Boost for deprived areas in Weymouth and Portland

TIME FOR ACTION:  Littlemoor is one of the areas being targeted

TIME FOR ACTION: Littlemoor is one of the areas being targeted

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COUNCIL chiefs are working with the community on action plans to tackle issues in Weymouth and Portland’s deprived wards.

Four ‘priority’ areas in the borough – Littlemoor, Melcombe Regis, Portland Underhill and Westham – are the focus of the Working with You project.

The council wants to work with people in these communities and bring together groups with the aim of tackling crime and health problems and improving the quality of life for residents.

An update on progress was being given to the council’s management committee today.

Consultation events took place last year to highlight what work was needed.

A report to the committee says the events identified a number of similar issues and action plans have been drawn up to reflect this. Funding is being investigated to finance projects.

The plans will cover issues such as health and wellbeing (childhood obesity, poor diet and lifestyle); community safety (anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol offences); targeted activities (lack of youth facilities, activities for older people); enterprise, education and skills (long-term unemployment, skills-based training); local environment and facilities (access to nature, green space for community, play facilities); communication (engagement and involvement).

Examples of the projects being developed or already underway include a community laundrette, a job club and a cycling project at Littlemoor.

In Melcombe Regis projects include a Graffiti Action team and a Summer Action Squad, and increased awareness of the gull-proof bag scheme. In Westham there is the Westham 130 celebrations, a Post a Problem Box initiative and a bike project.

At Underhill there is the Muntsy’s Road Safety Campaign, Young Advisors and the development of a former library building into a Community Hub.

The council’s head of community planning and development Jane Nicklen says in the report: “The plans are living, working documents that capture the activity planned and undertaken by a range of partners, both organisations and community groups, to deliver identified local priorities.

“At the latest count this involves 130 local partners.”

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12:20pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Caption Sensible says...

Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area.

So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present...
Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area. So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present... Caption Sensible
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1:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

MrTomSmith says...

Deprived! I would like to show the person who used that word what deprived is, because it is not in Littlemoor. These are good schemes and I certainly agree they should go ahead, and plenty more Its all good.. But they not deprived.
Deprived! I would like to show the person who used that word what deprived is, because it is not in Littlemoor. These are good schemes and I certainly agree they should go ahead, and plenty more Its all good.. But they not deprived. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ziggystardust says...

Caption Sensible wrote:
Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area.

So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present...
Nonsense, most of the people in these areas don't want to work, or foolishly believe they can hold out for that job that gives them a 50K salary and a company car. Flipping burgers is below them.

There are plenty of jobs about, just not the jobs THEY believe they can hold out for. This is where ALL political parties have failed, they have allowed the lazy to sit around and pick and choose, rather than forcing them into work.
[quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area. So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present...[/p][/quote]Nonsense, most of the people in these areas don't want to work, or foolishly believe they can hold out for that job that gives them a 50K salary and a company car. Flipping burgers is below them. There are plenty of jobs about, just not the jobs THEY believe they can hold out for. This is where ALL political parties have failed, they have allowed the lazy to sit around and pick and choose, rather than forcing them into work. ziggystardust
  • Score: -5

3:57pm Tue 7 Jan 14

tedbungy says...

Westhams 130 was last year, we did not get much council help with it. They have cut back on there community suport over the years, there is one community suport workef who has helped in Weymouth, she can not do it all on her own. Community groups need help to source funds from groups like the Lottery the community wokers where great for that
Westhams 130 was last year, we did not get much council help with it. They have cut back on there community suport over the years, there is one community suport workef who has helped in Weymouth, she can not do it all on her own. Community groups need help to source funds from groups like the Lottery the community wokers where great for that tedbungy
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5:27pm Tue 7 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

ziggystardust wrote:
Caption Sensible wrote:
Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area.

So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present...
Nonsense, most of the people in these areas don't want to work, or foolishly believe they can hold out for that job that gives them a 50K salary and a company car. Flipping burgers is below them.

There are plenty of jobs about, just not the jobs THEY believe they can hold out for. This is where ALL political parties have failed, they have allowed the lazy to sit around and pick and choose, rather than forcing them into work.
So there are plenty of jobs about are there. Please share with us where they are and what they are? The term forcing them into work seems to me you are talking about a certain type of person. Would you if you had a company like your staff to be forced to work for you?.
When the jobs around this area pay proper wage rates then the balance of people working will change.
It seems this area has a problem getting good jobs here maybe because we are to far off the beaten track. Firms would come if the could move there goods at a reasonable cost .
AS FOR PLENTY OF JOBS ABOUT PLEASE PUT TEN ON HERE TO BACK UP YOUR CLAIMS.
[quote][p][bold]ziggystardust[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: Quality education and employment opportunities would go a very long way towards addressing a large number of the issues outlined in this report. The sooner this area stops relying on low-skill, low-pay, seasonal employment, the better in my opinion. But that situation will not change until we have an educated workforce to entice companies into the area. So it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation at present...[/p][/quote]Nonsense, most of the people in these areas don't want to work, or foolishly believe they can hold out for that job that gives them a 50K salary and a company car. Flipping burgers is below them. There are plenty of jobs about, just not the jobs THEY believe they can hold out for. This is where ALL political parties have failed, they have allowed the lazy to sit around and pick and choose, rather than forcing them into work.[/p][/quote]So there are plenty of jobs about are there. Please share with us where they are and what they are? The term forcing them into work seems to me you are talking about a certain type of person. Would you if you had a company like your staff to be forced to work for you?. When the jobs around this area pay proper wage rates then the balance of people working will change. It seems this area has a problem getting good jobs here maybe because we are to far off the beaten track. Firms would come if the could move there goods at a reasonable cost . AS FOR PLENTY OF JOBS ABOUT PLEASE PUT TEN ON HERE TO BACK UP YOUR CLAIMS. smilealoft44
  • Score: 1

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