Archive for the ‘North Dorset’ Category

Social fragmentation and loneliness

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

An interesting study: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7755641.stm "The South West has also seen a substantial social fragmentation. The rise in the number of holiday homes in the region has been blamed for undermining community life." These things are notoriously difficult to analyse, but it seems pretty robust to me. And depressing. As an aside, the maps, showing ...

That’s why Dorset is subsidising the North…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you had any doubts as to why it is that we in Dorset receive such a small (relatively) grant from what the tax man has horded centrally, then take a look at this. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/7422181.stm Of course, I thought it was simple gerrymandering and the government funding its own constituencies (remember ...

NEW DATE FOR The Showground Development Meeting

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

It looks like a date has been set for a dedicated meeting of the Full Council of NDDC, to hear the next stage of the application for the development of the Turnpike Showground by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show Society. The meeting will be on the 20th November, in Blandford. It ...

And so it rumbles on…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The saga that is the planning application to build a pavilion at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground continued yesterday when the development committee at North Dorset met at a special meeting at the Royal Chase in Shaftesbury to discuss the application.á The marathon meeting, at about 4 1/2 hours, eventually ...

Gillingham Leisure Centre – first sight of the Phoenix

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

The expoáof the Three Rivers proposals for a replacement leisure centre have been on show at the Town Hall in Gillingham for the last three days; and while there's a lot still to be done, it looks very impressive. By Saturday afternoon they'd already had 600 people through the doors, ...

Funding the Gillingham Leisure Centre

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I had a meeting with the trustees of the Three Rivers Partnership, where I articulated the "best practice" for going about funding the new leisure centre. This is going to be a huge task - there's a lot of money needed, and funds are pretty scarce at the moment for ...

Gillingham Leisure Centre Meeting – where there’s smoke there’s fire

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Frankly, if it wasnÆt so important, youÆd have laughed out loud. As it was there were a few muted titters, and numerous muttered conspiracy theories when last night, half way through a public meeting on the future of the Gillingham Leisure Centre, a fuse blew and started a fire. This ...

Recycling in North Dorset, and the Gillingham Pilot Scheme

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

This just isnÆt going away as an issue. Which is probably a good thing, as it is something that we on the policy review committtee at North Dorset are looking into, and itÆs reassuring that weÆre looking into a live issue!! At Motcombe Parish Council last night, I was asked again ...

Capping – how the government is reducing local services in North Dorset

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

One of the problems withápolitics today is that nobody trusts anything that politicians say.áThis is in part because the truth is so complicated, and to quote the old maxim ôa lie is half way round the world but before the truth has got its boots onö. That might be a ...

First Day at the Office

Friday, May 18th, 2007

HereÆs (all but one of) the newly elected conservative councillors.