Councillors have approved £2million Charles Street proposal

First published in News

COUNCILLORS have approved proposals to spend up to £2million of taxpayers' money to support the controversial Charles Street development.

At a heated full council meeting of West Dorset District Council this afternoon members voted by a majority in favour of a series of amended proposals put forward by developers Simons in relation to the second phase of the scheme.

The amendments included the council funding up to £2million of preparatory works including relocating the Dorchester Community Church.

Other changes include replacing the hotel in the original plans for the scheme with 24 apartments and scrapping the lower deck of basement car parking with additional spaces at the Fairfield Market car park replacing it.

See Friday's Echo for the full story.

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6:11pm Thu 25 Oct 12

alan_h says...

An expected, but utterly disgraceful decision.
An expected, but utterly disgraceful decision. alan_h
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6:32pm Thu 25 Oct 12

alfiesmont says...

What an absolute disgraceful waste of taxpayers money this whole fiasco has been ... Very disappointing outcome to this whole affair ... As predicted by the majority of dorchester residents .. Shameful .!
What an absolute disgraceful waste of taxpayers money this whole fiasco has been ... Very disappointing outcome to this whole affair ... As predicted by the majority of dorchester residents .. Shameful .! alfiesmont
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7:00pm Thu 25 Oct 12

cj07589 says...

Glad I've moved away from West Dorset, poll tax to rise next year no doubt.....
Glad I've moved away from West Dorset, poll tax to rise next year no doubt..... cj07589
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7:00pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Dorset Boy says...

Once again Gould was not available for comment on the BBC South Today news. What a surprise!!!
Once again Gould was not available for comment on the BBC South Today news. What a surprise!!! Dorset Boy
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7:49pm Thu 25 Oct 12

snowleopard says...

Wonder what knock on this will have on Council Tax and Housing Benefit when it comes under WDDC financial control?
Wonder what knock on this will have on Council Tax and Housing Benefit when it comes under WDDC financial control? snowleopard
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8:04pm Thu 25 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

Prediction: Simons Group's finances will continue to deteriorate until bankruptcy. Development won't happen. Council will claim they had no idea that Simons were losing money hand over fist, but will claim that they were assured all was well, thus absolving them of blame.
Prediction: Simons Group's finances will continue to deteriorate until bankruptcy. Development won't happen. Council will claim they had no idea that Simons were losing money hand over fist, but will claim that they were assured all was well, thus absolving them of blame. JamesYoung
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8:05pm Thu 25 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

Prediction: Simons Group's finances will continue to deteriorate until bankruptcy. Development won't happen. Council will claim they had no idea that Simons were losing money hand over fist, but will claim that they were assured all was well, thus absolving them of blame.
Prediction: Simons Group's finances will continue to deteriorate until bankruptcy. Development won't happen. Council will claim they had no idea that Simons were losing money hand over fist, but will claim that they were assured all was well, thus absolving them of blame. JamesYoung
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8:07pm Thu 25 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

So this is £2m on top of the £3m they didn't get from the sale of Stratton House then.
And seems strange that Gould doesn't want to crow about this success.
So this is £2m on top of the £3m they didn't get from the sale of Stratton House then. And seems strange that Gould doesn't want to crow about this success. JamesYoung
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9:31pm Thu 25 Oct 12

dontbuyit says...

It just doesn't add up. Replacing a hotel and it's jobs and minimal parking with flats with no jobs and all it's parking! Putting the car park over at the market will not encourage people down to Waitrose and M&S and will seriously impact the market and the income derived from there. I can't see anyone hauling groceries up to the market car park from Charles St. And with the flat economy continuing for a few more years are these stores really going to expand in Dorch? It's nuts and we let these clowns run this town like little mafia bosses. Where is the investigation?
It just doesn't add up. Replacing a hotel and it's jobs and minimal parking with flats with no jobs and all it's parking! Putting the car park over at the market will not encourage people down to Waitrose and M&S and will seriously impact the market and the income derived from there. I can't see anyone hauling groceries up to the market car park from Charles St. And with the flat economy continuing for a few more years are these stores really going to expand in Dorch? It's nuts and we let these clowns run this town like little mafia bosses. Where is the investigation? dontbuyit
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9:58pm Thu 25 Oct 12

pd7 says...

We need a 2012 version of the Tolpuddle Martyrs with enough vision to to stand up against these people.

They could also go down in history in turning dorset into a nice place to live with a local gvmnt that listens
We need a 2012 version of the Tolpuddle Martyrs with enough vision to to stand up against these people. They could also go down in history in turning dorset into a nice place to live with a local gvmnt that listens pd7
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10:40pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Verbose says...

The answer to the parking problem is to provide a cheap park and ride at Poundbury for the use of DCC, WDDC and NHS staff. It is not right that these staff are allowed to park all day in the town taking up parking spaces that would otherwise be used by visitors and shoppers.

It has taken 30 years to get this far with the development of Charles Street. I don't know what undertakings the developers have given to complete the development but this should now proceed as quickly as possible or the area will remain the mess that it is for another 30 years. It is time to move on.
The answer to the parking problem is to provide a cheap park and ride at Poundbury for the use of DCC, WDDC and NHS staff. It is not right that these staff are allowed to park all day in the town taking up parking spaces that would otherwise be used by visitors and shoppers. It has taken 30 years to get this far with the development of Charles Street. I don't know what undertakings the developers have given to complete the development but this should now proceed as quickly as possible or the area will remain the mess that it is for another 30 years. It is time to move on. Verbose
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8:04am Fri 26 Oct 12

mr commonsense says...

Should we be surprised?
If this was Mr Goulds money he would never have invested in this scheme to begin with.
I hope and pray Simons go bust as this seems to be the only thing that WDDC will not be able to defend.
In view of the hostility in West Dorset
the time has come to change this rotten lot and I would add the Council officials as well. These people seem to have only been interested in new offices.

SHAMEFUL, a disgrace, sad, and a monument to dictatorship. Are we really living in a third world country?
Should we be surprised? If this was Mr Goulds money he would never have invested in this scheme to begin with. I hope and pray Simons go bust as this seems to be the only thing that WDDC will not be able to defend. In view of the hostility in West Dorset the time has come to change this rotten lot and I would add the Council officials as well. These people seem to have only been interested in new offices. SHAMEFUL, a disgrace, sad, and a monument to dictatorship. Are we really living in a third world country? mr commonsense
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10:28am Fri 26 Oct 12

Phaedrus says...

Good news for Brewery Square perhaps, but very bad news for the rest of the town centre. Have to agree with all the criticism of the council, if they really needed new offices they should have gone to Poundbury, cannot believe the decision to redevelop Charles Street in this way was made for sound reasons. Charles Street looks like a vanity project through and through.
Good news for Brewery Square perhaps, but very bad news for the rest of the town centre. Have to agree with all the criticism of the council, if they really needed new offices they should have gone to Poundbury, cannot believe the decision to redevelop Charles Street in this way was made for sound reasons. Charles Street looks like a vanity project through and through. Phaedrus
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10:45am Fri 26 Oct 12

annotator1 says...

Very foolish in my view.
Very foolish in my view. annotator1
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11:49am Fri 26 Oct 12

cj07589 says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Should we be surprised? If this was Mr Goulds money he would never have invested in this scheme to begin with. I hope and pray Simons go bust as this seems to be the only thing that WDDC will not be able to defend. In view of the hostility in West Dorset the time has come to change this rotten lot and I would add the Council officials as well. These people seem to have only been interested in new offices. SHAMEFUL, a disgrace, sad, and a monument to dictatorship. Are we really living in a third world country?
Yes, we are living under a dictatorship under the guise of a democracy. We need a revolution to rebalance the rife corruption and injustices that are culturally ingrained in the so called civil service who are mostly concerned about feathering their own nests and interests.
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Should we be surprised? If this was Mr Goulds money he would never have invested in this scheme to begin with. I hope and pray Simons go bust as this seems to be the only thing that WDDC will not be able to defend. In view of the hostility in West Dorset the time has come to change this rotten lot and I would add the Council officials as well. These people seem to have only been interested in new offices. SHAMEFUL, a disgrace, sad, and a monument to dictatorship. Are we really living in a third world country?[/p][/quote]Yes, we are living under a dictatorship under the guise of a democracy. We need a revolution to rebalance the rife corruption and injustices that are culturally ingrained in the so called civil service who are mostly concerned about feathering their own nests and interests. cj07589
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12:57pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Fred Kite says...

Cllr Gould and his poodle David Clarke should resign.
Cllr Gould and his poodle David Clarke should resign. Fred Kite
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1:50pm Fri 26 Oct 12

banknote says...

Simple question.

Why has Cllr Gould refused to appear on local TV, on several occasions, to defend the Councils decision?

I assume that by his silence he cannot defend it?

Meanwhile the rest of us will wait for Simons to go bust - and we're back to square one, once more - with millions wasted.
Simple question. Why has Cllr Gould refused to appear on local TV, on several occasions, to defend the Councils decision? I assume that by his silence he cannot defend it? Meanwhile the rest of us will wait for Simons to go bust - and we're back to square one, once more - with millions wasted. banknote
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3:08pm Fri 26 Oct 12

portland rebel says...

the opposite of common sense once again, the problem is because central gov has such little control over local gov we end up with little hitlers.
the opposite of common sense once again, the problem is because central gov has such little control over local gov we end up with little hitlers. portland rebel
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5:12pm Fri 26 Oct 12

westendcat says...

It's not just the £2m.....consider the following:
1. £900K predevelopment costs allowed to Simons
2. £250k planning fees allowed to Simons
3. £500k increase in tender costs
4. £2.5m shortfall in the sale of Stratton House
5. £100k per annum holding costs for
Stratton House
6. £2m further allowance to Simons at
yesterdays Council meeting
7. The fettering of future development
value of Middle Fairfield because it
now totally committed to parking.
And these are the costs we know about!!. Bet there are numerous others.
It's not just the £2m.....consider the following: 1. £900K predevelopment costs allowed to Simons 2. £250k planning fees allowed to Simons 3. £500k increase in tender costs 4. £2.5m shortfall in the sale of Stratton House 5. £100k per annum holding costs for Stratton House 6. £2m further allowance to Simons at yesterdays Council meeting 7. The fettering of future development value of Middle Fairfield because it now totally committed to parking. And these are the costs we know about!!. Bet there are numerous others. westendcat
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5:41pm Fri 26 Oct 12

kildare43 says...

And we will say it again.........WDDC is either naive or corrupt. Either way, they should not be governing our lives.
And we will say it again.........WDDC is either naive or corrupt. Either way, they should not be governing our lives. kildare43
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6:03pm Fri 26 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

Simons next accounts are published on 21 Dec. watch this space.
Simons next accounts are published on 21 Dec. watch this space. JamesYoung
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9:29pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Say NO says...

Please like this new facebook page and lets finally stand up for our town.

http://www.facebook.
com/saynotocharlesst
reet
Please like this new facebook page and lets finally stand up for our town. http://www.facebook. com/saynotocharlesst reet Say NO
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12:11am Sat 27 Oct 12

CoogarUK.com says...

What an utter disgrace!
What an utter disgrace! CoogarUK.com
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12:37pm Sat 27 Oct 12

banknote says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Simons next accounts are published on 21 Dec. watch this space.
Well James, I'm betting on there will be further losses from Simons - and they will require further cash from WDDC.

What will Councillor Gould say then ??
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: Simons next accounts are published on 21 Dec. watch this space.[/p][/quote]Well James, I'm betting on there will be further losses from Simons - and they will require further cash from WDDC. What will Councillor Gould say then ?? banknote
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12:50pm Sat 27 Oct 12

thetiger says...

Many of those involved in the project will be members of the Mafia (sorry, freemasons) so what chance is there for a demcratic process?
Many of those involved in the project will be members of the Mafia (sorry, freemasons) so what chance is there for a demcratic process? thetiger
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3:24pm Sat 27 Oct 12

westendcat says...

As I've said more than once, we need a full forensic financial examination of all of the facts.
Cllrs Gould and Junquis are being led by the nose by inept officers hell bent on saving their own skins.
As for the construction of the new offices, have all of the leaks in the structure been contained? Has the application of numerous cans of sealant provided a temporary solution, only to re-appear after practical completion of the project has been accepted by the Council - what a shambles!
The cost of this fiasco is going to be borne by generations of WDDC ratepayers for years to come and Simons will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Own up, WDDC you've failed yet again.
As I've said more than once, we need a full forensic financial examination of all of the facts. Cllrs Gould and Junquis are being led by the nose by inept officers hell bent on saving their own skins. As for the construction of the new offices, have all of the leaks in the structure been contained? Has the application of numerous cans of sealant provided a temporary solution, only to re-appear after practical completion of the project has been accepted by the Council - what a shambles! The cost of this fiasco is going to be borne by generations of WDDC ratepayers for years to come and Simons will be laughing all the way to the bank. Own up, WDDC you've failed yet again. westendcat
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5:09pm Mon 29 Oct 12

marabout says...

A group of friends and I went out for a great evening at the new restaurant - Carluccio's and then on to watch the latest 007 movie at the new Odeon cinema.

What a fabulous evening and a great advert for Dorchester. Friends from Crossways commented on how jealous they were that the centre of Dorchester had a bright and prosperous future.
A group of friends and I went out for a great evening at the new restaurant - Carluccio's and then on to watch the latest 007 movie at the new Odeon cinema. What a fabulous evening and a great advert for Dorchester. Friends from Crossways commented on how jealous they were that the centre of Dorchester had a bright and prosperous future. marabout
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8:00am Tue 30 Oct 12

mr commonsense says...

What has that to do with the Charles Street debacle?
So Crossways is not part of Dorchester and why should they be jealous, does Crossways have a centre?
What has that to do with the Charles Street debacle? So Crossways is not part of Dorchester and why should they be jealous, does Crossways have a centre? mr commonsense
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9:02am Tue 30 Oct 12

A.Hollis says...

I totally agree with regard to the future of Dorchester. The new cinema, the new restaurants and the new Council buildings are all fabulous news for the county town. The Charles street development has been a long and protracted affair and there are a minority of people who are not fully in favour of it but thankfully the members of the WDCC committees voted sensibly and without persuasion and I believe they decided on the best for Dorchester. The development has been approved and so lets now move on and work towards improving this wonderful town.
I totally agree with regard to the future of Dorchester. The new cinema, the new restaurants and the new Council buildings are all fabulous news for the county town. The Charles street development has been a long and protracted affair and there are a minority of people who are not fully in favour of it but thankfully the members of the WDCC committees voted sensibly and without persuasion and I believe they decided on the best for Dorchester. The development has been approved and so lets now move on and work towards improving this wonderful town. A.Hollis
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12:18pm Tue 30 Oct 12

mr commonsense says...

So Council buildings are fabulous news for the town. I presume you mean they will become a tourist attraction, thereby generating huge income for the taxpayers of West Dorset. Wednesdays will become even busier as hordes of coaches come into the centre to view this wonderful new building.
So Council buildings are fabulous news for the town. I presume you mean they will become a tourist attraction, thereby generating huge income for the taxpayers of West Dorset. Wednesdays will become even busier as hordes of coaches come into the centre to view this wonderful new building. mr commonsense
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12:53pm Tue 30 Oct 12

CharlieBarley says...

Verbose wrote:
The answer to the parking problem is to provide a cheap park and ride at Poundbury for the use of DCC, WDDC and NHS staff. It is not right that these staff are allowed to park all day in the town taking up parking spaces that would otherwise be used by visitors and shoppers.

It has taken 30 years to get this far with the development of Charles Street. I don't know what undertakings the developers have given to complete the development but this should now proceed as quickly as possible or the area will remain the mess that it is for another 30 years. It is time to move on.
Park and ride for council staff is a brilliant idea. Especially given the fact that it's their building taking up the car park. Will it happen? Not a chance.
[quote][p][bold]Verbose[/bold] wrote: The answer to the parking problem is to provide a cheap park and ride at Poundbury for the use of DCC, WDDC and NHS staff. It is not right that these staff are allowed to park all day in the town taking up parking spaces that would otherwise be used by visitors and shoppers. It has taken 30 years to get this far with the development of Charles Street. I don't know what undertakings the developers have given to complete the development but this should now proceed as quickly as possible or the area will remain the mess that it is for another 30 years. It is time to move on.[/p][/quote]Park and ride for council staff is a brilliant idea. Especially given the fact that it's their building taking up the car park. Will it happen? Not a chance. CharlieBarley
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2:27pm Tue 30 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

A.Hollis wrote:
I totally agree with regard to the future of Dorchester. The new cinema, the new restaurants and the new Council buildings are all fabulous news for the county town. The Charles street development has been a long and protracted affair and there are a minority of people who are not fully in favour of it but thankfully the members of the WDCC committees voted sensibly and without persuasion and I believe they decided on the best for Dorchester. The development has been approved and so lets now move on and work towards improving this wonderful town.
I think its very clear, given the canvassing done by the LibDems, that it is far from a minority that aren't in favour. Unfortunately, you are failing to differentiate between Brewery Square, which is undoubtedly a positive for the town, and 30 years of mismanagement by the Council in Charles Street, which will now deliver something other than was planned. The whole point is that the Council has given over an area that would have been suitable for a very large anchor store for its own use. This is clearly not a good thing for the town.
[quote][p][bold]A.Hollis[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with regard to the future of Dorchester. The new cinema, the new restaurants and the new Council buildings are all fabulous news for the county town. The Charles street development has been a long and protracted affair and there are a minority of people who are not fully in favour of it but thankfully the members of the WDCC committees voted sensibly and without persuasion and I believe they decided on the best for Dorchester. The development has been approved and so lets now move on and work towards improving this wonderful town.[/p][/quote]I think its very clear, given the canvassing done by the LibDems, that it is far from a minority that aren't in favour. Unfortunately, you are failing to differentiate between Brewery Square, which is undoubtedly a positive for the town, and 30 years of mismanagement by the Council in Charles Street, which will now deliver something other than was planned. The whole point is that the Council has given over an area that would have been suitable for a very large anchor store for its own use. This is clearly not a good thing for the town. JamesYoung
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3:15pm Tue 30 Oct 12

A.Hollis says...

I disagree. The Charles street development is a very good thing for the town. However, I can understand your argument - but not agree with it. Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all.

Similarly, there was uproar when Hardyes school was sold for building land - but again, just look at the way the town has matured and developed.

Nonetheless, the decision has been made by our truly elected and we should now fully support the progress they have made and get behind this great project.
I disagree. The Charles street development is a very good thing for the town. However, I can understand your argument - but not agree with it. Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all. Similarly, there was uproar when Hardyes school was sold for building land - but again, just look at the way the town has matured and developed. Nonetheless, the decision has been made by our truly elected and we should now fully support the progress they have made and get behind this great project. A.Hollis
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5:08pm Tue 30 Oct 12

dontbuyit says...

A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all'

Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices.
A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all' Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices. dontbuyit
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8:05pm Tue 30 Oct 12

banknote says...

Absolutely right, dontbuyit.

I wonder what A.Hollis will say when Simons either go bust or abandon the Charles Street project. He/she seems to forget that this saga has been going on for three decades - and still WDDC cannot agree what to do?
Absolutely right, dontbuyit. I wonder what A.Hollis will say when Simons either go bust or abandon the Charles Street project. He/she seems to forget that this saga has been going on for three decades - and still WDDC cannot agree what to do? banknote
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7:32am Wed 31 Oct 12

marabout says...

dontbuyit wrote:
A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all'

Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices.
I would certainly agree with you regards the Poundbury issues.

The only good thing Poundbury has done for Dorchester is to move the drug issues out of the town centre and place them in the middle of the POWs housing estate.
[quote][p][bold]dontbuyit[/bold] wrote: A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all' Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices.[/p][/quote]I would certainly agree with you regards the Poundbury issues. The only good thing Poundbury has done for Dorchester is to move the drug issues out of the town centre and place them in the middle of the POWs housing estate. marabout
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6:57pm Wed 31 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

marabout wrote:
dontbuyit wrote: A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all' Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices.
I would certainly agree with you regards the Poundbury issues. The only good thing Poundbury has done for Dorchester is to move the drug issues out of the town centre and place them in the middle of the POWs housing estate.
Oi, I live at Poundbury and I have yet to see a drug addict. It's very well run up here - a couple of weeks ago we had a letter complaining about a broken trellis just a week after it broke. We've been warned about putting our rubbish out before 7.30 (bin men come at 7.15) and there have been complaints about people putting greed above community good (by putting solar panels on their roof). They need to focus a little more on keeping the poor people in Victoria park - some occasionally wander up here - but otherwise its a great place t live.
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dontbuyit[/bold] wrote: A Hollis wrote - 'Remember - many people protested about the Poundbury development ands now just look at the wealth and prosperity that has brought for us all' Perhaps you could enlighten us about the wealth and prosperity I have yet to see from Poundbury. Maybe for those Londoners who have bought into as an investment and rent it out. Or the drug dealers that live up there. But the Charles St debacle is not about Poundbury, it's about elected officials not listening to the majority of constituents they are mean't to serve and work for and are paid by. And with all the new people coming into town (to the council offices) what is being done about the congestion and pollution of the high st, the lack of schoolplaces, and upgraded infrastructure that a growing town needs.Guess that doesn't matter as long as we have shiny new council offices.[/p][/quote]I would certainly agree with you regards the Poundbury issues. The only good thing Poundbury has done for Dorchester is to move the drug issues out of the town centre and place them in the middle of the POWs housing estate.[/p][/quote]Oi, I live at Poundbury and I have yet to see a drug addict. It's very well run up here - a couple of weeks ago we had a letter complaining about a broken trellis just a week after it broke. We've been warned about putting our rubbish out before 7.30 (bin men come at 7.15) and there have been complaints about people putting greed above community good (by putting solar panels on their roof). They need to focus a little more on keeping the poor people in Victoria park - some occasionally wander up here - but otherwise its a great place t live. JamesYoung
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6:58pm Wed 31 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

Ps: my mum gets angry when I refer to it as Poundbury because everybody knows the original Ppundbury is the area next to the hill fort where she lives.
Ps: my mum gets angry when I refer to it as Poundbury because everybody knows the original Ppundbury is the area next to the hill fort where she lives. JamesYoung
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9:19pm Wed 31 Oct 12

dontbuyit says...

James I didn't say addicts. And make sure you use a tumble dryer instead of a washing line, and don't even think of washing your car in the street! However it's probably the increased council tax from Poundbury that makes the council justify in their minds the need for shiny new offices, shame that they couldn't build some new schools instead.
James I didn't say addicts. And make sure you use a tumble dryer instead of a washing line, and don't even think of washing your car in the street! However it's probably the increased council tax from Poundbury that makes the council justify in their minds the need for shiny new offices, shame that they couldn't build some new schools instead. dontbuyit
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