I would like to bring some common sense to a number of issues which are being mentioned regarding the future of Dorchester.

We all need to look at these matters from what is feasible and likely to be effective in helping Dorchester to become not just the titular but also the demonstrable ‘county town’ of Dorset.

We do not need the extreme attitude which found roof tiles and chimney pots of the defunct prison more important than affordable housing.

We also do not need the erroneous view that Dorchester’s future lies in revealing poorly preserved Roman artefacts at the expense of a vibrant community which could promote all that is good and can be made better.

Items which come to mind are:

* Shire Hall
* Dorset County Museum
* The Maltings
* Charles Street and the Market
* Various commercially-backed mini-museums
* South Walks House – home of staff for the unitary council
* There are other activities which may also be thought important

What are the implications for the above matters from the point of view of the number of visitors which can bring wealth to Dorchester?

What other factors will boost the economy of the town?

Fordington, Dorchester