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New skatepark and toilets planned for Beaminster

An image of the proposed new skatepark in Beaminster

West Dorset Council has approved £380,000 worth of grants for community projects - ahead of merging into a new 'super council' later this year.

The list of approved schemes includes £70,000 to help build a new toilet in Beaminster and £60,000 for a new skatepark in the town.

The current nine councils in Dorset are being replaced by two larger ones in April.

Last month North Dorset Council also gave out a series of grants to support local projects before the changes (click here for more details)

Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said: "I am really pleased that the council has been able to provide support to these projects.

"Each scheme will provide significant benefits to local communities and West Dorset as a whole. 

"I look forward to seeing these projects develop."

The projects include

Beaminster Town Council

A one-off grant of £60,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support its project to build a skate park to meet the needs of young people in both the town and surrounding villages.

Beaminster Town Council

A one-off grant of £70,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support the provision of a new public toilet in Beaminster – plans are at an early stage.

Dorchester Town Council

A one-off grant of £90,000 has been awarded to Dorchester Town Council to support a project to enhance the townscape and paving in the vicinity of the Town Pump in South Street. The aim of the project is to replicate the paving style recently installed at the southern end of South Street.  The grant is conditional on the town council committing £100,000 of its own money to the project.

Dorchester Heritage Joint Committee

A one-off grant of £50,000 has been awarded to the Dorchester Heritage Joint Committee to support a project to develop a heritage-based tourism strategy for Dorchester. This grant will be matched by funding from the town council and help to promote the town’s heritage attractions including Dorset County Museum, Shire Hall and the Keep Military Museum.

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