Charter market, Fairfield market, the Wednesday market… whatever you call the market, it has been an important aspect of town life for hundreds of years.CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY
We have created a survey that asks your current opinions on the market, whether you shop there or not. If not, we want to understand why not! And if you do, what could make that experience even better for you? Please do tell us in the survey.
The survey takes about 5 minutes to fill in. It asks a range of questions, based on whether you currently use the market in some capacity, or if you don’t use it all.Valuable insights
Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for Enabling, said: “This survey intends to glean insights in order to provide us with valuable data. This data will compliment commissioned reports to fully understand the current situation and future opportunities regarding our market.
Cllr Molly Rennie, Vice Chairman of the Markets panel, said: “This will be key to help us achieve our vision of a thriving and vibrant market here in Dorchester to rival any town market for quality, value and experience.”Importance of Dorchester’s Wednesday market
We recognise the importance of the market to the success of the core retail area of the town and do not see Dorchester’s future without this valued local asset. What we are working hard to do is improve the fortunes of the market to ensure its prosperity. This survey will provide valuable insights for us to consider alongside commissioned reports to achieve that goal.Dorchester market Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinions.
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Visitors to a Dorset visitor centre are getting the chance to try a Japanese creative technique.
Hapa-zome or ‘leaf-dyeing’ is a creative process which uses nature’s pigments to create a unique print design onto fabric. Workshops are being held at Thorncombe Wood Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre for people to create these easy to make prints.
Budding artists will be shown the basic method of Hapa Zome and have time to forage for materials around the visitor centre and surrounding woodland to create their own unique prints to take away.
The workshops are being held between 10.30 am-12.30pm on:
- 24 April
- 29 May
- 26 June
- With a special dementia friendly session on 21 May (10.30am – 12 noon).
All ages are welcome. Hot drinks are included and donations of £4 are suggested. Booking is essential email or call 01305 251228
A Conservation and Community Fund has been launched for the parish areas of Warmwell, Crossways, Knightsford, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Moreton.Silverlake conservation fund launched
The fund has been developed by West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council Natural Environment Team (DNET) and Habitat First Group (Silverlake).
The Conservation and Community Fund can be used for projects to benefit habitats and wildlife found in Silverlake and the local area. It can also be used for projects to reduce vehicle use in the area through promoting the natural environment – such as bike paths, walking routes.
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:
“This funding is an opportunity for local community groups and organisations make a positive change and enhance the natural environment of their area.”
The fund is a requirement through the Silverlake planning permission which will see up to 1,000 new holiday homes built over the next 30 years on the former Silverlake quarry, west of Crossways.
The legal agreement tied to this planning permission requires each holiday home owner to pay an annual sum of at least £50 to fund nature conservation and community projects that help mitigate the effects of the development on nearby protected heathlands. The developer will top-up this fund to ensure that a contribution of £10,000 is made to the council each year.Applying for funding
Applications for funding can be made during April and October each year.
Initial funds in the Conservation and Community Fund stand at £10,000 but will increase as the number of properties within Silverlake increases.
Applicants can apply for up to £5,000 per year from the fund.
Those wishing to apply for funding will need to complete and submit an application form by 5pm on Monday 30 April. The applications will then be considered by DNET, WDDC, Habitat First Group, and relevant ward members before awards are made later in the year.
Guidance on the application and assessment process has been prepared together with an application form, visit dorsetforyou.com.
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Homebuyers in West Dorset are now benefitting from faster land searches when buying a new property.Faster land searches will speed up the process of buying a home.
West Dorset District Council put an improvement plan in place in 2016 to deal with a backlog of applications for land search.
There were a number of reasons why this happened, including a high volume of requests. But it meant that at times some searches were taking about 10 weeks to process.
After carrying out most of the improvement plan, the council is now completing all searches within its target of an average of 15 days.Further improvements
A new IT system is also being introduced which should help improve the way land searches are processed. This will further improve the speed of carrying out searches.
The improvement plan included recruiting additional people to process applications and improving the way relevant information was held. The council aimed to achieve this by April 2019.“Efficient process”
Councillor Peter Barrowcliff, portfolio holder for corporate services at West Dorset District Council, said:
“We’d like to thank people for their patience while we worked to reduce the length of time it took to complete searches.
“We always knew it would take time for the improvement plan to take effect. We are pleased to have achieved this well within our target date of April 2019.
“I’d like to thank all the staff who have worked hard to turn this around.
“We now have an efficient process in place with further plans to improve our service in the coming months.
“This will help ensure our customers continue to receive a fast turnaround, which I’m sure will be welcome in speeding up the overall process of buying a house.”
Searches for North Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are all also being processed within target.
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The council is upgrading existing toilet facilities on Weymouth seafront. Whilst we are significantly investing in this scheme, due to the nature of the existing facilities, the money allocated simply won’t be enough to completely revitalise all of the facilities. That is why we are calling on you to give us your views! Simply complete the survey by clicking this link by 30 April.
Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s briefholder for community facilities, said: “We want to have facilities that our residents are proud of, and our visitors are happy to use. We have a challenge to modernise these facilities on a tight budget, so we want to hear from you and understand what your priorities are.”Complimenting commissioned studies
Feasibility and condition studies have been carried out. These looked at the current quality of the toilets on offer. We want to compliment these insights with your feedback in order to understand what is most important to you. When put all together, we will have a clear understanding of how to best spend the money on improvements.
The survey itself should only take a few minutes to fill in. Thank you for your help.2019 holiday season
We are aiming for the upgraded facilities to be in place by 2019 holiday season. In the meantime, upgrade works will begin. A new, modern facility is also being planned. The temporary toilets outside the Weymouth pavilion will remain in place through the 2018 holiday season.
Members agreed last year to allocate £400,000 from financial reserves to improve public toilet facilities along Weymouth seafront.