A Skate Bowl for Stur - Updates
At the recent Town Council meeting councillors’ agreed Rixon
Recreation Ground remains the preferred location for the new Skate Bowl and
Maverick will now start the process to apply for planning permission.
The meeting was well attended by young people, all of whom
expressed strong reasons as to why the skate bowl should be created.
Concerns raised by local residents at the previous consultation
evening are acknowledged by the Council, who agreed several measures of
mitigation at the Town Council meeting, including additional signage,
monitoring and participation on the working party group.
The council have been reassured by other local councils who
have created skate bowls that fears of an increase in anti-social behaviour, in
their experiences, have been unfounded – in fact it has been reported that
there is camaraderie and mutual respect amongst the users who appreciate the
facility they have been given.
Town Clerk Chris Wilkins would like to thank the young
people who came along to the meeting and expressed their views so clearly and
hopes those with concerns will be re-assured that the Council is taking
mitigation measures, in so far as it can, both in the creation and on-going use
of this new facility.
To view a copy of the minutes please click here
Station Road Pedestrianised Area
A Christmas Cracker from the Town Council
It wouldn’t be Christmas without crackers containing the
usual weak puns, bad jokes and feeble riddles, so here is a seasonal offering
from your town council:
Q. When is a
pedestrianized zone not a pedestrianized zone?
(A. When it’s in
Station Road, Sturminster Newton)
Actually, we don’t think this is funny at all. Our members
are worried that there is a serious problem here not least because it is one of
the issues most frequently raised by visitors to the Council Office. On the one
hand, the attractive paving and street furniture create an impression of safety
for pedestrians to linger, gather or cross without fear of injury. On the other
hand, a minority of motorists continue to treat the road as open to all traffic
and negotiate it freely, often at speed.
This combination seems likely to end unhappily.
The town council has no legal power to alter things but it
can work with other to improve matters. It seems there are technical issues
about the signage. Our members are working with Dorset Highways to resolve
these. Our staff talk regularly to Dorset Police about problems like this.
However, there are difficulties in gathering evidence for successful
prosecutions (e.g. consider how many static cameras would be needed to prove
that a particular vehicle which passed through was NOT displaying a blue
We are seeking a solution that works best in practice and
think this will not be signs, or Police or cameras but some kind of barrier.
One that can easily be moved by those who need access and are entitled to it
but will effectively stop others.
This will take time to arrange and is likely to come at a
cost but we will keep pressing for it and consider carefully the costs and
benefits before agreeing to any change. In the meanwhile, please take care,
encourage others to respect the safety of pedestrians and watch this space for
Create a Stur - Our Neighbourhood Plan!
For up to date information about the neighbourhood plan please see the Create a Stur website.
Fallen Heroes of World War 1
To find out more information about the 34 men from Sturminster Newton who lost their lives in World War 1, please click here.
Stur Credits - Credit Due!
During the Easter Holidays, Sturminster Newton Youth and
Community Centre organised working days for young people which would allow them
to gain credits for youth activities.
Not only was this of great benefit to the community, it also
gave the young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills.
Sturminster Newton Town Council had been approached by Tony
Nye (Area Youth Worker) for tasks that may be suitable for this activity.
Sturminster Newton Mill was chosen as the preferred location
and activities were allocated.
The Mill was a hive of activity. 5 young people arrived on
site and immediately started work removing an old wooden fence and box hedge.
The surrounding area was trimmed by hand and wild flower seeds sown into the
A footpath leading through the picnic area had a fresh layer
of woodchip scattered which rejuvenated the existing muddy path.
We would like to thank the team for all their hard work and
enthusiasm, an amazing job done considering the weather on that day. Not only
were we impressed, but we have received many positive comments from members of
the public and volunteers at the Mill.
Well done and thank you.
Adam Dodson, SNTC Grounds Manager
Community Garden, Old Market Hill,
Fundraising now complete!
Thank you for all your generous donations
For the full story please click here
Commonwealth Day - 14th March 2016
Commonwealth Day was celebrated this year in Sturminster Newton by a short flag raising ceremony in the Railway Gardens.
As the sun shone Town Crier Kevin Knapp read out a specially
written Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from the Secretary General on
the importance of the Commonwealth and the values it upholds of mutual respect,
unity, understanding and tolerance.
This was followed by the raising of the Commonwealth flag by Councillors Feltham and Fraser of the Town Council.
School Councillors and the choir from William Barnes Primary
School were in attendance wearing decorated hats to mark the occasion. After listening to the Commonwealth Anthem, the
choir were joined by members of the public, Town and District Councillors and
Simon Hoare MP in a rendition of the National Anthem to close the ceremony.
This ceremony was one of 850 carried out across the 38
Commonwealth Countries to mark Commonwealth Day 2016.
Town Clerk Chris Wilkins said ‘we were delighted to be able to take part in this initiative for the second year running, and look forward to doing so again next year’.
CLEANING UP STATION RD
CAR PARK, STURMINSTER NEWTON
REMOVAL OF RECYCLING /
BRING BANK FACILITIES
YOU SAID – WE DID!
We have received numerous complaints
over the unsightly mess & fly tip left around the bring banks in the car
park. You asked us to make this area
more attractive, we have listened and taken action.
As of February 2016, in conjunction
with the Dorset Waste Partnership, the banks will be removed and additional car
parking spaces created in their place.
You told us that you value the
carton, foil and clothes banks, so we have re-sited these to Honeymead Lane.
Kerb-side collections should take care of the rest, but if not pop in to see us
for details of your nearest large general waste & recycling centres or look
on line www.dorsetforyou/recycling-centres
Memorial Stone Unveiled at the War Memorial Recreation Ground as part of Remembrance Day commemorations.
World War 1 Commemorations
WW1 Memorial Tree & Bench Dedication is now in situe on the War Memorial Recreation Ground.
An English Oak tree has been planted and a memorial seat opened bearing the 34 names of the men of Sturminster Newton who gave their life during the war.
Visit the Railway Gardens, the British Legion and the War Memorial in the Recreation Ground to see poppy displays covering different aspects of the War, made by the Council's Grounds Team. These displays will be changed every few weeks to show different aspects of the war,
- A book of remembrance is being compiled on the 34 young men from the area who served & lost their lives in the Great War. Please contact the British Legion if you have any information, photographs, letters etc who would love to hear from you (SturminsterNewtonRBL@gmail.com).
If you have any other ideas please contact the Legion as above.
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Commemorations please visit us in the Town Council Office.
Click on the images for a larger view.
Fallen Heroes- to find out information about the 34 young men killed in action please click here.
Play Area Official Opening
Students from William Barnes and Yewstock schools took centre stage in the Official Opening on Tuesday, 27th January, of the new play equipment installed at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, Sturminster Newton, helping Town and County Councillor Pauline Batstone to cut the ribbon. They then put the play equipment through some pretty rigorous testing. Children from both schools were involved in the choice of equipment and in particular were determined to ensure it could also be enjoyed by wheelchair users.
The Council took the decision last year to replace the play galleon which had become worn, unsafe and uneconomical to repair with new play equipment which was chosen following consultation with pupils from both schools and was subject to a tendering process.
The design is centred around a castle themed multi play activity unit (chosen by the children) which incorporates exciting, challenging play elements for children up to the age of 12, both able and less able bodied, a roundabout, basket swing and ‘natter tubes.’
Being made of robust material, and carrying a long guarantee the Town Council feel confident that the equipment will be enjoyed by the children of Sturminster Newton for many years to come.
Get Fit in the Open Air in 2015!
Looking for a way to burn off those excess Christmas calories? Then head to the War Memorial Recreation Ground where you will now find a new range of Adult outdoor gym equipment has been installed.
The Equipment includes a Skier & Body rotator, Shoulder Press & Air Walker and a Rowing Machine – all of which were chosen following recommendation from Stur Healthy, and promise a good all round body work out both in terms of cardio vascular fitness and resistance training.
Funding for the equipment came in part from the Clinical Commissioning Group following a successful bid from the Town Clerk, with the remainder of funding coming from the Town Council itself. Mant Leisure provided and installed the equipment, which is all British built and comes with a 25 year guarantee. Handy instruction boards are on site for usage guidance.
This Equipment (which is free to use) is suitable for teenagers (aged 14+) through to the older generation and is a great way for people to exercise together socially or to add new fitness elements into existing walks in the area. We do hope that you will enjoy using it and look forward to receiving your feedback.
Roadworks on the Web ........ New page on Dorset for You
This shows current and proposed highway works for all utility companies and their contractors as well as Dorset County Council's own larger highway schemes - to access the information please click here for map.
Alternatively you can click here to view roadwork document.
Co-op awards grant for the skatepark
The Southern Co-operative has handed over a cheque to the Council for a grant of £12,500 towards the cost of the planned skate park.
Click here to download the full press release.