My 2014 Annual Parish Meeting report – interesting read, especially about buses

Over the past 12 months there have been many changes at the District Council; the Shared Services Partnership with Weymouth & Portland has resulted in savings of £2.1m – which has enabled West Dorset District Council to keep the council tax for 2013/14 the same as last year, still protecting front line services, no cuts to grants to our local voluntary and community groups – and have frozen short stay car parking charges yet again to help local businesses.

Moving into new greener offices in ‘South Walks House’ have given us more savings from better ways of working, also getting the maximum potential from our workforce, and for the first time, public and staff can access the whole building if they have a disability – and at a total build cost of under £10million – almost £1 million under budget, this will also save the District Council more than £200,000 every year in running costs – much more that was budgeted for.

I now turn to a issues raised in our Local Plan.

Although Public Transport is no longer my responsibility as it passed to County some time ago I still do what I can to assist & of course I actually use the bus most weeks. At Drimpton Somerset County Council changed the route of the 99 Bus – it no longer goes through the village – but looking at the route that it takes it is still possible to catch this bus from Horn Ash – which is not too far for someone to be dropped off, or into Broadwindsor to catch the 47 Bus to Crewkerne – the 47 bus has a new timetable – I have put copies in the Comrades Hall & our Community Shop & is available on-line.

The best news is that the Number 42 Bus to Bridport on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s continues, although it leaves at 9.28am -Bus Passes can still be used – this was a totally NEW service that I initiated after I was first elected in 2007 as there wasn’t a bus to anywhere in Dorset running from Drimpton. Also the lack of and the seemingly uncoordinated timetables between bus & trains is a huge problem – consultation between the bus & train companies is on-going & as soon as I hear anything I will get the information out.

Affordable Housing

A CLT Community Land Trust has been formed in Marshwood – if enough people put themselves forward to form an action group – this could be the way forward for this area as well, please contact me if you are interested in this.

Refuse & Recycling

As I said last year, West Dorset District Council has become part of the Dorset Waste Partnership – this partnership is responsible for managing 11 household recycling centres across Dorset & dealing with over 65,000 tonnes of waste – the collection PLASTIC – the service has already started and it will be here in 2014 -future years will bring more challenges…

Cllr Jacqui Sewell – 01308 867145

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About Jacqui Sewell

Broadwindsor & District Councillor since May 2007 - includes Drimpton, Thorncombe, Marshwood and Bettiscombe from May 2015 Dorset Vale Designs - hand made exclusive knitwear & machine embroidered items
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