Dorset County Council

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Our County Councillor is Peter Wharf

You can read his monthly reports below. You can also find his Surgery Timings straight below here -


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.

For older Monthly Reports, you can read his monthly report Archives by clicking the Photograph below

Read this years Reports below...

January 2017 Report

Bere Regis New School

Well done to all who took part in this £5Million project which came in on budget in spite of some major issues at many of the stages of the project. The Parish Council have been closely involved with County as we search for uses for the site but the old school building has not been of interest to organisations that we have approached and it is sadly likely that it will be demolished in due course as it is too expensive to refurbish the building and its state of current repair makes it wholly unsuitable for anything else.

Wool Footbridge

I am pleased to report that works to harden the verge at Wool Footbridge started in January and should be finished by mid-February. However the Programme is weather dependent as the operatives involved may be required to complete highway salting/gritting duties.

Grants for Community Projects

Community projects can benefit from extra funds thanks to Dorset County Council’s Community Innovation Fund. The council has a total of £85,000 available to community organisations to support innovative new projects in Dorset. Projects should support communities and local people to be safe, healthy, independent and prosperous. Groups can bid for grants of around £10,000. Bids for smaller amounts are also very welcome. Some groups may just need a small amount which will make a huge difference in getting their project off the ground. The process is simple, but whoever applies needs to make sure it is those who are most in need who will benefit from the initiative. Successful projects will be those that target people with the greatest needs and support people early before they need help from council services. One of our aims is helping people stay healthy. Community projects can provide a vital link in helping people adopt healthy lifestyles and lead active lives. To apply for the second round of grants from the Community Innovation Fund go to here.

You can download the application form, read the guidance and get support material.

1. Successful projects will:

* Directly deliver benefits to people in the Dorset County Council area * Have measurable outputs and outcomes that show how they contribute to priorities identified in the outcomes framework of the county council’s corporate plan (see here) * Prove long-term benefit, good practice and/or sustainability * Act as leverage to bring further funds into the county and/or demonstrate value for money and/or reduced costs to the council * Finish or become sustainable within 12 months of being awarded a grant * Drawdown the grant within 12 weeks

2. Applications will be assessed against:

* Evidence of need * Quality of plans * Impact on people * Impact on delivery and networks * Financial need and value for money


February 2017 Report

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Working parents in Dorset may be eligible for up to 30 hours of free childcare for their 3 and 4 year olds five months before it’s rolled out nationally in September. Childcare settings in the Dorset County Council area have been chosen by the Government to test the offer earlier. This could save working parents around £5,000 per year with the cost of childcare.

We are working with nurseries, pre-schools, after-school clubs and childminders to begin offering the 30 hours of free childcare places to all eligible families from April; effectively doubling the existing 15 hours currently available for all parents. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by 31st March 2017 to be eligible from April. There are other eligibility criteria and the early offer is only available for registered childcare in the Dorset County Council area, which doesn’t include childcare in Bournemouth and Poole; these areas will offer it from September.

Dorset parents eligible for 30 hours of free childcare will also be the first who can apply for Tax Free Childcare, another Government scheme to help parents pay for childcare. You can apply for all your children aged up to 12 years (17 if the child has a disability).

You can check eligibility and express an interest in applying for 30 hours of free childcare here.

Crossing the Floor

At the Dorset County Council meeting on Thursday February 16th Mike Byatt the ex-leader of the Labour party at County crossed the floor and joined the Conservative group. Mike has been a friend of mine ever since I have been a Councillor, I have worked with him very closely on a variety of issues and he has never let politics get in the way.


March 2017 Report

Election May 4th

There will be elections for Dorset County Council on this date and you still have time to register if you need to. Ring electoral Services at PDC Wareham, on 01929 557 219.

Dorset Innovation Park (Winfrith Technology Park) - Site Purchase

Dorset County Council is leading on the joint purchase of the remaining land at the Enterprise Zone from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has provided £200,000 grant and Purbeck District Council will be taking a share, to be covered by an evolving partnership agreement.

Work is continuing on the due diligence to allow the site purchase to take place on 1 April 2017 in time for the commencement of the Enterprise Zone and to accommodate HCA’s requirements. Council officers are providing significant support for this acquisition which will provide significant opportunity for the site to be more effectively managed and promoted the regeneration of the site and provide employment opportunities.

Victims of Domestic Abuse

Dorset County Council has been awarded funding of around £215,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to support victims of domestic abuse. The ‘Isolated Community Engagement Project (ICEP)’ has been chosen as one of 76 pilots across the country and will work in close partnership with key stakeholders to develop and build sustainability within isolated localities, enabling the local community to support those experiencing domestic abuse.

The rural nature of much of Dorset provides challenges due to dispersed populations and a lack of confidential community space. People can also be isolated not just by location, but also by relationship status and different ethnic backgrounds. This project aims to build on the already successful partnership between Dorset County Council and the Integrated Domestic Abuse service ‘You First’ and will help to make sure that all victims of domestic abuse get the help they need, at the time they need it.

The Purbeck Community Hub project

Dorset HealthCare (DHC) is working with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dorset County Council (DCC) to develop plans for a community ‘hub’ for the people of Purbeck. The hub would bring together health, social care and council-led community services in one multi-purpose site. It would complement existing services in Swanage and support the whole of the Purbeck locality.

The project ties in with the CCG’s current Clinical Services Review (CSR), which aims to bring care closer to home and provide better, more seamless services for patients through greater integrated working. The creation of community ‘hubs’ is central to this approach. The CCG proposals would see Wareham Community Hospital becoming a community hub without beds – offering a range of outpatient and therapy services, co-location of staff and the potential to join up with a range of other local community resources.


April 2017 Report

There will be no report this month due to the forthcoming elections.


May 2017 Report

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June 2017 Report

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July 2017 Report

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August 2017 Report

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September 2017 Report

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October 2017 Report

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November 2017 Report

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December 2017 Report

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