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24.09.17

Letter from local member, David Smith, to Richard Drax MP for South Dorset.

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17.09.17

Let’s not give up our local hospitals without a murmur of protest

Green Party's Jon Orrell writes to the Echo to call for protest against NHS cuts.

He writes: 

"There is something in the English nature that takes adversity on the chin stoically.

Maybe it is coping with the weather.

So we shrug and meekly accept messages of austerity and see wages shrink for the many, whilst the elite few double their income and pay no tax.

What will next week’s Clinical Services Review decision date mean for Weymouth and Portland?

We stand to lose all 12 Portland beds at a stroke and later Westhaven beds with only some of the current 36 transferred to the Melcombe Avenue site.

Here we have already lost our dementia beds.

At Linden we are set to lose our 12 mental health beds entirely with no alternatives in the town.

Others may crow that Bournemouth will benefit and won’t that be great for us too?

Never mind the travelling. Look at the beds being lost.

Our town is being sacrificed to balance Dorset’s books and build empires elsewhere.

Yet there is another side to the English nature, one of dissent and assertiveness.

Look back to our history of the Peasant’s revolt, the Lollards, the Levellers and Diggers in the Civil War, the Chartists, Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Suffragettes echoing down the centuries to the great post war reforms that established the caring welfare state and the NHS.

So for any in this fine tradition join us outside the Dorford Centre in Dorchester on Wednesday, September 20th at 9.30am.

MPs have voted for the national under-funding of social care and health that forced the Dorset CCG to cut beds but let’s not give up our local hospitals without a murmur of protest."

The full letter and comments is here:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15538711.LETTERS__As_a_doctor__let_s_not_give_up_our_local_hospitals_without_a_protest/

17.09.17

Water Fountain Proposal

Our proposal for a water fountain in Bridport was accepted by the town council committee on the 6th September. We look forward to this improvement to the town!

From the minutes (available on the Bridport Town Council website):

from minutes

08.09.17

Campaigners "over the moon" as Councillors at Dorset County Council vote to restore access to Castle Cove beach

Congratulations the Friends of Castle Cove beach and to everyone who has been working tirelessly to regain public access to Castle Cove.

Our thanks especially to Cllr Clare Sutton who says

“We worked incredibly hard in the build up to this to make as strong a case as we possibly could, and I am absolutely delighted with the decision. There’s still a lot more work to be done, but this was a very significant milestone and takes us that bit closer.”

Read all about it in the Echo:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15514101.Campaigners__over_the_moon__as_councillors_vote_to_restore_access_to_Castle_Cove_beach/

27.08.17

Weymouth will need a Town Council if Unitary Plans go ahead

Green Party county councillor for Rodwell in Weymouth, Clare Sutton is calling for Weymouth to have its own town council should the plans for the unitary authority go ahead.
 
Clare says "should some portion of the current Dorset County Council area become a Unitary Authority, Weymouth's residents would in my view be seriously disadvantaged should we not have some form of 'second tier' representation. As the largest conurbation, with (along with Portland) the most concentrated levels of deprivation on a range of indices, we need strong and cohesive representation."
 
The consultation ends on Friday September 1st, it can be accessed from this link:
 
https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/2017/06/30/views-weymouth-town-council/

 

21.10

Dorset Climate Change Action Conference  is to be held on Saturday 21st October at St Aldhem’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth DT3 5EW.

Its objectives are to inform about climate change and promote action, to challenge politicians to take action and to recruit new Transition Town Weymouth and Portland members.

Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party will be coming!

It’s a full day conference with speeches in the morning and workshops in the afternoon.

Climate Flyer

PROGRAMME. 10 am – 4 pm overall.

10.00 -  10.05.   Welcome and introduction – Chair: Dr Jon Orrell, Dorset CC. & Chair of TTW&P.

10.05 – 10.30.  Climate Change Science – John Tomblin, Chemist and TTW&P Trustee    (20 +5 mins: Qs.)                                                    

10.30 – 10.55.  What needs to be done – Raja Jarrah (Bridport), ex Oxfam Field Director, Brazil. (20 +5 mins: Qs.)

10.55 – 11.10. REFRESHMENT BREAK: choose workshops and view displays                                                             

11.10 – 12.10: Parties’ policies and actions. (15 mins each)

  • CONSERVATIVE: Simon Hoare, MP North Dorset
  • GREENS: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader Green Party
  • LABOUR: Lee Rhodes, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate W Dorset
  • LIB. DEMS: David Harris, Dorset CC for Weymouth

12.10 – 12.40 pm Questions to panel of above politicians (30 mins.)

12.40 – 1.30 pm:  LUNCH – provided – choose workshops and view displays (50 mins)

1.30 – 1.55 pm: Renewable Energy (RE) and energy efficiency: Pete West, ex RE Officer Dorset CC (20 +5 mins: Qs.)

1.55 – 3.20 pm: Six workshops on Climate Change: choose two out of six. (40 mins each)

  • Campaigning – Lucy Sommers (Bridport) & Emily Bullock (Bournemouth)
  • Sustainable horticulture/agriculture – Judy Edwards & Kate Forrester (Dorchester)
  • Personal action eg. No fly/no car – Chit Chong (Bridport)
  • Countering climate change sceptics – David Smith & John Tomblin (Weymouth)
  • Species extinction by Climate Change – Sebastian Brooke, MEMO project (Portland)
  • Communicating Climate Change: Sam Wilberforce (Bridport)

3.20 – 3.55 PLENARY: report back from workshops and Qs to panel of w/shop leaders (35 mins)

3.55 – 4.00 pm Summary and conclusions: Chair.

 4.00 pm: TEA and DEPART.

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22.08.17

Letter from local member, David Smith, to the BBC to complain about appearance of climate change denier Lord Lawson (click on the image below to link to a pdf document)

Climate Change letter

18th August

Please fill in the consultation on pedestrianising the top of South Street in Bridport. You have until the end of September. Find the link and read more about it here.

6th August 2017

We're pleased to support the campaign to reduce plastic waste. We’re making enquiries in Bridport to see if we can get this public water tap working again, so tourists and residents have the option of a refill instead of buying plastic water bottles. 

Water fountain in Bridport fountain 2

UPDATE: apparently the fountain originally stood elsewhere and was moved as a way to preserve it - so it's never been connected! We will look into possibilities for connecting it

 

Community Litter-Pick on Tuesday 8th August:

Please be invited to join our next clean up in central Weymouth on Tuesday 8th August....the alternative summer fun  :)

Litterpick

 

30.07.17

Trade deal with the USA? Local member David Smith's letter to Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset.

Click on the image below to link to a more easy to read pdf version

Letter to Drax