The Neighbourhood planning or Blandford+ Public consultation took place in the Estate club on Sat 18 October. Parish council officers: Bobby Church, Tony and Carol Tompsett had done a wonderful job in planning this public consultation. Display boards positioned in rear part of the club lounge were the focus for the event. Covering many different topics of planning and future development the displays prompted residents to contemplate the future of Bryanston village. Even the children of the village had been canvassed for their opinions beforehand on what they would like to see in the village. Top of their requests were: a small shop, a skate park or kick-about area, and thatched houses would be nice to see in the village. I am not sure if the planning authority will agree with them, but children are entitled to their opinion. Disregarding the inclement weather people still turned out to attend. There is no doubt this consultation will be deemed a great success. The event clearly demonstrates Bryanston residents do have an opinion and will voice them it if they are given the opportunity.
The importance of this event cannot be over-emphasised. Results and opinions based on this consultation will be taken into account in the overall stratedgy for the Blandford+ Neighbourhood planning.
Bryanston Parish Council is considering cutting the grass on the recreation again. Children have said they want a kick-about area in the village so they can play football and other games. In 2013 the Parish Council did fund regular grass cutting to keep the area clear.
The area was almost never used the reason was: parents did not want their children to be out-of-sight when playing. New families have moved into the village and children say their parents will let them use the recreation area if the council maintain it. The Parish Council can allocate funds for grass-cutting, but only if the area will be used. With the September edition of the Forum Focus Bryanston residents would have received a flyer for them to complete to help the council decide whether to allocate funds to maintain the recreation area this year and into 2015. To date one response has been received even though many children were handed a flyer to give to their parents. At present it seems that there is no demand for the recreation area to be maintained. There is still time to give your opinion just complete the form on the right hand side of this page.
Decisions have to be made to cut or not to cut at the next PC meeting as grass cutting needs to be budgeted for. If the council decide not to maintain the recreation area during 2015 then the recreation area will have no chance of maintenance until April 2016.
LITTER PICK - ALL WELCOME 1ST NOV
The village litter pick will be carried out on the 1st of November.
This is a worthwhile event and if sufficient helpers takes about an hour and a half. Removing discarded tin cans and sweet papers is an easy task. Pick-up tongs, protective gloves and some flashy bright yellow jackets are supplied. All we need is some volunteers. Children over 10 years of age can help but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Watch this space to find out the exact time to meet and for last minute changes due to weather condition.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE
What is now the parish of Bryanston was one of the manors of Blandford listed in Domesday book. It was acquired by Brian de Insula in the early 1200s and named Blandford Brian or Brianston. There is evidence of an Iron Age settlement west of Bryanston School. Its field system is still visible on the unploughed north facing slope opposite Old Park wood and many Romano-British burials were found when the School was built. Evidence of farming across the parish in the Middle Ages was largely destroyed in the 1950s but can still be seen on the steeper slopes and within woodland. Banks and ditches marking the parish boundary (probably mediaeval) are visible in places. No traces of buildings survive from that time although a manor house and a church (dedicated to St Martin) existed when Bryanston was acquired by the Rogers family in 1410. They held it for 250 years selling it together with part of Blandford to the Portmans in 1662. A detailed map of Bryanston at the time of the sale and engravings of the Rogers house (where Bryanston Church now stands) survive.
During World War II Bryanston Camp was built on both sides of the road through The Cliff. Various army units came there until finally the Signal Company of the 1st United States Infantry Division occupied it in preparation for D day. After the war the camp was demolished although 10 huts were retained for housing until the Forum View council estate was built in the early 1950s. The village tried without success to acquire the camp’s Recreation Hut for a Village Hall. Instead it leased the only building of Bryanston Camp that now survives (next to 67 The Cliff - now used for car body repairs) for some years with the intention of converting it to a Hall. That came to nothing and it was handed back to the Crown Estate in the 1960s together with the Parish Room (the upstairs of the old Portman Laundry now 4 Portman Mews) which had served the village for a long time. For many years a Post Office (at 4 Bryanston Village) and a Shop (at 10 Bryanston Village) served the parish both later combining at No. 4 and finally closing in 2002. In recent years Bryanston School has expanded its buildings significantly across its campus. The development of Ashwood Row and conversion into dwellings of the old Farm Buildings together some infilling has added to the village population but so far Bryanston has not succumbed to much in the way of development and it continues to retain the separate identity which it has had for over a thousand years.
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