News from Wareham Town Council – December report

By Julie Bradshaw.

FEELING chilly or looking for some company? Call in to the ‘warm space’ at the library on Monday afternoons and Not Just Sundaes between 2-4pm, Tuesday to Friday.
Dorset Council (DC) has installed two Fast EV charging points in Bonnets Lane car park. The electric capacity does not exist for Ultra Rapid chargers in this locality.
Volunteers for the Speed Watch team should contact Cllr Ezzard on 550138 or Training will be provided.

Michael Tomlinson MP met representatives of Network Rail and Dorset Council to put the case for an automated level crossing. The MP is also circulating a questionnaire to provide more evidence of public support.
The town council is considerably poorer having paid for play areas’ refurbishment with both Drax and Carey costing more than agreed at the August amenities committee meeting.

The council voted to use Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies which it has accrued over several years and the Play Areas Reserve spend to reduce the Public Works Loan Board loan and, thereby, the interest to be paid at a rate currently 4.5 per cent.
During the discussion and rejection of the suggestion of setting up a tourism steering group consisting of members from the council and elsewhere, a councillor questioned what had happened to the climate change group.
Tourism is in the remit of the amenities committee – a place for tourist information is handled by the Buildings Project.
The Mayor was reassured that the budget includes a sum for the celebration of the Coronation on May 6.
Cllr Budd, on behalf of all councillors, thanked the town clerk and deputy town clerk who had in the first months of their appointments accomplished a lot.
The next town council meeting is on Tuesday 24 January 2023. The public is welcome to attend at 7pm in the town hall and further information is on the council’s website,, or from the office on 01929 553006.

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