Last week (7 February), West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee gave the go ahead to provide a financial boost to seven different projects across the area.
Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said:
“I am really pleased that the council has been able to provide support to these projects.
“Each scheme will provide significant benefits to local communities and West Dorset as a whole. I look forward to seeing these projects develop.”
A one-off grant of £15,000 has been awarded to St Osmund’s Middle School to support the retention of community access to sports facilities following the demise of the St Osmund’s Community Sports Centre Trust. The grant will complement a grant of £5,000 from Dorchester Town Council and help the school improve access controls and security measures in order that those clubs that have been using the centre in the evenings can continue to do so.
A one-off grant of £78,800 has been awarded to Cam Vale Parish Council to help the project to build a new community hall in Longburton, subject to planning permission. The parish council has also been given a loan of £20,000 to assist with the project. The new hall would provide a modern facility for the surrounding community.
A one-off grant of £25,000 has been awarded to the Bridport Museum Trust to assist with the cost of urgent conservation works for its collection. The council has also set aside £10,000 to enable the commissioning of a specialist building survey of the Museum’s store and offices at the Coach House on Gundry Lane.
A one-off grant of £60,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support its project to build a skate park to meet the needs of young people in both the town and surrounding villages.
A one-off grant of £90,000 has been awarded to Dorchester Town Council to support a project to enhance the townscape and paving in the vicinity of the Town Pump in South Street. The aim of the project is to replicate the paving style recently installed at the southern end of South Street. The grant is conditional on the town council committing £100,000 of its own money to the project.
A one-off grant of £50,000 has been awarded to the Dorchester Heritage Joint Committee to support a project to develop a heritage-based tourism strategy for Dorchester. This grant will be matched by funding from the town council and help to promote the town’s heritage attractions including Dorset County Museum, Shire Hall and the Keep Military Museum.
A one-off grant of £70,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support the provision of a new public toilet in Beaminster – plans are at an early stage.