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Improved gym and exercise studio access at Purbeck Sports Centre

Dorset For You - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go ahead for 292 homes in Chickerell

Dorset For You - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:46

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

CG Fry & Son – Bank and Ridge Farm – Chickerell

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

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

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

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

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

Much needed housing

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

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

Opening Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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Visit Dorset announce partnership with Be My Guest

Dorset For You - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:27

Visit Dorset are delighted to announce a partnership with Be My Guest. Be My Guest is the new event series supporting UK independent accommodation providers.

19 February 2019 national roadshow

Visit Dorset is a Destination Management Partnership which helps support and grow Dorset’s visitor economy and is funded by six local authority councils. By partnering with Be My Guest, Visit Dorset are hoping to help SME businesses in their network who focus on hospitality accommodation when the national roadshow arrives in Bournemouth on 19 February 2019.

Be My Guest is a series of one-day, free-to-attend business development events for independent accommodation providers. Businesses to the event are able to take advantage of free training and seminars to increase their performance and attend free digital Masterclasses held by their event partner, Google Digital Garage.

A showcase for products and services

The event also hosts a marketplace which has international and local businesses showcasing their products and services to help accommodation providers gain greater margins, get more bookings and become more successful.

Be My Guest Director, Diane Lloyd explained; “Visit Dorset joins a roster of prestigious partners for our show in Bournemouth including Google, The AA and HomeAway.

“This event will be a highlight for all types of local accommodation providers whether that is an owner or manager of a holiday rental, glamping experience or a small B&B right through to the larger caravan and holiday parks, independent hotels or campsites.

“We are looking forward to working with Visit Dorset to help businesses in the area grow.”

“Valuable insights and practical advice”

Talking about the partnership, Nick Thornley, on behalf of the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership said: “Visit Dorset is pleased to be collaborating with Be My Guest to support this fantastic free event in Bournemouth. It will offer valuable insights, practical advice and access to service providers. We know this will be beneficial to the many independent accommodation providers across Dorset.”

To register, visit: http://www.bemyguest.live/southcoast

Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership is made up of the district and borough councils from West Dorset, North Dorset, Christchurch, Purbeck, East Dorset and Weymouth and Portland. The tourism team of the Dorset Councils’ Partnership co-ordinates this activity on behalf of the other rural Dorset local authorities. 

About Be My Guest

Be My Guest is owned, managed and operated by Quartz Smart Events based in Redhill Surrey. Quartz Smart Events is a subsidiary of Quartz Business Media, one of the leading independent exhibition companies in the UK. Quartz Business Media has launched, managed and run over 400 events across multiple sectors and recently won Tradeshow Launch of the Year at the Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards 2017. 

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Improvements at Weymouth Crematorium

Dorset For You - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:15

Improvements have been made at Weymouth Crematorium.

Improvements at Weymouth Crematorium

The waiting room at the Crematorium has recently been refurbished. It now has new seating, carpets, curtains. It has also been decorated.

It has been decorated in grey and duck egg blue with teal coloured sofas. The aim of the refurbishment is to provide a more welcoming environment and to improve the overall ambience. The total cost was approximately £3,660.

Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, welcomed the improvements. She said: “The refurbished waiting room looks really comfortable and pleasant which is particularly important for those experiencing the loss of a loved one.

“A particular well done to the fantastic Bereavement Team who are incredibly committed to providing a high quality service.”

More information about Weymouth Crematorium is available here.

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Park improvements in Weymouth

Dorset For You - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:30

Improvements have been carried out at the Marsh play area in Weymouth and the new facilities are now open. 

Improvements at the Marsh

The improvements  include a new multi-use games area, new seating, installation of a drop kerb, a new play area and fencing. The derelict running track has also been removed. The total cost of the project was £185,000.

The play area is suitable for children aged from three to 12 years. It includes a climbing hut, a seesaw, a trampoline, a combination swing, as well as many pieces of equipment suitable for children with disabilities.

The new seating includes three benches located near to the football pitches. The new drop kerb is located on Emmerdale Close and will provide easier access for wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs.

The improvements were outlined in the Marsh Masterplan.

Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “It’s a great accomplishment to see so many of the facilities, included in the masterplan, finally complete. The Marsh has been vastly improved and it all looks fantastic.

“I am so pleased that the play area is now open to the public. I’m sure children will love playing on all the new equipment. I would like to thank the Parks Staff at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for all their hard work on these valuable additions to the Marsh.”

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How has nearly £10,000 of funding benefited Cerne Valley?

Dorset For You - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:58

We have been working closely with Cerne Valley Parish Council to allocate Section 106 (S106) money. S106 money is local developer contributions from nearby housing developments.

We also used money from our own Leisure Development Fund (LDF) to total £4,200. The rest of the funding was made up by the Parish Council.

This is how the money was spent:   Project Cost Amount Requested S106 LDF Total Funding Tarmac the entrance to Kettle Bridge Car Park, Cerne Abbas £10,000.00 £5,000.00 £4,370.78 £630.00 £5,000.78 Poly Tunnels at the Allotments in Cerne Abbas £200.00 £200.00 £190.93 £0.00 £190.93 New safety surface at the play area in Duck Street,  Cerne Abbas £10,500.00 S106 £3,000.00
LDF £1,576.80 £2,669.99 £1,500.00 £4,169.99 Making a difference to local facilities

Cllr Mary Penfold, Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said: “We are really pleased that important public spaces such as the play area and allotments in the Cerne Valley area have benefited from additional funding. We know how valuable they are to local residents.”

Wayne Lewin, Clerk to the Cerne Valley Parish Council, said: “Parish Councils, much like all other local authorities, are hard pressed for money.

“Without the funding from S106 and LDF, projects such as these – which will benefits residents and visitors alike – would never have happened. They will benefit not only this generation but also the next.

“The Cerne Valley Parish Council would like to thank the Council for the fantastic and simple process to enable all these projects to come to fruition.”

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Durlston Country Park tells its history through British Sign Language

Dorset For You - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:25

A new self-guided video is set to make visits to Dorset County Council’s Durlston Country Park even more enjoyable for users of British Sign Language (BSL).

The tour takes in iconic features of the site, including the Great Globe, Durlston Castle and of course, the World Heritage coast.

The video was produced in partnership with Heritage Ability, an organisation which works with historic sites to help make them more accessible. All its projects are developed or supported by people who understand the challenges faced by disabled people and deaf people.

Kristy Cooper, the Deaf Volunteer Coordinator for Heritage Ability said: “Durlston Country Park is a beautiful place to visit, with so much to see. Normally when I come to places like this, I have to accept that I can’t access the information. Thanks to the Heritage Ability scheme, all that is changing I’m proud to be part of this project, so that more deaf people can have meaningful and enjoyable experiences alongside their family and friends.”

For many deaf people, English is their second language. This means that simply providing written information or subtitles on videos is not always enough, as many of the words cannot be translated into BSL.

Ali Tuckey, Ranger at Durlston said:

“It’s wonderful to be able to offer this BSL guided tour. Deaf visitors can now borrow the tablet at reception and explore the park while learning about this historic place. We also have an all-terrain mobility scooter free to hire, so visitors with limited mobility can explore the estate with their family and friends. We are excited to be working with Heritage Ability over the next two years to further accessibility even more.”

Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment said:

“We are committed to making Dorset’s fantastic coast and countryside accessible for everyone to enjoy and learn from and this fabulous resource to help British Sign Language users will make a great site even better.”

The tour is provided on a tablet which is available to hire from the Castle.

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Workers come together to celebrate repairs

Dorset For You - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:36

Dorset County Council engineers have celebrated the successful repairs to Wool bridge with their partners and contractors.

The ten-month project employed specialist equipment and professional expertise from the public and private sector to ensure a sympathetic and long-lasting repair to the Grade II Listed structure.

Emergency stabilisation of the bridge in January with gabion bags of stone was made possible with the assistance of South West Crane Hire.

Engineers from Dorset Highways designed the repairs required, with work lead by county council operatives and supported by Mark Farwell Plant Hire and G&P Services.

Access to the damaged area was provided thanks to OnSite Portadam and pedestrian access maintained with a temporary footbridge set up by South Western Scaffolding.

Essential sheet piles, to protect the bridge foundations from future erosion, were supplied and installed by Suttle Projects.

Mabey Hire supplied the formwork for the new concrete retaining wall, and provided technical assistance during its construction.

Throughout the works, Wessex Archaeology has provided a ‘watching brief’ in case of any significant finds and to chart the history of the notable bridge.

Damaged stonework was replaced with stone provided and cut by Haysom Purbeck Stone, and the original lime mortar was chemically and microscopically analysed and replicated by Rose of Jericho.

Jack Wiltshire, Dorset Highways contracts manager, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the work we have carried out on Wool bridge and we’re pleased to have worked with individuals who are experts in their field. This partnership approach has ensured a seamless and long-lasting repair to this much-loved bridge.”

Although the damaged wall and arch of the bridge have now been reinforced and repaired, the road surface over the bridge will be resurfaced next week – completing the project.

The bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday 5 December so that the asphalt can be laid in one section.

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Green highway coming to north Dorset

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:55

Work will soon start to resurface areas of the A354 at Sixpenny Handley, with 500 tonnes of recycled material set to be used.

Waste material from another county council surfacing scheme has been sent to Allasso Recycling for processing into binder course (middle layer) to be used in the resurfacing at Sixpenny Handley.

The Dorset arisings have been crushed to 20mm and mixed with concrete to produce a hydraulically bound material (HBM) that can be reused.

Martin Hill, Dorset Highways network operations service manager, said: “The processed material performs really well and, because it is made using concrete, it gains strength over time as well as being incredibly durable compared to standard hot asphalt surfacing.

“By recycling this by-product of another surfacing scheme we’re reducing our emissions, recycling material that would otherwise go to landfill and saving money.

“We’re proud to be working with our supply chain partners to provide cost-effective and innovative ways of working.”

Reusing this material has saved the council around £65,000 through avoiding landfill costs, at £120 per tonne, and the 25 tipper lorry movements needed to transport it out of the county.

Each year, Dorset Highways recycles around 30,000 tonnes of road planings. When it can be reused in highway schemes – where it provides a direct substitute for ‘type 1’ base-layer stone – it saves the county council £17 per tonne of material plus transport costs.

Otherwise it is sold to local farmers, businesses and country estates for building or maintaining tracks around their land.

Work will start at Sixpenny Handley on Friday 7 December and is expected to finish on Thursday 13 December. The road will be closed to through traffic on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and there may be two-way signals overnight while the concrete-based HBM cures.

A specialist ‘sidewinder’ machine will be used for the deep edge repairs using the recycled material. Access for businesses and residents is usually maintained but – due to the size and manoeuvrability of this machine – all drivers will be asked to use the diversion route.

This work is part of the county council’s £3.5m resurfacing programme for 2018/19.

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‘Hear their voices’ – Forum comes together to discuss domestic violence and abuse

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:24

The South Western Dorset Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum have come together to understand the trauma and effects of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People.

Domestic Abuse Forum

The forum includes a range of partners, stakeholders along with non-statutory agencies, all with an interest in the prevention of Domestic Abuse alongside supporting survivors and their families.

The aim of this event is to gain an understanding of how the trauma of domestic abuse effects children and young people and how that may shape their future lives.

One in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood.

To start the day, the forum watched a moving video provided by Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland and Scottish Women’s aid.

Hear – see – Act

Cllr Molly Rennie, Chair of the South Western Dorset Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum, said:

“It is amazing how many workers in this field attended the conference. This was the fourth in a series of events we have held over the years, with all working to raise awareness of the impact of living in an abusive relationship. Not just on the victim but the extended and wider family.

“Maybe, at last, this means it is more about a measured approach to earlier intervention, keeping everyone in the family safe and recognising sooner the need for help and support.

“We had the working title of ‘Hear – See – Act’.

“This day was about letting everyone hear the children voices and the effect on their life and I hope that those voices remind us to act whenever we hear them.”

Guest Speakers

Norma Howes, who has over 30 years’ experience as a social worker and sensorimotor physcotherapist and trainer, was one of two guest speakers at the event. Norma has worked with both children and adults, who have experienced some of the worst abuse imaginable.

She led sessions on using theory to inform practice and working with the impact on clients. These included discussions on the physical and neurological impact of Domestic Abuse on clients and workers, as well as separating myths from realities.

Wendy Thorogood, Designated Nurse Consultant at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, also presented to the forum. Wendy has recently been appointed as the chair of the British & Irish Association for the study and prevention of Abuse and Neglect.

She spoke out children deserving the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse, and working with resistant families and disguised compliance.

Norma Howes, Cllr Mollie Rennie and Wendy Thorogood.

The forum coincided with the start of 16 days of action. A campaign to raise the awareness of the prevention and response to domestic violence.

Find out more about 16 days of action.

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Partnership working to support Beaminster

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:41

After August’s attempted ATM theft – the consequences of which caused part of a building to collapse – we have been working hard with other agencies to support the town of Beaminster. The Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company has overall responsibility for the project and the Councils continue to push for progress on this matter.

Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council said: “We have issued free parking at Yarn Barton car park, contributed financially to community support and granted rate relief to local businesses to support them through this challenging time.”

Funding for marketing the town

The District Council have allocated about £6,500 towards:

  • Marketing of the town including traditional print and advertising
  • Christmas tree lights festival

Cllr Alford continues: “The allocation of these funds demonstrate our commitment to promote Beaminster as a great place to visit. Beaminster has one of the best squares in the county to enjoy independent cafes and shops and enjoy the wonderful historic atmosphere of the town.”

Business rates relief

The Council has been in contact  with those businesses whose trade has been affected. We have rewarded 100% relief from 18 August to 18 February. We have also advised businesses to stay in touch.

Traffic Team and Highways Operations

Cllr Rebecca Knox, leader of Dorset County Council, said: “From a highways perspective, our team is ensuring the Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company is taking responsibility for all aspects of the project.”

“We are pleased to say that with our input we were able to ensure the scaffolding and site compound were designed well; a two way traffic flow on the A3066 and a simple system in and out of Fleet Street.”

“We regularly visit the site to ensure that road users and pedestrians can safely travel.”

A3066 Resurfacing work postponed and repairs to car park

The A3066 was due for resurfacing. These will be done after the works are completed. The car park area is regularly inspected and patched to keep it in reasonable condition.

Conservation work

The District Council’s Conservation Officers have met and advised the owner of the property affected. They’ve also had conversations with Historic England. Currently, a listed-building consent application for repairs to the property is anticipated.

Background

On 18 August 2018 an attempt was made to steal a cashpoint machine in Beaminster. A telehandler was driven into the former bank building. This caused substantial structural damage. Work is ongoing o remove the damaged area and repair.

 

 

 

 

 

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Moors Valley launches exhibition to showcase photography of the local area

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:37

 

A new photography exhibition is set to launch at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest this weekend which helps celebrate the beauty of the local area.

The exhibition entitled “Wessex Wandering” is set to run, from Saturday 1 December 2018 until Sunday 13 January 2019.

Wessex Wandering will feature a variety of images featuring local landscapes throughout Hampshire and Dorset, focusing on coastal, urban and country themes. The photographs will feature some of the best known spots across the region, as well as lesser known areas.

The exhibition will feature the work of Toni Poland, known locally as the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Toni Coombs.

Cllr Coombs has won a variety of awards for her photography, and currently holds the prestigious Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Cllr Coombs is looking forward to display her work at Moors Valley Country Park. She said:

“Moors Valley Country Park has a very high reputation for their art exhibitions and I feel honoured to have my work chosen to be displayed in the visitor centre over the Christmas period.

“I hope that visitors will take a little time out from all the other exciting activities at the park, including their Festive Christmas Trail, to take a look at the exhibition – maybe visit Seasons café for a hot chocolate after all that fresh winter air.”

A selection of photographs will be available to purchase in a variety of formats from the exhibition. Please ask a member of staff at the exhibition for more details.

The visitors centre at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm, excluding Christmas Day.

For more details on the exhibition at Moors Valley you can visit their website here: https://www.moors-valley.co.uk/events/about/talks-courses-crafts/exhibitions

 

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Weymouth Peninsula outline planning application is approved

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:26

Today (28 November 2018) Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved the outline planning application for the Weymouth Peninsula redevelopment.

The outline planning application that was originally submitted in May 2018 has been approved with the condition that the setting and views of the Devonshire Buildings, The Nothe Fort, Gardens and The Esplanade are considered within any future detailed planning application.

Additionally, the first reserved matters planning application shall include a masterplan for the whole of the site, setting out details of access roads within the site, site layout, areas of open space, space for a minimum of 600 car parking spaces, landscaping, and scale. All subsequent reserved matters applications shall be in accordance with this approved masterplan. The full meeting minutes will be available to view on Dorset For You in the near future.

The proposed leisure-led development includes a mix of leisure and commercial uses, including; a 100 room hotel, a pub/diner with guest accommodation, restaurants and cafes, indoor leisure buildings, public car parking, and commercial fishing and mixed-use harbour buildings. The outline planning application also includes improvements to open space, a walkway around the outside of the Peninsula site and harbourside improvements.

The development has been planned against the context of nearby facilities and amenities, including open space at the Nothe Gardens and Weymouth Beach, to ensure it complements the surrounding areas.

We are fully committed to developing the site so that we can safeguard Weymouth’s future as a 21st Century resort

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance & Assets, said; “We are very delighted with today’s decision as it gives us permission to move into the first phase of our ambitious plans to regenerate the town. This project will reinvigorate the Peninsula and create a dynamic all year round addition to the town. Redevelopment of this important and high-profile site will benefit residents as well as the visitor economy with the introduction of more indoor leisure facilities and public space.

“Importantly it keeps this iconic site accessible to the community. Regeneration will create employment, strengthen the town centre, boost the tourism trade, improve the local accommodation offer, and bring more revenue into the town. We are fully committed to developing the site so that we can safeguard the future of the generations that follow us and Weymouth’s future as a 21st Century resort.”

The next steps

Having successfully obtained outline planning consent and committee support for the business case, phase one of the project can move forward. In the early stages this will include:

  • Further consultation for the detailed reserved matters planning application and submission of the detailed planning application.
  • Formal Marketing of initial elements to secure pre-let and/or presales of initial units.
  • Site preparation and works on the harbour walls.

To stay up to date on the progression of the project please make sure you check the Newsroom, sign up to the resident e-newsletter and follow Weymouth & Portland Borough Council on Twitter.

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Come and meet a patrol officer

Dorset For You - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 16:02

Come and meet a patrol officer and find out more about crime prevention at Weymouth’s Big Christmas celebration on 1 December.

Patrol officers improving your safety

A patrol officer will be running a stand at the event alongside officers from Dorset Police. They will be on hand to meet people, offer crime prevention advice and answer any concerns about community safety.

The patrol officers started work last month under the new Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. This allows the borough council to employ uniformed patrol officers, who are given some police and council powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

More information about the scheme is available here.

Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to meet a patrol officer and find out more about what is being done to improve community safety in our town centre. If you have any concerns do come along and they will be happy to advise you.”

People will also be invited to complete a questionnaire about community safety.

Weymouth’s Big Christmas celebration will feature reindeer, a festive market and more. Information about the celebration and other Christmas events is available here.

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Caring for your future this Carers Rights Day

Dorset For You - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:37

‘You’re looking after someone, but who’s looking after you?’ – that’s the message to thousands of unpaid carers across Dorset as we get ready to celebrate Carers Rights Day on Friday 30 November.

Each year, Carers Rights Day is held across the UK. It brings organisations throughout Dorset together to help unpaid carers know their rights and to get the help and support they are entitled to and raise the awareness of the needs of carers.

Having the right information at the right time makes all the difference when you’re looking after someone.

It is estimated that there are almost 83,000 unpaid carers across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole who look after a loved one, neighbour or friend. This Carers Rights Day Dorset County Council is focusing on supporting people to prepare for the future through the national theme ‘caring for your future’.

Whether it’s through coffee mornings, benefits drop-in sessions or an information stand, there are loads of ways that groups and organisations can get involved. There are many events taking place at day centres across the county. Check with your local service about what’s happening near you.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet Member for health and care for the Shadow Dorset Council said:

“All too often, unpaid carers do not recognise themselves as carers because they are looking after a loved one, friend or neighbour and see it as ‘just something they do’.

“Being a carer can often be a lonely role. Looking after someone can creep up on anyone and comes in many different forms. It’s important that carers get the help and support they need and are entitled to, and don’t continue to struggle on their own not knowing what is out there. This will help them to keep well and will greatly improve the outcomes for both for the person they are looking after and also for themselves”.

Dorset County Council has information and advice for carers online, where you can also register for your carers card, which offers discounts on products and services at businesses across the county.

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Another successful prosecution for the Dorset Waste Partnership

Dorset For You - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:26

A Dorset business-owner has been prosecuted recently for not dealing with his company’s waste records correctly.

Christopher Lohan, 74, is the director of Lohan & Elite Cleaning Group Ltd. which is based in Sherborne and has premises in Shaftesbury.

A Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) Enforcement Officer made a routine visit to the premises to check that the business was disposing of its waste properly. Having observed a large waste bin, the officer requested to view appropriate Waste Transfer Notes, which are provided by commercial waste carriers when removing waste.

As the business was unable to provide these notes, the officer issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) which needed to be paid within 14 days. However, this request was subsequently ignored.

Enforcement officers made calls to the business to an attempt to resolve the situation, with a further 14 days to make payment offered, but no payment was received.

At this point the DWP, with the aid of Dorset County Council’s (DCC) Legal Team, proceeded to take the matter to court.

At a hearing on Monday 5 November, Mr. Lohan pleaded guilty to Failure to Produce a Waste Transfer Document, both with respect to himself and on behalf of his company as its sole director.

Mr Lohan acknowledged that he had no defence to the charge and showed remorse.  He confirmed that he now has a waste collection agreement in place.

Mr Lohan received a 12-month Conditional Discharge, meaning that he must not commit any further offences in the next 12 months, in default of which he could be re-sentenced for this offence.  He was ordered to pay a £20 Victim Surcharge.

Lohan & Elite Cleaning Group Ltd was ordered to pay a fine, in the amount of £300, in addition to a contribution of £450 towards DCC’s costs.

Therefore, the total financial penalty for Mr Lohan and the Company was £770.  A collection order was made requiring this sum to be paid within the next 14 days.

An Enforcement Officer for the Dorset Waste Partnership commented:

“Our officers regularly visit various businesses across the county to ensure they are disposing of their waste correctly. When proof – such as Waste Transfer Notes – cannot be provided that this is happening we will take further action, usually in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. If this isn’t paid, we will consider taking the non-payee to court.

Everyone has a duty of care when it comes to waste, but all businesses need to have a commercial collection in place if they produce any level of rubbish or recycling. From as little as around £2 per collection, it’s cheap and convenient to do the right thing and will also provide the appropriate documentation in the event our officers check up on your business.”

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£50,000 to improve seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade Shelters

Dorset For You - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:59

£50,000 has been awarded by central government through the Coastal Revival Fund. The money is to repair and redecorate seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade Shelters. Made from cast iron and dating back to Victorian times, these shelters are an important part of Weymouth’s heritage.

What will happen?

The works will include:

  • blasting off existing paint
  • carrying out repairs to the ornamental ironwork
  • timber repairs to seating
  • roofing repairs
  • replacement of damaged glazed panels
  • All graffiti will be cleaned off the glazed panels and existing seating

The shelters will be fenced off from the main Esplanade whilst the works are carried out to ensure public safety.

How will it be paid for?

The £50,000 will cover the cost of the majority of the works. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will cover the rest, plus the cleaning and public protection element of these works.

Why is it important?

The works to improve the shelters add to works already carried out to improve the public realm along The Esplanade. These include repairs and repainting to the Georgian bathing machine and Victorian Jubilee clock.  It’s part of the borough council’s commitment to improve public realm throughout Weymouth. These include projects such as the sculpture trail and artist led lighting installations along The Esplanade (funded by a previous round of the Coastal Community Fund).

Cllr Jeff Cant, leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “Following the great news last week that we have passed the critical first stage in a £3.5m bid to the Coastal Community Fund to support the growth and development of Weymouth this is further confirmation that the work of the Council – with the support of local organisations – to make a strong case to MP Jake Berry is being rewarded. Following our visit to Westminster and the follow up trip by Jake and his civil service team to the Borough in the summer this is another demonstration that we are being recognised as a community driving forward a positive agenda to become a vibrant and dynamic all year round destination. This urgently needed work enhances the wonderful heritage of the town will helps to grow our visitor economy and I am sure will delight local residents”

Coastal Communities Minister

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick start the restoration of 25 important sites up and down our Great British coastline.

“From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair. The Coastal Communities Fund also helps regenerate our coastal communities and support them to grow by bringing these sites back to life and making them the focal points of their communities once more.

“It’s all part of our plan to invest nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas by 2020, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities up and down the Great British Coast.”

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Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan backed by residents

Dorset For You - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:24

A local community is one step away from having an approved Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan backed by residents

A final version of the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the district council for examination and a referendum was held on whether to accept or reject the plan on 21 November.

Residents voted to accept the plan, with 82.5 per cent of votes cast in favour.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and agreed by the Neighbourhood Forum, 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 a neighbourhood plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

The Askerswell neighbourhood Plan will now be taken to West Dorset District Council’s Full Council, where members will decide whether to formally adopt the plan.

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

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to bring a Neighbourhood Plan forward and have it backed by the local community. I look forward to presenting the plan to members and am confident of a positive outcome.”

View the full result of the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan referendum. 

View the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan online. A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

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One trader jailed and another fined for misleading vulnerable consumers

Dorset For You - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:29

A Bournemouth trader who misled two vulnerable consumers when doing work at their homes in Dorset has been jailed for 22 months. Another trader working at the same addresses has also been fined for misleading the same two consumers in relation to other work. The prosecutions followed an investigation by trading standards officers from Dorset County Council.

Daniel Matthews, aged 50, of Wellington Road, Bournemouth, was found guilty at Southampton Crown Court on 24 October 2018 of dishonestly making false representations to a consumer near Dorchester that roofing work invoiced for was required to be done when it was not, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006. He was also found guilty of two other offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 of failing to provide information on that consumer’s right to cancel a contract and giving a misleading, excessive quote to another consumer in Swanage for insulating the underside of his roof with spray foam.

Matthews was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment at Southampton Crown Court on 22 November 2018 and ordered to pay £15,000 in costs and compensation.

At the trial the jury heard how, in September 2016, Matthews gave a deliberately inflated estimate to the Swanage consumer for foam insulation totalling £6,150.

In December 2016, Matthews ‘cold-called’ an 84 year-old consumer in Broadmayne, near Dorchester, and told him insulation put in just eight months previously was the wrong type and that the whole roof needed replacing and his superior foam insulation applied.

An associate of Matthews, Darren Carr, aged 50, of Victoria Road, Poole, was found guilty, at the same trial, of offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He also misled the same consumer from Broadmayne, Dorchester, by presenting a £12,500 invoice detailing work required to be done on the roof, which was not necessary. Mr Carr took a £3,000 deposit from the customer and it was only when a concerned neighbour intervened that the work was stopped.

He also knowingly or recklessly engaged in an unfair commercial practice when he installed a wood burner at the Swanage consumer’s home. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the unfair commercial practice of stating he was HETAS Registered on a business card given to a consumer. (HETAS is Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme.)

Carr was ordered to pay a £1750 fine and costs of £8,000 when both men were sentenced by Southampton Crown Court on 22 November.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member with lead responsibility for Trading Standards, said:

“Intervention by our trading standards officers is an important part of providing protection for vulnerable consumers from rogue traders but cases like these emphasis how vital it is for all of us to be alert to this sort of behaviour and to look out for our relatives and neighbours.”

Consumers who want to report unfair trading problems to trading standards, or to complain about any goods or services, should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

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New bike, scooter and skateboard track planned for Weymouth

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:50

A new track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, which is the first of its kind in Britain, will be installed in Weymouth. 

New bike, skateboard and scooter track planned

Plans to install the new pump-track at Wyke Regis Playing Fields are underway and should be completed by the end of this year.

The 40 metre long pump-track facility will be suitable for bikes, scooters and skateboards and will provide a safe place for these to be used. The maintenance free pump-track will replace the current mud mounds which over the years have become unstable and not fit for purpose.

The pump-track will be installed by the company, Maverick, which specialises in the design and creation of spray concrete skate parks. It will be the first time a council has provided an outdoor, free to use, standalone pump track in the United Kingdom.

If weather permits, work will start at the end of November and it is hoped that the pump-track will be ready in time for the Christmas holidays.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This is a really exciting project, especially as it will be the first of its kind to be installed in the United Kingdom!

“There has been great demand for a facility where children can ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards safely. I think it is so important to provide these facilities to encourage people to be active and get outdoors. I am really looking forward to seeing the end result.”

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