Dorset health reorganisation gets £15.2m funding

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:18
The money will go towards changes to mental health, pathology and GP services in Dorset.
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People will be asked for their views on plan to improve housing

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:09

People in Weymouth will be asked if licensing should be introduced to try to improve rented housing. 

People will be asked for their views on plan to improve housing

Councillors today decided to consult on whether a Selective Licensing Scheme should be introduced for private rented housing in Melcombe Regis. The decision was made by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee.

The aim of such a scheme is to improve how private rented housing is managed and maintained, while also addressing the high levels of deprivation within the ward. The consultation on the proposed scheme will take place early next year.

Councillor Gill Taylor, Housing Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “I am glad the Management Committee of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has approved the proposal to consult with residents on whether to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme for private rented housing within Melcombe Regis.

“It is called a selective scheme as it is at the discretion of the council. After the consultation it will need to go back to the council for debate, but it will effectively mean that all of the private rented accommodation in most of the Melcombe Regis ward will be subject to inspection.

Improve the quality of rented housing

“The aim of such a scheme is to help ensure that private rented housing is of a decent standard. We believe good landlords will support such a scheme as will tenants. The consultation will be available online shortly, please take the time to have your say and complete it.”

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council works with landlords to improve housing. Current schemes include ‘Heat Melcombe Regis’, which sees free central heating made available as well as other measures to tackle fuel poverty. The borough council also supports and works with landlords through the Landlords Local Authority Partnership.

More information on the council’s work with landlords is available here.  




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A historic look at Wool bridge

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:06

Oyez, oyez, oyez! Wullebrigg has reopened and any person wilfully injuring any part of this County Bridge will be guilty of felony and upon conviction liable to be transported for life by The Court.

As the sign suggests, Wool Bridge is steeped in history, and Wessex Archaeology has shared its research with us.

Throughout the repair work, members of Wessex Archaeology’s heritage team carried out work to document the structure and monitor the repair and consolidation works, to help ensure that the iconic, although much altered, historic bridge was restored to its former glory.

The ‘Thomas Hardy bridge’

The picturesque Grade II listed bridge features in Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles and is linked with the adjacent Woolbridge Manor, a Grade II listed building, which also features in the novel.

Research found that a bridge is recorded to have crossed the river in this location in 1343, although the place name ‘Wullebrigg’ is first mentioned in 1244 and the bridge may have been constructed by the nearby Bindon Abbey sometime after its foundation in 1172.

Described by Historic England as the ‘best-preserved Elizabethan bridge in Dorset’, a close examination of Wool Bridge found that it appears to have undergone several phases of development during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including strengthening and widening, and appears to have been repaired on several occasions. It was lengthened in the later 19th century, with an additional flood arch added at the southern end.

Military secrecy

Wool Bridge is close to the British Army base of Bovington Camp and would have witnessed the first tanks in 1916 which had to cross the bridge after their arrival at Wool train station.

Due to initial secrecy, extreme precautions accompanied the arrival of each new tank, with reports of the time indicating that all civilian traffic was stopped, and the inhabitants of Woolbridge Manor and the neighbouring farms and cottages were made to pull their blinds and keep to their back rooms.

Military police on motorcycles preceded the tank on its journey from the station to the camp and any civilian encountered was made to stand in a field with their back to the road until the ‘secret weapon’ had passed by!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, regular crossing by 25-30 tonne tanks led to damage in 1917 and 1918. A photograph of the time shows that the crew of one Mark V tank named ‘Dee’ had a lucky escape after crashing through the parapet and ending up on the bank.

To prevent a similar scenario, the parapets were entirely removed during the Second World War and only reconstructed in the early 1960s.

The bridge has now been placed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

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Bournemouth nightclub crash: Driver cleared of murder bid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:11
Shailem Dodson had been accused of deliberately targeting nightclub staff.
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Raheem Sterling: Tyrone Mings pulls out of Talksport appearance over coverage

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:18
Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings pulls out of an interview with Talksport in protest at its coverage of the alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling.
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Community a step closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:38

A local community has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area.

A final version of the Broadwindsor Group (including Burstock and Seaborough) Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to the district council for examination.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and agreed by the parish council, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

The district council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place.

People who live, work or run a business in the Broadwindsor neighbourhood area have until 6th February 2019, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.

Clrl Jacqui Sewell, West Dorset District Council’s Ward Member for Broadwindsor, said:

“I’m proud to have been involved in the production of the Broadwindsor Group Neighbourhood Plan.

“We held the first public meeting in February 2015, with the steering committee being formed in the May – now nearly four years later it’s being submitted for examination.

“My congratulations goes to all the other members of the committee, we have spent many hours researching, taking photographs, delivering & collecting questionnaires, in monthly meetings, at information gathering events and at roadshows. Many cups of coffee were consumed!

My special thanks goes to Brian H for his meticulous proof reading skills.”

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“Neighbourhood plans are part of the blueprint for future development. It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to get to this stage and I would like to congratulate all involved.”

A hard copy of the plan will be made available at West Dorset District Council’s offices in South Walks House, Dorchester and at Beaminster Library. Broadwindsor Parish Council also has copies available, please contact

The plan can be viewed online at and on the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan website:

Comments on the plan can be emailed to

Alternatively they can be posted to the Planning (Community & Policy Development) Team at West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ.

Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan.

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South Western Railway delays after Woking signal failure

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:50
After a signal failure at Woking, trains between the south coast and London have been delayed.
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Sheldon Woodford death: Prison inmate 'died after delayed 999 call'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:53
A delay by prison staff in calling an ambulance "could have been critical", a report finds.
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Bovington Primary School determined to ‘rapidly improve standards’

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:28

A major programme of improvements is underway at Bovington Primary after inspectors placed the school in ‘special measures’.

Following the school’s latest inspection in October, Ofsted rated the school as Inadequate as it felt that pupils were not receiving an acceptable standard of education.

With the support of Dorset County Council, the school is making improvements across several areas, including:

  • leadership and management
  • quality of teaching and learning
  • pupils’ behaviour

The school also needs to focus on raising outcomes for pupils, particularly for the most able and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Kris Winthorpe, headteacher of Bovington Primary School, said:

“We’re disappointed that our school has been put into special measures. There have been significant changes and challenges since the school’s last inspection six years ago, including changing from a first school to a primary. We recognise that we have to rapidly improve outcomes for our pupils through stronger teaching and have already introduced new measures to address this.”

Changes the school have already made include taking steps to improve the effectiveness of governance; the introduction of new progress assessments and measures; and work to develop and improve the impact of good quality teaching and learning.

Mr Winthorpe added:

“I’d like to reassure parents that myself, staff and governors are all deeply committed to making the necessary changes. We have a robust action plan and are confident that we can rapidly improve our standards.”

Ofsted did identify a number of strengths during the school’s inspection. They said that:

  • arrangements for safeguarding are effective and inspection evidence confirms that this is a safe school
  • the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good
    all staff have an in-depth understanding of pupils’ pastoral needs and work with agencies to remove any barriers pupils may face
  • the school’s curriculum provides a range of subjects and experiences
  • early years provision is improving
  • pupils are happy, enjoy attending school, and feel safe

Being put into special measures means that an ‘academy order’ will be issued for academy trusts to express interest in supporting the school’s improvement.

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Christmas wonder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:03
What questions do you have about Christmas? Use our form and we could be in touch.
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Jess Glynne and The Human League to top Camp Bestival bill

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:19
The I'll Be There singer and synth-pop band will be joined on the line-up by Sister Sledge.
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I'm a Celebrity: Harry Redknapp wins ITV series

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 05:44
"My grandkids will be jumping around the living room now," the football manager says after winning.
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Work to conserve HMS Invincible shipwreck artefacts

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:05
How the artefacts from the 18th Century warship are being restored.
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Bournemouth A338 Spur Road: Lane closures lifted

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:38
The works have at times led to two-hour queues along the main route in and out of Bournemouth.
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South Western Railway workers to strike Christmas weekend

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:31
RMT union drivers and guards on South Western Railway are to walk out on 22 December.
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Poole Twin Sails bridge: Component firm 'in liquidation'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:20
A company involved in the manufacture of the troubled lifting bridge in Poole stops trading.
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Improved gym and exercise studio access at Purbeck Sports Centre

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

A replacement lift is to be installed at the Sports Centre in Wareham, making access to the gym and exercise facilities easier.

Due to mechanical issues the existing lift has been breaking down. This means customers who rely on it have to call a member of the sports centre staff in order to access the gym or studio.

Known as a platform lift, customers step on and transfer down a few steps to the gym and studio. Not only are the lift failures causing an inconvenience for customers, they are also resulting in call-out fees every time it has to be repaired.

Purbeck District Council has approved £20,000 for the installation of a replacement lift and work is due to start soon.

Michelle Goodman, Sports Centre Manager, said: “Enabling access to our facilities for all our customers has always been a top priority for the Sports Centre. We are pleased we will soon be able to once again offer them hassle-free access to our gym and exercise studio. 

 “Whilst the work is taking place, we will be making alternative arrangements to ensure all our customers have full access to all our facilities.”

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Bournemouth v Liverpool

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:28
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Liverpool.
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Go ahead for 292 homes in Chickerell

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:46

West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee has given its approval to a reserved matters application for 292 homes at Bank and Ridge Farm in Chickerell.

CG Fry & Son – Bank and Ridge Farm – Chickerell

The reserved matters application, which follows approval of an outline application in March 2018, comprises details of appearance, scale and landscaping of the development.

The application comes from West Dorset based developer CG Fry & Son Ltd and is on land identified for housing in the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan.

The development will sit on almost 30 acres of land previously used for agricultural purposes. It includes provision for 35 per cent affordable housing across a mix of tenures such as shared ownership and reduced market rent.

David Lohfink, Land & Planning Director at C G Fry & Son Ltd said:

“We are delighted that the council continues to work with us in delivering this much needed housing.”

Much needed housing

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that the detailed design elements of this development have come forward so quickly from the approval of an outline application in March of this year. Once completed these homes will provide much needed open market and affordable housing. I look forward to work starting on site in the near future.”

Opening Doors

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

“The approval of this reserved matters application is great news and means work can start on site in the near future.

“Having more homes built in the area is a key objective of our Opening Doors programme.

“As part of this programme, we have started a Home Ownership Register to gauge housing demand and find out the size and locations of homes wanted. As part of this we also forward on details of upcoming developments.

“I would recommend anyone looking to own their own home to sign up to the register.”

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Cadbury's gold egg sells for £6,500 at auction

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:43
The enamel engraved egg was found in 1983 as part of a treasure hunt by the chocolate firm.
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