Bournemouth: Maxim Demin's company assumes full ownership

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:33
Russian businessman Maxim Demin's company takes full ownership of Bournemouth.
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Dog unhurt after 100ft Dorset cliffs fall

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:54
Dinky the Staffordshire bull terror slipped its lead before falling over the cliffs at Swanage.
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Sandbanks Ferry resumes reduced service after breakdown

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:59
The Sandbanks Ferry has only run for two days since October because of a series of mechanical problems.
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Teenage girl rescued from mud on Jurassic Coast

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:06
Emergency teams formed a chain to pass her up a steep bank on a stretcher to safety.
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Police officers suspended for years during misconduct investigations

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:03
One officer said she tried to take her own life while waiting more than three years for a hearing.
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Bournemouth A338 Spur Road: Speed cameras installed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 15:55
There will be overnight lane closures while some of the cameras are installed.
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Man 'seriously hurt in fall from Bridport roof'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 13:08
Detectives are investigating how he was injured and whether anyone else was involved.
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Protest against Poole Bay oil rig

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 13:34
A temporary oil platform is being brought in by sea and will be used to explore oil reserves.
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Historic lifeboat images go on show at Poole Museum

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 00:05
Volunteers cleaned, scanned and repackaged nearly 1,000 fragile glass plates dating back 150 years.
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Driver jailed after mother lost unborn baby in Somerton crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:47
A woman, who lost her unborn baby, and her daughter were also injured in the crash caused by Stuart Wells.
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'Smart drugs' seized in Bournemouth medicine raids

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:41
Two people are arrested after investigators seize medicines, including narcolepsy drug modafinil.
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Hillsborough fans 'begged police to save them'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:44
A former police officer tells a court a young fan begged him to save those trapped in the crush.
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Bere Regis A35 death: Two men charged over crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:24
One man died and four others were seriously injured in the three-car crash on the A35 in July.
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Hares in Essex and Dorset found with rabbit virus

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 00:05
It is the first time this particular strain of the disease has been found in hares in Britain.
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Dundee United: Bournemouth teenager Charlie Seaman signs on loan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 18:51
Dundee United sign "exciting" teenage Bournemouth defender Charlie Seaman on loan until the end of the season.
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End of an era: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra thanks Dorset County Council for 50 years of vital support

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:43

Dorset County Council has celebrated its last event as an authority with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Councillors were invited to a performance featuring internationally recognised pianist Benjamin Grosvenor at Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday 23 January to acknowledge the authority’s continued support over the last 50 years.

Left to right: Dougie Scarfe, BSO chief executive; Cllr Hilary Cox, DCC chairman; Terence O’Rourke MBE, BSO chairman

The county council will cease to exist on 30 March as all the county, district and borough councils in Dorset move to becoming two unitary authorities – one in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and one for rural Dorset.

The council’s financial support for the BSO over the years has helped the orchestra to run various community outreach projects, including:

  • A dementia-friendly programme at Dorset County Hospital
  • BSO Resound – a disabled-led ensemble and a world first for a professional symphony orchestra
  • Dorset Youth Chamber Orchestra

Both council and orchestra have been keen to ensure classical music reaches as many people in the community as possible.

Resound – the professional ensemble made up of disabled musicians – is a world-first initiative that has gone from strength to strength, and this year BSO Chief Executive Dougie Scarfe is taking the model to America with the message that everyone can benefit from music in their lives.

Dougie said: “It was a pleasure and an honour to host and thank Dorset County Council for its remarkable support of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years and to share a united passion to continue putting culture at the heart of our communities.”

Chairman of the county council, Cllr Hilary Cox thanked the BSO for its contribution to Dorset:

“This work really inspires and touches people of all ages – residents and visitors alike.

“And the work that the BSO does in smaller groups of musicians in the many community and school settings around the county is so important. Bringing music to people who can no longer, or cannot easily, access it is an example of the true passion for and commitment to local people that this orchestra has.

“On behalf of the county council, I would like to thank the BSO for all its support for the people of Dorset over the many years that the council has had such a warm relationship with it, and to wish the orchestra all the very best for its continuing success through great music, innovation, finding new ways to reach people of all ages across the county and being such a good, responsive and respected partner.”

It is hoped that this continued partnership will continue to thrive between the BSO and the new Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

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5 things you need to know about the upcoming sea defence work at West Bay

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:43

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.

On Thursday 17 January, West Dorset District Council Planning Committee unanimously approved the proposal to install new sea defences at East Beach and West Beach.

1. Why are sea defence works needed?

The beach defences protect 148 residential properties, 112 commercial properties and caravans at Parkdean Holiday Park. Waves over-topping the Esplanade at West Beach caused significant flooding of properties and utilities in 2014. Each winter, stormy seas damage East Beach. To address this, a more robust defence against flooding and risk of breaching is needed.

2. How have we come up with the scheme?

West Dorset District Council, the Environment Agency and other key agencies have worked closely together and with the public through several local consultations facilitated by Dorset Coast Forum. We aimed to come up with the best scheme to provide defences for the whole of West Bay.

3. What is going to be done and when?
  • West Beach – building of a new, low wall at the back of the Esplanade     FEBRUARY – JUNE 2019 
  • East Beach – installation of a buried solid rock core       APRIL – JUNE 2019 
  • West Beach – construction of a new rock groyne     APRIL – JUNE 2019 
  • West Beach – importing extra beach shingle         MAY – JUNE 2019 
  • Improvements to the River Brit bank along Parkdean Holiday Park have been designed and are included in the planning submission. [It is hoped these improvements will go ahead later, once funding has been agreed between the council and its tenant. These will then take place over the winter period November 2019 – February 2020]

The contractor’s main site compound will be on the car park behind East Beach. A secondary compound will be located at West Beach. There will be restricted areas for public access at each beach during construction, and these will be clearly signposted. Beach marshalls will be recruited from the local community to assist with managing public access and maintaining public safety at all times.

4. Who is paying for it?

£5m of the funding is being provided by central government under the DEFRA Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid. WDDC is providing £3m. £1m has been granted from Local Levy by the Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee.

5. What will be the impact for local residents, businesses and visitors?

Major construction will take place starting in February 2019 and substantially completing by July 2019. We recognise the importance of the holiday trade to local businesses. Our contractors will liaise with those directly affected to ensure minimum disruption.

Construction works will not take place during the 6 peak summer weeks from late July through August. Ancillary works, landscaping and site demobilisation will be completed by late October.

Large rocks will be delivered by barges to the beaches in April, and we believe these activities will be of great spectator interest. The rock deliveries will be governed by tide times and we are working on the schedule of this element of the project right now. We will communicate the tide times and what will happen as soon as these are confirmed.

Beach closures

There will be a two-week period in March/April when both beaches must be closed for safety reasons. Once we know exactly when these dates are [as there are factors that will indicate the precise dates that are as yet unknown] we will communicate them clearly.

Every effort will be taken during construction to minimise disruption, noise and dust. Site notices will be erected displaying contact information if members of the public need to make contact.

Vital works to ensure safety of the community

The team regrets that some inconvenience may be caused to the community and members of the public for this relatively short period of time.  However, the works are vital to ensure the safety of residents and local businesses who are at continued risk from floods and also the continued economic viability of West Bay.

Cllr John Russell, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection and Assets, said: “For safe tidal working in the marine environment, it is necessary to carry out these beach works outside the stormy autumn/winter period.

“Inevitably, that means some inconvenience during those seasons when we all want to be ‘on the beach’. We understand that, and will do everything practically possible to minimise public loss of enjoyment of West Bay’s wonderful beaches. We are also aware of local events such as the power boat racing that we will halt our works for.”

Significant investment in West Bay

Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “These flood defences works are part of an exciting multi-million pound investment in to the infrastructure and public realm in West Bay. We have some significant projects taking place.

These include three Coastal Community Funded projects which are part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio:

  • An enhanced seating and community space/welcome hub
Site of the new welcome hub
  • A new boardwalk to allow easier and safer access to the top of the East Beach shingle bank

    Start location for the boardwalk for East Beach

  • Improved cycle access on the existing bridleway between West Bay and Bothenhampton.

    Cycle path to be improved and widened

“We also recently invested a considerable sum improving the car parks, too.”

Internationally important World Heritage site

West Bay is internationally important for its World Heritage Site (Jurassic Coast), Chesil Beach and other environmental designations. We have taken great care in working  closely with the conservation and heritage organisations. These include Natural England, Jurassic Coast Team, Historic England, the Marine Management Organisation as well as Dorset County Council. We’ve obtained all the necessary permissions to ensure the works are carried out safely and with minimum disruption. The local community, wildlife and the environment are our priority throughout these works.


We are currently planning an exhibition that will showcase all of the above information. We will have engineers and project managers on hand to talk through the works and to answer any questions you may have. We will communicate the dates of this exhibition shortly.

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Further man charged over Farnborough Airport cocaine seizure

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:22
The man has been charged in connection with a 500kg cocaine haul that was found on a private jet.
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MP refers Bournemouth A338 junction plan to government

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:25
Bournemouth council is days away from deciding whether to approve its own plans for a new junction.
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Driver killed in Bridport crash with car and van

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 07:30
Police say the 74-year-old man died at the scene on the A35 near Bridport on Wednesday evening.
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