East Dorset District Council has resolved to transfer a total of 40 local assets, including areas of land, to town and parish councils prior to local government reorganisation in Dorset.
All agreed assets will be legally transferred under the Local Government Act 1972 to those town and parish councils which expressed interest. The agreements made will ensure assets are managed and used for the same purpose as they are currently and will prevent development of these assets in the future, without the consent of the new Dorset Council.
Cllr Simon Tong, Chair of the Cabinet Committee (One YearCllr Simon Tong
Strategy), East Dorset District Council, said: “East Dorset District Council recognised that transferring assets to our local town and parish councils will help ensure that the assets continue to be managed locally.
“I’m pleased that we have been able to move quickly on this issue and that we are working so closely with the town and parish councils to ensure that they are in a position to take on the management of the assets as soon as possible.”
Those assets which remain in the ownership of EDDC will naturally pass to the new Dorset Council on 1 April next year and will continue to be maintained by the new council.
The Local Government Act requires assets that include open space to be advertised for disposal in the local press, and from the total of 40 assets, 16 are deemed to be open space.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the transferral of assets to local town and parish councils, please contact James Oram by emailing email@example.com or calling 01202 795605.
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A group of properties along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast are to get some of the fastest internet connections in the UK.
With advice from the Superfast Dorset project, people living and working in Coast Road – a stunning but isolated location between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury – have tapped into Government money to future proof their broadband.
On learning that they fell outside any commercial or publicly-funded plans for faster internet, locals applied to the national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which funds full fibre connections for businesses and the homes around them. Their chosen network provider Openreach will fund the other half of the project as part of its Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme.
Openreach engineers will now extend fibre-optic cables from the exchange direct to properties in the area giving access to ultrafast download speeds of up to 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) – more than 300 times faster than their current connections and fast enough to stream 200 HD Netflix movies simultaneously.
The Othona Community in Coast Road has been offering retreats, courses and holidays-in-community since 1965. Its visitors come from all over the UK and some from overseas.
Tony Jaques, who has overseen the growth of the community since 1995, said: “Until I arrived there wasn’t a single computer on site! And we still have an emphasis on trying to live simply. But today, of course, our good administration and communication relies on internet connection.
“To be honest, as a small business and a charity we really struggle with the existing copper network. So to have fibre-optics all the way to our buildings will be a dream come true. And help from public funding makes sense. Without it businesses like ours in outlying areas just get left behind.”
Under the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group.
Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500.
The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers. More details and a list of locally active suppliers.
Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership programme is designed to help people in places not included in any current roll-out plans to bring fibre broadband to their local area, working with Openreach to co-fund the installation.
Emma Howarth, Programme Director for Openreach, said: “I’m delighted that we’ll be able to help the process of bringing ultrafast broadband to Coast Road.”
“Partnerships like this help us bring high-speed connections to those areas that broadband providers, for a variety of reasons, struggle to upgrade alone.
“That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of similar community projects across the UK, working in partnership with businesses, schools and residential communities to deliver faster speeds from a wide choice of competing service providers.”
The UK-wide CFP programme is bringing fibre broadband to some of the UK’s most challenging areas with more than 30,000 UK households and businesses already able to benefit from faster speeds. The figure is expected to double to 60,000 within 12 months.
Across the UK, more than 600 CFP schemes have already been agreed, with upgrades complete in more than 200 communities. Once Openreach has installed the infrastructure, residents can place an order for the new faster services with a provider of their choice.
Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “I’m pleased we have been able to support these homes and businesses, who can look forward to the very fastest internet speeds.
“Of course, around 96 per cent of properties in Dorset can already access superfast broadband – download speeds of 24 Mbps or more. But to benefit you have to contact an internet provider and ask to switch to fibre broadband.”
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Purbeck District Council has issued a statement to provide clarification and explain the next stage in the process of preparing the Purbeck Local Plan.
In early 2018, the District Council organised a public consultation on a number of options for meeting the District’s housing needs. 8,000 residents, along with businesses and other stakeholders, responded to a questionnaire and telephone survey. The findings have been used to help draft the Purbeck Local Plan which looks ahead up to 2034.
The draft Local Plan will be considered by Purbeck District Councillors at a full meeting of the District Council on 9 October 2018.
At this meeting, Councillors will decide whether to agree the draft Plan for publication.
Opportunity to comment between 22 October and 3 December
Subject to agreement by Councillors, the draft Plan will be published for six weeks, between 22 October and 3 December.
During this period, people will be able to comment on the ‘soundness’ of the plan. This relates to the way the plan has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements. These comments will be submitted to an independent planning inspector for consideration.
Please do not attempt to make a response on the draft Purbeck Local Plan before this period starts. Any comments made to the Council before the formal publication period cannot be accepted.
Representations must be made in writing using the form supplied by the Planning Inspectorate (which will be published on the Council’s web pages). When requested, the Council will be able to provide people with assistance completing the form.
During the publication period, copies of the plan, all supporting documents and guidance on how to make a representation will be published on the Council’s web pages. Hard copies of the plan will also be made available for inspection at a number of locations across the District.
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25 Dorset young carers have been taken to see War Horse at Southampton’s Mayflower as a reward for their hard work and for some down time from their often demanding responsibilities.
There are currently 117 young carers in the county being supported by the Dorset Young Carers Service.
Over the past year, the service has provided a range of activities and services to these young people including:
- one-to-one intensive support
- group day trips
- residential trips for the whole family
- practical skills training, such as first aid and cookery
The service has also teamed up with charity My Time in Worth Matravers, which offers play days and short breaks.
Dorset Young Carers Service believes that many more young carers may remain hidden and strives to identify and assess potential young carers to ensure they have access to all the help and support available to them.
Councillor Steve Butler, lead member for Children’s Services said:
“Dorset Young Carers Service provides these unsung heroes with support and understanding as well as time-out from their home responsibilities.
“Young carers can feel isolated and face many challenges depending on their personal situation.
“These activities are an opportunity for young carers to relax and talk with each other.”
Carole Saunders from the service said: “Events like these are only made possible for our young carers by the ongoing support of charities such as the Careline Appeal, who funded the theatre trip.
“We continue to receive support from Friends of Dorset Young Carers, Rotary clubs, My Time charity, Careline and the Leonardo Trust. Without them we wouldn’t be able to offer such a great range of support and activities for our young carers.”
Information, support and access to other local services for young carers and their family members can be found here.
We’re asking residents to get creative and suggest Dorset-themed names for our 12 largest gritters.
After their hard work last winter, we think our dedicated gritting and ploughing vehicles deserve some recognition!
From Yeti-minster to Brrrweston and down to Cold Harry Rocks, wherever you live in Dorset, we need your help.
Be inspired by literature, landmarks or people – Dorset has got a rich history for you to work with.
Get your suggestions to us by Friday 5 October, either email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment below or tweet @DorsetCC with #DorsetGrit
Our winter weather heroes, the gritter drivers, will choose their favourite names and the vehicles will be renamed for the start of the gritting season on 1 November.