Campaigns

Flood Relief For Weymouth

Richard brought together DEFRA minister, Therese Coffey, and Tri-Council Partnership Chief Executive, Matt Prosser in a bid to win extra funds for flood relief in Weymouth.

Supporting the Western Relief Road

Richard has long backed the Western Route relief road which, if constructed, would go from Chickerell to Ferrybridge, providing a bypass for the congested A354 corridor through Rodwell and Wyke Regis.

A new Engineering Department for Weymouth College

Richard is strongly backing Weymouth College's bid for £20 million to establish a new, engineering department.

A strong advocate for apprenticeships, Richard originally teamed up with the College to create the first Apprenticeship Fair in 2014.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman freed

Richard has championed the case of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, the former Royal Marine imprisoned for shooting and killing a wounded Taliban fighter in 2011. The case has been controversial - Sergeant Blackman was filmed in the act - but campaigners maintain that the senior non-commissioned officer was operating under intolerable pressure in impossible conditions, without adequate support.

Saving Kingfisher Ward, Dorchester County Hospital

Dorset's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made it clear that provision of healthcare in Dorset is, "unsustainable in terms of staffing, facilities and finances." Problems include the rural location and long distances to travel, more complex deliveries of more babies, small hospitals with overstretched staff and care organised according to NHS boundaries, rather than need.

Faster, better trains to Weymouth

Richard has long campaigned for the improvement of rail services to Weymouth, which suffer from fewer, slower and shorter trains due to a reduction in electrification beyond Bournemouth. Current plans under review by South West trains include a new, fast service to London Waterloo, via Dorchester West, Yeovil Junction and Salisbury, with no other stops. South West trains believes that with some infrastructure work this plan would be feasible.

Navitus Bay wind farm defeated

11th September, 2015. "The Secretary of State does not consider that the Applicant has made a sufficiently robust case for granting development consent." With these words, the Department for Energy and Climate change rejected the Navitus Bay proposal to build a giant windfarm, the size of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch combined, just nine miles off Swanage.

Swanage Hospital reprieved

SWANAGE Community hospital is safe. So says Ron Shields, the chief executive of Dorset Healthcare University Trust, whose responsibilies include the three community hospitals in South Dorset. The other two being Weymouth and Portland.He told Richard that he wanted to fully utilize all the community hospitals and integrate them into his healthcare programme.This is wonderful news for all Swanage residents and of course for the Friends of the hospital, so ably led by Jan Turnbull.