Green Light for Great Western Cross

by Andy Canning on 9 June, 2016

The County Council today approved plans to make Great Western Cross a much safer junction for pedestrians while improving traffic flows.  The plans include putting new pedestrian crossings on each of the roads at the junction and banning some turns so that the crossings can operate while the traffic flows smoothly in other directions.  Advanced […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Youth Centres Saved

by Andy Canning on 25 May, 2016

After much work by community groups in Dorchester and Crossways both Youth Centres are set to survive!  It will still be a major challenge for local volunteers to run these services without any support from the County Council but I will do what I can to help.  What has helped in Dorchester is that the […]

Read more    Leave a comment

WDDC Approves Unwanted Housing Development

by Andy Canning on 19 May, 2016

In spite of both my best efforts and those of Crossways Parish Council, WDDC’s Planning Committee this afternoon approved plans to build 95 new houses on land by Frome Valley Road.  This is in spite of Crossways already getting 500 houses to the south of Warmwell Road and possibly up to 600 by Moreton.  District […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Democracy Wins!

by Andy Canning on 9 May, 2016

The proposal to change and open up the way that West Dorset District Council is run has been overwhelmingly approved by local residents.  A total of 15,534 voted for Change and a move to Committee based decision making as opposed to 8,811 who voted to keep things as they are with a Leader + Cabinet […]

Read more    Leave a comment

A352 Speed Limit Cut

by Andy Canning on 1 April, 2016

After working with residents and the local Parish Councils the good news is that the speed limit on the A352 between Broadmayne and Dorchester has been cut to 50mph for a year as a trial to see if it reduces speeds along this windy stretch of road.  There have been far too many accidents along […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Dealing with Potholes

by Andy Canning on 7 March, 2016

I warmly welcome the long overdue repair and resurfacing work to the B3390.  It has taken months of pushing for this.  In addition I have got DCC to agree to improve the road safety markings by the new Co-Op and around the village of Warmwell to make drivers aware of the need for safety in […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Saving Our Youth Centres

by Andy Canning on 23 February, 2016

As part of huge cuts by the Conservatives all 22 Youth Centres across Dorset have lost their funding and face closure on September 1st.  I presented a 500 strong petition to the County Cabinet in January but the Conservatives failed to listen. I believe this cut to such a vital service is an unacceptable way […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Grants to Help the Community

by Andy Canning on 9 February, 2016

There’s good news for local communities! New local grants include £1,300 towards the cost of this new bus shelter in Puddletown (see photo).  In addition, other local groups to benefit from grants this year include Broadmayne Scouts who have received funding towards outdoor equipment, Owermoigne Parish Council for a new notice board, Osmington for a […]

Read more    Leave a comment

More Affordable Housing Needed Here!

by Andy Canning on 3 February, 2016

Lib Dem Councillors have been at the forefront of the campaign to build more affordable housing across West Dorset.  We have campaigned hard to get a target set in the new Local Plan that 35% of all new housing should be affordable. It is therefore deeply disappointing that the developers of the Old Prison have […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Making Our Roads Safer

by Andy Canning on 1 February, 2016

Ever since I was elected to the County Council I have been pressing for the Highways Authority to be more pro-active in making our roads safer, including cutting speed limits. A result of this has been the decision to trial a 50mph speed limit between Broadmayne and Dorchester along the A352 over the next twelve […]

Read more    Leave a comment