News from Wareham Town Council November

No sooner had the new deputy town clerk Gale Pettifer stepped into post than she was taking minutes at the council meeting.
Due to building regulations the corner of the Corn Exchange is unsuitable for a customer/visitor information office and the council is talking to Not Just Sundaes about having visitor information there permanently.
Dorset Council (DC) has just published its 20mph policy, which sets out the criteria for the speed limit which apply even if it is to be funded by a town or parish council. Councillor Ezzard called for volunteers to join a Speedwatch team.
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The Bishop of Salisbury visited Wareham on November 9.
Citizens Advice in East Dorset and Purbeck is going to commission a bus to tour rural areas to give advice. A working party will look into the feasibility of a Wareham Christmas market in 2023. Work has started on refurbishing the play areas.
The planning and transport committee objected to a planning application by Swineham Farm which was considered to contravene the planning designation. Savers has applied for a licence to sell alcohol. A planning application by Wareham Riverboats instigated an investigation into the ownership of the public slipway.
The town clerk will find out what action can be taken against businesses displaying illuminated signs without planning consent.

DC car parks will be free on Small Business Saturday (December 3) only. Howards Lane car park will be free on all four December Saturdays before Christmas.
The Council is backing the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in its opposition to the siting of a Lidl supermarket in Sandford on the grounds it would have a detrimental effect on the town centre shops.
The council has signed the national Civility and Respect pledge. Councillors marked Remembrance Sunday by taking part in the parade to the Priory Church of Lady St Mary for the special service.
The next meeting of the town council is on Tuesday December 13. 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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