Poole's Twin Sails bridge fault 'not easily fixed'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:59
The lifting bridge linking Poole and Hamworthy remains closed after it began making a grating noise.
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Swanage Railway: Man airlifted to hospital after fall

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:45
Emergency services attended the maintenance area at Swanage Railway after a man fell "from height".
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Birmingham City Women v Yeovil Town Ladies

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 10:52
Live coverage of Sunday's Women's Super League game between Birmingham City Women and Yeovil Town Ladies.
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Woman dies 10 days after Poole car crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 12:35
The pedestrian, who was aged 74, was taken to hospital with a serious head injury and died later.
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'Violent porn addict' jailed for flatmate's murder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:37
Ryan Thornton attacked flatmate Stela Domador-Kuzma to mark his 20th birthday, a court hears.
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Portland drug-use detainee died after 'lax monitoring'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:51
A suicidal detainee was not properly monitored at an Immigration Removal Centre, a report finds.
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Girl, 4, saves mum with 999 ambulance call

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:11
Kaitlyn Wright showed "wisdom beyond her years" talking to the call handler when her mum fell ill.
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Bestival owes London Grammar £175,000

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:45
The band are part of a list of creditors filed by the festival in its administration papers.
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Storm Diana: Woman dies in Wiltshire as tree crushes car

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:39
The tree came down amid high winds, badly injuring the driver and killing her passenger.
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Durlston Country Park tells its history through British Sign Language

Dorset Council News Feed - 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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Manchester City v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:59
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Bournemouth.
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Workers come together to celebrate repairs

Dorset Council News Feed - 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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Weymouth Harbour works delayed for holiday season

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:22
The project had been expected to start in March and end in June but will now start in September.
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Green highway coming to north Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - 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 Council News Feed - 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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Thomas Hardy hotel in Dorchester 'falling to pieces'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:55
Councillor Stella Jones has called for action to protect the landmark buildings in Dorchester.
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Partnership working to support Beaminster

Dorset Council News Feed - 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.


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 Council News Feed - 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:


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Bournemouth Winter Gardens £150m revamp plans approved

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:50
Bournemouth Winter Gardens, which once hosted the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, closed in 2002.
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Weymouth Peninsula outline planning application is approved

Dorset Council News Feed - 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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