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Reece Topley: Hampshire seam bowler out again with stress fracture in back

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 22:05
Hampshire seam bowler Reece Topley will miss the rest of the season and require surgery on a stress fracture in his back.
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South Western Railway users suffered "unacceptable" delays

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:37
A report into the poor performance of Network Rail and South Western Railway reveals poor planning.
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Lewis Grabban: AFC Bournemouth accept £6m Nottingham Forest bid for striker

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:14
Championship side Nottingham Forest have a £6m bid accepted for AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban.
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Train guards in overtime ban over sacked colleagues

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:48
Claims that the disciplinary process was abused have been denied by the rail company.
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Bournemouth pay £4.75m to settle Financial Fair Play dispute

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:05
Bournemouth will pay £4.75m to the Football League to settle a Financial Fair Play dispute, arising from their Premier League promotion in 2015.
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Gaia Pope: Police probe into teen's rape claim investigated

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:26
A police investigation into the teenager's allegation of rape before her death is to be examined.
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Melbury Abbas HGV row: Parish withdraws lorry ban bid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 17:30
The parish council wanted lorries banned from the route after a number of vehicles became wedged.
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The Peninsula development – exactly what’s needed to help Weymouth thrive as a 21st century town

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:54

We get an up-to-date statement on the Peninsula development from Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets.  He explains why  the proposals are exactly what is needed to help Weymouth thrive.

Weymouth Peninsula Transforming the town

“The Peninsula proposal has gone through multiple periods of public engagement and has received input from leading market experts, as well as local businesses and stakeholders.  We thank everyone for all of their constructive comments and feedback.

“The scheme submitted for planning is consistent with the town centre Masterplan’s overarching aim, and shared vision, of transforming the town into a year-round destination.”

Year round destination

“The submitted proposals consider the leisure market, the existing hotel demand and the development needs of the harbour. Our aim is to upgrade the town’s tourism offering with new indoor leisure facilities that will provide a year-round draw, whilst creating new public spaces and family-orientated commercial uses for residents and tourists alike.

“The Peninsula project is part of plans to transform Weymouth  into a vibrant, year-round destination and provide more leisure facilities for residents and visitors alike, while complementing other facilities and businesses in the town.”

Public space

“Significant public space is included in the outline planning application. The car parking area in front of the Pavilion will provide a landscaped public open space for community events and general use.

“In addition, an enlarged pedestrian walkway will continue the promenade on to the Peninsula and all the way around the site. There is also the possibility of space for education uses and SME start-up businesses.

“We are confident that the proposals clearly outline what is required to ensure Weymouth thrives as a 21st century resort and will continue to take the proposals through the official planning process.”

Benefits for Weymouth & Portland
  • Creation of employment
  • Strengthening the Weymouth town centre offering
  • Improving the local accommodation and leisure offer
  • Enhancing visitor economy

To keep updated on all Peninsula development news make sure you follow us on twitter. Regular updates will be posted on the newsroom and on the Peninsula landing page.

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Athleteshop.co.uk ceases trading

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:01

Athleteshop, an internet retailer selling sports goods, has ceased trading.

Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards service has received a number of complaints from customers who have not received their orders.

The company used a return address at Freeland Park in Lychett Matravers, Dorset, but was actually based in Holland.

Customers who have paid using a credit card should contact their card provider to ask if they are eligible for a refund under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

Those who paid by debit card should contact their bank and ask if they can be refunded under the chargeback scheme.

Further advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040 506.

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HMO licensing requirements set to change

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:57

Landlords across the country will need to be licensed in order to let a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

HMO Licensing requirements extended

North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are keen to alert landlords to the change in legislation, which comes into force from 1 October 2018.

New legislation means that landlords who have HMOs occupied by five or more people in two or more separate households will require a licence. It also brings in mandatory conditions such as minimum sleeping room sizes, maximum number of occupants and provision of refuse facilities.

Why do HMOs need a licence?

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

“Licensing of HMOs ensures that our housing team know about properties which may present significant health risk to residents. It also gives us the evidence that shows appropriate management arrangements have been made for the property.”

Licenses will be granted if the proposed licence holder is a ‘fit and proper’ person and is the most appropriate person to be given a licence as well as if the house is suitable for occupation by a certain number of people.

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“The changes to the regulations will drive up conditions for residents. Through the licensing process, officers will be able to advise property owners of the regulations and enforce them.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing, said:

“Weymouth and Portland have a high number of HMOs compared to the surrounding areas. Through these new regulations, even more are likely to be identified. The bigger catchment will bring properties to our attention that might not be suitable and we can then work with the property owner to find a solution.”

What happens if a HMO isn’t licensed?

Councils have the ability to either impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 for noncompliance with licensing requirements, or to prosecute in the courts.

However, this is a last resort. The council’s Housing Team is committed to working with property owners to ensure licensing requirements are followed. Landlords who are uncertain if their property requires licensing should contact the Housing Improvement Team.

Landlords and tenants can ask for advice by contacting our Housing Improvement Team by emailing housingimprovement@dorset.gov.ukor by phoning 01305 251010.

How do I apply for a licence?

 Landlords are able to obtain an application form by contacting housingimprovement@dorset.gov.ukor by phoning 01305 251010.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a HMO licence is set by the district / borough council. North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have all agreed a fee of £650 for a new application and £550 for a renewal.

A 10 per cent discount is available for landlords who join our Landlords’ Local Authority Partnership or one of the three national landlord associations. Fees for members would therefore reduce to £585 for a new licence and £495 for a renewal.

The Landlords’ Local Authority Partnership is free to join. Members will benefit from seminars as well as quarterly newsletters with the latest industry news. More information about the partnership is available on dorsetforyou.com.

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Firefighters tackle Corfe Castle blaze

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:25
A school geography trip had to be cancelled because of the fire.
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Melbury Abbas judicial review at an end

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:13

Dorset County Council can confirm that the High Court has approved a consent order withdrawing the Judicial Review application against the heavy goods vehicle routing between Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury on the A350 and C13. This ends the Court proceedings.

Routing of HGV’s through Melbury Abbas will now continue as agreed by Dorset County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 6 December 2017 – with an advisory one-way system in place for HGVs travelling on the A350 and C13.

Northbound vehicles will be advised and directed to use the A350 and southbound vehicles will be advised and directed to use the C13.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “Our decision on the routing options along the A350 and C13 was sound. We will now continue with our traffic management proposals through Melbury Abbas.”

Vehicle activated message signs (VMS) will be installed for HGVs travelling through the pinch point in Melbury Abbas.

Working in conjunction with a new pull-in, the VMS at Melbury Abbas will advise HGV drivers to wait in the pull-in when there is another HGV in the narrow section, with the sign advising the driver when it is clear to move through the passage. This system will work in addition to the current traffic signal control shuttle working in Dinah’s Hollow.

Work already completed as part of the A350 and C13 route management scheme includes village gateways and new speed limit signs, surfacing and patching work, new MMA hard-wearing lining at Stepleton Bends and an anti-skid surface applied on the uphill section of Spread Eagle Hill for HGVs heading south out of Melbury Abbas.

Dorset County Council will continue to work with Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset councils to push for a long-term solution for the north-south route between the M4 and Poole port.

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Helping older people stay at home longer

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:05

Michael has early stage dementia and lives alone in a rural Dorset village. He is fiercely independent and wants to stay in his own home.

His only daughter, who lives in London, supports her father’s decision to live at home as long as possible.

But Michael has started to become disoriented at night and sometimes leaves his home in the dark, potentially risking his own safety.

Traditionally, the family would have been forced to consider residential care, with all the costs and loss of independence. However, digital technology has presented Michael and his family with an alternative.

Working with Michael’s family, the county council installed a series of sensors in his home to monitor when he moves towards the back door – the one he always uses to go out.

An app on his daughter’s mobile phone alerts her when Michael is walking towards the back door. She can then talk to him and provide reassurance via a WiFi video camera on a wall by the back door.

Michael has been able to stay in his home for longer with the support of his family and friends. His daughter has the reassurance that he is safer and less likely to go missing or fall during the night.

We wanted the least restrictive option to keep Michael safe and independent in his own home.

The cost of placing someone in care is around £27,000 a year. The WiFi video camera with live smartphone viewer was £79.99.

The council and its partners have now begun experimenting with GPS devices to track the whereabouts of vulnerable people. If an individual moves outside a defined geographical area agencies can be alerted.

The aim is to maintain independence, exercise and daily routines, while keeping individuals safe and providing reassurance for their carers.

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Adam Federici: Stoke City sign Australia goalkeeper from Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 18:52
Stoke City sign Australia international goalkeeper Adam Federici from Premier League side Bournemouth.
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Dorset Unitary Council ward boundaries plan unveiled

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:32
Residents are being asked their views on the new boundaries which would come into effect next year.
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West Bay car boot sale update

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:46
Thank you

Firstly, we want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views about the West Bay car boot sale in the recent survey. We received 457 responses. Your views are important to us.

Apology

Secondly, the notice that went up outside West Bay Road car park over the 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 only as the works on the site were still in progress.

Results of the survey

We wish to make it known that we fully support the car boot and the recent survey was to understand how people feel about it and its current location. The results of the survey were analysed last week and 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.

The Town Council have expressed their interest in taking over the running of the car boot sale.

Cllr John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection & Assets said: “We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views. In partnership with the town council, we are committed to ensuring the prosperity and longevity of the car boot sale.”

The car boot survey results report will be made public over the next few days.

Re-open on Sunday 15 July

The car boot will remain closed this weekend whilst we agree how best to move forward, but we expect it to re-open for Sunday 15 July and to remain as a location for the car boot until the end of the season at the beginning of October. The result of the conversations will be announced in due course.

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Weymouth residents evacuated after grassland 'arson'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:03
Two areas of grassland were set alight in Weymouth close to homes in The Finches and Kestrel View.
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Free computer help on offer

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:05

Help is at hand for anyone in Weymouth who wants to get to grips with computers, smartphones or tablets.

A series of free and friendly ‘Getting started with computers’ sessions will be held at St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road for one week in July.

Tony Dobbs, one of Superfast Dorset’s Digital Champion volunteers, will be running the sessions at the following times:

  • Monday 9 July – 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 10 July – 10am to noon
  • Wednesday 11 July – noon to 2pm
  • Thursday 12 July – 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday 13 July – 2pm to 4pm

Tony says: “Whether you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone – come along with or without your device and get free advice.

“If you are puzzled, scared of computers, worried about online security, or just have problems using email, making free video calls or doing online shopping, these sessions are designed to help you. They are drop-in sessions so you do not need to make an appointment – just come along during the times above.”

The sessions are being sponsored by ASM. Sandra Hartnell, Senior Human Resources Manager at ASM, said: “We are a high-tech company with a strong local presence and we are very keen to support efforts, such as this, to improve digital inclusion throughout the country. This local initiative has our full support and we hope many people will benefit.”

The latest research shows that around 150,000 Dorset adults need help with digital skills and 70,000 have no internet access. This means they are missing out on all the benefits of the internet, from finding money-saving deals for utilities to applying for jobs or benefits.

If you, or others you know, need help to get started online then come along to St Aldhelm’s or join one of the free regular sessions held across the county. Contact your local library for more information or visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/superfast

Dorset libraries also provide free computer access, free WiFi and other services such as scanning facilities.

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Have your say on new council ward boundaries for Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:17

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Dorset Council.

In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils replaced by two new councils. This includes a new Dorset Council.

The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October. A consultation is taking place at the same time on new ward boundaries for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how Dorset will be represented.

The Commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose thirty one-councillor wards, fourteen two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards.

The boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is a chance for local people to have their say on how they will be represented by the new Dorset Council.

“We want to build wards that make sense to local people and mean something to them. That is why we want to hear as much local evidence as possible before we finalise the plans in October.”

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings

 

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.

 

By post:

The Review Officer (Dorset)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

1st floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0TL

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Give us your views online: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

 

Key to map:

  1. Avon Heath & Moors Valley
  2. Badbury & Allen Vale
  3. Beacon
  4. Beaminster
  5. Bere Regis & Bovington
  6. Blackmore Vale
  7. Blandford
  8. Bridport
  9. Chalk Valleys
  10. Charminster St Mary’s
  11. Chesil Bank
  12. Chickerell
  13. Colehill East
  14. Corfe Mullen
  15. Cranborne & Alderholt
  16. Cranborne Chase
  17. Crossways
  18. Dorchester East
  19. Dorchester West
  20. Eggardon
  21. Ferndown North
  22. Ferndown South
  23. Gillingham
  24. Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants
  25. Isle of Purbeck
  26. Lyme & Charmouth
  27. Lytchett Matravers & Morden
  28. Lytchett Minster & Upton
  29. Marshwood Vale
  30. Portland
  31. Preston & Radipole
  32. Puddletown & Lower Winterborne
  33. Rodwell & Wyke
  34. Shaftesbury Town
  35. Sherborne East
  36. Sherborne Rural
  37. Sherborne West
  38. South West Purbeck
  39. Stalbridge
  40. Sturminster Newton
  41. Swanage
  42. Upwey & Broadwey
  43. Verwood
  44. Wareham
  45. West Moors South
  46. West Parley
  47. Westham
  48. Weymouth Town
  49. Wimborne Minster & Colehill West
  50. Winterborne & Broadmayne
  51. Winterborne North
  52. Yetminster

 

 

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Have your say on new council ward boundaries in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:10

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils replaced by two new councils. In the east of the county, a new Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council has been proposed.

The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October.

A consultation is taking place at the same time on new ward boundaries for Dorset Council which will cover the western part of the county.

The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how they will be represented in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The Commission proposes that the council should have 76 councillors in total. The plans propose twenty-three two-councillor wards and ten three-councillor wards.

The boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for ward boundaries for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking people and organisations to tell us if they agree with the wards we have drawn or if not, how they can be improved.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of the council area or just your part of it.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.

By post:

The Review Officer (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 1st floor, Windsor House 50 Victoria Street London SW1H 0TL

Email:

reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Give us your views online: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

 

 

Key to map:

  1. Alderney & Bourne Valley       18.       Moordown
  2. Bearwood & Kinson South      19.       Mudeford
  3. Boscombe East                       20.       Muscliff & Strouden Park
  4. Boscombe West                      21.       Newtown
  5. Bournemouth Central              22.       Oakdale
  6. Broadstone & Merley               23.       Parkstone
  7. Burton Grange                         24.       Penn Hill
  8. Canford Cliffs                           25.       Poole Town
  9. Canford Heath                         26.       Queen’s Park
  10. Christchurch Central                27.       Redhill & Northbourne
  11. Commons                                28.       Talbot & Branksome Woods
  12. Creekmoor                               29.       Walkford & Highcliffe
  13. East Cliff & Springbourne        30.       Wallisdown & Winton West
  14. East Southbourne & Tuckton   31.       West Southbourne
  15. Hamworthy                               32.       Westbourne & West Cliff
  16. Kinson North                            33.       Winton East
  17. Littledown & Iford

 

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