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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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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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.uk3. 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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East Dorset District Council’s Cabinet have agreed the parking charges for 2018/19 after considering the responses received from public consultation.
This year’s review saw a number of changes in parking charges for the first time in ten years.
Having reviewed the responses received from the public consultation, Cabinet members agreed not to introduce overnight parking charges in Wimborne. They also agreed not to limit Wimborne residents’ parking permits to two per household but instead agreed to one per vehicle owner in each qualifying household.
Cabinet members also agreed that no charge would be introduced for tax exempt disability parking permits for those in receipt of council tax benefit.
All charges will be further reviewed in two years’ time, commencing in Summer 2019.
Cllr Ray Bryan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Performance said: “It was important that Cabinet listened to the feedback from both the public consultation and the Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee and taking into account the comments received we felt it was necessary to revise some of the proposed parking changes.
“It is extremely important we support our night-time economy to ensure Wimborne remains a vibrant place to visit during the evenings and we felt that removing the proposed overnight charge would continue to encourage people to enjoy what’s on offer in the town.
“This is the first time that parking charges have been increased in ten years and by agreeing that there will be a district-wide review in two years we are ensuring we will be comprehensively revisiting our parking policies in every car park.”
Members approved a ten pence increase in shorter stay daytime parking charges for car parks in Wimborne and Ferndown and also changes to charges for parking permits in Wimborne and Ferndown. The new charges will be introduced from 1 April 2018.
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The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), working alongside the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), has launched a new recycling service for disposable coffee cups.
Coffee cups cannot currently be recycled at the kerbside as they are made from similar materials to food and drink cartons – paper with a plastic lining – and can therefore only be recycled at specialist recycling facilities.
The DWP is actively encouraging residents to use a re-usable cup when they purchase a hot drink, as most places are more than happy to accommodate them and this prevents disposable cups being used and then thrown away in the first place.
Disposable cups that are placed in household and public litter bins are either sent away for expensive treatment or go to landfill.
The carton recycling banks will now accept paper cups which are used for tea, coffee and other hot drinks in high street coffee shops, fast food outlets and supermarkets.
Those people who do not take a reusable cup with them are being encouraged to gather up their empty disposable cups with their waste cartons and take them all to their nearest recycling bank the next time they’re in the area. The contents of these banks are emptied regularly.
The new service is the result of an agreement between ACE UK (which operates the dedicated food and drink carton recycling service available in Dorset), high street retailers and cup manufacturers. The agreement was set up to give many more people access to recycling for paper cups through the carton bring bank service.
Councillor Tony Alford, chairman of the DWP’s Joint Committee, said:
“Although coffee cups cannot be recycled through council waste collections, with their growing use we were keen to take the opportunity to include them in the carton recycling banks. The residents of Dorset have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we’ve implemented, and we hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.
We encourage everyone to take a re-usable coffee cup with them when they buy a hot drink but, if you can’t, please keep your cartons and disposable cups together and take them to a recycling bank the next time you are passing by.”
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Work is continuing this year to build cycle links into Bridport town centre.
On Monday 15 January, off-peak temporary signals will return to Sea Road North to widen the pavement alongside Riverside Gardens, from the roundabout up to the bridge over the River Asker, into a shared use footway/cycleway.
Work will then move to East Road to install a toucan crossing. The road will be closed between 7pm and 7am for five nights, from Sunday 21 January to Thursday 25 January, so that the kerb line can be changed for the crossing point.
After this – starting on Monday 29 January – there will be six weeks of work to install the crossing. This will be carried out 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, with temporary signals in place.Councillor Daryl Turner
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “In 2008 a Bridport-wide cycle network was identified and now, with additional funding from Highways England, we can improve the facilities around the A35 trunk road.
“By improving the crossing points and providing cycleways between the town centre and residential areas, we can give people an alternative means of travel rather than having to get in their cars for every journey.
“This is an extremely busy area so we are working off-peak hours and we will be manually controlling the lights, but there will still be some delays – please bear with us.”
To complete the cycle links into the town centre from the roundabout, another shared footway/cycleway will be added around the south-east side of the roundabout, and the pedestrian crossing on Sea Road South will be upgraded to a toucan crossing.
The dates for this work is currently being finalised with Highways England, which is funding the improvements.