Coastguard, ambulance car and ambulance at Lulworth Concern expressed by councillors over Swanage Ambulance Car’s future At the first meeting open to the public, to discuss the review of the Swanage Ambulance Car, councillors who represent residents in Purbeck, lined up to voice their views. 2 weeks ago
Avril Harris Avril, the first Labour Mayor of Swanage! After four years, councillor Mike Bonfield has stepped down as Swanage Mayor and councillor Avril Harris has been elected to become the town’s 20th mayor. 4 weeks ago
Matt Prosser announcing the result of the election New Swanage Town councillor named The result of the by-election for the Swanage North Ward has been announced. 2 months ago
Polling station sign Swanage voters go to the polls The polling stations will be open from 7 am for residents to choose a new Swanage Town Council councillor and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner. 2 months ago
Despite pandemic, Dorset Council meets its affordable housing target Over the last year, Dorset Council says that 301 new-build affordable homes were constructed with many of them in Swanage and Wareham, fulfilling its target of 300. 2 months ago
Aerial view of Swanage from Townsend Planning legislation to restrict second homes in Purbeck delayed The Purbeck Local Plan has been delayed while Dorset Council considers the responses to the latest public consultation. 2 months ago
Swanage Town Hall Local election candidates announced The names of those standing for election in the Swanage Town Council by-election and as Dorset’s next police and crime commissioner have been confirmed. 2 months ago
No barbecues sign Too late for Dorset barbecue ban for this summer Amid criticism of moving too slowly to implement a legal order banning the use of disposable barbecues in public spaces, Dorset Council will rely on an information campaign this year. 3 months ago
Busy Swanage seafront and lifeguard hut Swanage’s on-street parking charges to be reviewed As part of new proposals on parking charges across Dorset Council, on-street parking in Swanage is under review. 3 months ago
Trees in Wareham forest High percentage of residents urge Dorset Council to get carbon neutral quicker The results of Dorset Council’s consultation on its climate and ecological emergency strategy show that many residents would like it to become carbon neutral by 2030 and not 2040. 3 months ago
Camping gear and rubbish dumped in Studland Plans to prevent staycationer hell, rolled out by Dorset Council Dorset Council says it’s putting in robust measures to prevent a repeat of last summer's beach overcrowding, littering, illegal parking and outdoor toileting. 3 months ago
Crack Lane at Langton Matravers More rural building granted as Purbeck misses housing target The government has told Dorset Council that planning permission in Purbeck should be tilted in favour of allowing new housing to be built outside a village’s development boundary. 3 months ago
Black solar panels on roof Solar panel initiative launched for Swanage residents People in Swanage are being encouraged to boost their eco credentials by signing up to the town’s new solar panel project. 3 months ago
Abandoned cars clamped by Dorset Council Action taken in Swanage against abandoned cars As part of an enforcement operation, a team from Dorset Council has targeted abandoned vehicles in towns across the county, including Swanage. 3 months ago
Swanage Town Council seat up for election in May A Swanage Town Council ward election is set to go ahead following the passing of a “generous” and “respectful” councillor. 3 months ago
Save our paramedic car poster with dogs Swanage Councillors pledge action to retain the Purbeck Paramedic Car In response to residents' concerns about the scrapping of the paramedic car, Swanage Town Council says it would like to meet with the South Western Ambulance Service Trust. 3 months ago
Sheep in one of the fields in Swanage, where housing in proposed Swanage Town Council says no to 150 more homes and gypsy site The town council doesn't back the Dorset Council's Local Plan on housing and gypsy site but wants to "leave the door ajar" for a supermarket outside the town centre. 3 months ago
Poster about plans to build 150 homes Corfe Castle calls People’s Assembly to discuss Dorset Local Plan Residents across Purbeck are being given the opportunity to discuss the Dorset Council planning document that will guide decisions until 2038. 4 months ago
Young people on surf boards Big cash boosts for Purbeck community hubs Two Purbeck organisations are set to receive an injection of cash from Dorset Council as part of a grant scheme to support our cultural and community centres in Dorset. 4 months ago
Notice about Dorset Local Plan Swanage councillors disown leaflet about proposed gypsy site Councillor Gary Suttle and councillor Bill Trite who represent Swanage on Dorset Council say they did not write a leaflet that objects to a proposed gypsy site in Swanage. 4 months ago
Barbecues at Wareham fire Ban on barbecues put on back burner by Dorset Council A Dorset Council committee has recommended not to impose an outright enforceable ban on disposable barbecues across its land. 4 months ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices “Bitter pill to swallow” – Council tax to rise by five percent Dorset Council, faced with a budget shortfall in excess of £18m due to the Covid pandemic, has voted to increase council tax for residents. 4 months ago
Wareham Quay Proposal to turn Wareham Quay into a piazza A group of residents, backed by the environmental group, Planet Purbeck have come up with a proposal to pedestrianise Wareham Quay. 4 months ago
St Mary's, Shaftesbury Views sought on use of £10m former school by Dorset Council Dorset Council wants to hear the views of Swanage residents about using St Mary’s School near Shaftesbury as a special school for pupils with additional needs. 5 months ago
Exterior of Swanage Town Hall on High Street #Willdoes, Rotary and children’s charity get grants from Swanage Town Council Local good causes have been awarded grants by Swanage Town Council to help with their charitable work. 5 months ago
Aerial view of Swanage from Townsend New questions on gender and military service in Census 2021 Swanage residents will be asked to fill in the once-a-decade survey of households this March 2021. 5 months ago
Polling station sign Polling stations to be ‘Covid secure’ for May local elections Swanage voters are being reassured that safety measures are being put in place to allow local elections to go ahead in 2021 5 months ago
Bins on Swanage seafront Keeping most services running through lockdown says Dorset Council As Swanage settles in for another pandemic-necessitated lockdown, Dorset Council has released a list of its services, detailing what’s open, what’s shut and what is continuing but with restrictions. 5 months ago
Sandbanks Ferry being prepared for a return to service Many Swanage residents split between tiers as stricter Covid restrictions announced Dorset Council area is moving to tier three, while BCP council area, with its higher number of cases, is moving to tier four. 6 months ago
Dog on beach New legal backing for dog rules in Dorset Swanage dog owners must take note that a new legal framework around dogs in public spaces will come into force in the new year. 6 months ago
Waste and recycling bins Swanage Christmas bin collection changes and a chance to help charity too! Christmas festivities are nearly upon us - but Dorset residents should make note of the new dates for the refuse and recycling collections over the coming days. 6 months ago
Mike Bonfield at St Mary's Church Swanage Town Carol Concert Swanage Mayor hopes for brighter 2021 as he thanks those who’ve been supportive of others In his Christmas message, Swanage Mayor, Mike Bonfield paid tribute to the town’s key workers, volunteers and residents for all pulling together over the past 10 months. 6 months ago
Dorset stays in Tier 2 as hospitals remain under pressure The whole of Dorset will remain under Tier 2 Covid restrictions amid concerns about the level of coronavirus cases in the area. 6 months ago
Exterior of The Mowlem Swanage Mayor backs plan to breathe fresh life into The Mowlem Swanage’s mayor has voiced his full support for a regeneration of the town’s iconic Mowlem theatre. 6 months ago
Swanage battery at Peveril Point Demolition of Swanage WW2 defences possible as public consultation ordered The future of the Second World War gun battery at Peveril Point hangs in the balance as the structure is decaying and it will cost thousands of pounds to extend ... 6 months ago
Swanage's Children's Centre “Drop in and pick up” free coats and PJs for kids in Swanage Parents in need of coats and pyjamas for their children are invited to stop by Swanage Children’s Centre to collect clothing to keep their kids warm through the bleak winter ... 6 months ago
West Street car park in Corfe Castle Free parking on offer in Dorset as Christmas shopping season begins As Christmas 2020 draws ever nearer, shoppers can enjoy free parking on certain days in Dorset Council car parks. 7 months ago
Loading a gritter at Charminster Depot Check which Purbeck roads are getting gritted, as it starts to get icy With winter and frosty mornings on their way, Dorset Council has initiated a new approach to gritting and Swanage residents can check online which roads have been treated and when. 7 months ago
High Street, Swanage Swanage councillors recommend removal of parking spaces for bin lorry access The newly created on-street parking on the High Street near the library, is being recommended to be scrapped, after residents complained that the bin lorry can’t get up Mount Pleasant ... 7 months ago
View of houses in north Swanage Plan to give legal backing to Purbeck second home restrictions in final stage The Purbeck Local Plan, which aims to provide the framework for future planning decisions, is out for consultation for the last time. 7 months ago
Affordable homes in Worth Matravers Chance to make a difference during lockdown by tackling Swanage’s housing crisis A community-led affordable housing scheme in Swanage is being proposed and there's a Zoom meeting to find out more. 7 months ago
Exterior of Durlston Castle What Dorset Council will and won’t deliver during November lockdown Many services in Swanage provided by Dorset Council are to continue through this second lockdown, however some things will have to shut to comply with Covid guidelines. 8 months ago
Brown lid garden waste bin Dorset bin collections and local tip expected to be “largely unaffected” by new lockdown The leader of Dorset Council has said he’s hopeful that most council services will continue as usual under the new set of rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 8 months ago
Covid marshals on patrol Covid marshals to be deployed in Dorset towns this weekend With a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus across the county, Covid marshals are to start patrolling the streets of the main towns in Dorset. 8 months ago
A Dorset Waste Partnership member of staff operates a collection lorry. Refuse collection in Purbeck to get new staff and vehicles Following a difficult spell for bin collections across Purbeck, Dorset Council has taken on new drivers and has plans for new vehicles. 8 months ago
Speed sign in Langton Matravers high street New initiative investigated to slow down traffic coming into Swanage Across Dorset, 45 communities already have electronic signs that show an approaching vehicle’s speed and now Swanage may get one too. 8 months ago
Swanage temporary flood defences Permanent flood defences proposed to transform Swanage seafront Residents are to be consulted on plans to install permanent sea defences in Swanage, alongside the pedestrianisation of parts of the seafront. 8 months ago
Covid test tube Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to give live briefing for residents on Covid With coronavirus cases on the increase in Swanage and across Dorset, there's to be a live briefing this week on plans to tackle the pandemic. 8 months ago
Slow sign at Langton Matravers high street Purbeck village pursues 20mph speed limit despite lack of “collision data” Langton Matravers’ parish councillors express disappointment that the request to Dorset Council for a 20mph speed limit through their village is “probably not looking positive". 8 months ago
Covid-19 home test kit £500 self-isolation payment and Covid welfare check rolled out by Dorset Council Swanage residents forced to self-isolate may be entitled to financial support, and will get a call from the council to check on their welfare. 8 months ago
Tennis Courts at Beach Gardens Swanage organisations urged to apply for a slice of £100k fund Community projects in Swanage are being encouraged to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from Dorset Council’s Leisure Development Fund. 9 months ago
Dog on beach Swanage Beach open to dogs again for winter season Dogs are allowed back on Swanage’s Main Beach as the summer season has come to an end. 9 months ago
The Old Malthouse sign Planning permission granted for 19 homes in Langton Matravers The Old Malthouse site near Swanage has been granted planning approval despite objections that it doesn't including affordable housing. 9 months ago
meat dumped in a bag Hunt to find fly-tipper of “disgusting” rotting meat dumped in Purbeck Council enforcement officers are searching for the culprit, who fly-tipped bags full of meat in the Purbeck area. 9 months ago
The Parade in Swanage Restoration work to start on Swanage’s Stone Quay and Parade A new and innovative engineering approach is being used to strengthen the Grade II listed stone quay and parade along Swanage’s historic seafront. 9 months ago
Beach huts in Shore Road Majority want permanent closure of Shore Road in Swanage In a survey of residents, 62 percent said Shore Road should be closed permanently between The Mowlem and the junction with Victoria Avenue. 9 months ago
Beach huts in Shore Road Price freeze on Swanage beach huts for next summer Anyone hiring a council-owned Shore Road beach hut will have to pay the whole cost upfront next year - but there will be no price increase. 9 months ago
Swanage mayor, Mike Bonfield Councillor Mike Bonfield re-elected as Swanage Mayor for a new term Having steered Swanage Town Council through the coronavirus pandemic, Mike Bonfield has been re-elected at the annual council meeting. 9 months ago
Exterior of Swanage Library Swanage Library brings back fines for overdue books Swanage Library is reintroducing overdue charges, after fines were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus crisis but it's also reinstating reservations. 9 months ago
Dog called Jennifer on Swanage Beach Dogs on Swanage Beach – survey findings published Results include whether dogs should be allowed on Swanage’s Main Beach in the summer and if they should be allowed off the lead on the beach in winter. 9 months ago
Exterior of Swanage Library Swanage Library to reopen with new COVID-19 rules A new chapter for Swanage Library starts today as it reopens following its sudden closure last March 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis. 11 months ago
Exterior of Dorset Council building £980k to make one person redundant, says Dorset Council While Dorset Council says it has saved £10m in staff costs, It's also revealed it cost £980k to make just one person redundant. 11 months ago
Traffic lights at roadworks in High Street Dorset Council agrees to suspend Swanage traffic experiment Following 90 objections to the reversal of traffic flow of Kings Road East, Dorset Council has announced a date when everything will revert back to normal. 11 months ago
Junction of the High Street and Kings Road East Swanage’s town centre traffic experiment to be scrapped The flow of traffic on Kings Road East is to be reversed, after the “dangerous” increase in traffic along the High Street. 11 months ago
RBH artist impression of the new site Bournemouth Hospital redevelopment gets planning approval Building plans at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, as part of the proposals to remove A&E and maternity services from Poole Hospital, have got the go ahead. 11 months ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices Dorset Council says COVID-19 cost means difficult financial decisions ahead Due to the coronavirus crisis, Dorset Council says its unexpected £60m bill means it’ll have to dip into its reserves to survive. 11 months ago
View of houses in north Swanage Thousands of jobs available for 2021 Census says Dorset Council People in Swanage and across Dorset are being encouraged to apply for temporary jobs to help collect data for the 2021 Census. 11 months ago
Swimmin Pool at Purbeck Sports Centre Purbeck Sports Centre set to reopen after lockdown Following the further easing of lockdown, Purbeck Sports Centre in Wareham is to finally reopen after being closed for four months. 11 months ago
Swanage Town Crier Swanage Town Crier wins world’s first virtual town crier competition! Despite stiff international competition, Swanage Town Crier, Andrew Fleming has become the first ever virtual town crier world champion. 11 months ago
Institute Road Three Swanage retailers star in COVID-19 films Videos made to show how shops and businesses in Dorset are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic have chosen to feature three shops in Swanage. 12 months ago
Disposable barbecue causing grass to burn Fines possible for using disposable barbecues in Dorset Dorset Council has voted to look at measures to ban the use of disposable barbecues, including issuing fixed penalty notices. 12 months ago
Barriers close off car park Financial cost of Covid-19 to Swanage is over £500k The financial cost of the coronavirus pandemic to Swanage is likely to total over half a million pounds in loss of income to the town council. 12 months ago
Wareham social distancing signs Social distancing signs get graphic in Wareham While Swanage has opted for discreet social distancing messages on its pavements, Wareham has plumped for a more eye-catching design. 12 months ago
Barbecues at Wareham fire Dorset Council looking at options to ban disposable barbecues Following the devastating fire in Wareham Forest, Dorset Council is now considering ways to prohibit the use of disposable barbecues in the area. 12 months ago
'leave space' sign on a pavement ‘Leave Space’ signs to make Swanage safer A social distancing message has been sprayed onto town centre pavements to help keep the town safer from the spread of coronavirus. 1 year ago
Broad Road car park payment machine Swanage car parks to start charging again Car parking charges that were suspended during lockdown are to be reinstated for the car parks operated by Swanage Town Council. 1 year ago
Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset South West has second highest coronavirus R rate in England The Director of Public Health for Dorset says the South West does have one of the highest R rates in England but it’s not that bad - SEE VIDEO. 1 year ago
Casualty treated near the car park at Durdle Door New booking system for Durdle Door and fines for illegal parking To prevent a repeat of last weekend’s shocking scenes at Durdle Door of overcrowding, tombstoning and antisocial behavior, a new approach has been agreed. 1 year ago
Rubbish at Durdle Door Respect our communities pleads Dorset Ahead of a meeting to prevent a repeat of last weekend's scenes at Durdle Door, visitors are being asked to head home if it's too busy. 1 year ago
View of houses in north Swanage Business grants up to £25,000 being offered by Dorset Council Small businesses in Swanage that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic but haven’t yet qualified for a government grant, may now be eligible. 1 year ago
People on Durdle Door despite its closure Lulworth Estate says it’s powerless to close Durdle Door In the latest news following last weekend’s shocking scenes, Lulworth Estate says it can’t stop people overcrowding its beaches and Dorset Council has written to the PM. 1 year ago
Dog called Jennifer on Swanage Beach ‘No dogs on Swanage Beach’ rule to be enforced For the rest of the summer, dog owners will have to fully comply with the regulations banning dogs from council beaches. 1 year ago
Shore Road in Swanage Day trip to Dorset? “Please think twice” says Dorset Council In a personally worded appeal, Dorset Council’s Leader has asked people not to visit Dorset for now and car parks and loos will remain closed for the time being. 1 year ago
Fruit and veg stall Swanage Market to reopen with social distancing In a popular move, the town council has given the green light to a phased reopening of Swanage’s Friday market. 1 year ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices Revealed – Dorset Council’s crisis response to COVID-19 In Dorset Council’s first online Cabinet meeting, the true extent of its fight against coronavirus in Dorset has been detailed, including its battle for PPE. 1 year ago
Dog notice on seafront railings Summer dog beach ban not enforced but dogs must be on leads Details of the arrangements for dogs on Swanage's main beach from 1st May have been posted up on the seafront. 1 year ago
Garden waste bin Don’t forget – Garden bin collections start this week! With the resumption of garden waste collections in Swanage this week, residents are being reminded to put their bin out for collection. 1 year ago
Roadworks to restart in central Swanage and traffic lights to return Dorset Council’s highways team is to restart construction work in Institute Road in the centre of Swanage’s shopping area soon. 1 year ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices £54m spending on pandemic leaves Dorset Council’s finances “uncomfortable” Dorset Council says it’s expecting to spend an additional £54m on coping with the coronavirus crisis. 1 year ago
Shop closed sign “How badly has your business been affected?” asks Visit Dorset Swanage businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector are being asked to say how much the pandemic has been impacting them. 1 year ago
Foster carer family Local foster carer tells of family life in lockdown With many families in crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, Dorset Council has launched a campaign backed by foster carer, Amanda. 1 year ago
A Dorset Waste Partnership member of staff operates a collection lorry. Good news – garden waste collections are back! Dorset Council says it’s now in a position to resume garden waste kerbside collections starting from Monday 27th April 2020. 1 year ago
Fly tipping on road Report “selfish” individuals who fly-tip during crisis, says Dorset Council With household recycling centres closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Swanage residents are needed to help fight fly-tipping. 1 year ago
Dog on beach Rules about dogs on Swanage beach relaxed Dorset Council is relaxing the restrictions that prevent dogs being walked on beaches during the warmer months, while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. 1 year ago
Shop closed sign Dorset Council starts paying out emergency cash to businesses The first government grants in response to the coronavirus crisis are now being paid out to businesses in Dorset, including Swanage. 1 year ago
Swanage mayor, Mike Bonfield Swanage’s Mayor sends his thanks to ‘our lovely town’ The Mayor, Mike Bonfield has sent a warm message of thanks to residents for their help during the coronavirus crisis. 1 year ago
Exterior of The Swanage School The Swanage School appoints new headteacher The governing body of The Swanage School has announced that Jenny Maraspin is to become the school’s new headteacher with immediate effect. 1 year ago
View along the High Street with Purbeck House Hotel in the distance Swanage’s coronavirus response plans coming together to support the vulnerable Hundreds of community-spirited volunteers across the town are coming forward to offer extra neighbourly support to the vulnerable. 1 year ago
Exterior of Coronavirus crisis closes Swanage Library Swanage Library, along with all libraries across Dorset, is set to close at the end of Friday 20th March 2020. 1 year ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices Dorset Council launch coronavirus newsletter for residents A coronavirus newsletter is being sent out via email by Dorset Council to keep people updated about latest developments. 1 year ago
Exterior of Swanage Town Hall Swanage community spirit steps up to fight coronavirus impact Famous for its community spirit, the town is currently drawing up plans and going online to tackle the challenge of coronavirus. 1 year ago
Official notice of Sheps Hollow closure Sheps Hollow steps officially closed Extensive cliff erosion in Swanage Bay has forced the official closure of the steps at Sheps Hollow. 1 year ago
Fame poster Foot stomping success for The Swanage School’s production of Fame The musical, Fame, performed by a cast from The Swanage School, played to packed audiences at the Mowlem. 1 year ago
The exterior of The Swanage School New headteacher for The Swanage School A new headteacher is being sought for The Swanage School following the news that the current head, Tristram Hobson is to step down. 1 year ago
Dog on beach Dogs on beaches – Dorset Council public consultation People in Swanage are being asked for their views on the rules for dogs in public areas including beaches. 1 year ago
Beach huts along Shore Road Views sought on permanent closure of Shore Road Swanage Town Council has launched a consultation to find out if residents support the possible permanent closure of the south end of Shore Road. 1 year ago