DCF eNew February 2022
Posted : February 15, 2022
Steven Booth, DCF Project Officer at the Weymouth Railway Heritage event
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The Weymouth Station Gateway improvement works are still progressing well. Phase 2 started in the new year which includes the main forecourt infrastructure and a new bus stop on King Street. The green planted areas are being marked out ready for the planting of trees, shrubs and wildflowers scheduled for March. The aim is to promote more local ownership and create a space that everyone can be proud of, in this important gateway to Weymouth. Look out for updates on our weekly blog.
The team held a drop-in event this month to speak to Weymouth historians, railway enthusiasts and the community to share their memories, stories and photos of Weymouth’s Train Station and Harbour Tramline. With this information we are looking to appoint an interpretation specialist to create information panels and perhaps artwork for Weymouth train station and surrounding areas where the old harbour tramway line has been kept. This information will be a reminder of the local railway heritage for the community, and to tell the story to Weymouth’s visitors. If you were not able to come to the information sharing event and have stories, memories or photos on Weymouth’s railway heritage to share, please do get in touch with us.
Consultation on the draft Dorset Harbours Strategy ended in December and the strategy working group have been reviewing all the responses to hear views on the draft strategy. Feedback showed that 90% of the responses generally agreed with the six strategic goals and provided constructive comments. Work is now underway to integrate views and comments, where possible, into the final strategy. The final strategy will be reviewed by the Dorset Council Harbours Committee in March.
Partnership stakeholder engagement continues for the Studland Bay 3Cs Partnership Project which aims to devise a solution to meet the needs of recreational boaters and protect the seagrass habitat and the diversity of marine life this habitat supports. Workshops are taking place to produce a draft 10-year management strategy, mooring plan and governance options paper which should be drafted by the beginning of April. This work sits alongside the MMO led Studland Bay voluntary no-anchor zone, and we hope to present possible long-term options in terms of sustainable recreational boat use in the bay to the wider public later this year.
FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT WORK
Work to develop the concept of an English Aquaculture Innovation Hub continues and Martin has held 1-1 conversations with stakeholders across the aquaculture sector. These will feed into the reports from Hatch and New Economics Foundation alongside the results from the stakeholder workshops and survey from late last year. The New Economics Foundation team are currently undertaking a data collection exercise from aquaculture businesses across England to help them gain an up to date snapshot of the economic state of the sector and Martin has received the first draft of the report from Hatch. Read this Fish Farmer article for more details about the project.
Martin attended the Defra briefing at the beginning of the month about the recently announced £75Million UK Seafood Fund. The fund will be split in two with £65million focusing on infrastructure across the seafood sector and a further £10million focusing on training and skills. The first round of the competitive infrastructure fund is due to open on 7 March 2022 and will provide grants of between £250,000 and £5Million.
The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme remains available, but time is rapidly running out. Martin is currently focusing his help towards helping people with claiming the grants back from the MMO, but, as ever, if you or anyone in your network has an idea for a project please do contact Martin directly.
We recently held 2 in-person engagement events for the Melcombe Regis community which were a success with 93 people attending in total. We recruited flood wardens, raised awareness of flood risk in the area, and gained a significant amount of useful local knowledge.
Planning for our next engagement events has started, one of which will be a walk and talk around Melcombe Regis and the Harbour, stopping at key locations to discuss flooding.
We are collaborating with current projects in Weymouth such as ‘Walking for Health’ and ‘Stronger Neighbourhoods’ to connect with the community and build resilience within the existing network.
Working continues with Ogoxe and Weymouth Town Council to develop the community information screen which will be an adaptable resource for communicating local flood risk as well as wider community information.
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One of our new projects that we are really excited about is our new Sustainable Swanage Business forum. This group is also led by the community and aims to bring information, tools and support to our local networks as businesses work towards net zero targets including halving carbon emissions by 2030. Our launch event will be held on the evening of Wednesday 23 March at The Grand Hotel Swanage. Save the date, more details to follow.
We are supporting this year’s event from Sustrans, the national charity aiming to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. We are encouraging all local schools to take part together – Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is taking place 21 March – 1 April 2022
We are at Swanage market on the first Friday morning of every month with information, useful items to help you reduce waste and are open to hear your ideas, comments and suggestions for all things sustainable – come and visit us!