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What is Wareham Town Trust?

The Trust is a voluntary group of individuals who care about their town and want to see Wareham and its surroundings conserved and enhanced. The Trust has some 200 members and has an active committee.


    

The Moors at Arne Project

Wareham Town Trust Open Meeting
Tues 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm Wareham Town Hall

Ian Alexander of Natural England will give a presentation on this exciting opportunity to enhance The Moors at Arne

With sea level rise, important habitat for wildlife along the coast will be lost over the next 30 years. This "coastal squeeze", where rising waters press against fixed sea defences, means that we need to create new places for coastal wildlife if it is to be guaranteed a safe home. This project will explore how The Moors at Arne can be converted to inter-tidal habitat.

By involving the community in the project right from the start project organisers aim to maximise the benefits for local people, recreational users and wildlife

For further information please contact:
Nick Fagan (Chair) Tel: 01929 551047 email nickfagan@talktalk.net
Hilary Evans (Hon. Sec.) Tel: 01929 551828 email:hilary@eaststreet.plus.com
Chris Miller (Hon. Treasurer) Tel: 01929 551500 email: chrismiller99@btopenworld.com


Public Meeting
7 p.m. Friday 21st July 2017
The Purbeck School

Organised by Wareham Town Council
and chaired by your Member of Parliament, Michael Tomlinson

Do you want Wareham railway level crossing to be closed and replaced with this?

Come and have your say!

Time is running out. We must make our voices heard!
Come and tell the leaders of Dorset County Council how you fear that this plan for a ramped bridge will split our Town in two

See you at 7 p.m. Friday 21st July at the Purbeck School
Contact the Town Hall with any questions: 01929 553006

Dorset County Council will shortly be consulting on this proposal

Wareham Level Crossing - dorsetforyou.com

9am to midday, Thursday 6 July - informal attendance at level crossing to talk to crossing-users

3pm to 7pm, Tuesday 11 July, Wareham Town Hall - information exhibition

Wareham Town Council is holding a
Public Meeting
on Friday 21st July at 7pm

at the Purbeck School chaired by Michael Tomlinson MP when leaders of Dorset County Council will be asked to explain the proposals

We hope you will come to this meeting and express your views
Volunteers are needed to distribute fliers

If you can distribute fliers to your street (or more) please contact Graham on grancy@talktalk.net (552272)

For more information see
dorsetforyou.gov.uk/wareham-level-crossing

Please help spread the word by telling your friends and forwarding this email. Thank you.

Hilary Evans
Hon Sec
Wareham Town Trust


SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER

Wareham Town Trust

The Annual General meeting of the Trust will be held at

7.30pm Tues 21st March
in Wareham Town Hall

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Shaping Wareham’s Future

Update on Wareham Neighbourhood Plan including the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s perspective on the Purbeck Local Plan Partial Review

Presentation by Dr David Evans, Vice-chair of Wareham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The Wareham Neighbourhood Plan is our community’s opportunity to help shape future development in Wareham. The plan area covers the whole of the Parish of Wareham including Northport, Northmoor and Carey. The views of local people are shaping the development of a neighbourhood plan for Wareham. David will explain progress made on seeking local people’s views and exploring the potential for providing homes, community facilities and jobs whilst protecting the special character of the area and valued open spaces. He will explain a possible proposal to provide housing to the north west of Wareham as an alternative to the proposed major developments included in Purbeck District Council’s Local Plan Partial Review.

Refreshments will be provided at the AGM, tea and coffee or a glass of wine and nibbles for a small donation.

There will also be a short update from the Town Trust Chair, Nick Fagan, on the issues affecting Wareham that the Town Trust has been involved in the past year.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT SUBSCRIPTION CHANGES

Due to rising costs for hiring venues, postage and other necessary expenditure, the membership fees have now been increased from January 2017. The new rates are:-

Single subscription - £5.00
Household subscription - £8.00

CLICK HERE for Membership Standing Order in PDF

CLICK HERE for Membership Standing Order in WORD DOC

People who pay by standing order will need to complete a new form. Many members have already sent in a new form, but in case you have lost the form, we are enclosing a new one. This can be handed in at the AGM or by returning to Chris Miller, Hon Treasurer at 30 West St, Wareham. BH20 4JY. If you usually pay by cash, and have not already done so this can be paid at the AGM – or you can send it to the Treasurer by post (or by hand if you are passing!) It is more efficient for the Trust (and easier for you!) to set up a standing order for your subscription.

If you would like to stand as a member of the Town Trust Committee – please let Hilary Evans know (contact details below). The committee meets monthly at East St.

We value our members’ continued support of the Town Trust and its activities; if you know of anyone else who would be interested in the Trust’s work and who might like to join, please let any committee member know.

Using email is more cost effective and efficient for the Trust than paper copies and postage (which has become expensive). If we are not currently contacting you by email, and you have an email address, please can you let us know and we will send future information by that route.

Many thanks and looking forward to seeing you on 21st March.

Graham Baynes, Membership Secretary.

For further information please contact:

Nick Fagan (Chair) Tel: 01929 551047 email nickfagan@talktalk.net
Hilary Evans (Hon. Sec.) Tel: 01929 551828 email hilary@eaststreet.plus.com
Chris Miller (Hon. Treasurer) Tel: 01929 551500 email chrismiller99@btopenworld.com

We are grateful to Humphries Kirk/Neville Jones, solicitors, for kindly printing the hard copies of our newsletter.

2017 SPRING NEWSLETTER DOWNLOAD as PDF CLICK HERE


NEWS FROM 2016

Proposed development to West and North of Wareham

Purbeck District Council’s options for development in the Partial Review of Purbeck Local Plan include:

  • 500 homes with retail to the west of Wareham bypass (within the AONB

  • 205 homes to the north of Wareham adjoining Westminster Road and Northmoor Park

  • 3,080 new houses proposed in addition to 2,520 in existing plan = 5,600 total

Wareham Town Trust is very concerned about these proposals and hosted a meeting in the Town Hall on 26th July when 130 local residents raised their strong concerns including:

  • The housing figures need to be reduced in view of current economic growth projections

  • A thorough study of constraints needs to be prepared to support the case for reduction in numbers in this area of exceptional environmental sensitivity

  • New development should be located closer to main centres of employment outside of Purbeck where most people work

  • The West option would be on the wrong side of the bypass and severed from the town

  • Both options would add more congestion to the already highly congested A351

  • Both options would affect the landscape setting of Wareham

  • The west option lies within the Dorset AONB where major development should not be permitted unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated and none have been

  • The north option lies within the Green Belt and takes away the much needed and popular allotments

It is vital that everyone has the opportunity to comment on these important proposals which will shape the future of this area for years to come.

We urge you to send your views to Purbeck District Council by Friday 12th August.

Online: https://purbeck-consult.objective.co.uk/portal 

Or by email localplan@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Or Freepost to: Planning Policy, Purbeck District Council, RSAX-LTRK-TRKE, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP

If you can help with distributing leaflets through doors please contact Charles Miller asap 45 West Street, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JT. Tel 01929 556 355. Mob 07484 339 539 … Thank you.

Wareham Town Council will be considering their response to the Partial Review consultation at their meeting on Monday 8th August at 7pm in Wareham Town Hall. All welcome to attend.

Kind Regards
Nick Fagan, Chair, Wareham Town Trust

Residents oppose large-scale development!

There was standing room only in Wareham Town Hall on Tuesday night when local residents expressed their concerns about Purbeck District Council’s proposals for large scale development to the west and north of Wareham. The options for development which are included in the current consultation on the Purbeck Local Plan Partial Review include a potential 500 homes to the west of Wareham bypass within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 205 homes to the north of Wareham adjoining the Bere Road within the Green Belt.

Nick Fagan (Chair of Wareham Town Trust) who chaired the meeting felt that “The proposed development would be completely out of scale with this small market town, adding another third to the population of Wareham. Purbeck is a very sensitive area, one which was shortlisted for designation as a National Park in the 1950’s! There is a case to revisit the housing numbers particularly in view of recent economic forecasts.”

Residents were very concerned about the impact of such large-scale proposals on this already congested area. In particular, more pressure would be put on the notoriously congested A351 through Sandford. The 500 homes to the west of Wareham would be on the wrong side of the bypass severed from the town and would encourage people to use their cars. They were also concerned about adding another 205 homes to the north of Wareham before resolving the pedestrian access across the railway currently proposed for closure by Network Rail.

Residents were concerned that both sites would be highly visible and impact on the setting of this rural town with that to the west of Wareham affecting views from the Purbeck Hills. Whilst residents understood that the district council was under pressure to provide more homes they felt that the amount of housing proposed could not be accommodated without ruining this special area.

They were also concerned that many residents were not even aware of the current proposals and wished the district council to do more publicity and extend the period of consultation.

Local residents are urged to make their views known to the district council
Online: https://purbeck-consult.objective.co.uk/portal
Or by email localplan@purbeck-dc.gov.uk
Or Freepost to: Planning Policy, Purbeck District Council, RSAX-LTRK-TRKE, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP

For more information, please contact
Hilary Evans, Hon Sec, Wareham Town Trust hilary@eaststreet.plus.com  (01929 551828)
Nick Fagan, Chair, Wareham Town Trust (01929 551047)


PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE WAREHAM'S SURFACE LEVEL CROSSING

petition sign here

Closing the existing surface level crossing will cut the town in half. Hundreds of people use the crossing every day in order to visit friends and relatives and access the town's facilities - the shops, schools, play groups, nurseries, doctor's surgery,  dentists and other facilities. These include elderly and disabled people and parents with young children in prams and pushchairs who absolutely rely on this safe and convenient surface level crossing. read more

 OTHER NEWS FEBRUARY 2016

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SUBSCRIPTION CHANGES

Regrettably, due to rising costs for hiring venues, postage and other necessary expenditure, it has been decided that the subscriptions (which have been held at their present very reasonable rate for many years) will need to be increased. The new rates are:-

Single subscription - £5.00
Household subscription - £8.00

The increase will come into effect in January 2017 when all of the standing orders will have to be renewed. I have included a new standing order form for you to complete and return to the treasurer (address below). If you usually pay by cash, this can be paid either at the autumn meeting 2016 or the AGM 2017 – or you can send it to the Treasurer by post (or by hand if you are passing!)

Committee

If you would like to stand as a member of the Town Trust Committee – please let Hilary Evans know (contact details below). The committee meets monthly at East St.

Also, I have decided to stand down as the Membership Secretary, so if any members would like to be considered for this interesting office, please let us know before the AGM if possible.

We value our members’ continued support of the Town Trust and its activities; if you know of anyone else who would be interested in the Trust’s work and who might like to join, please let any committee member know.

If you have not already done so, please can I remind members to pay their subscriptions for 2016?

You can pay at the door at the AGM on 23rd March or send a cheque to the treasurer, Chris Miller, at 30 West St Wareham, BH20 4JY.
It is more efficient for the Trust (and easier for you!) to set up a standing order for your subscription. I have included one which HERE will operate from January 2017; they will also be available at the AGM on 23rd March 2016.

Using email is more cost effective and efficient for the Trust than paper copies and postage (which has become expensive). If we are not currently contacting you by email, and you have an email address, please can you let us know and we will send future information by that route.
Many thanks and looking forward to seeing you on 23rd March.

Maggie Miller
Membership Secretary.
30 West St, Wareham, BH20 4JY.
Tel: 01929 551500 or email magsjmiller001@btinternet.com

For further information please contact:

Nick Fagan (Chair) Tel: 01929 551047 email nickfagan@talktalk.net

Hilary Evans (Hon. Sec.) Tel: 01929 551828 email:hilary@eaststreet.plus.com

Chris Miller (Hon. Treasurer) Tel: 01929 551500 email chrismiller99@btopenworld.com


NEWS FROM 2015


Proposed pedestrian ramps to replace level crossing at Wareham Railway Station

Application numbers 6/2015/0478 and 6/2015/0479.

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LATEST UPDATE: 30th September

Dear all
On 30th September Purbeck District Council’s Planning Committee considered Network Rail’s proposal for the construction of pedestrian bridge with associated lighting and highway works at Wareham Railway Crossing. A number of people/ organisations spoke at the beginning of the meeting objecting to this proposal, including Nick Fagan, Chair of Wareham Town Trust.

The planning application was refused for the reasons detailed below:

1.The proposals by way of their excessive scale and materials of construction will appear demonstrably harmful in the street scene.

2.The proposals due to their excessive scale, bulk and massing fail to preserve the setting of the historic asset of the bridge itself and the wider station area.

3.The proposals due to the increased length of travel for pedestrians which make it more likely to increase the use of motor vehicles by residents for short journeys, fails to promote sustainable transport.

The application for Listed Building consent was refused for the following reason:

1.The proposals, by removal of some of the stairs to the bridge and substantial modern additions are not in accord with National Planning Policy Framework.

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Wareham Town Trust has serious concerns about this proposal including:

It would further split the town in half
Deter people from the north of the town coming into the town centre thereby affecting the town’s viability and vitality
Cause considerable inconvenience to 1000’s of users
Would be of inappropriate materials and design, out of keeping with the character of this small market town station
Have a detrimental impact on the Grade 2 Listed Station building.

   

Wareham Town Council have formally objected to the proposal and Wareham Town Trust has also objected (see attached)

Please take the time to look at the proposals on https://planningsearch.purbeck-dc.gov.uk/PlanAppSrch.aspx or by visiting the Council’s offices at Westport House.

Railway Crossing - Planning Committee 30th September at approx. 9.40am

The agenda and papers for the Planning Committee Meeting on Wed 30th September have now been published and can be found on the link below:

https://www.dorsetforyou.com/article/419899/Planning-Committee---30-September-2015

Please note that there will now be a Planning Committee site visit at the Railway Crossing at 9am. The estimated start of the Planning Committee at Westport House is 9.40am.

There is an opportunity at the beginning of Planning Committee for the public to speak. If you wish to speak you need to have sent in your comments in writing and confirmed that you wish to speak before noon on Monday 28th September.

The report of officers states that “the planning matters related to this application are finely balanced”.

We hope you will find the time to attend this meeting and show the strength of local opinion regarding this proposal.


What are its aims?

Originally formed in 1987 to seize the opportunities presented by the completion of the bypass to make the town more attractive to everyone, the Trust believes that building on the town’s assets as a historic market town will secure its future prosperity.

The Trust holds 2 or 3 meetings a year on topical issues or on the history of the town.

Raising awareness of current proposals affecting the town is a particular aim. For example the Trust held a meeting for members to meet with developers when a major development was proposed at Worgret. The Trust also joined with others to hold a town meeting regarding the proposed Town Enhancements Scheme.

 

Planning applications, The Trust keeps an eye on current planning proposals, policies and other issues affecting the town. It also meets regularly with representatives of the Town, District and County Councils and the Chamber of Trade regarding current issues. Click here for more information

Historic buildings

The Trust was actively involved in securing the establishment of a Heritage and Information Centre in Trinity Church when this became vacant to ensure continued public access to this historic building.

Wareham in Bloom

The Town Trust helped to set up Wareham in Bloom and provides hanging baskets on Wareham Library each summer. One of the first Town Trust projects was to plant trees on the northern approaches to Wareham.

Wareham Saturday Market

The Trust helped to start this market some years ago, is represented on the Steering Committee and supported its recent relocation to The Quay.

Community involvement

The Trust keenly supports community involvement in local initiatives such as the project to improve Hauses Field for the benefit of all users.

Heritage Open Days Every year during September the Trust helps organise Heritage Open Days, opening buildings of historic and architectural interest to the public.

Wareham Community Plan

This was developed following extensive consultation. The Trust is represented on Wareham Community Partnership and will be assisting in a number of the projects included in the plan.

Wareham Town Walls

The Trust has helped with projects to protect, enhance and raise awareness about Wareham’s historic monument, the town’s Saxon Walls.

Shopping

The Trust has supported the extension of the existing town centre supermarket and retention of Wareham’s independent shops. It has resisted an out of town supermarket which it feels would affect the vitality and viability of the town centre.

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