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Holocaust Memorial Day service in Weymouth

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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

Dorset For You - 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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Seven projects that will affect your district in 2018 if you live in North Dorset

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:32

Exciting times lie ahead for North 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.

Coney’s Castle 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 West 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.Dog Control consultation ends in March

Residents, visitors and organisations are being asked about the control of dogs in public places, like parks, and also when they should be on a lead. After considering people’s views, we will draw-up a new dog-related Public Space Protection Order. There is still time to give us your views.

4. 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

5. Local plan review

We’re currently consulting on an Issues and Options document as part of our local plan review. Residents, Business and Local Organisations are encouraged to have their say on how they want North Dorset to be developed in the future. The consultation closes on 22 January. Following the end of the consultation, we will put together a summary of responses and start work on a ‘Preferred Options Document’. Find out more information here.

6. Sky lantern release policy

In recent years, outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases have become a more common event. What is lesser known is the harmful consequences to wildlife and property as a result of this form of celebration.

North Dorset District Council has considered a new policy which is now in effect for 2018. The objective of the policy is to prohibit the release of sky lanterns on council land or property.

7. Moving from our current Nordon office

We’re moving out of our current Nordon office into the Nordon Lodge next month. The lodge is a smaller, more modern and economical building which will enable a more modern way of working. The building is only a few metres away from our current office and is accessible directly from Salisbury Road. The Nordon Lodge opens at 10am on 15 February.

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Barrington Centre future is secured

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:53

The start of 2018 sees a bright future for the Barrington Centre in Ferndown.  

Prama Foundation have now taken over the lease with East Dorset District Council, which will see PramaLIFE, the local community outreach charity, manage The Barrington Centre until March 2028. Following a difficult start to 2017, which saw the centre closed at very short notice, PramaLIFE stepped in to take over the management of the centre and have been doing this, very successfully, ever since.

Prama Foundation have been collaborating with Ferndown Town Council and the Neighbourhood Watch to formalise agreements as well as working with East Dorset District Council to take on the lease and agree revenue grants to ensure the centre’s future.

Steve Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, PramaLIFE said “Our newly signed transfer of the lease will safeguard this much-loved centre to ensure it continues to provide valued facilities to the community. Many local clubs and societies continue to regularly meet at the Barrington, but we are also keen to see the centre thrive and welcome new users of all ages. The transfer of the lease gives PramaLIFE and the centre’s users added security now the formalities have been dealt with.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and our centre users for showing great support and flexibility during a significant period of change.”

Cllr Andy Skeats, Portfolio Holder for Community, East Dorset District Council said “The Barrington Centre is a wonderful community facility for residents and I am so pleased that it’s future is now secured. For a short period of time last year the future of the centre looked uncertain but PramaLIFE worked hard to reopen the centre quickly to minimise disruption. East Dorset District Council will continue to work with, and support, PramaLIFE moving forward.”

A programme of maintenance of the Barrington Centre has also recently begun, which has seen investment from PramaLIFE who have been making improvements to the kitchen area.

For information on news and events at the Barrington Centre visit www.thebarrington.online

 

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A35 works start next week

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:06

Commuters using the A35 Upton Bypass are being reminded to allow extra time for their journeys from next week.

Bridge pier (legs) protection work by Dorset County Council will start on Monday 15 January with the ‘slow’ lanes closed off and temporary lower speed limits along the dual carriageway.

Lane closures will go into place at night on Sunday 14 January, along with a 30mph speed limit through the works area and a 50mph speed limit leading into the works area, from either direction.

These restrictions will be in place for 14 weeks while engineers install concrete barriers to protect the A350 bridge piers (legs) in the verge. Work also includes improvements to the A35 westbound drainage and A350 bridge plinth replacement.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “We’re carrying out as much road and bridge maintenance as possible under these temporary restrictions. Drivers will also see some construction work in the eastbound verge near the bridge.

“The new concrete barrier will prevent Wessex Water from accessing a water main that runs parallel to the eastbound A35. To ensure continued access to the pipe, we’re building a new access ramp off the eastbound A350 off-slip for water company maintenance vehicles.

“We know these works will cause delay – give yourself extra time for your journey, allow other drivers to merge in turn and please drive to the temporary speed restrictions, which are in place for everyone’s safety.”

The work area under the A350 bridges will be resurfaced at the end of the scheme under night time closures. This is currently scheduled for the middle of March.

Last year, the first set of new concrete barriers were installed to protect the vulnerable ‘stiletto’ bridge legs in the central reservation of the road.

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Dorset County Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset For You - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:44

Dorset County Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid, setting out its support for local government reorganisation in Dorset.

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

Read the two letters sent to the Secretary of State:

Letter – Sajid Javid MP from Leader of Dorset County Council – 08.01

Letter – Sajid Javid MP from Leader of Dorset County Council – Hampshire Proposal – 08.01.

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North Dorset District Council makes representation to Secretary of State

Dorset For You - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:28

North Dorset District Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its support for Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset.

North Dorset District Council Chamber

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council, stated in his formal representation letter:

“We submitted this proposal as a way to develop sustainable local government services in the face of tremendous budget pressures. These pressures have not diminished and my council, despite being part of the Dorset Councils Partnership (three sovereign councils uniquely served by a single Chief Executive and officer team), is under extreme financial pressure with very limited room for any further cost reductions, short of us stopping carrying out statutory functions. This year alone we have had to remove a further £1m from our cost base (net council budget of £5 million). Our council tax is so low that even raising it by the £5 allowed for only generates an additional £130,000 per annum.

“We have served our residents well and have worked to devolve services down to our towns and parishes. Our decision as local members to unanimously support this proposal (cross party) for LGR was not an easy one – but now we have committed to this we want to get on with it!”

Representation

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

View North Dorset District Council’s Full representation.

 

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Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset – Purbeck District Council representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset For You - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:27

The Leader of Purbeck District Council, Councillor Gary Suttle, has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, to inform him that Purbeck District Council has decided to withdraw its opposition to the proposed reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

The letter, dated 5 January 2018, is the Council’s representation following the Secretary of State’s statement of 7 November 2017 that he is “minded to” implement the proposal of six Dorset councils for the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

Read a copy of the Leader’s letter to the Secretary of State dated 5 January 2018

See the Statement made by the Secretary of State on 7 November 2017

See the 12 December 2017 Purbeck District Council report and recommendation 

See Purbeck District Council’s press release of 12 December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Dorset District Council makes representation to the Secretary of State

Dorset For You - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:19

West Dorset District Council has made its formal representation to the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid setting out its support for Local Government Reorganisation LGR in Dorset.

At West Dorset District Council’s Full Council Meeting on 4 January, Councillors agreed to support the proposals for Local Government Reorganisation.

Cllr Anthony Alford, Leader of West Dorset District Council, stated in his formal representation letter:

“West Dorset is one of the original six councils to support proposals for change in the Future Dorset submission and wishes to proceed to implement them from April 2019. We recognise that time is short and we need to move with pace.

“This document makes certain representations in support. As a strong supporter of the proposals outlined in your statement, we do not suggest any alternative. The representations in this letter were approved by Full Council at its meeting on 4 January 2018.

“Within the area covered by the non-conurbation area of Dorset and subsequent to your statement, East Dorset District Council has accepted the Future Dorset proposals (option 2b) and Purbeck District Council has withdrawn its objection. Therefore all councils within the area covered by the Dorset Area Joint Committee are supportive of change and are actively engaged in preparing for it.

“The attitude of the Joint Committee is positive and ambitious and we want to focus on the outcomes that matter most for local people. We want to:

  • deliver further growth and prosperity
  • address the county’s infrastructure, housing and connectivity issues
  • improve the health and wellbeing of everybody in the county and reduce the impact of inequality
  • give children and young people in Dorset the best possible start in life and help them to achieve their potential.”
Representation

The representation period closed on 8 January 2018 and the Secretary of State is expected to make a final decision on the Future Dorset proposal in early February 2018.

View West Dorset District Councils Full Representation.

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