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North Dorset council to sell Shaftesbury Cattle Market

Dorset BBC News Feed - 2 hours 38 min ago
Shaftesbury Town Council had requested for the sale of the cattle market to be suspended.
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Large fire breaks out on Martinstown farm

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 16:46
Feed silos, a building and diesel tanks were alight when crews arrived.
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North Dorset District Council to continue with sale of Shaftesbury Cattle Market site

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:50

Martin Hamilton, Strategic Director for North Dorset District Council, has issued an open letter to Shaftesbury Town Council following a request to suspend the sale of the Shaftesbury Cattle Market.

Shaftesbury Cattle Market sale to continue

“Thank you for your letter of 16 July inviting North Dorset District Council (NDDC) to suspend the sale of the Shaftesbury Cattle Market site to enable a consultation to be undertaken on the impact of the sale on the people of Shaftesbury.

“I attended a public meeting in Shaftesbury on 11 June, and engaged in a lengthy discussion with the various interested parties and residents who attended, answering questions on a very broad range of points.  Following on from that meeting, and now with Shaftesbury Town Council requesting that the sale be suspended, I feel it is necessary to place on record some of the history and thinking around this site and the decision to seek its development.  I appreciate that it is not the Town Council which has been leading on the opposition to the sale, but will use the opportunity of this reply to set out these issues.

Site ownership

“Firstly, I would wish to clarify the site’s ownership.  The site has operated as an agricultural market under a lease from September 1955, amended in 1967, which expires in September 2054. The lease was entered into by the then Shaftesbury Rural District Council, which was disbanded in the 1974 reorganisation of local government. The newly formed North Dorset District Council became the successor authority and thereby the owner of the freehold of this site. Shaftesbury Town Council, to be clear, have never been the owner of the site.

Current tenant

“The tenant operating the market trades as Southern Counties Auctioneers (SCA), and has 36 years to run on their lease with the district council. As such they have a significant ongoing interest in the site, and influence over its future, which seems to be lost in the current debate. The site can only be developed or sold with the agreement of both North Dorset District Council and SCA.

Current income

“In 1967 the annual income from the lease was set at £125 per annum with a rent review to be applied in September 2015. I’m sure you will appreciate that today this represents a remarkably low return to the district council, particularly when its is recognised that the market is not the generator of trade and economic activity for the town that it may have been in 1967.

History of potential development

“There have been discussions going back many years regarding the potential development of the cattle market site. A 2008 retail study indicated that the site was suitable for retail development;  the Town Council was briefed on NDDC’s aspirations to develop the site at least as far back as 2011 when steps were taken to try to bring forward a development; The Local Plan published in 2016 identifies the site as suitable for development, referencing the 2008 retail study findings.  The sale and development of this site cannot have come as a surpise to the Town Council, nor the other groups now lobbying against it.  Certainly the Town Council has had sufficient notice that a redevelopment of the site was likely to enable it to have undertaken some form of consultation, or established a set of proposals to bring to the table.  This has not happened, and is only being sought now, midway through the sale process.

“More recently the town council were informed of NDDC and SCA’s intention to market the site at a meeting with Council Officers and Members on 1 November 2017, with subsequent coverage in the local press.

Recent marketing of the site

“The marketing exercise over the winter of 2017-18 drew out a broad range of interest which was reported to the meeting of NDDC Scrutiny Committee on 18 April.  When representatives of the Town Council attended this meet, they did not request that we delay the sale. NDDC Cabinet formally agreed to sell the site jointly with SCA in April 2018, having taken account of the views of the district council’s Scrutiny Committee. Aside from releasing a much needed capital receipt for the local authority, the sale will see this important site redeveloped, delivering new facilities for the town.  It will also see new jobs provided for the town – well in excess of the numbers currently employed on the site.

Parish Poll

At a recent meeting Shaftesbury residents agreed to hold a Parish Poll focused on whether the Town Council should fund a Judicial Review of the sale of the site.  This is regrettable in these austere times as the Town Council will have to fund the poll but yet the decision is not binding upon them. On the basis that this was requested properly we have accepted the request and will be running this shortly.  Should the Town Council agree to fund a Judicial Review, this will be a further cost to the public purse likely to run into many thousands of pounds.

Sale of site to go on

“It has taken considerable time and energy to get to secure agreement with SCA to bring forward the sale of this site. Any action now to delay the process pending community consultation would risk compromising this work and send an unhelpful signal to those minded to invest in Shaftesbury.

“For these reasons, I am not prepared to suspend the sale process.  I will continue to keep the Town Council informed of the progress of the sale.”

Yours sincerely

Martin Hamilton

Strategic Director

Read the full letter.

 

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Weymouth surface dressing continues

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:27

Our surface dressing continues next week, moving into the Preston area of Weymouth.

Work completed week commencing Monday 16 July:

  • ST ANNE’S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • ST DAVID’S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • ST MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 23 July:

  • OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
  • BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD
  • HAYMOOR AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • KENMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • SEAMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • MOORDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HIGHDOWN, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN GARDENS, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • PINEMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BRACKENDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HAZELDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ELM CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BODKIN LANE, WEYMOUTH
  • KINGSBERE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BUDMOUTH AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ENKWORTH ROAD, WEYMOUTH

Work proposed for week commencing Monday 30 July:

  • MELLSTOCK AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • EADON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • OAKBURY DRIVE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SYDLING ROAD – JUNCTION WITH C111 TO ACREMAN CLOSE AT CERNE ABBAS
  • FISHERS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • CHAPEL GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • DOWNSIDE CLOSE, BLANDFORD

Our surface dressing gang is working 9am to 4pm in urban areas and 8am to 4pm in rural areas.

Look out for yellow signs two days before work starts – please move your vehicle off the road before 9am and check that the road you move it to is not also being treated.

Surface dressing doesn’t take long and the road can be driven on as soon as it’s finished. Depending on the length of the road you live on, the road will be closed for around 1-2 hours while the treatment takes place.

There will be an advisory 20mph speed limit after the work while the loose stones ‘bed down’ into the bitumen. Travelling at this reduced speed will prevent skidding on the loose chippings, help ‘bed down’ the material and will save your paint work!

We sweep the road one to two days after the work to get rid of excess stones.

White lining reinstatement will follow on from this and is generally a week or so later.

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Borough secures £4 million for investment in flood risk management

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:19

Today (Friday 20 July) Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced that Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has secured £4 million in Government funding.

Weymouth Harbour

The funding secured includes; £1.2m allocated from the Deprived Communities Fund and £2.8m in Flood Defence Grant. The funds released by the Minister will be allocated to flood risk management measures for the town, supporting the first phase of work needed to protect the community and to ensure the economic well-being of the town.

A successful meeting in Westminster

This great news follows a productive meeting held in Westminster last year. MP Richard Drax and Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, met with Central Government to discuss the urgent need for flood relief funding for the borough and the Council’s planned improvements and vision of regeneration for the area.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “This is great news for Weymouth & Portland. I am delighted that Government has responded so positively to our case. We had an excellent meeting with the Minister last year when we discussed the very real challenges Weymouth faces in funding repairs to aging infrastructure.

“It is great to see that this direct involvement with Government is paying dividends. This has been a real team effort, building on work with the Environment Agency and the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, as well as our local MP, Richard Drax.

“This funding will help to support the first phase of flood defence management and it is an important step forward to safeguarding Weymouth’s future and boosting the local economy.”

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, said: “I am delighted at this wonderful news.

“It is a huge boost for what has been a massive team effort. This is just the beginning but it allows us to put many plans into place and gain outline planning consent for the first phase of the £30 million scheme for Weymouth’s regeneration. Every thing we do now will improve this beautiful old town; even the new flood defence walls will have walkways behind them, enhancing their value to local people.”

“There are other funding sources we have in mind and we have high hopes that more will be forthcoming. As I have said before, there are several options, including the Coastal Erosion fund and a one-off grant from the Treasury. For now, this is a great start.”

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Poole Pottery former factory site homes plan refused

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:27
The proposal for 138 homes was refused by five votes to four amid fears of over-development.
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Dorset County Council’s Parks are recognised as some of the UK’s very best green spaces

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:39

Four Dorset County Council parks have been awarded a national Green Flag Award 

Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood, Hardy’s Birthplace Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester, Milldown and Stour meadows near Blandford have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

These four parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have recieved this year’s prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for Natural and Built Environment said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive four Green Flag Awards this year. We know that thousands of residents and visitors to Dorset value our quality green spaces, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Find out more about Dorset’s country parks.

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Dorset hospital bosses 'not told about A&E move risks'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:48
Campaigners crowd-funded to bring a judicial review against the shake-up of Dorset health services.
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Looking for free and fun things to do with your children this summer?

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:08

Why not take a trip down to Weymouth and Portland’s Parks and Gardens this summer?

Visit your local park for summer fun

Parks are great places for children to have fun in the summer.  Weymouth and Portland has 10 parks and gardens, plus 35 play areas to choose from, all with a variety of activities on offer from basketball to tennis, to family favourite- swings and slides!

There are also lots of exciting events on this summer including live music, teddy bear’s picnics and family fun days. There is something for all age groups!

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder said: “We are very lucky here in Weymouth and Portland, not only do we live by the seaside but we have a variety of beautiful greenspaces right on our doorstep too.

I would encourage all families to go and explore the parks, gardens and play areas. After all a day out here is free, healthy and fun!”

More information on what is going on in Weymouth and Portland’s parks, gardens and play areas is available here.

 

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Former GP David Crichton 'hired hitman' over debt

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:41
Prosecutors allege he blamed his financial advisor for a £300,00 loss and the break-up of his marriage
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Hampshire: Ryan Stevenson grateful for county's support during injury exile

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:14
Ryan Stevenson thanks Hampshire for their support during a two-year injury exile with persistent back stress fractures.
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Man arrested in Weymouth Asda gunfire probe

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:00
Armed officers searched the area after reports of shooting near an Asda store in Weymouth.
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No fines issued in Poole begging crackdown

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:53
The Borough of Poole says it plans to review the Public Space Protection Orders in October.
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Dorset cat rescuer 'laid up in hospital' after being bitten

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:03
A fundraising campaign for Joseph Lines raises more than £600 after he was injured in the rescue.
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£900k Lottery success for Durlston’s Lost Landscape

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:21

Durlston Country Park near Swanage has won substantial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to restore and enhance its lost Victorian landscape.

The injection of cash will allow extensive improvements to be made around the park which will benefit the local community, visitors and wildlife.

The clifftop country park and National Nature Reserve (NNR) is owned and managed by Dorset County Council and will receive £900,000 from the HLF’s Parks for People programme. This will fund the ‘Durlston Pleasure Grounds’ Project, aiming to restore the park’s intended features which have been lost or hidden over the years.

Over the next three years, volunteers will work with rangers, artists, landscape specialists and countryside management experts to create a landscape which is inspiring, accessible, educational, playable and sustainable. Some of the key improvements will include:

  • Rediscovery and enhancement of the Victorian landscape, inspired by Victorian owner George Burt’s vision for people to ‘Look round and read great nature’s open book’
  • Careful and selective pruning followed by considered planting schemes will all create opportunities for play, discovery and creativity
  • Development of the current viewpoint areas will be enhanced by artist designed seating, path improvements and tree pruning
  • Woodland areas will be vastly improved and enriched. Timber will be extracted by a green-wood worker and his heavy horse, alongside volunteers. By using horses we’ll keep mechanical work to a minimum while retaining tranquillity.
  • A new volunteering hub called ‘The Shed’ will give volunteers and school groups space to work indoors bad weather as well as somewhere to store tools.
  • Path and transport improvements mean Durlston will become one of the best places in the country for people with disabilities or reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

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

“This achievement is something to really celebrate and add to our string of successes for the natural environment this summer.  As well as securing four Green Flag Awards for our outstanding greenspaces and national recognition of how we manage roadside verges, creating exceptional habitats, this financial award from HLF is the icing on the cake. This monetary boost will help ensure we create a country park fit for future generations of people and wildlife.”

Cllr Peter Wharf, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Workforce and Chairman of the Country Parks Liaison Panel:

“The Pleasure Grounds Project will realise a long-held Victorian vision for visitors and the local community and help secure a historic, wildlife-rich area for future generations.

“It’s a great chance to improve how Durlston can be used for recreation, training and creativity and promote physical and mental well-being through this fabulous place.”

Ali Tuckey, Project Leader at Durlston Country Park, said:

“This grant is the result of many years of hard work by staff, volunteers, Friends of Durlston and partner organisations, and we are really grateful to everyone who has helped so far – now the real work starts!

“The Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project will help make sure Durlston can play a part in improving the lives of local people and we hope that the work we are planning would make George Burt proud.

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Camp Bestival and Bestival traffic management

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:01

Camp Bestival returns to East Lulworth from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July, and Bestival from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August.

Traffic management measures will be introduced for the safety of event-goers and road users across both events.

11.59pm Monday 23 July to 11.59 Tuesday 7 August
  • B3070 – one-way system between The Whiteway Road (for Tyneham Village) and the ‘miltary bypass’ in East Lulworth (traffic can travel eastbound only)
  • B3070 – temporary signed speed limit of 20mph through East Lulworth
  • B3070 – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between Botany Farm and the deregulated speed limit signs (towards East Lulworth)
  • B3071 – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between the Burgate Junction and New Buildings Road
  • ‘Military Bypass’ – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between the B3070 to the B3071 (Burngate Junction)
  • B3071 – clearway / no parking between Botany Farm and the junction with White Way and between the Burngate junction and the junction with New Buildings Road
  • Coombe Keynes Road – clearway / no parking between B3071 (The Triangle) and Manor Yard, Shaggs
  • Coombes Keynes Road – temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between B3071 and B3070
  • B3070 – temporary prohibition of pedestrian movements between the white gates at the entrance to Lulworth Castle and to the B3071 (Burngate junction)
New Buildings Road – between 7am Thursday 26 July and 5pm Sunday 29 July; and between 7am Thursday 2 August and 5pm Sunday 5 August

One-way system between Burton Cross and B3071 (traffic can travel southbound only)

New Buildings Road – between 5pm Sunday 29 July and 5pm Monday 30 July; and between 5pm Sunday 5 August and 5pm Monday 6 August

One-way system between Burton Cross and B3071 (traffic can travel northbound only)

Holme Lane – between 7am and 7pm; Thursday 26 July, Friday 27 July, Thursday 2 August and Friday 3 August
  • Temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between West Lane/Grange Road and B3071
  • One-way system between West Lane/Grange Road and the B3071 (traffic can travel westbound only)*

*at the discretion of the event traffic manager, and will be imposed only if required to ease congestion and ensure safety of highway users.

Holme Lane – between 7am and 7pm; Monday 30 July; and Monday 6 August
  • Temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between West Lane/Grange Road and B3071
  • One-way system between West Lane/Grange Road and the B3071 (traffic can travel westbound only)*

*at the discretion of the event traffic manager, and will be imposed only if required to ease congestion and ensure safety of highway users.

B3071 Station Road and High Street, Wool – between 7am and 7pm; Thursday 2 August; and Friday 3 August

Clearway / no parking between Breach Field and High Street Close.

B3071 Station Road and High Street, Wool – between 7am and 7pm; Monday 6 August

Clearway / no parking between Breach Field and High Street Close.

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New specialist education bases to open in September

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:17

Five new bases to help support children with special educational needs (SEN) in Dorset will open this September.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, skills and learning

In April, Dorset County Council agreed to invest £3M (including a £1m grant from the Government) on creating eight specialist bases in mainstream schools to cater for children who have significant issues with social interaction.

The council has consulted with schools, partners and residents on its plans, and Cabinet today (18 July) agreed the changes, allowing the continued roll-out of specialist bases across the county as part of its long-term plan to educate more children, closer to home.

Parley First School in Ferndown and West Moors Middle School will each have a base for up to 10 children. The following learning centres will host specialist bases to support school children with social, emotional, and mental health needs:

  • Dorchester Learning Centre (24 places)
  • The Forum Centre, Blandford (8 places)
  • Compass Learning Centre in Weymouth (24 places)

Dorset has seen a 49 per cent increase in children with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), formally known as SEN statements. There were 2094 children and young people with an EHCP at the end of March and the council expects that figure to have increased to more than 2,440 by 2023.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said:

“We’re seeing more pupils in mainstream education who need specialist help with their communication skills. We have a duty to support these children and believe it’s important to provide help in Dorset schools, closer to where they live.

“This investment allows us to utilise the expertise we have in Dorset and reduce the need for out-of-county placements. It will also cut down travel times for pupils, which will be much better for children and their families.”

The aim is that more bases will open in 2019, although the locations have not yet been finalised.

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Joint local plan review moves to next stage

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:12

Members from West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee have given their approval of the next stage of the Joint Local Plan review.

Joint local plan review moves to next stage

Both Full Council’s will now have to consider the proposals when they meet at the end of July.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Environment & Sustainability, said:

“I am pleased that we are a step closer to beginning the next stage of the joint local plan review. It’s an extremely important document which will set out future development in the area.”

Background

The West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan was adopted in October 2015. The inspector’s report, following the public examination of the plan, identified that an early review should be undertaken. This was in order to identify additional land capable of meeting housing needs to the end of the current plan period and for the five years afterwards.

The first part of the local plan review took place in early 2017 on the issues and Options for the plan. Following the information gained from this consultation, a ‘Preferred Options’ document was put together.

Next steps

A consultation on the ‘Preferred Options’ will now take place once approved by members of the borough council and members of West Dorset District Council.

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

“The consultation provides an opportunity for residents, local businesses and statutory bodies to comment on the emerging Local Plan. When finally approved it will detail the sites allocated for development and be used when considering Planning Applications. For this review the Councils are required to allocate sufficient sites to meet the demand to 2036″

How you can have your say

Consultation on the Preferred Options document will run for eight weeks, with the aim of starting in August. Roadshows are being planned for the first few weeks of September where you will be able to speak with our planning experts. You can have your say by submitting comments through our on-line consultation form, by email or by post.

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Are young people going cool on cars?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:34
More and more young people are living without the car. Will the government change its road-building plans?
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Gardens win prestigious green flag awards

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:07

Three gardens in Weymouth and Portland have been recognised as being among the UK’s very best green spaces. 

Gardens celebrate winning Green Flag awards

Sandsfoot and Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth along with Easton Gardens in Portland have all been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being among the very best in the world.

The gardens are part of a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. 

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Parks ‘beautifully maintained’

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award. 

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors. This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the gardens to such a high standard. I would personally like to thank our dedicated parks team and the wonderful support we receive from the Friends of the Gardens.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. More Green Flags have been awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy. We hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. This is under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. They inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. They run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches.

 

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