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Stallholders Refused Entry To Market

Swanage Market traditionally opens on the Tuesday before Easter - today, in fact. Until recently, run by Ensors (who were awarded the tender by Swanage Town Council), the market brings a variety of goods to town every Tuesday. Fresh bread from Bridport, fresh fruit and vegetable, plants, clothing, footwear, cheeses - you name it, you'll usually find it at Swanage Market. Not today, however. At the end of last year, Swanage Town Council decided to offer the market out to tender again, allegedly in the hope of charging even more to the company lucky enough to win the tender. 2013 was a struggle for Ensors to run the market and cover costs during a year when the weather was awful, so it was a great surprise that the council considered remarketing the tender at all.

Challenge Navitus Challenge Planning Application

A challenge under the Planning Act could result in rejection of the Navitus Bay wind farm application. Challenge Navitus claims the developer failed to consult adequately on significant impacts. French and Dutch-owned developer NBDL is expected to file its planning application to build the huge Navitus Bay wind farm off the coasts of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but the public consultation has been criticised by opponents Challenge Navitus for not informing people adequately on key impacts of the scheme. The local community group has lodged its detailed objections with the planning authorities. The Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State for communities and local government, now has four weeks to decide whether to accept NBDL’s application for examination, which could eventually lead to permission being granted in 2015.

Veteran Amputee Visits Swanage On UK Challenge

Richard Hunt is a Royal Navy veteran amputee who is attempting to kayak around the entire coast of the UK in aid of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association) - a distance of some 2300 miles. This will be the first time that this has been done by an amputee (or anybody for that matter) using a sit-on-top kayak. Richard will also be attempting to break Helen Skelton's solo kayaking distance record, which currently stands at 2010 miles (for Comic Relief Amazon River). On Weds 9th April, Richard came ashore at Swanage, working his way around the UK in a clockwise direction, having originally started his epic voyage in Portsmouth. Upon arrival, Richard was greeted by a small group of locals who had heard about his journey from social network sites (pictured), and who turned up to await his arrival. Lill Divers was there with her children, and greeted Richard with some lovely sausage rolls, which were much appreciated after more than seven hours and 32.5km travelled in a kayak!

Swanage Railway Photography Competition!

Budding snappers across Dorset – as well as the south and west of England – are being invited to focus their lenses and adjust their apertures as the volunteer-led Swanage Railway launches a new photographic competition. Open to all ages and abilities, the competition runs throughout the summer and closes on Thursday, 25 September, 2014. With eight varied categories aimed at suiting all interests – and attracting the best and most imaginative entries – photographs can have been taken anytime between 1 January, 2014, and when the contest closes. The winning photographs will be displayed on board the 'Wessex Belle', the Swanage Railway’s premier dining train.

Swanage Reaches Out To The Typhoon-Hit Phillipines

On Friday November 8th 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, sweeping through the Philippines and leaving utter devastation in its path. Thought to be the deadliest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, the storm killed at least 6,201 people in the Philippines alone, and as of January 2014, bodies were still being recovered. Swanage business woman, Summer Smith, originates from the Philippines. After watching the disaster unfold on the TV, she felt compelled to do something to help the people who she had grown up amongst. Summer set about fundraising in Swanage, aiming to return to the Philippines as soon as flights became available. She planned to try and help the school she'd attended as a child, if it was still standing. Swanage townfolk donated £2500 to the cause and in December, Summer and her husband Michael undertook the long and arduous journey to reach the disaster-struck area. Here, Summer recounts her experiences, and details a trip which has changed her life forever.

Experimental Nuclear Reactor For Swanage

I have recently been given a document containing an account of some highly sensitive discussions that have taken place at Portcullis House over recent weeks. The participants in these meetings were various MP’s, representatives of Navitus Bay and directors of Toshiba-Westinghouse. The subject, was, of course, electricity. More specifically, electricity generation in Purbeck! Navitus Bay are getting increasingly disillusioned with the difficulties they have encountered in obtaining planning permission, the anti wind protesters and the Government getting cold feet over green subsidies. Therefore the baton has been passed to Toshiba-Westinghouse, who are going to build an experimental nuclear reactor in Swanage. The new reactor is the Toshiba 4S (Super Safe Small and Simple) it is designed to be buried 30 metres underground and remain maintenance free for 25-30 years. There will be a control building at ground level measuring 22x16x11 metres to keep an eye on the processes inside the reactor, and to close it down in case of an emergency.

Purbeck Volunteers Honoured

Purbeck’s outstanding volunteers have been thanked at a reception hosted by the District Council. The volunteers, who do exceptional work for their local communities, received recognition from the Chairman, Councillor Bill Trite. Representatives from the Purbeck towns and parishes which nominated volunteers told Councillor Trite and guests about the dedication, energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers. After presenting each volunteer with a scroll as a mark of their achievement, Councillor Trite said: “I am extremely impressed by what I have heard tonight – it is very humbling and brings home the extent of the commitment given by these special people.

Swanage Seafront Works Expanded

Swanage Seafront Stabilisation Scheme Expanded. Swanage’s seafront stabilisation works are being expanded to address the risk of land slippage in the central section beneath the war memorial. In order to sufficiently reduce the angle of the ground the memorial will itself have to be taken down and re-built further away from the top of the slope. Ground survey reports had indicated that this section did not require stabilisation, but the unprecedented amount of rain this winter has meant that the contractors have encountered very difficult soil conditions, placing this ground at risk.

The Future Of Swanage - One Week Left!

The Swanage Local Plan consultation closes on Monday 17 March. Anyone who hasn’t seen a questionnaire or taken part in the consultation is urged to get involved before the closing date. It’s easy for people to give their views before the deadline. Either complete the paper questionnaire or answer the online survey at www.dorsetforyou.com/swanage-local-plan

Operation To Target Rural Acquisitive Crime

Dorset Police staged an operation in Sherborne and Dorchester to address the issue of rural crime. On Thursday 27 February 2014, Safer Neighbourhood teams and colleagues from the road policing unit carried out visible patrols in Sherborne and Dorchester in a bid to prevent and detect rural acquisitive crime in the area. The operation involved house-to-house visits to enable officers to gather intelligence from residents about any suspicious activity they may have seen in their community. Officers also carried out stop-checks on vehicles travelling in the two areas.

Swanage Pier Reopens After Damage Repair

The Swanage Pier Trust reopened the repaired section of the Pier on this morning. Despite the weather turning to rain just before the grand reopening, a good turn out came along to celebrate the hard work involved in completing the repairs. MP Richard Drax, Swanage Mayor Ali Patrick and the Pier's General Manager, Ben Adeney cut the ribbon (pictured) to declare the pier officially reopen. Following the major storm damage in March last year leaving a mid-section of the Victorian Pier on the verge of collapse, repairs have now been completed thanks to the incredible efforts of the local community, the amazing generosity of the public and a grant of £39,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Swanage's Ella Makes Teenstar Regional Final!

Ella Taylor from Swanage has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar auditions. Along with other impressive acts, Ella has made it through to the Regional Finals of the UK’s only singing competition specifically for teens and pre-teens, and will now be performing live showcases of the competition. TeenStar is an exciting national singing competition searching for the UK’s best teens and pre-teens singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material. TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music, meaning TeenStar is an exciting singing competition for teens and pre-teens to get involved in.

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