£25,000 given to local causes in Dorchester and Bridport

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:23

Over £25,000 has been given to community organisations and charities in the Dorchester and Bridport areas. The income from car boot sales in Fairfield Car Park in Dorchester and West Bay Road car park in West Bay is collected by us. It is then paid in to the car boot funds. Community organisations in the areas are invited to apply for the funds. A panel of town and district councillors award the grants from the many applications received.

Pre-school clubs, sports clubs, youth projects, projects for people with disabilities or long term health related issues and projects tackling social isolation were among those that benefited from the funding.

Dorchester Grants

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Town Hall in Dorchester on Friday 14 September. There, they received certificates handed out by Cllr Mary Penfold and Cllr David Taylor [Mayor of Dorchester].

Cllr Mary Penfold, Chair of the Dorchester Markets Car Boot Fund said: “Every year the car boot sales raise a great deal of money for local organisations. We know that a little goes a long way for these groups that work so hard to make lives better for others.”

Who received what?

Volunteer Centre Dorset –  £500

Kushti Bok [A gypsy and traveller led organisations] – £100

1st Crossways Rainbows and Brownies – £350

Artsreach – £400

Broadmayne Scout group – £500

Charminster Pre-School – £238

Dorchester and District Amateur Boxing Club – £340

Dorchester Community Plays Association – £500

Dorchester Cricket Club – £400

Dorchester Disabled Club – £500

Dorchester Men’s Shed CIC – £175

Dorchester Municipal Charities – £500

Try This Dorchester – £400

Dorchester U3A – £132.30

Dorchester Youth and Community Centre – £500

Dorchester Youth Extra – £500

Dorchester Youth Theatre – £500

Dorset MIND – £500

Fizzy Boppers – £210

Friends of Dorchester West Station – £100

Home-Start West Dorset – £500

Mid Dorset Guide Association – £425

Piddlehinton United Football Club – £100

Relate Dorset and Wiltshire – £500

Ridgeway Community Radio CIC – £850

Rotary Club of Dorchester – £500

The Horse Course – £500

Transition Town Dorchester – £500

South West Dorset Multicultural Network – £500

West and Weymouth Domestic Abuse Forum – £500

Women’s Action Network – £500

Bridport Area

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Salt House in West Bay on Friday 12 October. There they received certificates handed out by the chair of the panel Cllr Keith Day.

Cllr Keith Day, ward member for Bridport North, said: “The celebration tea is a great way to speak with local groups and understand all the ways they are making a difference in their communities.”

Who received what?

Dementia Friendly Bridport – £1000

Read Easy-Bridport – £500

Pilsdon Community – £450

1st Charmouth Guides – £250

1st Charmouth Scout Group – £210

Bridport and District Citizens Advice Bureau – £500

Bridport Area Development Trust – £750

Bridport Bowling Club – £250

Bridport Gateway Club/West Dorset Mencap – £450

Bridport Musical Theatre Company – £320

Bridport Young Performers – £385

Bridport Youth Dance – £500

Dorset Blind Association – £500

Dorset MIND – £500

Heritage Coast Canoe Club – £500

Home-Start West Dorset – £500

Loders Youth Club – £500

Melplash Village Hall Charity – £350

Skills Training Bridport – £1000

The Burrough Harmony Centre – £700

The Living Tree – £1000

West Bay WI – £500

The grant programme is now closed. plans for 2019 will be released in the New Year.

More information about the fund is available here.

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Christchurch Borough Council to discuss Country Park proposals

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:56


Christchurch Councillors will be receiving a report at the Community Committee on Wednesday 21 November on proposals to develop a 15-hectare Country Park on land stretching from Two Riversmeet Golf Course down to Stanpit Recreation Ground.

The report sets out a number of aims for the park with a key focus being on reducing pressure on environmentally protected sites such as Heathlands and Stanpit Marsh, increasing biodiversity and wildlife corridors, and introducing more activities connected with healthy living, volunteering, and appreciation and protection of the environment.

Members will also receive information on how the proposals will be funded and how further stakeholder and community engagement will be carried out in order that the community can derive maximum benefit from the area, in harmony with protecting the environment.


Cllr Margaret Phipps, Chairman of the Community Committee, said: “The proposals are potentially very exciting and it’s not every day that a Council is able to embark on creating a new park. There is huge potential here for a great recreational space for residents, coupled with the opportunity to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Natural England have said that they are supportive of the Council’s approach to this project, and if  the Committee decides that this should go ahead, we must ensure that we maintain the correct balance of activities there so that local people can enjoy it without there being any harmful impacts on the environment.“

If approved the proposals will mean that the golf course adjacent to the Leisure Centre will be converted to public open space. The report highlights that the course currently only breaks even financially and that golf in the UK is overall experiencing a steady decline in players. However, it also points out that locally golfers have the option of being able to play at the Play Golf Centre which is also owned by the Council.

David Barnes, Strategic Director at Christchurch Borough Council, said: “There are not many local councils in the country who own two golf courses, so although golfers will lose Two Riversmeet they do have another facility on the doorstep. The Leisure Centre has over 1500 members and the Council have written to the 14 Members signed up exclusively for golf to inform them of the possibility that the course could be closed.  We hope they will join us in understanding the benefits to the wider community that opening up access to this area will mean in terms of more people enjoying the benefits of being close to nature, availability of a wider range of health and leisure activities, and the spectacular views.”

Should the Committee support the proposals a final decision will need to be made at the Full Council meeting in December with the further aim of the Council carrying out a launch event in March 2018.

You can view the agenda and papers here

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Badger culling has 'modest' effect in cutting cattle TB

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:12
An independent scientific review says badger culling can have a modest effect in reducing cattle TB.
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Port security 'resourced to fail', inspectors told

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:27
Illegal immigrants may be exploiting staff shortages at south coast ports, a report suggests.
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Shadow Executive Committee lends support for Peninsula regeneration

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:38

Today (Monday 12 November 2018) Shadow Dorset Council’s Executive Committee endorsed the decision to progress with phase one of the Peninsula regeneration scheme.

Weymouth Peninsula development supported

The project seeks to deliver a leisure-led development which will strengthen Weymouth’s leisure and tourism offer and create a year-round destination. Phase one includes; a 100-room hotel, a pub/diner with rooms, improvements to public space, a walkway around the site, and harbourside improvements. All-weather, year-round leisure attractions, marine facilities and restaurants are proposed in phase two.

Support was given for all of the recommendations – including approval for the business case, funding arrangements, and demolition of the former ferry terminal building. The business case for phase one has previously been considered and approved by; Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Harbour Management Board, Management Committee, and Full Council.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said:

“It’s fantastic that our regeneration aspirations for Weymouth have been supported by the Shadow Dorset Council Executive Committee. Today’s decision to support phase one of the Peninsula development is a massive step forward in bringing the town into the twenty first century.

“The redevelopment of the Peninsula will create a new and exciting destination that will complement nearby attractions, as well as enticing new visitor demographics and improving the harbour offering. Increased footfall driven by the peninsula and a greater reputation as an excellent year-round holiday resort will seek to benefit the town immensely.

“We are one step closer to the creation of a legacy site that will benefit many generations to come and we look forward to receiving planning committee’s decision for outline planning consent at the end of this month.”

The next steps

The outline planning application is due to be received by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee on November 28. As the project progresses there will be an opportunity for local residents and the community to have their say and share their views on the detailed plans for the site.

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Camp Bestival offers refunds after 2018 weather cancellation

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:37
Refunds for the July event were delayed after the festival went into administration, organisers say.
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Southeastern and Greater Anglia want more women train drivers

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:05
Kelly-Joe Ballard says she loves the job as two train operators say just 5% of their drivers are women.
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Why should you come to the Dorchester Town Centre Master Plan Events next week?

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:41

We are inviting local residents and businesses to comment on the development of a Dorchester town centre master plan. Pop in to the Council offices at South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ at any time to view the work in progress on the following dates:

  • Thursday 15 November – 6pm to 9pm       presentations by Feria Urbanism at 6:30pm and 8pm
  • Friday 16 November – 10am to 4pm           presentations at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
  • Saturday 17 November – 10am to 1pm     PResentations at 10:30am and 12pm

Getting a picture of the public’s aspirations

Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We are delighted to invite members of the public to the consultations on the master plan. The aim of these events is to get a picture of the public’s aspirations for the future of Dorchester town centre. Whilst decisions about some sites have already been made by members of West Dorset District Council, this consultation will give the public the opportunity to see what is coming up in the short term and also what possible ideas could be considered for the longer term.”

Joint working our priority

The master plan aims to take a comprehensive approach to the future of the town centre.  Organisations will need to work together and this is why an overarching town centre master plan is important. The master plan will address:

  • public realm and signage
  • parking
  • environmental impacts
  • accessibility
  • key development sites

Digital Survey

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to come – or wish to submit your comments at a later stage – we are developing a digital survey. This survey will ask you questions that you would have seen at the event. We will be publishing this survey later this week.

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Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 06:08
Campaigners accuse the government of telling "bare faced lies" about the effectiveness of badger culls.
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Remembrance parades in Purbeck 2018

Dorset Council News Feed - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:59

Lytchett Matravers – 10.45am – procession to the War Memorial with an Act of Remembrance 10.55-11.15.

Lytchett Minster -10.45am – Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, followed by Remembrance Service at Parish Church.

Sandford – Parade, 10.30am from the old Royal British Legion in Keysworth Drive to the Sandford Primary School.

Swanage – 111.00am, a two-minute silence at the war memorial. Remembrance Parade, from Shore Road at 2pm. A church service at St Mary’s at 2.30pm.

Wareham – Parade, 10.30am from Town Hall.

Beacon lighting – 7pm, the Quay, Wareham.


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The teenager and the tank: How my ancestor was a WW1 hero

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 00:21
This 16-year-old got a glimpse of what life was like fighting in a tank during the First World War.
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Dorset portfolio funding bid progresses to next stage

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:50

An ambitious portfolio bid to Round 5 of Government’s Coastal Communities Fund has progressed a stage further this week, being invited to proceed to the second stage of the application process.

The ‘Gateways to business growth in Dorset’ bid, which is being led by Dorset Coast Forum, involves projects in Swanage, Weymouth, Portland and Lyme Regis, and will now be worked up in detail ready for the next stage of assessment in January 2019. The portfolio aims to improve four key business areas by making enhancements which will benefit local businesses, encourage new businesses to the area and increase tourism.

Natalie Poulter, Dorset Coast Forum Co-ordinator said: “We’re really pleased that Dorset’s portfolio has been selected to go forward to the next stage of the process. This fund is very competitive and our selection shows the strength of the broad concepts and the strong track record Dorset has for making the most of the funding we’ve received previously. We’d like to thank all our partners for helping to get the bid this far.

“It’s important that these projects are worked up with consultation and input from a wide range of stakeholders and the different community groups at in each area. We are looking forward to working with all those relevant groups in the coming weeks to help us get the final submission right for the communities involved.”

If successful, ‘Gateways to business growth in Dorset’ would bring an additional grant of £2.36 million to Dorset, matched by almost £2 million additional funding from a range of other sources. The portfolio’s projects include:

  • Swanage Coastal Enhancement project – improvements to the main shopping street and the seafront
  • Weymouth Station Gateway – enhancing the public realm at Weymouth train station for visitor welcome, traffic and sustainable transport infrastructure and links to businesses
  • Portland Gateway Enhancement – improving public realm and highways infrastructure at Victoria Square
  • Lyme Regis/Charmouth Enhancement Project – an access ramp at Charmouth and improved public realm at Lyme Regis

The team will submit the detailed application to CCF in January 2019 and expect to hear whether or not it has been successful in April 2019.

The Coastal Communities Fund is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to support projects which generate jobs and invest in regenerating England’s seaside towns and countryside. Dorset Coast Forum has a strong track record for delivering projects such as this, and is currently delivering Dorset Coastal Connections, a £5.6million portfolio from the previous round of the same fund.

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Jaiden Mangan: Car driver admits Wareham death charges

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:19
Jaiden Mangan died a day before his fourth birthday after being hit by a lorry in Wareham.
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Newcastle United v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:01
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Newcastle United and Bournemouth.
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Callum Wilson: Bournemouth striker has overcome 'incredible setbacks'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:05
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has had to overcome some "incredible setbacks" on his way to becoming Gareth Southgate's latest recruit.
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North Dorset Business Day 2018

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:24

The North Dorset Business Day is back on Friday 16 November. Our Economic Development team fund and run this event.

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Regeneration said: “Our aim is to support and guide SMEs, start-ups and the self-employed on their business journey. It promises to be packed with networking opportunities and business support!”

Exhibit or Visiting?

The North Dorset Business Day is here to progress your business at a local level. Having a presence at The Business Day will give you exposure to an audience of aspiring, developing and expanding companies. It also offers the opportunity to sell your products and services to a targeted audience of businesses.

And why should you attend? Read our 5 key reasons for attending as a visitor! 

Workshops for businesses on the day 

Two separate 45 minute workshops will be running throughout the morning…

Making Tax Digital – Workshop 1

An overview of the implications of tax going digital for businesses from 2019. What does Making Tax Digital mean for the millions of small businesses in the UK? April 2019 could herald one of the biggest changes to your small business! Find out:

  • What is Making Tax Digital
  • What do I need to consider today and what plans should I make
  • How can I gain a competitive advantage from this digital disruption
  • What benefits will my business, employees and customers see
Grants and Finance – Workshop 2

This is an opportunity for Dorset businesses to find out more about the funds available to them. Are you considering an application for finance? Or are you seeking to enhance your financing knowledge? Find out:

  • Types of Grants: Where they fit, what they can offer. Criteria and eligibility. How to write a successful application.
  • Types of Finance: Where they can fit. What they can offer.

“I made lots of new contacts!”

“Just wanted to say thank you for organising yet another great business event. It’s so good to see the diversity of business in North Dorset”.

“I made lots of new contacts, have had 4 enquiries, found a new employee, so it was amazing”.

“Thank you for organising another successful day and I really enjoyed it. As ever, well organised and set up”.


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Dog wardens win RSPCA award

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:15

Dog wardens in West Dorset, North Dorset and Weymouth and Portland have won recognition from the RSPCA for providing a ‘gold standard’ in animal welfare for their stray dog service.

 Dog wardens win RSPCA award

North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Councils’ dog wardens have achieved a 2018 Gold Stray Dog Footprint from the leading animal charity.

This is the third year running that they have achieved the award, which is part of the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) Awards. The award recognises that the three councils’ stray dog service provides excellent animal welfare.

Cllr Michael Roake, Environment Portfolio Holder for North Dorset District Council, said: “Congratulations to our dog wardens, it is great that the RSPCA has recognised their hard work and dedication to improving animal welfare.”

Cllr Alan Thacker, Community Safety & Access Portfolio Holder for West Dorset District Council, said: “Our dog wardens deserve this award and I am delighted that their excellent work has been recognised. They do so much more than deal with fouling and it is great that the RSPCA has recognised their commitment to animal welfare.”

Cllr Mike Byatt, Community Safety Brief holder for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that the work of our dog wardens has been recognised nationally. Their work is vital for our community and this award is very well-deserved.”

Members of the dog warden team will be attending the CAWF Winners Reception in London on 27 November to celebrate their achievements alongside the other winners.

Notes to Editors

The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) Awards cover four areas that have some impact on animal welfare. They are:

  • stray dog services
  • housing
  • contingency planning
  • animal establishments licensing

Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively more demanding criteria. Successful entrants will receive a CAWF gold, silver or bronze logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage, as well as a certificate.

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Callum Wilson & Wayne Rooney called up by England for USA game

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 14:56
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson receives his first senior international call-up for England's matches against USA and Croatia.
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Blandford councillor's apology over 'n-word' remark

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 14:48
The town council in Dorset says it is seeking training after the word was said during a meeting.
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Veterans' Forge metalwork project in Corfe Castle burgled

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:54
Burglars stole £4,000 worth of tools that were being used to build a beacon for Armistice Day.
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