End of the Road for Rural Buses!

by Andy Canning on 21 July, 2017

A huge Thank You to the 4,500 people who signed my petition to save our local bus services and to all those who collected signatures. This is the largest petition, that I am aware of, to have ever been presented to the County Council. It has had some effect, but alas, not enough. Way back […]

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A Bad Time to be a Pensioner

by Andy Canning on 5 June, 2017

The next five years are set to be a bad time if you’re a pensioner or soon to become one. Theresa May has taken the Conservatives in a new direction.  Just look at her manifesto commitments: ending the triple lock on the state pension that guaranteed pensions increased by the highest out of prices, wages […]

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Local Schools Under Threat

by Andy Canning on 26 May, 2017

The Conservatives’ policy of austerity is now threatening the future of our children at a time when we need to be raising standards to be able to cope with the harsher post-Brexit world, not sacking teachers. According to policies already announced by Theresa May virtually every school in West Dorset is set to lose funding […]

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Last Chance for Bus Services

by Andy Canning on 23 May, 2017

Last week I handed in a 4,500 strong petition at County Hall calling on the County Council to think again about it’s policy of cutting so many bus routes. This is the largest local petition I’ve ever heard of!  It clearly shows how worried residents are about becoming isolated and stuck at home. On July […]

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Local NHS Campaign

by Andy Canning on 15 May, 2017

The NHS and social care have been in a state of near crisis for many months. In Dorset we’ve seen plans to drastically reduce the number of GP Surgeries, to reduce beds at some community hospitals and to cut some services entirely from Dorset County Hospital.  Thank you to the 2,500 local residents who have […]

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Bus Services Devastated

by Andy Canning on 2 February, 2017

Dorset County Council has announced that it is cutting the number of bus services that it supports from 35 down to just 7! This will have a devastating effect on everyone who doesn’t have access to a car. It will increase isolation as those on low incomes, poor mobility and the elderly, who live anywhere […]

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Your GP Surgery is Under Threat

by Andy Canning on 29 November, 2016

There is a very real possibility that your GP’s Surgery could close by 2021. Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are considering a strategy document that is proposing a drastic reduction in the number of what they call “sites delivering Primary Care” or what we call GP’s Surgeries. You can read the report here. Page 34 […]

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Stop Cuts at County Hospital

by Andy Canning on 1 November, 2016

The plans announced recently to recently to end overnight care on Kingfisher Children’s Ward and the proposal to scale back maternity care at the County Hospital are deeply disappointing. Twice in recent years, thousands of residents have marched through the streets to defend key local health services.close Kingfisher Children’s Ward and the Special Care Baby […]

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Save Dorchester’s Tourist Information Centre

by Andy Canning on 20 October, 2016

Despite tourism being West Dorset’s largest employer and Dorchester’s TIC receiving over 180,000 visitors last year, the District Council is looking to cut this service drastically to save just a few thousand pounds!  Two options are being considered – closing the staffed office completely or retaining a much-reduced service with fewer staff, fewer things on […]

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Osmington Hill Speed Limit to be Cut

by Andy Canning on 1 October, 2016

Good news for road safety! In the next few months the speed limit on Osmington Hill will be cut.  With so many narrow entrances on to the A353 between Preston and Osmington, and increased use from holidaymakers, the current national speed limit is dangerous and it is welcome news that it is to be reduced. […]

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