Susan Jefferies retains County Council seat

The local elections returned Susan Jefferies comfortably to represent Corfe Mullen on the County Council. She received nearly half the votes cast, more than the next two candidates combined.

Dave Evans for UKIP got 25%, reflecting the party's growing popularity in the country, and pushing Sarah Burns for the Conservatives into third place with 22%.

Dave Peden trailed with 4.3% of the vote, not reflecting Labour's national vote share, but very much in line with the historic low vote for Labour locally.

Turnout: 31.7% of 8072 eligible voters

Corfe Mullen
Susan Jefferies Liberal Democrat 1230 (48.25%)
Dave William Evans UKIP 642 (25.19%)
Sarah Burns Conservative 567 (22.24%)
David Peden Labour 110 (4.32%)

County Council Election Candidates

Meet the candidates...
We contacted all four candidates hoping to represent Corfe Mullen on the County Council and asked them to say a bit about themselves and why we should vote for them. Please read all their responses below and don't forget to vote on Thursday 2nd May.

Sarah Burns: The four areas I feel most strongly about protecting the funding towards are : Schools and child welfare /family support services, Adult care services including adult disability support and elderly care, including dementia care provision and the highways maintenance and safety on the roads including Blandford road. Finally crime prevention, working with the other authorities to prevent crime and protect our streets and homes. I will fight to ensure these vital services are not cut in Dorset, as these four areas affect the future wellbeing of our communities.
Dave Evans: Hello , my name is Dave Evans , I am 65 years old , retired , married with two sons and have lived in this village for over 25 pleasant years . I have been involved with the scouts , home watch and the village carnival and how we progress over the next years matters to me . I want to see the quality of our roads urgently improved , the ditches cleared to stop considerable brook water continually flooding the surfaces , a speed limit on the country lanes and a finish to the eye sore tip ! The view point should be an asset to the village . We need a decision on the school and realise the chance of establishing a few business premises. I speak to people and hear what they say and I have a loud voice . I was a candidate at the last general election standing for UKIP because they talk common sense , speak the truth , give the facts as to how what is going on and the problems we have to face . You the electorate are now more aware , please vote for me , it will not be a wasted vote . Please visit our website on Thank you.
Susan Jefferies: When the Romans arrived in Poole Harbour they looked around and chose the plateau of Corfe Mullen as the best place to settle in the area, all of us still agree with them !

It has been my privilege to serve as County Councillor for Corfe Mullen for the last 9 years and I hope you will allow me to continue for another term. Having lived in Corfe Mullen for over 20 years and brought my children up here, I have first hand experience what a glorious and peaceful village we live in. If I am reelected, I will continue to make it my priority to preserve these qualities in order for the whole community to enjoy their lives in peace and comfort.

As a County Councillor, I have involved myself in everything that goes on, from the biggest to the small things. From serving you at County Hall, being a member of the Dorset Fire Authority, being on the Fostering Panel for the County, The Governing bodies of the schools, on the Parish Council, the Chairwoman of the Youth Club, an enthusiastic member of the Sports Association to being a Home Watch co-ordinator where I live.

Corfe Mullen is a village with a heart and I would like to remain at it’s heart, serving you. I hope you will all support me to do so on Thursday May 2nd.

Dave Peden: I’m Dave Peden, the Labour Party Candidate. I have lived in Corfe Mullen for 15 years now, although I’m originally from Scotland. I work for a small Telecomms company in Blandford.
The biggest challenge facing Dorset County Council at the moment is the budget reductions imposed on it by central Government. One of the first things the Coalition government did, as part of its ‘Austerity Package’ was to implement a reduction in Council budgets far higher than most government departments have had to deal with.
Already we have seen the threat to the future of our local Library, and the continuing financial pressure will see even more of Corfe Mullen’s services under threat over the next few years.
My priorities, if elected, would be to protect local services, such as our schools, our bus service, and Corfe Mullen library, and on a wider level to try to defend the most vulnerable in our society from the consequences of the government’s pressure on the County Council’s budget, for instance opposing cuts to Adult Social Care.
As the only candidate from a party which has opposed the scale of the Coalition’s austerity measures, a vote for me would also send a message (however small) to David Cameron and Nick Clegg that something has to change.

Close the "Rat Run"?

Following the collision between two cars in Blandford Road by the Esso station on Tuesday 23rd April, Richard Williams who witnessed the accident contacted Corfe Mullen Online. Mr Williams feels strongly that the road past the Esso station should be closed at one end so vehicles can't use it as a short cut and have to use the roundabout.

We - and Cllr. Susan Jefferies who he'd also contacted - both suggested that he should attend the Parish Council meeting that evening to raise the issue. He made a strong case for changing the road layout to prevent the road being used as a "Rat Run".

After he left, the Parish Councillors spent some time discussing what could be done. There have been incidents on this spot in the past and the idea of closing it as a through route had been discussed before but Esso representatives had objected on the grounds that their fuel delivery tankers would find it impossible to reverse into position if the road were closed at that point.

Several councillors offered suggestions including speed bumps and some sort of barrier or chicane but Parish Council Chairman Paul Holland said the only option available to the Parish Council was to ask the County Council to evaluate the road layout in the light of the recent accident. Most agreed that this request should be made, though one or two disagreed, saying that such accidents are caused by drivers and not by roads.

Flooding on the Stour

The Dorset Stour forms the Northern border of Corfe Mullen. Its 110 kms long and often floods.
The floodplain at Corfe Mullen is the widest for the whole Stour, about 1.8 km North of Brog Street.

When it floods, it comes right up to the A31, about 700 metres, but the author has never seen the A31 itself flood. During the last 10 years it has flooded 20 times (9 times in the last 11 months), but with long gaps 2003-04-05 (36 months) and 2010-11-12 (27 months).

Collision at Windgreen

Two cars collided in Blandford Road by the Esso garage at Windgreen at about 7.50 this morning. One driver was trapped for some time and eventually released and taken to hospital by Air Ambulance.

The area surrounding the accident scene was cordoned off and a number of police and support officers kept concerned onlookers at a decent distance. Blandford Road was closed to all traffic and police signs diverted vehicles past the mini-roundabout and away from Windgreen Garage.

The air ambulance arrived and waited on the playing fields of Lockyers Middle School while the trapped driver was released by cutting off the vehicle's roof.

Once the injured had been rescued, police accident investigators examined the vehicles and road.

This took place during the morning rush as a number of pupils made their way on foot to Lockyers Middle School but thankfully, none were hurt.

The condition of those involved is not known.

Carnival Princess Selection 2013

The first event of this year's Carnival - selection of the Carnival Princess - took place on 1st March at the Youth Centre. The new Corfe Mullen Carnival Princess is Emma Fall, pictured here with her attendants Lucy Baulin and Katie Thacker.


Annette Brooke won't stand again

It's been announced today, 8th March, that Annette Brooke (pictured talking to a constituent outside the Co-op in April 2010), MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole will not stand for parliament at the next election.

She said "People have known privately for some time that I wasn't going to stand for re-election in 2015, mainly because it's time for me to retire from full time work - I shall be 68 by then."

She broke her hip and wrist in a fall last year and struggled while trying to perform some of her duties while on crutches. She had already considered whether her current term would be her last and the accident had helped her decide.

This announcement will make for interesting politics locally as the current government is a coalition of Lib Dems and Conservatives and they're the main contenders for this seat. Annette took it with a less-than-comfortable margin of 300 votes in 2010 so we could be in for an interesting battle next time.

We wish her well for the remainder of her time as our Member of Parliament.

The Old Mill Stream

Text and graphic - John Palmer
Corfe Mullen's North boundary is the Dorset Stour. On the North East the boundary is a curious ditch called "The Old Mill Stream" on old maps. Why?

When the Roman Army landed at Hamworthy in AD 44, Vespasian (later Emperor) led 4,500 veteran soldiers in a march Northwards to Corfe Mullen. Here they built a fortress next to the main ford over the Stour. Today the place is called Lake, and is just the other side of the hedge at the big roundabout on the A31. The fortress was excavated around 1970, was larger than expected, and served as the Roman HQ in the South-West for 10 years before moving on to Devon. [--more--]

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