Tyrone Mings: Aston Villa set to sign Bournemouth defender on loan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:38
Aston Villa are set to sign AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings on loan until the end of the season.
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The colourful 'pods' helping special needs children go to school

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 22:09
Could this be one solution to the crisis in special needs budgets in England?
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Hillsborough match commander had 'little input' in plans

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:11
Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield is accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans.
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More car-free travel choices for Bridport

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:50

Work will start next month to build a new cycleway and toucan crossing along Burton Road in Bridport.

The new path will start at Crown Roundabout and join up with the old railway line that leads to West Bay, providing a traffic-free route between the two towns. It will also become part of a wider walking and cycling network that will eventually connect these areas to Maiden Newton as part of the West Dorset Trailway.

Vegetation clearance to help visibility at the new crossing will start on Monday 4 February and last two days. Cycleway construction work will start on Monday 18 February and take around 13 weeks to complete.

Work will start at Crown Roundabout and work towards the old railway line. As the gang progresses along the road different traffic management will be needed.

Traffic management phases

Crown Roundabout to Crown Inn entrance
road narrowing

Crown Inn entrance to Chestnut Road
two-way temporary traffic signals (9.30am to 3.30pm)

Chestnut Road junction
three-way temporary traffic signals (8am to 4pm)

Chestnut Road to Roundham House
two-way temporary traffic signals (8am to 4pm) and footway closures to install the toucan crossing

Roundham House to old railway line
road narrowing

Chestnut Road junction resurfacing
three-way temporary traffic signals (8am to 4pm)

Burton Road toucan crossing resurfacing
two-way temporary traffic signals with a convoy system to reduce speeds to 10mph through the works (8am to 4pm)

This scheme is being funded by the Coastal Community Fund.

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Busy Blandford junction gets an upgrade

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:40

Badger Cross, in Blandford town centre, will be getting an extensive upgrade to improve the junction for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Dorset Highways will start work on Monday 18 February and will be working alongside SGN, as it replaces gas pipes in Salisbury Street and Salisbury Road from the middle of March. This will minimise disruption by sharing traffic management.

The junction signals were originally installed in 1980 and are in need of replacement. As well as the signal heads and poles being updated, all the underground ducting and cabling – which connect the signals to the controller and the detector loops in the road – are being replaced with the latest low-voltage equipment.

Due to the nature of the work, with 75m long trenches in the road and the islands being reshaped, there will be temporary signals in place throughout the upgrade to control the traffic – with pedestrian crossing facilities provided on Park Road and Salisbury Road.

Some sections of road will also need closing at times, drivers should look out for dates and times on the works road signs.

The new junction will take around 12 weeks to complete. It will provide pedestrian crossing facilities on each arm of the junction and the crossings will be of the modern ‘Puffin’ type which has the red and green man on the push button.

New detectors will ensure that pedestrians have enough time to cross while minimising delays for motorists, and cyclists will be provided with advance stop lines – giving them a segregated area in which to wait for the signals to change.

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Work on north Dorset route continues

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:31

Work started on 7 January to improve the HGV pinch point on the C13 through Melbury Abbas.

As part of Dorset Highways’ A350/C13 route management scheme, a new pull-in and vehicle activated signs (VAS) are being installed for HGVs travelling through Melbury Abbas village.

Work is currently on programme with activity on site focussing on:

  • trenching and ducting for the northern end of the traffic signals
  • duct boxes for the traffic signals, detection equipment and cables
  • peckering out the road surface in the narrow section of the hollow through the traffic signals to allow trenching and ducting

The gang is progressing through the narrow section of the traffic signals, working towards Parham’s Farm. This will be followed by installing the traffic signal islands at the southern end of the traffic signals.

Please remember

The road remains closed – from the top of Spreadeagle Hill (White Pit Lane) to the C13 junction with the B3081 – 24 hours a day, for the duration of the work.

There have been reports of drivers taking risks and driving through the construction area, especially at night. Anyone doing this is risking injury to themselves and others, and damage to their vehicle.

Please respect the safety of the workforce and do not enter the road closure. If you are accessing your property, please drive slowly through the works area.

Additional traffic management has been installed to increase the visibility of the road closure.

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In pictures: Snowy scenes from around England

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:59
With snow falling and more forecast here are the latest snow scenes from around the country.
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Time capsule buried in oven at Highcliffe Castle

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:58

A time capsule has been buried inside the oven of the kitchen at Highcliffe Castle. The Count Rumford Oven, which is no longer in working order, is part of the original kitchen layout and dates back to when the castle was first built in the 1830’s. The oven has recently undergone careful repair and preservation along with an Eagle range which is also situated in the kitchen.

The team involved in the restoration work decided that the oven would be an ideal place for a time capsule and would leave a legacy of the present-day.

The contents in the time capsule include: Castle memorabilia, castle literature and a short piece on the history of the castle as well as current money, photos of the project team who worked on the development of the East Wing, the current staff team and the team of volunteers.

Katie Ingham, Heritage Team Leader at Highcliffe Castle said, “We decided to mark this recent phase of the work to the castle by burying a time capsule for a future generation to discover.  This is an exciting time for the castle and its team and we are looking forward to the opening of the East Wing from early April onwards, with an official opening in late May 2019.”

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Holocaust Memorial Day marked at Captains Club in Christchurch

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:34

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 has been marked in Christchurch with a memorial ceremony held at the Captains Club, before a wreath was laid at the Holocaust Memorial on Christchurch Quay.

The Reverend Canon Charles Stewart, from the Christchurch Priory, alongside Rabbi Michaels from the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation led the memorial ceremony. The ceremony was attended by local residents and school children from Christchurch Priory School, Christchurch Junior School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Highcliffe St Mark School and Burton Primary School.

Canon Charles Stewart opened the memorial service speaking compassionately about those who were murdered in the Holocaust and genocides around the world. He spoke of the hope that the atrocities would end and peace could be achieved.

This year’s theme- “Torn from Home” was marked with a series of moving speeches by local residents whose families were affected by the Holocaust.

Ben Thomas spoke movingly about his mother, Gisela Freiberg-Thomas, who was forced to flee from Nazi occupied Germany. He shared the experience of young Jewish people living in Germany, and told the story of his mother’s escape from Germany.

Mrs Thomas set sail on the St Louis, in the hope of gaining refuge in America, but was denied entry to America, as well as Canada and Cuba, before being sent back to Germany. Ben Thomas told the story of how his mother was among hundreds on refugees on board, and many hundreds of her fellow passengers were murdered by the Nazis. She was fortunate to escape and eventually found refuge in England, where her family eventually settled in Mudeford.

Josephine Jackson recalled stories from her cousin Julian. His family took in three young Jewish refugees from Austria, who came to England on the Kindertransport rescue train to Sunderland.

Betty Billington-Smith, a local resident in Christchurch, read a poem and explained how hundreds of thousands of Roma gypsy people were murdered across Europe and throughout the world.

Wreaths were laid by Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch, Ben Thomas, on behalf of his mother Gisela Freiberg-Thomas, the children from the schools in attendance, the Royal British Legion and the Royal Navy Association.

Rabbi Michaels concluded the memorial service with a prayer of mourning sang to the congregation in Hebrew.

After the event, Cllr Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch said: “It was important that our commemoration was able to show the school children of Christchurch the true impact of the Holocaust.

“The children were able to hear real accounts from people directly affected by the horrific events, and they could appreciate that it happened to real people, rather than just see it on television or read about it in books.”

The Christchurch Holocaust Memorial was unveiled in 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, with the message “To keep the memory alive

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Two stabbed in fight near Dorchester petrol station

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:28
One man needed surgery after he was stabbed in the arm near the petrol station in Dorchester.
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Win a family day out!

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:25

Enter our competition for your chance to win a voucher for a fun-filled day at Avon Heath Country Park!

Your voucher will include your parking for the day and a children’s treasure trail which is available during half term, from 16 to 24 February 2019.
Take the treasure trail for a family adventure across the heath, through the woods, collecting clues on your way. You’ll follow the clues to unravel wildlife riddles, which will earn you a prize at the end!

Once you’ve completed your adventure, you can take advantage of the fantastic play area at the park. The play area will have plenty to keep the kids (and perhaps some of the big kids) happy. It features a zip wire, climbing wall, tree house, trampoline and much more.

While at Avon Heath Country Park, you can explore the acres of unspoilt heathland and woodland areas, which is also a haven for unique and rare wildlife.

Follow the link to enter. You will need to give your email address to enter, but rest assured we’ll only contact you to let you know if you’ve won the competition.

Enter the competition

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Terms and conditions

  • Dorset County Council staff will be excluded from the competition
  • entry is open to Dorset residents only and if a winner provides a postal address outside of Dorset the prize will be forfeited, and a new winner chosen at random
  • vouchers can only be redeemed during Avon Heath Country Park’s opening hours which can be found at
  • prize includes parking for one day and a free children’s treasure trail only: food, drink and transport will not be included
  • winner must comply with Avon Heath Country Park’s terms and conditions. For details, please email
  • vouchers are valid during the treasure trail event at Avon Heath Country Park from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February
  • 2 winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries and contacted via email from Dorset County Council to request a valid postal address
  • if winners do not respond to Dorset County Council within 7 days of the first notification, then the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be chosen at random
  • vouchers will be sent by post to successful entrants, Dorset County Council will not be responsible for vouchers which are lost, stolen or damaged during transit
  • only the official vouchers provided can be used to redeem the prize, Dorset County Council will not be able to replace lost, damaged or stolen vouchers
  • no cash alternative is available for the prize and it cannot be exchanged
  • prizes are not for resale and are not transferable
  • Dorset County Council reserve the right to cancel, amend, terminate or suspend this promotion at any time with no liability to any entrant
  • if for any reason (beyond the control of Dorset County Council) the promotion does not function correctly, then Dorset County Council retain the right to cancel, modify or suspend the promotion
  • Dorset County Council’s decision in all matters relating to the promotion is final and binding
  • if there are grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant, Dorset County Council retain the right to disqualify the entrant from the promotion
  • your data will not be used for anything other than contacting you in relation to this competition and will not be shared with any other third-party organisation. See our full Data Protection statement to for how we use your data

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Day closures at Wareham Level Crossing

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:23

Dorset County Council is working with Network Rail and STM Group to prevent further closures of Wareham Level Crossing.

Following a number of near misses at the level crossing, the responsible attendant has been suspended and STM Group, the company contracted to supply crossing attendants, has been unable to cover all his shifts – resulting in the crossing closing at short notice.

This has now been exacerbated by the sickness of another attendant, with the crossing having had to close due to staff shortages on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment said: “Unfortunately it is not as straight forward as deploying our staff to cover this shortage; anyone working on a live railway has to be accredited by Network Rail, which is why we have to employ this company for our attendants.

“Last week we instructed STM to reduce the operation of the crossing to 8am to 6pm when there is only one attendant available to ensure that the crossing was open for the majority of users until full staffing of the crossing is back in place, but this attendant is now unwell and we are speaking with all concerned to try and agree a resolution.

“We appreciate that this puts anyone needing step-free access in a difficult situation, which is the position we have been trying to avoid for many years.”

The current level crossing by Wareham Railway Station has a long history and, following safety improvement requirements in 2009, has had a safety attendant monitoring the crossing and operating pedestrian gates between 6am and 1am (the following morning) when trains are scheduled to pass.

In the latest bid to provide step-free access over the railway line, highway engineers worked with Network Rail to design access ramps to add to the existing Grade II listed railway footbridge. This was refused planning by Dorset County Council’s Regulatory Committee on 14 June.

Network Rail is working collaboratively with the county council and their providers to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

A sign is being displayed at the crossing when it is closed and @TravelDorset Twitter account is also being updated.

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'Near miss' Wareham rail crossing worker suspended

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:07
The closure of the crossing means there is no step-free crossing over the railway at Wareham.
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Christchurch Play Project set to begin

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 23:28

An ambitious £1.2 million investment to refurbish a number of play areas across Christchurch is set to begin. The first phase will commence in February.

As part of an initiative to improve facilities for children in Christchurch, councillors agreed to fund the project to increase usage of the sites across the borough.

An important aspect of this project was engaging with local school children, to see what children wanted to see in their parks. Over six schools and one hundred children took part.

Councillor Margaret Phipps, Christchurch Borough Council said:

“I am so pleased that we were able to speak to local children so we could understand what is important to them. We took their feedback, and incorporated some of their fantastic ideas in the design specifications”.

A total of 15 play area sites are set to be refurbished or completely renewed to help ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.

The project also identified nine small and poorly used sites, which will be decommissioned and returned to public open spaces. These will include the following plays areas:

Priory View, Campbell Road, Endfield Road, Darwin Ave, Melbourne Road, Bellflower Close, Saffron Drive, Vetch Close, Upper Gordon Road.

Work is set to continue on the next phase of the project, with designs and contracts agreed. Priory View play area in Burton is the first site to be closed, with work set to begin on 4 February.

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Bournemouth v Chelsea

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:19
Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Chelsea.
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Bournemouth lottery: Tickets go on sale

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:25
The Bournemouth weekly lottery has a top prize of £25,000 and will benefit charities in the seaside town.
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New draft Purbeck Local Plan progresses to next stage

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:59

A new Local Plan to help guide and shape future development in the area currently covered by Purbeck District Council has been submitted to an independent planning inspector for examination.

The Council engaged with town and parish councils, individuals, residents’ groups and planning professionals to produce the draft plan. It has also been the subject of public consultations in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, said: “We started reviewing the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 in 2015, and many people expressed concerns during the 2016 consultation particularly about the number of extra homes in the plan.

“We listened to their feedback and pledged to undertake a full review of the plan. The people of Purbeck are passionate about their local area and rightly so. Throughout the process, local opinions and views have been of paramount importance in shaping the plan we have submitted to the inspector. We thank all who have been involved.”

Using feedback received from the consultations and technical information gathered, the Purbeck Local Plan was prepared in 2018 and an opportunity provided last autumn to comment on the draft. Representations received have now been forwarded to the inspector to consider as part of the examination process.

The Council has also reviewed the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule which will be examined alongside the local plan. The levy raises funds from qualifying new development to provide new infrastructure.

The examination process

An inspector (appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary of State) will now conduct an examination of the Purbeck Local Plan and CIL schedule. It is anticipated that the examination will include public oral hearing sessions.

If the inspector considers changes are needed, there will be a further opportunity to comment prior to adoption by Dorset Council

The plan will then be used to determine planning applications and secure funding within the area of the new authority currently covered by Purbeck District Council.

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Bournemouth hospital road junction approved

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:38
Councillors approved the junction and link road but the decision could be taken out of their hands.
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Dorset Road Fix – February sites

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:29

We’ve got three repair gangs in action from January, through to the end of March, thanks to extra funding.

Due to the large equipment used, the area of the road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 7pm to 6am.

“Just to thank you so much for the excellent job your engineers have done on Denhay Lane.”

In February we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

Chewton Common Road, Christchurch
daytime work 30 Jan (new date)

East Weare Road, Portland
daytime work 31 Jan

 Chamberlaynes, Bere Regis
daytime closure 31 Jan & 1 Feb

Verne Common Road, Portland
night closure 1 Feb to 5 Feb

C21 (Giant Steps Road) (A30 Sherborne Road to Copse House & Frith Farm Cottages) daytime closure 1 Feb to 5 Feb

Elder Road, Bere Regis
daytime closure 4 & 5 Feb

Copse Hill, Sturminster Newton
daytime closure 4 Feb to 8 Feb

A30 Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury
daytime closure 6 Feb to 12 Feb

Dorchester Road, Weymouth (Morrisons to Grove Avenue)   
night closure 11 Feb & 12 Feb

Culliford Way & Canberra Road, Weymouth
daytime closure 11 Feb & 12 Feb

Bell Street, Shaftesbury
daytime closure 13 Feb

River Crescent & Mill Street, Dorchester
daytime closure 13 Feb

Blandford Road, Corfe Mullen
daytime closure 13 & 14 Feb

Icen Way, Dorchester          
daytime closure 14 Feb to 17 Feb

Lanehouse Rocks Road, Weymouth (Nutgrove Avenue to Portland Road junction)      
night closure 15 Feb to 21 Feb

Frome Terrace, Dorchester
daytime closure 18 Feb

Hanham Road, Corfe Mullen
daytime closure 18 Feb & 19 Feb

Coburg Road, Dorchester  
daytime closure 19 Feb to 22 Feb

Piddle Lane, Cerne Abbas
daytime closure 21 Feb

Hilling Lane to Wheelrights Junction        
daytime closure 22 Feb to 25 Feb

Beacon Hill, Lytchett Matravers (C26 to C5)        
daytime closure 25 Feb to 27 Feb

C20, Duntish to Hazelbury Bryan
daytime closure 25 Feb to 28 Feb

Mudeford Lane, Christchurch
daytime closure (8am-4pm) 28 Feb to 8 Mar

You can check the exact locations and diversion details on our roadworks map. Remember to use the tabs to customise the map to show road closures and diversion routes, as well as for the dates you’re interested in.

Dates can be subject to change due to adverse weather or the need for gritting duties to take priority during cold weather.

Five area-based hand-patching gangs, a NuPhalt Thermal Repair patching team and a Velocity patcher gang are continuing to fix smaller potholes and road defects, as they are reported, across the county council area.

Find out about the additional funding.

Velocity patcher in action

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Hillsborough match commander 'wasn't experienced enough', court hears

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:57
Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans.
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