Today Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) made the following statement about the future of Local government in Dorset:
I am announcing today that, having carefully considered all the material and representations I have received, I am ‘minded to’ implement the locally-led proposal for improving local government in Dorset. This was submitted to me in February 2017. In the Dorset area, there are currently two small unitary councils (created in the 1990s) of Bournemouth and of Poole. They are surrounded by a two-tier structure of Dorset County Council and the district councils of Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland.
I am satisfied on the basis of the information currently available to me that this proposal if implemented is likely to improve local government across the area, establishing two new councils with a credible geography, and which would command local support. The existing nine councils will be...
U3A Open meeting in the Small Hall at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis.
Changes are afoot in how health care and social services are provided in Lyme Regis and Charmouth. The new shape of things is unlikely to come about before January 2019, but the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is working on plans now.
The Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A has invited Chris Boothroyd, who chairs LymeForward's Health & Wellbeing Group, to share with U3A members, plus their friends and neighbours, what we know of the possible future. This will be a chance to ask questions and to contribute ideas and experiences.
This is emphatically not the same set of issues as covered in last year's Dorset-wide Clinical Services Review and consultation. That was mainly about secondary, acute and emergency services at the major Dorset hospitals. This is about primary and community services on our doorsteps.
The local Health & Wellbeing Group is working hard to influence the CCG so that its plans will s...
LymeForward's Health & Wellbeing Group has been beavering away trying to understand how healthcare in our area is organised. As the Group's Chair, Chris Boothroyd, writes in the View From Lyme Regis, they now need to hear from you of your experience of what worked and what didn't work.............read the full article here
The Luton & Leighton branch of the Society of Friends, who camp every summer in Wootton Fitzpaine, have made a generous donation of £520 to the Lyme Regis Foodbank. This generosity will help LymeForward to continue providing emergency supplies for those who find themselves unable to afford to put food on the table for whatever reason. Coordinator Adrian Ragbourne urges anyone in this situation to contact LymeForward on 01297 441224 . "We will not only provide food for the short-term, we will work with you to improve your situation in the longer term".
[Further details on the Coastal Communities page.] At a public meeting on July 28th, the Coastal Communities Team shared the work they have been doing to sift the ideas for improvement to the seafront area and to lay the groundwork for a bid to Round 5 of the Coastal Community Fund - the announcement about the key dates has been delayed by the election but is still awaited.