Exit from Brexit

by Andy Canning on 15 December, 2018

This last week has been a rollercoaster ride. MPs were promised a ‘meaningful vote’ on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. But after four days of debate this all changed. The fact the Prime Minister has pulled the vote in fear takes us one step closer to an Exit from Brexit. Whenever the vote is all Lib […]

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Stopping Cuts to SEND Transport

by Andy Canning on 8 December, 2018

After Wednesday’s meeting our mum’s group hasn’t had the chance to thank the councillors who played apart in the background, and was completely against the CUTS to SEND children I know they don’t like being thanked but they deserve it, it’s good to know we have some fantastic councillors around Tia Roos Jon Orrell Andy […]

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Dorchester Retail Master Plan

by Andy Canning on 12 November, 2018

After umpteen failed attempts to develop Dorchester town centre the District Council may finally be beginning to listen to what residents actually want! New proposals may not be perfect but they’re the best I’ve seen so far. You can judge for yourself this Thursday, Friday and Saturday  https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/…/…/dorchester-master-plan/

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Improving the Great Field

by Andy Canning on 18 October, 2018

Work to improve the Great Field is set to start later this autumn. First will come a whole set of footpaths and a track that can be used by runners, for events such as Park Run. Next year will see 450 trees being planted and a massive 26,000 shrubs as well as a widflower meadow! […]

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£100k+ to recruit senior Council staff

by Andy Canning on 12 October, 2018

It was bad enough that Conservative Councillors voted to spend £50,000 in a national search for a new Chief Executive – only to appoint an ‘internal candidate’. Now they have agreed to spend a further £75,000 looking for the five next most senior positions. See https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/…/16977288.recruiting-dorset-…/ Yet, all the time Conservatives are cutting money to care […]

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Have Your Say on Norchester

by Andy Canning on 27 September, 2018

There’s now less than two weeks for you to put in an objection to Conservative-run West Dorset District Council’s proposal to build 3,500 houses north of Dorchester! Dorchester Town Council has agreed their submission which gives more than a dozen reasons to oppose this scheme. Please feel free to use any of this information which […]

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Market Saved!

by Andy Canning on 27 August, 2018

Market Site Saved – Thanks to a huge number of objections from residents and Lib Dem Councillors WDDC has abandoned their plan for a new retail development on Fairfield! The threat to the Market has been lifted. I am continuing to press for new investment to update the Market and to encourage heritage tourism.

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Gardens Wins Aware – AGAIN!

by Andy Canning on 27 July, 2018

For the 11th year in a row Dorchester’s Borough Gardens has been awarded a nationally prestigious Green Flag award! Well done to all the grounds staff. They’ve done an excellent job of keeping the Gardens at their best despite the very dry weather. This has also vindicated the decision to drill a borehole down under […]

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Free Town Centre Wi-Fi

by Andy Canning on 12 July, 2018

Yesterday took part in the official launch of free WiFi across Dorchester town centre. The aim is to encourage shoppers and visitors to stay longer in the town and so spend more money here!

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Number 5 Bus Saved!

by Andy Canning on 15 January, 2018

I have been working very hard with Cllr Nick Ireland to ensure that there is some sort of day time bus service for Crossways, Broadmayne, West Knighton, Warmwell and Osmington. After much behind the scenes negotiation Damory have confirmed this morning that they are willing to run an ‘experimental’ service up to September. More details […]

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