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Students will be able to get to college

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:15

Dorset County Council has found a solution to transporting students to Yeovil College following the change in the timetable for Service 40.

Working with Yeovil College and the county council has donated a minibus to the college, through a community transport fund, so that students from Bridport, Beaminster, Misterton and Broadwindsor can attend their courses.

Cllr Daryl Turner, county council Cabinet member for natural and built environment , said:

“I am very pleased we have been able to work together as a community to find a solution for these students.

“The bus has been donated on the understanding that this service will continue to transport Dorset students.”

Yeovil college will manage the timetable, and this will start on 12 November. The college has already informed students that transport is not available this week and told them that if they could not make their own way in they were to contact their tutors who would provide them with work for home study.

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23 apartments given green light in Weymouth

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:02

The conversion of a vacant building into 23 apartments has been given the go-ahead by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

Avon Lea conversion – Weymouth

The scheme involves the conversion and extension of the former Avon Lea Nursing home on Dorchester Road. The development will include a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“I am pleased that this development has been supported by the committee. This approval will contribute towards our five year land supply target and provide much needed homes in the area.

Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing said:

“Its good news that this development has been given the green light. The council is working hard to bring the development of more homes forward though our Opening Doors Programme.

“As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is already giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register and provide us with even greater information.”

Find out more about Opening Doors or sign up to the Home Ownership Register and receive regular housing development updates in your area.

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CPS slammed over victim letter errors

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:20
Inspectors found letters had spelling errors, incorrect information or were sent to the wrong person.
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Local council is shortlisted in three categories for national awards

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:24

Two projects and an individual from Dorset County Council have been shortlisted for the national LGC Awards 2019. These are:

  • An innovative ecological approach to highway verge management in Dorset has been shortlisted in the Environmental Services category
  • Working in partnership to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Dorset coast has been shortlisted in the Public/Private Partnerships category.
  • Kate Tunks, transport planning team leader, at the county council has been shortlisted in the Rising Star category

LGC editor Nick Golding said:

“The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts.

“The officers and councilors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive in the era of austerity.”

The next step is to complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel that is made up of senior and influential figures within local government.

The winners of the LGC Awards will then be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 13 March 2019 at Grosvenor House, London.

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Oil exploration drilling planned in Poole Bay

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:06
Corallian Energy hopes to erect a temporary oil platform before drilling an "appraisal well".
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90 new homes set for Lodden Lakes, Gillingham

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:57

A total of 90 new homes in Gillingham have been given approval by Councillors at North Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

Lodden Lakes development site – Gillingham

The development, on Land to the East of Lodden Lakes, was given outline consent in May 2015. This latest application presented the detailed design elements of the development.

Once completed, the development will provide a total of 18 affordable homes, including:

  • 2 one-bedroom flats
  • 11 two-bedroom flats
  • 2 two-bedroom homes
  • 3 three-bedroom homes

Of the total 90 homes, the development will include:

  • 2 one-bedroom flats
  • 11 two-bedroom flats
  • 6 two-bedroom homes
  • 54 three-bedroom homes
  • 17 four-bedroom homes

Cllr David Walsh, North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“I am pleased the applicant has reflected feedback received through five years of community engagement and feedback with local stakeholders into the scheme. Now approved, I look forward to work starting on this first phase of the Southern Extension which will total 1,800 homes. We have worked hard to get to this stage where we can finally build the houses we desperately need.”

Amy Nash, Land Manager at Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, comments:

“This application is an exciting step forward and shows our commitment to delivering high-quality new-build homes in Gillingham.

“We are very happy to have been given the green light so that we can progress with our plans for Gillingham Meadows and make significant contributions toward the community infrastructure of Gillingham.”

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Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“This approval is good news for the area and for our Opening Doors Programme.

“As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is already giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register and provide us with even greater information.”

Find out more about Opening Doors or sign up to the Home Ownership Register and receive regular housing development updates in your area.

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Fraud accused colonel's neighbours 'did not see him'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:27
Col Roddy Lee is accused of fraudulently claiming £98,000 to send his children to public school.
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False claims log burner trader fined

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:56

A trader from Somerset who made false claims to consumers about his competence and approval to fit wood burners has been prosecuted. This followed investigations by trading standards officers when a Weymouth consumer complained about problems with a wood burner they had installed at their home.

26-year-old Daniel Park from Crewkerne was prosecuted by Dorset County Council and pleaded guilty at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 5 November 2018 to three offences of publishing misleading claims: one under the Fraud Act 2006 and two under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

While trading as ‘Flaming Burners’ in March 2017 Mr Park admitted to dishonestly making a false representation on his business’s Facebook page that he was registered with HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing Approvals Scheme) and OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) – both organisations that help ensure the safety and quality of various heating installations. He also admitted misleading consumers with a further false claim that he was a member of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) and that in April last year he made a misleading statement on his website that was a registered installer which allowed him to sign off his own wood burner installations.

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

“With safety-critical installations such as wood burners or gas appliances it is vital that consumers can trust the competence of the business they are dealing with. They have a right to expect that claims made by businesses are true wherever they are advertised, and this includes on social media sites used by traders to attract work.

“Our Trading Standards Service regularly intervenes and investigates false claims and we will take formal action such as prosecution where that is appropriate.”

Daniel Park was sentenced to a 18-month conditional discharge, fined £400 and ordered to pay £800 towards the County Council’s prosecution costs and £302 compensation to the victims.

After installing a log burner, hearth, flue and accessories in July 2017 at the house of a couple in Weymouth, Park was unable to provide the necessary safety certification to the consumers. After problems with the installation they made a complaint to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline. Investigations revealed that Mr Park was not and has never been a member of APHC, HETAS or OFTEC.

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

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11 things you need to know about Weymouth Town Council

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:41

As work progresses to set up a new town council, we would like to share some key facts and answer some frequently asked questions about this important and historic change for Weymouth. 

View of Weymouth seafront 1. Why do we need a new town council?

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will cease to exist in 2019 to make way for a new unitary council for the Dorset area. Following these changes Weymouth would be the only area in Dorset without a parish or town council. Parish and town councils provide a local voice to represent an area.

2. When will it launch?

Weymouth Town Council will officially launch on 1 April 2019.

3. What area will it cover?

The new town council will cover the existing wards of Littlemoor, Radipole, Upway and Broadwey, Westham East, Wey Valley, Weymouth East, Melcombe Regis, Preston, Westham North, Weymouth West and Wyke Regis.

4. How many councillors will there be?

Weymouth Town Council will have 29 Councillors. It’s recommended that the number of councillors should stay the same as the outgoing borough council, with an opportunity to review after the council is set up.

5. What assets and services will Weymouth Town Council be responsible for?

Talks and negotiations are currently underway to decide this.

The assets and services which up until now have been owned or managed by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council could transfer to the new town council, Portland Town Council or Dorset’s new unitary authority.

Initial proposals were considered by the Shadow Town Council on 18 October 2018. These will also be considered by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee and the Shadow Dorset Executive Committee. However the final decision about which assets and services will transfer to the new town council will not be made until Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Full Council meeting in January 2019.

6 What is the Shadow Town Council?

The Shadow Weymouth Town Council is made up of members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council who are ward members for the Weymouth area. It is a committee of the borough council and has been set up to help guide the formation of the new town council. It has no decision making powers and will cease to exist when Weymouth Town Council comes into effect. Meetings of the Shadow Town Council are open to the public to attend.

Committee dates and agendas  for the Shadow Town Council are available to view online.

7 Who will be the Town Clerk?

Jane Biscombe has been appointed as the new Town Clerk for Weymouth. Although the Town Council does not come into being until April 2019, Jane will take up the role of Town Clerk in a part time capacity in November 2018 and in a full time capacity in January 2019.

8 What does the Town Clerk do?

Weymouth’s Town Clerk will be responsible for setting up one of the largest town councils in England and Wales. A key requirement of the role is to provide strong leadership and build a wide range of positive working relationships with councillors, the council’s workforce and partner organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The Town Clerk will initially work with Weymouth’s Shadow Town Council to create the new council on 1 April 2019.

9. Will the introduction of the town council affect my Council Tax bill?

Town Councils are funded through a precept which forms part of a household’s overall Council Tax bill. Please be assured the charge residents pay for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will be reduced before the charge for Weymouth Town Council is introduced. The precept for Weymouth Town Council is still being worked on and will be agreed and set in January 2019.

10. Will there be an election for the new council?

Yes. Elections will be held in 2019, 2024 and 2029 and then every four years. This would then align the town council elections with that of the new unitary council. This helps with reducing costs. It means that people will only have to go to the polls every four years for both councils.

11. What will happen to the existing council offices at Commercial Road?

It is proposed that the Commercial Road offices will transfer to the Town Council and become their base. We expect that Dorset Council will still wish to continue delivering some of its services from the building. Work towards this decision is ongoing and a final decision will be made in January.

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Isabella Hellman death: Husband's guilty plea 'heartbreaking'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:04
Isabella Hellman's husband pleaded guilty to killing his wife while at sea on their catamaran.
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HMP Dorchester homes: Permission to exhume bodies sought

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:30
Developer City and Country has permission for 200 homes to be built on the site of HMP Dorchester.
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100 firefighters tackle Rempstone Heath blaze

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:56
Dry ground and strong winds helped the fire spread over a large area near Swanage.
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Social media 'lifts' are becoming an 'illegal industry'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:07
Illegal "taxi-style" lift services are growing in popularity and could be putting young people in danger.
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Christchurch MP berates 'bullying' council over care

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 18:33
A council's demands for money from a carer are "unreasonable and haughty", an MP says.
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Film shows people love their parks

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:23

See our #loveweyportparks2018 entries here.   

A lovely photo entered into #loveweyportparks2018

Thank you to everyone who entered the #loveweyportparks2018 photography competition.

A total of 120 entries were received. The competition was set-up to celebrate Weymouth and Portland’s wonderful parks and gardens. 

A winner will be chosen later this month by the Friends Groups of the various parks. Our parks are among the best in Britain

There are 10 parks and gardens in Weymouth and Portland and they host a programme of community events including art exhibitions, park runs, concerts and outdoor shows.

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Christchurch Borough Council to offer free parking this Sunday         

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:02

 

 

 

 

Christchurch Borough Council to offer free parking this Sunday.         

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed to offer free parking on Sunday 11 November 2018, from 8am until 7pm. Free parking will be available in Priory Car Park, Wick Lane Car Park, Saxon Square Car Park and Bank Close Car Park.

Details of Remembrance Day events in Christchurch can be found here

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Recognising local people in our community

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:50

 

East Dorset District Council Chairman, Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs is pleased to announce the launch of the Chairman’s Community Awards 2019.

This will be the last Community Awards before the abolition of the existing district council and Cllr Mrs Coombs wants to make this the finest Community Awards initiative ever!

Cllr Mrs Coombs, said: “It is important that we recognise volunteers and businesses that put so much value back into our communities. “I would like to thank the sponsors, without whom, this initiative would not be possible.”

The Awards are being supported by Blackmore Vale Media, D R Smith Properties, Evans & Traves LLP, Hoburne Ltd, Mondoricia Ltd, Nicholas O’Hara Funeral Directors Ltd and Remedy Oak Golf Club.

Successful nominees will be invited to a special presentation evening at Remedy Oak Golf Club in February next year. To nominate someone in your local community download the form below and return your application before New Year’s Eve.

Nomination Form

 

 

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'Thomas Hardy novel' bridge in Dorset reopens after collapse

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:22
Wool Bridge in Dorset features in Tess of the D'Urbervilles as it is near the d'Urberville family home.
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Sailor admits killing wife at sea

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 02:47
The couple's catamaran sank off the coast of Cuba last year - her body has never been found.
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Gaia Pope death: 'No answers' for teenager's family

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 00:09
Gaia Pope's family say she deserves justice and all factors around her death a year ago examined.
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