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Dorset witches of social media generation

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 00:03
Rowan, Thea and Stephen are modern witches, with 55,000 followers on social media.
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Ceon Broughton 'filmed dying girlfriend' at Bestival

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:47
Louella Fletcher-Michie was found dead in woodland after she had taken drugs at Bestival in Dorset.
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Public event on Wednesday 13 February to showcase sea defences work

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:46

The Environment Agency and West Dorset District Council have partnered up to work on new multi-million pound sea defences at West Bay, Bridport, West Dorset.

The partnership is co-hosting a drop in event for the local community at the Salthouse, West Bay, Bridport on Wednesday 13 February from 2-7pm. Hear from the Environment Agency’s project manager, engineers from West Dorset District Council, and the contractors who will be constructing the works. There will also be representatives from the Dorset Coastal Connections team who can show you all the exciting projects that are happening in and around West Bay in 2019.

Want to know more about the project? Click here for our previous story.

For  anyone from the local community who is unable to attend, we will upload all the relevant information to https://www.dorsetcoast.com/projects/west-bay-coastal-defence-improvements/ in the days following the event.

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Facebook turns down Dorset Council name request

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:06
Dorset Council is already being used on the social network by an authority in Tasmania.
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Parents and carers of children with SEND – have your say

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 18:38

Parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have a chance to give their feedback to inspectors next week.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are visiting Dorset from 11-13 February to see how agencies are progressing with improvements following their last inspection of SEND services in 2017.

At that time inspectors found that:

  • education, health and social care needed to work better together and take responsibility for making life better for children and young people with SEND
  • Dorset County Council was taking too long to turn statements of special educational needs into education, health and care plans (EHCP) and to complete new EHCPs suited to each child or young person’s needs
  • parents and carers were worried about delays in getting help, not getting enough support or information and not being involved in making decisions about their children
  • more work was needed to challenge and support organisations to do better

The council produced a plan called a written statement of action to set out how it would make improvements.

Inspectors will visit to see what progress has been made and parents have a chance to give their feedback. You can:

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education and learning at Dorset County Council, said:

“We’re working hard to improve services for children and young people with SEND and it’s important that the inspectors hear from parents and carers during their visit. We encourage parents to make the most of these opportunities and have their say.”

Find out more

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North Dorset members delighted to award £70k to North Dorset Trailway

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:23

Jan Wardell, member NDTN, Cllr Carr-Jones, leader of North Dorset District Council [middle left] Cllr Jespersen, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regeneration [middle right] with Scott Norman, Chair NDTN [right]

£70,000 has been granted to the North Dorset Trailway Trust (registered Charity no. 1145442).

Read more about this grant – and other recently awarded grants in North Dorset – here.

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Works to start on historic Victorian Shelters in Weymouth

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:47

As we previously reported, £50,000 has been awarded by central government to repair and redecorate seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade Shelters. Works are due to start tomorrow [Tuesday 5 February] for approximately 8 weeks.

Made from cast iron and dating back to 1889, these shelters are an important part of Weymouth’s heritage.

The works are due to be carried out by Dorset Build and Maintenance Ltd.

No expected disruption

We expect no road or footpath closures whilst these works are carried out. Each shelter will be encased in scaffolding and sheeting while the work takes place. The shelters will not be done all at once, with the intention to work on groups of two or three at a time.

The works will prevent access to the two or three shelters whilst they are being worked on,  and access along the promenade will be reduced at those points. However, we will ensure that the access is wide enough to cater for mobility scooters, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Scope of works

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
  • replacing the ground lights to each shelter

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.

Cllr Jeff Cant, briefholder for Finance and Assets and leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “These works form a key part of our exciting plans to improve the public realm throughout Weymouth. Other projects include the sculpture trail and artist led lighting installations along the Esplanade (funded by a previous round of the Coastal Community Fund).

“These are an important part of our heritage and we know how the public value them, so we are working closely with police and local bodies to discourage anti-social behaviour at the Shelters. ”

Coastal Communities Minister

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, previously said about the project: “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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Southill students design school ‘park and stride’ scheme

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 13:04

Children at Southill Primary School in Weymouth have designed a park and stride scheme to encourage students and their families to be more active and environmentally-aware.

The Year Six students planned and mapped the route along traffic-free paths, with no roads to cross, before walking along it to assess how long it took.

 Year Six students designed the route to help them get healthy and make their school’s streets safer.

The aim of the scheme is to help to keep the streets close to their school clear of cars – reducing congestion and pollution, and creating a safer and more pleasant environment.

The scheme was launched on 31 January when the whole school, children and staff met at the shops and walked to school together.

Headteacher Paul Mason said: “As a school that encourages its pupils to lead active and healthy lifestyles, we are pleased that it is the children themselves who are taking the lead in encouraging their family and school community to walk to school. They know that this will help make the school a safer place and that everyone will feel the health and social benefits of walking to school together.”

It is part of a nationwide project run by charity Sustrans, which encourages people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

Jonathan Dixon from the charity said: “By asking people who drive to school to park at the shops in Southill, we hope to reduce the number of cars near the school at the start and end of the day. This will make the streets around Southill Primary School much nicer for everyone.

“It will also help people to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows that pupils who do more exercise are better learners in the classroom. Let’s not forget that it can be fun too.”

Sustrans’ work in Dorset is funded by Dorset County Council.

David Harris, county councillor for Westham said: “The park and stride scheme produced by the Year Six students at Southill is a fantastic follow-up to their earlier success with the NHS fitness trial, which was designed to encourage people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which they won last year. These young people are setting a superb example.”

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Ringwood Megahome competition 'assessed' by advertising authority

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:03
The Advertising Standards Agency says complaints were made about a competition to win a £3m house.
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HMP Dorchester homes: Permission granted to exhume bodies

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:55
It is thought the last woman to be hanged in Dorset is buried at the site of HMP Dorchester.
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Oil rig set up ahead of Poole Bay drilling

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 14:10
The temporary platform was brought in by sea and will be used for three weeks of exploratory drilling.
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Bournemouth brothers jailed for £3m tax fraud

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 19:28
The siblings from Bournemouth carried out the scam for eight years to fund their lifestyles.
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Biker killed in crash 'minutes' after Bournemouth police stop

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:31
The police watchdog has started an investigation after the man, 21, died in a crash in Bournemouth.
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Cardiff City v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:06
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Cardiff City and Bournemouth.
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Snow closes hundreds of schools in southern England

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:15
More snow is expected in southern England, where drivers are being advised not to travel by police.
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Landlord licensing – have your say

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:17

People in Weymouth ae being asked if a landlord licensing scheme should be introduced to improve rented housing.

A consultation starts today (1/2) to ask whether a Selective Licensing Scheme should be introduced for private rented housing in part of Melcombe Regis. The consultation, which will be carried out by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, will end on 12 April 2019.

The scheme would aim to address levels of deprivation experienced by many tenants in the area through improving the way housing is managed. Landlords would for example have to make sure that properties were well managed and maintained and will need to pass a fit and proper person test in order for their property to be licensed.

Councillor Gill Taylor, Housing Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “We have a some really good landlords in Weymouth but we also have some who are not so good. Poor  Poor housing affects people’s physical and mental. Everyone who rents should be able to live in a decent home. This is why we are considering introducing this scheme to improve housing standards. I believe that good landlords will support this scheme, as will tenants.

“The consultation is quick, easy to complete and confidential. Please take the time to have your say and complete it. Your views will be considered.”

The consultation is available here: 

The scheme would effectively mean that private rented accommodation in most of the Melcombe Regis area would be subject to licensing, with conditions attached to the licence requiring landlords to adopt good management practices.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council currently works with landlords to improve housing. Current schemes include ‘Heat Melcombe Regis’, which sees free central heating made available as well as other measures to tackle fuel poverty. The borough council also supports and works with landlords through the Landlords Local Authority Partnership, which is a free to join forum providing information and impartial advice to landlords.

More information on the council’s work with landlords is available here.

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'Dishonest' Weymouth solicitor struck off

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:59
Michelle Hind allowed more than £144k of clients' money to be transferred into her accounts.
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UK weather: Travel warnings after night of snowfall

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:07
Road, rail and air travel are affected after snow fell across parts of England, Wales and Scotland.
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Dorset Youth campaigners claim two regional awards

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 16:12

Dorset Youth Council and a team of Dorset’s young researchers have won two regional (South West) awards.

The team of young researchers has claimed the British Youth Council’s (BYC) Youth Voice Star Award for Young Campaigner of the Year and Dorset Youth Council has claimed best Youth-led Organisation or Project for its ‘Dorset Youth Voice Summit’ project.

Laurence Hayward MYP
Finley Wyer – Dorset Young Researcher
Melissa Garanowako – Member of Dorset Youth Council

Both awards mean that young people from Dorset will be invited to London to take part in a national awards ceremony, for which both projects have now been shortlisted as a result of being a regional winner.

Last year 24 of Dorset’s Young Researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 young people for their views on social isolation, their own aspirations and volunteering, before presenting their research to 87 decision-makers including local and national politicians, directors of services, budget holders, headteachers and businesses.

As a result, and based on what young people wanted:

  • a new staff member was hired to look at social isolation in young people with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • family information services have made their websites more youth-friendly
  • there has been a successful bid for funding to support building academic resilience in secondary schools, offer employability skill sessions, and create additional information and resources for parents, young people and schools to support their careers decision making

The researchers are continuing their good work this year by asking nearly 5,500 young people what matters to them in 2019 when it comes to mental health, emotional wellness and healthy relationships.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Learning and Skills said: “We are immensely proud of the work that Dorset Youth Council and Dorset’s young researchers are doing with young people across the county.

“Their projects help shape services and give young people a voice on decisions that affect them.”

Dorset Youth Council and the Dorset Young Researchers are supported by Participation People and funded by Dorset County Council.

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Dorset County Council suspends transport for Friday 1 February

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:41

Following an emergency planning meeting about the amber weather warning in place until tomorrow evening, the county council has taken the decision to suspend all DCC transport for schools and adults services tomorrow (Friday 1 February). This includes school buses, SEND buses and taxis, and adults’ services to day care centres etc.

Car in snow

We have not taken this decision lightly but have made it in the best interests of everyone’s safety and is based on information from multiple sources which all indicate that the weather is going to be severe this evening and possibly into tomorrow, across the whole of Dorset.

To keep updated please see our severe weather page https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/severe-weather

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