Weymouth peninsula regeneration plans agreed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:34
The Weymouth peninsula plans include hotels, a pub, restaurants and commercial fishing buildings.
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Harry Arter: On-loan midfielder could stay if Cardiff City survive

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:29
On-loan Harry Arter says he will be happy to stay at Cardiff City if the Bluebirds survive in the Premier League.
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UK ports face 'major disruption' in case of no-deal Brexit, MPs warn

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:52
A Commons committee says plans for avoiding disruption around UK ports are "worryingly under-developed".
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Georgia Hall: Order of Merit winner vows to top world rankings

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 23:14
England's Georgia Hall has vowed to become world number one after becoming the youngest player to win two consecutive Ladies European Tour Order of Merit titles.
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Cancer 'cure' boss David Noakes jailed for 15 months

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:06
Immuno Biotech founder David Noakes made millions from the sale of the unlicensed blood product.
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Come and meet a patrol officer

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 16:02

Come and meet a patrol officer and find out more about crime prevention at Weymouth’s Big Christmas celebration on 1 December.

Patrol officers improving your safety

A patrol officer will be running a stand at the event alongside officers from Dorset Police. They will be on hand to meet people, offer crime prevention advice and answer any concerns about community safety.

The patrol officers started work last month under the new Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. This allows the borough council to employ uniformed patrol officers, who are given some police and council powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

More information about the scheme is available here.

Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to meet a patrol officer and find out more about what is being done to improve community safety in our town centre. If you have any concerns do come along and they will be happy to advise you.”

People will also be invited to complete a questionnaire about community safety.

Weymouth’s Big Christmas celebration will feature reindeer, a festive market and more. Information about the celebration and other Christmas events is available here.

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2019 County cricket fixtures announced

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:00
County champions Surrey will start their defence of the title in April 2019 with a home match against Essex.
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Tailgating driver guilty of man's death in Weymouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:46
Dr Darran Venn died when his car was hit by a BMW 5 Series driven by John Joe Darch.
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Caring for your future this Carers Rights Day

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:37

‘You’re looking after someone, but who’s looking after you?’ – that’s the message to thousands of unpaid carers across Dorset as we get ready to celebrate Carers Rights Day on Friday 30 November.

Each year, Carers Rights Day is held across the UK. It brings organisations throughout Dorset together to help unpaid carers know their rights and to get the help and support they are entitled to and raise the awareness of the needs of carers.

Having the right information at the right time makes all the difference when you’re looking after someone.

It is estimated that there are almost 83,000 unpaid carers across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole who look after a loved one, neighbour or friend. This Carers Rights Day Dorset County Council is focusing on supporting people to prepare for the future through the national theme ‘caring for your future’.

Whether it’s through coffee mornings, benefits drop-in sessions or an information stand, there are loads of ways that groups and organisations can get involved. There are many events taking place at day centres across the county. Check with your local service about what’s happening near you.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet Member for health and care for the Shadow Dorset Council said:

“All too often, unpaid carers do not recognise themselves as carers because they are looking after a loved one, friend or neighbour and see it as ‘just something they do’.

“Being a carer can often be a lonely role. Looking after someone can creep up on anyone and comes in many different forms. It’s important that carers get the help and support they need and are entitled to, and don’t continue to struggle on their own not knowing what is out there. This will help them to keep well and will greatly improve the outcomes for both for the person they are looking after and also for themselves”.

Dorset County Council has information and advice for carers online, where you can also register for your carers card, which offers discounts on products and services at businesses across the county.

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Another successful prosecution for the Dorset Waste Partnership

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:26

A Dorset business-owner has been prosecuted recently for not dealing with his company’s waste records correctly.

Christopher Lohan, 74, is the director of Lohan & Elite Cleaning Group Ltd. which is based in Sherborne and has premises in Shaftesbury.

A Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) Enforcement Officer made a routine visit to the premises to check that the business was disposing of its waste properly. Having observed a large waste bin, the officer requested to view appropriate Waste Transfer Notes, which are provided by commercial waste carriers when removing waste.

As the business was unable to provide these notes, the officer issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) which needed to be paid within 14 days. However, this request was subsequently ignored.

Enforcement officers made calls to the business to an attempt to resolve the situation, with a further 14 days to make payment offered, but no payment was received.

At this point the DWP, with the aid of Dorset County Council’s (DCC) Legal Team, proceeded to take the matter to court.

At a hearing on Monday 5 November, Mr. Lohan pleaded guilty to Failure to Produce a Waste Transfer Document, both with respect to himself and on behalf of his company as its sole director.

Mr Lohan acknowledged that he had no defence to the charge and showed remorse.  He confirmed that he now has a waste collection agreement in place.

Mr Lohan received a 12-month Conditional Discharge, meaning that he must not commit any further offences in the next 12 months, in default of which he could be re-sentenced for this offence.  He was ordered to pay a £20 Victim Surcharge.

Lohan & Elite Cleaning Group Ltd was ordered to pay a fine, in the amount of £300, in addition to a contribution of £450 towards DCC’s costs.

Therefore, the total financial penalty for Mr Lohan and the Company was £770.  A collection order was made requiring this sum to be paid within the next 14 days.

An Enforcement Officer for the Dorset Waste Partnership commented:

“Our officers regularly visit various businesses across the county to ensure they are disposing of their waste correctly. When proof – such as Waste Transfer Notes – cannot be provided that this is happening we will take further action, usually in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. If this isn’t paid, we will consider taking the non-payee to court.

Everyone has a duty of care when it comes to waste, but all businesses need to have a commercial collection in place if they produce any level of rubbish or recycling. From as little as around £2 per collection, it’s cheap and convenient to do the right thing and will also provide the appropriate documentation in the event our officers check up on your business.”

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£50,000 to improve seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade Shelters

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:59

£50,000 has been awarded by central government through the Coastal Revival Fund. The money is to repair and redecorate seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade Shelters. Made from cast iron and dating back to Victorian times, these shelters are an important part of Weymouth’s heritage.

What will happen?

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

The shelters will be fenced off from the main Esplanade whilst the works are carried out to ensure public safety.

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.

Why is it important?

The works to improve the shelters add to works already carried out to improve the public realm along The Esplanade. These include repairs and repainting to the Georgian bathing machine and Victorian Jubilee clock.  It’s part of the borough council’s commitment to improve public realm throughout Weymouth. These include projects such as the sculpture trail and artist led lighting installations along The Esplanade (funded by a previous round of the Coastal Community Fund).

Cllr Jeff Cant, leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “Following the great news last week that we have passed the critical first stage in a £3.5m bid to the Coastal Community Fund to support the growth and development of Weymouth this is further confirmation that the work of the Council – with the support of local organisations – to make a strong case to MP Jake Berry is being rewarded. Following our visit to Westminster and the follow up trip by Jake and his civil service team to the Borough in the summer this is another demonstration that we are being recognised as a community driving forward a positive agenda to become a vibrant and dynamic all year round destination. This urgently needed work enhances the wonderful heritage of the town will helps to grow our visitor economy and I am sure will delight local residents”

Coastal Communities Minister

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “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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Dorset detectorist's seal ring find sells for £10,000

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:39
The gold seal ring is thought to date to between the late 1500s and early 1700s.
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Wessex Water pays £975,000 after sewage spills

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 12:07
Companies that polluted rivers and made environmental breaches will pay more than £2.2m to fund projects.
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Strikes on Northern and South Western rail over guards

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 10:55
Two of the country's biggest rail operators will offer reduced services due to strikes by workers.
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Bournemouth's Christmas Wonderland has a million light bulbs

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 00:33
A Christmas light trail in Bournemouth is made up of more than a million light bulbs
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Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan backed by residents

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:24

A local community is one step away from having an approved Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan backed by residents

A final version of the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the district council for examination and a referendum was held on whether to accept or reject the plan on 21 November.

Residents voted to accept the plan, with 82.5 per cent of votes cast in favour.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and agreed by the Neighbourhood Forum, 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 a neighbourhood plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

The Askerswell neighbourhood Plan will now be taken to West Dorset District Council’s Full Council, where members will decide whether to formally adopt the plan.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to bring a Neighbourhood Plan forward and have it backed by the local community. I look forward to presenting the plan to members and am confident of a positive outcome.”

View the full result of the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan referendum. 

View the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan online. A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

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One trader jailed and another fined for misleading vulnerable consumers

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:29

A Bournemouth trader who misled two vulnerable consumers when doing work at their homes in Dorset has been jailed for 22 months. Another trader working at the same addresses has also been fined for misleading the same two consumers in relation to other work. The prosecutions followed an investigation by trading standards officers from Dorset County Council.

Daniel Matthews, aged 50, of Wellington Road, Bournemouth, was found guilty at Southampton Crown Court on 24 October 2018 of dishonestly making false representations to a consumer near Dorchester that roofing work invoiced for was required to be done when it was not, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006. He was also found guilty of two other offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 of failing to provide information on that consumer’s right to cancel a contract and giving a misleading, excessive quote to another consumer in Swanage for insulating the underside of his roof with spray foam.

Matthews was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment at Southampton Crown Court on 22 November 2018 and ordered to pay £15,000 in costs and compensation.

At the trial the jury heard how, in September 2016, Matthews gave a deliberately inflated estimate to the Swanage consumer for foam insulation totalling £6,150.

In December 2016, Matthews ‘cold-called’ an 84 year-old consumer in Broadmayne, near Dorchester, and told him insulation put in just eight months previously was the wrong type and that the whole roof needed replacing and his superior foam insulation applied.

An associate of Matthews, Darren Carr, aged 50, of Victoria Road, Poole, was found guilty, at the same trial, of offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He also misled the same consumer from Broadmayne, Dorchester, by presenting a £12,500 invoice detailing work required to be done on the roof, which was not necessary. Mr Carr took a £3,000 deposit from the customer and it was only when a concerned neighbour intervened that the work was stopped.

He also knowingly or recklessly engaged in an unfair commercial practice when he installed a wood burner at the Swanage consumer’s home. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the unfair commercial practice of stating he was HETAS Registered on a business card given to a consumer. (HETAS is Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme.)

Carr was ordered to pay a £1750 fine and costs of £8,000 when both men were sentenced by Southampton Crown Court on 22 November.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member with lead responsibility for Trading Standards, said:

“Intervention by our trading standards officers is an important part of providing protection for vulnerable consumers from rogue traders but cases like these emphasis how vital it is for all of us to be alert to this sort of behaviour and to look out for our relatives and neighbours.”

Consumers who want to report unfair trading problems to trading standards, or to complain about any goods or services, should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

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Bournemouth v Arsenal

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:38
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Arsenal.
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Poole's Twin Sails Bridge to stay shut indefinitely

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:57
The Twin Sails Bridge has a technical fault and it is not known when it will be back in operation.
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The Upside Down House arrives in Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 00:32
An Upside Down House has come to Bournemouth where all the furniture is fixed to the ceiling.
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