Councillors back £1.4m spend on Dorchester site

Bournemouth Echo: West Dorset District Council director of environment Dr David Evans West Dorset District Council director of environment Dr David Evans

COUNCILLORS have agreed to spend up to £1.4million on preparatory works for the next phase of Dorchester’s Charles Street scheme.

West Dorset District Council agreed to spend up to £2million on works ahead of the proposed retail phase last October after developers Simons claimed the scheme was unviable in its existing state.

However, after a more detailed look the council’s efficiency scrutiny committee suggested an expenditure of up to £1.4million to cover the majority of works proposed.

These included relocating the Dorchester Family Church from Acland Road to council owned land on Trinity Street, securing pedestrian access through the Tudor and Hardye Arcades, securing other access rights including traffic regulation orders, securing rights of lights and obtaining an electricity supply to the site.

The expenditure was approved by the council’s executive committee at its meeting this afternoon.

Director for environment Dr David Evans told members: “All these works are to help bring forward the site for development.

“None of the payments will go to Simons so the council benefits from having resolved some of the issues concerning the site, which means it’s a lot easier to come forward for development in the future.

“Should Simons not proceed the council of course benefits as it inherits the full site and it will have resolved all these issues.”

Director for resources Jason Vaughan also told members at the meeting that the council had received six unconditional offers and four conditional offers for its previous offices at Stratton House and was now going through the legal stage of looking at the bids.

He said: “It is pleasing to note we have had such healthy interest.”

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5:20pm Tue 12 Feb 13

CoogarUK.com says...

Well they would, wouldn't they? Always trying to justify their own existence. Why don't they start listening to those who voted them in for a change?
Well they would, wouldn't they? Always trying to justify their own existence. Why don't they start listening to those who voted them in for a change? CoogarUK.com
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5:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

marabout says...

Great news and fabulous for the people of Dorchester.
Great news and fabulous for the people of Dorchester. marabout
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6:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

iampuzzled says...

It is only our money they are spending!
It is only our money they are spending! iampuzzled
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10:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

banknote says...

There have been so many false starts on this project - I just hope this one works.

Not impressed by Dr "Comb Forward" Evans though.

Agree with marabout, it's still great news.
There have been so many false starts on this project - I just hope this one works. Not impressed by Dr "Comb Forward" Evans though. Agree with marabout, it's still great news. banknote
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9:54am Wed 13 Feb 13

annotator1 says...

Whist the Councillors line their own pockets, we are left to scrimp and save.
Something is not fair here!
Whist the Councillors line their own pockets, we are left to scrimp and save. Something is not fair here! annotator1
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10:19am Wed 13 Feb 13

qwikfast says...

Will only benefit locals if they actually use local tradesmen and suppliers. 95% of the companies working on the sites in Dorchester are from up North, what about looking after the locals and help boost the local economy.
Will only benefit locals if they actually use local tradesmen and suppliers. 95% of the companies working on the sites in Dorchester are from up North, what about looking after the locals and help boost the local economy. qwikfast
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10:35am Wed 13 Feb 13

Fred Kite says...

Can't wait to buy another mobile phone and browse round another charity shop or 2 or 3 after drinking a gallon of coffee.
Can't wait to buy another mobile phone and browse round another charity shop or 2 or 3 after drinking a gallon of coffee. Fred Kite
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6:52pm Wed 13 Feb 13

CoogarUK.com says...

Fred Kite wrote:
Can't wait to buy another mobile phone and browse round another charity shop or 2 or 3 after drinking a gallon of coffee.
You'll have a long wait before you'll be able to do any of that on Charles Street. Fingers crossed you'll still be able to park your car though.
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: Can't wait to buy another mobile phone and browse round another charity shop or 2 or 3 after drinking a gallon of coffee.[/p][/quote]You'll have a long wait before you'll be able to do any of that on Charles Street. Fingers crossed you'll still be able to park your car though. CoogarUK.com
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6:54pm Wed 13 Feb 13

CoogarUK.com says...

marabout wrote:
Great news and fabulous for the people of Dorchester.
Building a church on Trinity Street car park, with the ensuing loss of the public toilets and several more car parking spaces. Right, just what Dorchester needs!
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: Great news and fabulous for the people of Dorchester.[/p][/quote]Building a church on Trinity Street car park, with the ensuing loss of the public toilets and several more car parking spaces. Right, just what Dorchester needs! CoogarUK.com
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