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Upper Marshwood Vale steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

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A final version of the Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.

Have your say on Upper Marshwood Neighbourhood Plan.

The plan was created by local people, and was approved by the Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council which is made up of the parishes of Bettiscombe, Pilsdon, Stoke Abbott and Marshwood. The Parish Council feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example, the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

Dorset Council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place. Following the examination, if the plan is approved and supported by a local referendum, then it will be used to inform future decisions on planning applications. Consultations will start on Monday 19th August and will run for eight weeks.

View the Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood plan

The plan can be viewed on the Dorset Council website: dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/upper-marshwood-vale-neighbourhood-plan,  and via the Upper Marshwood Vale website: uppermarshwoodvale.org/home/neighbourhood-plan/.

Hard copies will also be made available at the council offices at South Walks House, Dorchester.

Please contact the Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan group, or view their website: uppermarshwoodvale.org/home/neighbourhood-plan/ for the locations of reference copies and dates of public events that will be going on around the area throughout the consultation period.

Comment on the plan

Those who live, work or run a business in the Upper Marshwood Vale neighbourhood plan area have until 14 October 2019, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider. Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan.

Comments on the plan can be emailed to: planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Alternatively, they can be posted to: Spatial Planning, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

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T20 Blast: All eight games abandoned as rain wrecks Friday schedule

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 19:44
No play is possible in any of the eight T20 Blast games scheduled to take place on Friday because of rain.
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Join in the Pokémon fun at Weymouth library

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:43

The weekend will be packed with activities for Pokémon trainers of all ages.


The newly refurbished Weymouth library will host the fun-filled family weekend celebrating all things Pokémon. Events take place 9.30am – 3pm on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August.

Put on your detective hats to find the hidden Pokémon in our scavenger hunt, try to catch them all in our all ages Poké Bingo and challenge trainers on ‘Pokémon Go’ for your spot in our Pokémon Hall of Fame in our ‘Pokémon Go’ Gym Leader Challenge.

All trainers are invited to come dressed up as their favourite characters from the franchise. We want to see your colourful Charizard’s, perfect Pikachu’s and totally awesome trainer costumes for our ultimate Pokémon cosplay battle. Costumes will be judged in categories (Children 0-10, Teens 11-17, Adult 18+) Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent of carer.

Running order:

“Who’s that Pokémon!” – Scavenger Hunt
Friday and Saturday: 9:30-15:00
Put your detective hat and find the mysterious Pokémon hidden throughout the library. To participate collect your sheets from the helpdesk.

Poké Bingo
Friday and Saturday: all day
Race to catch them all in this game of Poké Bingo – open to all ages. Sessions will be run throughout the day with a maximum of 25 trainers per session. Please book your slot at the helpdesk – small prizes will be awarded to our winning trainers.

Pokémon Cosplay Battle
Saturday only: 13:30 – 14:30
All trainers are invited to come dressed up as their favourite characters from the franchise. We want to see your colourful Charizard’s, perfect Pikachu’s and totally awesome trainer costumes.
Judging categories: Children 0-10, Teens 11-17, Adult 18+

Pokémon Go Gym Leader Challenge – winners announced
Saturday only: 15:00 – Phone app events
The six trainers that have control of our Pokémon gym in-game at 3pm will be added to our Pokémon Hall of Fame and awarded their prizes. Challenge trainers throughout the day in the ‘Pokémon Go’ app for your chance to win!

Find out more about this event

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South Western Railway workers to hold four-day strike

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:03
The stoppage in August and September is part of the long-running guards dispute.
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Missing pensioner found after Wareham air and land search

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:34
Search teams had been scouring woodland in Wareham for missing 72-year-old Eileen Samways.
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Aston Villa v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:02
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Aston Villa and Bournemouth.
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Bournemouth cookery class for young asylum seekers

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:17
Workshops are teaching young asylum seekers how to cook and improve their English skills.
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Vipers tie KSL thriller with Thunder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:36
Western Storm maintain their 100% Kia Super League record with a commanding fifth win of the campaign.
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Dorset Road Fix – September sites

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:05

Dorset Highways maintenance gangs are out across the county continuing to repair road damage.

Due to the large equipment used, the area of the road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 7pm to 6am.

In September we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

Manor Farm Lane, Winterbourne Abbas
daytime closure, 2 Sept

A350 / A354 Blandford Bypass
Wimborne Road Rbt, Hill Top Rbt & Sunrise Rbt
night closure 8pm to 6am, 2 Sept to 9 Sept
See press release for full details

Hill View, Maiden Newton
daytime closure, 3 Sept

Toller Fratrum Road (from A356 Whitesheet)
daytime closure, 4 Sept

North Street, Wareham
daytime closure 5 & 6 Sept

Albert Road, Corfe Mullen
daytime closure, 9 Sept to 11 Sept

A37 Weirs Roundabout, Dorchester
night work 8pm to 6am, 10 & 11 Sept
B3147 closed from Loders Garage to Weirs Roundabout
Two-way temporary lights on A37

Westham Road, Weymouth
closed 9.30am to 3.30pm, 12 & 13 Sept

St Thomas Street, Weymouth
closed 9.30am to 3.30pm, 16 & 17 Sept

Maiden Street, Weymouth
closed 9.30am to 3.30pm, 17 & 18 Sept

A350 / B3067 Poole Road, Upton
night closure 9pm to 6am, 19 Sept to 25 Sept

All scheduled roadworks can be found on the online roadworks map.

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Liam Dawson: Hampshire all-rounder agrees new three-year contract

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:30
Hampshire and England all-rounder Liam Dawson agrees a new three-year contract with the county.
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New permit scheme for roadworks in Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:37

Anyone wishing to work on the highway will soon have to apply for a permit to carry out  work on Dorset roads.

Dorset Highways is working with Saanchi Solutions Limited to develop and implement a permit scheme for works on the Dorset Council highway network.

At the moment, work promoters have a statutory right to work on the highway and tell the council when they will be working on the road.

Under a permit scheme, work promoters will be asking for permission to work on the highway and will need to provide clear start, end and duration details – any alteration to these during the work could incur a fee.

Permit schemes were introduced by the Government to:

  • reduce disruption on the road network
  • improve overall network management
  • reduce delays to the travelling public
  • reduce costs to businesses caused by delays
  • incentivise work promoters to collaborate

Implementing a permit scheme will ensure the council has accurate information about the work taking place on its network, which will allow better co-ordination and management of works.

Also, with a permitting scheme in place, working on the highway without a permit becomes a criminal offence.

The permit scheme will be cost neutral when it is live – with the cost of permits funding the administration of the scheme.

Activities likely to need a permit

Although Dorset Highways is currently developing it’s permit scheme, activities likely to need are permit are:

  • breaking up or resurfacing any street
  • opening the road, footway, verge or cycleway
  • the need for any form of temporary traffic regulation order or notice, or the suspension of pedestrian crossing facilities
  • reducing the width of the existing carriageway

Exact details will be known later this year.

The legal bit
  • Permits were brought into existence through the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • In 2015, statutory guidance for permits were introduced to give consistency across the country​
  • The Department for Transport has now said Local Authorities must have a permit scheme in place by April 2020

If you have any question about the scheme, please contact our traffic team: dcpermitscheme@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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Man dies in suspected 'medical episode' in Gillingham

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:16
The car the 81-year-old man was in went through a hedge and stopped next to the wall of a house.
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Health concerns surrounding 5G

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:01

Public Health England (PHE) takes the lead on health matters relating to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (radio waves) and 5G. PHE’s advice is informed by the work of expert bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s opinion, based on reviews of the evidence, is that exposures to radio waves below the limits recommended in international exposure guidelines do not appear to have any known consequence on health.

The WHO has been undertaking an extensive review of the evidence for health effects arising from exposures to radio waves, including the sort emitted by 5G networks.

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which is formally recognised by WHO, independently produces exposure guidelines for exposure to radio waves.

Public Health Dorset statement on health risks of 5G, July 2019

We have been in touch with Public Health England (PHE) for the latest advice and guidance regarding 5G technology in Dorset.

Public Health England summarises its position on radio waves and health relating to mobile phone base stations on its website, and this has been updated to include information relating to 5G as this technology develops.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobile-phone-base-stations-radio-waves-and-health

The health effects of exposure to radio waves have been researched extensively over several decades. Independent expert groups in the UK and internationally have examined the research and their conclusions support the view that health effects are unlikely to occur if exposures are below international guideline levels.

PHE’s main advice about radio waves from base stations is that the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) should be adopted for limiting exposures. ICNIRP guidelines relate to frequencies used by both existing mobile systems and those intended for 5G.

PHE advises that it is possible there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area, but the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to exposure guidelines and therefor there should be no consequences for public health. ICNIRP guidelines apply up to 300 GHz, well beyond the maximum (few tens of GHz) frequencies under discussion for 5G.

Public Health England (PHE) continues to monitor the health-related evidence applicable to radio waves, including in relation to 5G, and is committed to updating its advice as required.

For a balanced view on the health risks associated with 5G, the BBC has written a useful piece https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48616174

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Python found at Weymouth's Radipole Lake nature reserve

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:25
The royal python is thought to have been abandoned at the RSPB site before being found by a passer-by.
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Portland steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 09:39

A local community has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area.

Portland Neighbourhood Plan

A final version of the Portland Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and approved by the town council, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011. They aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Dorset Council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place.

View the plan

Copies of the plan will be made available at the council offices at Commercial Road, Weymouth and South Walks House, Dorchester.

Reference copies are also available at Portland Town Council Offices, Portland Library and Osprey Leisure Centre.

The plan can be viewed online at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk and on the Portland Neighbourhood Plan website: portlandplan.org.uk/

Comment on the plan

People who live, work or run a business in the Portland neighbourhood area have until 9 October 2019, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to pull together a Neighbourhood Plan. I congratulate all involved in getting to this stage.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of Portland, to view the plans and submit any feedback they may have.”

Comments on the plan can be emailed to planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Alternatively, they can be posted to Spatial Planning, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Portland Area Neighbourhood Plan.

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Blandford roundabouts resurfacing

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 09:14

Three busy roundabouts on the Blandford Bypass will be closed in succession for surfacing works in early September.

Six nights work will start on Monday 2 September, with north-south A350 traffic diverted through Blandford town centre each night from 8pm to 6am the following morning. Southbound drivers will be signed on to White Cliff Mill Hill and northbound drivers will be signed on to Bournemouth Road at Badger Roundabout.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Highways Travel and Environment, said:

“It’s unavoidable that there will be some delays and disruption for drivers during these works but, by doing the surfacing overnight, we hope to keep it to a minimum.

“We’ve also tried to keep as much access open as safely possible to help local drivers.”

On Monday 2 September and Thursday 5 September, Sunrise Roundabout will be surfaced overnight. Drivers on the A354 Salisbury Road and B3082 Wimborne Road will be able to access and exit the Blandford Bypass but will need to travel through the town to continue north towards Shaftesbury. The C13 will have restricted access and traffic will be controlled with two-way lights, drivers should plan for delays to their journey if using this road.

On Tuesday 3 September and Friday 6 September, Hilltop Roundabout will be surfaced overnight. The bypass will be closed between the C13 Higher Shaftesbury Road and A354 Salisbury Road. Drivers using A354 Salisbury Road will be controlled using two-way lights and will only be able to travel south using the bypass. Drivers wishing to use the C13 will only be able to access the road from the west.

On Wednesday 4 September and Monday 9 September, Wimborne Roundabout will be surfaced overnight. The bypass will be closed between B3082 Wimborne Road and A354 Salisbury Road. Access onto B3082 Wimborne Road will only be from the south and controlled with two-way temporary lights. Drivers using Salisbury Road will only be able to continue north on the bypass.

On each night there will be no access into or out of the town centre at the roundabout being worked on.

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Lyme disease: Older white women 'at highest risk'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 01:22
White older women in south-west England appear most likely to contract the disease, a study suggests.
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Wimborne explosives accused 'was like textbook weirdo'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:15
Kevin Yates told an NHS helpline worker he had weapons and explosives at his home, a jury hears.
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Local communities back neighbourhood plans

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:19

Two local communities are just one step away from having approved neighbourhood plans for their area.

Neighbourhood plans backed by residents

Final versions of the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan and Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan were submitted to Dorset Council for examination and referendums were held. Residents voted on whether to accept or reject the plans on 8 August 2019.

In both areas, residents voted to accept the plans.

75 per cent of votes were cast in favour of the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan.

90 per cent of votes were cast in favour of the Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan.

Both plans were drawn up by local people with support from Dorset Council’s Planning Policy Team.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example a neighbourhood plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

What happens next?

Both neighbourhood plans will now be taken to Dorset Council Cabinet, where councillors will decide whether to formally adopt them.

If formally adopted, the neighbourhood plans will be used to inform decisions on planning applications in the area.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that communities are coming together to influence future development in their area.

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to bring a Neighbourhood Plan forward and have it supported at a referendum. I look forward to presenting these plans to members and am confident of positive outcomes.”

View the referendum results and neighbourhood plans

View the full result of the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan referendum

View the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan online. A hard copy of the plan is available at the council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

View the full result of the Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan referendum.

View the Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan online. A hard copy of the plan is available at council offices in Nordon Lodge, 58 Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum and South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester during normal opening hours.

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Fire breaks out at Poole's Ryvita crispbread factory

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:03
The cause of the blaze off Old Wareham Road in Poole is not yet known, the fire service said.
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