A programme of walks, branded ‘self-care stomps’ are the leading the way to emotional wellbeing at Thorncombe Woods this autumn.
Local therapist Emma Pritchard is using the Dorset County Council owned Thorncombe Woods as the perfect location to hold monthly walks to encourage wellbeing and mindfulness. Self-Care Stomps are open to people of all abilities and those who are less-able. The pace of the stomp depends entirely on individual abilities; nobody will feel like they can’t keep up.
The walks are aimed at people who have busy lives and who have limited time for themselves; anyone affected by a bereavement or loss; anyone looking to rediscover or redefine themselves; and anyone who has a caring role either within their job or family.
Emma said: “Self-care stompers have been able to use this woodland space to not only walk mindfully, but also to attach to their senses of sight, smell and listening, mirroring forest bathing – a practice developed in Japan during the 1980s and which is the cornerstone of Japanese preventative healthcare.
“Rushy Pond has proven to be a wonderful spot to carry out a 15-minute relaxation session. A combination of poems have ended our walks at Hardy’s Cottage, and we have then all enjoyed reflections and chats over refreshments at the friendly Hardy’s Birthplace visitor centre.”
Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said:
“It’s great to know that Emma is able to use our woodland for the benefit of her wellbeing clients. Our priority outcomes are focused on a Safe, Healthy, Independent and Prosperous Dorset. The healthy outcome includes reducing the commonness of mental health and increasing physical activity in adults. Emma’s walks do both these things, which is why we are happy to endorse this type of activity.”
The next Self-Care Stomp is on Friday 21 September at 10am. Visit Emma’s website or follow her Facebook page ‘self-care sparkle’ for more information. The first walk is free and there are more planned for Fridays 19 October and 23 Nov.
On Thursday 13 September, West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee approved three applications that propose a total of up to 120 new homes.Artist’s impression for the development west of Charminster
The first application approved is for development of land north of Pound Road, Thornford that currently forms part of a pasture field bordered by hedgerows. The outline planning application submitted by Sherborne Castle Estates includes development of up to 35 new homes, with 35 per cent of these homes marked as affordable housing.
The details of the layout, appearance, landscaping, and scale will be reserved for future consideration in a reserved matters planning application.
The second application approved by West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee is for full planning permission to build up to 52 new homes on land West of Charminster Farm. The new homes will be made up of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties, with 14 of these homes set out as affordable housing.
The proposed development will also provide new areas of public open space, and will retain the large veteran Ash tree within the site. The proposal incorporates green recreational space as well as new public and vehicle access and landscaping.
The Planning Committee also approved a third application – a reserved matters planning application for the construction of up to 33 new homes, associated garages and landscaping. The application, on land adjacent to Watton Park, Bridport is a revised reserved matters application which sought to overcome the previous reasons for refusal.
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:
“The approval of these three applications, incorporating the provision of a number of new homes, will assist us in meeting the need for housing in our district and help us achieve our 5 Year Land supply target.”
Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:
“Like many areas, West Dorset has a housing shortage. West Dorset District Council together with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council, want to see 20,000 more homes built in the combined area by 2033 under the Opening Doors campaign.
“We aim to encourage developers and bring more housing schemes forward. These approved applications will help to achieve this shared goal.”
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Councillors have backed ambitious plans to breathe fresh life into the landmark Weymouth Peninsula site.
Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee voted in favour of progressing the regeneration scheme when they met today, Tuesday 18 September.Iconic site
The project aims to turn the iconic site – home to Weymouth Pavilion and Jurassic Skyline – into a year-round destination for residents and visitors with upgraded tourism and leisure facilities.
A 100-room hotel, a pub/diner with rooms and improvements to public space and a walkway around the iconic site are all proposed in the first phase along with repairs to harbour walls.Exciting scheme to regenerate the town centre
All-weather, year-round leisure attractions, marine facilities and restaurants are proposed in the next stage.
Cllr Jeff Cant, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Leader and Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said: “This exciting scheme is one of the most important elements in our masterplan to regenerate the town centre, improve the harbour and transform Weymouth into a year round destination.
“Redevelopment proposals have been considered over several years, including consultation events about our town centre masterplan, workshops and more recently a public exhibition specifically about the Peninsula proposals.“We’re committed to creating an impressive leisure destination which will strengthen the local economy and make Weymouth an even more attractive place in which to live and to visit.”Recommendations supported
Members of the management committee supported all recommendations – including approval for the business case, funding arrangements and demolition of the former ferry terminal building for car parking.
The scheme now goes forward to the shadow Dorset Council formal Executive Committee October 1 (and then the Weymouth and Portland full council on October 11 when the council, as Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA) will formally consider the proposal.
If the financial business case proposals are supported, and assuming the outline planning application for regeneration is approved, then a detailed planning application for the first phase of works will be lodged later this year to get the scheme underway. People will be able to have their say at this formal planning stage.52% of people say ‘very good’ or ‘good’
The overall cost of the first phase is around £14,445,000, including funds already committed for the repair of the harbour wall near the rowing ferry steps.
If approved, the council would seek to borrow £11,441,000 from the Public Work Loan Board to progress the scheme.
More than 700 people – including businesses, residents and hoteliers – had their say about the proposals in consultation earlier this year.
Some 52 per cent of people felt that the proposed scheme was ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and 27 per cent said it was ‘fair’.
The Council has worked with advisors at commercial property experts Cushman and Wakefield over the past year to test and refine its business case for the redevelopment.
The council’s Harbour Management Board has already supported the Weymouth Peninsula proposals.
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Volunteers are needed to help Dorset County Council’s trading standards run test purchasing exercises.
Some products are age restricted to buy, such as cigarettes and alcohol. Trading standards are responsible for making sure retailers know all about these laws and do not sell these products to people under the legal age. One of the ways to check that this happening is by running test purchasing exercises.
This is when young volunteers go into shops or pubs ‘undercover’ to try and buy age restricted products. Trading standards will then advise or take action against sellers who are breaking the law.
Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said:
“Keeping residents safe is an important part of trading standards work. By helping us to ensure traders adhere to laws, young people can gain a unique experience into our work.”
Volunteers are collected from their home by a police officer or trading standards officer and they will take part in the exercise in another area of Dorset where they will not be recognised.
Test purchasing takes place in the evenings and during half term holidays and sometimes at weekends.
Volunteers are about 14 or 15 and look their age. There is no payment for their time, but they can put the experience on their personal statements.
Interested teenagers should email email@example.com with details of age, height and where they live.
Anyone interested who meets the criteria will be contacted by a Trading Standards Officer to arrange a convenient time to meet with their parent/legal guardian. At this informal meeting it will be a chance to discuss the exercise further.