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County Councillor is Peter Wharf
can read his monthly reports below. You can also find his Surgery
Timings straight below here -
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.
older Monthly Reports, you can read his monthly report Archives
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this years Reports below...
Regis New School
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
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.
for Community Projects
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.
can download the application form, read the guidance and get support
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
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
Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
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.
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.
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).
can check eligibility and express an interest in applying for
30 hours of free childcare here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
will be no report this month due to the forthcoming elections.
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