42 homes new homes set for North Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:12

42 new homes have been given the go ahead by North Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.


Bull Tavern Development Layout


The permissions include the outline development of 17 homes next to the Bull Tavern in Sturminster Newton. The approval sets out the access, layout and scale of the development and will include a minimum of four affordable homes. A further application setting the design of the homes will come at a later date.

The development, by Hall & Woodhouse, will also provide investment into the Bull Tavern.

Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse, said:

“I am delighted that permission to develop the field next to The Bull has been granted as it will help to ensure its future as a public house, one that is dear to me as I had my first illegal pint in it at the age of 14!

“Hall & Woodhouse is committed to reinvesting £500,000 in the site by way of a new home for the Business Partner and a new car park and garden for The Bull.  Not only does this enhance the pub, it enhances the local community with the provision of new homes including four affordable homes.”

A 25 home development, provide by local developer Wyatt Homes,  has also been approved at Huntley Down in Milborne St Andrew. The approval sets out all the details within the development including the design, layout and appearance of each home.

The development will provide a total of 10 affordable homes including two 1-bedroom homes, five 2-bedroom homes, and three 3-bedroom homes. Of these 70 per cent will be for affordable rent, with the remaining 30 per cent intermediate housing (i.e. shared ownership).

Cllr David Walsh, North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that we have been able to give approval to more new homes in our area, providing a boost to our five year land supply. I look forward to work starting on site.”

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

“The approval of more homes in the area is welcome. The increased rate of development is a key driver for our Opening Doors Programme.

“As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. It also enables us to direct new homes to residents.  I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register.”

Find out more about Opening Doors and sign our Home Ownership Register.

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Dorset Road Fix – January sites

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:57

Dorset Highways has got three resurfacing gangs in action from January through to the end of March thanks to extra funding.

Due to the large equipment used, the area of road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 9pm to 6am.

In January we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

Pineapple Lane, Salway Ash
daytime work 7 Jan to 11 Jan

Avalanche Road, Portland
daytime work 8 Jan

Portfield Road, Christchurch
daytime work 9 & 10 Jan

Chewton Common Road, Christchurch
daytime work 11 Jan

Victoria Grove to Pymore Bridport
daytime work 14 Jan to 16 Jan

Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis (Devon boundary to Cobb Road junction)
daytime work 14 Jan to 17 Jan

Dorchester Road, Weymouth (north of Manor Roundabout)
daytime work 14 Jan to 18 Jan

Fulbrooks Lane, Bridport
daytime work 17 Jan

Denhay Lane, Broadoak
daytime work 18 Jan

B3157 Coast Road, Swyre
daytime work 18 Jan to 28 Jan

Belfield Park Ave, Weymouth        
daytime work 21 Jan

Chelmsford Street, Weymouth
daytime work 22 Jan

Knightsdale Road, Weymouth
daytime work 23 Jan

Road from Kingston Russell to Roman Road      
daytime work 23 Jan to 25 Jan

Blandford Road, Corfe Mullen
daytime work 25 Jan to 28 Jan

A357 Army Bridge, near Lydlinch
daytime work 29 Jan

Hereford Road, Weymouth
daytime work 28 Jan & 29 Jan

Redwood Road, Upton
daytime work 29 Jan & 30 Jan

East Weare Road, Portland
daytime work 31 Jan

Chamberlaynes, Bere Regis
daytime work 31 Jan & 1 Feb

You can check the exact locations and diversion details on our roadworks map. Remember to use the tabs to customise the map to show road closures and diversion routes, as well as for the dates you’re interested in.

Dates can be subject to change due to adverse weather or the need for gritting duties to take priority during cold weather.

Five area-based hand-patching gangs, a NuPhalt Thermal Repair patching team and a velocity patcher gang are continuing to fix smaller potholes and road defects, as they are reported, across the county council area.

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A Happy New Year for Dorset’s roads

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:55

Dorset County Council’s highway fixers will be treating more of Dorset’s damaged roads thanks to extra funding.

Starting this month, Dorset Highways will have three resurfacing gangs in action repairing 53 sites across the county up to the end of March.

The sites have been identified from inspections by community highway officers, with the site-specific treatments designed by Dorset Highway engineers.

Cllr Daryl Turner

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “Last September, Cabinet approved additional money to go into highway maintenance and we’re now seeing that funding in use alongside extra money from the Department for Transport.

“There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into investigating road damage and designing the right repair to maximise our resources – trying to fix as many defects as we can with the money available.

“The next three months of work will make a significant difference to the condition of our road network and will feed into our other programmes of work, such as surface dressing.”

Additional drainage work is also taking place, with a dedicated gang funded to investigate known historic issues. The team will be working across the county, initially targeting the following areas:

  • C5, Corfe Mullen
  • C2, Castleman Trailway
  • B3072, Three Legged Cross
  • B3067, Lytchett Minster
  • C6, Bere Regis

Most of these flooding issues will be resolved through high pressure jetting of blocked pipes, clearing grips, emptying existing ditches and cutting new ditches.

Larger scale drainage schemes are also being investigated, with the aim of designing schemes during the year, for:

  • Thornhill Road, Stalbridge
  • Clarendon Close, Gillingham
  • Front Street, East Stour
  • Knobcrook Road, Wimborne
  • Broaden Bridge, Broadoak

An extra gully emptier is also in action across the county to clear more drainage channels on Dorset’s C and D class roads. This will help prevent flooding – ensuring rural communities remain connected during the winter – and will protect roads from water damage.

Velocity patcher

Five area-based hand-patching gangs, a NuPhalt Thermal Repair patching team and a velocity patcher gang are continuing to fix smaller potholes and road defects, as they are reported, across the county council area.

You can report road issues online at a time convenient to you.

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New Dorset Council logo unveiled

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:44
The design for the new Dorset Council was produced by in-house graphic designers at no cost.
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Fatal crash Tiger Moth plane engine 'misfired'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:57
The pilot, 64, and a 67-year-old passenger were killed when the Tiger Moth crashed into in a crop field.
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Final day for Shaftesbury - Dorset's last cattle market

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:21
The final sale of cattle at Shaftesbury will be followed by a sale of the building's fittings.
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Calling all landlords and potential landlords in Christchurch and East Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:05

The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership is delighted to invite landlords to their next Private Sector Landlords Forum. The event will be held on Thursday 21st February 2019 at 6pm at the Christchurch Borough Council Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch.

The Housing Team are inviting any landlord or managing agent who has property in the Christchurch or East Dorset area. There is also an opportunity potential landlords to attend. This event presents an excellent opportunity for landlords to meet and network with each other.

The event will include various presentations offering advice to local landlords from leading local business experts in housing. From tax tips to the importance of inventories for landlords, the forum offers the perfect opportunity for local landlords to gain valuable insight. The evening will close with an opportunity for landlords to ask questions and get further advice.


If you would like to attend or be added to our mailing list for future events please email Jenny Howard on or call her on 01202 795518.

Refreshments including a buffet will be available. As places are limited we advise early contact and by 14 February 2019 at the latest to secure attendance.

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Dorchester lorry-cannabis-find suspects arrested

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 17:25
Police seized a "significant number" of plants found growing in four lorry containers.
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Fidel Edwards: Hampshire fast bowler signs red-ball contract

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:48
Hampshire fast bowler Fidel Edwards signs a new contract to play in the County Championship next season.
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BCP council logo: New design revealed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 14:38
One councillor likened it to a "snowstorm" but the shadow authority insists it is "recognisable".
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Memorial bench for Dorset man killed by sea snake in Australia

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 09:43
Friends and family have raised money for a bench in memory of Harry Evans.
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Glassblowing: The young artist setting a traditional industry on fire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 00:07
Glassblower Beth, 20, is smashing through the glass ceiling with one of the UK's oldest crafts.
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A foster carer Christmas

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:50

The first blog from Mandy, one of our foster carers. She describes how her Christmas went…

It was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well, apart from one husband desperately trying to find his pink wig and tutu, one mother contemplating moving out for the night until the madness stops, one foster son making sure Santa knows he wants the world’s most expensive pink diamond, another foster son ringing me from contact to say his sister has cut his hair and he’s now got bald patches, a few teens deciding whether they are too old for stockings (you are never too old) and seven cats watching the fridge intently hoping against hope that the turkey will magically drop out.

Welcome to my life. I’m a mother of seven children, four birth, three fostered children.  I share my chaotic house with my husband (by day a behavioural specialist, by night a fairy in the local pantomime), my mother (by day a retired foster carer/ special needs assistant and by night an evil villain in the local pantomime) and seven cats. (by day and night throughly annoying but exceptionally cute).

For those brave enough to drop by, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter by ex-husband (foster carer until our separation about 8 years ago) or my inlaws who specialise in fostering refugees, currently fostering two fabulous boys from Sudan and expecting a mother and baby from the Italian refugee camps in a couple of weeks.

So Christmas, dinner for 22, five children who have never experienced Christmas with us before (two who’ve never experienced Christmas in our country before).

What could possibly go wrong ? Actually nothing, it was quite a heart warming experience, one in which I realised that I’d made the right choice in nearly doubling my family.

I displayed a lovely spread of food which in actual fact I’d contributed nothing to apart from a couple of peeled potatoes and a value box of Lidl crackers. I’d masterfully (sneakily) delegated each adult with bringing a dish knowing full well each one couldn’t wait to out do the other with their dish.

The noise level was through the roof. I’ve recharged enough batteries to power a spaceship. The conversation was a mixture of English and Arabic (I think) and just two kids decided they liked Christmas dinner but hey the cats are now even fatter.

When the clock struck three several children were quite obviously coming down from their breakfast of quality street and my ex-husband was asleep in the midst of the chaos. The younger generation took this opportunity to draw a moustache (well I think it was) on his face.

By 3.30pm the Christmas computer ban,that I gleefully introduced so we could have hours of harmonious family time, was looking shaky as the teen component got out their phones to see what Joe Bloggs was doing on Christmas Day. One younger one who I’d thought was napping, was actually playing mine craft under a blanket.

If you can’t beat them, join them so the Wii came out and the kiddies thrashed the adults at every game. Christmas pudding was ignored, 40 mince pies faced the food  bin and I realised I hadn’t actually got out of my onesie.

By five the next round of presents came.

My family are used to me having an ever-changing family so they always make sure they have extra presents to give at a moment’s notice. This year my dad decided to go one step further and dress up as Santa to deliver the presents . He wrapped his poor dog in a reindeer costume to pass him off as Rudolph. Lovely sentiment until the cats took offence.

My youngest foster son told Santa, aka dad, that he’d ‘made his day boring’ by buying him an electric organ but then spent the rest of the day playing with it (my ears nearly bled).

The day was cut a bit short by my teen coming down with a virus, me with a stomach bug (hopefully not my cooking) and my littlest who decided Christmas Day would be the best time for chicken pox. Anyone tried to get Chamomile lotion on Christmas Day ? But we survived.

The new year, that followed a whole week of carrying new, heavy go karts to the park every five minutes, gave me a chance to reflect on all those moments where I’ve reached for my trusty Dorset Ginger (unfortunately I’m allergic to alcohol so this is the next best thing) and all the moments that spurred me on.

The best moment was definitely my youngest teen organising a secret Santa between all the children, even the littlest (5) thought really hard about what their secret Santa wanted even though our newbie foster children had only been with us a couple of months. The opening of these presents ended in a lot of hugs and a lot of tears (mine mostly) with at least an hour of my seven children wanting to spend time together.

So this is my different, charismatic, blended family who I adore. There have been quite a few others who have come to live with us over the years, all of whom have left their mark and all of whom I will never forget. From the three tiny sisters who stayed just two days, to our first long term little girl who stayed four years until she returned to her courageous mum. The little girl is now nearly 20 and both she and her mum are still very much part of our family.

So if you’ve managed to read all of my ramblings without switching off, thank you. I wish all of you, no matter where you are in your fostering journey, lots of love and luck.

2019 bring it on, I’m ready. Well I think I am. Might need cake. Actually make that a lot of cake to get through.

Mandy X

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Refurbishment of Saxon Square Public Toilets

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:17

To improve the Saxon Square public toilets, Christchurch Borough Council are planning to fully refurbish them. Work is planned to commence on Monday 14 January 2019 and will be completed by 31 March 2019. The works are being carried out by Hughie Construction following their successful tender submission.

The refurbishment works will involve completely removing all of the existing facilities and installing new modern individually accessed toilets, a disabled toilet and family facilities.

Whilst the works are progressing temporary toilets, including disabled and family facilities, are being provided at the rear of the Regent Centre in Wick Lane Car Park. Additional disabled and family facilities are also available in Bridge Street outside the Civic Offices in Christchurch.

Christchurch Borough Council apologies for any disruption these works may cause.

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Dorset councils merger: Bournemouth boss redundancy to cost £475k

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:15
Bournemouth council's managing director has announced her departure from the soon-to-be axed post.
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Members to consider support for community projects in North Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:41
Support for economic and community projects in North Dorset

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, North Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for community and regeneration, said: “I’m pleased to present this report to fellow members asking to award grants to important local projects. I believe these are truly valuable projects. They  could deliver long term economic and community benefits to our area of Dorset.”

North Dorset Trailway

The report proposes that £70,000  be granted to the North Dorset Trailway Trust (registered Charity no. 1145442). The Trailway now extends approximately 14 miles from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury. The Trailway is largely made up of sections of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway which linked Bristol and Bournemouth until the 1960’s.

The Trailway has great potential as an economic element of the North Dorset economy. The Trailway is very popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders. It also hugely benefits people with mobility scooters. There is a strong aspiration to extend the Trailway. Some land in Sturminster Newton is being secured to help towards the Sturminster to Stalbridge section.

The primary purpose of the funding is to support the extension of the Trailway. This could be through land acquisition, including the land at Sturminster. There is also a secondary smaller scale purpose. This could support the economic development element of Trailway projects.


The report proposes that £70,000 be granted to Stur-fit (registered Charity no. 1147051). The £70,000 could enable SturFit to improve Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre’s facilities for community use. It could also increase its income generating potential.

SturFit are preparing architects plans for these improvements, subject to agreement with Dorset County Council. The current estimate is that these works will cost approximately £100,000.  The proposed grant would be a considerable help to the project. It could act as match funding for external funding.

Marnhull village hall extension

The report proposes that £30,000 be granted to Marnhull Parish Council. Marnhull is the largest parish in North Dorset. It’s developing a number of community facilities. The funding would support the village hall extension,. It would also support the development of a Community Hub. There is also support for a development of a Men’s Shed project.

The projects need some capital funding. A proportionate grant to all three projects would provide valuable support.

Monday 14 January

North Dorset cabinet will be meeting on Monday  14 January to consider the reports. You can view the full reports here.

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Melbury Abbas HGV row: Work to stop jams 'waste of cash'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:04
The parish council had wanted lorries banned from the route after a number of vehicles got stuck.
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Southampton woman, 78, dies in crash in Ashley Heath

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:55
A Volvo V60 and a Citroen C4 crashed on Horton Road at Ashley Heath on Saturday.
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Dorset A350 reopens after gas leak work

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:14
The closure, put in place on the A350 before Christmas, has been lifted.
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Don’t miss the deadline to apply for school places!

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:37

The deadline to apply for school places for September 2019 is almost here and there are still over 600 families who have yet to apply!

Children who will be turning 4 years old between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 can start their school reception place in September 2019. For the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school, parents must apply for their child’s place by 15 January 2019.

Parents whose child is due to move to junior or middle school in September 2019 must also apply by 15 January.

To find out more, or apply now visit:

Apply now

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