Dorset

Briton Jac Holmes died in Syria 'helping underdog', says mother

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:09
Jac Holmes, from Bournemouth, was killed while clearing landmines in Raqqa.
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Seven projects that will affect your district in 2018 if you live in North Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:32

Exciting times lie ahead for North 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.

Coney’s Castle 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 West 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.Dog Control consultation ends in March

Residents, visitors and organisations are being asked about the control of dogs in public places, like parks, and also when they should be on a lead. After considering people’s views, we will draw-up a new dog-related Public Space Protection Order. There is still time to give us your views.

4. 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

5. Local plan review

We’re currently consulting on an Issues and Options document as part of our local plan review. Residents, Business and Local Organisations are encouraged to have their say on how they want North Dorset to be developed in the future. The consultation closes on 22 January. Following the end of the consultation, we will put together a summary of responses and start work on a ‘Preferred Options Document’. Find out more information here.

6. Sky lantern release policy

In recent years, outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases have become a more common event. What is lesser known is the harmful consequences to wildlife and property as a result of this form of celebration.

North Dorset District Council has considered a new policy which is now in effect for 2018. The objective of the policy is to prohibit the release of sky lanterns on council land or property.

7. Moving from our current Nordon office

We’re moving out of our current Nordon office into the Nordon Lodge next month. The lodge is a smaller, more modern and economical building which will enable a more modern way of working. The building is only a few metres away from our current office and is accessible directly from Salisbury Road. The Nordon Lodge opens at 10am on 15 February.

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Barrington Centre future is secured

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:53

The start of 2018 sees a bright future for the Barrington Centre in Ferndown.  

Prama Foundation have now taken over the lease with East Dorset District Council, which will see PramaLIFE, the local community outreach charity, manage The Barrington Centre until March 2028. Following a difficult start to 2017, which saw the centre closed at very short notice, PramaLIFE stepped in to take over the management of the centre and have been doing this, very successfully, ever since.

Prama Foundation have been collaborating with Ferndown Town Council and the Neighbourhood Watch to formalise agreements as well as working with East Dorset District Council to take on the lease and agree revenue grants to ensure the centre’s future.

Steve Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, PramaLIFE said “Our newly signed transfer of the lease will safeguard this much-loved centre to ensure it continues to provide valued facilities to the community. Many local clubs and societies continue to regularly meet at the Barrington, but we are also keen to see the centre thrive and welcome new users of all ages. The transfer of the lease gives PramaLIFE and the centre’s users added security now the formalities have been dealt with.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and our centre users for showing great support and flexibility during a significant period of change.”

Cllr Andy Skeats, Portfolio Holder for Community, East Dorset District Council said “The Barrington Centre is a wonderful community facility for residents and I am so pleased that it’s future is now secured. For a short period of time last year the future of the centre looked uncertain but PramaLIFE worked hard to reopen the centre quickly to minimise disruption. East Dorset District Council will continue to work with, and support, PramaLIFE moving forward.”

A programme of maintenance of the Barrington Centre has also recently begun, which has seen investment from PramaLIFE who have been making improvements to the kitchen area.

For information on news and events at the Barrington Centre visit www.thebarrington.online

 

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A35 works start next week

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:06

Commuters using the A35 Upton Bypass are being reminded to allow extra time for their journeys from next week.

Bridge pier (legs) protection work by Dorset County Council will start on Monday 15 January with the ‘slow’ lanes closed off and temporary lower speed limits along the dual carriageway.

Lane closures will go into place at night on Sunday 14 January, along with a 30mph speed limit through the works area and a 50mph speed limit leading into the works area, from either direction.

These restrictions will be in place for 14 weeks while engineers install concrete barriers to protect the A350 bridge piers (legs) in the verge. Work also includes improvements to the A35 westbound drainage and A350 bridge plinth replacement.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “We’re carrying out as much road and bridge maintenance as possible under these temporary restrictions. Drivers will also see some construction work in the eastbound verge near the bridge.

“The new concrete barrier will prevent Wessex Water from accessing a water main that runs parallel to the eastbound A35. To ensure continued access to the pipe, we’re building a new access ramp off the eastbound A350 off-slip for water company maintenance vehicles.

“We know these works will cause delay – give yourself extra time for your journey, allow other drivers to merge in turn and please drive to the temporary speed restrictions, which are in place for everyone’s safety.”

The work area under the A350 bridges will be resurfaced at the end of the scheme under night time closures. This is currently scheduled for the middle of March.

Last year, the first set of new concrete barriers were installed to protect the vulnerable ‘stiletto’ bridge legs in the central reservation of the road.

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FA Cup fourth round draw details

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:50
Manchester United will travel to League Two side Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
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Dorset County Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:44

Dorset County Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid, setting out its support for local government reorganisation in Dorset.

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

Read the two letters sent to the Secretary of State:

Letter – Sajid Javid MP from Leader of Dorset County Council – 08.01

Letter – Sajid Javid MP from Leader of Dorset County Council – Hampshire Proposal – 08.01.

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North Dorset District Council makes representation to Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:28

North Dorset District Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its support for Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset.

North Dorset District Council Chamber

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council, stated in his formal representation letter:

“We submitted this proposal as a way to develop sustainable local government services in the face of tremendous budget pressures. These pressures have not diminished and my council, despite being part of the Dorset Councils Partnership (three sovereign councils uniquely served by a single Chief Executive and officer team), is under extreme financial pressure with very limited room for any further cost reductions, short of us stopping carrying out statutory functions. This year alone we have had to remove a further £1m from our cost base (net council budget of £5 million). Our council tax is so low that even raising it by the £5 allowed for only generates an additional £130,000 per annum.

“We have served our residents well and have worked to devolve services down to our towns and parishes. Our decision as local members to unanimously support this proposal (cross party) for LGR was not an easy one – but now we have committed to this we want to get on with it!”

Representation

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

View North Dorset District Council’s Full representation.

 

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Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset – Purbeck District Council representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:27

The Leader of Purbeck District Council, Councillor Gary Suttle, has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, to inform him that Purbeck District Council has decided to withdraw its opposition to the proposed reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

The letter, dated 5 January 2018, is the Council’s representation following the Secretary of State’s statement of 7 November 2017 that he is “minded to” implement the proposal of six Dorset councils for the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

Read a copy of the Leader’s letter to the Secretary of State dated 5 January 2018

See the Statement made by the Secretary of State on 7 November 2017

See the 12 December 2017 Purbeck District Council report and recommendation 

See Purbeck District Council’s press release of 12 December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Dorset District Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:19

West Dorset District Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its support for Local Government Reorganisation LGR in Dorset.

At West Dorset District Council’s Full Council Meeting on 4 January, Councillors agreed to support the proposals for Local Government Reorganisation.

Cllr Anthony Alford, Leader of West Dorset District Council, stated in his formal representation letter:

“West Dorset is one of the original six councils to support proposals for change in the Future Dorset submission and wishes to proceed to implement them from April 2019. We recognise that time is short and we need to move with pace.

“This document makes certain representations in support. As a strong supporter of the proposals outlined in your statement, we do not suggest any alternative. The representations in this letter were approved by Full Council at its meeting on 4 January 2018.

“Within the area covered by the non-conurbation area of Dorset and subsequent to your statement, East Dorset District Council has accepted the Future Dorset proposals (option 2b) and Purbeck District Council has withdrawn its objection. Therefore all councils within the area covered by the Dorset Area Joint Committee are supportive of change and are actively engaged in preparing for it.

“The attitude of the Joint Committee is positive and ambitious and we want to focus on the outcomes that matter most for local people. We want to:

  • deliver further growth and prosperity
  • address the county’s infrastructure, housing and connectivity issues
  • improve the health and wellbeing of everybody in the county and reduce the impact of inequality
  • give children and young people in Dorset the best possible start in life and help them to achieve their potential.”
Representation

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

View West Dorset District Councils Full Representation.

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Weymouth & Portland Borough Council make representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:11

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its support for Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, stated on behalf of all Weymouth & Portland Group Leaders:

“Our challenge has been driven by the changing fate of our financial position, however, we have not been complacent in Weymouth & Portland and were one of the first councils to work in partnership with a neighbour (2010) and since 2015 have been a part of the ground-breaking Dorset Councils Partnership, the only partnership of three councils supported by a single Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team and Staff cohort. We all agree that we need a further step change in Dorset to preserve the delivery of public services in light of reductions in funding and increased demand on services for both County and Borough Councils.

“However, it is not just about cost reductions alone, this is also about a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a step change in the delivery of public services in Dorset. Utilising state of the art processes that deliver great customer service; the opportunity to create a new organisation, culture and service delivery model, will help us establish sustainable public services in Dorset fit for the future.”

Representation

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

View Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s full representation.

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Murdered woman was left without phone by police investigators

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:18
Katrina O'Hara's phone was seized by police days before she was stabbed to death by her ex-partner.
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Google Digital Garage Event for Dorset businesses: Friday 16 February

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:49

We are delighted to be working with Google Digital Garage to offer you an exceptional, business-led event on Friday 16 Feb. It will take place from 10am – 1:30pm at the council offices.

Book your FREE tickets now by clicking here! 

Boosting your digital skills will help you to understand your customers purchasing journey, know their habits and their attitudes, and how best to reach them. The digital landscape constantly changes and evolves, so why not come and learn from industry professionals who have their finger firmly on the digital pulse?

3 Hour long Workshops       Build a Digital Marketing Plan

You’ll find out how to build a bespoke digital marketing plan for your small business —and ways to measure its success.

     Reach New Customers Online

Discover how to attract new customers by optimising your presence on Google, learn to gather consumer insights, and get started with online advertising.

      Social Media Strategy

Discover exactly where your small business needs to be seen and heard on the web in this short course designed for aspiring social media marketers. You’ll get a rundown of the best social media platforms to use in 2018, plus your trainer will explain how to create a social media strategy that delivers the right goals for your business. We’ll cover the importance of defining a set of marketing guidelines too, so you can always stay on brand and on message.

 We will also provide some drinks and nibbles for you to enjoy.

How can the council help you? 

Additionally, our economic regeneration team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about business in Dorset. We can advise on grants, offer advice on planning or financial queries or point you in the direction of our partner agencies that may be able to support you and your business.

Our Commitment to the Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy  The Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy is a joint commitment between North Dorset District, West Dorset District, Weymouth and Portland Borough and Dorset County Councils. We pledge to keep economic growth at the forefront of our policy development and implementation. Our vision for Dorset is to thrive and prosper. We have committed to supporting this through 5 key strategic themes. Infrastructure, Homes and Employment sites, Employment and Skills, Business and Sectors, Assets and Policy. By 2033 the Economic Growth Strategy will have supported and delivered:
  • 20,000 new homes
  • 13,200 new full-time equivalent jobs
  • A minimum of 70 hectares of new employment land
  • An increase from 25% to 35% in the proportion of workforce with Level 4 qualifications or higher
  • An additional £564 million of GVA to the Western Dorset Area
To read the Strategy in detail, please click here.

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Dorset Community Safety Partnership publishes domestic homicide review

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:29

The findings of an independent domestic homicide review into the death of a woman killed by her ex-partner have been published.

Commissioned by the Dorset Community Safety Partnership (CSP), in line with Home Office guidance, the review set out to establish what can be learned from the events leading up to the victim’s death. An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has also been published.

The murder was committed in January 2016. The victim’s ex-partner was found guilty of the offence in July of that year, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The minimum term was set at 26 years.

The report concluded that there were lost opportunities to act differently in the events prior to the murder and that lessons can be learnt to improve the response to similar situations in the future.

Since the review began, agencies across the county have made changes to their services in order to try and minimise the chance of such a tragic case happening again.

Chair of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership Cllr Andrew Kerby said:

“This was a very tragic case. We would like to express our condolences to friends and family of the victim and to thank those who contributed to the review at such a difficult time. The review, examines the circumstances of this case and agency involvement. It allows us to look at how organisations respond to domestic abuse and highlights where lessons can be learned. All agencies take the recommendations from the review very seriously and will ensure they are acted upon.”

“We want to create safer communities, so it is vital that victims of domestic violence, their friends, family and the wider community report abuse to the police or some other local agency.”

The full report is available at: www.dorsetforyou.com/domestic-homicide-reviews.

YOU First is a countywide service which provides a helpline for any victims of domestic abuse aged 16 and over. The service has a single point of contact number (0800 032 5204) and is available to both victims and professionals requiring help, support and advice.

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Recycling centres continue to get the deep clean treatment

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:55

Four more household recycling centres (HRCs) in Dorset will close for separate two-day periods during January and February for essential cleaning and maintenance.

In the coming weeks, the Portland HRC on Easton Lane will be unavailable on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 January, re-opening at 10am on Friday 19 January.

Shaftesbury’s HRC at Wincombe Business Park will be inaccessible to the public on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January. It will re-open for use at 10am on Friday 26 January.

This will be followed by the Blandford site on Shaftesbury Lane being closed all day on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 February. It will re-open as usual at 10am on Friday 9 February.

Weymouth’s HRC (Lodmoor) on Preston Beach Road will be closed on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 February. It will reopen at 10am on Friday 16 February.

The annual ‘deep clean’ consists of thorough cleansing, landscape maintenance, relining of parking bays, painting and general repairs to steps and recycling containers.

Karyn Punchard, Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:

“We have chosen a relatively quiet time of year and the least busy part of the week to carry out this work, minimising disruption for local people as much as possible. For practical and safety reasons we need to close these sites to visitors during this period.

“The deep clean is part of a planned maintenance programme for all our HRCs built into our contract with operators W&S Recycling.”

During the two-day closures, local residents can use any of the other HRCs in Dorset.

There are no fees for entry to the HRCs, with the majority of items accepted free of charge. There are restrictions on the use of some vans and trailers so please check to see if you need to apply for a permit. This is a quick and simple process, with an immediate approval in most cases.

A map of Dorset’s household recycling centres is also available.

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Erika Prisacaru hit-and-run death: Man released over mum's death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:53
Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car two days after Christmas.
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Rail strikes: Train workers at five firms walkout in safety row

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:18
Rail, Maritime and Transport union members will strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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Missing Bournemouth mum Sheralee White contacts family

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:08
Police are no longer looking for a woman who disappeared with her son from a seaside resort.
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Bournemouth mum Sheralee White still missing as son found

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:34
Sheralee White, 32, was said to be "upset" when she was last seen with her child in Bournemouth.
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Erika Prisacaru hit-and-run death: Man, 60, arrested

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 10:19
A 60-year-old is held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice over Erika Prisacaru's death.
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Christchurch submits alternative to Dorset council merger

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 10:38
Christchurch is the only council in Dorset opposing plans to merge into two unitary authorities.
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