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2017

Our District Councillor is Peter Wharf

You can read his monthly reports below. You can also find his Surgery Timings  below here - Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turbeville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to contact me and cannot get to the surgery, my email address is here, or you can call me on 01929 472 246. Local Government reorganisation – Unitary By   the   time   you   read   this   all   Councils   will   have   voted   on   the   proposals.   If,   as   I   suspect,   a   majority   vote   for   the   proposals   then   within   two   years Purbeck   District   Council   will   cease   to   exist   (in   May   2019)   and   Dorset   County   Council   will   be   a   unitary   authority.   However   if   this   does   happen   it   is vital   that   we   do   not   continue   as   before   but   that   we   devolve   powers   and   budgets   to   as   low   a   level   as   possible   which   will   be   Parish   Councils   or   an amalgamation of them which in other Unitaries have been called local area Boards. More next month. Local Plan Update – Partial Review We   will   be   holding   a   public   question   and   answer   session   on   Thursday   March   16th   at   6.00   pm   –   probably   at   Purbeck   School.   This   will   be   an opportunity for anyone to come and ask questions as to how the project is progressing. Bere Regis New School You   will   all   be   delighted   to   hear   that   the   County   Council   stepped   up   and   has   taken   responsibility   for   Liz   our   lovely   Lollipop   lady   and   County   (as opposed to the previous private sponsors) will now be funding this important activity. February 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary All   9   Councils   have   now   voted   on   the   proposals   with   six   voting   in   favour   (Dorset   County,   Weymouth   and   Portland,   North   Dorset,   West   Dorset, Bournemouth   and   finally   Poole)   and   three   against   (Purbeck,   East   Dorset   and   Christchurch).   Purbeck   voted   against   on   the   casting   vote   of   the Chairman. I personally voted in favour. However   the   submission   has   now   been   made   to   the   secretary   of   State,   Sajid   Javid,   with   the   following   (edited)   opening   statement   “There   is overwhelming   support   for   change   amongst   councils,   residents,   businesses   and   other   local   public   bodies,   and   we   believe   we   have   a   very compelling   case.   These   documents   are   supported   by,   a   financial   analysis   of   local   government   reorganisation,   conducted   by   Local   Partnerships (LP),   the   findings   of   a   public   consultation,   undertaken   by   Opinion   Research   Services   (ORS),   an   assessment   of   the   case   for   change,   undertaken   by PricewaterhouseCoopers   (PwC)   and   finally   the   report   and   recommendations   considered   by   all   councils   in   January   2017.   We   are   convinced   that   the evidence   to   support   our   proposals   is   compelling,   and   confident   that   the   criteria   that   you   will   use   to   consider   it   are   not   only   met   but   exceeded.   The headlines   include,   75%   of   all   Dorset   Councillors   that   voted   on   this   proposal,   support   it,   73%   of   residents   support   change,   65%   of   residents   support the   proposed   geographical   composition,   89%   of   businesses   back   change,   as   does   the   Local   Enterprise   Partnership.   £108million   of   savings   are projected in the first six years” Once the project has paid back (in two years) prudent forecasts are for £28M p.a. savings with a stretch figure of, at minimum, double that. The   statement   goes   on   to   say   “Our   ambition   is   to   have   the   two   new   councils   in   place   by   1   April   2019,   and   with   your   support   we   are   confident   we can   achieve   it.   We   believe   we   have   collectively   identified   a   sustainable   solution   that   reduces   costs   and   improves   public   services,   an   opportunity   to stimulate   growth,   and   the   chance   of   a   lifetime   to   improve   people’s   quality   of   life   and   prosperity.   We   are   confident   that   you   will   find   the   evidence compelling, and keen to meet you in person to discuss our proposal.” The statement has also been signed by 5 Dorset MPs. I   am   told   that   the   Secretary   of   State   may   agree   this   by   the   end   of   March   and   if   so   we   will   be   attempting   to   persuade   those   authorities   that   have   said no to reconsider as the reorganisation, if approved, will include those authorities that have said no thus far, whether they like it or not. Local Plan Update – Partial Review We   will   be   holding   a   public   question   and   Answer   session   on   Thursday   March   16th   at   5.00   pm   –   at   Purbeck   School   –   not   6.00   as   in   my   previous report. This will be an opportunity for anyone to come and ask questions as to how this is progressing.   March 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary We await the Secretary of State decision which may be given at the end of March. Council Tax Purbeck   raised   their   Council   tax   by   the   maximum   permitted   which   is   2%   or   £5   at   Band   D   for   smaller   authorities   –   which   we   are   -   so   we   raised   it   by this amount to maintain services. Local Plan Update – Partial Review Following    agreement    at    Council    on    21    February,    officers    will    be    working    with    Councillors    to    establish    five    Local    Forums    and    a    Purbeck Infrastructure   Forum   to   help   inform   the   Local   Plan   Review.   It   is   likely   that   the   first   meetings   of   the   forums   will   take   place   in   May,   after   the   County Council elections, with further details to be provided in due course. Officers   have   commissioned   Land   Use   Consultants   (LUC)   in   association   with   Navigus   Planning   to   undertake   the   Purbeck   Environmental   and Infrastructure   Capacity   Study.   The   aim   of   the   study   is   to   undertake   a   high-level   assessment   of   the   capacity   of   the   district   to   accommodate additional   housing   development.   LUC   will   be   focusing   on   the   environmental   elements,   whilst   Navigus   Planning   will   be   covering   the   infrastructure aspects. The study is due to be completed in May and will help inform progress with the Local Plan Review. Officers   have   arranged   a   public   question   and   answer   session,   to   enable   all   interested   parties   to   ask   questions   and   discuss   progress   with   the   Local Plan   Review.   The   Q&A   session   will   take   place   from   5.00pm   to   6.30pm   on   Thursday   16   March,   at   the   Purbeck   School   in   Wareham.   The   Q&A session   will   be   followed   by   a   meeting   of   the   Local   Plan   Review Advisory   Group,   which   is   due   to   start   at   7.00pm.   I   will   report   back   on   the   progress   of this meeting in my next report.   April 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary We still await the Secretary of State decision which may now be given sometime in May. Local Plan As   a   result   of   the   recommendations   of   an   independent   review   we   commissioned   into   the   local   Plan,   we   are   now   setting   up   five   Local   Forums   and   a Purbeck   Infrastructure   Forum   to   inform   further   progress   with   the   Local   Plan   Review.   The   aim   is   for   the   forums   to   give   all   interested   parties   an opportunity   to   help   shape   the   plan.   The   Local   Forums   will   each   cover   a   different   spatial   area   of   the   district   and   the   Infrastructure   Forum   will   cover the whole district. Each forum is likely to meet three times between May and September, and the dates of the first meetings have now been arranged as follows: Spatial Area Venue Date Time         North West Purbeck Forum (including Bere Regis) Bere Regis Sports Club, Bere Regis, Wareham, BH20 7LA Monday 22 May 6-8.30pm         Please   note   that   the   second   and   third   meetings   may   not   be   in   the   same   venues,   as   we   will   be   seeking   to   use   a   variety   of   venues   to   maximise opportunities for people to attend. Locations will be shown on the Dorset for You website We   will   be   contacting   all   those   who   have   already   registered   an   interest   in   attending   the   forums,   to   let   them   know   the   dates.   Whilst   the   date   for registration is now closed all are very welcome to attend. Dorset County Council May 2107 Report There will be no report this month due to the forthcoming elections. Dorset County Council June 2107 Report Election May 4 th The elections took place and I am delighted to say that I was elected as the member for the new ward of North West Purbeck. The new ward includes Bere Regis, Morden, Bloxworth, Lytchett Matravers, Moreton, Affpuddle & Turnerspuddle, Bovington and finally Bovington Camp. I will do my best to represent you irrespective of your political views.  The result was Bullen. S. Labour       141 Evans. J. UKIP       123 Taylor. J. Lib Dem       890 Wharf. P. Conservative    1654 I am pleased to say that I have been appointed as the Deputy Leader for Dorset County Council; and I am working well with the leader Rebecca Knox as we prepare for some challenging times ahead. Local Government Reorganisation The Secretary of State was due to make the announcement mid-April. However this was postponed as it coincided with the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack. It was then due a few weeks later but by then the General Election had been announced and as a result the rules of “purdah” prevented any announcement during the campaign. It will now not be announced until sometime after June 8 th  and I think it will not happen until a new Secretary of State is appointed and it may well not be the most important item in their in tray. The six Councils who submitted the proposal are therefore preparing where they can at no cost but otherwise we will wait and see. Surgery Surgeries are held on the first Saturday of every month. These are held at the communal Lounge in Turberville Court in Bere Regis from 09.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. If you cannot make one of these please email me and I will arrange to come round to see you. If you have any questions or queries related to the business of Dorset County Council please come along. If anyone wants to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com. Peter Wharf, County Councillor Dorset County Council July 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary Now   that   we   have   had   the   general   election   the   outlook   seems   to   be   as   confused   as   ever.   We   assumed   that   the   new   Secretary   of   State   (the   same one   as   before)   would   expedite   the   decision,   especially   as   the   six   Councils   who   submitted   the   proposal   have   now   reaffirmed   their   commitment   to the   process.   However   it   seems   that   the   lack   of   a   working   majority   may   lead   the   government   to   avoid   contentious   decisions   –   like   this   one,   but   I hope   not.   We   do   not   know   what   the   decision   will   be   or   when   it   will   be   made   but   the   prognosis   is   much   less   positive   than   it   was.   As   always   I   will keep you posted. Local Plan Review What   was   known   as   the   Purbeck   Partial   Review   is   now   to   be   called   a   full   review   (as   that   is   what   it   has   turned   out   to   be).   I   was   previously   the Chairman   of   the   Partial   Review   Group   at   District   Council)   but   as   a   full   review   it   is   now   is   going   to   report   direct   to   Council   through   our   monthly   Policy Group   to   ensure   it   reports   regularly   to   the   public.   I   will   continue   to   support   the   process   but   will   now   not   be   involved   in   the   day   to   day   work   of   the group,   as   the   Chair!   We   have   also   agreed   the   Lytchett   Matravers   Neighbourhood   Plan   and   the   Swanage   Local   Plan   which   will   now   be   part   of   the guidelines   which   must   be   followed   when   determining   planning   applications.   It   is   hoped   that   the   Bere   Regis   Neighborhood   Plan   will   also   be   agreed in the next year. The forums have now been delayed for operational reasons and will probably start in September. Christmas Tree collection Dorset   Waste   Partnership   (DWP)   is   taking   a   revision   to   the   “Recycle   for   Dorset”   service   policy   which   relates   to   Christmas   tree   collections. Christmas   trees   are   classified   as   Schedule   2   waste   which   means   there   is   no   obligation   on   DWP   to   collect   Christmas   trees   and   should   they   do   so they   have   the   discretion   to   charge   householders   a   reasonable   amount   for   this   service.   The   DWP’s   current   policy   states   that   they   will   collect Christmas   trees   free   of   charge   with   residual   waste   (rubbish   bins)   after   Christmas   and   they   will   be   disposed   of   with   the   rubbish   in   landfill   or treatment. To   make   savings   in   the   region   of   £10k   p.a.      DWP   are   proposing   to   stop   collecting   Christmas   trees   with   the   rubbish   bins   in   the   weeks   after Christmas.    Residents   will   instead   be   encouraged   to   use   their   garden   waste   service,   take   their   real   Christmas   tree   to   a   Household   Recycling Centre, or use charitable collections.  I think this is a penny pinching saving and will be opposing it. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   cannot   make   one   of   these   please   email   me   and   I   will   arrange   to   come   round   to   see   you.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries related   to   the   business   of   Dorset   County   Council   please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com . Peter Wharf, County Councillor Purbeck District Council August 2017 Report Single Person Discount Review  Over   the   next   few   weeks   councils   across   Dorset   will   be   carrying   out   a   review   of   all   council   tax   payers   claiming   a   25   per   cent   single   person discount   on   their   council   tax   bill.   The   review   will   involve   the   councils   working   with   Capita   Local   Government   Services   who   will   be   using   data supplied from credit reference agencies to check against those currently receiving a 25 per cent discount.   Your   local   council   is   keen   to   ensure   that   everyone   who   is   entitled   to   the   single   person   discount   receives   it.   However,   it   recognises   that   taxpayers who   claim   the   discount   improperly   place   an   unnecessary   burden   on   other   residents   and   it   is   undertaking   this   review   to   stop   this.   Those   that   claim the discount improperly directly reduce the amount of council tax collected and reduce the funding that can be spent on local services.   If   you   are   claiming   this   discount   properly,   there   is   no   need   to   worry.   If   you   are   claiming   a   discount   you   are   not   entitled   to,   please   contact   your   local council immediately to avoid further action being taken.   Details about this can be found at dorsetforyou.com  or poole.gov.uk .    The   single   person   discount   review   involves;      Christchurch   Borough   Council,   East   Dorset   District   Council,   North   Dorset   District   Council,   The Borough   of   Poole,   West   Dorset   District   Council,   Weymouth   &   Portland   Borough   Council   and   finally   our   own   council   -   Purbeck   District   Council.     Bournemouth Borough Council is not taking part in this review.   Purbeck   District   Council,   West   Dorset   District   Council   and   Weymouth   &   Portland   Borough   Council   form   the   South   Dorset   Revenues   &   Benefits Partnership.  For more information contact 01305 838079 .  Local Plan Review The   Partial   Review   is   now   known   as   the   full   review   and   there   will   be   a   smaller   number   of   local   forums   in   the   autumn   which   will   be   followed   by   a   full consultation.   It   will   also   appear   as   an   article   in   the   autumn   edition   of   “About   Purbeck”   which   will   enable   people   to   respond   via   that   news-sheet. You can    also    keep    updated    by    checking    at    the    following    link    https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/purbeck-local-forums     or    contacting    PDC    at localplan@purbeck-dc.gov.uk / 01929 556561. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor Purbeck District Council September 2017 Report Make sure you are eligible to register to vote Purbeck   residents   are   being   reminded   to   look   out   for   the   Household   Enquiry   Form   which   every   household   in   Purbeck   should   have   received   this August   and   residents   are   being   asked   to   check   the   details   and   update   them   if   necessary.      The   form   will   be   addressed   to   "the   occupier"   and   will contain   the   details   of   all   those   in   the   household   currently   on   the   voting   register.   Properties   where   no   one   is   registered   to   vote   will   receive   a   blank form. Every household is required by law to make sure the details on the form are correct and to add any missing details. The   form   should   be   signed   and   returned   in   the   pre-paid   envelope   provided.    Alternatively   you   can   call   the   Electoral   Services   Team   on   01929 557219   to   confirm   your   details.   If   you’ve   moved   recently,   you   won’t   have   automatically   been registered   to   vote   at   your   new   address,   so   please check   the   form   as   soon   as   it   arrives   and   add   any   missing   details.   If   you   do   not   respond   promptly,   the   Council   has   to   send   reminders,   so   please respond to the first form to save unnecessary costs if you can please.    Proposed Dorset National Park The   Council   has   given   its   provisional   support   to   consider   and   evaluate   the   potential   for   a   new   national   park. The   purpose   would   be   to   conserve   and enhance   the   natural   wildlife   and   cultural   heritage   of   the   area   and   to   promote   opportunities   for   the   understanding   and   enjoyment   of   the   special qualities provided by this designated park. This   will   definitely   take   a   number   of   years   if   it   were   to   happen   and   would   first   require   the   approval   of   Natural   England   who   will   consider   and   report back on the idea starting sometime next year at the earliest. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com. Peter Wharf - District Councillor Dorset County Council October 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary There is still no announcement from the new Secretary of State and one does not look likely now until October or later. Ironman race Sunday 17th September If anyone has good or bad experiences of this event please email me and I will include your thoughts in the post event review we will be holding. NHS Royal   Bournemouth   Hospital   is   set   to   become   the   major   emergency   hub   for   the   east   of   Dorset   leaving   Poole   Hospital    for   planned   care   with   a   24/7 urgent   care   centre.   It   means   Poole   is   set   to   lose   its A&E   as   well   as   maternity   and   paediatrics   services,   which   would   move   to   RBH   despite   months of   campaigning.      Dorset   County   Hospital   will   remain   as   both   an   emergency   and   planned   site   with   health   bosses   conceding   a   maternity   and paediatrics   unit   should   now   remain   for   patients   in   the   west   of   the   county.   It   comes   following   a   successful   campaign   to   Save   Kingfisher   Ward   with new   options   to   be   considered   by   both   the   Dorchester-based   hospital   and   Yeovil   District   Hospital   in   new   proposals   which   will   go   out   for   a   second public consultation.  These proposals are not made by DCC. Buses Two   school   bus   routes   linking   North   Dorset,   Purbeck   and   Dorchester   have   been   extended   to   provide   extra   public   journeys.   The   Blandford   School service   722   will   be   opened   up   to   give   rural   residents   more   options   for   getting   to   Blandford.   The   service   will   run   in   the   morning   and   afternoon   on school   days   between   Winterborne   Zelston   and   Blandford   via   the   Winterborne   Valley. Also   the   timetable   for   the   187   serving   Thomas   Hardye   School will   be   extended   to   include   two   additional   trips   in   the   middle   of   the   day   between   Blandford,   Bere   Regis   and   Dorchester   via   Winterborne   Kingston. Dorset   County   Council  has   awarded   the   contract   for   the   routes   to   Damory   on   a   one-year   trial   basis.   The   county   council   plans   to   open   up   more school routes to public use from September 2017 to make better use of Dorset’s existing transport network. The      start      of      the      two      revised      routes      is      timed      to      coincide      with      the      new      school      term.      Timetables      will      be      available from  www.damory.co.uk  and  www.travelinesw.com . Parliamentary ward boundaries There   are   major   changes   planned   to   our   constituency   boundaries   in   Dorset.   The   Boundary   Commission   intends   to   publish   revised   proposals   for new   Parliamentary   Constituency   Boundaries   on Tuesday   17   October   2017.    The   Commission   will   consult   on   the   proposals   until   11   December   2017 as   the   final   consultation   prior   to   the   2018   review   of   constituencies,   and   this   will   therefore   be   the   last   chance   to   contribute   to   the   best   pattern   of constituencies   to   recommend   to   Parliament.   In   addition   to   all   of   the   background   information   to   support   the   review   so   far,   all   the   information   people need to see the proposals and contribute to the review will be available at  www.bce2018.org.uk , from 17 October 2017.  Bovington School The   old,   now   disused,   Middle   School   at   Bovington   will   now   be   used   as   a   special   school   for   autistic   children.   The   use   of   the   playing   fields   and   other grounds   of   the   school   may   be   used   for   another   specialist   school   or   for   parking   for   the   tank   Museum   during   the   peak   summer   months. A   decision   on this will not be made for another three months Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   cannot   make   one   of   these   please   email   me   and   I   will   arrange   to   come   round   to   see   you.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries related   to   the   business   of   Dorset   County   Council   please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com . Peter Wharf, County Councillor Purbeck District Council November 2017 Report Bestival The   organisers   are   proposing   to   hold   the   two   events   virtually   next   to   each   other   next   year,   both   at   the   height   of   the   season.   I   will   be   lodging   my   own objection   to   this   as   I   do   not   feel   our   roads   will   be   able   to   stand   the   gridlock   and   it   will   clash   with   established   events   such   as   TankFest.   The Proposed dates are:  Camp Bestival, 26 – 29 July 2018; Bestival, 02 – 05 August 2018. Local Plan Review The   Government   has   published   a   consultation   on   ‘planning   for   the   right   homes   in   the   right   places’   which   includes   a   proposed   new   approach   to calculating   local   housing   need.   The   Government   has   also   published   an   indicative   assessment   of   housing   need   for   each   local   authority,   based   on this   new   approach.   This   indicates   that   the   housing   need   for   Purbeck   would   be   168   dwellings   per   annum,   under   the   new   method.   This   is   a significant   reduction   compared   to   the   previous   need   identified   by   government   which   was   238   dwellings   per   annum.   However   as   we   all   know   the devil   is   in   the   detail   and   we   will   need   to   clarify   and   check   this   carefully   with   government!   Also   this   is   only   a   proposal   and   the   government   could change it! Rail Partnership honoured to receive award The   partnership   set   up   to   facilitate   the   reconnection   of   the   passenger   rail   link   between   Swanage   and   Wareham   is   delighted   its   work   has   been recognised   with   a   coveted   award.   The   Purbeck   Community   Rail   Partnership   picked   up   the   Innovation   in   Community   Rail   award   at   the Association of   Community   Rail   Partnerships   (ACoRP)   Community   Rail   Awards   Ceremony   held   on   5   October   2017.   The   Partnership   won   the   award   thanks   to the   unique   alliance   that   has   brought   together   organisations   to   re-establish   a   service   which   last   operated   in   1972.   The   Purbeck   Community   Rail Partnership,   comprising   Dorset   County   Council;   Purbeck   District   Council;   Network   Rail;   Borough   of   Poole   Council; Perenco   (previously   BP); South Western   Railway   (formerly   South   West Trains);   and the   Swanage   Railway   Company   has   been   working   since   1997   to   reinstate   a   regular   passenger rail service between Swanage and Wareham. A   trial   passenger   train   service   between   Swanage   and   Wareham   was   operated   by   the   Swanage   Railway   Company   during   60   days   this   summer.  Plans   are   now   being   made   to   run   a   second   trial   service   from   Swanage   and   Corfe   Castle   to   the   main   line   at   Wareham   on   90   selected   days   during 2018.   Rail Timetable consultation You   may   have   heard   that   there   is   a   consultation   on   proposed   changes   to   the   South   Western   Railway   rail   timetable.   The   consultation   makes   a number   of   suggestions   to   change   the   frequency   and   stops   of   trains.   The   link   is   https://www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and-help/timetable- consultation . Please look it up and I will be lodging a strong objection to reducing the number of trains stopping at Moreton for London. Surgery   Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   do   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor Purbeck District Council December 2017 Report Unitary Proposals The   letter   from   the   Secretary   of   State   giving   the   provisional   go   ahead   to   the   project   is   shown   in   my   County   report.   Purbeck   District   Council,   who voted   against   the   project,   will   now   have   to   consider   a   number   of   options. At   our   meeting   in   December   we   can   vote   to   now   engage   with   the   process (on   the   grounds   that   it   is   better   in   than   out)   or   we   can   continue   our   rejection   and   watch   what   happens   and   argue   to   continue   on   our   own.   We   could suggest   an   alternative   proposal,   one   of   which   would   be   to   include   Christchurch   in   the   rural   unitary   and   thus   remove   them   from   the   proposed Bournemouth and Poole unitary. The new consultation period ends in January and hopefully the situation will become clearer by then. Local Plan Review District   Councillors   recently   attended   a   day   of   workshops   relating   to   the   Purbeck   Local   Plan   reviewing   a   series   of   new   studies   and   papers   which have   now   been   released   to   the   public.   These   are   available   to   the   public   and   we   expect   there   to   be   further   consultation   on   the   overall   plan   in   the spring.   I   and   the   Parish   Council   Chair   discussed   our   recent   Neighbourhood   Plan   consultation   event   with   Officers   to   ensure   they   are   aware   of   where we are in the process and that this is fully taken into account when the consultation for the overall plan across the district takes place. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month. These   are   held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from   09.30   a.m. to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   do   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor
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2017

Our District Councillor is Peter Wharf

You   can   read   his   monthly   reports   below.   You   can   also   find   his   Surgery Timings  below here - Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turbeville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery,   my   email address is here, or you can call me on 01929 472 246. Local Government reorganisation – Unitary By   the   time   you   read   this   all   Councils   will   have   voted   on   the   proposals. If,   as   I   suspect,   a   majority   vote   for   the   proposals   then   within   two   years Purbeck   District   Council   will   cease   to   exist   (in   May   2019)   and   Dorset County   Council   will   be   a   unitary   authority.   However   if   this   does   happen it   is   vital   that   we   do   not   continue   as   before   but   that   we   devolve   powers and    budgets    to    as    low    a    level    as    possible    which    will    be    Parish Councils   or   an   amalgamation   of   them   which   in   other   Unitaries   have been called local area Boards. More next month. Local Plan Update – Partial Review We   will   be   holding   a   public   question   and   answer   session   on   Thursday March   16th   at   6.00   pm   –   probably   at   Purbeck   School.   This   will   be   an opportunity   for   anyone   to   come   and   ask   questions   as   to   how   the project is progressing. Bere Regis New School You   will   all   be   delighted   to   hear   that   the   County   Council   stepped   up and   has   taken   responsibility   for   Liz   our   lovely   Lollipop   lady   and   County (as   opposed   to   the   previous   private   sponsors)   will   now   be   funding   this important activity. February 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary All   9   Councils   have   now   voted   on   the   proposals   with   six   voting   in favour   (Dorset   County,   Weymouth   and   Portland,   North   Dorset,   West Dorset,   Bournemouth   and   finally   Poole)   and   three   against   (Purbeck, East   Dorset   and   Christchurch).   Purbeck   voted   against   on   the   casting vote of the Chairman. I personally voted in favour. However   the   submission   has   now   been   made   to   the   secretary   of State,    Sajid    Javid,    with    the    following    (edited)    opening    statement “There     is     overwhelming     support     for     change     amongst     councils, residents,   businesses   and   other   local   public   bodies,   and   we   believe we   have   a   very   compelling   case.   These   documents   are   supported   by, a   financial   analysis   of   local   government   reorganisation,   conducted   by Local    Partnerships    (LP),    the    findings    of    a    public    consultation, undertaken   by   Opinion   Research   Services   (ORS),   an   assessment   of the   case   for   change,   undertaken   by   PricewaterhouseCoopers   (PwC) and   finally   the   report   and   recommendations   considered   by   all   councils in   January   2017.   We   are   convinced   that   the   evidence   to   support   our proposals   is   compelling,   and   confident   that   the   criteria   that   you   will use    to    consider    it    are    not    only    met    but    exceeded.   The    headlines include,   75%   of   all   Dorset   Councillors   that   voted   on   this   proposal, support   it,   73%   of   residents   support   change,   65%   of   residents   support the    proposed    geographical    composition,    89%    of    businesses    back change,    as    does    the    Local    Enterprise    Partnership.    £108million    of savings are projected in the first six years” Once   the   project   has   paid   back   (in   two   years)   prudent   forecasts   are for £28M p.a. savings with a stretch figure of, at minimum, double that. The   statement   goes   on   to   say   “Our   ambition   is   to   have   the   two   new councils    in    place    by    1   April    2019,    and    with    your    support    we    are confident   we   can   achieve   it.   We   believe   we   have   collectively   identified a    sustainable    solution    that    reduces    costs    and    improves    public services,   an   opportunity   to   stimulate   growth,   and   the   chance   of   a lifetime    to    improve    people’s    quality    of    life    and    prosperity.    We    are confident   that   you   will   find   the   evidence   compelling,   and   keen   to   meet you   in   person   to   discuss   our   proposal.”   The   statement   has   also   been signed by 5 Dorset MPs. I   am   told   that   the   Secretary   of   State   may   agree   this   by   the   end   of March   and   if   so   we   will   be   attempting   to   persuade   those   authorities that   have   said   no   to   reconsider   as   the   reorganisation,   if   approved,   will include   those   authorities   that   have   said   no   thus   far,   whether   they   like   it or not. Local Plan Update – Partial Review We   will   be   holding   a   public   question   and Answer   session   on   Thursday March   16th   at   5.00   pm   –   at   Purbeck   School   –   not   6.00   as   in   my previous   report.   This   will   be   an   opportunity   for   anyone   to   come   and ask questions as to how this is progressing.   March 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary We   await   the   Secretary   of   State   decision   which   may   be   given   at   the end of March. Council Tax Purbeck   raised   their   Council   tax   by   the   maximum   permitted   which   is 2%   or   £5   at   Band   D   for   smaller   authorities   –   which   we   are   -   so   we raised it by this amount to maintain services. Local Plan Update – Partial Review Following    agreement    at    Council    on    21    February,    officers    will    be working   with   Councillors   to   establish   five   Local   Forums   and   a   Purbeck Infrastructure   Forum   to   help   inform   the   Local   Plan   Review.   It   is   likely that   the   first   meetings   of   the   forums   will   take   place   in   May,   after   the County   Council   elections,   with   further   details   to   be   provided   in   due course. Officers     have     commissioned     Land     Use     Consultants     (LUC)     in association     with     Navigus     Planning     to     undertake     the     Purbeck Environmental   and   Infrastructure   Capacity   Study.   The   aim   of   the   study is   to   undertake   a   high-level   assessment   of   the   capacity   of   the   district to    accommodate    additional    housing    development.    LUC    will    be focusing   on   the   environmental   elements,   whilst   Navigus   Planning   will be    covering    the    infrastructure    aspects.    The    study    is    due    to    be completed   in   May   and   will   help   inform   progress   with   the   Local   Plan Review. Officers    have    arranged    a    public    question    and    answer    session,    to enable   all   interested   parties   to   ask   questions   and   discuss   progress with   the   Local   Plan   Review.   The   Q&A   session   will   take   place   from 5.00pm   to   6.30pm   on   Thursday   16   March,   at   the   Purbeck   School   in Wareham. The   Q&A   session   will   be   followed   by   a   meeting   of   the   Local Plan   Review   Advisory   Group,   which   is   due   to   start   at   7.00pm.   I   will report back on the progress of this meeting in my next report.   April 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary We   still   await   the   Secretary   of   State   decision   which   may   now   be   given sometime in May. Local Plan As   a   result   of   the   recommendations   of   an   independent   review   we commissioned   into   the   local   Plan,   we   are   now   setting   up   five   Local Forums   and   a   Purbeck   Infrastructure   Forum   to   inform   further   progress with   the   Local   Plan   Review.   The   aim   is   for   the   forums   to   give   all interested   parties   an   opportunity   to   help   shape   the   plan.   The   Local Forums   will   each   cover   a   different   spatial   area   of   the   district   and   the Infrastructure Forum will cover the whole district. Each   forum   is   likely   to   meet   three   times   between   May   and   September, and    the    dates    of    the    first    meetings    have    now    been    arranged    as follows: Spatial Area Venue Date Time         North West Purbeck Forum (including Bere Regis) Bere          Regis Sports Club, Bere Regis, Wareham, BH20 7LA Monday 22 May 6    - 8.30pm         Please   note   that   the   second   and   third   meetings   may   not   be   in   the same   venues,   as   we   will   be   seeking   to   use   a   variety   of   venues   to maximise   opportunities   for   people   to   attend.   Locations   will   be   shown on the Dorset for You website We   will   be   contacting   all   those   who   have   already   registered   an   interest in   attending   the   forums,   to   let   them   know   the   dates.   Whilst   the   date   for registration is now closed all are very welcome to attend. Dorset County Council May 2107 Report There will be no report this month due to the forthcoming elections. Dorset County Council June 2107 Report Election May 4 th The elections took place and I am delighted to say that I was elected as the member for the new ward of North West Purbeck. The new ward includes Bere Regis, Morden, Bloxworth, Lytchett Matravers, Moreton, Affpuddle & Turnerspuddle, Bovington and finally Bovington Camp. I will do my best to represent you irrespective of your political views.  The result was Bullen. S. Labour       141 Evans. J. UKIP       123 Taylor. J. Lib Dem       890 Wharf. P. Conservative    1654 I am pleased to say that I have been appointed as the Deputy Leader for Dorset County Council; and I am working well with the leader Rebecca Knox as we prepare for some challenging times ahead. Local Government Reorganisation The Secretary of State was due to make the announcement mid-April. However this was postponed as it coincided with the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack. It was then due a few weeks later but by then the General Election had been announced and as a result the rules of “purdah” prevented any announcement during the campaign. It will now not be announced until sometime after June 8 th  and I think it will not happen until a new Secretary of State is appointed and it may well not be the most important item in their in tray. The six Councils who submitted the proposal are therefore preparing where they can at no cost but otherwise we will wait and see. Surgery Surgeries are held on the first Saturday of every month. These are held at the communal Lounge in Turberville Court in Bere Regis from 09.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. If you cannot make one of these please email me and I will arrange to come round to see you. If you have any questions or queries related to the business of Dorset County Council please come along. If anyone wants to contact me and cannot get to the surgery my email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com. Peter Wharf, County Councillor Dorset County Council July 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary Now   that   we   have   had   the   general   election   the   outlook   seems   to   be   as confused   as   ever.   We   assumed   that   the   new   Secretary   of   State   (the same   one   as   before)   would   expedite   the   decision,   especially   as   the   six Councils    who    submitted    the    proposal    have    now    reaffirmed    their commitment    to    the    process.    However    it    seems    that    the    lack    of    a working    majority    may    lead    the    government    to    avoid    contentious decisions   –   like   this   one,   but   I   hope   not.   We   do   not   know   what   the decision   will   be   or   when   it   will   be   made   but   the   prognosis   is   much   less positive than it was. As always I will keep you posted. Local Plan Review What   was   known   as   the   Purbeck   Partial   Review   is   now   to   be   called   a full   review   (as   that   is   what   it   has   turned   out   to   be).   I   was   previously   the Chairman   of   the   Partial   Review   Group   at   District   Council)   but   as   a   full review   it   is   now   is   going   to   report   direct   to   Council   through   our   monthly Policy   Group   to   ensure   it   reports   regularly   to   the   public.   I   will   continue to   support   the   process   but   will   now   not   be   involved   in   the   day   to   day work   of   the   group,   as   the   Chair!   We   have   also   agreed   the   Lytchett Matravers   Neighbourhood   Plan   and   the   Swanage   Local   Plan   which will    now    be    part    of    the    guidelines    which    must    be    followed    when determining   planning   applications.   It   is   hoped   that   the   Bere   Regis Neighborhood Plan will also be agreed in the next year. The   forums   have   now   been   delayed   for   operational   reasons   and   will probably start in September. Christmas Tree collection Dorset   Waste   Partnership   (DWP)   is   taking   a   revision   to   the   “Recycle for   Dorset”   service   policy   which   relates   to   Christmas   tree   collections. Christmas   trees   are   classified   as   Schedule   2   waste   which   means there   is   no   obligation   on   DWP   to   collect   Christmas   trees   and   should they    do    so    they    have    the    discretion    to    charge    householders    a reasonable   amount   for   this   service.   The   DWP’s   current   policy   states that   they   will   collect   Christmas   trees   free   of   charge   with   residual   waste (rubbish   bins)   after   Christmas   and   they   will   be   disposed   of   with   the rubbish in landfill or treatment. To   make   savings   in   the   region   of   £10k   p.a.      DWP   are   proposing   to stop   collecting   Christmas   trees   with   the   rubbish   bins   in   the   weeks   after Christmas.    Residents   will   instead   be   encouraged   to   use   their   garden waste   service,   take   their   real   Christmas   tree   to   a   Household   Recycling Centre, or use charitable collections.  I think this is a penny pinching saving and will be opposing it. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   cannot   make   one   of   these   please email   me   and   I   will   arrange   to   come   round   to   see   you.   If   you   have   any questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Dorset   County   Council please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to the surgery my email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com . Peter Wharf, County Councillor Purbeck District Council August 2017 Report Single Person Discount Review  Over   the   next   few   weeks   councils   across   Dorset   will   be   carrying   out   a review   of   all   council   tax   payers   claiming   a   25   per   cent   single   person discount   on   their   council   tax   bill.   The   review   will   involve   the   councils working   with   Capita   Local   Government   Services   who   will   be   using data   supplied   from   credit   reference   agencies   to   check   against   those currently receiving a 25 per cent discount.   Your   local   council   is   keen   to   ensure   that   everyone   who   is   entitled   to the   single   person   discount   receives   it.   However,   it   recognises   that taxpayers   who   claim   the   discount   improperly   place   an   unnecessary burden   on   other   residents   and   it   is   undertaking   this   review   to   stop   this. Those   that   claim   the   discount   improperly   directly   reduce   the   amount   of council   tax   collected   and   reduce   the   funding   that   can   be   spent   on   local services.   If   you   are   claiming   this   discount   properly,   there   is   no   need   to   worry.   If you   are   claiming   a   discount   you   are   not   entitled   to,   please   contact your local council immediately to avoid further action being taken.   Details about this can be found at dorsetforyou.com  or poole.gov.uk .    The   single   person   discount   review   involves;      Christchurch   Borough Council,   East   Dorset   District   Council,   North   Dorset   District   Council, The   Borough   of   Poole,   West   Dorset   District   Council,   Weymouth   & Portland    Borough    Council    and    finally    our    own    council    -    Purbeck District   Council.      Bournemouth   Borough   Council   is   not   taking   part   in this review.   Purbeck   District   Council,   West   Dorset   District   Council   and   Weymouth &    Portland    Borough    Council    form    the    South    Dorset    Revenues    & Benefits Partnership.  For more information contact 01305 838079 .  Local Plan Review The   Partial   Review   is   now   known   as   the   full   review   and   there   will   be   a smaller   number   of   local   forums   in   the   autumn   which   will   be   followed   by a   full   consultation.   It   will   also   appear   as   an   article   in   the   autumn edition   of   “About   Purbeck”   which   will   enable   people   to   respond   via   that news-sheet.   You   can   also   keep   updated   by   checking   at   the   following link           https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/purbeck-local-forums            or contacting PDC at localplan@purbeck-dc.gov.uk / 01929 556561. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor Purbeck District Council September 2017 Report Make sure you are eligible to register to vote Purbeck   residents   are   being   reminded   to   look   out   for   the   Household Enquiry   Form   which   every   household   in   Purbeck   should   have   received this   August   and   residents   are   being   asked   to   check   the   details   and update    them    if    necessary.        The    form    will    be    addressed    to    "the occupier"   and   will   contain   the   details   of   all   those   in   the   household currently   on   the   voting   register.   Properties   where   no   one   is   registered to   vote   will   receive   a   blank   form.   Every   household   is   required   by   law   to make   sure   the   details   on   the   form   are   correct   and   to   add   any   missing details. The   form   should   be   signed   and   returned   in   the   pre-paid   envelope provided.    Alternatively   you   can   call   the   Electoral   Services   Team   on 01929   557219   to   confirm   your   details.   If   you’ve   moved   recently,   you won’t   have   automatically   been registered   to   vote   at   your   new   address, so   please   check   the   form   as   soon   as   it   arrives   and   add   any   missing details.    If    you    do    not    respond    promptly,    the    Council    has    to    send reminders,   so   please   respond   to   the   first   form   to   save   unnecessary costs if you can please.    Proposed Dorset National Park The   Council   has   given   its   provisional   support   to   consider   and   evaluate the    potential    for    a    new    national    park.    The    purpose    would    be    to conserve   and   enhance   the   natural   wildlife   and   cultural   heritage   of   the area     and     to     promote     opportunities     for     the     understanding     and enjoyment of the special qualities provided by this designated park. This   will   definitely   take   a   number   of   years   if   it   were   to   happen   and would   first   require   the   approval   of   Natural   England   who   will   consider and    report    back    on    the    idea    starting    sometime    next    year    at    the earliest. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   come   along.   If anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com. Peter Wharf - District Councillor Dorset County Council October 2017 Report Local Government reorganisation – Unitary There   is   still   no   announcement   from   the   new   Secretary   of   State   and one does not look likely now until October or later. Ironman race Sunday 17th September If   anyone   has   good   or   bad   experiences   of   this   event   please   email   me and   I   will   include   your   thoughts   in   the   post   event   review   we   will   be holding. NHS Royal   Bournemouth   Hospital   is   set   to   become   the   major   emergency hub   for   the   east   of   Dorset   leaving   Poole   Hospital    for   planned   care   with a   24/7   urgent   care   centre.   It   means   Poole   is   set   to   lose   its A&E   as   well as    maternity    and    paediatrics    services,    which    would    move    to    RBH despite   months   of   campaigning.      Dorset   County   Hospital   will   remain as   both   an   emergency   and   planned   site   with   health   bosses   conceding a   maternity   and   paediatrics   unit   should   now   remain   for   patients   in   the west   of   the   county.   It   comes   following   a   successful   campaign   to   Save Kingfisher    Ward    with    new    options    to    be    considered    by    both    the Dorchester-based     hospital     and     Yeovil     District     Hospital     in     new proposals   which   will   go   out   for   a   second   public   consultation.      These proposals are not made by DCC. Buses Two   school   bus   routes   linking   North   Dorset,   Purbeck   and   Dorchester have   been   extended   to   provide   extra   public   journeys.   The   Blandford School   service   722   will   be   opened   up   to   give   rural   residents   more options   for   getting   to   Blandford.   The   service   will   run   in   the   morning and    afternoon    on    school    days    between    Winterborne    Zelston    and Blandford   via   the   Winterborne   Valley.   Also   the   timetable   for   the   187 serving    Thomas    Hardye    School    will    be    extended    to    include    two additional   trips   in   the   middle   of   the   day   between   Blandford,   Bere   Regis and   Dorchester   via   Winterborne   Kingston.   Dorset   County   Council  has awarded   the   contract   for   the   routes   to   Damory   on   a   one-year   trial basis.   The   county   council   plans   to   open   up   more   school   routes   to public    use    from    September    2017    to    make    better    use    of    Dorset’s existing transport network. The   start   of   the   two   revised   routes   is   timed   to   coincide   with   the   new school            term.            Timetables            will            be            available from  www.damory.co.uk  and  www.travelinesw.com . Parliamentary ward boundaries There   are   major   changes   planned   to   our   constituency   boundaries   in Dorset.     The     Boundary     Commission     intends     to     publish     revised proposals   for   new   Parliamentary   Constituency   Boundaries   on Tuesday 17   October   2017.    The   Commission   will   consult   on   the   proposals   until 11   December   2017   as   the   final   consultation   prior   to   the   2018   review   of constituencies,   and   this   will   therefore   be   the   last   chance   to   contribute to   the   best   pattern   of   constituencies   to   recommend   to   Parliament.   In addition   to   all   of   the   background   information   to   support   the   review   so far,    all    the    information    people    need    to    see    the    proposals    and contribute   to   the   review   will   be   available   at  www.bce2018.org.uk ,   from 17 October 2017.  Bovington School The   old,   now   disused,   Middle   School   at   Bovington   will   now   be   used   as a   special   school   for   autistic   children.   The   use   of   the   playing   fields   and other   grounds   of   the   school   may   be   used   for   another   specialist   school or   for   parking   for   the   tank   Museum   during   the   peak   summer   months. A decision on this will not be made for another three months Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   cannot   make   one   of   these   please email   me   and   I   will   arrange   to   come   round   to   see   you.   If   you   have   any questions   or   queries   related   to   the   business   of   Dorset   County   Council please   come   along.   If   anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to the surgery my email address is peterwharf@hotmail.com . Peter Wharf, County Councillor Purbeck District Council November 2017 Report Bestival The   organisers   are   proposing   to   hold   the   two   events   virtually   next   to each   other   next   year,   both   at   the   height   of   the   season.   I   will   be   lodging my   own   objection   to   this   as   I   do   not   feel   our   roads   will   be   able   to   stand the   gridlock   and   it   will   clash   with   established   events   such   as TankFest. The   Proposed   dates   are:    Camp   Bestival,   26   –   29   July   2018;   Bestival, 02 – 05 August 2018. Local Plan Review The   Government   has   published   a   consultation   on   ‘planning   for   the right    homes    in    the    right    places’    which    includes    a    proposed    new approach   to   calculating   local   housing   need.   The   Government   has   also published   an   indicative   assessment   of   housing   need   for   each   local authority,   based   on   this   new   approach.   This   indicates   that   the   housing need   for   Purbeck   would   be   168   dwellings   per   annum,   under   the   new method.   This   is   a   significant   reduction   compared   to   the   previous   need identified    by    government    which    was    238    dwellings    per    annum. However   as   we   all   know   the   devil   is   in   the   detail   and   we   will   need   to clarify   and   check   this   carefully   with   government!   Also   this   is   only   a proposal and the government could change it! Rail Partnership honoured to receive award The   partnership   set   up   to   facilitate   the   reconnection   of   the   passenger rail   link   between   Swanage   and   Wareham   is   delighted   its   work   has been   recognised   with   a   coveted   award.   The   Purbeck   Community   Rail Partnership   picked   up   the   Innovation   in   Community   Rail   award   at   the Association   of   Community   Rail   Partnerships   (ACoRP)   Community   Rail Awards   Ceremony   held   on   5   October   2017.   The   Partnership   won   the award    thanks    to    the    unique    alliance    that    has    brought    together organisations   to   re-establish   a   service   which   last   operated   in   1972. The   Purbeck   Community   Rail   Partnership,   comprising   Dorset   County Council;   Purbeck   District   Council;   Network   Rail;   Borough   of   Poole Council; Perenco   (previously   BP); South   Western   Railway   (formerly South   West   Trains);   and the   Swanage   Railway   Company   has   been working    since    1997    to    reinstate    a    regular    passenger    rail    service between Swanage and Wareham. A   trial   passenger   train   service   between   Swanage   and   Wareham   was operated    by    the    Swanage    Railway    Company    during    60    days    this summer.    Plans   are   now   being   made   to   run   a   second   trial   service   from Swanage    and    Corfe    Castle    to    the    main    line    at    Wareham    on    90 selected days during 2018.   Rail Timetable consultation You   may   have   heard   that   there   is   a   consultation   on   proposed   changes to   the   South   Western   Railway   rail   timetable. The   consultation   makes   a number   of   suggestions   to   change   the   frequency   and   stops   of   trains. The       link       is       https://www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and- help/timetable-consultation .   Please   look   it   up   and   I   will   be   lodging   a strong   objection   to   reducing   the   number   of   trains   stopping   at   Moreton for London. Surgery   Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   do   come   along.   If anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor Purbeck District Council December 2017 Report Unitary Proposals The   letter   from   the   Secretary   of   State   giving   the   provisional   go   ahead to   the   project   is   shown   in   my   County   report.   Purbeck   District   Council, who   voted   against   the   project,   will   now   have   to   consider   a   number   of options. At   our   meeting   in   December   we   can   vote   to   now   engage   with the   process   (on   the   grounds   that   it   is   better   in   than   out)   or   we   can continue   our   rejection   and   watch   what   happens   and   argue   to   continue on   our   own.   We   could   suggest   an   alternative   proposal,   one   of   which would   be   to   include   Christchurch   in   the   rural   unitary   and   thus   remove them   from   the   proposed   Bournemouth   and   Poole   unitary.   The   new consultation   period   ends   in   January   and   hopefully   the   situation   will become clearer by then. Local Plan Review District   Councillors   recently   attended   a   day   of   workshops   relating   to the   Purbeck   Local   Plan   reviewing   a   series   of   new   studies   and   papers which   have   now   been   released   to   the   public.   These   are   available   to the   public   and   we   expect   there   to   be   further   consultation   on   the   overall plan   in   the   spring.   I   and   the   Parish   Council   Chair   discussed   our   recent Neighbourhood   Plan   consultation   event   with   Officers   to   ensure   they are   aware   of   where   we   are   in   the   process   and   that   this   is   fully   taken into   account   when   the   consultation   for   the   overall   plan   across   the district takes place. Surgery Surgeries   are   held   on   the   first   Saturday   of   every   month.   These   are held   at   the   communal   Lounge   in   Turberville   Court   in   Bere   Regis   from 09.30   a.m.   to   10.00   a.m.   If   you   have   any   questions   or   queries   related to   the   business   of   Purbeck   District   Council   please   do   come   along.   If anyone   wants   to   contact   me   and   cannot   get   to   the   surgery   my   email address is peter.wharf@btopenworld.com . Peter Wharf - District Councillor