The Dorset Councils Partnership is delighted to have won the Federation of Small Businesses 2018 award for ‘Most Innovative Small Business Friendly Programme, Campaign or Project.’ The project that won was the Google Digital Garage initiative, driven by the Partnerships digital and economy teams.
Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said: “We are delighted to have the efforts of our collaboration with Google Digital Garage recognised. Supporting local business is one of our top priorities as a Partnership and a focus that we will carry in to the new authority. We are delighted to say that we have a second collaboration with Google lined up for 19 October. As ever, the event is FREE and will offer an exciting and new agenda of digital training.”Google Digital Garage returning to South Walks House
Find out more and sign up by clicking here.
The Federation of Small Businesses host an annual award ceremony. The awards celebrate best in class local authority support to their respective local businesses community.
Dorset’s highway fixers have completed this years’ surface dressing programme – an investment of £3m into the rural, urban and major road network by Dorset County Council.
As part of Dorset Highways annual maintenance activities, this year, 235 surface dressing sites have been treated over 82 days – protecting 64 miles of rural and urban roads from water damage and restoring skid resistance.
Alongside this, Eurovia Surface Treatments was contracted to treat 17 miles of the A and B road network using higher grade surface dressing materials.
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “For the first time in around 20 years we treated residential roads – visiting nine towns – and it has been a real success in reconditioning these minor roads.
“Although we have experienced a wonderful summer, which has helped us deliver this work on time and on budget, at times the excessive heat did present us with some challenging conditions.
“I’d like to thank residents for their patience and for moving their vehicles off the road to allow the work to happen.
“Based on the results this year, we will certainly look at using surface dressing on urban roads in the future, allowing us to treat a greater area of our network.”
The final white lines will be put back in place over the next few weeks and then the team will be disbanded and set to work on footway slurry sealing and drainage clearing and repairs.
Surface dressing prolongs the life of roads, by sealing it against water damage, and restores skid resistance.
A new kind of vending machine is being trialled in Dorchester in partnership with Litter Free Dorset.
Residents can come and try out the ‘reverse vending machine’ – a new scheme that pays people to pick litter – on Thursday 13 September outside Lloyds bank, South Street.What is a reverse vending machine?
- Empty bottles and cans are fed into the machine in return for tokens
- Tokens can either be redeemed for cash (10p per item) or donated to CPRE to fund litter-picking equipment
- It’s to support litter picks which keep our streets waste-free
The scheme’s being trialled across the country by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Data will be collected on the numbers, sizes and materials of drink containers that are littering our streets and countryside before being submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) upcoming consultation on the scope of this deposit return system.
Similar systems around the world have helped boost recycle rates as high as 97%.
Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for natural and built environment said: “Through the collective effort of local people and communities we can banish bottles and cans from our parks, towns, fields and hedgerows for good.
“The reverse vending machine is a great way for families with small children to turn litter-picking into something fun – and get money back as a reward.”
Maddy Haughton-Boakes from CPRE said:
“We’ll be counting all the bottles and cans we collect to give the government evidence to design the best deposit return system – which should help transform the countryside back to a beautiful, litter-free state.
“If the deposit system is set up by the Government to collect drinks containers of all materials and sizes, this harmful littered eyesore could soon be a thing of the past.”
They’re encouraging everyone to come and see the reverse vending machine in action. For further dates visit the CPRE website.
For further information please contact:
Linda Williams @ Dorset CPRE firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Colley @ Litter Free Dorset email@example.com
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IRONMAN returns Sunday 23 September and even if you are not planning on spectating and enjoying the event, make sure you understand the plans for the day as your journey may be affected.At a glance
- IRONMAN is returning to parts of Dorset with a 70.3mile event
- 70,000 residents letters have been distributed
- Dorset Highways will be providing marshals with local knowledge and highways experience at 47 crucial points along the route
- care providers can request an access pass from the event organisers – many have already been issued
Restrictions in place for the event will:
- prohibit the use of roads described by cyclists, horse riders and all motor vehicles except for emergency services, those vehicles participating in the event, and the reasonable access permitted by the event organisers
- impose temporary one way systems
- reverse existing one-way systems
- revoke existing one way systems
- impose a clearway to include no waiting, loading or unloading
- revoke the existing loading bay and impose a temporary taxi rank, outside ‘The Gloucester’, 1-20 Gloucester Lodge, The Esplanade, Weymouth
- revoke the existing ‘Prohibition of Driving Order’ in Lower St Alban Street, which starts at the junction with St. Nicholas Street (between 6am and 7pm)
- not prevent access for pedestrians from roads described
Please note: you should keep checking back to this information up to and including event day as some amendments to this article could be made.Travel advice for residents and visitors
We know the road closures and parking restrictions will affect residents, businesses and visitors, so check what’s happening before the day of the event.
If you live or are visiting somewhere directly off a route that will be closed you may want to consider:
- delaying your journey until the road reopens
- moving your vehicle while the roads are open and/or leave it parked off the route so it is not affected by the event
- allowing yourself extra travel time and be prepared to wait for access to become available
- speak to a marshal during the event for advice
- on event day, check Live travel disruptions and @TravelDorset or #IRONMANtraveldorset before you travel and whilst on the move (if safe and legal to do so)
- staff who travel to work should allow extra time for their journey and check live travel
disruptions and @TravelDorset or #IRONMANtraveldorset
- consider if deliveries affected by the restrictions could be reprogrammed to avoid disruption on their route. If not, contact the race organisers (details below) preferably before the event to discuss access options
- advise your customers of the restrictions in the area
To protect vulnerable residents, car passes have been made available on request, for social carers and care workers to access service users’ homes, and care homes, during the event.
Contact IRONMAN race control (details below) if you have any issues on the day.Bus travel
Contact the operator for any planned service changes.Parking information in Weymouth and Dorchester
- Short stay car parks in the town centre will be open as normal
- Pavilion car park and Lodmoor Country Park car park will be closed during the event
- Minimal disruption is expected to car parks in Dorchester
- frequent meetings between Dorset County Council, event organisers and priority stakeholders have taken place
- engagement with all parish and town councils, particularly those immediately affected, their
- elected representatives, emergency services and Department for Transport engagement with 70,000 residents along the route with publicity posted door-to-door
Alongside this travel advice:
- warning signs along the running route – two weeks in advance
- warning messages on digital road side signs in Dorchester on the A354 and A37 and around Weymouth – two week in advance
- scheduled travel bulletins on BBC and commercial radio, (*where available)
- warning campaign on social media, and in our roads and transport e-newsletter with over 12,000 subscribers
- Telephone: 03330 11 66 00
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful ‘digital switch’ campaign has generated over £2,000 to be shared by local charities Julia’s House and Weldmar Hospicecare.L-R: Cllr Alford (West Dorset District Council Leader), Fiona Hansford (Weldmar) and Cllr Cant (Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Leader)
From March to the end of April this year, residents of Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland were encouraged to sign up to paperless e-billing and direct debit council tax payments.
Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council pledged to donate £1 to charity for each resident that made the ‘digital switch’.
Both Weldmar Hospicecare and Julia’s House provide much needed support and services to local residents and families, and the money raised has been split evenly between the two.
Not only will the donation help support the great work that both organisations deliver to residents, it will also enable the authorities to reallocate officer time and save money on resources.L-R: Cllr Brooks (Purbeck District Council) and Linda Schofield-Green (Julia’s House)
Linda Schofield-Green of Julia’s House said: “We are so delighted to receive this donation and on behalf of our children and families I would like to say a huge thank you to the council for choosing us and all the residents who signed up. With only 6% of our income coming from the government every year we continue to need the support of the local community so that we can be there for families going through tough times.”
Fiona Hansford from Weldmar Hospicecare said: “We are extremely grateful to the Dorset Councils Partnership for supporting Weldmar Hospicecare as part of their recent E-Billing Campaign. This generous donation will enable us to continue providing care to patients and their loved ones here in Dorset, throughout the community, and at our inpatient unit. Support from organisations such as this are vital so we can continue to add life to patients last days when they need us most.”Why switch to e-billing?
E-billing is the easier and greener way to receive your council tax bills. They are easy to access, more environmentally friendly and they reduce costs for your council, which means more money can be spent on vital frontline services.Why pay your council tax by direct debit?
Paying your council tax by direct debit is simple, safe and more convenient. The payments are made automatically by your bank or building society.
You remain in control of your payments, as we will notify you at least 10 working days before any changes are made and you can cancel at any time.
To sign up today and make the switch to e-billing or to pay your council tax by direct debit https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/council-tax
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A local community has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area.
A final version of the Holwell 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 Holwell neighbourhood area have until Friday 19 October 2018, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to pull together a Neighbourhood Plan. I’d like to congratulate all involved in getting to this stage.
“Now is the time for Holwell residents to get involved. I encourage anyone who has a view on future development in the area to look over the plan and make their comments.”
A hard copy of the plan will be made available at West Dorset District Council’s offices in South Walks House, Dorchester and at Sherborne Library. Holwell Parish Council also has copies available, please contact email@example.com
The plan can be viewed online at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/holwell-neighbourhood-plan and on the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan website: http://holwellneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/
Comments on the plan can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Holwell Neighbourhood Plan.
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The Council is about to embark on the process needed to support the next phase of the Peninsula regeneration project.
The vision for the Peninsula Site is the creation of a new destination with upgraded tourism and leisure facilities, new public spaces, and family-orientated commercial uses. The first phase involves building a 100 room hotel, a pub/diner with accommodation and repairs to the harbour walls.
The initial phase of the regeneration scheme also includes a considerable amount of public realm improvements – all giving a much needed uplift and boost to the area and a gateway to the overall scheme. This includes; enhanced infrastructure, a walkway around the Peninsula, a road realignment, and a new shared open space in front of the Pavilion.
The report is due to be received by the Harbour Management Board on 13 September, followed by Management Committee (18 September), Formal Shadow Council (1 October) and Full Council (11 October).
The report includes a detailed business case including; the demolition of the former Ferry Terminal Building and converting the space to car parking.
The Council has worked with advisors at Cushman and Wakefield over the past year to test and refine the business case. The overall cost of the first phase is c. £14,445,000, including funds already committed for the repair of Harbour Wall D. If approved, the Council would seek to borrow £11,441,000 from the Public Work Loan Board to progress the scheme.
The surplus income generated from the scheme will be retained by the Harbour, allowing reserves to be built up for harbour improvements and maintenance. Grant funding for the public realm improvements will be sought and if this can be obtained then the loan sum above will be reduced accordingly.
Cllr Jeff Cant, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Finance & Assets said; “The Weymouth Peninsula regeneration is a key part of the Weymouth Town Centre Masterplan. We aim to extend the seasonal offering by delivering improvements through this exciting scheme that work for residents and visitors. We anticipate the scheme will attract different target markets and enable Weymouth to flourish as a year-round destination.”
“The scheme goes a long way to securing the financial future of the harbour by ensuring the income generated is retained for harbour uses.”
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