Month: March 2014
Around 80 people attended the meeting at Comrades Hall on 11 March to decide whether to show interest in bidding for the old Broadwindsor Stores in the Square.
The committee outlined what the Right to Bid process entailed and outlined the pros and cons of moving or staying in the current shop in the old telephone exchange.
One of the problems is not knowing when the property in the Square will come to market or its asking price. Fraser Hughes, the chairman of the shop committee, set out the tasks that would be required if a bid was to be made. He said it would certainly mean more money would need to be raised from the community as well as seeking grants and loans. Any bid would have to be in submitted by 7 August with the funds in place.
The meeting was opened up for comment. The vast majority was very satisfied with the current shop, its operation and the service it provided. A number of concerns were expressed about a move back to the Square.
A show of hands was in favour of retaining the status quo, but the committee felt it owed it to the community to find out more before rejecting the opportunity to bid.
It has therefore decided to advise West Dorset District Council that it wishes to be considered a potential bidder.
This management plan has been written for the parish council by Emily Newton, West Dorset Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, for the ongoing management of Hursey Common. The plan will need to be readdressed in ten years’ time. Recommendations have been made to increase the wildlife and biodiversity interest of the site.
The plan is available to view as a PDF via this link: Hursey Common MngPlan
There are also some documents available about:
the species at Hursey Common – species list Hursey
Guidance on Japanese Knotweed- JKGuidanceJKnotweed
Coteoneaster – ID_Cotoneaster_sp__(Cotoneaster)
Sunday 23 March
A choice of a long or a short walk starting at the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor followed by a two-course lunch.
Adults £8, Children £4
Walkers’ Service in Broadwindsor Church at 11am
Walks start from 11.30am. Lunch served from 1pm, Dogs on leads welcome. For further details or to book, please contact Philip 01460 30517/30661 or John 01308 868379
West Dorset Conservative Association
Broadwindsor & District Branch
Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Oliver Letwin MP
Friday 14 March 2014
7pm Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor
Entrance: £5 per person includes a glass of wine and savouries
Members and non-members welcome