Routine beach maintenance by Christchurch Borough Council at Avon Beach and Friars Cliff Beach is nearing completion. This work will help protect Christchurch’s special coastline and provide increased protection against future storms.
Christchurch and East Dorset Councils contractor Earlcoate Construction have carried out the work which has involved extracting beach material from the sandbar which is just off-shore of the Avon Beach frontage and distributing the extracted material to recharge bays along Avon Beach and Friars Cliff.
Groyne markers have been repaired and 100 tonnes of rock armour has been added to re-build sections of the groynes.
Suitable material has also be won from areas with excess material along Highcliffe Beach in order to recharge the depleted area adjacent to the wave wall at Friars Cliff, Steamer Point.
The work will be completed Friday 29 June with the compound and machinery removed from the current location early next week.
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Dorset Highways surface dressing programme is well underway, with the next stop being Portland!
Surface dressing is a preventative treatment to prolong the life of roads by providing a waterproof seal, it also improves skid resistance.
Towards the end of next week, work will start on Portland – with 15 roads programmed for treatment. This will be followed up with 40 roads in Weymouth.
The surface dressing gang will be working 9am to 4pm, with roads closed for around one to two hours, depending on the length of the road.
Residents are being asked to look out for yellow advance warning signs and to move their vehicles off the road before 9am on the date on the sign. Drivers should also check that the road they move their vehicle to is not also being treated.
Martin Hill, Dorset Highways network operations manager, said: “We have to work under a road closure to fit all our equipment into the space – a team of 20 people, two purpose built chipping spreaders, one spray tanker and lorries feeding chippings.
“We know this will cause inconvenience but please bear with us – surface dressing really is a quick process. If you’ve got any concerns during the works, please speak to the guys on site who will do what they can to help.”
Surface dressing has been slowed down by the high temperatures this week, with the gang having to stop at midday. The gang has been hand dusting as necessary to ensure the bitumen ‘breaks’ and keeps hold of the stone chippings, but road surface temperatures in the afternoon have been too high for this.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest has announced a ban of disposable barbecues from 1 July as part of a campaign to reduce environmental damage. Visitors to the park will still be able to use barbecues, but only portable, re-usable ones which are more environmentally sustainable.
Forestry Commission Recreation Manager Tracey Churcher said “Right now our woods and countryside are very dry, and we’re concerned about the anticipated increase in fires that could result at this time. With warmer weather likely over the coming days, it is important that people are aware of the dangers of using disposable barbecues. Summer fires can cause serious harm to wildlife and destroy plants and trees. Moors Valley is a beautiful place and we would like people to think about the impact their visit has, and take steps to keep it safe.”
For several years the country park and forest near Ringwood has been providing visitors with stands for their disposable barbecues to raise them safely off the ground and asking visitors to take their barbecue rubbish home with them. It is unfortunate that some individuals ignore the rules for barbecuing in the park, burning grass and picnic tables and dumping coals and ash in the protected river environment.
Rangers at the park, now in its 30th anniversary year, are hoping that by taking the step to ban disposable barbecues, not only will there be fewer anti-social and safety issues but it will also encourage their visitors to reduce the amount of waste they produce which goes to landfill.
Moors Valley Team Leader Clare Gronow said “If you’re planning to enjoy a barbecue at Moors Valley over the coming weeks please do so safely. We simply ask that you only bring portable or re-usable barbecues to the park and respect the countryside environment by disposing of your waste responsibly and ensure your barbecue is extinguished fully after use.”
She added: “One of our core objectives is to operate Moors Valley in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Visitors can help us do that by taking their rubbish home and using their household recycling and refuse scheme. We provide bins for nappies and dog waste and recycle packaging from items bought at Moors Valley. We ask that our visitors come prepared to take their picnic rubbish home with them, just as they would if they were visiting any other area of countryside where bins aren’t provided. We hope that banning disposable barbecues will help further reduce waste going to landfill and protect our delicate river system whilst still allowing visitors to barbecue responsibly.”
Work at a new £5.6m primary school in Christchurch, has officially completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September.
The new Twynham Primary School, on Marsh Lane, has been delivered by national construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall.
The completion of the project for Dorset County Council was marked with a celebratory handover, hosted by Morgan Sindall. The new building will initially accommodate 150 pupils from reception through to year four and will eventually cater for 420 pupils from reception through to year six.
The two-form entry primary school features a traditional masonry brickwork exterior and includes 14 classrooms, a large hall, studio and administrative areas as well as a learning resource zone. Morgan Sindall has also furnished the school with a mutli-use games area, a sports pitch and a wildlife area.
As part of the Twynham Learning Multi Academy Trust, the school has been based on its temporary site at the nearby Twynham School during the build.
Councillor Margaret Phipps, local member for Commons division, said: “This is a great day for Christchurch. The additional places this school will provide should help alleviate some of the pressure on local families, offering sufficient school places for the area. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved, particularly Jon Chapple the head teacher and Chris Stafford, executive business manager, who have both done so much to accommodate displaced children over the past few years. I wish everyone the very best of luck in this fabulous new school.”
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member at Dorset County Council for the Natural and Built Environment said: “Improving learning facilities for communities in Dorset is a priority for the county council so it is great to see this wonderful new school completed in good time for the beginning of the next school year. This is set to be an excellent educational facility that will serve Christchurch for many years to come.”
Debbie Place, Chair of Trustees, Twynham Learning said: “Twynham Learning are very much looking forward to the youngsters of Twynham Primary School being able to occupy this beautiful new school and thank all those involved in ensuring the project was completed”.
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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is reminding people to take care around heathland and open spaces during this warmer weather
The heatwave the UK is expected to experience this week means a heightened risk of wildfires across Dorset & Wiltshire.
DWFRS Wildfire Tactical Advisor Andy Elliott said: “With a period of hot, dry weather being forecast, we would urge people to take real care when enjoying the sunshine in our beautiful countryside. If you do want a campfire or barbecue, please make sure that you’re in a safe area and that the ashes are fully extinguished and damped down before you leave. Large wildfires are thankfully rare but, when they do occur, they take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which impacts the availability of appliances for property fires and other emergencies. The damage to local wildlife is also significant, often destroying ecosystems that have taken years to build up.
Group Manager Richard Coleman added “Bonfires are also common in the summer months, we have recently dealt with a higher than normal number of fires involving BBQ’s and bonfires as they can get out of control very easily. If you are burning off garden waste in the garden please site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures and have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control. If a fire does get out of control, please call 999.
The Service has the following advice for enjoying the outdoors safely:
*Avoid open fires in the countryside. If you must have a fire, make sure that you’re in a designated safe area.
*Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle.
*Do not throw cigarette ends out of your vehicle. They could start a fire and destroy surrounding countryside.
*Site bonfires well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.
*Have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control.
*Never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to start a bonfire.
*Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands, as sunlight shining through the glass can cause a fire to start. Take the items home, or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
*If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately. Do not try to tackle a fire yourself; usually they can’t be put out with a bucket of water. Please call the fire service and leave the area as soon as possible.
*If you’re intending to have a large bonfire, please advise Fire Control on 0306 799 0019 or use the form on our website – we often receive emergency calls from people who can see lots of smoke, and it helps us to know where this could be a controlled burn.
*Ensure that you know your location or a landmark so you can direct the fire service.
*Make sure you know the Countryside Code
Our surface dressing gang is back in Lyme Regis this week and will move to Portland next week.
Work completed week commencing Monday 18 June:
- DRAGON’S HILL, LYME REGIS
- CHARMOUTH CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- FAIRFIELD PARK, LYME REGIS
- COLWAY CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- TALBOT ROAD, LYME REGIS
- SPRINGHILL GARDENS, LYME REGIS
- BAY VIEW ROAD, LYME REGIS
- NORTH AVENUE, LYME REGIS
- MANOR AVENUE, LYME REGIS
- ELIZABETH CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- APPLEBEE WAY, LYME REGIS
- HENRY’S WAY, LYME REGIS
- QUEEN’S WALK, LYME REGIS
- QUEEN’S WALK – CUL-DE-SAC OFF ANNING ROAD
- STAPLES TERRACE, LYME REGIS
- SUMMERHILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
- PINE RIDGE, LYME REGIS
- COLWAY LANE, LYME REGIS
- ROMAN ROAD – HAYE LANE TO SOUTH AVENUE, LYME REGIS
- KINGSWAY, LYME REGIS
- SOUTH AVENUE, LYME REGIS
- ANNING ROAD, LYME REGIS
Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 25 June:
Work on Hill Road, Coombe street, Monmouth street, Mill street and Mill Green is planned for Wednesday 27 June and will start at an earlier time of 7am with a rolling road closure as the gang move along the route. We hope to have these roads finished by 9am, when these roads start to get busy with pedestrians.
- AVENUE ROAD, LYME REGIS
- WOODMEAD ROAD, LYME REGIS
- MILL GREEN, LYME REGIS
- HILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
- LYM CLOSE, LYME REGIS
- POOLE’S COURT – JCT A3052 TO JCT LYM CLOSE, 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
- COUNTY BOUNDARY TO SILVER STREET
- HAYE LANE – BROAD STREET TO COUNTY BOUNDARY
- 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
Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 2 July:
- CROFT ROAD (1ST CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
- CROFT ROAD (2ND CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
- CROFT ROAD (3RD CUL-DE-SAC),
- CROFT ROAD – 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
- 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
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.