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Refurbishment in Blandford

THE unveiling of an old façade of what used to be the Half Moon public house in Whitecliff Mill Street caused quite a stir at the end of September, when the owner commissioned the stripping off and correct reapplication of the render. The work uncovered the former lettering declaring ‘Hall & Woodhouse Ltd Badger Ales’ and unleashed an outpouring of memories from those who remembered the building’s former use. A public house since the 18th century, it was converted following its closure in 2004, when the building and its neighbouring car park were redeveloped as residential properties.

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Anger at Parking Charges

AN ANNOUNCEMENT by Dorset Council that car park charges are to be imposed from 8am to 8pm each day including Sundays has been greeted with disappointment and some anger. Those hoping to see a post-Covid return of footfall and reduction in on-street parking in Blandford town centre have described the move as “hugely counterproductive”.

The changes include extending the chargeable period, currently 9am to 6pm, in all car parks from January next year together with the introduction of charges on Sundays in Blandford, Sturminster Newton and other towns where it has until now been free.

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