Thanks to the efforts of the Village Fete Committee and supporters a cheque for £1200 has been handed to the Parish Council by Fete Committee members to be held “ring fenced” pending the installation of a defibrillator in the centre of Bradpole Village.
It is planned for the defibrillator to be located in the telephone box outside of the Bradpole Village Stores & Post Office once the legal paperwork has been completed.
Bradpole Councillors have transferred a similar amount from the Council’s reserves to enable the purchase of the apparatus to be completed.
Bradpole Parish Council will continue to look at the possibility of installing additional facilities at the other settlements within the Civil Parish.
An Aug 2019 review demonstrated that whilst there had been a marginal increase in usage the then current levels remained below those expected.
Alternative options are being considered during which time the existing service will be extended until further notice.
In Aug 2019 Bridport Town Clerk ,Will Austin, said:“We are disappointed at the take-up to date and want to see more people using the service to demonstrate a greater community benefit. We are also looking at other ways of running the service to show that we’re getting best value. There is strong support for the service amongst councillors and a recognition of its importance to regular passengers who might otherwise not be able to get to the town centre.”
* The Bridport Cohousing project, to be named “Hazelmead”, is available to local residents both in Bradpole and other settlements around the Bridport Area.
Planning permission has been given to build 53 “eco-homes” including 26 for social rent and 14 under leasehold shared ownership.
The benefit of this scheme, over some others, is that the community who live there will collectively own “Hazelmead” and be responsible for making their own decisions and managing their own organisation.
Bridport Cohousing says it is currently looking for new members, and is particularly interested in attracting young people and families to join the project.
On November 17, Bridport Cohousing will host an afternoon event for the public in Bridport Town Hall 14.00 ~ 17.00hrs providing information about the project and answering questions about what it might be like to live in cohousing.