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FORUM FOCUS For Blandford and surrounding villages Issue No. 18 Downlands Primary School camo day - Page 21 September 2013 Bus cuts and parking meters on the cards? Fury greets double blow for transport A TWO-PRONGED attack on transport provision for Blandford, involving cuts in bus services and the introduction of on-street parking charges, has been greeted with widespread anger. Residents, councillors and group representatives have expressed outrage at proposals being considered by Dorset County Council. The county is trying to reduce its bus subsidies and its plans will mean the loss of the service 84 link with Wimborne, a number of village services, the first bus from Blandford to Salisbury and the through route to Weymouth on the 184. Pay-and-display on-street parking has been suggested for around 40 waiting bays, which currently allow 30 minute free parking, in West Street, East Street and The Plocks. by Nicci Brown These latest proposals come on top of North Dorset District Council's decision to introduce charging for the town's limited number of free parking spaces at Stour Meadows and Station Court, which have resulted in dramatically reduced usage in both areas. The bus service cuts suggested at the county's Cabinet meeting in July - and only postponed when members insisted they should be forwarded to town and parish councils for consultation prior to a further meeting on 2nd October - include the withdrawal of Saturday and evening services, and subsidised routes costing more than £5 per passenger journey. o To Page 4 CONGRATULATIONS! Nan Dennett, wreathed in smiles and still full of vigour as she celebrates her 100th birthday. Story: Page 6. INSIDE YOUR BUMPER 28-PAGE FORUM FOCUS Mid-morning on a market day Thursday and the Stour Meadows pay-and-display car park has just 17 vehicles in it and scores of empty spaces. It’s A for Amazing as Blandford School students discover their GCE results Page 7 FORUM FOCUS: Your FREE monthly community newspaper East Street, where history and commerce meet. Special feature Pages 8-9

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