Vote in the European Elections on Thursday

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:27

Elections to the European Parliament are taking place in the UK on Thursday 23 May.

Cast your vote in the European Elections on 23 May

If you are registered to vote this will be your opportunity to influence who represents your region in the European Parliament.

In the UK, there are currently 12 European electoral regions.

Dorset is part of the South West region which will elect six Members of the European Parliament.

See who is standing for election in your region.

How do I vote?

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.

If you recently voted in the local elections in Dorset it is possible that your local polling station might be in a different location this time around.

Check where your polling station is online.

When will I know the results?

Although the poll is taking place on Thursday, results will not be announced before 10pm on Sunday 26 May when counting across all member countries has taken place.

We will post results on Twitter, Facebook and on our website as they are announced.

Find more information about the European Parliament elections.

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6 things to know about Tax-Free Childcare

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:38
I’m already claiming 30 hours free childcare, can I get Tax-Free Childcare too?

Yes, you can claim Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 15 or 30 hours free childcare for your 2, 3 or 4 year old.

Here’s what you can and can’t claim at the same time as Tax-Free Childcare:

I’m claiming childcare vouchers, would I be better off getting Tax-Free Childcare instead?

The best scheme for you will depend on your family’s circumstances. To find out if you’d be better off claiming Tax-Free Childcare, use the childcare calculator to find out how much you could get.

Use the childcare calculator

If you aren’t already claiming childcare vouchers the scheme is now closed to new applicants.

Can other people pay in to my child’s Tax-Free Childcare account?

Yes, you can only open one Tax-Free Childcare account per child, but multiple people can pay in to it. You will receive the government contribution in the same way for payments from other people.

Do I have to pay in a certain amount each month?

You can pay in to your childcare account as and when you like. This gives you the flexibility to pay in more in some months, and less at other times. This means you can build up a balance in your account to use at times when you need more childcare than usual, for example, over school holidays.

There’s no limit to what you can pay in, but government contributions are limited to £2,000 per child, per year, or £4,000 if your child has disability.

Do I need to be working full time to claim?

No, most working parents including those working part time hours can claim if they meet the eligibility criteria.

See full eligibility criteria

Can I withdraw money from the account if I want to?

If your circumstances change or you no longer want to pay into the account, then you’ll be able to withdraw the money you have built up. You can only take out money you have put in, not the government contributions.

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Don't Tell the Bride blamed for plastic confetti beach waste

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:06
Plastic confetti and table ornaments were said to have been left on the beach and washed into the sea
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Two held after man stabbed in back in Poole

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:18
Two men, aged 22 and 24, are being questioned over the stabbing of a man outside a cocktail bar.
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Royal Mail to launch parcel postboxes

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:18
Customers will be able to post parcels in the same way as letters, as long as postage is pre-paid.
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Boy arrested after sexual assault on woman in Weymouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:04
The attack happened in Weymouth town centre in the early hours of Saturday morning, police say.
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Woman sexually assaulted in Weymouth doorway

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:01
The attack happened in Weymouth town centre in the early hours of the morning, police say.
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Zig Zag Hill near Shaftesbury to close for upgrade

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:48
Motorists are warned of delays as the busy bendy route closes for two weeks to allow for repairs.
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Lloyd Kelly: Bournemouth sign Bristol City defender for £13m

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:31
Bournemouth sign England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for £13m.
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Yeovil Town Ladies: Championship licence denied and club to go down two tiers

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:01
Yeovil Town Ladies are to drop from the Women's Super League to the third tier after being denied a second-tier licence.
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County Championship: Warwickshire collapse to heavy defeat by Hampshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:29
Warwickshire old boy Keith Barker helps Hampshire to a 314-run win as the injury-hit Bears buckle at Edgbaston.
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Bridport steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:02

Bridport has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area.

Bridport steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan (Photo courtesy of Teresa Rabbetts)

A final version of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan representing the communities of Allington, Bothenhampton & Walditch, Bradpole, Bridport & West Bay, and Symondsbury has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and approved by all participating town and parish councils, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Dorset Council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place.

View the plan

A hard copy of the plan will be made available at the council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

Bridport Town Council also has also made reference copies available at its Town Council Offices, Bridport Library, Bridport Tourist Information Centre and from all partner parish clerks.

The plan can be viewed online at  and on the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan website:

Comment on the plan

People who live, work or run a business in the Bridport Area neighbourhood area have until 28 June 2019, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to pull together a Neighbourhood Plan. I congratulate all involved in getting to this stage.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of Bridport, to view the plans and submit any feedback they may have.”

Comments on the plan can be emailed to

Alternatively, they can be posted to Planning and Community Services, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan.

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Debbie Griggs case: Andrew Griggs denies pregnant wife murder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:06
Debbie Griggs went missing while pregnant with her fourth child more than 20 years ago.
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Homes protesters target first Dorset Council meeting

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:31
Campaigners opposed to a large development target the first meeting of the new Dorset Council.
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NHS 'should not prescribe acne drug'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:07
Patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane.
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County Championship: Bears face home loss to Hampshire despite Dom Sibley ton

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:51
Dom Sibley hits a ton for the sixth successive match in first-class cricket but Warwickshire face defeat against Hampshire.
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SWR refurbished trains launch delayed over door safety

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 15:59
Class 442 trains, nicknamed "plastic pigs", were due to be brought back back into service next week.
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Dorset Council ushers in new era by declaring climate emergency

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:16

South Walks House in Dorchester was packed full today for the first meeting of the brand-new Dorset Council.

82 newly elected councillors, senior officers and a full public gallery filled

Whole council

the committee suite at South Walks House to debate the business of the new council and vote in its new Leader and Chairman.

During a lively public questions session, there were statements read and questions asked about the new council’s approach to environmental matters and specifically climate change, including questions from climate change group Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.

In response to this, Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said:

“We have an opportunity and an obligation to demonstrate leadership – thinking globally about the implications of climate change and acting locally to help address it in our communities.

“The crucial need to tackle climate change is something that we can all agree on. It is an issue which transcends party politics and after discussions with the other group leaders we have agreed on the need to create a cross-party Panel on Climate Change to develop a policy for Dorset Council.”

Further to this, a motion was proposed by Cllr Nick Ireland, leader of the Liberal Democrats which asked for the council to recognise that climate change is happening and that the council agrees to declare a climate emergency.

69 councillors voted to pass this motion, two voted against and 6 abstained meaning Dorset has officially declared a climate emergency.

New positions on the council

Cllr Pauline Batstone has taken up the position of Chairman. This role was previously held for the Shadow Dorset Council by Cllr Hilary Cox.

Cllr Batstone began the meeting by thanking Mrs Cox for her work and dedication over the past five years as Dorset County Council Chairman and latterly as the Chairman of the Shadow Dorset Council.

Cllr Batstone went on to say: “The next year is vital for setting the tone of the new council and the manner in which it operates as a 21st century council.

“The aspirations and ambitions of this new council are for Dorset to be a place where people want to live, visit, learn and work and I am delighted to be able to play a key role in that.”

Cllr Spencer Flower was then voted in as Leader of Dorset Council. He thanked the Chairman and members for putting their faith in him to be the first leader of Dorset Council.

Cllr Flower went on to say: “This is a great honour and an immense privilege. As Leader I want to promote a collaborative approach to the delivery of quality public services, whilst dealing with the known challenges of rising demand and severe financial pressures.

“We need to create a ‘can-do culture’ within the council that puts the interests of our communities first. A member led council, making a real and lasting difference in Dorset. This is a big job, but with the support of members in this chamber we really can make the difference our communities deserve.”

Following the election of the Chairman and Leader, Cllr Flower announced the members of the Dorset Council Cabinet, as follows:

  • Leader / Governance, Performance and Communications – Cllr Spencer Flower
  • Deputy Leader / Corporate Development and Change – Cllr Peter Wharf
  • Finance, Commercial and Assets – Cllr Tony Ferrari
  • Housing – Cllr Graham Carr-Jones
  • Economic Growth and Skills – Cllr Gary Suttle
  • Children, Education and Early Help – Cllr Andrew Parry
  • Adult Social Care and Health – Cllr Laura Miller
  • Planning – Cllr David Walsh
  • Highways, Travel and Environment – Cllr Ray Bryan
  • Customer, Community and Regulatory Services – Cllr Tony Alford

A further debate on the issue of climate change is on the agenda for the next meeting of the full council.


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Darcy-May Elm: Dad's 'driver error' killed daughter, 4

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:48
Darcy-May Elm was described as a "fun ray of sunshine" by her family.
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County Championship: Abbott burst for Hants leaves Warwickshire in trouble

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:15
Hampshire fast bowler Kyle Abbott takes 4-43 - including a burst of three in 13 balls - to reduce Warwickshire to 184-7.
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