to   explain   the   poor   marshalling   and   incomplete   signage   as   well   as   the   resultant   traffic   gridlock   on   the   day.   Whilst   the   event brings   much   needed   tourism   into   Weymouth   we   remain   to   be   convinced   that   it   does   the   same   for   Purbeck   and   will   be   asking   the   organisers   to produce   an   economic   business   case   to   demonstrate   the   value   to   Purbeck.   This   will   need   to   be   to   our   satisfaction   for   me   to   recommend   to   Officers that   it   should   be   allowed   to   run   again   next   year   without   very   significant   changes.   If   you   have   any   experience   of   the   event,   good   or   bad,   please email me or write to me at County Hall with your comments. The review will be held late November or early December.   November 2016 Report Community Transport Grant Dorset   County   Council   are   offering   grants   of   up   to   £5000   to   support   communities   who   want   to   set   up   their   own   transport   scheme.   Grants   are   also available   to   existing   schemes.   The   Community   Transport   Grant   will   fund   costs   associated   with   starting   up   and   operating   a   scheme.   These   include vehicle   purchase   costs,   IT   software   that   supports   effective   operation,   marketing   of   schemes   and   training   of   staff   or   volunteers. The   grant   is   a   match funding grant, and applicants will need to demonstrate a clear outcome and show that at least 50 per cent of costs are met from other sources. More   details   are   available   on   the   Community   Transport   Grant   application   form.   You   can   request   an   application   form   by   e-mail   here,   or   by   post: Community   Transport   Grant,   Dorset   Travel,   Environment   &   Economy   Directorate,   Dorset   County   Council,   County   Hall,   Dorchester,   DT1   1XJ.   The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 13 January 2017 The funding will be released in February 2017 Ironman ‘Call to account’ Dorset   County   Council   is   to   hold   a   special   meeting   to   look   into   concerns   about   traffic   management   during   the   recent   IRONMAN   triathlon   –   and   is inviting   local   people   to   take   part.   The   IRONMAN   70.3   Weymouth   event   took   place   on   11   September   across   south   and   central   Dorset.   Competitors and   spectators   largely   viewed   it   as   a   success.   However,   many   people   contacted   the   county   council   –   Dorset’s   highway   authority   –   about   delays and   confusion   on   local   roads   due   to   problems   with   signage,   stewarding   and   information. The   council’s Audit   and   Governance   Committee   will   hold   a ‘call   to   account’   meeting   on   Wednesday   7   December   to   investigate   what   happened   and   recommend   ways   to   avoid   problems   with   similar   events   in the   future.   The   committee   will   look   at   a   range   of   evidence,   including   complaints   received   immediately   following   the   event.   It   is   also   inviting   local residents, businesses and groups who would like to give their views as part of the inquiry, either in person or in writing, to get in touch. Organisers   IRONMAN   UK,   the   county   council   and   other   agencies   recently   held   a   joint   ‘wash-up’   meeting   to   learn   lessons   about   this   year’s   event. The   organisers   have   since   announced   plans   for   a   scaled-down   IRONMAN   70.3   race   in   Dorset   in   2017.   The   call   to   account   will   be   a   formal opportunity for councillors to investigate and address these issues on behalf of the public. The   Audit   and   Governance   Committee   meeting   is   at   10:30am   on   7   December   at   County   Hall   in   Dorchester.   If   you   would   like   to   ask   to   make   a written or spoken statement to the committee, please contact the council’s democratic services team by emailing here , or calling 01305 224878.   December 2016 Report Buses consultation The   concessionary   travel   scheme   currently   provides   the   national   statutory   minimum   provision   of   free   travel   between   0930   and   2300   on   Monday   to Friday   and   at   all   times   on   weekends   and   public   holidays.   The   scheme   currently   also   allows   free   concessionary   travel   before   0930   on   services where   the   next   bus   is   not   until   after   1030.   Free   all   day   travel   is   available   for   blind   and   partially   sighted   pass   holders.   Dorset   Travel   proposes   the removal of free travel before 0930 on routes that have no other services until after 1030. Dorset   County   Council   is   consulting   a   wide   range   of   people   about   the   proposals   above. They   want   to   hear   your   views   and   want   to   know   how   these changes   could   affect   you.   The   results   of   this   consultation   will   help   them   to   decide   the   next   steps.   You   can   have   your   say   by   completing   a   survey which is available at the link here The    consultation    runs    for    six    weeks    from    1    December    until    13    January.    The    results    of    the    consultation,    the    Cabinet    decision    and    any implementation   information   will   be   published   on   the   web-page   above. Any   changes   to   the   concessionary   pass   scheme   will   be   implemented   in   the Spring of 2017. I   urge   you   to   object   to   this,   this   objection   has   been   supported   by   all   the   Parishes   in   my   ward.   It   will   save   a   small   amount   whilst   inconveniencing many   people.   I   also   suspect   that   Bus   companies   may   change   their   timetables   to   disadvantage   some   bus   users   as   this   will   make   them   more revenue! Ironman ‘Call to account’ We   held   a   meeting   in   December   to   review   the   recent   Ironman   event.   The   organisers   appeared   to   finally   accept   that   the   provision   of   marshals   and the   organisation   of   road   closures   left   much   to   be   desired.   We   will   be   producing   a   hard   hitting   report   with   recommendations   for   the   organisers   to   do it properly next time! These will be published in the next report. Highways Issues If   you   encounter   a   pot   hole   or   some   other   issue   the   quickest   way   to   report   Highways   issues   is   to   go   on-line.   This   is   a   simple   process   which   gives you a reference number and reports progress along the way. Link for reporting highway issues - click here

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January 2016 Report Minerals Consultation You   may   be   aware   that   over   the   year   DCC   has   consulted   on   two emerging   planning   documents;   the   Draft   Minerals   Sites   Plan,   which includes   preferred   sites   for   mineral   extraction;   an   area   of   search   for sand    and    gravel,    improved    restoration    and    management    in    the Puddletown     Road     area     and     further     guidance     on     mineral     site safeguarding    www.dorsetforyou.com/mineral-sites     and    secondly    the Draft     Waste     Plan,     which     contains     the     spatial     strategy,     vision, objectives,   policies   and   site   specific   options   to   address   the   key   waste management         needs         that         have         been         identified         - www.dorsetforyou.com/waste-plan Consultation    on    both    Plans    began    on    15    July    and    ran    until    23 September    2015.    A    series    of    exhibitions    were    held    during    the consultation.    A    range    of    methods    were    used    to    publicise    the consultation   and   exhibitions   including   leaflets   send   to   stakeholders, posters    in    key    locations,    parish    and    town    council    newsletters/e- bulletins, press releases and social media. The Minerals Sites Plan 1300    comments    were    received    from    746    contributing    consultees (individuals/organisations).     Now     that     the     consultation     period     is finished,   officers   are   beginning   to   review   these   comments   to   provide further   information   where   appropriate   and   to   consider   what   changes   to the   Draft   Mineral   Sites   Plan   may   be   required   in   light   of   the   comments made. Some   sites,   or   combination   of   sites,   generated   particularly   high   levels of   interest,   including   the   proposed   extension   to   Swanworth   Quarry   in Purbeck   and   the   extension   to   the   existing   Woodsford   Quarry   together with two new site proposals on the Moreton Estate. Three   petitions   were   received,   one   of   40   signatures   from   Knightsford Parish   Council   regarding   the   nominated   Woodsford   Quarry   Extension, one   of   210   signatures   from   Moreton   Parish   Council   regarding   the nominated    Station    Road    and    Hurst    Farm    sites    and    one    of    457 signatures    from    the    T.E.Lawrence    Society.    The    petitions    will    be considered by DCC. Officers   have   not   yet   had   time   to   consider   all   the   comments   in   detail, but   it   is   already   clear   that   further   work   will   need   to   be   undertaken including   an   assessment   of   cumulative   impacts,   particularly   for   traffic, in    the    Moreton/Crossways    area,    focussing    on    the    capacity    of    the B3390   to   deal   with   the   expected   development   proposed   for   the   area. Closer   working   with   Purbeck   District   Council   and   West   Dorset   District Council,   considering   the   impacts   of   development   proposed   for   the Moreton/Crossways area. Some   sites   were   nominated   just   before   the   consultation   began,   not giving   any   time   to   appraise   and   consider   these. They   will   be   appraised and   considered   for   possible   inclusion   in   the   Plan.   Other   sites   need   to be    reduced    in    size,    or    have    various    mitigating    measures    applied. Discussion/negotiation        with        site        promoters        and        other interests/agencies    (e.g.    Natural    England)    will    take    place    before coming to a final decision regarding inclusion in the Plan. The Waste Plan 917    responses    were    received    from    197    contributing    consultees. Generally,   consultees   were   supportive   of   the   levels   of   waste   growth forecasted      in      the      Draft      Waste      Plan      and      the      proposed policies/supporting   text,   subject   to   minor   changes   and   updates.   Some of   the   issues,   raised   during   the   consultation,   will   also   need   to   be addressed prior to the next stage. What happens next? In   order   to   keep   all   stakeholders   up   to   date,   it   is   proposed   to   prepare   a detailed     report     of     responses     to     both     Plans     including     officer comments/recommendations.    This    will    be    sent    to    Dorset    County Council   Members   early   in   the   New Year,   followed   by   publication   on   the DCC   website   around   April   2106.   All   stakeholders   on   DCC’s   database will   be   notified   when   this   report   has   been   published.   Further   formal consultation will take place during summer 2016. Wool Level Crossing Closure There   will   be   overnight   closures   of   the   level   crossing   on   25th   and   26th January   to   allow   Network   Rail   to   complete   safety   work.   This   closure   is likely    to    be    inconvenient    and    you    may    be    redirected    around    East Burton during the closure. Driver Training for Older People If   you   dislike   driving   on   unfamiliar   roads   or   driving   in   the   dark,   then   it may   be   time   for   some   driver   refresher   training.   For   just   £5,   drivers aged   70   and   over   can   take   part   in   a   two-hour   theory   session   to   update their   driving   knowledge. The   sessions   are   organised   by   Dorset   County Council   and   are   run   by   a   road   safety   professional   in   a   friendly,   non- threatening   environment.   Subjects   such   as   staying   fit   to   drive,   new driving    techniques,    changes    to    the    Highway    Code,    negotiating roundabouts   and   junctions   safely,   and   dual   carriageway   and   motorway driving   will   be   covered. There   is   also   an   option   for   a   practical   refresher drive    at    a    later    date.    This    90-minute    one-to-one    practical    driving session   takes   place   on   local   roads   and   includes   town   and   country driving.   This   aims   to   improve   defensive   driving   techniques,   hazard awareness   and   better   road   positioning,   as   well   as   providing   tips   that can    help    reduce    fuel    consumption    and    vehicle    wear    and    tear. Bookings   are   being   taken   for   courses   across   the   county   for   the   New Year.    For    further    information    and    to    book    a    place    on    the    theory discussion                  session                  please                  go                  to: www.dorsetforyou.com/roadsafety/gold    or   call   the   road   safety   team   on 01305 221031 Mobile Library consultation The   consultation   with   communities   and   members   of   the   public   closed in   early   September.   DCC   had   over   500   responses   and   have   been analysing    the    responses    to    inform    any    changes    to    the    proposed schedules. This   work   is   close   to   being   completed   –   we   are   currently   at the   stage   of   “roadtesting”   the   routes   in   a   mobile   library   to   ensure   that the    timings    and    routes    can    be    done.    DCC    anticipate    providing feedback   to   the   public   about   the   consultation   and   an   update   about   any changes to the proposals in January. The   new   mobile   library   schedules   will   not   come   into   effect   until   spring 2016   and   DCC   will   ensure   that   all   users   are   given   advance   notification of     the     new     timetables.     Ahead     of     the     new     schedules     being implemented,   DCC   will   work   with   users   at   any   of   the   stops   being withdrawn    to    see    how    we    can    continue    to    offer    access    to    library services.   February 2016 Report Buses 186 and 103 County   have   announced   they   are   considering   further   cuts   to   the   Bus services,   in   our   area   the   186   and   103   services.   The   announcement has   been   rushed   and   the   period   of   time   to   respond   is   very   short.   I shall   not   be   supporting   this   and   would   hope   that   people   will   respond   to the   consultation   if   you   can.   When   this   is   raised   at   the   County   Cabinet   I shall   be   arguing   that   this   has   been   poorly   thought   out   and   will   result   in severe rural isolation for some people. Council Tax Settlement The   Government   announced   the   settlement   for   Local   government   in December   and   when   we   read   the   small   print   we   realised   that   Dorset   is being   treated   worse   than   any   other   County   in   the   country   leading   to   a further   and   unplanned   for   £7.2   Million   being   required   to   be   cut   from the   budget   before   April.   This   will   not   be   possible   without   savage   cuts. All   of   Dorset’s   MPs   went   to   visit   the   Minister   to   lobby   on   our   (and   your) behalf   and   we   will   know   the   results   of   this   by   the   time   you   read   this article.   This   is   very   serious   as   over   50%   of   our   budget   is   on Adult   and children’s    services    which    are,    generally,    mandatory    services.    This means   that   any   cuts   elsewhere   have   to   be   correspondingly   larger   and more draconian.   March 2016 Report Broadband The    Superfast    Dorset    project    has    brought    superfast    broadband    to almost   80,000   premises   so   far   in   addition   to   the   265,000   through commercially    funded    programmes.    This    brings    the    total    that    can access   superfast   broadband   to   90%   of   premises   across   Dorset.   By the   end   of   2017   when   we   have   completed   current   plans,   this   will   have reached   around   97%,   making   a   huge   difference   in   our   market   towns and   villages   and   communities.   However   we   know   that   this   is   of   little immediate   help   to   those   in   the   remaining   3-5%   and   we   appreciate   and understand    how    vital    reliable    broadband    is    for    businesses    and residents alike. The   County   Council   along   with   other   local   authorities   in   Dorset   will have    contributed    a    total    of    over    £12M    (Dorset    CC    £8.6M)    to    the project   by   2017   to   help   enable   the   80,000   premises   referred   to   above to   be   connected.   This   is   in   the   context   of   significantly   reduced   overall funding   being   available   to   all   local   authorities   in   Dorset,   in   particular,   in the    past    five    years.    At    this    time    there    is    no    universal    service requirement   for   broadband   in   the   UK,   let   alone   superfast   broadband. However   Dorset   is   set   to   be   one   of   the   best   connected   counties   in   the country   by   the   end   of   2017   and   although   this   does   not   mean   100% coverage,   DCC   is   working   hard   to   secure   additional   resources   to   get closer to that mark. However   we   know   that   this   is   of   little   immediate   help   to   those   in   the remaining   3-5%,   so   Superfast   Dorset   has   launched   a   satellite   scheme for   premises   that   won’t   get   a   superfast   service   in   the   foreseeable future and can currently receive only very slow speeds. The   scheme   is   designed   to   fulfil   Superfast   Dorset’s   commitments   to   a universal   basic   broadband   service   of   2Mbps.   DCC   offers   a   subsidy towards   the   installation   of   a   satellite   broadband   connection.   In   order   to be   eligible   for   the   scheme,   applicants   must   own   the   property   they   are applying   for,   not   be   in   plans   to   gain   access   to   fibre   broadband   through the   Superfast   Dorset   programme   and   only   able   to   receive   broadband speeds   of   less   than   2Mbps.   Any   property   that   can   see   the   southern sky   can   get   a   satellite   broadband   connection.   This   will   require   a   dish on    or    near    the    property    which    can    deliver    speeds    up    to    around 20Mbps   and   may   cost   about   £25   per   month.   This   scheme   will   help subsidise the one-off installation fee of the dish. Satellite   connections   are   not   suitable   for   time-critical   activity   such   as online    gaming,    but    are    fine    for    most    internet    use.    Most    satellite providers   will   allow   account   holders   to   swap   to   fibre   broadband   if   it becomes available, with no cancellation charge. Council Tax Settlement Dorset   County   Council   has   welcomed   the   announcement   of   the   local government     finance     settlement     by     the     Secretary     of     State     for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark. The   news   follows   the   Government’s   consultation   with   councils   on   the provisional    settlement,    which    was    published    in    December.    This changed   the   way   funding   is   shared   between   cities   and   counties   and would   have   left   Dorset   needing   to   save   an   extra   £7.4m   on   top   of   the £13m   already   planned   in   the   coming   year.   The   transitional   support and extra grant for rural authorities announced   by   Mr   Clark   in   the   House   of   Commons   will   see   the   £7.4m of   extra   cuts   in   2016/17   reduced   to   £3.3m.   The   council   will   receive   a further   £3.5m   of   support   in   2017/18   and   £2.1m   in   2018/19,   which means   it   will   not   receive   ‘negative’   grants   in   the   next   two   years   as feared,   which   would   have   seen   it   having   to   pay   money   back   from   its business rates. Even   with   this   additional   support   our   financial   position   remains   very challenging.   We   still   need   to   make   the   planned   savings   and   more   to set    a    balanced    budget,    which    will    impact    on    the    way    we    deliver services.   April 2016 Report Dorchester Marathon Dorchester   Round   table   is   planning   to   organise   a   Marathon   to   be   held on   Sunday   May   28th   (Bank   Holiday   weekend)   next   year   (2017).   It   will run   from   Dorchester   and   will   pass   through   Affpuddle,   Briantspuddle and   Pallington   before   returning   to   Dorchester.   I   will   provide   a   contact and more detail when I have it in later reports. Special Council Meeting A   special   Council   Meeting   was   held   on   Thursday   March   10th   at   which we    discussed    various    options    for    potential    unitary    forms    of    local government   in   Dorset   -   we   are   being   very   actively   encouraged   to   do so   by   Central   Government.   At   the   meeting   members   reviewed   six options   and   voted   (non-binding)   for   which   options   we   preferred.   It   is quite   complex   so   I   will   report   in   more   detail   later   but   suffice   to   say   we voted   for   and   asked   Officers   to   explore   in   more   detail   a   two   unitary option   for   Bournemouth   and   Poole   to   be   merged   into   one   authority and   the   shire   district   authorities   to   form   one   authority.   These   are   the six    districts    of    East    Dorset,    West    Dorset,    North    Dorset,    Purbeck, Weymouth   and   Portland,   and   Christchurch.   We   have   been   advised   by Central   government   that   an   option   for   the   whole   of   Dorset   would   be too    large    and    unwieldy    and    so    would    not    gain    the    approval    of government.    The    second    most    favoured    option    was    for    a    single authority   of   Bournemouth,   Poole   and   Christchurch   (primarily   because Christchurch   contains   Bournemouth   airport)   with   the   remaining   five Districts forming the second unitary authority. Jurassic Coast consultation Devon   and   Dorset   County   councils   will   shortly   be   undertaking   a   public consultation   on   the   future   management   arrangements   for   the   Jurassic Coast   which   will   go   through   to   the   end   of April.   If   you   wish   to   respond please follow the link www.jurassiccoast.org Wool Surgery The   take   up   for   the   Wool   surgery   on   the   1st   Saturday   of   the   month has   been   very   low   so   I   and   my   fellow   District   Councillors   for   Wool   are going   to   try   something   different.   One   of   us   will   be   available   just   before the   Wool   Parish   Council   meeting   which   starts   at   7.00   pm   in   Turbeville Hall   and   we   will   arrange   and   publicise   other   events   at   which   we   will   be available.   May 2016 Report Wool 103 Bus Service Dorset   Community   Transport   has   announced   that   they   will   be   offering a   bookable   bus   service   as   an   alternative   to   the   recently-withdrawn Damory   Service   103   (Wednesday-only   Dorchester   market   bus).   This will   be   what   is   known   as   a   demand   responsive   service   for   service   103 although   I   am   uncertain   as   to   how   it   will   be   booked.   I   hope   to   have that detail next month. The times are as follows 0930 Bovington 0940 Wool 1000 Lulworth Cove 1045 Dorchester Return at 1315 following outward route as the 103. Syrian Refugee crisis I   have   had   a   number   of   people   asking   me   about   Dorset's   response   to the   refugee   crisis,   including   our   MPs.   We   are   holding   a   multi-agency meeting   in   May   including   all   of   our   district/borough   housing   authorities. We    will    need    to    understand    the    funding    position    from    Central Government but we are committed to help where we can. Broadband The   majority   of   the   work   planned   by   the   Superfast   Dorset   team   in Purbeck   has   now   been   completed.   Fibre   broadband   is   now   widely available   throughout   Winfrith   Newburgh,   Lulworth,   Wool,   Wareham, Corfe   Castle,   Swanage,   Lytchett   Minster   and   Bere   Regis.   Faster,   more reliable   broadband   has   recently   become   available   in   Studland   for   the first    time.    This    year,    there    are    plans    to    extend    the    coverage    in Bovington    Camp    and    also    bring    superfast    broadband    to    Worth Matravers   and   Morden.   Next   year,   communities   which   stand   to   benefit include   Bloxworth   and   Church   Knowle.   With   better   broadband   more widely   available   than   ever,   now   is   the   time   to   encourage   residents   and businesses    to    check    with    their    provider    what    is    available    at    their property.   If   you   would   like   to   receive   a   pack   of   leaflets   and   posters   to distribute       in       your       area,       please       contact       the       team       at superfast@dorsetcc.gov.uk For   those   suffering   with   the   poorest   speeds   that   aren’t   in   our   current plans,   support   is   available   via   the   Basic   Broadband   Subsidy   Scheme, which    offers    a    subsidy    towards    the    installation    costs    of    either    a wireless    or    satellite    broadband    connection.    The    latest    information about      the      Superfast      Dorset      programme      is      available      at www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast     The     Broadband     partnership     has been   successful   in   securing   £2m   of   SW   Ultrafast   Broadband   funding to    deliver    Ultrafast    (min    100mb)    to    four    of    the    county’s    strategic employment   sites,   including   Dorset   Green. This   is   being   match-funded by    a    £2m    grant    from    the    LEP    utilising    its    growing    places    fund (normally restricted to use for loan purposes).   June 2016 Report New Wool to Dorchester Market Bus The   Dorchester   Market   Bus   is   available   to   anyone   unable   to   access public   transport   easily.   It   is   not   restricted   to   the   elderly   or   those   with limited   mobility.   To   use   the   bus,   simply   register   your   details   with   DCT initially   and   then   pre-book   your   seat   whenever   you   wish   to   join   the bus.   Where   possible,   DCT   can   offer   a   “door-to-door”   service   and   can also accommodate passengers travelling in wheelchairs. Dorset Community Transport registration and booking hotline: 01258 287 980 (line open from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Mon-Fri) or email: here The    fare    for    the    return    trip    to    Dorchester    is    £5.    Please    note    that concessionary-fare    bus    passes    are    not    valid    on    this    service.    The Dorchester Market Bus runs Wednesdays at these times: Bovington *0930 Return bus leaves Wool *0940 Dorchester Trinity St Lulworth *1000 at 1315 Dorchester arrive *1045 *times are approximate The    route    will    be    similar    to    former    service    103,    serving    these communities    (according    to    demand):    Bovington,    Wool,    Coombe Keynes,     East     Lulworth,     West     Lulworth,     Winfrith,     Owermoigne, Warmwell,   Woodsford   and   West   Stafford.   If   you   use   this   please   let   me know how you get on. Unitary et al On    18    April,    East    Dorset    District    Council    reversed    their    previous decision   and   agreed   to   take   part   in   the   discussions   about   the   possible creation   of   unitary   local   authorities   in   Dorset.   Local   Partnerships   (an arm   of   Government)   are   now   including   East   Dorset’s   information   in their   assessment   of   the   financial   implication   of   such   a   reorganisation. The    financial    assessment    was    reported    to    Leaders    of    al    Dorset Councils   in   the   middle   of   June.   A   working   group   of   officers   across   all Councils    has    been    established    to    oversee    the    procurement    of consultation   specialists.   A   specification   has   been   prepared   and   Chief Executives   appointed   a   company   to   undertake   the   consultation   at   the beginning   of   June.   Consultation   will   run   from   the   sometime   in   August for   six   weeks.   However,   timings   may   need   to   be   reviewed   in   order   to ensure    that    Councillors    from    all    Councils    have    an    opportunity    to comment   on   the   proposed   consultation   arrangements   prior   to   them being   finalised.   If   all   Dorset   Councils   agree   to   implement   the   local government   reorganisation,   it   remains   on   target   for   the   new   Councils to   take   over   on   1 April   2019.   Elections   to   the   new   Councils   would   take place in May 2019. More next month. Partial Review for Purbeck An   important   public   consultation   on   future   housing   development   is taking    place    in    Purbeck    from    June    and    to    12th    August.    The consultation   is   part   of   a   partial   review   of   the   Purbeck   District   Local Plan   Part   1,   which   was   adopted   by   the   Council   in   2012.   The   review   is a    requirement    of    an    independent    planning    inspector.    Legislation requires   councils   to   prepare   a   local   development   plan   (Local   Plan)   to shape   future   development   and   the   use   of   land   in   their   area   by   guiding development    and    determining    planning    applications.    The    Council commenced the review of the Local   Plan   Part   1   with   a   public   consultation   in   early   2015.   The   public consultation   highlighted   the   key   issues   and   options   for   the   Council when planning for future development. This   summer’s   consultation   sets   out   a   possible   strategy   for   allowing future    development    whilst    attempting    to    protect    Purbeck’s    natural environment. One   of   the   major   issues   the   Partial   Review   needs   to   address   is   the potential   for   additional   housing   growth   over   and   above   that   identified in    the    Purbeck    Local    Plan    Part    1.    The    Eastern    Dorset    Strategic Housing    Market   Assessment    (SHMA)    was    published    in    December 2015    identified    a    need    for    an    additional    238    homes    per    year    in Purbeck over the period 2013 to 2033. Based    on    these    findings,    the    Council    would    need    to    provide    for approximately    3,080    additional    homes    (over    and    above    the    2,520 already identified in the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1). With   continued   added   pressure   on   the   District   to   provide   for   future growth,    we    need    to    ensure    the    Plan    remains    up-to-date    to    avoid developer   led   planning   with   little   control   from   Councils.   This   potential option   approach   has   been   developed   to   reflect   as   far   as   possible   the feedback    the    Council    received    from    the    2015    consultation    about locating   development   in   the   most   sustainable   settlements;   the   desire to    spread    development    as    much    as    possible;    and    the    desire    to achieve   infrastructure,   such   as   schools   and   highways   improvements, alongside homes.” This   consultation   gives   everyone   the   opportunity   to   have   their   say   on future   development   in   the   District.   I   urge   everyone,   irrespective   of   your views,   to   respond.   Please   take   the   time   to   respond   to   the   consultation. Without    an    approved    up-to-date    plan,    the    Council    would    have potentially    little    control    over    where,    when    and    what    development would   take   place   in   the   District.   Planning   affects   many   aspects   of everyone’s   lives   and   it   is   important   that   the   Council   gets   the   balance right.   The   consultation   starts   on   Thursday   9   June   and   will   run   until 4pm   on   12th   August.   Households   in   Purbeck   should   have   received   a leaflet    detailing    events    taking    place    around    the    district.    The    full consultation    material    (including    details    of    how    to    respond)    are    be available online here. Paper    copies    of    the    consultation    document    can    be    obtained    by telephoning   the   Council   on   01929   556561.   Printing   and   postage   costs of   approximately   £10   will   apply   for   the   consultation   document.   Paper copies will also be available to view at libraries around the district.   July 2016 Report Dorset Waste Partnership The   post   of   Director   of   the   Waste   Partnership   has   been   advertised and   a   new   person   appointed   who   has   taken   over   from   the   current   post holder who stepped down recently. How much is Dorset’s special environment worth? The    Local    Nature    Partnership    held    a    forum    at    Poole    Lighthouse recently.   The   Dorset   Environmental   Economy   Report   was   launched which   estimated   that   Dorset’s   outstanding   environment   is   worth   an estimated     £1.5     billion     a     year     to     its     economy.     The     Dorset Environmental   Economy   report   was   commissioned   by   Dorset   County Council   and   its   partners   to   help   drive   future   growth   and   influence decision-making.   A   team   of   experts,   led   by   consultants   Ash   Futures, used   a   number   of   ways   to   measure   the   size   of   Dorset’s   ‘environmental economy’,    including    specific    studies    of    the    Jurassic    Coast    World Heritage   Site   (WHS)   and   Dorset   Area   of   Outstanding   Natural   Beauty (AONB).   The   central   estimate   suggests   that   it   supports   around   30,000 jobs   in   Dorset   and   makes   up   8   to   10   per   cent   of   its   total   economy   roughly    the    same    size    as    manufacturing    (although    there    is    some overlap)   in   particular,   it   estimates   the   Jurassic   Coast   (part   of   which   is in   East   Devon)   and   Dorset   AONB   influence   around   £111m   and   £65m of economic output, respectively. Library Service Dorset   County   Council   has   voted   to   maintain   one   home   mobile   library service    van    and    withdraw    three    mobile    library    service    vans.    This decision   follows   a   consultation   with   library   users   and   local   town   and parish    councils    to    look    at    alternative    ways    to    access    the    library service.   People   who   are   unable   to   access   a   library   due   to   a   disability or   frailty   will   continue   to   have   access   to   books,   and   other   reading material   delivered   to   their   homes   through   a   partnership   with   the   Royal Voluntary   Service   (RVS). The   council   are   also   encouraging   community transport   to   help   people   have   access   to   libraries.   We   will   continue   to take   the   home   mobile   library   service   van   to   residential   homes.   The consultation    identified    that    social    isolation    is    a    concern    for    some people   and   the   council’s   Partnership   for   Older   People   Programme (POPP)    community    development    team    has    started    working    with communities    to    address    the    social    aspect    that    the    mobile    library currently      serves.      Dorset’s      library      service      has      joined      the “LibrariesWest”   consortium   which   means   customers   will   be   able   to access   libraries,   ‘coast   to   coast’   from   the   Bristol   Channel   to   the   south coast.   In   some   parts   of   Dorset   the   nearest   library   is   in   Somerset,   and being    part    of    the    consortium    means    they    can    still    access    library services.   August 2016 Report Ward Walkabout In   July   I   and   a   number   of   Parish   Councillors   for   every   Parish   in   my ward   visited   over   100   reported   highway   related   problems.   These   have now   been   logged   and   are   all   being   followed   up   to   see   what   if   anything can be done about them. I will report back on results later. Unitary Update There   will   be   a   series   of   drop   in   events   throughout   the   County   to publicise    the    options    currently    being    considered    to    reorganise    the structure   of   Local   Government   in   Dorset.   Please   do   along   and   let   the organisers know your views. 21/09    Wednesday    Swanage    Co-op,    Springfield    Road    2pm-6pm Purbeck 22/09   Thursday   Wool   D'urberville   Hall,   Colliers   Lane   9.30am-12.00pm Purbeck 15/10    Saturday    Wareham    Sainsbury's,    South    Street    10am-2pm Purbeck 19/10   Wednesday   Upton   Community   Hall,   Blandford   Rd   10am-2pm Purbeck Grants Dorset   County   Council   has   invested   in   a   number   of   online   tools   and support   for   Dorset's   communities   to   access;   in   addition   to   the   strategic grants   to   a   series   of   infrastructure   support   organisations.   These   are now    available    within    the    Support    for    Voluntary    and    Community Organisations pages on Dorset for you. I   would   like   to   draw   your   particular   attention   to   the   Dorset   Fundfinder tool   as   this   will   enable   community   groups   to   search   (at   no   charge)   for current   open   grant   funds   to   maximise   their   chances   of   obtaining   future external funding. If   you   have   any   queries   please   feel   free   to   contact   the   Officer   named below. Laura Cornette T. 01305 224306 E. Email here W. Website here W. Dorset County Council Community Fund   September 2016 Report Buses A   revised   Bus   service   has   been   implemented   in   Bere   Regis,   Bloxworth and   Briantspuddle   and   whilst   the   frequency   of   buses   has   remained   the same,   the   timings   have   changed   slightly   and   there   is   now   one   bus   that additionally   starts   and   finishes   in   Blandford.   The   Bus   Company   has still   not   put   the   new   timetables   up   when   I   last   looked   at   the   bus   stops so   I   wrapped   one   round   some   of   them   and   I   am   pushing   them   to   do this for all Bus Stops. The    Bus    Service    from    Wool    that    is    run    by    Dorset    Community Transport   is   likely   to   revert   to   Damory   in   October   which   will   mean   that concessionary passes will be able to be used again. Unitary Update There   is   still   time   for   you   to   respond   to   the   web   site   on   this   critical subject.   The   consultation   formally   started   at   the   end   of August   and   will end   on   25   October.   We   are   encouraging   residents   and   stakeholders   to complete   the   consultation   questionnaire,   which   is   available   along   with further   information,   at   reshapingyourcouncils.uk   .   Paper   copies   are also available in local libraries. Cycling Events Following   the   disruption   caused   by   the   Ironman   event   in   September   I will   be   having   a   meeting   with   Officers   to   review   these   events   and   to see   whether   they   need   to   lock   down   part   of   Purbeck   for,   primarily,   the benefit of Weymouth. Safeguarding Children Safeguarding    is    everyone’s    responsibility    and    if    you    have    any concerns   about   the   safety   of   a   child   or   young   person   this   should   be reported   immediately.   This   doesn’t   just   apply   in   the   workplace   but   also at   home   or   in   the   community.   If   you   see   something   say   something.   To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, look for changes in: •   Appearance   –   such   as   frequent   unexplained   injuries,   consistently poor   hygiene,   matted   hair,   unexplained   gifts,   or   a   parent   regularly collecting children from school when drunk •   Behaviour   -   such   as   demanding   or   aggressive   behaviour,   frequent lateness   or   absence   from   school,   avoiding   their   own   family,   misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired •    Communication    –    such    as    sexual    or    aggressive    language,    self- harming,   becoming   secretive   and   reluctant   to   share   information   or being overly obedient Dorset   County   Council   Children’s   Services   is   launching   a   single   point of   contact   for   any   new   referrals   or   safeguarding   concerns   you   may have   about   a   child   or   young   person.   From   5   September,   the   only number   you   will   need   is   01202   228866.   This   change   is   in   anticipation of    the    launch    of    a    Multi-Agency    Safeguarding    Hub    (MASH)    next spring.   To   discuss   concerns   about   a   child   who   is   already   known   to social   care   teams,   contact   their   allocated   social   care   team   or   social worker   as   usual.   If   you   are   unsure   if   you   should   make   a   referral   or want   to   discuss   a   matter   in   confidence   then   please   contact   Becks   Kirk who   is   the   Purbeck   District   Council   lead   for   Children’s   Safeguarding. For   more   information   about   safeguarding   children,   contact:   Rebecca Kirk – General Manager, Public Health & Housing 01929 557268.   October 2016 Report County Council Elections 2017 There   has   been   speculation   that   the   County   Council   elections   due   in May   2017   would   be   postponed   until   2019   when   the   proposed   new unitary    form    of    local    government    (whatever    the    form)    would    take effect.   The   suggestion   was   that   it   would   make   sense   to   postpone   the election   to   coincide   with   the   new   format   and   not   have   Councillors   for just   a   two   year   period.   However   sense   has   prevailed   and   we   will   be having   an   election   albeit   only   for   a   two   year   period.   The   ward   will   be the   new   ward   of   North   West   Purbeck   as   introduced   by   parliament   to equalise   the   number   of   constituents   in   each   division.   We   will   be   losing Wool   and   East   Burton   whilst   gaining   Lytchett   Matravers,   East   Holme and East Stoke. Unitary Update The   consultation   on   the   proposals   to   go   to   a   unitary   form   of   local government   ended   on   October   25th   and   we   should   hear   about   the results by early December. The timetable thereafter is: 1st   December   2016   -   Leaders   and   Chief   Executives   of   all   Dorset Councils   receive   presentations   of   draft   findings   from   the   consultation and case for change 23rd    December    2016    -    Each    council    to    issue    the    final    reports    to Councillors The   council   meeting   is   as   follows:   31st   January   -   Purbeck   District Council - 7pm - Wesport House, Wareham This   meeting   and   others   for   the   other   Councils   will   decide   whether   to go into the new unitary format. It is open to the public Triathlon We   will   be   holding   a   review   into   the   Weymouth   triathlon   event   held   in September   which   sadly   paralysed   many   of   Purbeck’s   roads.   We   will be    asking    the    organisers    to    explain    the    poor    marshalling    and incomplete   signage   as   well   as   the   resultant   traffic   gridlock   on   the   day. Whilst    the    event    brings    much    needed    tourism    into    Weymouth    we remain   to   be   convinced   that   it   does   the   same   for   Purbeck   and   will   be asking    the    organisers    to    produce    an    economic    business    case    to demonstrate    the    value    to    Purbeck.    This    will    need    to    be    to    our satisfaction   for   me   to   recommend   to   Officers   that   it   should   be   allowed to   run   again   next   year   without   very   significant   changes.   If   you   have any   experience   of   the   event,   good   or   bad,   please   email   me   or   write   to me   at   County   Hall   with   your   comments.   The   review   will   be   held   late November or early December.   November 2016 Report Community Transport Grant Dorset   County   Council   are   offering   grants   of   up   to   £5000   to   support communities   who   want   to   set   up   their   own   transport   scheme.   Grants are    also    available    to    existing    schemes.   The    Community   Transport Grant    will    fund    costs    associated    with    starting    up    and    operating    a scheme.    These    include    vehicle    purchase    costs,    IT    software    that supports   effective   operation,   marketing   of   schemes   and   training   of staff   or   volunteers.   The   grant   is   a   match   funding   grant,   and   applicants will   need   to   demonstrate   a   clear   outcome   and   show   that   at   least   50 per cent of costs are met from other sources. More    details    are    available    on    the    Community    Transport    Grant application   form.   You   can   request   an   application   form   by   e-mail   here, or   by   post:   Community   Transport   Grant,   Dorset   Travel,   Environment   & Economy      Directorate,      Dorset      County      Council,      County      Hall, Dorchester,   DT1   1XJ.   The   deadline   for   submission   of   applications   is Friday 13 January 2017 The funding will be released in February 2017 Ironman ‘Call to account’ Dorset    County    Council    is    to    hold    a    special    meeting    to    look    into concerns    about    traffic    management    during    the    recent    IRONMAN triathlon   –   and   is   inviting   local   people   to   take   part. The   IRONMAN   70.3 Weymouth    event    took    place    on    11    September    across    south    and central    Dorset.    Competitors    and    spectators    largely    viewed    it    as    a success.    However,    many    people    contacted    the    county    council    Dorset’s   highway   authority   –   about   delays   and   confusion   on   local roads   due   to   problems   with   signage,   stewarding   and   information.   The council’s Audit   and   Governance   Committee   will   hold   a   ‘call   to   account’ meeting   on   Wednesday   7   December   to   investigate   what   happened and   recommend   ways   to   avoid   problems   with   similar   events   in   the future.    The    committee    will    look    at    a    range    of    evidence,    including complaints   received   immediately   following   the   event.   It   is   also   inviting local   residents,   businesses   and   groups   who   would   like   to   give   their views   as   part   of   the   inquiry,   either   in   person   or   in   writing,   to   get   in touch. Organisers    IRONMAN    UK,    the    county    council    and    other    agencies recently   held   a   joint   ‘wash-up’   meeting   to   learn   lessons   about   this year’s    event.    The    organisers    have    since    announced    plans    for    a scaled-down    IRONMAN    70.3    race    in    Dorset    in    2017.    The    call    to account   will   be   a   formal   opportunity   for   councillors   to   investigate   and address these issues on behalf of the public. The   Audit   and   Governance   Committee   meeting   is   at   10:30am   on   7 December   at   County   Hall   in   Dorchester.   If   you   would   like   to   ask   to make   a   written   or   spoken   statement   to   the   committee,   please   contact the   council’s   democratic   services   team   by   emailing   here ,   or   calling 01305 224878.   December 2016 Report Buses consultation The    concessionary    travel    scheme    currently    provides    the    national statutory   minimum   provision   of   free   travel   between   0930   and   2300   on Monday   to   Friday   and   at   all   times   on   weekends   and   public   holidays. The   scheme   currently   also   allows   free   concessionary   travel   before 0930   on   services   where   the   next   bus   is   not   until   after   1030.   Free   all day   travel   is   available   for   blind   and   partially   sighted   pass   holders. Dorset   Travel   proposes   the   removal   of   free   travel   before   0930   on routes that have no other services until after 1030. Dorset   County   Council   is   consulting   a   wide   range   of   people   about   the proposals   above. They   want   to   hear   your   views   and   want   to   know   how these   changes   could   affect   you.   The   results   of   this   consultation   will help    them    to    decide    the    next    steps.    You    can    have    your    say    by completing a survey which is available at the link here The   consultation   runs   for   six   weeks   from   1   December   until   13   January. The    results    of    the    consultation,    the    Cabinet    decision    and    any implementation   information   will   be   published   on   the   web-page   above. Any   changes   to   the   concessionary   pass   scheme   will   be   implemented in the Spring of 2017. I   urge   you   to   object   to   this,   this   objection   has   been   supported   by   all the    Parishes    in    my    ward.    It    will    save    a    small    amount    whilst inconveniencing   many   people.   I   also   suspect   that   Bus   companies   may change   their   timetables   to   disadvantage   some   bus   users   as   this   will make them more revenue! Ironman ‘Call to account’ We   held   a   meeting   in   December   to   review   the   recent   Ironman   event. The    organisers    appeared    to    finally    accept    that    the    provision    of marshals    and    the    organisation    of    road    closures    left    much    to    be desired.     We     will     be     producing     a     hard     hitting     report     with recommendations   for   the   organisers   to   do   it   properly   next   time!   These will be published in the next report. Highways Issues If   you   encounter   a   pot   hole   or   some   other   issue   the   quickest   way   to report   Highways   issues   is   to   go   on-line. This   is   a   simple   process   which gives   you   a   reference   number   and   reports   progress   along   the   way. Link for reporting highway issues - click here