Residents urged to have say on future of Portland

HAVE YOUR SAY: Chiswell, Portland.  Inset below, Andy Matthews

HAVE YOUR SAY: Chiswell, Portland. Inset below, Andy Matthews

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RESIDENTS on Portland are being urged to have their say on the Island’s future.

Comments and views are being sought to help develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan allows a community to look at future development needs and policies and potentially set local criteria.

The Portland Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has collated policies and strategies which will affect the island into a single document.

This is available online together with other information which charts the progress to date and project plan for the future.

The Neighbourhood Plan is designed to include the needs of the community which are not reflected in the local plan.

Andy Matthews, chairman of the Portland Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan is meant to fill in the detail of smaller developments that the community can get behind or understand.”

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Port-land Borough Council are working together on a joint Local Plan which, when adopted, will form the basis for making planning application decisions.

The process first started in June 2012, with a pre-submission draft Local Plan.

This was submitted one year later to the Planning Inspect-orate.

Following an exploratory meeting held in January this year to discuss the next steps, the examination of the local plan was formally suspended in March for a period of six months.

This decision was made in order to prepare additional evidence on housing issues.

Discussing the data collected for the Neigh-bourhood Plan, Mr Matthews said: “This is one of the first times that a package of everything has been brought together about Portland.

“It’s important for people to get these ideas in their head and think about solutions.”

The proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to a referendum by island residents at a later date and approved if there is a majority vote agreeing with it.

The plan is intended to last up to 30 years with regular reviews, covering themes including business and the economy, roads and transport, and community facilities.

The thoughts of residents will be collected through a series of surveys.

These can be found at portlandplan.org.uk

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11:38am Tue 10 Jun 14

shy talk says...

A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder?
A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder? shy talk
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12:35pm Tue 10 Jun 14

IslandJim1 says...

shy talk wrote:
A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder?
A chance for Portlanders to have their say...didnt we try his with the IPACA school application just for the overwhelming opinion of the local populous to be brushed aside by a single West Minster based planning consultant. My say would be stop selling land to Betterment properties, they building crap, ugly house's and the Island can not support nor does it need any more growth in the population!
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder?[/p][/quote]A chance for Portlanders to have their say...didnt we try his with the IPACA school application just for the overwhelming opinion of the local populous to be brushed aside by a single West Minster based planning consultant. My say would be stop selling land to Betterment properties, they building crap, ugly house's and the Island can not support nor does it need any more growth in the population! IslandJim1
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6:16pm Tue 10 Jun 14

portland rebel says...

IslandJim1 wrote:
shy talk wrote:
A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder?
A chance for Portlanders to have their say...didnt we try his with the IPACA school application just for the overwhelming opinion of the local populous to be brushed aside by a single West Minster based planning consultant. My say would be stop selling land to Betterment properties, they building crap, ugly house's and the Island can not support nor does it need any more growth in the population!
houses that reflect local wages might be a start.
[quote][p][bold]IslandJim1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: A referendum. Is this a chance for Portlander’s to dissolve Portland Town Council I wonder?[/p][/quote]A chance for Portlanders to have their say...didnt we try his with the IPACA school application just for the overwhelming opinion of the local populous to be brushed aside by a single West Minster based planning consultant. My say would be stop selling land to Betterment properties, they building crap, ugly house's and the Island can not support nor does it need any more growth in the population![/p][/quote]houses that reflect local wages might be a start. portland rebel
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10:05pm Tue 10 Jun 14

cosmick says...

Well i hope the people on PORTLAND take up the challange and sort something out. The people on PORTLAND cannot moan if things get done that they dont want if they do nothing. Get yourselves sorted.
Well i hope the people on PORTLAND take up the challange and sort something out. The people on PORTLAND cannot moan if things get done that they dont want if they do nothing. Get yourselves sorted. cosmick
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8:56am Thu 19 Jun 14

schadwick says...

Please do not build any more houses on Portland........I left after it became 'fished-out' and Dug-out as the saying went...........then the navy sailed........
more houses will destroy what natural space and beauty is left. Try and get some
work into the area (mainland) first........... (it's mostly Kimberlins live there now
as weymouth has nowhere else to put them - but that is no excuse!)

Support to Islandjim1
Please do not build any more houses on Portland........I left after it became 'fished-out' and Dug-out as the saying went...........then the navy sailed........ more houses will destroy what natural space and beauty is left. Try and get some work into the area (mainland) first........... (it's mostly Kimberlins live there now as weymouth has nowhere else to put them - but that is no excuse!) Support to Islandjim1 schadwick
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11:45am Fri 20 Jun 14

schadwick says...

Back in the early '60's Portland made a 'UDI' (universal declaration of Independence) was it ever recinded? - come on Island people declare UDI again to get attention focused on what YOU not weymouth want to happen ?????
Back in the early '60's Portland made a 'UDI' (universal declaration of Independence) was it ever recinded? - come on Island people declare UDI again to get attention focused on what YOU not weymouth want to happen ????? schadwick
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