Alex Brenton pays tribute to local campaigner John Phelps

John Wintour Phelps was one of those people who was interested in everything and had an opinion about most of it.

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324 new houses in Bearwood


Barratt and David Wilson Homes received planning permission to build 324 new homes on the land south of Magna Road, between Wheelers Lane in Bearwood and Canford Arena.

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Tory cuts to youth clubs still biting

Councillor Susan Jefferies gives an update on Corfe Mullen Youth Club

Two years ago a decision by the Tory run County Council closed all the Youth Clubs in Dorset and handed over the responsibility to each Community. As a result many Youth Clubs closed down.

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Purbeck planners reject ramps to station footbridge

Purbeck’s Planning Committee has refused Listed Building Consent to alter the existing 1886 built footbridge at Wareham Station to facilitate the construction of new ramps to both sides of the bridge.

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Poole residents burdened with extra £93-£186 on Council Tax bills


Following a stormy council meeting the Tory administration voted for a 5.99% increase in council tax which, for Band D properties, is an additional £79.11.

Adding the police and fire precepts means gives an overall increase of £93.22 and a total bill of £1,678.96.

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UNDER THREAT: Conservative funding cuts put vital services at risk

Dorset’s residents face cuts to vital public services as the Conservative Government cut off funding to local authorities.


Dorset County Council agreed to implement a council tax rise of the maximum allowed of 5.99% (which includes 3% specifically for Adult Social Care).

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Night time parking charges thrown out

Lib Dems fight for fairer treatment of residents in Wimborne


Plans to charge for night time parking in Wimborne have been thrown out following opposition from Liberal Democrat Councillors and residents.

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Vikki Slade selected for Mid Dorset & North Poole constituency

Local campaigner Vikki Slade selected to as Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.


A packed meeting on Saturday afternoon saw Cllr Vikki Slade selected, from a strong field of candidates, to represent the Mid Dorset and North Poole Liberal Democrats at the next General Election. Vikki is fully committed to serving all residents within the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency.

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"This tweet appals me": Dorset County Council tweet to warn youngsters post-16 education travel costs

Local campaigner, Vikki Slade has hit back at Dorset County Council after it used social media to remind young people that transport is not free beyond the age of 16.


Its tweet said: "Planning what to do after GCSEs? Check out your travel options before you decide. Travel for 16+ isn't free & there may not be seats on school buses."

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A week in the life of a local Lib Dem Councillor

Find out what Councillor Susan Jefferies, Dorset County Councillor for Corfe Mullen, was up to last week.


Last week included a few phone calls and emails to the Council and some reading, but no long meetings, my time was spent entirely in Corfe Mullen dealing with issues for the residents.

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