Our award-winning partnership with Google Digital Garage is returning to Dorchester on 19 October. Click here to register your free place. This is a NEW programme from the guys at Google, so if you came to the last one, there is plenty more to learn this time around!
Cllr XXXXX, brief/ Portfolio holder for XXXXX said: “Do you have a small or medium size business? Are you an aspiring digital marketer? Or do you just have an interest in expanding your digital skills? This one-stop shop will improve your confidence and maximise your marketing skills!”Book your FREE tickets now by clicking here! Three, one hour long workshops – plus lunch! Learn from the professionals
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?
Take a look at what attendees said about our first event, earlier this year…Friday 19 October – on the day…
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 Know your Business with Data
Take the guesswork out of digital marketing by learning how web analytics can empower you to make data driven decisions for your business. You will discover all the different insights available through Google Analytics, Trends Search and Social. Plus you’ll understand how to correctly interpret the data and use it to help your business grow.
11.00 – 12.00: Stay Safe Online
In this course for beginners and intermediates, you’ll learn to spot some of the common cyber threats out there – like how to shop and bank online securely. Our coaches will also share top tips on managing passwords and how family settings and controls can help keep unwanted content off your screens.
12:00 – 12:30 Break and Networking
12:30 – 13:30 Writing for Social Media
Finding the right words to describe your business isn’t always easy, and it’s even harder when you have limited space or characters. This compact course is great for small business owners, or aspiring social media marketers looking to develop their writing skills and produce slicker headlines and ad copy. You’ll also develop a tone of voice that means when you talk on social media, your customers will want to listen.
13:30 onwards – Lunch!
Why not stay for lunch? 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 we can 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
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A swing at the Nothe Gardens in Weymouth has been repaired.Swing repaired
The bird nest swing has now been repaired. Unfortunately it was recently damaged in an act of vandalism. It is not thought that this damage was done by children as the structure is extremely solid.
The repairs cost over £600 and include extra support to further strengthen the structure.
Councillor Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “It is very upsetting that vandals would damage part of the gardens that is intended for the enjoyment of children.
“This results in costing the borough council money, which could have been spent elsewhere.
The council have dealt with this very efficiently and I am sure that the Nothe’s younger visitors will be glad that it is working again.”
An abandoned puppy was left fighting for her life before being rescued by the district council’s Dog Warden Service.Rescued puppy
The three-month old Lurcher pup was in a poor condition and seriously ill when she was collected by the council’s Enforcement Officer.
He took the puppy to Damory Vets in Blandford last week, who began emergency treatment for Parvo virus.
Mandy Walters, Head Nurse at the practice said: “She was terribly thin and in a very poor condition.‘terribly thin and in poor condition’
“We all did our best for her, at first it was touch and go whether she pulled through. She was very lethargic, but clearly had a very sweet nature.”
The puppy, who was not microchipped and appeared to have been abandoned, was put on a drip and had to be hand fed liquid glucose.
Initial charges for her care were paid for by the district council and then Damory Vets took over the costs of her treatment.
Thankfully the puppy has now made a good recovery, she is bright, wagging her tail, eating well little and often and is putting on weight. She has been rehomed to a family of one of the nurses, who live on a farm. The lucky puppy will be their pet but have plenty of space to enjoy.‘No dog should be abandoned’
Michael Roake, Environment Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “We are all very glad this story has a happy ending. I’d like to thank our dog warden service and Damory vets.
“No dog should be abandoned, people should always contact the dog warden for help and I would like to remind people that it is their responsibility to keep a stray dog safe and contained until it can be collected.”
More information about what to do if you find an abandoned dog is available here.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Biscombe as the new Town Clerk for Weymouth.Weymouth’s new Town Clerk, Jane Biscombe
Jane was offered the role after a rigorous recruitment exercise and will take up her role full time in January 2019.
She starts in a part time capacity from November.
Although the Town Council will not officially come into being until April 2019, Jane will be closely involved in managing the project to set up Weymouth’s new Town Council.
This will include supporting the first elections to the new council in May next year and developing its strategic plan.
Speaking about her appointment, Jane said:
“I’m delighted to have been chosen for this exciting role and am really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in setting up a brand new council for Weymouth, and taking forward the town’s ambitious regeneration programme.
“I’m a people, project and change manager, with extensive experience in local government, governance and service delivery.
“Weymouth has a fantastic natural setting with so much potential and I can’t wait to lead the town council through these exciting times of challenge and opportunity.”
Jane brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has been a Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for over three years and is CiLCA qualified.
Working as the Town Clerk for Yateley Town Council in Hampshire since 2015, she was awarded the title of New Clerk of the Year in 2017 by the Society of Local Council Clerks. This is the body that recognises professional excellence amongst parish clerks.
Having joined Surrey County Council as a youth worker at the age of 18, Jane has worked for five district, borough and county councils. She has worked in service areas as diverse as community development, committee management and governance, highways, adult social care, project and change management and organisational development.Rigorous recruitment process
A nationwide recruitment campaign led by the Local Government Resource Centre took place over the summer to find the right Town Clerk for Weymouth.
Over twenty applications were received for the position. Six candidates were initially shortlisted for the post and, over two days of tests, activities, interviews and presentations, this was whittled down to three outstanding candidates.
Cllr Alison Reed, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council briefholder for Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement said:
“We’re absolutely delighted to have found such a bright and energetic Town Clerk for Weymouth and confident we have made the right choice.
“Jane has a fantastic track record as a clerk and is someone who, I am sure, will build a positive relationship with councillors and residents to deliver on our aspirations for the town.
“We can’t wait to get started. In preparation for Jane’s arrival we are setting up a shadow Town Council to provide support and strategic advice.”The role of the town clerk
Weymouth’s Town Clerk will be responsible for setting up one of the largest town councils in England and Wales. The new town council is likely to have a budget of around £2.5m and employ up to 50 staff.
A key requirement of the role is to provide strong leadership and build a wide range of positive working relationships with councillors, the council’s workforce and partner organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The town clerk will initially work with Weymouth’s ‘shadow’ Town Council to create the new council on 1 April 2019.A new council for Weymouth
A new town council for Weymouth is being established as part of the plans for local government reorganisation in Dorset. Without this, once the borough ceases to exist in April 2019, Weymouth would be the only area in Dorset without a town or parish council.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council approved plans to create Weymouth Town Council in February this year. The new council will cover the whole of the borough except the area presently covered by Portland Town Council.
The first order which provide the legal framework for the new town council was approved at an extra ordinary Full Council meeting on 28 June. It was agreed that 29 councillors should be elected with the area divided into 12 wards. This number may be reviewed after a proposed Boundaries Commission referral after the council is officially established.
The borough council members and officers are now working to establish the functions of the new town council and will be responsible for the resources and assets it will need to support these.
A ‘shadow’ Town Council has been set up to help guide the process. The shadow Town Council is comprised of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s 29 current members. The first meeting of the shadow town council is set to take place on 18 October.
Are childminders the right childcare choice for your family? Find out what childminders can offer, how they can help with your child’s development and what funding schemes you can use to help with the costs.1. What are the benefits of using a childminder?
Children and families are unique; you should choose a childcare option that works best for you and your child. Some families will find childminders more suitable because they can:
• provide flexible care
• work with small groups of children
• offer care in a home environment
• look after siblings of different ages
• collect children from school and/or pre-school
• take children on outings to play parks, local attractions and libraries etc.2. Can you use free early education for 2 to 4 year olds and other childcare funding schemes with a childminder?
Yes, many childminders offer up to 15 or 30 hours free early education. You can also use Tax-Free Childcare, the childcare elements of Tax Credits or Universal Credits with registered childminders. If in doubt, contact the childminder to ask if this is something they offer. If not, you can ask them to consider signing up to these schemes.3. Will a childminder help with my child’s development?
Childminders follow the same standards as nurseries and pre-schools, as set out in the early years foundation stage. Your child will learn mostly through play-based activities, which encourage development in areas such as language, communication and literacy.
Childminders are also assessed by Ofsted to ensure they are meeting these standards. They will receive an inspection outcome result (Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate). You can filter your childcare search on our Family Information Directory by Ofsted inspection results.4. What about safety and staff checks?
To care for children on their premises, your childminder will have:
• a paediatric first aid certificate
• a Disclosure and Barring check for criminal convictions (DBS)
• public liability insurance
• Ofsted checks to ensure their premises and any equipment are safe and suitable for childcare
• regular Ofsted inspections to judge the quality of care and education
If childminders have assistants working for them, they must ensure they are suitable to work with children.5. Do childminders care for school aged children?
Yes, as well as full day care for younger children, many childminders offer out of school care. This includes before and after school and during the holidays. Most will take and pick up children from school. Search our directory and contact local childminders to see what they can offer, including which schools they pick up from.6. Are you related to your childminder?
If your childminder is either your child’s grandparent, uncle/aunt or brother/sister there may be differences to the way you can use your funding. If they are a registered childcare provider and they are caring for your child on their own premises, rather than in your home, you can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay, or claim tax credits if you’re eligible. Your child cannot receive their 15 or 30 hours free childcare from a relative.Using our Family Information Directory, you can search for childminders and filter by:
• Ofsted inspection result (each childminder record also has a link to their Ofsted report)
• those who offer free early education for 2 to 4 year olds
• records with extra information about how they support children with SEN and disabilities
If you’re unsure what to look for, these Five Steps to Choosing Childcare could help.
If you’re struggling to find the right childcare provider for your family, we’ll do everything we can to help. Contact us on email@example.com.
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On Tuesday 18 September, Dorset County Council presented proposals at a meeting of Bridport Town Council for an innovative housing and care home development on Flood Lane.
The scheme, known as ‘Bridport Gateway’, will contain:
a new care home for people with nursing and dementia care needs
a range of housing for older people including supported living, extra care, and respite care housing
housing for keyworkers such as social workers, carers and nurses.
It is hoped that some social housing will also be provided as part of the scheme.
The county council is currently working to appoint a development partner(s). The preferred partner(s) will be submitted for approval to the new Dorset Council Shadow Executive Committee in January 2019.
Dorset County Council, Bridport Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Group will be part of the design team preparing the planning application. Consultation will form part of the planning application process, with Bridport residents invited to have their say on the proposed scheme. The aim is for Bridport Gateway to be completed in autumn 2021.
Councillor Jill Haynes, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Dorset County Council, said:
“This development of housing aimed at social care clients and keyworkers, alongside a new care home focused on providing nursing and dementia care will provide much needed accommodation for Bridport residents. It will greatly enhance the area around West Bay Road and Flood Lane. More importantly, it will meet the future need for accommodation for health and adult care services, with residents benefiting through personal choice and the ability to remain at home.”
Cllr Haynes also described the innovative use of relocatable housing to meet the short term accommodation needs for adult social care by building 12 housing units on the Fisherman’s Arms site. This will enable the residents to move to their permanent location on site when the development is completed, minimising disruption. The relocatable units will then be moved to another site elsewhere in the county planned for development.
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Additional money is being invested in to Dorset’s roads by Dorset County Council to get them ready for winter.
The Shadow Dorset Council Executive Committee has approved the county council Cabinet decision to push an extra £1.4m into road maintenance this financial year, aimed at repairing more of the damage left by Storm Emma and ‘The Beast from the East’ earlier this year.
Between January and June this year 16,052 defects were reported and 14,538 were repaired, up from 12,240 reported in the same period in 2017, with 11,540 repaired.
An additional programme of patching and resurfacing work is being drawn up by county council engineers based on inspection information and reports by members of the public. The first of these repairs will get underway on Monday 24 September.
Alongside road repairs, the money will fund an extra gully emptier to carry out a programme of highway drain clearance across Dorset’s C and D class roads. This will help prevent flooding – ensuring rural communities remain connected during the winter – and will protect roads from water damage.
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “For the first time in many years, Dorset’s highway network has seen an increase in the number of roads in need of maintenance.
“Our highway infrastructure is not only the lifeline of Dorset’s businesses but is relied upon by nearly every resident, however they travel, and we must ensure we maintain our roads as best we can within our current resources.
“Investing this additional money into our network will see an immediate improvement in the condition of many roads and will improve accessibility for all drivers.”
This year, Dorset County Council is already spending over £10m on highway maintenance, investing £4m in road resurfacing, £3m in road surface dressing, £1.8m in reactive repairs, £650,000 in planned patching works, £500,000 in drainage maintenance, £500,000 in footway repairs. Plus the extra £1.4m approved earlier this week.
On top of this, the Department for Transport allocated nearly £2.25m to Dorset County Council from its Pothole Action Fund following the extreme winter weather conditions. This has been invested in permanent patching or resurfacing repairs to damaged roads.
Cllr Turner continued: “We are committed to maintaining the condition of our network and will continue to focus on repairing the sections of road with the most damage, as well as prioritising our busiest roads and those that link to businesses or to market and coastal towns to help our economy thrive.
“There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into investigating road damage and designing the right repair to maximise our resources, as well as the hard labour of the repair work itself, and I’d like to thank the teams within Dorset Highways for all their work under these difficult financial pressures.”
A West Dorset smallholder has been ordered to pay £530 and is banned from keeping poultry and pigs for ten years after causing unnecessary suffering to chickens following a court hearing in Weymouth.
On 17 September 2018, at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court, Richard Thomas Hansford, aged 67, of Weymouth pleaded guilty to four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007. These offences related to four chickens kept on a small patch of land at Lewell near Dorchester.
The Court ordered Mr Hansford to pay fines totaling £300, prosecution costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £30. The court also imposed a ten-year ban from him keeping any poultry or pigs.
In February 2017, Dorset County Council’s trading standards service received a complaint about Mr Hansford’s chickens and visited the land he kept them on just outside Dorchester. They found the chickens in a large, muddy pen with no coop or place that they could be protected from predators or the weather. At the time of the visit the weather was bitterly cold which meant that any water left out for them was frozen. The available water was not clean as all the containers had green algae growing in them.
The court heard that Mr Hansford had received numerous visits and advice on how to care for his animals over a ten-year period but had continued to ignore this. In January 2017 Mr Hansford had signed a formal caution for almost identical charges relating to pigs he also kept on the land.
In mitigation, Mr Hansford stated that he had been a gamekeeper for 19 years and had done his best to look after his animals. He told the court he had suffered from depression for several years.
Sentencing him, the chair of the Magistrates said that Mr Hansford had caused distress to the animals for a significant period and that this was compounded by not adhering to the advice given to him by Trading Standards.
Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member responsible for Trading Standards said:
“The welfare legislation for animals sets out very clearly the acceptable standards that those keeping animals must meet. Any person keeping livestock must be in a position to adhere to these standards at all times. Our officers always try to work with keepers to ensure the standards are met but if this advice is repeatedly ignored we will have no option but to take formal action.”
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A review looking at whether to change the parish boundaries of Bridport has been put on hold.The review of Bridport’s parish boundaries is on hold. Photo: Bridport Town Council
Earlier this year Bridport Town Council asked West Dorset District Council to carry out a review of its parish boundaries. This is known as a Community Governance Review.
Over the summer local people were asked to give their views on the governance arrangements for their area, in particular the shared boundary with Symondsbury Town Council.
But at Tuesday’s Strategy Committee (11/9), the district council agreed to put the Community Governance Review on hold while the Local Government Boundary Commission for England carries out a review of the ward boundaries for the new Dorset Council.
The committee also recommended that Bridport Town Council resubmits its request to the new Dorset Council after its creation in April 2019. This would mean a wider review could take place and include other areas flagged by local residents during the consultation.
West Dorset District Council Corporate portfolio holder Cllr Peter Barrowcliff said:
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to give their views on this matter.
“We listened to the views expressed and decided it makes sense for a wider reaching review to consider all the options for changes to the Bridport Parish boundary.
“Unfortunately this is not something that can be done within the original timeline of the review.”
Find more information about the Review of Community Governance Arrangements for the Parish of Bridport and neighbouring parishes.
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