North Dorset CPRE Winter Party and AGM 2013
We have arranged our Winter Party at the Manor, Winterborne Tomson, Blandford, DT11 9HA, the home of Rupert and Helen Hardy, on Thursday, 31st January. We are most grateful to them for again hosting our Party. Drinks will be served from 6.30 - 8.00pm. I will be happy to give directions should guests require them.
Our AGM will take place at 5pm on Tuesday, 26th March at Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, DT11 8LL, by kind permission of the Headmaster. After official business Heather Gordon of English Heritage will speak on Protection of Heritage Buildings in Dorset, and there will be Dorset wine after that! I hope you can come.
You will be aware, I am sure, of the threats to the countryside from the government’s proposed National Policy Planning Framework and now Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Further threats arise from the County Council’s Renewable Energy Policy, which proposes a substantial number of giant wind turbines, particularly in North and West Dorset. An application is likely for 9-10 large turbines, close to Milborne St Andrew, across the border in West Dorset. However, it is not all bad news! In November a Government Planning Inspector dismissed an appeal against Council refusal of an application for wind turbines at Silton. This very exciting and well-deserved victory underlines the need for a strong local campaign of opposition. The planning monitoring group, composed of members, we established last year, is now working very effectively. If you think you can help with this vital task, please let me know. We still have a few gaps in coverage, for example, in the Tarrants, Marnhull and Blackmore Vale.
The number of members we have determines the money we have to fight for the countryside and the degree of respect and attention that we receive from public and other bodies. Please do all you can to encourage a friend or neighbour to join. Also if you have an e-mail address, and I do not have it (if you receive this letter in hardcopy!), it would save postage if you could give it to me so I can e-mail you in future about news and events.
Please visit our stand at Clayesmore School Dorset Day 2013, 28th April, and meet our North Dorset Group volunteers.