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Purbeck District Council

Reports

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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Purbeck District Council

Reports

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