A special flag was raised at Purbeck District Council’s offices to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.
Taking part in the ceremony in Wareham on Monday 25 June were Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wilkinson KRH (Commanding Officer, Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, Bovington) and Marines and Soldiers based at Bovington and Lulworth.
Local authority participants included the Chairman of Purbeck District Council, Councillor Bill Trite; Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Mayor, Councillor June Richards; Swanage Town Mayor, Councillor Mike Bonfield; and Wareham Town Mayor, Councillor Carol Turner.
Council staff and local residents also witnessed the raising of the flag.
In his statement, Councillor Trite declared: “This is our opportunity to re-affirm our support for, and our appreciation of, all that our Armed Forces do in the interests of the people of the United Kingdom in the course of their duty to the Nation.
“If and when circumstances require, their willingness to enter combat and put their lives on the line is the ultimate expression of the role of our Armed Forces personnel. This demands constant preparedness, the highest standards of training and, of course, the willingness if necessary to make that ultimate sacrifice in the defence of our country and our way of life.
“The tasks of the men and women of our Armed Forces goes further than that. They play a full part in planning for, and responding to, all kinds of potential civil emergencies across the country, including continuous countering of the threat of terrorism – a threat which continues to affect us all.”
Councillor Trite continued: “In the District of Purbeck we are pleased to have the military training establishments at Bovington and Lulworth, and we also recognise and appreciate the role of the Armed Forces in the economic, cultural and social life of our District. They play a full, active and welcome part in this community especially in those villages close to the military camps. They also make a major contribution to the prosperity of local businesses and visitor attractions, including, of course, our world-class Tank Museum at Bovington.
“Through their representatives with us here today, I thank the Armed Forces for the manner in which they discharge all their functions. Long may their links with this part of the world continue.”
Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson responded by saying:
“Armed Forces Week is an opportunity to reaffirm the link between the serving Armed Forces communities and their families, and the communities in which they live. It is also about increasing understanding for both groups.
“This year, Dorset has seen a welcome boost with the grant of £235,000 from the MOD Armed Forces Covenant Fund. Dorset County Council, along with the borough and district councils, working with Dorset Health, Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, has secured this grant and will use it to ensure the forces community is treated fairly and equitably. It is a tremendous initiative and one that we in the service community appreciate greatly
“With 51,000 veterans living in Dorset, 2% of the country’s veteran population, we have a significantly greater proportion of veterans and families than across the country as a whole. The grant will go a long way to linking the communities together for the benefit of everyone”.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson continued: “We are very lucky in Dorset to enjoy the strongest of links between the services and people of the county and we hope that the communities appreciate some of the opportunities of living alongside the forces.”
The specially-commissioned Armed Forces Day flag flew at the Council’s Westport House offices until Monday 2 July 2018.
Armed Forces Day took place on Saturday 30 June and is an opportunity for the nation to show its support to service men and women past and present.
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Plans for a new ‘care village’ to be located at the Flood Lane site in Bridport are progressing well. This will see the provision of a new care home to replace the ageing Sidney Gale House and day centre facility and provide an extra care housing scheme.
As part of the plans, the current Bridport Connect day centre facility for adults will move to new premises. Last week, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet heard that the re-provision of service, at least in the short term, will be moved to the St. Andrews site in the town. The current Bridport Connect building is out-dated and nearing the end of its usable life.
Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for health and care said:
“This is really good news for everyone using the services at Bridport Connect. For some time now, the current facilities in the town have been in real need of modernisation.
“Although the move to the St. Andrews site is only a temporary one, it will make sure that services are still provided while the new site is being developed.
“This is a very exciting time for Bridport and we look forward to continuing working with clients, both old and new, to help them live safe, healthy and independent lives within their community.”
Working with partners across all sectors, the county council is committed to maximising the use the public assets for housing and for Health, Care and Support Services.
There is considerable growth in numbers of older people and adults with complex physical disabilities and mental health issues in Dorset.
The right provision of services in the right locations is paramount to helping people to live as independently as possible.
The hot weather means surface dressing will be back in Lyme Regis for a third week, with the gang moving on to Portland towards the end of the week.
Due to the very high road surface temperatures our gang has been having to stop work at midday. Hand dusting has also been carried out as necessary to ensure the bitumen ‘breaks’ and keeps hold of the stone chippings.
Work completed week commencing Monday 25 June:
- AVENUE ROAD, LYME REGIS
- WOODMEAD ROAD, LYME REGIS
- MILL GREEN, LYME REGIS
- HILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
- MILL LANE, LYME REGIS
- GEORGE’S SQUARE, LYME REGIS
- MONMOUTH STREET, LYME REGIS
- VIEW ROAD, LYME REGIS
- HAYE CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- ST GEORGES HILL, LYME REGIS
- HAYE LANE – BROAD STREET TO COUNTY BOUNDARY
Due to restricted access for the equipment, treatment to Poole’s Court and Lym Close may not cancelled. Access to these roads will be looked at again week commencing 2 July.
Planned sites (weather permitting) for the week commencing Monday 2 July:
- 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
- SOMER FIELDS – SPUR OFF SOMMER FIELDS
- SOMERS ROAD & SOMERS FIELDS – JCT A3052 TO END OF ROAD, LYME REGIS
- SOMER FIELDS – CUL-DE-SAC OFF SIDMOUTH ROAD
- BLUE WATER’S DRIVE, LYME REGIS
- WARE LANE – SIDMOUTH ROAD TO COUNTY BOUNDARY
- COUNTY BOUNDARY TO SILVER STREET
- Queen’s Walk – Cul-de-Sac off Anning Road
- 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
Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 9 July:
- 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
- ANNES ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- DAVIDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
- CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
- BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH
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.
The respective Weymouth and Dorchester BID ballots have concluded and the results have been announced. Both Weymouth and Dorchester BIDs’ will continue for another term.Credit: Weymouth BID What is a BID?
A Business Improvement District (BID) scheme is a business-led initiative supported by government legislation. It gives local businesses the power to ‘raise funds locally to be spent locally’ on improving their trading environment.
The BID programme is funded by the businesses themselves through a levy on non-domestic rates. BID schemes usually operate for a period of 5 years.
For the BID to go ahead, two conditions must be met: over 50% of businesses that vote must vote in favour. Those businesses voting ‘yes’ must represent more than 50% of the total rateable value (RV) of all votes cast. If both these conditions are fulfilled, payment of the levy becomes mandatory for ALL eligible businesses, regardless of how they voted. The process is controlled under the watchful eye of the Electoral Commission to ensure the result is democratic.
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Work to install a new play park at The Marsh in Weymouth has been delayed following the discovery of contaminated substances in the soil.New Marsh Play Park
The materials were discovered at the site shortly after work to install the play area began last week.
It had been expected that the new play area would be open in time for the school summer holidays. However the project will be delayed until investigations are completed.Delay to play park is disappointing
Councillor Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities , said:
“While the risks associated are potentially low, we have decided that an environmental health issue such as this could pose health and safety risks. We will take no chances where our children are concerned.
“The delay to the installation is very disappointing news, however, we are working with specialists and hope the project will get back on track as quickly as possible.
“It is important however that the council ensures the site is safe before any further work takes place, particularly as the aim of the project is to provide children with a safe place to play.”
Steve Reynolds of Weymouth has been turning young people’s lives around for 17 years. During that time, some 200 youngsters have lodged in his home, and benefitted from his no-nonsense approach to life.
As well as his day job as a bricklayer, Steve is a Supported Lodgings provider for Dorset County Council. He shares his home with up to three young men (aged 16-25) at a time – most are leaving local authority care, or can’t live in their own homes any longer due to family breakdowns.
“It’s more than letting a room,” he explains. “Some of these lads have no idea how to look after themselves – from washing their clothes to budgeting to pay the rent. I give them whatever support they need – but I don’t ‘mother’ them. They need to learn to grow up and live independently.”
Watch this video to see how Steve uses football – and his dog, Sheba – to help the youngsters settle and gain confidence.
Could you help transform a young person’s life? Find out more about Supported Lodgings here.
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