Dorset Square
Dorset Square

Baker Street 2 Way – Update

The Council say:

“The switch to two-way working along Baker Street and Gloucester Place, is proposed to be undertaken from the 21st to the 24th February 2019, subject to suitable weather conditions. During this period, both roads will be closed in phases, whilst road markings are painted and temporary central islands are installed.

As this work is weather dependent, the switch could potentially be delayed if there is inclement weather such as heavy rain.The decision on whether the work will be undertaken as planned on 21st-24th February will be confirmed on Tuesday 19th February, based on the prevailing weather forecast. 

Any changes to the programme will be communicated through email update, the project website and social media. You can receive email updates at can download the latest leafletusing the following link:

Dorset Square – street lights

We have asked the Street Lighting team to investigate this long-running issue: 

“The residents of Dorset Square are increasingly disappointed with the lack of lighting in our square. For over a year now and despite our regular requests many of the lamp posts around the square are not in operation. It is a safety hazard not to have lights in the square and as council tax payers we expect our public services are well managed.”

Dorset Square – coach station

We presented a petition signed by over 450 residents calling for the new 24/7 long-distance coach stop on Dorset Square to be reviewed because of the detrimental impact it is having on local residents.

In particular, we have asked the Parking Team to take enforcement action against the coaches for the constant ‘engine idling’ which pollutes the local environment.

Blandford Estate

We are continuing to assist leaseholders on the Blandford Estate who are questioning the cost of Major Works at the estate.

Seymour Leisure Centre

We have asked the Council to investigate these issues:

“I believe the building is listed and thus nothing can be done about replacing the very heavy front doors.  It was possible to open the doors with ease until some two years ago, via the automatic panels/buttons.   Since then, this mechanism has been out of order, I find it almost impossible to open the doors.  I wrote to the manager last autumn on several occasions, but he failed to respond.

I had also written about the hand dryer in the Women’s Dry Side Changing Room, which has now been out of action for at least three months.   Often there is nothing supplied with which we can dry our hands.  Again, I received no response.When he finally replied after a month or two, I was informedthat parts were on order regarding both issues but, to date, nothing at all has happened.   This is unacceptable, given that the front door mechanism has not worked now for almost two years, and the electric hand dryer has been out of action for months on end.

In addition, a friend tells me that she has repeatedly reported that there are no lights in the steam room, to no avail.  It is pitch black in the room, which is absurd.”

The Council say:

“I have received a full report back from the team regarding the hand dryer in the female dry side changing rooms, the steam room light and the front doors.They have chased up their service contractor for the hand dryer that this is a matter of urgency and that they require a brand new unit to replace the current one. 

The maintenance team have ordered a new lighting unit to go into the steam room as they are having to consistently change the bulb which keeps blowing out.  This is due to arrive by the end of this week.

I attended site and agree the doors are large and heavy, which may cause some access issues to some of our customers. The current automatic door system have been unreliable and could not withstand the weight of the front doors.  The maintenance manager has been looking into this since the summer for a suitable unit/supplier and this has proved challenging.  However, a contractor recently installed something similar at Marshall Street which has been successful so contact has been made today to see if the same solution can be installed.”

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