Underhill is in the most deprived 2% of areas in the country for Income Deprivation Affecting Children and the need for targeted services is very great. 

This initiative hopes to make a significant contribution towards meeting this need.

On the 4th April Dorset County Council agreed to let Portland Town Council buy the former Brackenbury School site and Portland Town Council are now applying for funding to support the project.  The legal process of acquiring the site is now in progress.

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B.E.A.C.H Project

The BEACH – Brackenbury Education and Community Hub – project is an exciting new initiative from Portland Town Council to provide a community hub for the island of Portland. 

The hub is to be located at the site of the old Brackenbury Infant School in Three Yards Close in Underhill.  It will provide a range of much-needed services to the community with the aim of boosting the wider economy of the area, especially Underhill, and improving the social and economic conditions and life chances of residents.


The Hub will be a mixed-use facility and will provide:

a permanent base for Portland Town Council;

a permanent and enhanced home for Allsorts Pre-school which will expand its offer to include baby and toddler day-care and parent and toddler sessions – Allsorts also hope to work with other local agencies to provide sessions in parenting skills;

a home for the Drop In Youth Service; a free internet café with computer and scanner use for residents who only have mobile phones or no internet access at all;

a venue for activities for the older residents to be run by the local charity, Island Community Action;

a setting for adult education courses in skills for the workplace including literacy, numeracy and IT as well as courses for more mature residents in art, creative writing and more;

and a community garden. 

Councillors are currently in discussion with a number of other agencies to explore the potential for the delivery of other services from the hub.

Explanation of documents re survey

As part of Portland Town Council’s application for major grant funding, it was necessary to provide evidence of demand for the services and facilities to be offered at the hub. 

This evidence was gathered from a survey of residents, with 337 responses being completed. 

Here is the report on the survey, the survey as it appeared on paper and graphs showing how the hub is likely to be used by various sections of the community – parents of children under 5, parents of children aged 5-18, residents aged over 50, other residents, residents of Underhill and residents of Tophill.

Survey - Paper Version

Survey Report

Data Q8

Data Q8 Responses by no to Qs 4, 5 and 6

Data Q8 by ch under 5

Data Q8 by over 50

Data Q8 by Tophill

Data Q8 by Underhill