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Judicial review granted over Dorset councils merger plan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:37
Parliament has passed legislation for Dorset's nine councils to merge into two unitary authorities.
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Adolf Hitler cutlery to be sold in Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:29
The two knives, three spoons and three forks bear the Nazi eagle, swastika and Hitler's initials
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Judge says proceed to High Court

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:33

 Christchurch Borough Council has been granted permission to have its Judicial Review application heard in the High Court.

The council, whose policy is to oppose local government reorganisation, made the application for a Judicial Review in May after seeking legal advice.

Cllr David Flagg

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “Christchurch Borough Council firmly believes the regulations that have passed through Parliament approving the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset are ultra vires. Based on the local poll we believe the majority of our residents remain opposed to local government reorganisation in Dorset and being granted permission to have our Judicial Review application heard in the High Court demonstrates that we have an arguable case.

“Whilst the Government might believe that our case is absurd that it is clearly not the view of the Judge and we believe we have a strong legal argument. The Council has been thorough and meticulous in its approach and being granted permission sends a strong message that the case is wholly with merit. I am pleased that we are able to continue to challenge the abolition of Christchurch Borough Council in line with the wishes of those we were elected to represent and we will continue to do so.”

Christchurch Borough Council officers will now work with its legal advisors preparing the case for a substantive hearing.

The Honourable Mrs Justice Lambert has ordered that the case will be expedited and heard in the High Court as soon as possible by 27 July.

 

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County Championship: Jimmy Adams scores century as Hampshire hit back against Yorkshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:54
Hampshire's Jimmy Adams hits an unbeaten 132 as they seize the initiative against Yorkshire on day two at the Ageas Bowl.
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Development details approved for schemes in West Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:17

Two developments in West Dorset have been granted reserved matters approval by councillors on West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

Development plans approved

The two applications were for 49 homes on land next to Oaklands Park in Crossways and 108 units off Yeovil Road in Sherborne.

49 units plus eight commercial units on the site near Oaklands Park, off Warmwell Road, Crossways has been approved for development by Allenby Homes Ltd.

It includes 17 affordable homes to meet the council’s 35 per cent threshold for such schemes. Infrastructure and community benefits for the site are also due to include footways, public open space, landscaping and an estate road with turning and parking areas.

Details for the development of 108 homes on the Barton Farm development site have also been given a green light. 47 affordable homes and 61 open market homes will be provided once the scheme is completed.

Approvals welcomed

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

“We welcome the approval of these developments as they will contribute to satisfying the need for open market and affordable homes and the meeting of our housing targets.”

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

“Good quality housing of a mixed tenure is keys to the success of Opening Doors.

“West Dorset District Council, along with North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, is keen to lead the way regionally to see more housing of this kind built for our communities.”

Home Ownership Register

Opening Doors has also launched a Home Ownership Register for those seeking to find a new home in north, west and south Dorset.

Visit the Opening Doors website at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk/home-ownership-register/ to sign the register and find out more about the campaign.

 

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Temporarily re-opened car parks during Power Boat Racing event at West Bay

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:34

The Power Boat Racing event this weekend in West Bay is a fantastic annual event, and we have worked with the resurfacing works contractors in West Bay to make suitable provisions to make available parking for this weekend. The northern end of Station Yard car park will be open whilst the contractor finishes works in the main entrance. We will clearly sign post to direct cars in to this area. There is no demarcation yet but we expect room for a further 60  cars. This area will then close again after the event in order for works to be fully completed by the end of June.

New demarcation to suit families and the less mobile

Cllr John Russell said: “this ambitious scheme uses innovative design across all three locations. We have taken the utmost care to not disrupt the unique ambience that is ‘West Bay’. All the refurbished and new parking areas will have demarcation, whilst individual parking spaces are sized to suit families and the less mobile. Overall capacity will be increased as a result of the new works.

“We made a significant financial investment in to these works and we are certain that the benefits to West Bay will be enjoyed for many years.”

Innovative design

The design utilises natural and recycled materials to achieve an effective and safe engineered surface, whilst reducing rain water run off to ditches and streams and therefore improving flood risk to the surrounding areas.

Works complete by end of June

We still anticipate that the works will be completed by the end of June. All three car parks, Bridport Arms, Station Yard and West Bay Road will be back open to the public.

 

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Events in our parks

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:43
Park events

This year Weymouth and Portland’s Parks and Gardens have some really exciting events planned from music to art to teddy bear’s picnics – there is something for everyone to enjoy! As most of these events are free, the whole family can come and enjoy a cheap and fun day out.

There are 10 parks and gardens across Weymouth and Portland so what better way to discover these beautiful spaces than to get involved in a variety of community events that run right through from June to December. More details of the parks and gardens can be found here.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “It will be lovely to see people of all ages getting outdoors and enjoying our beautiful parks and gardens. With such a fantastic range of events, people of Weymouth and Portland will be spoilt for choice!

“The wide and cultured programme of activities that includes art exhibitions, park runs, charity events and musical entertainment will give people the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun as well as the chance to get involved in something new.”

Events in our parks

JUNE

24th      Music in the gardens with The Quangle Wangle Choir, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

24th      Veterans Sunday – Forming of military vehicles, Lodmoor Country Park Car Park

30th      Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic Coast, Lodmoor Country Park

 

JULY

1st        Talking Newspapers, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

8th        Music in the gardens with the Weymouth Ukuleleans, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

14th      Art in the Park, Easton Gardens, (10am-4pm)

15th      Art in the Park, Easton Gardens, (10am-4pm)

15th      Music in the gardens with the Silhouettes, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

22nd     Weymouth Concert Brass, Radipole Park Gardens (12pm-2pm)

22nd     Music in the gardens with Tony Lowe, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

23rd      RNLI Fundraising Event, Nothe Gardens (6pm-10.45pm)

 

AUGUST

3rd        Teddy Bears Picnic, Victoria Gardens (11am-1pm)

5th        Party in the Park, Lodmoor Country Park (12-7pm)

5th        Music in the gardens with Tony Lowe, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

11th      Easton Community Group Summer Fete, Easton Gardens (10am-4pm)

12th      Summer Fayre with The Silhouettes and Twirl Academy, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

19th      The Mayor’s Concert, Dorset Wrecks on the Bandstand , Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

18th      Coffee Morning, Easton Methodist Church (10am-11.30am)

25th      Annual Big Event, Radipole Park Gardens (12pm-5pm)

26th      Music in the gardens with Tony Lowe, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

27th      Talking Newspapers, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

 

SEPTEMBER

2nd       Music in the gardens with Grand Re-Union, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

9th        Music in the gardens with The Decadettes, Greenhill Gardens (2pm)

23rd      Ironman 70.3 Weymouth

 

NOVEMBER

25th      Sparkle in the Park, Lodmoor Country Park (3.30-4.45pm)

DECEMBER

9th        Christmas singing in the gardens, Greenhill Gardens (3pm)

 

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Yeovil Town Ladies to play home games at Dorchester Town

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:39
Yeovil Town Ladies are to play home games at Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium during the 2018-19 season.
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Dorchester’s Wednesday market survey… the results

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:25
On 20 June, the Dorchester Market Joint Informal Panel met to discuss various reports relating to the markets of Dorchester. This included reviewing the results of a recent survey. The survey asked for current opinions on the Dorchester Charter market. The survey had two elements; one was a series of questions to answer if the respondent indicated that they do attend the market. The other option was a series of questions to answer if the respondent does not attend the market.
Valuable insights Dorchester Town Council and the District Council have recognised the importance of the success of the market to the economy of the town. This first hand data complements the various studies that are underway/ have been completed. 2,175 responses The aim was to understand current feeling towards the market. We framed this in a series of questions, including:
  • what could be improved?
  • what are your favourite elements of the market?
  • If you don’t go to the market, why not?
  • how likely are you to recommend the market to others?
In total, there were 2,175 responses. 73% of respondents indicated that they do visit the market. 27% of respondents indicated that they do not visit the market. What do we know about the respondents?
  • 50% of all respondents live in Dorchester, 11% in Weymouth, 5% in Bridport, 7% within approx. 8 mile radius of Dorchester. The vast majority of respondents live within the District of West Dorset
  • Fresh produce [83.8%] and plants [80.9%] are by far the most purchased products
  • 58% drive to the market, 24% walk
  • Overall, responses showed positive support for the market. Almost a third said they would be very likely to recommend the market to friends
  • The market finds more favour with the 60+ age group, whose likelihood to recommend was at 65% whereas those 39 and under 46% would be likely to recommend
We asked the question “would any of the following increase the likelihood of attending the market more often?” to those that do go to the market: Reason (all responses) Selections (number) Selections (%) Distinctly ‘Dorset’ offering (e.g. food and drink) 937 67.8% Wider variety of quality arts and crafts 633 45.8% Wider variety of goods 569 41.2% Enhanced parking facilities 379 27.4% Special events 350 25.3% Live music/entertainment 273 19.8% Children’s activities 105 7.6% Other 84 6.1% A more central location 40 2.9%

We asked a similar question to those that don’t attend, asking them what might encourage them to visit more often [as an open ended question] In summary:

  • 40% of the mentions related to improving the “offer” – about what was on sale
  • 22% of the mentions related to infrastructure improvements
  • 12% of the mentions related to running the market on a different day
How about those that answered they do visit the market? [1,588 respondents]
  • 52% live in Dorchester, 12% Weymouth, 3% Bridport and 14% within an 8 mile radius. This means that 19% actually travel further than 8 miles to attend the market. This would indicate that if 1/5 of users are travelling in that far, there must be a real destination feeling for these visitors.
  • 61% indicated they were 60+, 7% 39 and under and 28% aged between 40 and 59
  • 38% are in full/part time employment and/or education, 56% retired
  • When asked what they do before/ after the market on an ‘average’ day, there were 1,204 mentions that they would head in to the town centre to spend further time [for example in cafes, local museums, parks, Brewery Square, or at the cinema]

The most important elements of the existing market for those that visited could be summarised as follows:

  • 1,001 mentions were around the value and range of the offer of fresh produce [including plants]. This included mentions about the variety of traders and quality of certain food products
  • 682 mentions relating to the atmosphere of the market, in particular the friendliness and helpfulness of traders [which had 185 mentions] and the traditional market feel.
  • 160 mentions were about the ease of access to the market and the importance of it being located close to the rest of the town
  • 110 mentions about the importance of the market as a community offer [place to meet friends, valued historical importance etc]

When asked “what could improve the market for you?” 931 responses included:

  • 47% of the mentions related to improving the “offer” – about what was on sale
  • 22% of the mentions related to infrastructure improvements
  • 20% of the mentions related to keeping things as they are
What do we know about respondents in full/part time employment & education [935 respondents]
  • 43% of total respondents are in full/ part time work or education.

When those that answered that they don’t attend the market were asked why they don’t visit the market, the main mentions centred around:

  • The market being held on a Wednesday and closing before the end of an average working day.
  • There was nothing “unique” on offer [be it a ‘distinctly Dorset’ branded offer, takeaway street food, events or activities]
  • Perceived lack of quality and range 
What do we know about the regular visitors to the market?

i.e, those that selected the option that they go every week, or most weeks – 722 respondents:

  • Nearly two third of them live in Dorchester and two thirds of them are aged over 60, and predominately retired
  • Three out of ten are still working in some capacity
  • Half go to the market by car and most of the others walk
  • Two thirds spend under £20 and a third over £20, fairly typical of all market goers
  • They purchase more plants, food, drink and fresh vegetables than other groups of market goers but fairly similar amounts of clothes and household goods

When asked about what would increase the likelihood of attending more often (i.e. what might improve the market for those who already go regularly):

  • there was significant support for a ‘Distinctively Dorset offering (e.g. food and drink)’ with 2/3 indicating this
  • Next most popular was a ‘wider variety of arts and crafts’ with the support of nearly half.
  • This was closely followed by ‘a wider variety of goods’. This indicates that a more varied, more “local” offer would entice increased spend and visits.

 

When asked about their favourite thing at the market, atmosphere, value and range of produce [both plant and food] and the helpfulness/ friendliness of the traders were the top mentions

What do we know about occasional visitors to the market?

i.e, those that selected the options that they visit approximately monthly – 450 respondents:

  • Half of them live in Dorchester but they tend to come from a variety of areas, mostly in the West Dorset district
  • Half are retired but 38% are still working, either part or full time
  • Nearly three quarters spend under £20 and a quarter over £20, lower spending than the regulars

When looking at what might encourage the “occasionals” to become “regulars” the response was similar to other groups:

  • The distinctly Dorset offering was most popular
  • A wider variety of goods generally
  • A wider variety of arts and crafts

 

What do we know about those who don’t go to the market?

587 respondents took the survey that aimed to understand more about what barriers they felt were in place that stopped them attending the market.

When asked why they don’t visit the market [an open ended question with 805 recorded mentions], there were:

  • 266 mentions relating to the produce on offer [not enough variety, perceived lack of quality, not enough local traders]
  • 214 mentions related to the time and day of the market [closing too early, impossible to shop there on a Wednesday due to other commitments such as working]
  • 98 mentions relating to the environment [including thoughts of scruffy buildings, not in right location or feeling it was outdated]

When asked what might encourage them to attend more often, the 541 responses were:

  • 40% of the mentions related to improving the “offer” – about what was on sale
  • 22% of the mentions related to infrastructure improvements
  • 12% of the mentions related to running the market on a different day

 

  • 80% of respondents regularly or occasionally visit other Farmers Markets and 65% of respondents regularly or occasionally visit Craft/ Art markets. Only just under 20% never go to markets. This would suggest that the appetite for markets is strong with those who don’t currently visit the Dorchester market.
  • 62% said that they visit other markets because they like to support local traders
  • 45% knew what they wanted to buy [i.e. specialist food, plants]
  • 9% selected other, with a common thread here being that the market/s they attended were at the weekend when they didn’t work
Thank you again to everyone who took the time out to share their thoughts with us.

The report full report and analysis is available to view here [p.45 onwards], and will be available to view on Dorsetforyou.com/dorchesterdevelopments by the end of the day.

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East Dorset Civic Day 2018

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:35

The Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs and her escort Cllr Spencer Flower, welcomed civic dignitaries from across the county to Wimborne for the final Chairman’s Civic Day before East Dorset joins the Dorset Council in April 2019.

The day started in Wimborne Model Town followed by free time to enjoy the delights of the Wimborne Folk Festival.  After a talk about the Wimborne Physick Garden, the Wimborne Militia escorted the guests to their lunch destination at the atmospheric Walford Mill.  Entertainment at the Millstream Bistro was provided by ‘Steps In Time’ a junior country dancing group.  The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the parade, which was led by the Militia followed by the Chairman of Council, the High Sheriff of Dorset- Mrs Jacqueline Swift and Cllr Kelly Webb, the Mayor of Wimborne. Finally guests were able to see the unique sand mandala, which could only be described as astounding, created by Tibetan Monks in the Priest’s House Museum.

Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs said “The guests had an amazing time and I would like to publicly thank all the Folk Festival organisers for allowing us to take part, and in particular the huge amount of organisation which went into making the day such a massive success.”

 

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Have your say on shelter improvements at Highcliffe Cliff Top car park

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:04

Local residents in Highcliffe are being invited to have their say and contribute ideas for improvements which could be made to the popular cliff top shelter at the Cliff Top car park, near the Cliffhanger café.

The project, which is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, seeks to offer an enhanced visitor welcome at the site, but has an open brief in terms of what this might look like.

Dorset Coast Forum

Portfolio Co-ordinator Natalie Poulter explains: “We know this shelter is well-used year round, and enjoyed by visitors and locals alike, but over the years it has suffered from the exposed conditions it endures, and is now in need of a bit of TLC. We’d like to take a fresh and creative look at this shelter with the community, and make sure we’re planning improvements that will benefit local residents as well as the visitors who also make use of the site.”

One suggestion is that the location could offer better signposting towards the businesses in Highcliffe, as well as the recreation opportunities which are available locally, encouraging visitors to stay longer and do more while they are in the area, supporting the local economy. Providing an improved shelter, or renovating the existing one, is also likely to form part of the plans, though what form this might take has not yet been discussed as the project team want to hear the community’s ideas first.

Dorset Coast Forum will be running two drop-in events at the shelter in Cliff Top car park on

Thursday 28 June 1pm-6pm and Saturday 30 June 11am-2pm

Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to come along and contribute to the development of this project, which is receiving £60,000 grant funding.

The proposed shelter improvements are one of 18 projects within the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, which is co-ordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. The portfolio also includes the completed promenade improvements at Avon Beach, ongoing improvements to the local cycle network, and the planned rebuild of the Highcliffe castle ‘zig zag’ beach access. In total, Christchurch and Highcliffe are benefitting from £473,000 investment from the Coastal Communities Fund through the portfolio, with local projects being delivered in partnership with Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council and The Arts Development Company.

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County Championship: Ballance ton aids Yorkshire recovery v Hampshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:01
Gary Ballance hits 109 as Yorkshire overcome a slow start on day one against Hampshire in Southampton.
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Weeds – we’re coming to get you!

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:46

Starting this week (20 June 2018) Dorset County Council is beginning a programme of weed spraying on ‘sealed highway surfaces’ such as tarmac, kerbing, paving and concrete structures in urban areas across Dorset.

The spraying team, who use a quad bike and bowser attachment to spay these hard surfaces, is starting in Christchurch and will be making their way westwards, aiming to have covered the whole county within six weeks (weather depending).

The primary need to keep surfaces from weeds is to protect hard surfaces from deterioration. Perennial weeds can establish and expand, and can cause cracking in surfaces, allowing water to penetrate and damage the hard surface.

The weed killer is the latest glyphosate based product, has been made environmentally safer and, while it is still just as effective, broad-leaved weeds will take over a week to show signs of decline, the grasses much more quickly.

The county council is working in partnership with some town councils to complete this programme and a contribution towards costs has been made available for some town councils who are able to carry out additional treatments themselves.

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40 new homes approved in North Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:42

Plans for 40 new homes in Charlton Marshall have been approved by councillors on North Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

40 new homes approved in North Dorset

The outline scheme for 40 homes is on land south of Newlands Manor House.

The plans at Charlton Marshall include 16 properties as affordable housing with another 24 for sale on the open market. Also included are cycle parking, a new junction with footpaths on the A350 and a pedestrian crossing.

Opening Doors

The application comes as the council, together with West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, encourage more development under their Opening Doors campaign.

They are among a number of authorities nationwide taking proactive steps at a local level to tackle housing problems.

Their target is to see developers build 20,000 more good quality homes of all tenures across the council areas by 2033.

Cllr David Walsh, North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that the committee approved this application, once complete the development will provide much needed open market and affordable housing for the area.”

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council, said:

“Good quality housing of a mixed tenure is one of the keys to success for Opening Doors.

“We welcome the involvement of developers and housebuilders of all sizes, from national PLCs to more local SMEs on smaller sites.”

Opening Doors has also launched a Home Ownership Register for those seeking to find a new home in North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Visit the Opening Doors website at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk/home-ownership-register/  to sign the register and find out more about the campaign.

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PMQs: Hoare and May on upskirting bill and role of Chope

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:28
The PM says a government bill on upskirting will be put forward on Thursday.
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Ryan Allsop: Wycombe Wanderers re-sign keeper on three-year deal

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:09
Wycombe Wanderers re-sign goalkeeper Ryan Allsop on a three-year contract after his release by Bournemouth.
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West Moors fire: Man admits 'life-endangering' arson

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:47
A man was treated in hospital for chest pains after the fire destroyed a house in West Moors.
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Surface dressing in Lyme Regis

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:34

Our surface dressing gang is in Lyme Regis this week and next week to treat residential roads to protect them from water damage and restore skid resistance.

Work completed last week (starting Monday 11 June):

  • HARTS LANE – FROM HOLT SCHOOL TO BROOM HILL
  • PILFORD LANE – FROM BROOM HILL TO UDDENS DRIVE
  • JUNCTION OF PILFORD LANE & UDDENS DRIVE TO DISTRICT BOUNDARY, WIMBORNE
  • FORD LANE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HUMBER ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • BARNES ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • CORBIN AVENUE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • LOCKEYERS DRIVE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • TURBARY ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HALVES COTTAGES, CORFE CASTLE
  • COLLETS CLOSE, CORFE CASTLE
  • THE DOLLINGS, CORFE CASTLE
  • BATTLEMEAD, CORFE CASTLE
  • MEAD ROAD, CORFE CASTLE

Work planned (weather permitting) this week (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

Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 25 June:

  • ANNING ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • 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

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.

Premium surface dressing on some of our busiest roads is also underway.

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Dorset’s verges are positively flourishing

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:05

You may have noticed that some roadside verges in Dorset are looking a bit wild at the moment. This is the exactly the look Dorset County Council had hoped for, following a bold and revolutionary approach to verge maintenance, which seems to be paying dividends.

Two pilot areas in Weymouth and Blandford are benefiting from a method, coined as ‘cut and collect’. Since 2014 we have been cutting and then removing grass cuttings in some urban and rural verges instead of allowing the freshly cut grass to decay on top of the cut area. This collection of clippings reduces the amount of nutrients which go back into the soil and, over time, replaces coarse, long grasses with short, fine grass which encourages the growth of some of our rarest plants.

The verge on Littlemoor Road, Weymouth is seeing some very positive results of this new approach. This week alone, Pyramidal Orchid, Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Kidney Vetch, Horse-shoe Vetch, Common Restharrow, Black Knapweed and Greater Knapweed have all been spotted. The Blandford bypass and its town roadside verges are also now home to an array of wildflowers.

In turn, these rare beauties are attracting a plethora of native wildlife species such as rough hawk moths and black medic moths, two of Dorset’s most notables. Pyramidal orchids are pollinated by butterflies and moths, so to see them increasing in numbers is a great way of knowing that our butterfly and moth populations are thriving too.

The verges in these pilot areas will continue to be managed in this way and forms part of our long term, sustainable strategy to encourage wildlife while also making savings by reducing the frequency of the regular cuttings. The next pilot area to benefit from this cut and collect method is Purbeck, starting after the summer.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member for Built and Natural Environment at Dorset County Council said:

“To see these wild flowers create an increasingly important refuge and habitat for bees, moths and butterflies is fantastic. Our countryside teams have worked really hard in the last few years to get to the point where we are starting to see the fruits of our labour with beautiful and rare plants growing happily by the roadside in these pilot areas. Of course, we must weigh up the safety of road users with the environmental work, and we feel we have got the balance right.

“Our verges are something we are very proud of in Dorset and it’s our aspiration that other councils will adopt our methods so we can all see more wild verges throughout the whole country.”

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WW2: Funeral held for Pegasus Bridge D-Day veteran

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Frank Bourlet was amongst the assault team who captured Pegasus Bridge on D-Day in 1944.
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