On Wednesday (22 August) local action groups and residents with concerns about elements of the Clinical Services Review will discuss the proposals with county and district councillors.
Dorset’s Health and Scrutiny Committee has created a special task and finish group to look at, and consider, concerns from residents about the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group’s review.
The committee scrutinises the way health services are provided in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole). It’s made up of district, borough and county councillors and is hosted by Dorset County Council.
They can make recommendations to various health bodies, including the NHS, and Dorset County Council.
As task and finish group meetings are not public, representatives from local groups – including Defend NHS Dorset and Healthwatch Dorset, as well as a number of concerned individuals, have been invited to join the meeting so they can have their say.
Dorset County Councillor Ray Bryan is Chair of the task and finish group. He said:
“We understand how vital local health and care services are to our residents and acknowledge that there are a lot of concerns about parts of the Clinical Services Review. It is right that their views and opinions are heard, which is why we’re having this meeting.
“Dorset County Council’s Cabinet also recognises how important this matter is and fully supports this opportunity for residents to discuss their issues with councillors in more detail.”
The Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee has received concerns from Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole residents. Bournemouth and Poole councils both have their own scrutiny committees for their areas.
When something affects health services across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, a pan-Dorset committee can be established. However, the Dorset committee can still scrutinise and make decisions on specific issues that will have an impact on its residents.
After the meeting on Wednesday, the working group will then give an update to the Dorset Health and Scrutiny Committee in September, with a full report to follow at a later meeting.
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The installation of the new play area at The Marsh, Weymouth will now commence on Tuesday 28 August.
The installation was initially delayed at the end of June, following the discovery of contaminated substances in the soil and has been subsequently delayed due to the complex nature of the preparatory ground work.
For health and safety reasons, a membrane will be laid across the entire footprint of the new play area and the ground level will be raised importing extra topsoil to a depth of 0.5 metres to enable the equipment to be fitted. By increasing soil levels it guarantees that any footings will not enter the waste pile and disturb the contaminated material.
The original design covered a large area of land, but in order to keep cost down the footprint of the play area has had to be reduced. The additional groundworks to accommodate the installation of the play equipment has increased the cost of the project by £10K.
Councillor Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “Although the delays have been disappointing, the health and safety of our visitors is imperative. The additional soil and redesign of the play area ensures this and I am so pleased to hear that work will commence again shortly.”
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New rules set out in the Weymouth & Portland Anti-Social Behaviour Related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) 2018 come into effect on Monday 20 August.PSPO introduced by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
The PSPO will be in place in restricted areas within the borough of Weymouth and in Easton Square, Portland. They relate to begging, cycling on the promenade, feeding gulls and the consumption of alcohol in public places.
This follows views expressed in a public consultation and approval given at by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
New signs have been placed around the borough to make people aware of the PSPO and maps explaining where the rules apply can be viewed on dorsetforyou.gov.uk.
The provisions contained within the PSPO will complement Police and other council measures as well as the multi-agency funded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme which is soon to be launched.Cycling along the promenade
Rules on cycling along the promenade will be relaxed, now only restricting cycling between 10am and 5.30pm from Good Friday to 31 October annually (both dates inclusive). Right of way will remain with pedestrians.Consuming alcohol in public places
Within the restricted areas, the PSPO will make it an offence to continue to consume alcohol where a constable or authorised officer has directed someone not to do so, in the reasonable belief that such a direction is necessary to prevent public nuisance, public order or anti-social behaviour.
A constable or authorised officer can require anyone to surrender anything which they believe to be alcohol or a container for alcohol. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if there is no reasonable excuse not to comply with the requirement.Intentional feeding of gulls
Within the restricted areas, the PSPO will make it an offence for any person to provide or deposit food, intentionally, for the consumption of gulls. This measure has been introduced to help tackle the growing problem of gulls causing alarm, annoyance and injury.Begging
New rules banning begging within the restricted area, will also be introduced. Begging issues have been identified by the borough council, police, residents and shop owners, over the last few years.
Responses to the public consultation made it clear, measures are wanted to deter begging in the town centre. Begging is already prohibited on the promenade under local Byelaws.
Cllr Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said:
“We understand the difficulties of situations that lead individuals to begging, and will continue to be sensitive to people genuinely in need of our support. However, Fixed Penalty Notices will be available if there is no other alternative to tackle the problem.
“The aim of these measures is simple. We want our lovely public spaces kept free from anti-social behaviour, so they can be enjoyed by all.
“I am especially pleased that cycling in the summer during quieter periods will now be welcomed along the promenade, as we are keen to do what we can to promote fitness and physical activity.”
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West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland Councils have begun consulting on the ‘Preferred Options’ for their Joint Local Plan Review. Find out what a local plan review is and why it’s taking place.Local Plan Review: Have your say What is a local plan?
The Local Plan sets the overarching vision, strategic priorities and policies for development growth in the plan area.
It identifies land to meet future Housing, Employment, Health and Retail needs and guides decisions about future development.Why are we reviewing the plan?
The current local plan was adopted by West Dorset District Council and by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in October 2015. Although it’s only a short time since the joint Local Plan came into effect, national policy requires a complete a review of the plan every five years.
This review needs to identify additional land capable of meeting housing needs. This means providing enough sites to enable the development of 15,880 homes by 2036.Why 15,880 Homes?
The Government have introduced a standard approach to calculating housing numbers. This is based on the increase in population and the affordability of homes in the area. The target for the plan area is 794 homes per year. The councils are required to deliver this level of growth.
This local plan review covers the period from 2016 to 2036 – a 20 year period. The plan therefore needs to make provision for a minimum of 15,880 new dwellings. The Preferred Options identifies sites for 19,000 homes which is significantly above the identified need.What are the Preferred Options?
We consulted on a wide range of potential sites through an Issues & Options public consultation in early 2017. Taking account of comments received from the general public, landowners and infrastructure providers as well as new evidence a preferred set of sites have now been identified.
We are now asking for views on these preferred sites, which are located at:
- Wyke Oliver Farm, Weymouth
- West of Southill, Chickerell
- Former Tented Camp on Mandeville Road, Weymouth
- Land North of Dorchester
- Land West of Charminster
- Woodberry Down extension, Lyme Regis
- Extension to Barton Farm, Sherborne
- North and South of Bradford Road, Sherborne
The preferred options consultation is your opportunity to have a say on the preferred approach for future development. The information and insight provided by the consultation will be used to inform councillor decision making.
Once approved, the policies set out in the plan will be the starting point for making decisions on planning applications. We need to ensure new homes and businesses are in the locations that meet the needs of the growing population, but also respect Dorset’s special environment.
The consultation material is available on our website where you will also find a form through which you can submit your comments Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The feedback we receive will influence the final decisions we take.When can I have my say?
You can have your say right now. Have a look through the proposals set out in our ‘Preferred Options’ document.
Following this, send us your comments through our consultation form online, by email or post.
- Online: dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning-policy-consultation
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ
If you’ve got any questions before sending in your response, come down to one of our roadshow events. These are also taking place across the area. You’ll be able to see maps of the preferred options, speak with our planning officers and ask any question you may have about the review.Roadshow events: Location Date Time Sherborne, Digby Memorial Hall Wednesday 29 August 10am to 7pm Portland, St Georges Centre Thursday 30 August 10am to 7pm Dorchester, South Walks House Friday 31 August 10am to 7pm Crossways, Village Hall Tuesday 4 September 10am to 7pm Charminster, Village Hall Thursday 6 September 10am to 7pm Beaminster, Town Hall Friday 7 September 10am to 7pm Lyme Regis, Woodmead Hall Monday 10 September 10am to 7pm Weymouth, Redlands Sport Centre Wednesday 12 September 10am to 7pm Bridport, Leisure Centre Thursday 13 September 10am to 7pm Chickerell, Willowbed Hall Friday 14th September 10am to 7pm
In Lyme Regis, hidden under the road and only properly seen from the riverbed, lies the third oldest bridge in Dorset.
Buddle Bridge is a single span bridge with four equally spaced, pointed segmental, ashlar ribs – most likely dating from the early 14th century.
Since 1998, Dorset Highways has been working towards replacing load-bearing stonework, which has eroded to the point of failure and is essential to the bridge’s survival.Condition of the bridge
Looking downstream, the second and fourth ribs were replaced in 1971. The originals were
missing (presumably having collapsed a long time ago) with the springer stones worn back to the abutments by the elements. The replacement ribs remain in good condition.
The remaining two, original ribs are extremely weathered; to the extent that, in parts, only 50% of the original section is estimated to remain. Previous repairs to sections of the ribs are visible and some of these repairs are also damaged. Other parts of the original stonework to the ribs were found to be cracked and delaminated.
If either of these ribs were to collapse the structure probably would remain supported by the three remaining ribs, but there might be further localised collapse of the main arch barrel – risking damage to the road over the bridge, which is the main route through Lyme Regis.The road to repair
The original scheme was to replace the worn stones in two of the arch ribs and strengthen the concrete footway adjacent to the bridge. In 1998, Listed Building Consent (LBC) was granted for this work but budget constraints forced the work to be cancelled.
The reinforced concrete footway was eventually rebuilt in 2007. In 2015, a re-application for LBC was submitted for the arch rib work but was rejected because it was considered that too much of the original, historic material was to be removed.
After further reports by archaeologists and consultant conservation engineers it was proposed to only replace the missing or badly eroded parts of the arch rib stones, leaving as much of the original stonework as possible.
Though losing some of the sense of age from weathered stonework, it was agreed this approach would retain the bridge’s considerable historical and archaeological significance, as well as preserving any aesthetic value by keeping the shape and form of the structure.
So, 17 years into the project, the next challenge was finding a suitable material to use as replacement stones in the arch rib.
The original stone was identified as Salcombe Stone, which is no longer commercially quarried. As it was known that Exeter Cathedral uses this type of stone (along with 25 other types), the Clerk of Works for the cathedral restoration was contacted. He confirmed that only five cubic metres of Salcombe Stone is quarried each year and it is all stored for use at the cathedral.
After long discussions between engineers, planning consent officers and England Heritage, the use of Purbeck Inland Freestone as a substitute for Salcombe Stone was accepted, as it represented an ‘honest’ repair – being obvious though not too obvious.Carrying out the repairs
At last, work started in July 2018 to replace three stone blocks in the first rib and repair 19 stone blocks in the first and third rib.
Repairs to the bridge will be finished by the end of this month (August).Manhandling the stone into position Repair work, looking downstream left Repair work, looking downstream right
A development for up to 140 homes on land to the north-west of Crossways has been approved by West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee today.Indicative illustration of the proposed development north-west of Crossways
The proposed development is on land identified for housing in the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan Preferred Options, which is currently the subject of public consultation. The land is currently used for agricultural purposes.
The site was previously granted outline planning permission in 2016 for a similarly described proposal with 85 dwellings. This has since increased by an additional 55 dwellings with 35% being assigned as affordable housing.
The development will include; associated infrastructure, access onto Frome Valley Road, children’s play space and landscaping.
The proposal also includes a large area of open space (5.62 hectares) which is seen as an environmental benefit that is supported by Natural England and Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “We welcome the outline approval of a further West Dorset housing scheme; a development which is already identified in our preferred options consultation document.
“Not only will this development help us meet the 5 Year Land Supply target it will also provide a significant open space for the benefit of Crossways residents.”
West Dorset District Council together with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council want to see 20,000 more homes built in the combined area by 2033 under the Opening Doors campaign. This approved application will help to achieve this shared goal.
Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Like many areas, West Dorset has a housing shortage. Opening Doors aims to encourage developers and bring more housing schemes forward.
“So far we have had a brilliant result from residents signing up to the Home Ownership Register and it has provided us with essential insight on the local housing need.”
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Christchurch High Street and Bargates will see litter bins replaced later this month.
Christchurch Borough Council are working with the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) to replace the current bins with larger 240 litre wheelie-type bins. Fewer bins will be installed, although their visibility will be more prominent within the area, and they will reduce the need for using bin bags and liners. The new bins collectively will increase the waste capacity in the High Street and Bargates by 20%.
Jonathan Ross, Property, Engineering and Car Parks Manager for Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, said: “Many of the current litter bins on the High Street and in Bargates are in a poor condition and need replacing, so I am pleased that ten new bins will be installed by mid-September.
“The new, larger bins were chosen by councillors to meet the needs of the borough and have animal proof lids. This should have a positive impact on keeping the High Street and Bargates clear of litter.
“Christchurch is a beautiful place which is enjoyed by both residents and visitors, and is especially busy during the summer months. We hope that the public continue to take care of Christchurch by using these new bins responsibly.”
Bin replacement work will begin on 27 August 2018.
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As we take the Peninsula outline planning application through the official planning process, now is a good time to highlight some key points, answer some commonly asked questions and bust some development myths.The existing Weymouth Peninsula site
This is the first in a three part series that aims to address some of the more commonly asked questions about the Peninsula development. Stay tuned for part two which will be uploaded next week.
- What is currently happening?
The outline planning application will soon be assessed by the planning team. Key stakeholders and members of the public have submitted their comments and any points that relate to the application will be reviewed before the application is taken to Planning Committee. At this point the application will be judged on its own merits and in accordance with official planning policy.
2. What is an outline planning application?
Applications for outline planning permission seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward. It does not include detailed design, e.g. the colour or look of the buildings, where disabled parking spaces will be, or what leisure companies might be on the site. These points will be considered at a later date.
3. What are the Council’s considerations in its role as developer and planning authority?
The considerations are completely separate. Officers involved with the development of the Peninsula proposals are within the Assets and Infrastructure Service and have no involvement with processing the planning application. Members of the Council’s Planning Committee will judge the application on its merits in due course.
4. Why does the council wish to develop the site?
This important and high-profile site has become rundown and needs regenerating. The Peninsula proposals have gone through multiple periods of public engagement and have received input from leading market experts, as well as local businesses and stakeholders.
The decision to follow a leisure-led scheme was taken by the council’s management committee in 2016. It was informed by expert reports, consultation results and accords with the council’s policies.
The outline planning application submitted in May 2018 is consistent with the town centre Masterplan’s overarching aim, and shared vision, of transforming the town into a year-round destination.
5. Is the scheme viable?
Yes, the financial case has been investigated and modeled by the council’s consultants Cushman & Wakefield to ensure it is viable and realistic, with a clear long term return for the council through rents and leasehold agreements. This is why it is important to have a mix of leisure, restaurants, hotels and public space on the site.
We will be uploading a series of FAQ newsroom posts as the Peninsula development progresses to make it easy to stay updated and informed. Part two will be posted early next week, so watch this space.
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