Resurfacing Zig Zag Hill

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:51

A busy north Dorset road will be closed from Monday while resurfacing work is carried out.

Zig Zag Hill on the B3081 will be closed 24 hours-a-day from Monday 20 May to Friday 31 May, with the C13 through Melbury Abbas also remaining closed.

Drivers will be signed onto the A350 as a diversion route.

Listen to Senior Site Agent David Clegg explaining the work on the Shaftesbury community podcast – This is Alfred.

Resurfacing the bendiest road in Dorset

Resurfacing Zig Zag Hill presents difficulties not only with the nature of the road itself but also with the depth of the reconstruction needed.

It’s due to these deep excavations that the only safe way to carry out the work is under a full 24-hour closure – it is just not safe to reopen the road between shifts.

The road is being resurfaced from White Pit Lane up to the top of the hill.

C13 works near an end

The C13 through Melbury Abbas has been closed since January for a new pull-in and vehicle activated signs (VAS) to be installed for HGVs travelling through the village, as part of Dorset Highways’ A350/C13 route management scheme.

Although the resurfacing through Melbury Abbas will be finished on Friday, 17 May, work is continuing to put the new signals into operation.

The decision has been made to keep the C13 closed while surfacing Zig Zag Hill to avoid diverted traffic using the C13, rather than the signed route on the A350.


The C13 and B3081 will reopen together at the end of May. Dorset Highways will then assess the surrounding minor roads for repairs caused by diverted traffic using them during the closures.

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Plans for artificial surfing lagoon near Bournemouth revealed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:42
The company behind the plans insists it will not be a repeat of the ill-fated Boscombe surf reef.
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County Championship: Tom Alsop ton gives Hampshire good start v Warwickshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:30
Tom Alsop's second first-class hundred helps Hampshire end day one on 291-6 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
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West Bay sea defences – did you know?

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:03

If you live near West Bay, you will know that Dorset Council and the Environment Agency are working on £10 million sea defences, but did you know:

  • 148 homes and 112 businesses will be protected
  • 40,000 tonnes of granite is being used
  • the largest rocks used weigh 10 tonnes

Hear more from Nigel Bennetts,  Environment Agency Project Manager.

Programme of works updates and more detailed information will be on display near the beaches and drop-in sessions will also be held at the Salt House, West Bay, on 16 May, 30 May, 13 June and 27 June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.



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Deer road deaths prompt Highways England driver warning

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:48
Five dead deer were found in one day on a road, with estimates claiming up to 74,000 are hit each year.
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Surface dressing heads west

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 12:04

This week we’re surface dressing the last few roads on our list in Wareham then the gang is heading west.

We had another short week and changeable weather so we didn’t quite finish our work in Wareham, but we still managed to treat plenty of roads.

Works completed week starting Tuesday 7 May:

  • Nordon Drive, Wareham
  • Middlebere Drive, Wareham
  • Fairway Drive, Wareham
  • Seven Barrows Road, Wareham
  • Wellstead Road, Wareham
  • Stockley Road, Wareham
  • Burns Road, Wareham
  • Tarrant Drive, Wareham
  • Great Ovens Drive, Wareham
  • Stour Drive, Wareham
  • Sherford Drive, Wareham
  • Avon Drive, Wareham
  • Tantinoby Lane, Wareham
  • Daniel Drive, Wareham
  • Willow Way, Wareham

As we head into more rural areas and work on lesser-known roads, please remember you can check where we are working by using the online roadworks map.

Work scheduled week starting Monday 13 May:

  • Northmoor Way, Wareham
  • Dual carriageway (northbound) – Bere Road to Northmoor Way, Wareham
  • Link from Northmoor Way to A351 (opposite golf club entrance)
  • Timber Hill, Lyme Regis
  • C18 – from B3164, Birdsmoorgate to entrance to Lower House Farm, Bettiscombe
  • C18 – entrance to Lower House Farm to Mutton Street at Marshwood Cross
  • Beaminster Tunnel to A356 Road – Jct C67, Beaminster Down, to Jct A356, Toller Down
  • C37 – Curry Hole Lane, Halstock to entrance at Furlongs, Corscombe

Work scheduled week starting Monday 20 May:

  • Back Lane, Evershot
  • Fore Street – Back Lane to Summer Lane, Evershot
  • The Common – Summer Lane to Park Lane (access to Melbury Park), Evershot
  • East Hill – Park Lane to Blind Lane (footpath), Evershot
  • Frome St Quintin Road –  A37, Horchester, to Charity Bottom, Chalmington
About the work

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

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.

Sorry for the inconvenience

We cannot work overnight as surface dressing relies on the evaporation of water from the bitumen binder (glue) for it to set, and it needs traffic to travel on the new surface for it to ‘bed down’ and lock onto the old surface.

We also cannot work in wet weather – any amount of rain or surface water dilutes the bitumen and so doesn’t hold the chippings in place – which is why our surface dressing programme runs from April through to September.

As this treatment is so weather dependent, dates are subject to change.

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Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:58

Leaders of political groups for Dorset Council are voted in

At their first meetings following the local elections on 2 May, members from the Green group, Alliance for Local Living (ALL) group, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have voted in their respective leaders.

The Green group have voted in Cllr Clare Sutton as their leader.

Councillor Claire Sutton, Leader of the Green group

Cllr Sutton said: “Although we are relatively small, it is a privilege to lead such a talented and committed group of people. Jon Orrell, Brian Heatley, Kelvin Clayton and I will be working as a close-knit team, and of course with other councillors, to make Dorset a greener, healthier and more prosperous place.”


The Alliance for Local Living group have voted in Cllr Les Fry as their leader.

Councillor Les Fry, Leader of the Alliance for Local Living group

Cllr Fry said: “I am honoured to be nominated as the leader of the ALL (Alliance for Local Living) Independent Councillors.  Although we only won four seats, we bring a range of experiences in our previous roles to the council.  We are keen and determined to help make a positive difference to the county and its residents.”



The Labour Group have voted in Councillor Paul Kimber as their leader.

Councillor Paul Kimber, Leader of the Labour group

Cllr Kimber said: “As Labour Group Leader on the new Dorset CounciI, I, along with Kate Wheller, will work hard to represent the people that voted for us. We are both very humbled to be elected to the new Dorset Council.

“These elections were tough on local issues, we were on the front line facing the consequences of nearly a decade of austerity. Since 2010 councils have lost over half their central funding, with Dorset Council’s Revenue Support Grant now at zero.

“We welcome all enquires and concerns from residents, please call us on 01305 822121.”

The Liberal Democrat group have re-elected Councillor Nick Ireland as their leader.

Councillor Nick Ireland, leader of the Liberal Democrat group

Cllr Ireland said: “I’m pleased and proud to have been elected to lead the substantial Liberal Democrat group on Dorset Council and look forward to working with the other opposition parties to ensure that not only are our existing services protected, but also improved and extended where possible.

“Cllr Flower has stated his intention to work ‘together as a team’; with 48% of the councillors and a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience, I’m sure I echo the sentiment of the leaders of all the opposition groups in trusting that he will follow through on that pledge for the benefit of all our residents.”

The Leader of Dorset Council will be elected at the first full council meeting this coming Thursday 16 May.

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Quad bike rider dies after Winterborne Kingston crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:54
The 61-year-old man was airlifted to hospital but pronounced dead in hospital a week later.
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Swanage bandstand dismantled ahead of restoration

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:21
More than £125,000 has been raised to help save the rare example of a sunken bandstand.
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Lights, camera, action ……

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:33

It’s all go for Amanda’s family with shows, painting and panel to think about. Here’s the latest installment of her fostering blog

The show I was directing and dancing in was about to start in two hours. I mentally listed the things I needed to do before I costumed up ‘feed kids, sort builders out, ring electrician, book in plumber, write notes for matching meeting, clean house’ and then it happened. I moved a cast iron radiator away from the walls of the new extension so I could paint,  then dropped it on my toe.

A hour before curtain up, my youngest foster sons were stressed about being babysat by my parents (never left them before) and oldest foster son was trying out different make up techniques on my hubby. (who was Belle in the princess rap battle). My toe had turned purple and didn’t want to fit into my dancing shoes.

Broken toe or not curtain went up and we managed to get to the end.

So on to the building work. Well we have two rooms but predictably behind schedule and it’s needs to be done before our panel date in June!

I’m getting up at 6am to fit in an hour of painting, wallpapering and ranting ‘who the hell would start a renovation and a new job with seven kids?’ Then getting to work/ cleaning the house and continuing trying to become a candidate for ‘ideal home’ in the evening.

On a more serious note my littlest foster boys have struggled with getting their own rooms because although it’s exciting it’s also suggesting permanency, a possible ‘never going home again.’ I hope that the excitement will win through.

So the results of my attempt at being painter and decorator? These are the forest room with the offending radiator grrr

and this is the ocean room. Yeah I know a great big shark is not relaxing but my foster son loves it. The turtle kind of balances it.

So next month it’s onto turning my foster son‘s old room into a unicorn room for my youngest daughter, getting ready for panel and hoping the builders have finally stopped waking us up at some ungodly hour to start drilling.

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One-Day Cup: James Anderson injured as Hampshire beat Lancashire by four wickets

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 19:51
Lancashire and England seamer James Anderson is hit on the leg while bowling in Hampshire's four-wicket One-Day Cup semi-final win.
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Dorset nurses celebrate International Nurses Day

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 00:18
Nurses from Dorset tell us why they love their job on International Nurses Day.
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Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:05
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
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Students learn how to build a career in construction

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:47

More than 100 students from Thomas Hardye in Dorchester and All Saints in Weymouth spent a day learning about careers in construction.

The ‘Building Careers for the Future’ event in Poundbury highlighted the wide range of job roles available in the construction industry, as well as helping to challenge gender stereotypes and build links between education and the workplace.

The event was hosted by several employers and organisations including; Dorset Council, Construction Industry Training Board, Duchy of Cornwall, CG Fry & Son, Ford Civil Engineering Ltd, Magna Housing, The Careers & Enterprise Company, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and Weymouth College.

Pupils were split into groups and shown around the live construction site. As they watched industry professionals do their jobs, representatives from the businesses talked through the different opportunities available and shared career journeys of their current employees.

Between tours, students asked the construction employers and training providers questions and found out more about the different options available.

Jay Martin, Director at Ford Civil Engineering, said:

“I think the event proved to be a great success and we’re very proud to be part of it. We all have an obligation to ensure that the younger generations continue to enter the building trade, to maintain the traditions previously set. This industry is so incredibly diverse with the opportunity to forge a lifelong career for literally anyone who is prepared to commit, engage and work hard.”

Kris Thorne, Head of Construction and Building Services from Weymouth College said:

“We were really pleased to see so many people – both school students and adults – interested in learning more about the many career and training options available locally in the construction field.  It’s an event we will definitely be looking to repeat and build upon.”

Robert Firth, Enterprise Coordinator at Dorset Council said:

“This event is part of a wider programme to help inspire and prepare local young people for the fast-changing world of work. It’s great that we have so many employers supporting their local schools and colleges by offering pupils the chance to learn about different careers from people doing the jobs every day, so they can think about what they’d like to do in the future.”


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Large sink-hole opens up on Dorset coast path

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 15:09
The 30m (98ft)-wide pit was the size of a dinner-plate when it was first reported, a council said.
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Sink hole in Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:51

A huge sink hole has opened up in Dorset. 

A small hole around the size of a dinner plate was first reported beside the Inland Coast Path on Bronkham Hill, West Dorset, in February this year.  

It was investigated by Dorset Council’s Ranger Team and then geologists, who found that the small hole was covering a chasm that has the potential to be up to 30 metres wide and 15 metres deep. A barrier was put up and the restricted byway was temporarily closed.  

That small surface hole has since opened up to a huge sink hole. While it may look alarming, the hole does appear to be stable, according to assessments. 

John Sellgren, Executive Director for Place at Dorset Council said: “When this hole was first reported we took action as we knew it could indicate a chasm of unknown depth. Safety precautions were taken, and an investigation was carried out.  

“I am happy to report that the sink hole now appears stable and the National Trail is open. Sink holes occur naturally, but our advice is always take care and if you have concerns report them to Dorset Council. 

Sink holes are rare in Dorset, but have occurred throughout history at Bronkham Hill, which is north-east of Portesham. They occur naturally when the surface layer of land collapses into ancient hollows formed during the last ice age. This particular sink hole is believed to have been caused during the last major glacial period where meltwater dissolved the rocks below.  

At Bronkham Hill, which is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), rainwater seeps through the surface flint and gravel and dissolves the porous chalk beneath.  

Around 200 steep-grass lined pits can be found nearby, known as ‘elliptical dolines’. These are sink holes of the past which have now grassed over.  

Find out more about the South Dorset Ridgeway 

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King's WW1 letter found in 'discarded carrier bag'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:07
A letter from King George V was among 100-year-old documents found at a reclaim centre in Poole.
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A350 repairs update

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:23

We appreciate that work on the A350 seems never-ending and work is currently scheduled to finish on 24 May.

A quick recap
  • The road was first reduced to single lane in mid-December 2018 after a section of embankment was found to have slipped away, dangerously weakening the road above
  • Barriers were put in place and two-way traffic signals were set up to move traffic onto the opposite side of the carriageway
  • While inspecting the road damage, engineers discovered a major gas leak and SGN confirmed emergency repairs were needed
  • With road damage on the northbound side and the leak under the southbound side, the road was closed during the gas repair as there was no safe space for traffic
  • Following SGN repairs, the two-way lights were set back up to keep vehicles away from the slipping northbound carriageway during highway repairs
Repairs underway

Work to thrust two new culverts under the road and to stabilise the embankment has all taken place below road level – which means drivers are unable to see the extent of damage or the work progressing.

Work to date includes:

  • Building an access road to keep construction traffic off the A350
  • Building temporary platforms for the specialist boring machinery
  • Thrust-boring two new culverts under the road
  • Building concrete headwalls for the new culverts, at each end of the pipes
Preparation work for the thrust-boring operation Two new culverts have been pushed under the road to replace the old, collapsed pipe

Work has now started to rebuild the slipped embankment, at a new gradient, to support the road. When the new bank reaches the level of the slipped section, the area will be shuttered and the void under the road will be filled with concrete.

The embankment on the southbound side is also being re-regraded as this side of the road shows early signs of slipping.

After this, work will focus on installing kerbing, post and rail fencing and verge planting.

The works area in private fields will then be returned back by reinstalling stock fencing, realigning the existing watercourse due to new culvert, completing various ground and verge work including gate and post replacement, and soil and seeding.

Working on one of the culvert headwalls Work starts on rebuilding the slipped embankment, which has undermined the road What the completed work will look like

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Find out if fostering is for you

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:44

If you’re interested in fostering, now is the time to find out more. During Foster Care Fortnight (13-26 May), Dorset Council’s fostering team is out and about at a series of drop-in session and events across the county.

The team will be answering questions about fostering, as well as raising funds for The Fostering Network, a charity which offers information and support for anyone involved in fostering.

The council welcomes foster carers from all walks of life, whether single or married, and regardless of cultural background or sexual orientation. Eligibility criteria includes being over 21 years old and having a spare bedroom. The council offers its foster carers weekly fees and allowances, and full training and support.

Gillingham resident, Suzanne Latham, specialises in caring for youngsters with disabilities. She explains:

“Many of my children are non-verbal. I use several ways to communicate with them. One girl can only use her eyes so uses eye glaze to enable her to communicate with us. For children who are autistic, I structure their day to help them to stay calm.”

“If you feel you have enough love in your heart and space in your home, go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose by enquiring.”

Sarah Parker, Executive Director of People – Children, said:

“We desperately need people in Dorset to look after children of all ages and abilities. Fostering could provide these vulnerable children with safe and caring homes, either for a short period or through to adulthood.

“Our drop-in sessions and events are the ideal opportunity for people to find out more in an informal way without any commitment. So, if you think you could make a difference to a child’s life, pop along and chat to our friendly team.”

You can find the fostering team in Oliver’s Café Sherborne on 13 May and in the High Street Bakery and Café in Shaftesbury on 20 May.

You can also find them:

  • 14 May in Coffee #1, Weymouth
  • 16 May at The Hollow, Verwood
  • 17 May inChocolate Café, Bridport
  • 21 May inCloisters, Wimborne
  • 22 May at Love Cake, Swanage
  • 23 May at The Hive, Bovington

Find out details about fostering, or call Jo Thomson our Fostering Engagement Officer on 07387 269779

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Youth councillor helping teens deal with exam stress

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:49

A Dorset youth councillor has put together a series of videos to help teenagers deal with exam stress.

Stasia Smith, aged 15, goes to Ferndown Upper School and is a member of Dorset Youth Council. They’re a group of 11-19-year-olds who represent the views of children and young people across the county.

Run by Dorset Council and Participation People, the youth council helps shape and improve services for young people.

Stasia Smith, member of Dorset Youth Council

Stasia, a former Deputy Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Dorset, is about to sit her GCSEs and wanted to help her peers prepare for their exams. She said:

“I watched some of my older friends go through their GCSEs and I remember wondering why they were so stressed. Now that I’ve been studying for mine, I realise how stressful they are. A lot of the resources to help you get through exams are old-fashioned leaflets and often get stuffed at the bottom of the bag. I wanted to create something that was easy for young people to access at a time that suits them.”
Stasia’s videos, known as #StasiaSays, cover things like revision tips, how to stay healthy and what to do the night before. She added:

“I hope people can watch these and prepare for their exams, but also realise how important their mental health is. A little bit of stress is good, but we all need to know our limits and look after ourselves. GCSEs are important, but if you don’t get the grades you want – it’s OK. Your best is the best you can do and there are lots of different options available, whatever your results.”

Young people are now expected to stay in education or training until they’re 18, but it doesn’t have to be at school. There’s a wide range of education, work and training options available, including:
• full-time study in a school, academy, further education college or with a training provider
• full-time work or volunteering combined with accredited training
• an apprenticeship or traineeship
Stasia plans to stay on in sixth form to study Spanish and French. She hopes to work in the tourism industry.

Here are the links to her videos:

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