New bike, scooter and skateboard track planned for Weymouth

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:50

A new track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, which is the first of its kind in Britain, will be installed in Weymouth. 

New bike, skateboard and scooter track planned

Plans to install the new pump-track at Wyke Regis Playing Fields are underway and should be completed by the end of this year.

The 40 metre long pump-track facility will be suitable for bikes, scooters and skateboards and will provide a safe place for these to be used. The maintenance free pump-track will replace the current mud mounds which over the years have become unstable and not fit for purpose.

The pump-track will be installed by the company, Maverick, which specialises in the design and creation of spray concrete skate parks. It will be the first time a council has provided an outdoor, free to use, standalone pump track in the United Kingdom.

If weather permits, work will start at the end of November and it is hoped that the pump-track will be ready in time for the Christmas holidays.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This is a really exciting project, especially as it will be the first of its kind to be installed in the United Kingdom!

“There has been great demand for a facility where children can ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards safely. I think it is so important to provide these facilities to encourage people to be active and get outdoors. I am really looking forward to seeing the end result.”

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The Haunting Soldier sculpture vandalised in Dublin

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:32
'The Haunting Soldier' was on display in Dublin to mark the end of World War One.
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Exciting times as Weymouth through to the final round of bidding for Coastal Community Funding    

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:23

The Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project has reached the competitive second – and final – stage of the application process for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund [CCF]. The bid was submitted on behalf of the Weymouth Coastal Community team (CCT) by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and the community-led Weymouth Development Area Trust.

Weymouth’s Coastal Community team includes the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, Weymouth Bid, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Weymouth Area Development Trust, Weymouth College and other business representatives.

Competitive second stage of application process

The bid to the CCF is in the region of £3.5m. CCF was created by central government to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities. It allocates funding to boost sustainable economic growth and jobs.

The Weymouth Area Development Trust and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are looking forward to a busy few months putting the bid together, to be submitted in January. If successful, the money awarded would provide a boost to Weymouth’s economy in a variety of ways.

If successful the grant would help to fund the following:

o   A multi-purpose harbour building, which would include:

  • a Centre of Excellence for Small Medium Enterprise on the Quay – including employment and co-working space, a café or kitchen and bookable training spaces and meeting rooms
  • facilities for boat crews
  • accessible space for boat charter businesses to brief day trippers, deep sea anglers and divers
  • secure storage and facilities for the Harbour Authority
  • state of the art training facilities attracting maritime, marine and other industry students
  • repaired and strengthened harbour walls
And attract more visitors to the Town with:
  • new pontoons to improve and extend access to fishing and other boats
  • a pedestrian walkway around the Peninsula
  • fishing improvements

This is a great opportunity to provide sustainable opportunities for small businesses in Weymouth and support our rich maritime community.

Vision for the town

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said:

“We and the Coastal Communities Team have been working closely with key figures in the Ministry for Communities, Housing, and Local Government for over two years. This is a really positive development on our bid following a very encouraging visit by Jake Berry MP the Minister responsible for the Coastal Communities Fund earlier this year.

“If approved, this funding will make a significant contribution to our plans for the regeneration of this site and our wider vision for the renewal of Weymouth and Portland as a key all year round leisure destination. This is a vital part of the legacy the Council must focus on as it approaches becoming part of the new Unitary Council. I look forward to a positive decision in 2019.”

“Great chance for Weymouth!”

Chris Wilson CEO Weymouth Area Development Trust on behalf of the Weymouth CCT, said: “The Weymouth CCT have worked hard to get Weymouth in with a fighting chance of attracting this funding into the Town. We have been successful because we have been able to show that the Town is working together on this. The council and the team will all be working our socks off to put the Stage 2 bid together in time for the January deadline. This is a great chance for Weymouth!”

Excellent boost to the economy

Andrew Knowles. President of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, said: “Supporting local economic growth and encouraging enterprise is central to the vision of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber. We will continue to work with our partners in the Weymouth Coastal Community team to maximise our chance of achieving £3.5 million pounds of investment. Once secured, this funding will provide an excellent boost to the economy of the area and benefit many local businesses.”

“Working together to make things better”

Claudia Moore, Chief Operations Officer of the Weymouth BID, said: “As part of Weymouth BID’s commitment to a joined up approach in the development of the town, we are delighted at the progress of the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project bid. Attracting investment in the look of the Town, increasing support to our local businesses and improving the visitor experience are all things our Levy payers want. We are working together to make things better.”

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Weymouth Town Council proposals agreed in principle

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:30

On Monday 19 November Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee approved proposals to transfer services and assets to Weymouth Town Council.

Weymouth from above. Picture credit Geoff Moore

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will cease to exist next year as part of plans to reorganise local government in Dorset.

Without the setup of a new town council for Weymouth, all of the borough council’s functions, services and assets will transfer to Dorset Council on 1 April 2019.

The committee approved of proposals to transfer services and associated assets covering the following areas:

  • Greenspaces
  • Public Conveniences
  • Beach and Esplanade
  • Community Development
  • Property (including the current borough council headquarters at Commercial Road)
  • Civic Activities

However the committee agreed Weymouth Museum would transfer to the new unitary council rather than the town council.

The committee also agreed in principle requests to transfer functions and assets to Portland Town Council including:

  • Greenspaces
  • Public Conveniences
  • Clocks and monuments

However further talks will take place between Shadow Weymouth Town Council and Portland Town Council about the transfer of civic regalia.

Read the committee reports to see full details of the assets and services considered.

Agreement only in principle

Cllr Alison Reed, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council briefholder for Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement said:

“Monday’s meeting was about making sure that we agree in principle the functions and assets the new town council will be responsible for.

“While nothing has been formally agreed yet, having a general consensus means that further detailed plans for the new council can be worked on.

“This includes setting a budget for the new town council, and the level of council tax.”

Next steps

The proposals and Management Committee comments from will be considered by Dorset Council’s Shadow Executive Committee.

The final reports will go to the borough council’s Management Committee in January 2019, followed by Shadow Dorset Executive and WPBC Full Council in January.

The final decision about the transfer of assets and functions to Portland Town Council  will be made by WPBC Full Council in January 2019.

Want to know more? Read 11 things you need to know about Weymouth Town Council .

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Mayor of Dorchester shares fostering experience

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:26

The Mayor of Dorchester has opened up about growing up in care to encourage more people in Dorset to foster children.

District and town councillor David Taylor went into care aged three after his mother had a breakdown. He stayed in the system until, aged eight, his father collected him and his younger sister.

He found himself back in care just two years later, aged 10, after his father “disappeared off on a plane to Australia to be a £10 Pom”.

David said: “Social workers came to my school to tell me he’d gone, and we were bounced around a bit.”

Yet David, now 55, says he and his sister don’t bear either of his parents ill feelings: “We are both achievers. We made friends with mum, and remained good friends until her death. It was a massive blow when she died. We were in contact with dad until he died too, not long after mum.

“We had several foster carers over the years, as well as being in children’s homes, and the importance of these good people for children in care cannot be understated.”

Dorset County Council’s children’s services are facing tightly stretched budgets at the moment, and the council wants to recruit more foster carers to reduce the number of high-cost agency placements. Generous fees and allowances have been put in place, and a solid network of support has been created to help people from all walks of life become foster carers.

David, who has been with his partner Martin for 20 years and married him in 2015, met many of Dorset’s foster families at the county council’s recent Children in Care Awards. He said: “The care awards were phenomenal – to meet all the families who had taken the plunge, to feel the love and warmth in that room.

“It was a great sensation, and it felt good that I was able to say to them: I really understand, because I’ve been there.

“I strongly agree with foster care – you can’t give a child in care a better life than that. It’s vitally important we get more people to consider fostering. It’s a paid vocation, but it’s so much more than that. It can make all the difference to a child’s future. I’ve turned out OK, after all.”

Foster carers can be any age over 21, but must have a spare room. They can live in rented, owned or council homes and be any gender. They can be single or in a relationship of any sexuality.

To find out more visit Dorset’s fostering pages.

Aternatively, you can get in touch with the team by emailing or calling 01305 225568.

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The making of Eddie Howe

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 06:45
Eddie Howe has taken Bournemouth from the edge of non-league to the brink of the Champions League. He talks in depth about how he has done it – and what lies ahead.
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Christchurch council refuses permission for new coffee shop

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 01:00
Councillors in Christchurch said there were already too many coffee shops in the town.
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Dorchester Town Centre master plan – digital survey launched

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 16:42

Last week, we invited local residents and businesses to comment on the development of a Dorchester town centre master plan. If you were unable to attend – or perhaps have further thoughts after the event – we have developed an online survey for you to comment.

The survey asks for your comments in relation to the information given at the consultation events. You can review the document as a whole or choose to read individual sections which are provided with each question.

Please click here to complete the survey.

The survey closes on Sunday 9 December.

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Cancer 'cure' distributed in household flasks

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:09
Vials sent around the world were packed in flasks in a Bournemouth garage, a court hears.
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BCP council logos 'appalling' and 'terrible' say critics

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:06
One councillor said the designs looked like they had been "knocked up by a five-year-old".
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Driver seen 'tailgating' shortly before fatal crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:05
Dr Darran Venn died when his car collided with a BMW 5 Series driven by John Joe Darch.
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Manhole erupts in flames on Bournemouth footpath

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:40
Firefighters tackled the street blaze after an underground electrical box exploded in flames.
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Adam Smith: Bournemouth defender out for three months

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:12
Bournemouth defender Adam Smith is out for up to three months after undergoing surgery to repair cartilage damage on his right knee.
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Paul Gascoigne charged with sex assault on Durham train

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:12
Football legend Paul Gascoigne was arrested at Durham station in August.
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Dorset to benefit from share of £1.3 million of funding for domestic abuse services

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:40

£1.3m has been secured to help tackle domestic abuse across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Dorset County Council is supporting Hart District Council in leading on an innovative project bid to prevent domestic abuse and support victims across the region, securing £1,297,125 of funding.

The funding has been awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to:

  • introduce new initiatives focused on early intervention
  • break down barriers faced by those in our most hard to reach communities
  • support people experiencing domestic abuse and keep them safe in their homes

This new funding means that the success of Dorset’s Isolated Communities Engagement Project provided by the You Trust will continue to operate in the county for another 18 months. Learnings from the project will be shared with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

New initiatives that will be adopted through the fund include early intervention in hospitals, GP surgeries and other community health care settings and increasing the number of specialist refuge bed spaces locally.

Dorset will also learn from Hampshire’s Making Safe Scheme, which provides security measures to homes of people threatened by domestic abuse to help keep them safe.

Cllr Steve Butler, Cabinet member for Safeguarding said:

“We are pleased to have secured this funding to help people affected by domestic abuse in Dorset.

“It’s important that vulnerable people are reached early. I’m pleased that we are taking on new initiatives from Hampshire, as well as sharing our work with them. This is proving to be making a difference in helping to keep people safe across our communities.”

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said: “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families. It is our duty to ensure survivors can seek help by providing the support they need to restart their lives.

“This fund will ensure local authorities and charities can provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home.”

Partners involved include: East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the You Trust.

Anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse can contact the confidential, free 24 hour helpline on 0800 032 5204 or by visiting these help pages.

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Computer help at a pace that suits you

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:42

A Weymouth woman says free one-to-one help using the internet has changed her life.

Heather signed up for digital skills training after hearing about it in the local media.

After three 60-minute sessions with Digital Champion Mike Watson at Weymouth Library Heather is already confident enough to manage email, use search engines and shop online.

Heather said: “I had been looking for quite a while, but there was nowhere to go for lessons unless you went to college . . . and I didn’t want that.”

The one-to-one help Mike is providing under a programme called Connecting People Weymouth means he can support Heather at a comfortable pace and make sure she really understands what she is doing.

“With Mike’s help I have just bought my first thing online – a travel steam iron. In the past I have been a bit frightened of the money side of things and using cards online. But I paid for it using PayPal and it was no hassle,” she said.

“When I came to Mike I had around 400 emails and most of them were no use. He has taught me how to keep on top of it all. It’s easy when you know how.

“It’s changed things for me. Mike is brilliant and very patient. I love that it’s so personal – much better than in a classroom of people.”

Digital Champion Mike said: “There are a lot of unused devices out there that people have bought or been given by a well-meaning relative.

“Unlike a family member, we aren’t looking to show how fast we can do something. We have infinite patience and are happy to explain or show something 10 or 20 times if necessary.

“People know they can get better deals online, but they are frightened of making a mistake or breaking something. We show people how to do it safely.”

Dorset’s councils have 50 Digital Champion volunteers like Mike spread across the county. They can show people how to use a computer, tablet or smartphone to save money, keep in touch with friends and family and more.

Call Dorset County Council on 01305 221048 and we’ll answer any questions about the support available and get you started. The help is completely free.

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London Waterloo: South Western Railway delays as engineering works overrun

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:46
Passengers face travel misery as services into both Victoria and Waterloo stations are disrupted.
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'Why I ran away from foster care when I was 12'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 01:02
More than 10,000 young people went missing from the local authority care system in England in 2017.
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Woman raped in Dorchester town centre alleyway

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:54
A 22-year-old man, from Weymouth, is arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack in Dorchester.
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Cash stolen during Betfred Bournemouth armed raid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 10:42
The offender, described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, escaped with more than £2,000.
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