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Thursday market reopens

THE return of a full and colourful Thursday market on April 15 was symbolic of the unlocking of retail activity after the long shutdown since the New Year. As hoped by market manager Andy Reynolds, all the regulars returned to join fishmonger Paul Williamson who for the last few months has often been a literally sole trader, and stall-holder Dave Dart reported a roaring trade for the sale of batteries for watches which had given up the ghost during the lockdown. ‘Non-essential’ retail outlets, services and activities had busied themselves in the days and weeks beforehand ready for the official opening day on April 12, only a handful waiting until the following week…     

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Plans for more homes submitted

PLANS have now been submitted by Hallam Land Management for up to 150 more homes on fields just down the road next to the Bellway Homes development being built on the outskirts of Blandford at St Mary's Hill, Blandford St Mary.

Town councillors in Blandford have objected to the outline application on the grounds that it is not in the Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan, which goes to public vote in a referendum taking place on Thursday May 6. But the site next to Ward’s Drove is included as an option in the draft Dorset Local Plan, which is currently being consulted upon.      Read more…

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