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Consultation on land at Horton Heath

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:14

People are being asked for their views on a site earmarked for quarrying.

The land near to Horton Heath, Three Legged Cross, is being considered as a site for future quarrying of sand at Redman’s Hill.

The project could see up to 3.5 million tonnes of sand being quarried over a 12-17 year period.

Dorset County Council, along with Bournemouth and Poole councils, is in the process of preparing a mineral sites plan to identify sites across the county to meet the need for various minerals. The document was considered by a planning inspector at public hearing sessions in September and October.

The document did not initially include land at Horton Heath as an allocation for future development. However, following discussion at a recent public hearing by the inspector, landowner, the council and others, the site is now being considered as a possible additional option.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the Natural and Built Environment said:

“We wnat to encourage people to give their views over the cominng weeks so that they are involved in plans to build a sustainable economy for the future whilst protecting Dorset’s unique environment.”

Following the current consultation, comments will be considered to assess whether the site at Horton Heath should be allocated in the mineral sites plan. There will be a final stage of consultation on the plan in the spring. Any sites allocated in the plan will then need to  secure planning permission to be developed.

Residents can find out more online or by calling 01305 224675.

Copies of the consultation document, including details of the site, can also be viewed at Verwood and West Moors libraries as well as County Hall, Dorchester.

Comments must be received by 28 January 2019.

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Sherborne's £4m Paddock Project art gallery 'in wrong building'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:56
Campaigners say it is a "waste of resources" and a neighbouring building should be used instead.
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Bomb team detonates Studland beach device

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:35
The device was found washed up on the beach by dog walkers.
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Public art sculpture trail for Weymouth Town Centre moves forward

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:24

On Tuesday 11 December, Management Committee agreed to move the public art sculpture trail project forward.

Recommendations approved were:

  • that the project is undertaken by commissioning different artists to
    each produce one artistic installation and that will collectively form the
    trail.
  • that the project attempts to integrate water refill stations in to some of
    the artistic installations and to do so in partnership with Wessex Water.

Officers are working on next steps of the project. The brief is still in design but takes on board the variety of feedback that we have had from members of the council and members of the public.

Celebrating the fascinating history of Weymouth

Cllr Richard Kosior said: “This is an exciting initiative for Weymouth town centre. The public art project aims to enhance the built environment, improve the visitor experience and raise the profile of the town. Weymouth has a fascinating history with a beautiful bay and a historic working harbour. How the commissioned artworks tell the story of Weymouth will be open to the artists’ creative interpretation. We also hope that the project attempts to address the very current issue of plastic waste in our seas.”

What have we done to date?

At its meeting in December 2017, Management Committee allocated £123,000 to a sculpture trail for the borough.

Public engagement took place throughout July and August. Local arts organisation b-side asked for people’s thoughts to help shape the artist brief. These were branded as #WalkTalkArt Weymouth and consisted of a series of walks through the streets of the town centre.  These were led by members of b-side.

We also launched a #WalkTalkArt online survey that asked similar questions to those posed on the walks.

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Santas gather in Weymouth for annual Christmas pudding race

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 09:56
The winning Santa becomes the Christmas pudding in next year's 5km beach chase.
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Christmas traffic: Where to avoid on the roads and rail

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 02:13
Traffic will be busiest on Thursday and Friday before rail engineering and strikes cause cancellations.
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Fake make-up artist paints woman's face in Beales, Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 12:48
A woman shopping in Bournemouth was offered a makeover by the hate-crime attacker.
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Dogs gather in Dorset for Christmas party

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 01:13
Pets took part in agility games and a doggy lucky dip before meeting Santa Paws.
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Patrol officers help homeless people and their pets

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:49

A homeless man who was worried about his dog has been helped by the council’s patrol officers.

Bonnie and Mike with our patrol officer

Mike, who is homeless, was concerned that his beloved spaniel Bonnie could fall behind with her vaccinations and become ill. The borough council’s uniformed patrol officers got in touch with Street Vet, a charity that helps homeless people take care of their pets. They arranged her veterinary care.

Mike said: “Bonnie is everything to me, she is all I’ve got. She keeps me going, we keep each other going. It really does mean the world to me that people were willing to help us. I don’t need to worry so much now, if Bonnie needs help, help is there. It is so important, especially when you are both homeless that they stay well, especially in this weather. I want to thank Street Vet for their kindness to us.”

The patrol officers, who began work this autumn under a new Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, have also received a large donation of dog food from Pets at Home, which is available at homeless charity the Lantern in Ranelagh Road.

Senior Patrol Officer Karoline, said: “I first met Mike and Bonnie sleeping rough about eight months ago. Bonnie is such a sweet well behaved girl and always happy to see me. Mike takes care of her really well, keeping her clean and knot free, exercised, warm and up to weight.

‘Mike takes good care of her’

“I am glad we’ve been able to help them and alleviate worry. Living on the streets is a hard life for anyone, especially with the anxiety and worry of keeping a beloved companion in tip top condition.

“Sadly, having a pet can make it much harder for someone to find accommodation. The owner may be eligible for housing, but a dog may not be accepted. In many cases the bond is so deep that a homeless person will choose the company of their pet above a roof over their heads. They’ll turn down accommodation and just hope that something else comes up, where they can be together. I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I failed to recognise this and didn’t listen and help where possible.”

‘I will keep hoping for our own place’

Mike added: “I have met so many wonderful people in Weymouth, made some friends and even been offered some work when we manage to get on our feet again. I’m hoping Bonnie and I can stay and make a positive contribution to the area, I will keep hoping for our own place in Weymouth one day.”

The scheme covers a wide area and the patrols tackle anti-social behaviour by deterring, educating and enforcing. The scheme is managed by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, who have worked with Dorset Police, the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, British Transport Police, Dorset County Council and Weymouth BID to set it up.

The patrol officers have the power to gather evidence and be involved in the enforcement of Community Protection Notices, which place restrictions on individuals that persistently act in an anti-social manner. Their role isn’t directly to help the homeless. This is done by an outreach team, a service currently provided for the borough council by Julian House. However, they do engage with homeless people and work with other agencies to try and signpost them to services that can help them get off the streets.

Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “I am glad that Bonnie and Mike have been helped. Weymouth is a fantastic town with a lively day and night time economy. We are working hard to make it even safer for people to enjoy.”

More information about community safety is available here:

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Travelling this festive season? Summary of travel and transport across Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:43

Check your journey before you travel this festive season. 

The number of roadworks or activity on site will wind down as contractors and highway maintenance teams take a well-earned break from planned work, but emergency responses will continue, so unplanned work may still pop up at any time over the holidays. There are also some events taking place around the county and roads and parking may be affected. Traffic management has been lifted on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road and work will resume 7 January 2019.

Bus and train services will change over Christmas and New Year and you’re advised to check the times of the last ones to ensure you can get to your destination.

24/7 live travel disruptions | @TravelDorset Travel summary

We’ve summarised the expected service levels on public transport, but do check the detail with operators themselves.

First | Damory | More | Yellow Buses | South Western Railway | Great Western Railway | CrossCountry Trains

Christmas Eve – Monday 24 December
  • First – Saturday service until 8pm. Route 6 on a non-school weekday timetable
  • Damory – normal Monday service
  • More – Saturday service on all routes, with the exception of extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16, a normal weekday service on X1, X2, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 125, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango, the termination of the 11pm X3 from Bournemouth at Ringwood, the cancellation of the 0.10am X3 from Salisbury and no service on Nightbus N1 and N2
  • Yellow Buses – Saturday service with the exception of routes 1b (Somerford Estate), 18, 33, 36 and 737 on weekday services. Early finish around 8pm
  • South West Coaches – Saturday service on most routes
  • South Western Railway – revised service from 7pm, planned cancellations, trains stopping short of normal destinations and no trains from 10pm
  • Great Western Railway – services finishing early between 9.30pm and 10.30pm. Engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – early close down
Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December
  • First – no service
  • Damory – no service
  • More – special timetable on routes m1 and m2 only between 8am and 8pm extended to Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch
  • Yellow Buses – no service
  • South West Coaches – no service
  • South Western Railway – no service
  • Great Western Railway – no service
  • CrossCountry Trains – no service
Boxing Day – Wednesday 26 December
  • First – Special Sunday service until 8pm. No service 7
  • Damory – no service
  • More – Sunday timetable on routes m1 (starting at 6am from Poole and 5.50am from Castlepoint), m2 (6.15am from Poole and 6.34am from Southbourne), 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 40, 50, X3 and X8, only
  • Yellow Buses – special service on routes 1/1a, 2, 3, 5/5a and 6
  • South West Coaches – no service
  • South Western Railway – no service
  • Great Western Railway – no service
  • CrossCountry Trains – no service
Thursday 27 December
  • First – Saturday service on most routes. No night bus on service 1
  • Damory – normal weekday service
  • More – Saturday service on all routes with the exception of extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16, a normal weekday service on X1, X2, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 125, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango, the termination of the 11pm X3 from Bournemouth at Ringwood and the cancellation of the 0.10am X3 from Salisbury
  • Yellow Buses – Saturday service on all routes with the exception of a weekday service on routes 1b, 18, 33, 36 and 737
  • South West Coaches – Saturday service on most routes
  • South Western Railway – industrial action. Engineering work at London Waterloo
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
 Friday 28 December
  • First – Saturday service on most routes. No night bus on service 1
  • Damory – normal weekday service
  • More –  Saturday service on all routes with the exception of extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16, a normal weekday service on X1, X2, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 125, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango
  • Yellow Buses – Saturday service on all routes with the exception of a weekday service on routes 1b, 18, 33, 36 and 737
  • South West Coaches – normal weekday service
  • South Western Railway – engineering work at London Waterloo
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
Saturday 29 December
  • First – normal Saturday service on most routes
  • Damory – normal Saturday service
  • More – normal Saturday service
  • Yellow Buses – normal Saturday service
  • South West Coaches – normal Saturday service
  • South Western Railway – normal service except for planned engineering work
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
Sunday 30 December
  • First – normal Sunday service on most routes
  • Damory – no service
  • More – normal Sunday service
  • Yellow Buses – normal Sunday service
  • South West Coaches – no service
  • South Western Railway – normal service except for planned engineering work
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
New Years Eve – Monday 31 December
  • First – Saturday service on most routes until 8pm. Route 6 on a non-school weekday timetable. No route 7
  • Damory – normal Monday service
  • More – Saturday service including nightbus N1 and N2 through to the new year with the exception of some extra early morning journeys on routes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16, a Monday service on routes X1, X2, X8, 24, 38, 112, 119, 125, 191, 193, Ringo and Cango, the termination of the 11pm X3 service from Bournemouth at Ringwood and the cancellation of the 0.10am X3 service from Salisbury
  • Yellow Buses – Saturday service with the exception of routes 1b 18, 33, 36 and 737. Early finish around 8pm
  • South West Coaches – Saturday service on most routes
  • South Western Railway – industrial action. Special timetables for New Year celebrations
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
New Years Day – Tuesday 1 January 2019
  • First – no service
  • Damory – no service
  • More – special timetables operate on routes m1/m2, 8/9 and 13 and a Sunday service on routes 5, 6, 16, 17 and X3, only
  • Yellow Buses – special service on routes 1/1a, 2, 3, 5/5a and 6
  • South West Coaches – no service
  • South Western Railway – no service
  • Great Western Railway – engineering work at Westbury
  • CrossCountry Trains – normal service expected out of Bournemouth
Wednesday 2 January 2019

Normal service restored on all operators with the exception of Yellow Buses with some routes on different timetables for the following week.

Industrial action

Ongoing RMT Industrial Action is expected to take place on Saturday 22, Thursday 27 and Monday 31 December affecting South Western Railway.

Sandbanks Ferry

Ferry expected to return to service follow annual-refit during week commence Monday 17 December.

On Christmas Day, half-hourly service from 8am until 6.10pm. Leaving Sandbanks at ’00 and ’30 and from Shell Bay at ’10 and ’40 minutes past each hour.

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Lyme Regis Harbour masters office works set up due to start

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:35

On Monday 17 December, set up for improvements works to the Lyme Regis Harbour Master’s Office is scheduled to begin. The works will start on Thursday 3 January and will be completed in May 2019. We don’t expect any disruption and the harbour will be accessible to everyone as normal.

The project will see the existing structure modernised and extended. You can read more about the project here.

Increasing custom at the historic harbour

The number of customers received at the Harbour is increasing. The designs for the new building will have additions to ensure that these growing numbers are well facilitated.

Contractors CG Fry will be updating local residents and businesses regularly with progress on the project.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:13
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth.
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Unsung Hero 2018: Boccia club founder Gemma Mitchell, who has cerebral palsy, is the South winner

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 06:18
Gemma Mitchell, who founded and runs Victoria Community Boccia Club despite having cerebral palsy, is South's Unsung Hero winner for 2018.
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County Lines: Drug gangs destroying lives and communities

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:03
Young and vulnerable people are being exploited by drug gangs from large urban areas in a practice called County Lines.
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Longer Dorset hospital travel times 'won't affect patients'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:09
A review finds extended hospital journey times make "no difference", which campaigners say "beggars belief".
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Burgled Veterans' Forge metalwork project helped by grant

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:10
Burglars stole machinery and tools that were being used to build a beacon for Armistice Day.
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District Council welcomes toll increase decision

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:15

Purbeck District Council has welcomed news that the Secretary of State for Transport has refused an application for toll increases for the Sandbanks to Studland Ferry.

 

Following objections to the increases by local residents, businesses and councils, the application by the Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company was referred to the Secretary of State who decided that a local Public Inquiry should be held.

Six local councils* worked together to object to the proposed increases, and a barrister presented their case to an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State at the public inquiry in September 2018.

The Inspector has now reported to The Secretary of State and, on 12 December 2018, confirmation was received that the application had been refused.

The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector’s conclusions that, although a replacement ferry will be necessary at some stage, there was no confirmation that a toll rise would result in this being achieved.

The Secretary of State also agreed there is no assurance that the ferry replacement reserve would be safeguarded and reach the level required to enable a replacement vessel. He said the fact the ferry replacement fund was not ring fenced and did not provide for an assured separate fund was “a significant area of concern.”

The Bournemouth Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company must wait at least another 12 months before it can make another application.

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council said:  “We welcome the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse the application.

“We had grave concerns that the proposed increases would only benefit the ferry company, whilst leaving residents who rely on the ferry disadvantaged.

“The increases would also have a detrimental effect on our local economy and the district’s already-congested roads, so the company needs to radically alter its approach to its ferry replacement fund before it makes another application.”

* The six councils were Purbeck District Council; Swanage Town Council; Corfe Castle Parish Council; Studland Parish Council; Wareham St Martin Parish Council; and Worth Matravers Parish Council.

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South Western Railway strikes planned for Christmas week

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:09
The RMT union says South Western Railway workers will hold 24-hour strikes on 27 and 31 December.
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Sandbanks Ferry planned fare increases blocked by government

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:05
The government has turned down permission for Sandbanks Ferry to increase its fares by 2021.
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New recruits hitting the road

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:23

After the extreme weather of last winter – which saw 24-hour working to keep strategic roads open – the 10 largest vehicles in the Dorset Highways gritting fleet have been named by residents.

Martin Hill of Dorset Highways said: “During the snow events of February and March quite a number of people got in touch and asked whether we could name our gritters like other authorities have, so we challenged residents to come up with Dorset-themed names for our dedicated vehicles.”

We enjoyed reading through the many suggestions, and the names are now being unveiled:

  • Chillingstone
  • Cold-Harbour
  • Gold Chill
  • Spreadisbury
  • Ice Maiden Newton
  • Osmington Chills
  • Wooly Monkey
  • Wimborne Monster
  • Polar Bere Regis
  • Cerne Giant’s Chilly

The final names were chosen by the gritter drivers and, where possible, the vehicles are being named after the route they serve.

Dorset Highways’ winter service started on 1 November with more than 80 drivers on a shift pattern to ensure 22 drivers can jump into action for any 12-hour period.

Twenty-two main routes cover the 680-miles of road that make up the gritted network, which accounts for 27 per cent of the county council’s roads.

Follow @TravelDorset to stay up to date with this winter’s gritting action. You can also find all gritting information online.

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