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Holocaust Memorial Day in Dorchester

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:34

Each year on 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us to think about all those millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Holocaust Memorial Day events 2018

The South West Multicultural Network with partners Dorchester Town Council and West Dorset District Council would like to invite members of the public to its annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemoration on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester between 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Cllr Stella Jones, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Equalities, said:

“This service is an opportunity for everyone to come together and remember the victims of these tragedies.

“I would encourage local residents and visitors to take the time to join in with these memorial events and pay their respects.”

This is the 13th HMD event the Network has organised and they are hoping it will be the biggest yet. This year’s theme is – The Power of Words. Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.

The programme includes Harry Grenville a local resident and Holocaust survivor, presentations by local schools – Thomas Hardye and Sunninghill, poems and music. There will be a minutes silence and the lighting of candles. The Mayor of Dorchester Cllr Susie Hosford and the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Mr Angus Campbell will be in attendance as well as many local councillors, residents, community groups and organisations.

“This is a time to reflect on those who were killed and persecuted during the Holocaust and other genocides. We hope to encourage young people to understand everyone’s responsibility in trying to prevent a repetition of such atrocities” said Chair of the Network’s HMD Committee Angela Sibley.

There will also be free refreshments afterwards. The Corn Exchange will open from midday to allow time to view exhibits before the event commences at 12.30pm.

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Christchurch Community Governance Review – Have your say

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:54

Christchurch Borough Council is conducting a review of the Community Governance arrangements across the whole of Christchurch and local people are being invited to have their say.

The review is currently in the first stage, which invites people and interested groups to make submissions in response to the Council’s published consultation document. During this first stage we will be seeking people’s views on what people think is the best form of governance at a parish level in Christchurch.

The consultation document, and supplementary information booklet, is available online or in hard copy at The Civic Offices in Christchurch.

Local residents and organisations are encouraged to respond to the consultation and make their views known. Christchurch Borough Council will then be well informed on public opinion. Responses to phase one of the review must be received no later than 23 February 2018.

Once this first stage of consultation has been completed and evaluated, the Council will then form a draft recommendation. At this point, the second stage of consultation will commence seeking views on the final proposal.

Any new arrangements would take effect from 1 April 2019.

Anyone wishing to submit their views at this stage, or wishing to obtain further information, should visit www.dorsetforyou.com/Christchurch-Community-Governance-Review

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5 reasons not to miss North Dorset Business Day!

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:27

NDDC’s Economic Development team host an annual event for local businesses. We held this year’s event in Sturminster Newton back in November.

#1 It is the perfect showcase for your business

2017’s event saw over 100 businesses interact, discuss opportunities and share best practice. Even though rural Dorset is a rural area, it doesn’t mean you have to be isolated!

#2 Meet your North Dorset MP North Dorset MP Simon Hoare was in attendance, alongside members of the District Council. Cllr Sherry Jespersen – Portfolio Holder for Community and Regeneration – says: “recent research has shown that businesses in rural areas are more likely to be innovative and more likely to return a profit. “We need to get the message out that North Dorset is a really good place to do business.” #3 Meet our North Dorset Economic Regeneration team

Our dedicated team can help you with business grants, financial advice, connections with relevant agencies. We can also connect you with relevant agencies. Additionally, we can guide you through any regulations that may help [or hinder!] your business. By understanding your needs and challenges, we can all help to drive a stronger economy for Dorset.

#4 Practical and engaging workshops

We can put you in touch with further support. For example, the Dorset Growth Hub provide a range of services such as:

  • pre-start and start-up support
  • improving digital capabilities
  • accessing finance
  • mentoring

They also delivered a talk on the day of the business event about digital marketing.

#5  There’s a free lunch!

…and it was delicious! Plus, lots of treats from the wonderful array of food and drink brands we have here in North Dorset [including some Great Taste, Taste of Dorset and Dorset Food and Drink award winners!]

Thank you! 

Thank you to all those who allowed us to film them on the day. We look forward to seeing you all again this year!

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Christchurch cycling group celebrate their fifth anniversary

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:21

This month the Christchurch Health Cycle Ride is celebrating five years of weekly pedalling.

 

The success and popularity of the Christchurch Health Cycle Ride is down to a team of dedicated volunteers and cyclists. Every week, whatever the weather, they enjoy a fun and social ride around Christchurch using quiet roads, cycle paths and traffic free routes.

The free, 60 minute cycle rides are part of the Activate Coast and Countryside programme, which is coordinated by Christchurch and East Dorset Councils.

Marc Thompson, Health and Activity Officer, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils said “I’m so pleased to see that this group continues to go from strength to strength.  These cycle rides are a great success story, which gets local people outdoors and active, which is one of our council’s priorities.

“This group is particularly special due to its strong sense of camaraderie and it is fantastic that the volunteers arrange social events too, which strengthens the group ethic.”

Would you like to get on your bike this year?

There is no need to book, just meet outside The Castle Kitchen at Highcliffe Castle on a Monday morning at 9.45am and you will be greeted by a friendly and enthusiastic group who welcome new and fellow cyclists. If you don’t have a bike, but want to give it a try, there is also the option to hire a bike for £2.50, as they also have a small stock of bikes.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or you would like more information on the Christchurch Health Ride, phone the Health and Activity Team on 01202 795682 or visit https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/416361/Cycling-groups-and-health-rides-in-Christchurch

 

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Search and Rescue training facility to continue

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:30

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has issued a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use for the former coastguard helicopter site on Portland.

Helicopter search and Rescue training facility to continue. (Photo credit: Liam Toohill)

This means HeliOperations will not need to apply for any further planning permission for the site to operate as a helicopter facility including hanger, runway for take off and landing and associated activities.

The decision comes after the applicants made a formal submission for a Certificate of Lawfulness. This followed initial borough council concerns about whether the proposed use for the site was the same as when it previously hosted the Coastguard helicopter.

Before coming to a decision Planning officers sought legal advice over the details provided by the applicants.

 

What is a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Proposed Use?

Applying for a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Proposed Use is a statutory process. Applicants can provide evidence to obtain a formal decision on whether their proposed use requires planning permission.

This is different from a planning application. For example, the planning merits of the use, operation or activity are not relevant and therefore normal material planning issues such as impacts on ‘amenity’ are not under consideration.

Certificates of Lawfulness of Proposed Use depend entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of the building or other land. The interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority concerning the proposed use in comparison to the approved existing use is also considered.

Noise complaints

Numerous comments and complaints have been received about noise coming from the site. If the noise is caused by an aircraft, Environmental Health Officers have no power to investigate . The correct authority to contact would be The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). You can reach the CAA online, via telephone at 03300 221500, or post at Civil Aviation Authority CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE.

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Could you volunteer to lead health walks?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:05

Another free one-day course will be held to train people to become volunteer walk leaders in North Dorset.

Health walks

The course will be held in Sturminster Newton on 21 February. It is aimed at people who are interested in helping to run health walks to help others stay healthy and active.

Walk leading is fun

If you are interested in leading walks, including being a front middle or back marker, please register and come along. The course will be held at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1QU.  Registration starts at 9.15am and the course runs from 9.30am to 3pm. Places must be booked in advance. Please contact Keith Harrison if you would like to attend on 07825 691508 or email:  keith.harrison@dorsetccg.nhs.uk

Tempted? Here are five reasons you should be!

1/ Volunteering makes us happier, according to researchers at the London School of Economics

2/ Walk leaders get to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside

3/ Leading walks is a great chance to meet new people

4/ Walking is great for your physical and mental health

5/ The course is free

This initiative is part of ‘Walking for Health’, England’s largest network of health walks.

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Community and Voluntary Groups set for funding boost

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:00

Community Groups in Weymouth and Portland are set to receive a £50,000 worth of funding.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council set aside funding from its reserves for a community and voluntary sector grant fund in August 2017. The council agreed priorities for funding according to identified local needs.

The grant fund was £50,000 and applications were invited from local groups and organisations. The council was inundated with responses. Applications were received from 36 local organisations for 38 projects totalling £230,830.

Cllr Christine James, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Social Inclusion, said:

“It’s important for the borough council to maintain strong links with our local community and voluntary groups. Without these groups many projects and events wouldn’t be possible. We owe a big thank you to these groups for all they do.

“We had lots of applications and have granted some funding to most of them. I look forward to seeing the results of their work.”

Grants were assessed according to agreed priorities benefitting some of the most deprived areas of the Borough. Money was awarded to 26 different organisations to deliver a range of 28 local projects.

Organisation Project Amount

£ Brendoncare Clubs To support the older persons club at Radipole 500 B-Side Arts To renovate their existing project space to create a multi-purpose community outpost 2,500 Chapelhay Community Playgarden To support activities for children and families in the area 600 Citizens Advice Weymouth and Portland To support an outreach service in Littlemoor 2,375 To develop a support service hub at The Portland Centre 7,000 C-Siders (Weymouth & Portland Cancer Support Group) To provide a rehabilitation programme for those with cancer. 2,300 Dorset Domestic Abuse Welfare Committee To support domestic abuse intervention courses for men and women 3,100 Dorset Wildlife Trust To improve across Lorton Meadows nature reserve. 1,000 To offer free marine discovery sessions targeting Underhill residents and workers 1,000 Dorset Youth Association Enabling delivery of a strengthening families programme in priority areas of the Borough 4,000 Friends of Castle Cove Beach To enable a land lease to install new steps to the beach 500 Friends of MV Freedom To enable installation of a more disability friendly galley 3,000 Friends of Radipole Park Gardens To install a sensory garden 3,000 Friends of The Marsh To help towards installation of a green gym 1,000 Islanders Club for Young People To promote the use of the club by the wider community 1,200 Weymouth & Portland Amblers To establish a walk for health project 2,000 L,GB & T Dorset Equality Network To enable a LGBT support group and anti-LGBT prejudice & bullying sport project. 550 Opportunities R Un Limited Supporting swimming lessons with a qualified instructor for those with learning disabilities and support needs 2,552 Parenting Platform Project Holding family support sessions 500 Portland Museum Trust To update the Museum’s security systems 1,000 Refresh To develop a social supermarket to provide affordable food for those on little financial income 1,400 Spirit of Life Community Band To assist with band running costs 500 Steps Club for Young People To support the club’s programme of activities 2,000 The Horse Course To support the work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society, who do not respond to talking-based therapies. 1,500 The Wey Valley School To support a breakfast club for disadvantaged pupils 1,000 Westham Community Group To provide a community defibrillator in a busy location in the community 1,000 Weymouth Family Church To extend youth club provision 1,000 Weymouth Sea Scouts To purchase sports equipment 1,000

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Holocaust Memorial Day service in Weymouth

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:55

A memorial service in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day will take place in the Princess Diana Gardens, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth on Friday 26 January.

Radipole Gardens

The service will begin at 10.00am at the Holocaust memorial tree, planted near to Alexandra Bridge and donated by local resident Tony Hamm.

The memorial service will be hosted by Deputy Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Cllr Gill Taylor with prayers and a reading being led by the Mayor’s Chaplin, Rev’d Philip Elliott (of West Ridgeway Churches) and joined by religious faith representatives from the local community.

Cllr Kevin Brookes, Mayor of Weymouth & Portland , said: “This annual service is a chance for local people to come along and join members of the community to recognise Holocaust Memorial Day and pay their respects to the victims of the Holocaust and other international genocides.”

All members of the public are welcome to attend the Weymouth Holocaust Memorial Service. Local councillors and Friends of the Parks will also be represented.

What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

Holocaust Memorial Day is the annual day of remembrance for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and Tibet. It marks the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz–Birkenau extermination camp was liberated.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is The Power of Words

Other events also taking place in your local area

–  A Holocaust Memorial Day display will be on show at Weymouth Library from Monday 22 January to Monday 29 January. The display has been set up by Barbara Cohen of the South West Dorset Multicultural Network and friends.

–  South West Multicultural Network’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) free event takes place on Friday 26 January from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester. The main speaker will be Harry Grenville local resident and Holocaust survivor.

–  ‘Read, Write and Share’ Poetry Workshop on Wednesday 31 January from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Dorchester Library & Learning Centre. For further information call 01305 224440.

–  Dorset County Museum will mark the day with a small display on Harry Grenville, who came to Britain on the Kinder transport in 1939. The showcase will be free to view in the main foyer of the museum from Monday 15 January to Saturday 27 January.

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk

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The new year brings new gym equipment for Two Riversmeet

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:33

Visitors to the gym at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex in Christchurch are now using brand new equipment, following a £100,000 investment by Christchurch Borough Council.   

The leisure centre now boasts a brand new Cycling Studio with 15 new indoor cycling bikes. They have also installed state-of-the-art fitness equipment in to their Fitness Suite, along with a brand new audio-visual system.

Over £100,000 has been invested at this popular leisure centre and the leisure team at the centre are now looking forward to welcoming new members during 2018.

To celebrate and showcase the refurbishment, the centre is inviting residents and potential customers to see the improvements at their launch event on Saturday 27 January 2018 from 8.30am-1pm. Swimming will be charged at only £1 per swim and there will also be free taster gym sessions and indoor cycling sessions.

Cllr Peter Hall, Chairman of Resources Committee, Christchurch Borough Council said “Promoting an active lifestyle is one of our council’s priorities so I am pleased that we were able to fund the improvements at Two Riversmeet. The new cycling area is a particular success as this transformed a previously unused space at the centre.” 

Dan Stone, Business Development Team Leader for the complex said: “Earlier this year we carried out a survey asking our current leisure centre users what improvements they would like to see. We used some of  these suggestions as the basis for our latest improvements and I am thrilled to see the new equipment in place.

“The new RIG and Cycling Studio are excellent addition for our members and feedback so far has been very positive. We have lots of gym membership offers running currently, so it is also a great time of the year to join.”

Along with this substantial investment, Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex has also recently recruited six personal trainers who are looking forward to welcoming new members to use all the new equipment. If you feel like you need additional encouragement to improve your level of fitness, Active Lifestyle members also get to take advantage of a special discount of personal training sessions.                

If you would like to get fit in 2018, why not contact Two Riversmeet on 01202 477987 or come along to their launch event on Saturday 27 January 2018 from 9am-1pm.

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Still time to have a say about dogs in North Dorset

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:37

Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset have until 2 March to have their say about rules concerning dogs.

Dogs in public places

People are being asked what they think about dogs in public places, like parks, and also when they should be on a lead.

After considering people’s views, North Dorset District Council will produce a new dog related Public Spaces Protection Order.

 

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “We would like to hear your views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. We will then try to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

 

“I would like to urge everyone, dog owners and non-dog owners, to complete the survey online, it is very easy and only takes about five minutes. Your views count so please do have a say.

“North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem.” 

 

Have your say

The survey is available online here: dorsetforyou.com/your-say-dogs-north

 

If you are not online paper copies are available in North Dorset libraries and the district council’s Nordon office.   

 

The district council has to consult on current dog related orders and proposed changes under the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  The district council has to consult on these orders every three years to ensure the public’s views are considered.

 

The survey, which began in December, will run until 2 March 2018.

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Good news for users of the service 5

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:37

Damory, the bus company, have confirmed that they will operate an experimental service throughout the day on the current service 5 routing.

The operator has already confirmed it will provide Dorset County Council’s statutory obligation to transport entitled children to school.

The trial service will provide a range of journeys between 8am and 6pm, including including school holidays and Saturdays. It will include peak time journeys between Crossways and Dorchester at times suitable for commuters as well as daytime journeys throughout the whole service 5 route.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“I am very pleased that Damory have agreed to offer this service & would take this opportunity to thank them.  I would also like to thank the County Councils Travel Team for all the hard work that makes these things happen.

I would encourage residents to make full use of this service to ensure its ongoing viability”

Damory Managing Director Andrew Wickham, said:

“We are delighted be working in partnership with Dorset County Council to provide this service. Our team is committed to helping as many of our customers as possible travel across the region, and this trial initiative is part of that.

‘It is important, moving forwards, that local people make good use of the service – so we can continue providing these extra journeys in the longer term.”

View the timetable

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Twelve projects that will affect your borough in 2018 if you live in Weymouth and Portland

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:59

Exciting times lie ahead for the residents of Weymouth and Portland. From accelerated home-building to transforming our local parks, it’s going to be a busy and productive year. Below are just some of the projects that are in the pipeline, including an ambitious plan to make the borough a year-round destination.

By: John Lord

1. Local Government Reorganisation

The proposal of two unitary councils for the county – one for urban Dorset and another for the rural parts of the county – is a way to protect local services, generate further economic growth and provide structure to local councils around the community they serve and represent. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said he is ‘minded to’ approve the proposals.

Councils had until 8 January to make representations to the Secretary of State. Once the Secretary of State’s decision has been made on the proposal, any final decision will be subject to Parliamentary approval.

2. Boost for plans to transform Radipole

A plan to restore Radipole Park and Gardens has received a major boost after securing initial National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

This plan is likely to include a new café, toilets, a bog garden, pond, wildlife area, a water feature in the children’s play area and a drainage system to tackle flooding in the playing fields. It will also cover improving the path network, upgrading the car park surfacing, fencing the tennis courts and improving the multi-use games area and basketball courts.

3. Campaign to build more homes will gather pace

We have joined forces with West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council for the Opening Doors programme. This aims to speed up home-building in our areas with the aim of building 20,000 homes by 2033. Find out more about the programme at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk

4. The Weymouth Peninsula redevelopment

The Peninsula redevelopment is part of an ambitious plan to regenerate the town. The plan aims to strengthen the town’s tourism appeal and make it a year-round destination – for both residents and tourists.

Funds have been allocated for the testing and design work required to take the redevelopment of the Peninsula forward. We have already approved £250,000 for a major external makeover for the iconic Pavilion Theatre, which should be under way later this year.

Potential leisure facilities are being explored as part of the redevelopment. It is set to involve a mix of quality hotels, eateries and a series of indoor all year-round activity offerings. Over 50 companies have already expressed a keen interest in being involved, including rock climbing and indoor surfing facilities.

The plan aims to provide additional employment and boost the economic prosperity of the seaside town. Look out for more information in the coming months.

5. Training for businesses with Google Digital Garage

We are committed to supporting local businesses in our area. Google Digital Garage will be visiting in February to educate and inspire local business owners. Workshops will be on offer to help owners boost their digital skills. Click here for more information.

6. The Weymouth Town Centre Manager

Weymouth’s recently appointed Town Centre Manager has made great progress. The Town Centre Manager aims to build a close connection between businesses and residents and drive forward with a challenging agenda. Click here to read more about the appointment.

7. Local plan review

Last Spring, we consulted on Issues and Options as part of a review of our Joint Local Plan. This review related to additional potential ‘option sites’ to meet the future need for housing over the period to 2036, and to options for changes to the policies in the currently adopted local plan.

From this information we are putting together a “preferred options” document. This will be available to view as part of a consultation in the Summer. Find out more information here.

8. Sculpture trail approval for Weymouth

Weymouth members have agreed to allocate £123,000 towards the creation of a sculpture trail to improve the attractiveness of the borough. The details of the scheme will be agreed in the coming months and regular updates will be promoted on our newsroom – so keep an eye out for updates.

9. Weymouth esplanade lighting

In collaboration with the Dorset Coast Forum, we will be consulting residents on the new design for the Weymouth Esplanade lighting. The current aim is for the installation to go ahead over the winter of 2018-19. To follow the progress of this project click here.

10. The Marsh in Weymouth

The Marsh masterplan in Weymouth is in development. The plan will help improve recreational facilities for residents. The first phase of works includes installing new play equipment for young children. We will then work with residents – particularly young people – to design a new skate park which may also include facilities for BMX and parkour (free running)

11. New toilet improvements for Weymouth

Feasibility studies are underway for building new toilets in Weymouth, as well as improving the existing facilities. We will be asking you for your views on the current facilities soon, so look out for the survey.

Toilets on the Esplanade unfortunately suffered fire damage from an arson attack in 2017. The repairmen are on site now, and they hope to complete towards the end of February.

12. The MEMO site

We are looking forward to the progression of the MEMO site. Last year we joined the Dorset LEP, Dorset County Council and private benefactors in pledging funding for the MEMO project. £50,000 has been approved to contribute to the prep work required to move the project on. The project is expected to be open to the public in Spring 2020. Click here to read more.

 

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Members meet to deliberate latest NQWL discussions

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:24
Members of Management Committee met on Monday 15 January. They deliberated the latest position of the council within the ongoing discussions with North Quay Weymouth Limited [NQWL]. Cllr Jeff Cant, Briefholder for Finance and Assets and Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “The Council remains in legal discussions with NQWL and it remains inappropriate to comment on the details. Our priority remains to secure development for the site to support the town and local economy. We appreciate that people want to hear about progress, but be assured that we are working hard to get the best result for our town.”

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Important advice for people who keep poultry in South Dorset

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:27

If you live in South Dorset, including Weymouth & Portland, and keep poultry, you need to know about an ‘avian influenza (bird flu) protection zone’ put in place by Defra.

Advice for people who keep poultry

Avian influenza (bird flu) has been found in wild birds in South Dorset, and an avian influenza prevention zone now applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in specific, targeted areas of South Dorset – an area which also covers Weymouth & Portland. You can find the latest guidance and map showing the area covered by the prevention zone on the Defra website.

Poultry keepers need to remain vigilant and follow the updated advice on the Defra website. The Defra guidance applies just as much if you only have a few birds as pets, or if you have a large commercial flock.

Dorset County Council’s Animal Health team helps promote and maintain standards of animal health and welfare, alongside disease control. We are also responsible for ensuring the welfare of ‘farm’ animals such as pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry, so we’ve updated our animal disease advice webpage to bring you the latest Defra guidance.

If you are concerned that poultry keepers in Dorset are not protecting their birds, contact Trading Standards.

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Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked in Christchurch

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:59

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 will be marked in Christchurch at the site where a Holocaust Memorial was unveiled in 2015.

An event will be held to mark the occasion on 29 January at 10am at the site on Christchurch Quay. The programme will include prayers by the Vicar of Christchurch, The Reverend Canon Charles Stewart and Rabbi Jesner from the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation as well as the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary, and local schoolchildren. All are welcome to join the event.

The Memorial at Christchurch Quay was unveiled in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust. The 2018 Holocaust Memorial Day has the theme ‘The power of words’, which will explore how language has been used in the past and in the present day to make an impact, whether good or bad.

Building on the participation of the Jewish Community in previous years, this year’s event takes the opportunity to extend an invitation to others in the local community who may have been affected by, or experienced genocide.

Cllr Nick Geary, Mayor of Christchurch said “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for us all to honour and remember those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, at the hands of an oppressive regime. It is vital that the lessons of history should be remembered to ensure we create a safer world for future generations.”

More information about Holocaust Memorial Day can be found at http://hmd.org.uk/

 

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Councils partner with Julian House for a Rough Sleepers Outreach Service

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:26

Julian House has been appointed to provide a Rough Sleepers Outreach service in Christchurch, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Who are Julian House?

Julian House was set up to offer direct support to homeless people and have 30 years’ experience in working with rough sleepers, mainly in the South West. Initially, their service was limited to offering food and shelter but over time other projects and services have developed. These not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why men and women are on the streets.

What service will they provide in our area?

Julian House work with rough sleepers, who wish to engage, to find pathways out of rough sleeping. They may also work with those that are insecurely housed and at risk of rough sleeping and those leading street based lifestyles which may involve begging and street drinking. They work with the whole community to improve the lives of rough sleepers and increase understanding and awareness of rough sleeping.

They provide a comprehensive assessment which leads to a tailored support package. This includes:

  • supported access into the private rented sector and other appropriate accommodation and reconnecting with family and social networks amongst other person centred solutions.
  • securing rapid re-connection for rough sleepers who are not from the local area coordinating severe weather provision working with the relevant housing departments, assessing and engaging with the individuals to plan longer term housing options for them
  • connecting with relevant agencies such as those providing support and Local Authority housing departments and Health

Many of Julian House’s staff are local to the area and have built trusting relationships with clients. This is central to successful resettlement outcomes. Staff engage and enable clients through ensuring their ownership and involvement in services. The service provided aims to be dynamic in offering choice and variety. This may include meaningful occupation activities as a route into pre-employment courses. This may  lead to formal training, education and employment.

What if I see someone who might be Homeless?

If you have concerns about someone sleeping rough you can alert StreetLink via their website. The details you provide are sent to Julian House and the relevant council for the area in which you have seen the person. This helps pinpoint the exact location of the individual and connect them to support.

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Seven projects that will affect your district in 2018 if you live in West Dorset

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:16

Exciting times lie ahead for West Dorset. From accelerated home-building to providing digital training for local businesses, it’s going to be a busy and productive year. Below are just some of the projects that are in the pipeline.

1.Local Government Reorganisation

The proposal of two unitary councils for the county – one for urban Dorset and another for the rural parts of the county – is a way to protect local services, generate further economic growth and provide structure to local councils around the community they serve and represent. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said he is ‘minded to’ approve the proposals.

Councils had until 8 January to make representations to the Secretary of State. Once the Secretary of State’s decision has been made on the proposal, any final decision will be subject to Parliamentary approval.

2. Campaign to build more homes will gather pace

We have joined forces with North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council for the Opening Doors programme. This aims to speed up home-building in our areas with the aim of building 20,000 homes by 2033. Find out more about the programme at openingdoorsdorset.co.uk

3. Redevelopment of Dorchester town centre

Keeping retailers in Dorchester and making the town a thriving regional shopping centre remains a priority for West Dorset District Council in 2018. We are working to bring forward proposals to develop the town centre sites.

To receive regular updates about the redevelopment of Dorchester’s Town Centre, sign up to the e-newsletter.

4. Shire Hall Spring opening

Shire Hall in Dorchester is being transformed into a major heritage attraction and centre for learning that will bring its history to life. The works are now complete and we look forward to a Spring 2018 opening.

5. Training for businesses with Google Digital Garage

We are committed to supporting local businesses in our area. Google Digital Garage will be visiting in February to educate and inspire local business owners. Workshops will be on offer to help owners boost their digital skills. Click here for more information.

6. Local plan review

Last Spring, we consulted on Issues and Options as part of a review of our Joint Local Plan. This review related to additional potential ‘option sites’ to meet the future need for housing over the period to 2036, and to options for changes to the policies in the currently adopted local plan.

From this information we are putting together a “preferred options” document. This will be available to view as part of a consultation in the Summer. Find out more information here.

7. Annual dredging and flood protection

Where can you find floating diggers, 25 tonne amphibious excavators and 30 tonne dump trucks? It must be the annual dredging in West Bay and Lyme Regis.

The dredging is likely to start in March. The work should take about a week, with day and night shifts. The Esplanade car park in West Bay will be shut during these times. Only small parts of the beach will be shut in Lyme Regis during the works.

Our engineers are also working on plans for a flood protection scheme. The ambition is to have this underway in 2019. We have also been nominated for a Project of the Decade award for the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements work.

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East Dorset District Council agree parking charges for 2018/19

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59

East Dorset District Council’s Cabinet have agreed the parking charges for 2018/19 after considering the responses received from public consultation.

This year’s review saw a number of changes in parking charges for the first time in ten years.

Having reviewed the responses received from the public consultation, Cabinet members agreed not to introduce overnight parking charges in Wimborne. They also agreed not to limit Wimborne residents’ parking permits to two per household but instead agreed to one per vehicle owner in each qualifying household.

Cabinet members also agreed that no charge would be introduced for tax exempt disability parking permits for those in receipt of council tax benefit.

All charges will be further reviewed in two years’ time, commencing in Summer 2019.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Performance said: “It was important that Cabinet listened to the feedback from both the public consultation and the Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee and taking into account the comments received we felt it was necessary to revise some of the proposed parking changes.

“It is extremely important we support our night-time economy to ensure Wimborne remains a vibrant place to visit during the evenings and we felt that removing the proposed overnight charge would continue to encourage people to enjoy what’s on offer in the town.

“This is the first time that parking charges have been increased in ten years and by agreeing that there will be a district-wide review in two years we are ensuring we will be comprehensively revisiting our parking policies in every car park.”

Members approved a ten pence increase in shorter stay daytime parking charges for car parks in Wimborne and Ferndown and also changes to charges for parking permits in Wimborne and Ferndown. The new charges will be introduced from 1 April 2018.

 

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New paper cup recycling scheme launched across Dorset

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:40

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), working alongside the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), has launched a new recycling service for disposable coffee cups.

Dorset residents are now able to recycle their empty used cups alongside food and drink cartons at 20 specialist recycling banks located in car parks across the county.

Coffee cups cannot currently be recycled at the kerbside as they are made from similar materials to food and drink cartons – paper with a plastic lining – and can therefore only be recycled at specialist recycling facilities.

The DWP is actively encouraging residents to use a re-usable cup when they purchase a hot drink, as most places are more than happy to accommodate them and this prevents disposable cups being used and then thrown away in the first place.

Disposable cups that are placed in household and public litter bins are either sent away for expensive treatment or go to landfill.

The carton recycling banks will now accept paper cups which are used for tea, coffee and other hot drinks in high street coffee shops, fast food outlets and supermarkets.

Those people who do not take a reusable cup with them are being encouraged to gather up their empty disposable cups with their waste cartons and take them all to their nearest recycling bank the next time they’re in the area. The contents of these banks are emptied regularly.

The new service is the result of an agreement between ACE UK (which operates the dedicated food and drink carton recycling service available in Dorset), high street retailers and cup manufacturers. The agreement was set up to give many more people access to recycling for paper cups through the carton bring bank service.

Councillor Tony Alford, chairman of the DWP’s Joint Committee, said:

“Although coffee cups cannot be recycled through council waste collections, with their growing use we were keen to take the opportunity to include them in the carton recycling banks. The residents of Dorset have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we’ve implemented, and we hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.

We encourage everyone to take a re-usable coffee cup with them when they buy a hot drink but, if you can’t, please keep your cartons and disposable cups together and take them to a recycling bank the next time you are passing by.”

The introduction of the paper cup recycling scheme in Dorset follows a successful campaign last year by the DWP to encourage residents to take their food and drink cartons to the recycling banks.

You can find more information on the recycling banks in Dorset car parks and where they are located on the Dorset for You website.

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New cycle links for Bridport

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:43

Work is continuing this year to build cycle links into Bridport town centre.

On Monday 15 January, off-peak temporary signals will return to Sea Road North to widen the pavement alongside Riverside Gardens, from the roundabout up to the bridge over the River Asker, into a shared use footway/cycleway.

Work will then move to East Road to install a toucan crossing. The road will be closed between 7pm and 7am for five nights, from Sunday 21 January to Thursday 25 January, so that the kerb line can be changed for the crossing point.

After this – starting on Monday 29 January – there will be six weeks of work to install the crossing. This will be carried out 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, with temporary signals in place.

Councillor Daryl Turner

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “In 2008 a Bridport-wide cycle network was identified and now, with additional funding from Highways England, we can improve the facilities around the A35 trunk road.

“By improving the crossing points and providing cycleways between the town centre and residential areas, we can give people an alternative means of travel rather than having to get in their cars for every journey.

“This is an extremely busy area so we are working off-peak hours and we will be manually controlling the lights, but there will still be some delays – please bear with us.”

To complete the cycle links into the town centre from the roundabout, another shared footway/cycleway will be added around the south-east side of the roundabout, and the pedestrian crossing on Sea Road South will be upgraded to a toucan crossing.

The dates for this work is currently being finalised with Highways England, which is funding the improvements.

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