Dorset

Lewis Grabban: Sunderland allow Bournemouth striker to end loan spell early

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:43
Striker Lewis Grabban returns to Bournemouth after telling Sunderland he wanted to cut short his season-long loan deal.
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Dorset drug-driver jailed for killing motorcycle couple

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:37
Jamie Myers admitted causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his pillion passenger wife.
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Weymouth landlord says unsafe dates scheme is working

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:34
Over 40 bars, pubs and clubs across Weymouth are using the scheme.
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Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace back from injury for Olympic bid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:35
Lloyd Wallace was put into an induced coma after hitting his head on a ski jump during training.
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Christchurch Borough Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:49

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

Following its Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 2 January councillors agreed to write to the Secretary of State setting out its proposal that Bournemouth and Poole councils unite and become one single unitary council whilst the rest of Dorset remains as it is operating a two-tier system with the county council and district/ borough councils. The council believes that with increased partnership working and sharing of services, such as the Dorset Waste Partnership and the Stour Valley and Poole Partnership the estimated savings would be £29.9m.

The council is requesting additional time from the Secretary of State to work up a full business plan on this proposal which it believes would yield the same annual savings as the Future Dorset submission.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “Having considered various options, we believe that the representation we have made to the Secretary of State clearly sets out a workable alternative to the Future Dorset submission.

“The results of our local poll showed overwhelmingly that Christchurch residents do not support becoming part of a unitary council with Bournemouth and Poole. The implementation of our proposal, including maintaining the current two-tier structure, would still see the necessary savings achieved across local government in Dorset, whilst ensuring we maintain control of important factors such as housing allocation and planning. We await the Secretary of State’s decision and hope he will allow us the additional time to produce the comprehensive business plan to sit alongside our proposal.”

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 January or February 2018.

Documentation

Read the Representation letter

Read the full Representation report

See: Appendix 1

See: Appendix 2 – Partnership Development Strategy 2014-2018

See: Appendix 3 – Corporate plan 2016 – 2020

See: Appendix 4.1

See: Appendix 4.2

See: Appendix 4.3

See: Appendix 5

See: Appendix 6.a

Read the resolution from the Extraordinary Council Meeting 02.01.2018

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Work to start at Avon Beach

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:41

The Avon Beach Promenade improvement works in Christchurch will begin later this month.

As part of the council’s ongoing programme of works to improve and renovate the coastal defences, these works will see the lower section of the promenade raised by approximately 900mm and some of the promenade widened. These improvements will ensure better protection for the promenade and cliffs, along with the residential streets and properties above.

Following an open tender process, PT Contractors Ltd were awarded the contract in December 2017. They will commence work on Monday 22 January 2018 and construction is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

The owner of the promenade beach huts will temporarily remove them from site, whilst the works are carried out, and it is anticipated that they will be returned in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Cllr Margaret Phipps, Champion for Rivers and Coastal Issues, Christchurch Borough Council said “It’s imperative that we do all we can to protect our distinctive coastline in Christchurch. We are proud of our Council’s ongoing coastal protection programme and I look forward to seeing these works completed.”

The Council’s capital programme allocated monies for the work with additional funding agreed by Resources Committee in December 2017. The total cost of the project is expected to be £461,000, of which nearly £90,000 will be met by the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio project and £74,400 by a third party contribution.

Natalie Poulter, Dorset Coastal Connections Project Co-ordinator said “It will be fantastic to see work getting underway at Avon Beach. The project will ensure that this popular stretch of beach is protected for future generations and will be a benefit to the local community and visitors to our coastline.”

Public access to, and along, the beach will be maintained whilst the work is being carried out. Although the promenade will be closed, access will be maintained across the beach.

 

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Callum Stanton: AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper rejoins Guernsey FC on loan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:08
Guernsey FC re-sign AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Callum Stanton on loan until the end of the season.
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East Dorset District Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:43

representation

East Dorset District Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its position on local government reorganisation in Dorset.

Following its Full Council meeting on 11 December councillors agreed to write to the Secretary of State accepting his decision that he is ‘minded-to’ support option 2B. In light of this members will now work towards getting the best deal for the residents of East Dorset.

Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of the Council, East Dorset District Council, said: “Our representation to the Secretary of State reflects the majority decision of the council confirming its commitment to change in local government in Dorset.

“We are already members of the Dorset Area Joint Committee and are actively involved in the ongoing work to ensure that the residents of East Dorset continue to receive the best services possible as we move forwards.”

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 January or February 2018.

Documentation

Read the Letter to the Secretary of State

See: Appendix 1

See: Appendix 2

See: Appendix 3

See the Special Cabinet Report

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BDO World Darts: Scott Mitchell bids to rediscover title-winning form of 2015

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:27
Scott Mitchell hopes he can rediscover the form which saw him win the 2015 BDO World Darts Championship.
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Chesterfield sign Bournemouth keeper Ramsdale

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:24
League Two strugglers Chesterfield sign Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale on loan until the end of the season.
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Woman released over Erika Prisacaru 'hit-and-run' death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:04
Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car in Dorchester two days after Christmas.
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New Guide to Services launched

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:58

A new ‘Guide to Services’ will be delivered to parts of Weymouth next week.

Watch out for the New Guide to Services

 

The leaflet is a pilot produced by the Melcombe Regis Board. It aims to help residents find out about essential services that are available to them.

The leaflet will be delivered to Melcombe Regis and the surrounding area. A copy is also available online.

Useful guide

Matt Prosser, Chairman of the Melcombe Regis Board and Chief Executive of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “I hope residents will find this guide useful and will keep it to hand. If you have ever wondered who to contact for essential services, this guide will help.

“The request for a new ‘Guide to Services’ came from the Park Community Centre. I am pleased that we have been able to produce such a comprehensive leaflet. Watch out for it next week as it will hit doormats in Melcombe Regis and the surrounding area from 8th January.

“Anyone can access the guide online at dorsetforyou.com/service-guide”

The Melcombe Regis Board is a multi-agency body set-up so public service organisations can work together to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in the area. Melcombe Regis is in the top 10 per cent of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

It is made up of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Weymouth College, Public Health Dorset, Dorset County Council, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Team Around Melcombe Regis and Aster Housing.

 

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Dorchester 'hit-and-run': Woman arrested over Erika Prisacaru death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:33
Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car in Dorchester two days after Christmas.
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Gillingham Town Council submits Neighbourhood Plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:56

Gillingham Town Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to North Dorset District Council.

Gillingham Town Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan

The plan sets out a wide range of planning policies including policies that the community wishes to be used to protect and enhance the character of Gillingham. It has been submitted to North Dorset District Council to arrange for an independent examiner to assess it.

The district council is required to publicly consult on the plan. The plan, supporting documents, and response forms can be accessed online from dorsetforyou.com.

You can also view the plan at Gillingham library, Chantry Fields, and the District Council offices at Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum during normal opening hours.

All comments must be received by 5pm on Thursday 15 February 2018. These will then be sent to the examiner along with the plan. Depending on the examiner’s report, a referendum will be held for Gillingham residents to finally decide whether the plan should be approved.

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council, said: “Neighbourhood plans are a great way for a community to shape their area. I would encourage people with an interest in the future of Gillingham to have their say on the submitted plan.”

Residents of North Dorset can also have their say on North Dorset’s Local Plan Review up until 22 January.  Find out more.

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Dorset chef angry at police response to online racism report

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:01
Dorset Police said it was still investigating the claims by Jean Daniel Francois.
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Woman with multiple sclerosis refused benefit payment

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 18:49
Aliie Harpham says her Personal Independence Payment was refused after a 15-minute assessment.
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Dorchester 'hit-and-run': Hunt to find 'dirty' Audi A3

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:12
Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car on The Grove, Dorchester.
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Poole garage stabbing: Man jailed for eight years

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:02
Daniel Lowe stabbed a garage worker several times in the chest as they chatted in a car.
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Drug driving arrest in Hinton after tree hits car

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:10
A driver and his passenger are taken to hospital after a tree crushes their car.
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Christchurch bids to stop Dorset councils reorganisation

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:38
Christchurch is the only council in Dorset opposing plans to create two single authorities.
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