Within the centre of Bradpole old village and situated behind the recently constructed Badgers Row cottages is an area of land which has been largely unattended since the cottages were constructed a few years ago.
The planning arrangements were that the developer of Badgers Row cottages would landscape and manage the site for a number of years. A sum of money had been deposited with WDDC as surety. This money is ring-fenced for uses directly relating to this land.
Bradpole Parish Council had raised concerns over the lack of progress on several occasions but matters between the developer and WDDC came to a deadlock and the site was deteriorating.
Following meetings in 2018 between Parish Councillors and WDDC the DEADLOCK was BROKEN and responsibility for managing the site reverted to the owners WDDC and in due course DORSET COUNCIL as unification proceeds.
Late January 2019. After recent efforts by Parish councillors work has commenced on the clearing of the site to create a wildlife area (see photo). This is part of a revised Wildlife Landscaping plan*, details of which will be published here when they have been formally agreed by the planning authorities. *For more information about the draft Plan (Jan 2019) please contact the Parish Clerk.
1st November 2018 Councillors received an updated report from WDDC confirming that there will be some light maintenance work over the coming weeks followed by further work in the Spring.
15th October 2018: A meeting has been held between parish councillors, WDDC and the ecology consultants. The views of residents had been sought and where there was a commonality of views these were discussed. These largely surrounded issues of site & property security, density and number of trees, low cost maintenance. A revised wildlife landscape plan will now be produced taking into account these views and will probably result in a focus on native shrubs rather than trees. There are many other points to consider and in the meantime Bradpole councillors have asked for some site maintenance to be undertaken in the short term as this had been lacking for a number of years.
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BPC Jan 2019