Thursday evening's meeting of the West Bay Community Forum was delighted to receive news of the proposed changes to car park arrangements in West Bay. After years of lobbying it finally seems that parking overnight in Station Road car park is to cease.

It would appear that BMM Joint Ventures have been awarded the contract for the coastal improvements due to commence in January, subject to planning permission. The company has been successful in completing a scheme in neighbouring Devon at Dawlish and several other seaside resorts in the south west. There will be a single point of contact locally to minimise potential sources of disturbance and nuisance. More information will be given once the arrangements have been finalised.

The newly opened Discovery Centre is doing very well indeed with their special 'World War I Remembered' exhibition. The exhibition features many fascinating items from the First World War loaned for the duration of the exhibition. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of this month and throughout December. There was plenty of interest being shown in the various exhibits when I visited on Saturday afternoon. I was particularly taken with the combat knuckledusters on display.

Dorset Police's poppy car made an appearance at the bay on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Silent Soldiers service and dedication. Many people took the opportunity to take a photograph. I suppose this is truly a 'classic car' for the here and now.

A huge 'thank you' from me to everyone involved in last Thursday's Silent Soldiers event. There were so many people to thank I run the risk of missing someone out. So thank you all. Any errors or omissions that were made are my responsibility and mine alone. For that I apologise and seek your forgiveness. The Silent Soldiers and sailors will remain in place until Thursday, October 15, when they will be re-located in the discovery centre.