Politics

Shaftesbury’s Youngest Councillor Elected After Tiebreak Drama

Shaftesbury’s youngest councillor knows that he is very lucky to gain a position on the Town Council. Matthew Welch polled the exact same number of votes as another candidate following last Thursday’s election, but there was only one remaining seat available.

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‘Urban’ Appearance Of New Shaftesbury Estate Disappoints

In November, Shaftesbury Town Council turned down Redrow’s plans for 170 homes at Littledown because they thought the development was ‘mundane’. Last night, councillors backed amended plans for the estate but there was disappointment voiced at its ‘urban’ appearance and concern that requested sustainability measures are not included.

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Become A Town Councillor And Help Decide Shaftesbury’s Future

Shaftesbury Town Council is holding two information events designed to encourage residents to stand for Council.

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£50,000 For Shaftesbury Tourism Signs If Budgens Store Bid Fails

North Dorset Council will give Shaftesbury Town Council £70,000 towards their ‘Project Belle’ bid to buy the former Budgens store.

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Council Won’t Change The Wilderness If Their Auction Bid Wins

Shaftesbury town councillors have unanimously agreed to place a bid to buy The Wilderness. And councillors were clear that they have no intention of turning the green space into an outdoor gym, in the light of recent press reports.

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‘No Massive Risk’ As Shaftesbury Council Backs Buying Old Budgens Store

Shaftesbury Town Council has agreed to make a bid to buy the former Budgens supermarket on Bell Street.

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Shaftesbury Council Vote Against Streetlights For Hawkesdene Lane

Shaftesbury Town Councillors have narrowly turned down a proposal to add four new streetlights to the narrowest stretch of Hawkesdene Lane.

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New St James Path Closed ‘To Keep Residents Safe’

The newly installed footpath across St James Park is to close because of safety fears. Read More

Parish Chairman Highlights Melbury Abbas Traffic Campaign Achievements

Melbury Abbas Parish Council recently raised over £7,000 towards a legal review of Dorset Council’s decision to advise lorries to pass through the village on the way to Poole. Plans for this judicial review were dropped because of concerns over escalating legal costs. But the villagers’ actions have already resulted in some small changes.

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Bring In A Paid Negotiator To Get The Best For Shaftesbury, Says Councillor

Negotiating a deal with a multinational business takes special skills. Not every person or organisation has the experience or ability. So why doesn’t Shaftesbury Town Council appoint an expert who can get the best for the town from major supermarkets operating here?

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