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Community Plan Launched For Dorchester

Dorchester Town Centre

12:03am 16th June 2013

Do you have ideas about how you want to change Dorchester and it's surrounding areas for the better?

Well, the Dorchester Area Community Partnership are trying to do just that, and they've launched their new community plan.

The partnership is made up of local individuals and groups including Dorchester Prison, the Farmers Union and the Town Council, it's the largest one in West Dorset.

The Partnership covers Dorchester and 49 surrounding parishes and villages. From Frome St Quinton to the North East, across to Minterne Magna to the North, Melcombe Horsey to the North West, following the boundaries with East Dorset and Purbeck to the East and down to the boundary with Weymouth and Portland to the South, joining up again with Fleet and Portesham to the South West and including Long Bredy and Litton Cheney to the West.

The Partnership has a Steering Group which consists of representatives from Dorchester Town Council, West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, local parish councils and a variety of community and representative organisations.

Wessex FM spoke to Chair of the Group, Tess James, who explained they're taking everybody's ideas seriously, "A young student came to us and had an idea about skill sharing, an inter-generational opportunity for people of all ages to share the skills that they have. We're going to have a skills festival in September, we've done a pilot a few months ago which was very successful."

Tess added that they were always looking for more people to get involved, "You know, we've got new groups, like the Prison service is a new one, and also Dorchester Arts. We just really try to work very hard to make ourselves known to as many different groups."

The plan says it will look at the following:
Transport & Access to servives
Our Environment
Economic Wellbeing
Safer communities
Health & Wellbeing
Culture, Leisure & Heritage
Community Activities

You can view the plan here:

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