Work to reconnect Uploders village, near Bridport, will start in the New Year.
Dorset County Council has announced that engineers will start work to realign the C68, to the east of the village, on Monday 22 January 2018. The team will first set up welfare facilities and clear vegetation before building a new retaining wall.
Following on from this, in April 2018 earthworks will start to shape a route through a neighbouring field to allow the realignment of the road away from the landslide, which caused the road to close in February 2016.
Due to the narrow width of the road, there will be no pedestrian access through the site during the work.
Cllr Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “We appreciate that this road has been closed for nearly two years. It has taken us time to work with local land owners and design a workable scheme, and we’re pleased to now be able to start on site.”
Cllr Ros Kayes, elected member for Bridport, said: “It is excellent news that work will be starting in January, I know that residents will be happy to hear that work to reconnect their village will finally be getting underway.”
Subject to weather conditions, the road will reopen to traffic in early summer 2018.
The C68 road was closed in February 2016 as a precaution after a driveway next to the road collapsed, but further investigation discovered a length of the verge in imminent danger of ‘slipping’ – further reducing the structural integrity of the road – and the road stayed closed for safety reasons.
Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for their commute in the New Year when bridge protection work returns to the A35 Upton Bypass.
Lane closures will go into place at night on Sunday 14 January, closing off the westbound and eastbound ‘slow’ lanes.
There will also be a 30mph speed limit through the works area and a 50mph speed limit leading into the works area, on the approach from Poole and from the Bakers Arms Roundabout.
These restrictions will be in place for 14 weeks while engineers install concrete barriers to protect the A350 bridge piers (legs) in the verge. Work includes:
- A350 bridge westbound verge pier protection
- A350 bridge eastbound verge pier protection
- Brickworks Bridge westbound verge pier protection
- Brickworks Bridge eastbound verge pier protection
There will also be improvements made to the A35 westbound drainage, some A350 bridge edge plinths will be replaced and the Upton Bypass under the A350 bridges will be resurfaced at the end of the work.
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “During our work last year, journey times increased by around twenty minutes, so please allow for your commute to take longer. I’d also urge drivers to allow others to merge in turn – particularly those joining the A35 from the A350 – to help traffic flow.
“During our first stage of works, we had incidents of drivers speeding through the roadworks – putting everyone at risk – so Dorset Safety Camera Partnership will be regularly monitoring the site.
“We’re sorry for the inevitable inconvenience this work will cause but it is important that we protect the bridge piers.”
This work is part of Dorset County Council’s ongoing programme – following a change in national standards around eight years ago – of protecting bridge piers that could be demolished if they were hit by a big vehicle.
At the start of 2017, concrete barriers were installed to protect the vulnerable ‘stiletto’ bridge legs in the central reservation of the road.
It was announced on Thursday 14 December that an application for first round funding has been approved. The application for a development grant was made by the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
The £78,000 development grant means a Masterplan to improve the park and gardens can now be drawn-up.What will the plan include?
The plan is likely to include a new café, toilets, a bog garden, pond, wildlife area, and a water feature in the children’s play area. Additionally the plan will include a drainage system to tackle flooding in the playing fields.
The project will look into improving the path network, upgrading the car park surfacing, fencing the tennis courts and improving the multi-use games area and basketball courts.
Cllr Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said:
“I am delighted that we have taken the first step to making sure future generations can continue to enjoy Radipole. The park and gardens are at the heart of Weymouth. But, without further investment they could easily fall into disrepair and their future could be jeopardised.”
“It’s encouraging that this bid is a joint effort between the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens and the borough council. It reinforces how successful we can be when we work together. I support the project and hope it achieves a full National Lottery grant.”The next steps for Radipole park and gardens
The master plan will be drawn up and submitted. A conservation, biodiversity and management plan will also be compiled. December 2019 will see the assessment for the second round funding application. If the submission is successful, then the work could begin in 2020.
Mike Goulden, Chair of the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens said:
“This is fantastic news. Our ultimate aim is to save Radipole Park and Gardens from premature destruction caused by storm damage in 2012 and 2014.”
“The project will reconnect local people with their park and celebrate the park’s hidden heritage. It will help to create a new enthusiasm for becoming involved in its future development.”
“We have a way to go to achieve full funding. But for now, we will revel in the success of the development grant. With support from our Heritage Lottery Fund Grants Officer, we will be able to enjoy the park and gardens for generations to come.”
For more information about the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens head to dorsetforyou.gov.uk/friends-of-radipole-park-and-gardens
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What’s more, Dorset’s recycling rates are at an all-time high and a recent customer satisfaction survey has shown that residents continue to be happy with their waste and recycling services.
Now in its fifth year, the index gives councils an alternative and arguably better measure of the environmental performance of their waste and recycling services. With this indicator, it shows which local authorities’ recycling services deliver the greatest carbon benefits.
The latest Carbon Index for 2015/16 saw the Dorset Waste Partnership leap from third to first place in the list of over 120 English local authorities with 111CO2e – which works out as the equivalent of 111 kilograms of carbon dioxide saved per Dorset resident.
In addition to this, recent figures from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that Dorset now recycles 59.4% of its waste, officially ranking at 15th place out of 351 local authorities – up one place from the previous year.
In fact, when looking at comparable organisations that deliver a county-wide waste collection and disposal service, the Dorset Waste Partnership is now the best-performing authority in the entire country.
This fantastic performance has been noted against a backdrop of continuing customer satisfaction with the services that the DWP provide.
Over the summer, the Dorset Waste Partnership ran a customer satisfaction survey to find out what residents thought about their recycling and rubbish services.
With over 5,000 responses from around the county, the survey was hailed as a great success. Key findings include: –
- Overall satisfaction with the kerbside collection service – 87.7% either very satisfied or satisfied
- Frequency of collections – 86.3% either very satisfied or satisfied
- Reliability of collection service – 91.4% either very satisfied or satisfied
- 78.9% of residents are very satisfied or satisfied with the behaviour/attitude of the collection staff
- 81.3% of residents very satisfied or satisfied with household recycling centre opening hours
Questions were also asked regarding street cleaning, litter and the types of waste that the DWP collects. The full results of the survey are being considered by councillors and will help inform senior officers and committees when making decisions in the future.
“We know that the Dorset Waste Partnership provides high-quality services, while delivering savings for our partners and helping protect the environment. The data from the customer satisfaction survey, DEFRA and the Local Authority Recycling Carbon Index only further reinforces that belief.
Naturally we are delighted with these results, but we are already busy planning how we can maintain this performance in the light of reducing council budgets. I would like to thank everyone for their waste reduction and recycling efforts – please keep up the good work!”
Affordable housing pioneers in west Dorset threw open their doors for a celebration of groundbreaking community land trust projects.Community Land Trust Day
More than 50 people attended the event which included visits to trailblazing Symene, Lyme Regis and Marshwood developments.
West Dorset is leading the way nationally with 10 active Community Land Trusts (CLT). This is among the highest number in any council district in the country.
CLTs are being progressed by communities with the support of councils to provide much-needed low-cost housing for local people.
The council’s new Opening Doors campaign – launched with North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council – is encouraging more communities to start CLTs and take advantage of £2m of funding to support projects across their areas.
Delegates at the event – including councillors, community groups and CLT members – heard presentations at Bridport Leisure Centre before touring sites.
Paul Derrien, Housing Enabling team leader for North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “CLTs are a valuable way of helping to meet significant local housing need.
“We have an impressive number already but we want to see more projects coming forward.
“The networking day went extremely well with the opportunity for people to share knowledge, compare experiences and exchange ideas.”
There have been 62 affordable homes developed by CLTs in West Dorset, including Lyme Regis which is not yet finished.
Symene and Marshwood are already fully occupied and 15 more homes will be available when the Timberhill development at Lyme Regis is completed.
Ten-home Symene CLT was formed for the people of Symondsbury on the edge of Bridport.
Resident Kim Squirrell, who lives with husband David and their two children, said: “We feel much more connected here and see our neighbours regularly. It really brings back a sense of community which has been lost in some places.”
Fellow resident Rachel Millson, who lives with husband Pete and their two sons, added: “The CLT is absolutely life changing because of its lifetime tenancy. For the first time we feel at home and really rooted.”
The Symene and Marshwood CLTs were developed with Hastoe Housing Association, which now manages the properties.
Timberhill at Lyme is being developed in partnership with Yarlington Housing Group and CG Fry & Son.
Cllr Tim Yarker, housing briefholder for West Dorset District Council, said: “There are other communities who could benefit from this kind of development. We want to get the word out that it can be done, it’s not impossible.”
Cllr Gill Taylor, housing portfolio holder for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “It was a really good event with lots learned about the possibilities of these schemes.”
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, housing portfolio holder and leader of North Dorset District Council, said: “We are committed to addressing housing needs and CLTs are an important way to help deliver a good mix of quality homes.”
The CLT event, the first of its kind, also included a presentation by Steve Watson of the Wessex CLT Project, which has helped many communities develop their schemes.
He said: “West Dorset is possibly further ahead than most districts in the country and the council’s support has been a big factor. It is really positive and demonstrates just what can be done.”
CLTs are predominately for housing but can also include other community assets. For example, Toller Porcorum has a post office as part of its scheme.
There are CLTs in Symene, Toller Porcorum, Marshwood, Buckland Newton, with others active in Powerstock, Bridport, Dorchester, Bishop’s Caundle, Broadwindsor, Lyme and Upper Frome Valley.
Talks are ongoing for others in Weymouth and Portland and opportunities are being explored in North Dorset.
Opening Doors aims to encourage greater construction of a mix of quality homes of all tenures with a target of 20,000 properties by 2033.
Contact Paul Derrien for more about starting a CLT at firstname.lastname@example.org on 01305 252447.
Visit www.openingdoorsdorset.co.uk for more about Opening Doors.