Whatever the weather, the Summer Blast booklet will provide parents with a comprehensive and tempting menu of summer holiday opportunities across Christchurch and East Dorset.
Packed with exciting activities for children of all ages and abilities, Summer Blast gives parents and children plenty of choice from a wide menu of outdoor activities, sports, adventure and crafts.
So whether you want to introduce your children to living history, triathlon, woodland adventures, dance, theatre, film, pond dipping, tennis or football the variety on offer will guarantee a fun filled summer holiday and could help give parents a much needed break!
Holiday programmes from the following providers include:
QE Leisure Centre, Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Verwood Hub, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Highcliffe Castle, Allendale Community Centre, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne History Festival, Christchurch Tennis Club, Go Ape, Pouncing Panthers at Mudeford Community Centre, Forest School, Christchurch Tennis Club, Go Ape, Artz Plus, Activate Coast and Countryside and The Priest’s House Museum.
The Summer Blast is distributed to primary schools across Christchurch and East Dorset, so keep an eye out for one in your child’s book bag.
Alternatively, they are available from the Christchurch Information Centre, Wimborne TIC, Allenview House (Teacher’s Building) and the Civic Offices in Christchurch.
You can also view it online now at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/summer-blast.
Agencies supporting children who are missing or at risk of exploitation in Dorset say they are committed to working better together. This comes after inspectors highlighted that partnership working needs to improve.
In May 2018, Government bodies carried out a joint inspection across the county. It spanned social care, police, health, youth offending and probation services and centred on how agencies work together – both as a partnership and as individual organisations.
They looked at how agencies deal with referrals when children may be in need or at risk of significant harm. They also reviewed leadership and management and examined several individual cases.
In their report, inspectors highlighted both strengths and areas for improvement but said that ‘multi-agency working is not always effective and Dorset children face negative experiences due to ineffective partnership working’.
They said that there is a ‘significant gap’ in some agencies’ understanding of the risks posed by gangs and ‘county lines’, which involves drug dealing networks using children to connect urban and rural areas across the UK. Inspectors said the partnership must put in place a mechanism to ensure intelligence is collected, shared, analysed and acted upon to provide an effective response.
Sarah Elliott, independent Chair of the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB), said:
“Although the inspection recognised areas of good practice by individual agencies, it reinforced how vital it is that all organisations work together to make sure children are safe.
“Vulnerable children who go missing or who are at risk of being exploited should expect to be protected from harm. The DSCB is independently reviewing the practice and service offered to children to make sure improvements are made.”
The inspection was carried out by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary Fire and Rescue Service and HMI Probation.
Inspectors did say there were some positive areas of joint working, including:
- the work of partners through the multi-agency safeguarding hub – the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in Dorset.
- joint working to deliver early help through Family Partnership Zones, which are made up of professionals from all agencies in local areas. Inspectors said it’s a ‘key vehicle’ in identifying families in need of early help and then offering support in the local community.
Dorset County Council is now co-ordinating a multi-agency plan of improvements.
Nick Jarman, Director for Children’s Services at Dorset County Council, said:
“Ensuring that vulnerable children in Dorset are protected and safe is our top priority and we acknowledge that we need to improve the way we work.
“Not long after I joined Dorset County Council in October 2017, we put in place a rigorous audit programme to look at the quality of our children’s social care practice. As a result, we put in place a robust service improvement plan to address these issues. The inspection confirmed what our audits had shown and a number of improvements have already been implemented.
“We’ve also invited colleagues from health, police, probation, rehabilitation and youth offending to join our service improvement board, which oversees progress on the plan, to help strengthen partnership working and challenge our performance constructively.”
Superintendent Fiona Grant, Public Protection Lead for Dorset Police, said:
“Protecting and safeguarding children is a core priority for Dorset Police. The Force continues to invest in dedicated teams that investigate criminal exploitation of children, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse, and safeguarding children identified as at risk. The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was established to strengthen and speed up information sharing, joint decision making and forming an understanding of the needs of the child and family, and we are pleased that the report recognises that good work.
“We will continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure that as a group we provide the best service possible to protect children who are at risk. In many areas we have already strengthened partnerships and improved the way we work together, but we are not complacent and will take any opportunity to help ensure that areas for improvement are acted upon.”
Vanessa Read, Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS Dorset CCG, said:
“Health and social care partners across Dorset regularly work closely together along with other agencies, but there is always room for improvement as the report has shown. We recognise this and are pleased to say that we have already started making improvements in the way we work with cases like those identified in the report, in order to ensure children who are considered at risk are given the support they need.”
David Webb, Service Manager for the Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service, said:
“Although we are pleased that the inspectors praised the work of the Youth Offending Service, we know that effective multi-agency working is essential for young people to be protected from exploitation. We are working with our partner agencies to strengthen our collaborative working and to improve outcomes for teenagers at risk.”
Agencies need to submit their joint improvement plan by 16 October 2018.
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Surface dressing is moving to Portland from Monday and will then head into Weymouth.
During very high road surface temperatures our gang will need to stop work at midday. Hand dusting will be carried out as necessary to ensure the bitumen ‘breaks’ and keeps hold of the stone chippings.
Work completed week commencing Monday 2 July:
- LYM CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- HAYE LANE, LYME REGIS
- WESTHILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
- HILL RISE ROAD, LYME REGIS
- PORTLAND COURT ESTATE, LYME REGIS
- CLAPPENTAIL PARK, LYME REGIS
- HIGHCLIFF ROAD – A3052 TO END OF ROAD, LYME REGIS
- UPPER WESTHILL ROAD – A3052 TO END OF ROAD, LYME REGIS
- CLAPPENTAIL LANE, LYME REGIS
- WARE LANE – SIDMOUTH ROAD TO COUNTY BOUNDARY
- COUNTY BOUNDARY TO SILVER STREET
Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 9 July:
- CROFT ROAD (1ST CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
- CROFT ROAD (2ND CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
- CROFT ROAD (3RD CUL-DE-SAC)
- CROFT ROAD – JUNC. WITH SHARPITTS TO ROAD END, PORTLAND
- COURT BARTON ROAD, PORTLAND
- COURTLANDS, PORTLAND
- BLINDMERE ROAD, PORTLAND
- WOOLCOMBE, PORTLAND
- BARLEYCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
- MARTINSCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
- BLACKNOR ROAD, PORTLAND
- BOWERS ROAD, PORTLAND
- GRANGECROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
- ISLE ROAD, PORTLAND
- FOUR ACRES, PORTLAND
- YEOLANDS ROAD, PORTLAND
- WESTCLIFF ROAD, PORTLAND
- WESTON ROAD – SERVICE ROAD FOR NUMBERS 2 TO 78 PLUS FLATS OFF WESTON ROAD, PORTLAND
Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 16 July:
- ANNES ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- DAVIDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
- BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD
Our surface dressing gang is working 9am to 4pm in urban areas and 8am to 4pm in rural areas.
Look out for yellow signs two days before work starts – please move your vehicle off the road before 9am and check that the road you move it to is not also being treated.
Surface dressing doesn’t take long and the road can be driven on as soon as it’s finished. Depending on the length of the road you live on, the road will be closed for around 1-2 hours while the treatment takes place.
White lining reinstatement will follow on from this and is generally a week or so later.
A new concrete path is being installed on the coastal route, along Newton’s Cove, in Nothe Gardens.New path to be installed
The building work will link the path to the main gardens. It will replace the current one that is steep and difficult to access for people with limited mobility.
The building work will commence on July 12, weather permitting, and is expected to take around five working days to complete. The existing pathway will be closed, in the interest of safety, for the duration of the works and the path will be modified to ensure that people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, can safely use this route.
The works are expected to cost around £7,000 and they will reduce the steepness of the slope and extend the existing pathway, building on previously prepared foundations.
Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Community Facilities said; “Nothe Gardens is one of Weymouth’s most beautiful green spaces, attracting thousands of visitors every year. I am so pleased that the new path will provide accessibility so that everyone can enjoy the route down from the gardens and truly appreciate the spectacular sea views.”
Christchurch Borough Council’s Judicial Review hearing will take place in the High Court on 30 July.
The council remains opposed to local government reorganisation in Dorset and firmly believes the Secretary of State acted beyond his powers in making the regulations which will see Dorset’s existing nine councils abolished and two new unitary councils created.
Having taken legal advice the council lodged a Judicial Review application and last month the Honourable Mrs Justice Lambert ordered that the case be heard in the High Court.
Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “The council believe we have a strong legal argument and we are working closely with our legal advisors to prepare our case for the court hearing. We have been thorough and meticulous in our approach and simply being granted permission to have our case heard sends a strong message that it is wholly with merit. I am pleased that we now have a date for the court hearing and we will continue to challenge the abolition of Christchurch Borough Council in line with the wishes of those we were elected to represent.”
We recently asked you to share your views on West Bay Road car park’s Sunday car boot sale. The original plan was to use the results as a corner stone of a report to take to West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee in July. However, in the interim period, we have had interest from Bridport Town Council on taking over the running of the car boot sale.Thank you
We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views about the car boot sale in the survey. We received 457 responses.Sorry for any confusion
Secondly, the notice that went up outside West Bay Road car park over the past weekend was issued incorrectly and we apologise for the confusion and upset this has caused. The notice was meant to say that the car boot was closed for the weekend just gone only.
The results of the survey will be discussed by members of both West Dorset District Council and Bridport Town Council very soon. Both Councils are dedicated to reaching a satisfactory conclusion to ensure the car boot remains as a valued community asset.Results of the Survey DEMOGRAPHICS & BEHAVIOURS
- 21% customer and trader
- 77% customer only
- 42% aged 40-60
- 39% aged 60+
- 15% 39 and under
- 54% full/ part time work or education
- 35% retired
- 57% car/ motorbike etc
- 39% walk
- 66% of respondents were likely to recommend the market [those who scored the car boot as 8,9,10 out of 10]
West Bay car boot survey – full results
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Many people don’t realise that if you care for someone else’s child, and they’re not a close relative, you must let your local council know. This applies to any child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) who is in such an arrangement for 28 days or more.
During Private Fostering Week (9-13 July), Dorset County Council is raising awareness of the legal obligations around caring for someone else’s child.
Cllr Steve Butler, Cabinet member for safeguarding, said: “By law, you must notify us if you are involved in private fostering, either as a parent or carer. As the local council, it’s our duty to make sure any fostered child is safe, healthy and happy. We can offer support and advice, both to the child and private foster carers.
“We are also urging teachers, health workers and other professionals to be vigilant and to inform us if they believe a child is being privately fostered.”
The ruling doesn’t apply when children are being looked after by ‘close relatives’, such as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (including a relation by marriage/civil partnership).
Some examples of private fostering arrangements are:
- Parents are overseas and children stay with host families in the UK
- Parents are ill and can’t look after their children
- Children are living with friends due to parents’ separation or divorce
To let the county council know about a private fostering arrangement, please email MASH@dorsetcc.gov.uk or phone 01202 228866.
Find out more on dorsetforyou.gov.uk – search for ‘private fostering’.
Shoppers and visitors can now enjoy free, fast and reliable WiFi in Dorchester town centre.
From meeting up with friends via social media, finding out about events, getting directions or paying for parking . . . we rely on a good, stable internet connection to do so much these days.
With 4G and phone coverage patchy in the county town and research showing that one in four people are more likely to stay longer in a town centre if it offers free WiFi, Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID), local councils and Brewery Square have funded the new connection.
The network was installed by Dorset company Fusion WiFi and covers Dorchester’s main shopping streets, Brewery Square and the popular Borough Gardens.
Dorchester BID Project Director Phil Gordon said: “This has been a great example of how a BID can work well in partnership with all the local councils and businesses to achieve a valuable resource for the town.
“We already know it’s useful as during the pre-launch testing phase we have had more than 6,000 logins by over 2,000 unique users. People are not having to eat into their monthly data bundles with the free service . . . especially welcome to those with pay as you go contracts.
“People can now use the internet in town to discover all the shops, attractions and find their way to them easily using Google maps or other on-line products. It should really help with communications in town too, as we will be able to alert users to events taking place that they could otherwise miss.”
Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “In our increasingly digital age people use and expect social media and internet access as they go about their daily lives. For the most forward looking locations, allowing people to get online is now an important part of the shopping and visitor experience.”
Dorchester Mayor David Taylor said: “In particular we were pleased to work with the team to extend coverage to the Borough Gardens to provide an extra service for the thousands who use the park either for our programme of one-off events or as part of their daily routine.”
West Dorset District Council Portfolio Holder for Enabling Mary Penfold said: “We are delighted to have supported this project. I am sure it will not only benefit residents and visitors to the town, but also the businesses and encourage people to spend more time in the town centre.”
Charlotte Spracklen, Brewery Square Centre Manager, said: “Brewery Square have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Dorchester WiFi project with the Dorchester BID. It’s a fantastic idea to bring free WiFi to residents and visitors when they are out and about shopping, eating and enjoying what Dorchester has to offer. We’re looking forward to continuing to work alongside the BID on this exciting project.”
Dorchester’s free public WiFi is funded by Dorchester BID, Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, Dorchester Town Council and Brewery Square.
The service is provided by placing network access points on CCTV columns and building walls. These work together and ultimately hook into the public fibre optic network provided in part by the Superfast Dorset project.
We have appointed b-side – a local arts organisation based in Dorset – to help us deliver an exciting new art installation in Weymouth. The aim is to deliver a high-quality, creative enhancement in the town centre. The team at b-side have a wealth of experience of commissioning both permanent, and temporary, public realm work.Background
In December 2017, Weymouth & Portland borough council’s management committee made the decision to allocate £123,000 [from the reserves set aside for one-off projects] towards a public arts installation. The Member Arts Advisory Panel will oversee the project and be consulted on designs and locations and offer advice on selection of the artist/s to carry out the work.Community input
Stage one of this exciting project is all about understanding what the community wants. b-side are in the process of organising a series of public engagement events. The first will be on Wednesday 11 July. Join them for a walk around Weymouth, and a group discussion that will investigate how we encounter our streets. Through a range of led events, b-side will encourage participants to share their thoughts and ideas.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited, but this event is very much seen as the pilot; to will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform what a new public artwork might look like.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited but this event is very much seen as the pilot; it will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform future events.
We will also be launching a digital initiative so that those who cannot attend any of the events but would still like to contribute their views can do so.
Carolyn Black, B-side consultant, said: “We are keen to engage with the local Weymouth community to understand your needs and thoughts. We want to welcome everyone to all our events, and we’ll cater for all ages and abilities, just get in touch before you book. Join us for a walk around town to look at what we have, and consider what we could have, in Weymouth. Together we will run some ideas around, discuss opportunities and possible outcomes. We’ve allowed one and a half hours to do this – it may take less time (or more), but it is important that we don’t have to rush.”#WalkTalkArt
We’ve created a hashtag to help with collating thoughts and images from the public on the project. Please use this hashtag on twitter and Instagram if you have a digital comment to make!
Cllr Richard Kosior, briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour said: “We value our communities’ input, ideas and opinions. We know there are so many ideas that people have for enhancing the environment in Weymouth. This is the first step to helping realise our collective ambitions and aspirations for high quality public art for the benefit of both residents and tourists alike.”
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