Dorset

Bere Regis three-car crash victim was 'loved by all'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:55
David Grant-Jones died in the A35 crash and three others were injured, including his wife Heather.
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Enjoy gardens later, thanks to new lights

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:50

People can enjoy the Nothe Gardens later thanks to the installation of new lamps.

New lights for the Nothe Gardens, Cllr Wheller pictured with borough council staff and James Turrell.

A section of the Nothe Gardens is set to be lit at night following the installation of new lamp columns. A total of 13 Victorian lamp columns, which were rusty and inoperable, have been replaced with similarly styled ‘traditional’ columns at the gardens in Weymouth.

The replacement lighting will benefit from modern low energy lamps and will incorporate LED technology.

The new lights have been fully rewired and have a life cycle of 50 years. The scheme will cost approximately £30,000 and can be extended in the future, if funding permits.

Enjoy the gardens later

Councillor Kate Wheller said: “The replacement of these lights will make a huge difference to people walking through the Nothe during the evening. It will not only enable people to enjoy the gardens for longer, but it will also add an increased level of safety as well as looking very attractive.”

Information about parks and gardens in Weymouth and Portland is available here.

 

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Chairman to host Dreamboats Regatta

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:54

On Sunday 5 August, Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs will be hosting a special regatta in Wimborne to support her two chosen charities; Mosaic- supporting bereaved children in Dorset and Macmillan.

 

Cllr Toni Coombs looks forward to welcoming you to this special event, which will include entertainment by Squidge and Pop Bubbles and a raffle with lots of great prizes. There will also be a barbeque and refreshments stall, organised by local scouts.

Cllr Coombs said: “During my year as the final Chairman of East Dorset District Council, my chosen charities are Macmillan Cancer Support and Mosaic Family Support, who support bereaved children and their families. I endeavour to make this year’s fundraising, for these amazing charities, the best yet, but I can’t do that without the support of the residents and businesses across the district.

“Please do support my event if you can, as all the proceeds will go towards my charities, which who do such great work locally.”

The Dreamboats Regatta will also provide an extra opportunity for residents to take a boat ride on the River Stour for £5 per person and boats can be pre-booked by called 07947 002000 or emailing cllr.tcoombs@eastdorset.gov.uk

So, dig out your boaters and parasols for an afternoon of summer fun, messing about on the river. There will also be a prize for the best dressed!

 

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Have your say on planning for Christchurch’s future

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:21

Christchurch Borough Council is inviting residents to have their say on new Local Plan proposals for the Borough.

This new Local Plan for Christchurch will set the overall strategy for development across the Borough to 2033 and this consultation will give residents the opportunity to give their views.

The Christchurch Local Plan review aims to deliver around 5,270 new homes and 54 hectares of new employment land, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and associated key transport infrastructure to the Borough.

The delivery of new homes will be provided in the plan between now and 2033, and include:

  • 2,460 homes within the existing urban area
  • Area 1: Bransgore and Hoburne: 190 dwellings
  • Area 2: Town Centre, Stony Lane and Bridge Street: 213 dwellings
  • Area 3: Land South and East of Burton: 568 dwellings
  • Area 4: Former West Hants Water, Knapp Mill and Avon Trading Park: 55 dwellings.

Christchurch Borough Council will also be giving the opportunity to visit one of the roadshows.

  • Regent Centre Foyer- Tuesday 7 August, 3pm-7pm
  • Burton United Reformed Church- Thursday 9 August, 3pm-7pm.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of Christchurch Borough Council, said: “The Local Plan for Christchurch will be hugely influential on the future shaping of Christchurch. I urge as many residents as possible to have their say via this consultation.

The drop-in sessions which have been arranged in Burton and Christchurch town centre will also be very useful for residents, so please do use these if you have any questions.”

Following this consultation, which closes on 3rd September 2018, a further consultation is planned for February 2019. The plan is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2019 and adoption is anticipated in February 2020.

You can view the full proposals and have your say online by visiting- www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/christchurch-east-dorset-local-plan-review

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Have your say on planning for East Dorset’s future

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:54

East Dorset District Council is inviting residents to have their say on new local plan proposals for the district.

This new local plan for East Dorset will set the overall strategy for development across the district to 2033 and this consultation will give residents the opportunity to give their views.

The East Dorset Local Plan review aims to deliver around 8,550 new homes and 46 hectares of new employment land, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and associated key transport infrastructure to the district.

The delivery of new homes will be provided in the plan between now and 2033, and include:

  • 3,173 homes within existing urban areas
  • 2,396 new homes provided at existing allocated new neighbourhoods in Corfe Mullen, Wimborne/Colehill, Ferndown/West Parley and Verwood.
  • 1070 homes adjacent to Corfe Mullen, Ferndown, West Parley and Longham, Verwood and West Moors
  • 1400 homes adjacent to Alderholt, Cranborne, Sixpenny Handley, Sturminster Marshall
  • 50 dwellings in Wimborne St Giles, Edmondsham and Hinton Martell.

East Dorset District Council will also be giving the opportunity to visit one of the roadshows in East Dorset being held at village halls on the following dates-

  • Sturminster Marshall- 24 July, 3–7pm
  • Corfe Mullen, 26 July, 3–7pm
  • West Parley, 3 August 3–7pm
  • Alderholt, 6 August, 3pm – 7pm

Cllr Robin Cook, Portfolio Holder for Planning, East Dorset District Council, said: “This consultation is essential for the future planning of East Dorset. It is important that we encourage residents to have their say, so that they can help shape the future of our area.

“I would encourage residents to come along to one of the drop-in sessions which have been organised if they would like to learn more.”

Following this consultation, which closes on 3 September 2018, a further consultation is planned for February 2019. The plan is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2019 and adoption is anticipated in February 2020.

You can view the full proposals and have your say online by visiting- www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/christchurch-east-dorset-local-plan-review

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Portland prisoners' Spice use 'risks health of officers'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:32
New psychoactive substances are an "epidemic" inside jails, the Prison Officers' Association says.
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Surface dressing in Weymouth

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:48

Our surface dressing gang is now back on the mainland treating roads in Weymouth.

Work completed week commencing Monday 9 July:

  • CROFT ROAD (1ST CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (2ND CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (3RD CUL-DE-SAC)
  • CROFT ROAD – JUNC. WITH SHARPITTS TO ROAD END, PORTLAND
  • COURT BARTON ROAD, PORTLAND
  • COURTLANDS, PORTLAND
  • BLINDMERE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WOOLCOMBE, PORTLAND
  • BARLEYCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • MARTINSCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BLACKNOR ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BOWERS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • GRANGECROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • ISLE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • FOUR ACRES, PORTLAND
  • YEOLANDS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTCLIFF ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTON ROAD – SERVICE ROAD FOR NUMBERS 2 TO 78 PLUS FLATS OFF WESTON ROAD, PORTLAND

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 16 July:

  • ANNES ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • DAVIDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
  • BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 23 July:

  • HAYMOOR AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • KENMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • SEAMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • MOORDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HIGHDOWN, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN GARDENS, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • PINEMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BRACKENDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HAZELDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ELM CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BODKIN LANE, WEYMOUTH
  • KINGSBERE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BUDMOUTH AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ENKWORTH ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • MELLSTOCK AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • EADON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH

Our surface dressing gang is working 9am to 4pm in urban areas and 8am to 4pm in rural areas.

Look out for yellow signs two days before work starts – please move your vehicle off the road before 9am and check that the road you move it to is not also being treated.

Surface dressing doesn’t take long and the road can be driven on as soon as it’s finished. Depending on the length of the road you live on, the road will be closed for around 1-2 hours while the treatment takes place.

White lining reinstatement will follow on from this and is generally a week or so later.

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Children 'abused' by anti-social neighbours 'failed by council'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:19
Two children suffered abuse after being moved next door to persistently anti-social neighbours.
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Works to watch in Wyke Regis

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:51

From Saturday 28 July, disruption is expected on A354 Portland Road in Wyke Regis.

Temporary lights will be in place 24 hours-a- day for safety of highway users and the workforce whilst sewer and water services are connected in the road to feed a new retail site at the former “Texaco” filling station. Due to the nature of the work, lights will not be able to be removed whilst the excavation is open in the road. The lights will be manually controlled 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and also at weekends.

Dorset Highways have instructed extended working hours including weekends to have the work completed as soon as possible; which is expected to be by Sunday 12 August. The work has been scheduled during the holidays in consultation with key stakeholders; as it was deemed inappropriate for work to take place in such close proximity to schools in the area where the extra pedestrian traffic generated would cause undue delay at peak times.

A controlled pedestrian crossing on Portland Road will remain in place for the duration of the works.

Williams Avenue will also be closed during the work, with a diversion via Fairview Road and Sunnyside Road.

Travel updates will be available on Twitter – @TravelDorset

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Green Flag raised again at Christchurch Quay

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:27

Christchurch Quay has once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme.

The flag designates Christchurch Quay as having been judged to meet the national quality standard for parks and green spaces. The judges for the Green Flag award assess the sites against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch, said: “I’m pleased to see that Christchurch Quay has once again been recognised in this prestigious award issued by Keep Britain Tidy. Green spaces really matter to residents and it is so important that these areas are maintained and protected for future generations.

“Christchurch Quay is a fantastic open space and on a sunny day, like today, it is truly idyllic. We should be incredibly proud of this special asset and this flag represents the hard work and dedication of our officers and volunteers.”

Christchurch Quay has been recognised for the seventh year running and the green flag is now proudly displayed on the flagpole at the Quomps Splash Park.

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Man arrested after fatal three-car crash in Bere Regis

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:24
Police renew their appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage following the crash in Dorset.
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Large barn fire creates smoke plume over Dorchester

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:27
Drivers are warned of reduced visibility and residents advised to keep their windows closed.
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Jurassic Coast crash paraglider rescued from cliff face

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:44
The pilot was found on a narrow ledge 260ft from the bottom of a cliff in Dorset.
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Man dies and four injured in crash at Bere Regis

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:20
The road was closed to allow helicopters to reach the casualties and it remained closed overnight.
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Sandbanks hotels redevelopment plans 'ghastly'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:00
The owners wants to replace buildings on the exclusive peninsula with flats, a hotel and apartments.
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Court order closes down 'anti-social' Weymouth house

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 14:20
Dorset Police said it follows complaints of drug activity, noise and fighting involving occupants.
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We will build it

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:13
More money is now available for people who want to develop affordable housing in their local area.
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A new bike shelter for Mudeford Junior School

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:35

Children at Mudeford Junior School in Christchurch can now park their bikes safe and securely thanks to a new shelter from Dorset County Council.

Cycling has become a way of life at the school, and the children have been struggling to find a place to park in the old shelter, which only takes 30 bikes.

The new shelter will help to encourage even more children to cycle to school.

Dorset County Council has been working with Sustrans, a UK sustainable transport charity, for many years to encourage children to choose two wheels for the school run.  As well as investing in the new cycling shelter, the children has also been given bike lessons to help them stay safe on the road.

Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans, said:  “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need to keep healthy, and it also allows them to become better learners in the classroom.

“This new cycle shelter will mean that more people have a safe space to leave their bikes and we hope it fills up quickly.”

Head teacher, Mark Partridge said:  “It has been extremely pleasing to see so many of our children choose the healthy and fun option of cycling to school. We regularly have over two thirds of our children coming to school on bikes.”

 

 

 

 

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BBC Documentary explores the Jurassic Coast – and Weymouth gets a starring role!

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:28

Next Tuesday, a three part documentary exploring the Jurassic Coast airs on BBC4 and Weymouth is due to be featured.

Dan Snow hits Weymouth Beach – copyright BBC iplayer

The three part programme, ‘Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed, will air on BBC4 on 17th, 18th and 19th July, at 8pm and is presented by historian Dan Snow, with wildlife experts Lucy Cooke and Niall Strawson.

The series comes live from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, revealing the hidden treasures of Britain’s beaches. As described by the BBC, the series hopes to ‘inspire people to look beyond sandcastles and ice creams, and be motivated to discover more about Britain’s fascinating and varied shoreline’.

In the first hour long episode, historian Dan Snow examines the royal origin of beach huts and sees how varied their use is in modern-day Britain. Lucy Cooke demonstrates how a humble mollusc helps to train racehorses in Devon. And Niall Strawson is in charge of the Discovery Centre, where a panel of experts examine and assess the significance of beach finds from all over the country.

 Cllr Richard Kosior, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said:

“Weymouth beach and the Esplanade is rich in Georgian history. It held the title of King George III’s seaside resort of choice and it remains as popular today as it was with royalty in Georgian times. We are very pleased that the town is being recognised for the important part it played in historical resort bathing and we look forward to seeing it televised next Tuesday”.

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‘On your bike’ is the message to children and staff at Gillingham school.

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:08

Three new cycle shelters have been provided by Dorset County Council to encourage more pupils and staff to ride in.

The shelters, which cost just over £11k, will give the children and staff a safe place to leave their bikes.

The official opening took place earlier this week by Dorset County Councillor Andrew Cattaway and Cllr Su Hunt, Mayor of Gillingham.

Mark Lavis, Deputy Headteacher, Kevin Humphreys, transport planner at the council and the pupils at the school took part in the event.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for The Natural & Built Environment said:

“Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need everyday to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom. It’s important every child has the skills to cycle safely and confidently, helping them to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.”

Mark Lavis, Deputy Headteacher said:

“We are delighted with the new bike racks for our students and staff to use.  They look fantastic!

“We’re hoping that the new covered and secure bike storage facilities will encourage people to cycle to school.  We’ve been working hard over the last few years to make our school more environmentally friendly and these facilities will make a significant contribution to this”.

For many children, cycling is simply more fun and more sociable than going to school by car, and they love the feeling of freedom it gives them.  It also helps to cut traffic congestion and pollution in local areas.

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