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Still time to have a say about dogs in North Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:37

Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset have until 2 March to have their say about rules concerning dogs.

Dogs in public places

People are being asked what they think about dogs in public places, like parks, and also when they should be on a lead.

After considering people’s views, North Dorset District Council will produce a new dog related Public Spaces Protection Order.

 

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “We would like to hear your views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. We will then try to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

 

“I would like to urge everyone, dog owners and non-dog owners, to complete the survey online, it is very easy and only takes about five minutes. Your views count so please do have a say.

“North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem.” 

 

Have your say

The survey is available online here: dorsetforyou.com/your-say-dogs-north

 

If you are not online paper copies are available in North Dorset libraries and the district council’s Nordon office.   

 

The district council has to consult on current dog related orders and proposed changes under the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  The district council has to consult on these orders every three years to ensure the public’s views are considered.

 

The survey, which began in December, will run until 2 March 2018.

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'Thomas Hardy' Wool Bridge collapses into River Frome

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:59
It featured in one of his books and was considered the best preserved Elizabethan bridge in Dorset.
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Rescue team to free entangled humpback whale off Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:26
People are asked to report sightings of the humpback whale, which is tangled in fishing gear.
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Good news for users of the service 5

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:37

Damory, the bus company, have confirmed that they will operate an experimental service throughout the day on the current service 5 routing.

The operator has already confirmed it will provide Dorset County Council’s statutory obligation to transport entitled children to school.

The trial service will provide a range of journeys between 8am and 6pm, including including school holidays and Saturdays. It will include peak time journeys between Crossways and Dorchester at times suitable for commuters as well as daytime journeys throughout the whole service 5 route.

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

“I am very pleased that Damory have agreed to offer this service & would take this opportunity to thank them.  I would also like to thank the County Councils Travel Team for all the hard work that makes these things happen.

I would encourage residents to make full use of this service to ensure its ongoing viability”

Damory Managing Director Andrew Wickham, said:

“We are delighted be working in partnership with Dorset County Council to provide this service. Our team is committed to helping as many of our customers as possible travel across the region, and this trial initiative is part of that.

‘It is important, moving forwards, that local people make good use of the service – so we can continue providing these extra journeys in the longer term.”

View the timetable

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Army bids farewell to Lynx helicopter with flypast tour

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:59
The farewell flypast has been organised to mark the helicopter's 40 years of service.
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TE Lawrence's grave site 'under threat' from quarry plans

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:06
Plans for three quarries could "spoil" the setting of TE Lawrence's grave in a Dorset churchyard.
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Twelve projects that will affect your borough in 2018 if you live in Weymouth and Portland

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:59

Exciting times lie ahead for the residents of Weymouth and Portland. From accelerated home-building to transforming our local parks, it’s going to be a busy and productive year. Below are just some of the projects that are in the pipeline, including an ambitious plan to make the borough a year-round destination.

By: John Lord

1. Local Government Reorganisation

The proposal of two unitary councils for the county – one for urban Dorset and another for the rural parts of the county – is a way to protect local services, generate further economic growth and provide structure to local councils around the community they serve and represent. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said he is ‘minded to’ approve the proposals.

Councils had until 8 January to make representations to the Secretary of State. Once the Secretary of State’s decision has been made on the proposal, any final decision will be subject to Parliamentary approval.

2. Boost for plans to transform Radipole

A plan to restore Radipole Park and Gardens has received a major boost after securing initial National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

This plan is likely to include a new café, toilets, a bog garden, pond, wildlife area, a water feature in the children’s play area and a drainage system to tackle flooding in the playing fields. It will also cover improving the path network, upgrading the car park surfacing, fencing the tennis courts and improving the multi-use games area and basketball courts.

3. Campaign to build more homes will gather pace

We have joined forces with West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council for the Opening Doors programme. This aims to speed up home-building in our areas with the aim of building 20,000 homes by 2033. Find out more about the programme at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk

4. The Weymouth Peninsula redevelopment

The Peninsula redevelopment is part of an ambitious plan to regenerate the town. The plan aims to strengthen the town’s tourism appeal and make it a year-round destination – for both residents and tourists.

Funds have been allocated for the testing and design work required to take the redevelopment of the Peninsula forward. We have already approved £250,000 for a major external makeover for the iconic Pavilion Theatre, which should be under way later this year.

Potential leisure facilities are being explored as part of the redevelopment. It is set to involve a mix of quality hotels, eateries and a series of indoor all year-round activity offerings. Over 50 companies have already expressed a keen interest in being involved, including rock climbing and indoor surfing facilities.

The plan aims to provide additional employment and boost the economic prosperity of the seaside town. Look out for more information in the coming months.

5. Training for businesses with Google Digital Garage

We are committed to supporting local businesses in our area. Google Digital Garage will be visiting in February to educate and inspire local business owners. Workshops will be on offer to help owners boost their digital skills. Click here for more information.

6. The Weymouth Town Centre Manager

Weymouth’s recently appointed Town Centre Manager has made great progress. The Town Centre Manager aims to build a close connection between businesses and residents and drive forward with a challenging agenda. Click here to read more about the appointment.

7. Local plan review

Last Spring, we consulted on Issues and Options as part of a review of our Joint Local Plan. This review related to additional potential ‘option sites’ to meet the future need for housing over the period to 2036, and to options for changes to the policies in the currently adopted local plan.

From this information we are putting together a “preferred options” document. This will be available to view as part of a consultation in the Summer. Find out more information here.

8. Sculpture trail approval for Weymouth

Weymouth members have agreed to allocate £123,000 towards the creation of a sculpture trail to improve the attractiveness of the borough. The details of the scheme will be agreed in the coming months and regular updates will be promoted on our newsroom – so keep an eye out for updates.

9. Weymouth esplanade lighting

In collaboration with the Dorset Coast Forum, we will be consulting residents on the new design for the Weymouth Esplanade lighting. The current aim is for the installation to go ahead over the winter of 2018-19. To follow the progress of this project click here.

10. The Marsh in Weymouth

The Marsh masterplan in Weymouth is in development. The plan will help improve recreational facilities for residents. The first phase of works includes installing new play equipment for young children. We will then work with residents – particularly young people – to design a new skate park which may also include facilities for BMX and parkour (free running)

11. New toilet improvements for Weymouth

Feasibility studies are underway for building new toilets in Weymouth, as well as improving the existing facilities. We will be asking you for your views on the current facilities soon, so look out for the survey.

Toilets on the Esplanade unfortunately suffered fire damage from an arson attack in 2017. The repairmen are on site now, and they hope to complete towards the end of February.

12. The MEMO site

We are looking forward to the progression of the MEMO site. Last year we joined the Dorset LEP, Dorset County Council and private benefactors in pledging funding for the MEMO project. £50,000 has been approved to contribute to the prep work required to move the project on. The project is expected to be open to the public in Spring 2020. Click here to read more.

 

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Members meet to deliberate latest NQWL discussions

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:24
Members of Management Committee met on Monday 15 January. They deliberated the latest position of the council within the ongoing discussions with North Quay Weymouth Limited [NQWL]. Cllr Jeff Cant, Briefholder for Finance and Assets and Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “The Council remains in legal discussions with NQWL and it remains inappropriate to comment on the details. Our priority remains to secure development for the site to support the town and local economy. We appreciate that people want to hear about progress, but be assured that we are working hard to get the best result for our town.”

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Important advice for people who keep poultry in South Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:27

If you live in South Dorset, including Weymouth & Portland, and keep poultry, you need to know about an ‘avian influenza (bird flu) protection zone’ put in place by Defra.

Advice for people who keep poultry

Avian influenza (bird flu) has been found in wild birds in South Dorset, and an avian influenza prevention zone now applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in specific, targeted areas of South Dorset – an area which also covers Weymouth & Portland. You can find the latest guidance and map showing the area covered by the prevention zone on the Defra website.

Poultry keepers need to remain vigilant and follow the updated advice on the Defra website. The Defra guidance applies just as much if you only have a few birds as pets, or if you have a large commercial flock.

Dorset County Council’s Animal Health team helps promote and maintain standards of animal health and welfare, alongside disease control. We are also responsible for ensuring the welfare of ‘farm’ animals such as pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry, so we’ve updated our animal disease advice webpage to bring you the latest Defra guidance.

If you are concerned that poultry keepers in Dorset are not protecting their birds, contact Trading Standards.

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Police hunt arsonist who set fire to Boscombe flat

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:45
Three fires were started in the vacant Boscombe property by someone who forced their way in.
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Fifty and childless

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:56
The childless couple trying to overcome their grief by trying to help others in the same position.
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Bird flu strain found on Dorset coast

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:44
Seventeen wild birds have been found near Weymouth with a virus closely related to the H5N6 strain.
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Dorset man warns about overseas dental treatment

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:37
Pradip Pandya needed follow-up procedures after travelling to India for dental treatment.
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Chideock car crash: Man released without charge

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:29
A 68-year-old man died after being hit by a car in Chideock in August.
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Banbury couple guilty of £1m fake football memorabilia fraud

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:07
David and Clare Rennie sold fake signed shirts and other football items to customers worldwide.
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Bournemouth v Arsenal

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:51
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Arsenal.
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Dorset Police's Chief Constable Debbie Simpson to retire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:45
Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan has been chosen as the preferred candidate for her replacement.
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Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked in Christchurch

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:59

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 will be marked in Christchurch at the site where a Holocaust Memorial was unveiled in 2015.

An event will be held to mark the occasion on 29 January at 10am at the site on Christchurch Quay. The programme will include prayers by the Vicar of Christchurch, The Reverend Canon Charles Stewart and Rabbi Jesner from the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation as well as the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary, and local schoolchildren. All are welcome to join the event.

The Memorial at Christchurch Quay was unveiled in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust. The 2018 Holocaust Memorial Day has the theme ‘The power of words’, which will explore how language has been used in the past and in the present day to make an impact, whether good or bad.

Building on the participation of the Jewish Community in previous years, this year’s event takes the opportunity to extend an invitation to others in the local community who may have been affected by, or experienced genocide.

Cllr Nick Geary, Mayor of Christchurch said “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for us all to honour and remember those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, at the hands of an oppressive regime. It is vital that the lessons of history should be remembered to ensure we create a safer world for future generations.”

More information about Holocaust Memorial Day can be found at http://hmd.org.uk/

 

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Councils partner with Julian House for a Rough Sleepers Outreach Service

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:26

Julian House has been appointed to provide a Rough Sleepers Outreach service in Christchurch, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Who are Julian House?

Julian House was set up to offer direct support to homeless people and have 30 years’ experience in working with rough sleepers, mainly in the South West. Initially, their service was limited to offering food and shelter but over time other projects and services have developed. These not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why men and women are on the streets.

What service will they provide in our area?

Julian House work with rough sleepers, who wish to engage, to find pathways out of rough sleeping. They may also work with those that are insecurely housed and at risk of rough sleeping and those leading street based lifestyles which may involve begging and street drinking. They work with the whole community to improve the lives of rough sleepers and increase understanding and awareness of rough sleeping.

They provide a comprehensive assessment which leads to a tailored support package. This includes:

  • supported access into the private rented sector and other appropriate accommodation and reconnecting with family and social networks amongst other person centred solutions.
  • securing rapid re-connection for rough sleepers who are not from the local area coordinating severe weather provision working with the relevant housing departments, assessing and engaging with the individuals to plan longer term housing options for them
  • connecting with relevant agencies such as those providing support and Local Authority housing departments and Health

Many of Julian House’s staff are local to the area and have built trusting relationships with clients. This is central to successful resettlement outcomes. Staff engage and enable clients through ensuring their ownership and involvement in services. The service provided aims to be dynamic in offering choice and variety. This may include meaningful occupation activities as a route into pre-employment courses. This may  lead to formal training, education and employment.

What if I see someone who might be Homeless?

If you have concerns about someone sleeping rough you can alert StreetLink via their website. The details you provide are sent to Julian House and the relevant council for the area in which you have seen the person. This helps pinpoint the exact location of the individual and connect them to support.

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Seven projects that will affect your district in 2018 if you live in West Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:16

Exciting times lie ahead for West Dorset. From accelerated home-building to providing digital training for local businesses, it’s going to be a busy and productive year. Below are just some of the projects that are in the pipeline.

1.Local Government Reorganisation

The proposal of two unitary councils for the county – one for urban Dorset and another for the rural parts of the county – is a way to protect local services, generate further economic growth and provide structure to local councils around the community they serve and represent. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said he is ‘minded to’ approve the proposals.

Councils had until 8 January to make representations to the Secretary of State. Once the Secretary of State’s decision has been made on the proposal, any final decision will be subject to Parliamentary approval.

2. Campaign to build more homes will gather pace

We have joined forces with North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council for the Opening Doors programme. This aims to speed up home-building in our areas with the aim of building 20,000 homes by 2033. Find out more about the programme at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk

3. Redevelopment of Dorchester town centre

Keeping retailers in Dorchester and making the town a thriving regional shopping centre remains a priority for West Dorset District Council in 2018. We are working to bring forward proposals to develop the town centre sites.

To receive regular updates about the redevelopment of Dorchester’s Town Centre, sign up to the e-newsletter.

4. Shire Hall Spring opening

Shire Hall in Dorchester is being transformed into a major heritage attraction and centre for learning that will bring its history to life. The works are now complete and we look forward to a Spring 2018 opening.

5. Training for businesses with Google Digital Garage

We are committed to supporting local businesses in our area. Google Digital Garage will be visiting in February to educate and inspire local business owners. Workshops will be on offer to help owners boost their digital skills. Click here for more information.

6. Local plan review

Last Spring, we consulted on Issues and Options as part of a review of our Joint Local Plan. This review related to additional potential ‘option sites’ to meet the future need for housing over the period to 2036, and to options for changes to the policies in the currently adopted local plan.

From this information we are putting together a “preferred options” document. This will be available to view as part of a consultation in the Summer. Find out more information here.

7. Annual dredging and flood protection

Where can you find floating diggers, 25 tonne amphibious excavators and 30 tonne dump trucks? It must be the annual dredging in West Bay and Lyme Regis.

The dredging is likely to start in March. The work should take about a week, with day and night shifts. The Esplanade car park in West Bay will be shut during these times. Only small parts of the beach will be shut in Lyme Regis during the works.

Our engineers are also working on plans for a flood protection scheme. The ambition is to have this underway in 2019. We have also been nominated for a Project of the Decade award for the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements work.

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