Driver dies in two-car Puddletown bypass crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:29
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash on the A35 Puddletown road in Dorset to contact them.
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Chase half marathon: Strangers resuscitate collapsed runner

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:14
Carolyn Bell and Caroline Easton had never met before teaming up to perform CPR on a stranger.
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Which projects in Lyme Regis are benefiting from £123,000?

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:58

The District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council are delighted to be working together to support local projects in and around Lyme Regis.

Cllr Daryl Turner, ward member for Lyme Regis and Charmouth, said: “We appreciate the effect that grants like these can have on local sport, cultural and community projects. There are some exciting new and established projects that will really be able to see the impact of this money for generations to come”.

“Valuable support for community”

Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, ward member for Lyme Regis and Charmouth and member of Lyme Regis Town Council, said: “The funding will be of huge benefit, not only to the successful organisations but also the wider community. A wide variety of projects and organisations have been awarded funding. This provides valuable support for community and social infrastructure in Lyme Regis.”

List of projects

Section 106 money [contributions from local developers] totalling £123,000 have been allocated to a variety of projects such as grants to:

  • Lyme Regis Football Club towards their new 60 seater grandstand
  • Lyme Regis Sea School Trust to purchase 3 new dinghies
  • Lyme Regis gig club to purchase a new Pilot Gig
  • Uplyme and Lyme Regis cricket club to purchase a new roller
  • 1st Lyme Valley scout group to refurbish their toilets and storage area at the Scout Hut
  • Lyme Regis development Trust for a community workshop
  • The Town Mill Trust for all-weather pathways and an electro hydraulic acutator
  • Town Mill Arts Lyme Regis Ltd to create a garden with a sculpture display area
  • A better lighting system for the Marine Theatre
  • The town council for their project to bring illumination to the Langmoor and Lister Gardens
  • Lyme Regis allotment association for a realignment of the main vehicle entrance

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Last opportunity to comment on draft Purbeck Local Plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:15

The draft Purbeck Local Plan 2018-2034 will be published between 22 October and 3 December 2018. During this period, people can comment on the Plan and its policies.All comments received will then be passed to an independent planning inspector who will examine the plan before it can be adopted in autumn 2019 and used to determine planning applications.

Purbeck District Council has engaged with town and parish councils, individuals and residents’ groups to produce the draft Purbeck Local Plan. It has also been the subject of public consultations in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Many people expressed concern during the 2016 consultation about the number of extra homes, so the Council pledged to fully review the plan and to look at the possibility of restricting the number of second homes and providing more affordable homes.

New guidance was received from the Government in autumn 2017 which estimated fewer extra new homes were needed: 1,700 compared with 3,080 extra new homes specified in 2016.

Following this, the most recent consultation took place in early 2018 and focused primarily on housing. Over 8,000 residents, businesses and organisations completed a paper questionnaire and telephone survey.

Taking into account feedback received during the consultations and technical information and data, the Purbeck Local Plan was drafted and presented to Purbeck District Council on Tuesday 9 October 2018.

At the meeting, Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, commented: “We said throughout the review process we would listen and we have. The plan before you is a very different to that consulted on in 2016 – half the numbers – in my opinion a huge improvement.

“I hope this document will get us to an adopted plan, which is the most important thing for the defence of this district. Without a valid plan, we are open to the threat of speculative developers.”

Councillor Suttle continued: “Many people have worked hard on this draft plan, not just Councillors and District Council staff, but local people and groups who have been invaluable in bringing up many points and improvements that we have been able to adopt.

“It has been impossible to get the numbers as low as some of you would like, but together we have persevered to draft this plan.

“We have listened throughout the process and I reiterate that we are still listening and will make changes if we need to. The people of the district remain our priority.”

People should submit their comments online at  between 22 October and 3 December 2018.

Only comments received during this period can be considered by the inspector.

If anyone needs assistance, they should contact the Planning Policy team at Purbeck District Council at or telephone 01929 557260.

The draft plan, supporting documentation and response form can be found at from 22 October 2018

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Police probe after man dies at Bournemouth business park

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:09
A man, who has not yet been identified, was found in cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
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Win a family ticket to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park!

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:52

Fancy a day out to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park? 

Good news, we’ve got two family tickets to give away! Each ticket allows entry for two adults and two children to Weymouth Sea Life, valid for a year from the issue date.

For your chance to win one of the tickets, all you need to do is enter your name and email using the link below. You must be a Dorset resident to take part.

Two winners will be selected at random on 31 October 2018 and we’ll email you to let you know whether you’ve won. The winners of the competition will need to respond within seven days, letting us know their postal address so we can send the tickets (this will need to be a Dorset address). If winners do not confirm their address within seven days of notification, we will need to pick another winner.

Please note, the tickets do not include admission for the Jurassic Skyline, or the Christmas Cabin.

Good luck and don’t forget to sign up to receive the Family Information Service e-newsletter to hear about future competitions, childcare, schools, local events and activities and much more!

Please read below terms and conditions before entering.

Enter competition

Terms and conditions
  1. Dorset County Council staff will be excluded from the competition
  2. Entry is open to Dorset residents only and if a winner provides a postal address outside of Dorset the prize will be forfeited, and a new winner chosen at random
  3. Tickets can only be redeemed during Weymouth Sea Life’s opening hours (last admission one hour before closing) which can be found at
  4. Tickets do not include entry to the Jurassic Skyline, or the Christmas Cabin for the Christmas event
  5. Winner must comply with Weymouth Sea Life’s terms and conditions, which are printed on the back of the tickets. For details, please email
  6. Family ticket provides one free admission for two adults and two children (visit for more information)
  7. Tickets are valid for one year from issue date
  8. Two winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries and contacted via email from Dorset County Council to request a valid postal address
  9. If winners do not respond to Dorset County Council within seven days of the first notification, then the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be chosen at random
  10. Tickets will be sent by post to successful entrants, Dorset County Council will not be responsible for tickets which are lost, stolen or damaged during transit
  11. Only the official Weymouth Sea Life tickets provided can be used to redeem the prize, Dorset County Council will not be able to replace lost, damaged or stolen tickets
  12. Prize includes admission to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park only: food, drink and transport will not be provided
  13. No cash alternative is available for the prize and it cannot be exchanged
  14. Prizes are not for resale and are not transferable
  15. Dorset County Council reserve the right to cancel, amend, terminate or suspend this promotion at any time with no liability to any entrant
  16. If for any reason (beyond the control of Dorset County Council) the promotion does not function correctly, then Dorset County Council retain the right to cancel, modify or suspend the promotion
  17. Dorset County Council’s decision in all matters relating to the promotion is final and binding
  18. If there are grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant, Dorset County Council retain the right to disqualify the entrant from the promotion
  19. Your data will not be used for anything other than contacting you in relation to this competition and will not be shared with any other third-party organisation. See our full Data Protection statement for how we use your data

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Free Public Wi-Fi now at Charmouth Beach

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:56

Charmouth Beach has recently joined the front line of digital connectivity in the form of free public Wi-Fi. 

The newly installed network now available at Charmouth Beach provides free seamless Wi-Fi connectivity over a significant area on both sides of the River Char at this popular family beach location.

Installation of Charmouth Beach’s free public Wi-Fi was funded as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. The aim is to enhance digital connectivity along Dorset’s coast, thereby promoting and boosting the Dorset economy.  The Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and is coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

Dorset Coastal Connections Project Officer Nikki Parker-Goadsby said, “We are really pleased that Charmouth Beach is benefiting from the Digital Connectivity funding which aims to promote Charmouth Beach to visitors coming to the Dorset coast.  We look forward to more coastal communities also receiving free public Wi-Fi as part of this project over the next year.”

The local Coastal Community Team commented; “We recognise the increasing importance of being connected in this digital world. Both residents and visitors can benefit from instant connection to the internet using the free Wi-Fi, whilst enjoying the Dorset Coast at Charmouth Beach. Not only does it cover the immediate area surrounding the Heritage Centre and beach huts but also extends along East beach on the other side of the river.”

Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Enabling said; “It is fantastic news that free public wi-fi is now available to both residents and visitors to Charmouth Beach. It’s boosting Dorset digitally and is a great addition to a popular seaside family destination.”

What is Dorset Coastal Connections?

Dorset Coastal Connections – people and places is a portfolio project connecting and coordinating 18 coastal sites across Dorset, from Christchurch to Lyme Regis. The range of projects improves connections between our urban coastal areas and rural coastal areas & will promote and sell the Dorset coast as a whole. It is funded by the Coastal Community Fund as well as partner organisations.

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A newly built village school wins national award

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:16

The new Bere Regis primary school, which was completed in December 2016, has won The SPACES Civic Building of the Year award in the category of Innovation.

The school was constructed as part of Dorset County Council’s Purbeck Reorganisation programme and followed the ‘baseline design’ approach developed by the council’s Dorset Property team. Baseline design is a standardised, repeatable design that provides innovative, practical and low-cost solutions, without compromising quality. The main contractor of the project was Morgan Sindall.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“I am pleased with the recognition for Dorset Property working with its Children’s Services Client on the ‘baseline’ school project at Bere Regis. A product of the savings driven from the Purbeck Reorganisation and already a Bronze Considerate Constructors Award Winner.”

The 140-place primary school includes five class bases, a hall, games court, grass playing field and a pre-school facility. The previous old brick building was home to the school for over 80 years and was not large enough or appropriate for teaching today’s curriculum.

The winner was announced at an award ceremony in Cambridge last week (11 October).

See more about the work of the council’s Dorset Property team

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Blasting leaves from the rail lines

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 09:37
High pressure water and sand are applied to the tracks to remove "slippery" leaves.
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Swimming 'helped me overcome depression and anxiety'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 04:21
Maria became depressed when she was unable to fall pregnant but found swimming helped her recover.
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Man admits murdering Stela Domador-Kuzma in Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:41
Stela Domador-Kuzma, from Venezuela, was found dead at a flat in Bournemouth in July.
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Councillors back plans to breathe fresh life into the Peninsula

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:46

Last night, members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council voted in favour of progressing phase one of the Peninsula regeneration scheme.

Peninsula site from above

Support was given for all of the recommendations – including approval for the business case, funding arrangements, and demolition of the former ferry terminal building.

The council’s Harbour Management Board has already supported the Weymouth Peninsula proposals and the scheme will now goes forward to the shadow Dorset Council Formal Executive Committee on November 12. The outline planning application is due to be received by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee on November 28.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said; “Last night’s cross party decision by Full Council sitting as the Harbour Authority to support phase one of the Peninsula development is a massive step forward in bringing the town into the twenty first century. At last we have a clear vision and direction for future generations.

“This is only the first of a series of ambitious regeneration plans which we are sure will bring a boost to the local economy whilst guaranteeing community access. The decision by the Council to maintain control of the development as an all year round attraction – generating annual income for the community – shows our determination to inject new energy into our much loved town creating a legacy site for generations to come.”

Phase one of the Peninsula redevelopment includes; a 100-room hotel, a pub/diner with rooms, improvements to public space and a walkway around the site. It also includes repairs to the harbour walls. All-weather, year-round leisure attractions, marine facilities and restaurants are proposed in phase two.

The planning application is currently ‘live’ as planning officers seek to build up a complete picture of the proposal. Technical information can be received up until the committee date in line with planning procedure. Information has been provided by applicants and other specialists, for example the Environment Agency and Historic England. All of the documents that have been received can be viewed alongside the application at

The existing planning application seeks approval for outline planning consent. As the project progresses there will be an opportunity for local residents and the community to have their say and share their views on the detailed plans for the site.

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20 new homes approved in Longburton

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:21

West Dorset District Council has approved the development of 20 new homes in Longburton.

The scheme, located at a former council transport depot, will provide a mixture of two and three-bedroom homes and will be built by housing association, Aster Group.

‘Transform brownfield site’

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio holder for Planning, said:

“I am pleased this development has been approved. Once completed it will transform a brownfield site and provide key housing for an identified, local housing need.”

Opening Doors

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“Through our Opening Doors Programme, we are working to encourage the development of more homes, especially affordable homes.

“I would encourage local residents looking to own a home, to fill in our Home Ownership Register. This will give us valuable data on where homes are wanted, and will mean we can contact you when homes are available.

“More information about Opening Doors and the Home Ownership Register is available at

‘Stepping stone’

Amanda Williams, group development director at Aster Group, said:

“Shared ownership is often a stepping stone for people to get on the housing ladder. We are thrilled to be delivering these homes in Longburton and pleased to be providing both shared ownership and homes for affordable rent for the local people and look forward to getting the project underway.”

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Council Tax Support to be reviewed in advance of new Dorset Council  

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:10

A public consultation exercise is currently taking place that highlights the options for the Council Tax Support scheme that will be in place for the new Dorset Council.

The online survey invites residents to have their say on the options that may be implemented from 1 April 2019. The survey is now open to the public and will run until 10 December 2018.

What is the Council Tax Support scheme?

Council Taxpayers who are on low income can apply for Council Tax Support (CTS) to help them with their Council Tax. Entitlement to CTS is based on the circumstances and income of the claimant’s household.

Each Council Tax billing authority is required to determine the CTS scheme for its area and has the discretion to determine the principle factors for their scheme, including the maximum support that will be given to working age claimants.

Why is it being revised?

The current two tier system of local government in Dorset is changing from 1 April 2019 and the nine existing councils will be replaced by the following two unitary councils:

  • ·Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, which will provide services covering that area
  • ·Dorset Council, which will provide services covering the rest of the County.

As a result of these changes the existing CTS schemes will effectively cease from that date and Dorset Council will need to agree a new scheme which is affordable, consistent and fair for all residents. Not only for those that receive support but also for those who depend on wider services.

How can I have my say?

Comments can be made by completing the online questionnaire at that do not have access to the internet can be sent a paper questionnaire by phoning 01305 211930. The results of the consultation will be considered in February 2019 when the Dorset Council CTS scheme will be agreed.

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Bringing empty homes back into use

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:23

It’s National Empty Homes Week from 15 to 21 October. To mark the occasion, Dorset Councils Partnership are inviting you to join a national campaign.

National Empty Homes Week aims to raise awareness of empty properties in your area and encourage you to report these to the councils.

205,000 empty homes across England

Data shows that 205,000 homes across England have been empty for more than six months. Over 5000 more than the previous year. This 2.6 per cent rise is the first increase since 2008, although the proportion of England’s homes long-term empty is broadly stable at around 0.85 per cent.

877 homes empty across three council areas

There are currently 217 empty homes in North Dorset, 429 empty homes in West Dorset and 231 empty homes in Weymouth & Portland.

Of the total 877 empty homes across the three council areas, 233 have been empty for over two years.


Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing, said:

“The condition of empty properties can deteriorate rapidly, costing more to insure and eventually repair, especially if they are subject to vandalism or fly-tipping.

“If brought back into use, these homes can contribute towards the local housing demand, and can be an extra source of income for owners.”

Increased council tax

It has been estimated that keeping a property empty could cost as much as £135 a week, or £7,018 every year.

If a property is left empty for over two years, the owner will be charged a Council Tax Premium at a rate of 150 per cent.

For example the owner of an empty property paying £1,867.32 will see their Council Tax Bill increase by £933.66 per year to £2,800.98.

Parliament is proposing a Bill to further increase Council Tax on properties left empty for two years or more. Amendments to the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) bill would also mean councils could increase the premium significantly on empty homes.

Bringing homes back into use

There is a high demand for housing with around 4,300 households on the housing register across the three council areas.

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“We want to take a proactive approach and return as many empty homes back into use as we can.

“I encourage anyone who owns an empty property, or knows of one in their area, to contact our Empty Homes Officers.”

Empty Homes Officers work with landlords to provide support, guidance and encouragement in order to return empty homes to use.

Partners are also on hand to give tailored letting advice and financial support.

In North Dorset, Ten long term empty homes were brought back into use by the Empty Homes Officer in 2017/18. Five have been brought back into use this year.

In West Dorset, 24 long term empty homes were brought into use by the Empty Homes Officer between in 2017/18. 15 homes have been brought back into use so far this year.

In Weymouth & Portland, seven long term empty homes were brought back into use by the Empty Homes Officer in 2017/18. Six homes have brought back into use this year.


Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Councils Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“With our housing shortage, it is wrong to have homes empty unnecessarily.

“Refurbishing and repairing empty properties helps to improve the look and feel of a neighbourhood. If a property needs renovation, in certain circumstances owners could be eligible for a low cost loan.”

Low cost funding is available through Wessex Resolutions CIC when supported by the council. Loans of up to £15,000 may be offered.

More information about loans and grants can be found via or by contacting our Empty Homes Officers on 01305 252469.


If you would like to report a property which you believe is empty, please contact our Empty Homes Officers on 01305 252469 or via email at

You can find out more by stopping by our roadshow events in Dorchester and Weymouth during Empty Homes Week.

  • Tuesday 16 October from 10.30 to 14.30 – South Street, Dorchester
  • Friday 19 October from 10.30 to 14.30 – New Bond Street, Weymouth


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Video competition: How far does your litter travel?

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:41

A new video competition is being launched to highlight the sources of Dorset’s plastic pollution problem.

Litter Free Dorset wants your videos to inspire change and reduce litter across the county.

‘Litter Travels’ can be about any aspect of litter and its journey – as plastic and other rubbish can travel from our roadsides and streets, through drains, down rivers and into our oceans.

The team want to see videos that explore the litter journey and inspire people to ‘Be the solution, not the pollution.’

A shortlist will be selected by judges, including McDonalds in Weymouth and Dorset Devils founder Peter Ryan. The final shortlist will then be put to public vote through social media.

The prize for the most innovative and creative video will be a 4K Panasonic Camcorder.

How to get Involved

For information on the competition and how to enter click here

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Format: MP4 video file

Max length: 2 minutes


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Alistair Collier: Kayaker's family raise funds for the RNLI

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:22
Nearly £5,000 is raised for the RNLI by the family of a kayaker who died during a race.
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Free bike security day

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 16:45

Cyclists can get their bikes security marked for free in Weymouth this Saturday. (13/10)

Bike security

The event, which will run from 1pm-3pm on the Rodwell Trail near the White Bridge overlooking the Marsh, has been funded by the Dorset Community Safety Partnership, which includes Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

The funding, of around £1,300, means Dorset Police can hold bike marking sessions, where bikes are marked with codes so they can be identified. Under the scheme, tamper-proof stickers with QR codes are fixed to the bike’s frame. The owner’s details are recorded in a database. This means that if a marked bike is stolen and later recovered, the owner can be identified.

Security measures see bike returned

The event follows a successful bike marking day in Weymouth last Saturday (6/10) which saw hundreds of bikes marked. One of the bikes marked last week has already been successfully recovered and will be returned to its owner.

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Car park plan for £1m Dorchester church approved

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 16:41
A council spent nearly £1m on the church to make way for a planned retail development.
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Three arrested over shot fired at Christchurch bus

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:30
A pellet went through the window of a bus in Dorset, shattering glass on the other side.
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