The Dorset Echo has started a brand new weekly column, giving councillors the opportunity to talk about the issues they care about and what's great in their community. Here is a contribution by Cllr Jean Dunseith, West Dorset District and Dorset County Councillor for Chickerell and Chesil Bank.

The latest news concerning Chickerell is the proposed closure of the Doctors Surgery in March next year. The way this news was broken was disappointing for patients who were upset and shocked by the announcement. After reading about it in the paper I contacted Sir Oliver Letwin, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Town Council who are in discussion with the CCG about plans to locate a new Health Centre in Chickerell; our growing town has urgent need of a dedicated Surgery. I went to the Chickerell drop-in session held for patients to learn about the future plans for Doctors in Chickerell and was pleased that it was well attended.

I was surprised to be alerted by residents to the proposed plans for 91 houses off Mandeville Road, Wyke Regis. This field is in Chickerell Parish and is outside the Defined Development Boundary and newly amended Local Plan. I attended the Chickerell Town Council Planning meeting and spoke against it, and I’m pleased to say CTC also voted against it. I am against this proposal due to the roads suitability and general overbuilding in this area, there are already plans for 37 houses on the Value House site and another 30 on the old tented Army Camp.

I was pleased to give my support for the laying of a much needed pavement in Putton Lane earlier this year, linking Grey’s Field to Glennie Way; it’s well used, safer for residents and the hedge is still in leaf and good for wildlife.

As a member of the Dorchester Heritage Committee I attended the official opening of the Shire Hall Courthouse Museum which retells the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, it's well worth a visit.

I am pleased that the Napper’s Mite clock has been restored in Dorchester; it had not been working for 10 years.

Remembrance Poppies have been attached to lampposts in Chickerell; they look lovely and encourage us to remember the fallen. Thank you to all who helped.

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