Hundreds march against development plans Paraded in shame: a developer and planner back to back on a donkey re-create Thomas Hardy's Skimmity Ride from the Mayor of Casterbridge. The crowd march in protest at Dorset’s local plan proposal to build a town of 4000 houses above Dorchester’s water meadows. They believe Dorset Deserves Better - much better. The town, … Continue reading Hundreds march against development plans

Stand brings Skimmity back to Dorchester!

Our campaign, opposing plans to build 4,000 houses in Stinsford parish is staging protest march through Dorchester on Saturday, April 2. It will feature a recreation of one of Thomas Hardy’s most memorable scenes – the Skimmity Ride from The Mayor of Casterbridge. Sometimes referred to as a Skimmington Ride, this rural tradition was intended … Continue reading Stand brings Skimmity back to Dorchester!

Archaeologists dig in over planning reforms row

Historical discoveries could be at risk if government does not put archaeology at the heart of its new planning reforms, experts have warned.  Archaeologists, academics and professional bodies have launched a campaign to ensure their work with developers remains a legal requirement. Read the BBC article

Letter to Councillor

By May 2022, as a member of Dorset Council, you will be called on to vote on the publication version of the Local Plan, a plan that will profoundly impact the distinctive landscape, wildlife and heritage of Dorset and the lives of the people who live here for generations to come. Read the letter