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£420k given to local projects

It's been a give-away day at West Dorset District Council with almost £420,000 in grants and loans given to local community projects in the space of a couple of hours.

Council leader Tony Alford said after the meeting that he was delighted the council was able to help so many organisations…before it goes out of business in April.

The money includes cash to develop a heritage tourism strategy for Dorchester, to finish off the county town's South Street refurbishment and to try and keep club use of sporting facilities at St Osmund's school open to the public.

There were also grants to Bridport Museum and for a new skate park at Beaminster as well as money towards the cost of a new village hall for Longburton.

Money has also been set aside for new public toilets in Beaminster which will eventually see the existing block alongside the hall closed down.