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County Championship: Sam Northeast's 169 leads Hampshire dominance against Essex

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 18:42
Hampshire's batsmen dominate against Essex for a second day running before bad light scuppers play after tea.
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County Championship: Hampshire batsmen put hosts on top against Essex

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 18:03
Hampshire end the first day of the 2019 County Championship season in command against Essex as their batsmen dominate.
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Taxis and your new Dorset Council

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:06

Residents will start to see the new Dorset Council logo gradually appearing on taxi and private hire vehicle licence plates.

 Taxi plates will change gradually

The change is being phased in as the vehicle licences are renewed, so licence plates showing details of our former councils remain valid until the expiry date shown on the licence plate.

Graham Duggan, Dorset Council Head of Community Protection, said: “Residents with sharp eyes will start to notice our new Dorset Council logo appearing on taxi and private hire vehicle licence plates. Old council logos will be replaced gradually as the licence plates come up for renewal, as this is the most cost effective approach.

“Most cost-effective approach”

“I’d like to reassure residents that existing plates are still valid until the expiry date shown on the plate.”

Licence plates showing the logos of our former councils (East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council) remain valid until their expiry date. They will all be phased out by 31 March 2020.

More information is available here.

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Bournemouth v Burnley

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:28
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Burnley.
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How a cold-blooded executioner finally faced justice

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:56
The killer of David Watkins thought he'd got away with murder when he was acquitted in 1994 - but he was wrong.
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Homeless soup kitchen church wrecked in 'arson attack'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:12
The cause of the fire, which started in the kitchen of The Prayerhouse, is thought to be deliberate.
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Lack of electric car charging points 'putting off drivers'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 00:28
Campaigners say more needs to be done to encourage potential drivers.
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Fourteen hospitals to pilot new A&E targets

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:19
A variety of sites has been chosen in a trial which could see the end of the flagship four-hour target.
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What will Weymouth’s new and improved toilets look like?

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:22
Background

Last year, Weymouth and Portland’s management committee agreed funding for improved toilet facilities in central Weymouth. These facilities will be a conversion of the ground floor area of the existing Beach Office. To maximise the amount of available space, works will also include an extension to the Beach Office at first floor level. They will also include a small extension to the northern end of the building. This will provide a lettable unit. This project has now reached the planning application stage.

What will be available?

Changing Places toilet [A specially adapted toilet for people including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy]                                  1

Accessible toilets        3

Family room                  1

Parenting room           1

Unisex toilets                20

Toilet cubicles               22

Beach showers

Lettable space

Beach office

How will it be delivered?

The new Dorset Council will be responsible for delivering the facility. The new Weymouth Town Council will then take on the management once it has been built.  We are aiming to begin work in October 2019. We hope to complete works in spring 2020. The work is being carried out over the off-season. This will minimise disruption to residents and visitors during the summer season.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillors considered charging for use of the toilets as an option following a survey of users. The new Town Councillors will have the opportunity to decide upon this matter.

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Who is standing in the Dorset Council elections?

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:56

On Thursday 2 May 2019 Dorset goes to the polls to elect 82 members for the new Dorset Council. Now you can find out who is standing for election.

See the full list of candidates standing in the Dorset Council 2019 elections.

Who will you vote for in the 2019 Dorset Council elections?

Matt Prosser, Chief Executive (Designate) of Dorset Council and Returning Officer for the elections said:

“You can see who the candidates are, now it’s time to make sure you’re registered to vote.

“Councillors are there to represent you. They will make decisions about services that will affect you.

“If you’re not registered to vote, you won’t have a say in who joins Dorset Council and who makes the decisions about your local area.

“It’s easy to register to vote online. All you need is 5 minutes and your National Insurance number.”

To register to vote online go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

More about how you can vote

To vote in the elections on 2 May you need to be registered before midnight on Friday 12 April.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Download the form to vote by post.

The deadline to change existing arrangements for postal and proxy votes is 5pm on Monday 15 April.

The deadline to receive new proxy vote applications is 5pm on 24 April.

Find out more about voting by proxy.

If you’re already on the electoral register you do not need to take any action and will automatically receive your poll card soon.

The nomination period to stand in the 2 May Dorset Council election opened on 18 March and closed on 3 April.

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Man guilty of 1993 Reading murder after retrial

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:55
Fresh evidence helps convict Andrew Everson, who shot David Watkins in the back of the head in 1993.
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Bournemouth training ground construction work to begin

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:53
Premier League side Bournemouth will start work on their new multi-million pound training complex, which manager Eddie Howe says is "huge news".
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Seaside town reinvention 'should start with Blackpool'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 00:11
A House of Lords report says if you can solve the problem in Blackpool "you can solve it anywhere".
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Hillsborough trial: No verdict over David Duckenfield

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:45
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of match commander David Duckenfield are unable to reach a verdict.
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Bournemouth v Newcastle pitch incursion: Five fans fined

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:53
Newcastle fans spilled on to the pitch at Bournemouth and a female steward was injured, police said.
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Swanage Pier restoration completed after two years

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:10
Swanage Pier Trust said the structure was now "looking great" after two years of work.
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Sustainable transport and wildlife conservation in Bridport

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:01

Work is underway in Bridport to transform an overgrown, under-used bridleway into a valuable sustainable transport link and wildlife haven.

Dorset Highways is reclaiming the West Bay ‘spur’ old railway line by clearing vegetation to enable the creation of an accessible cycleway/footway.

Following years of little maintenance, the trail has been swamped by nettles and brambles, which has made access difficult for users and has choked the natural habitat of many species.

After the removal of the train lines, the 5m-wide railway spur was first converted into a 2.5m wide bridleway, and this width has gradually reduced to a narrow path as scrub has taken over. The cycleway works include cutting back the scrub and widening some parts to 3m so walkers and cyclists can easily pass each other.

Bridleway before and after clearance of scrub

The cycleway will form part of a wider network for Bridport, which aims to reduce congestion and pollution as well as promoting health and well-being.

John Sellgren, Executive Director for Place, said: “Reducing reliance on car use reduces congestion, pollution, carbon emissions; it is better for the environment, and people’s health.

“We know from the last census in 2011 that there is a large number of no car households in Bridport, and this route will enable more people to walk and cycle between the two towns in greater safety, as well as not having to rely on a car.”

The Bridport Walking and Cycling Network will soon be connected to the West Dorset Trailway – linking many villages along the route of the former railway line up to Maiden Newton.

Conserving and enhancing wildlife

John continued: “Dorset has a rich environment and every highway scheme we design is overseen by our ecologists to make sure we continue to protect our wildlife, and to identify opportunities for improving natural habitats within our roadside verges.

“We are keeping an environmental watching brief on site and, where necessary, making small changes to the design and developing our mitigation measures as we progress. This includes acting on information from concerned residents where they have information on wildlife sightings in the immediate area.”

Along Burton Road, where there has been local concern for orchids, all areas of turf – which would otherwise be lost to the cycleway – are being translocated/reused, and all topsoil is being reused and re-seeded with native grass species if necessary.

In the future, this area of grass will be managed by cut and collect which will gradually reduce fertility and lead to more wildflowers – including orchids – along all sections of the cycleway.

Along the railway spur, an area of grass where glow worms have been reported is being carefully translocated to areas where the scrub has been cleared. In other areas, the removal of dense scrub and rubbish will enable creation of new areas of wildflower grassland – which will allow glow worms and butterflies to thrive.

The grassland along the old railway line will also be managed by cut and collect to encourage and support local species of wildflower, butterflies and insects.

A damson tree, which had to be removed for the cycleway, is being replaced by another damson and two other fruit trees which will be planted along the western edge of the path.

Upcoming work

In the next few weeks the clearance work will be finished, and from Monday 15 April workers will start to lay asphalt along the West Bay railway spur – starting at the northern end and working towards West Bay.

The new asphalt surface will last longer and need less maintenance than the current path, it will also make the trail usable for wheelchair and mobility-scooter users, as well as parents with pushchairs.

The final surface will have a surface dressing finish to improve grip for horses and for it to look more in keeping with the rural nature of the trail.

 

 

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'Fake Botox' practitioner Ozan Melin has jail term cut

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 18:23
Two of Ozan Melin's clients suffered swelling and burns after he injected them.
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Family rescued from Bournemouth dry cleaners fire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:19
The family-of-four was rescued by firefighters from their flat above the dry cleaning shop.
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Revised Bridport/Crewkerne bus service

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:43

A revised bus service along the Bridport to Crewkerne corridor starts on Monday 8 April.

The service will be renumbered as Service 6 and through journeys will be run either by Buses of Somerset or First Dorset directly between Bridport and Crewkerne with no need for passengers to change at Beaminster. The exceptions are on the First Dorset 5:15pm journey from Bridport and the 4:35pm Buses of Somerset departure from Yeovil, where passengers will have to change in Beaminster. The companies have made arrangements for these buses to have a guaranteed connection.

School journeys B5 (am only) and 6A will remain.

Sue McGowan, Dorset Travel Interim Service Manager said: “Although there are no direct journeys between Bridport and Yeovil, passengers will no longer have to change in Beaminster and they will benefit from having a guaranteed connection in each direction in Beaminster on the late afternoon journey. Additionally, Buses of Somerset and First Dorset have agreed joint ticketing arrangements.”

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