Dorset

Council withdraws contract for North Quay sale

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:50

North Quay Weymouth Limited (NQWL) have failed in their contractual obligation to complete on the sale of North Quay. Therefore, Weymouth and Portland Borough council have taken the decision to rescind the contract.

The council exchanged contracts with NQWL in September 2016. NQWL was due to complete the sale in July, but declined to complete the sale by that time. Since then, the council has been in discussions with NQWL to secure the sale.

Reviewing options for North Quay

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This is of course a great disappointment to all the councillors and officers who have worked so hard to complete this sale.

We will now look at other options for this flagship site. We remain committed to developing the north side of the harbour to support the town and the local economy.”

Keeping residents informed

We will keep residents as informed as possible in the process of this sale. But at times it will be necessary to take decisions in confidential sessions. This is because of the commercial and legal process.

 

The current car parking arrangements at North Quay are also being reviewed as part of the discussions.

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Community leaders go on night time walkabout

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:12

Weymouth revellers may have spotted a few familiar faces after community leaders went out and about to see how the night time economy is managed to keep people safe.

Weymouth at night

Members of the Melcombe Regis Board went on the walkabout from 10pm to 1am to find out more about the work being done to help improve community safety.

Among those on the walk earlier this month (8/9) were the Chief Executive of Dorset Councils Partnership, Matt Prosser, Area Manager of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart Legg, Councillor Gill Taylor, Dr John Orrell and the Chair of Weymouth Area Development Trust, Chris Wilson and representatives from Dorset Police.

During their visit, Melcombe Regis board members walked along the harbourside, seafront and town centre. They talked to residents, CCTV operatives, night time workers and street pastors to discuss local partnership working.

Chair of the Melcombe Regis Board, Matt Prosser said: “Weymouth has a vibrant nightlife and it’s really encouraging to see how agencies are working closely together to address the issues that really matter to people. It was great to meet with the street pastors and CCTV operatives to learn about the valuable work they do. I’d like to thank them for taking the time to explain the nature of their work as part of the night time economy.”

The Melcombe Regis Board has been set up so different agencies can work together more effectively to improve the lives of people who live and work in the area. Melcombe Regis is in the top 10 per cent of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. The board has produced a strategic plan to improve quality of life HERE

The Melcombe Regis Board is made up of the following agencies:

  • Dorset Councils Partnership
  • Dorset Police
  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Weymouth College
  • Public Health Dorset
  • Dorset County Council
  • Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Team Around Melcombe Regis
  • Aster Housing

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Dog wardens win RSPCA award

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:38

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

Dogs wardens win award

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Councils’ dog wardens have achieved a 2017 Gold Stray Dog Footprint from the leading animal charity.

This is the second 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 district and borough’s stray dog service provides excellent animal welfare.

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

Cllr Francis Drake, Community Safety Brief holder for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “I am delighted the work of our dog wardens has been recognised nationally. Their work is vital for our community and can be challenging at times.”

Members of the dog warden team will be attending the CAWF Winners Reception in London on 28 November to celebrate their achievements alongside the other winners.

Notes to Editors

About the Footprints Awards

CAWF covers four areas of service provided by the public sector that has 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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Ward Budget helps fund community project at High Mead Farm

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:51
Cllr George Russell with farmers & volunteers at High Mead Farm

High Mead Community Farm have just been awarded ward budget funding from Cllr George Russell, Ward Councillor for Hampreston and Longham. The funding award was given to assist with the purchase of new rabbit hutches for the farm.

High Mead is a therapeutic farm which offers a range of activities for

High Mead Farm

those with learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues and for disengaged youngsters. It is also a volunteering hub for all generations. The working farm environment promotes the benefits of working with animals, soil and nature, whilst the produce grown on the farm is sold in the shop to support the farms sustainability.

Cllr George Russell said “I am very pleased to be able to support this incredible organisation and the work that it does in supporting and teaching those with learning and physical disabilities; whilst promoting the benefits of farming and horticulture.”

Ward budget funding is an East Dorset District Council Community Grant fund which is awarded by Councillors to local community projects. For more information about how to apply for funding contact community@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

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Public consultation on car parking charges in East Dorset

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:08
Proposals regarding charges in some East Dorset car park are being considered.

After a 10-year freeze East Dorset District Council will be seeking the public’s view on changing car parking charges.

East Dorset District councillors will consider proposals to revise parking charges as part of the annual East Dorset district-wide car parking review for 2018/19. Any proposals agreed by councillors will be put out for public consultation before a final decision is made on any change.

Parking charges have not been increased in East Dorset since 2008 and proposals regarding charges in Wimborne and Ferndown town centre car parks, as well as changes to parking permits are being considered.

The report going to Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee on 26 September proposes maintaining the current policy of not charging in West Moors, Verwood and Corfe Mullen.

The proposed car park tariff changes are limited to shorter stay parking of 30 minutes and one hour and two hours in some longer stay car parks. It is also proposed to introduce a 50p charge for overnight parking between 6pm and 8am in Wimborne Minster car parks. This charge would not be introduced in Ferndown town centre.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Performance, East Dorset District Council, said: “The Council has chosen not to increase charges for 10 years but now must consider reviewing that policy as costs to run and maintain our car parks increases. The proposed tariff increase of 10p for only some shorter stays would still mean car parking charges in East Dorset remain less than in neighbouring areas.”

Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee will consider the report from officers on 26 September with their feedback being considered by Cabinet at their meeting on 4 October. Subject to Cabinet approval, public consultation will be carried out during October and November with any agreed charges being introduced from 1 April 2018.

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Time to slim your bins and save some money

Dorset For You - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:57

Dorset residents are being asked to think about the amount of stuff they throw away with a new campaign from the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP).

The Recycle for Dorset kerbside collection service has been in place for up to 6 years now and is working well. Dorset residents are among the country’s top recyclers, raising the recycling rate to almost 60% – a fantastic achievement.

But now that most people have become experts at putting the right stuff in the right bin, the DWP wants to go one step further and prevent that stuff ever being thrown away in the first place.

It’s a common misconception that recycled material generates revenue for your local council. Recycling is significantly cheaper than household rubbish to deal with, the latter of which can cost up to £130 per tonne to treat or send to landfill.

But recycling still costs money to process – council tax money that would be better spent on other essential services.

So the “Slim Your Bins” campaign has been launched by the DWP to get residents to start reducing how much they throw away in terms of rubbish, recycling and food.

The campaign will include roadshows across the county, starting in Bridport on Thursday 21 September and continuing in Wimborne on Tuesday 26 September, with future dates and locations to be announced.

The message of the “Slim Your Bins” campaign is simple:-

  • Recycling your waste is good – if you need to bin it, can it be recycled?
  • But reusing it is better – do you need to throw it away, or can it be used for something else?
  • And reducing your waste is best – could you avoid buying it in the first place?

Creating less waste saves money for your household and council. By keeping rubbish and recycling out of your bins by not throwing it away in the first place, you can help protect the environment too.

The campaign will provide useful advice for Dorset residents on how they can stop throwing so much away. Hints and tips include:-

Councillor Tony Alford, chairman of the Dorset Waste Partnership’s Joint Committee, said:

“We’re incredibly proud of Dorset’s residents and their continued recycling efforts. Thanks to you, we are recycling more than ever and even less rubbish is being treated or sent to landfill, which costs Dorset’s taxpayers over £8million every year.

But we know we can do even better. The bottom line is that the less waste we receive – both rubbish and recycling – the better. This will help cut your shopping bill down, as well as save money for your local council, which can be spent on other essential services.

We’re hoping this exciting campaign will help people make changes to the way they buy and throw items away, which will also help protect our beautiful environment.”

Visit the “Slim Your Bins” Dorset For You page to find out more about the campaign and how to reduce your waste.

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Are you celebrating your Platinum Wedding Anniversary this year?

Dorset For You - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:06
Cllr Derek Burt, Chairman of East Dorset District Council

Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip will be celebrating 70 years of marriage this November. In honour of this occasion, the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Derek Burt, would like to find out if there are any couples in East Dorset that will be sharing the royals platinum year.
If you, or a couple you know, will be celebrating 70 years of marriage this year (2017) Cllr Derek Burt is keen to hear from you by 31st October 2017.

You can contact Cllr Burt’s office using these details
Email- Kay Mills
Call- 01202 795219

or write to:

Kay Mills
Civic Support Officer
Christchurch and East Dorset Councils
Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset
BH23 1AZ

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Award for innovative business park

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 15:19

Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council have won an award for the new Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone at Winfrith.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) award for “Most Innovative ‘Small Business Friendly’ Programme or Project” was presented to Leader of Purbeck District Council, Gary Suttle.

The Dorset Innovation Park is the county’s second largest employment site. It received the enterprise zone status officially in April 2017. Enterprise Zones are geographically defined areas, hosted by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), in which commercial and industrial businesses can receive incentives to set up or expand.

There has been significant investment in the whole site by Purbeck District Council, Dorset County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, and Dorset LEP which also led on securing enterprise zone status.

Councillor Suttle said:  “When the site’s previous owners went into receivership, the councils and Dorset LEP took decisive action to save the site from total collapse. We were committed to restoring confidence to existing companies and secure its future as the base for advanced engineering businesses.”

Councillor Suttle continued: “The former nuclear energy test site presented a unique and challenging opportunity for economic growth and I am proud that we have been recognised for our commitment”.

The park is already home to world leaders in marine, defence and advanced engineering, including Atlas Elektronik, QinetiQ and Optasense. The commercial proposition is to create a sector focus in an advanced engineering cluster of excellence building on strengths in marine, defence and energy.

The site is strategically important for Dorset and is recognised by the Department for International Trade as a strategic employment site marketed for inward investment activity.

Rob Dunford, Interim Director Dorset LEP said: “For Dorset LEP the Enterprise Zone represents significant government commitment to Dorset’s long-term economic growth and the development of Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone is a priority for the LEP. We are accountable to government for the success of the Enterprise Zone over a 25 year period and will continue to work closely with our local partners on taking it forward.”

Cllr Deborah Croney, Cabinet member for economy, education, learning and skills at Dorset County Council, said: “Dorset Innovation Park represents a significant commitment and investment by the two local authorities and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to economic growth and support for small businesses.  We are delighted that this initiative has been recognised by FSB.

“Helping to grow our small business community is a key priority, not just in terms of economy and growth, but also for employment opportunities in the local economy.”

Neil Eames, Development Manager for FSB Wessex, said: “We are delighted to acknowledge the councils for their ongoing commitment to providing support for small businesses to prosper and grow. By working together, they have shown a clear commitment to providing a range of initiatives that help small businesses realise their full potential and we are delighted to acknowledge this.

“It is very encouraging to see such great efforts from local councils and we hope that the Awards provide them with a platform to share their successes in promoting and championing local economic development.”

The construction of 20 new employment units on the site is nearing completion as part of a £2.5m workspace project by Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council, made possible by funding secured by Dorset LEP via the Government’s Local Growth Fund. These are due for completion in October 2017 and will be fully serviced and let to businesses on ‘easy in, easy out’ terms. Contact agents Sibbett Gregory on 01202 661177 or visit www.sibbettgregory.com

The Dorset Innovation Park is expected to facilitate 2,000 jobs, 55 new businesses, 58,000m² of new workspace and some £30 million of new business rates to be re-invested by Dorset LEP in improving the site and local infrastructure.

Small businesses will benefit from new and existing workspace, business rate holidays, simplified planning process, the ability to collaborate with similar size and large companies from innovation through to supply chains, easy access to support services provided by the Dorset Growth Hub, and ultrafast broadband.

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Making It Real for adult social care

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 15:17

Would you like to get involved in representing users of adult social care and making things better?

If the answer’s ‘yes’, we would love to hear from you. Dorset County Council has set up Making It Real, a community member forum that meets regularly to discuss the work of the council, recommend changes and to influence change.

The group is supported by senior members of staff from our adult and community services and Cllr Jill Haynes, lead councillor for health and care.

So What is Making It Real?

The forum:

  • gives care-users, carers and members of community members influence, choice and control
  • puts members of the community at the centre of everything we do
  • highlights the issues most important to the quality of people’s lives
  • promotes personalised services
  • promotes full and independent living

We are committed to making sure people who use or have an interest in our services help design and shape them and have choice and control over how they receive support.

People who use services understand their own needs and the needs of people in similar situations. We are determined to listen to and act upon the views and opinions of our community members through Making It Real.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for ​Health and Care, said:

“Making it Real will see us putting community members at the heart of what we do, giving people more choice and control so they can live full and independent lives. Community members are essential in helping to shape how this initiative is created and developed.”

The Making It Real Forum next meets on Thursday 28 September from 10am to 1pm at Dorchester Rugby Club. Come along, get involved and have your say.

Find out more or contact Chris Skinner on MIR@dorsetcc.gov.uk or 01305 225616.

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Time to plan your journey

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:57

Residents, spectators and drivers have got one week left to plan their journeys as the countdown to IRONMAN Weymouth begins.

Road closures in areas of Weymouth, Purbeck and west Dorset will affect travel on Sunday 17 September.

This year IRONMAN is returning to the area with a shorter 70.3 distance race, meaning roads will open much earlier than during last year’s full distance event.

Travel planning information, including all the road closures and restrictions, is available online.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “We’re excited to have IRONMAN back in Dorset for this prestigious event which attracts athletes from across the country and gives our local athletes an opportunity to compete on home soil.

“Our traffic control centre will be operating on the day and will endeavour to provide residents and drivers with information via our @TravelDorset Twitter account as the roads are reopened.

“We’ve been working closely with IRONMAN and this year there’ll be 44 of our highways staff at some of the most crucial marshalling points, to ensure local knowledge and highway information is available.

“This is a valuable event for our economy and it showcases our magnificent county to the thousands of sports enthusiasts who are part of the Ironman family, who may choose to come and stay and train in Dorset. Good luck to all those competing.”

The course route is being closed to ensure the safety of participants and other road users. IRONMAN has been engaging with residents and care workers to help them plan access to where they may need to be on the day.

Alan Rose, IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Race Director, said: “Learning from last year’s event, we’ve been working with Dorset County Council to ensure residents have the information they need to plan their journeys. Care workers have also had the opportunity to apply for a pass to ensure we maintain access to the more vulnerable members of the community.

“It’s great to be returning to Dorset and we’ve got 2,700 athletes taking part – making it the biggest IRONMAN event in the UK and Ireland, and the second biggest in Europe!

“They’ve been training hard for months and will be giving it their all on the day. It’ll be a great race and we look forward to seeing spectators out in force as usual to cheer on their efforts.”

Lodmoor Car Park and the Pavilion Car Park in Weymouth will be closed for the event and there will also be some on-road parking restrictions in the town.

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Planning application submitted to convert Westham guest house into Weymouth Recovery Hub

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:00

Dorset residents can give their views on a planning application to convert a Weymouth guest house into a centre to support local people recovering from problems with alcohol and other drugs

Steve Butler, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for safeguarding

Dorset County Council has submitted a change of use application for 22 Abbotsbury Road in Westham, to invest a Public Health grant to create a Recovery Hub for people committed to dealing with their problems. The rates of drug use in Weymouth are double that in the county as a whole, and over 40% of those who currently access treatment in Dorset live in Weymouth and Portland.

Cllr Steve Butler, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for safeguarding, said:

“We want to set up a Recovery Hub in Weymouth to help address the town’s long-standing issues with alcohol and other drugs. We’re able to invest over £0.5million in the borough, for the benefit of Weymouth residents, at a time when other funding is being cut. The focus would be on helping people stay well so they can return to education, voluntary work or paid employment.

“After extensive research of available properties, 22 Abbotsbury Road was chosen as it offers the best balance between a central location accessible on foot or by public transport, the right amount of space inside and outside the building, and affordability. We understand that some local people are not in favour of the property we’ve chosen, concerned that the Hub would be too close to an off-licence and pharmacy, but the reality is that many of us live where both alcohol and other drugs are easily accessible, and people need to learn to stay well in their local community. There is strong evidence that treating people where they live works.

“I would urge local people to read through the online planning application and accompanying information – it sets out in more detail why we believe there’s a need for the centre, and why we’ve chosen this particular location.”

The planning application is online at http://countyplanning.dorsetforyou.com/ePlanningOPS/searchPageLoad.do – search on the keyword ‘Abbotsbury’ or the application number WP/17/00700/DCC. The consultation period is due to end on 13 October, with the application considered by the county council Regulatory Committee in due course.

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A new service 40 will connect Bridport and Yeovil

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:09

A replacement service for the 40 bus between Yeovil and Bridport is being registered to start from Monday 18 September.

A Monday to Friday service has been operated by Dorset County Council since Damory Coaches announced it would withdraw the service from 24 July 2017.

The new service will be run by First Hampshire and Dorset and will connect Yeovil with Bridport stopping at villages on route. Find out the details of the timetable

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

“I am pleased that we have managed to find a solution for this service to operate & ensure access to Bridport and Yeovil on weekdays for the majority.

“I encourage residents of Broadwindsor and Gerrards Green to explore options available through community transport, which may better fit their needs.”

Find out more about the variety of community transport and how to access them.

 

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Joint Local Plan Issues & Options Summary published

Dorset For You - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:19

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Issues & Options Summary for their Joint Local Plan has now been published.

Joint Local Plan Issues & Options Summary Report published

A consultation for the Issues & Options of the Joint Local Plan took place in spring of this year. The consultation sought views on the level of housing and economic development needed and where this development could be. Views were also wanted on other local policy changes that are considered necessary to reflect changes to national policy.

Issues & Options report

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“The report summarises the main points made by individuals and organisations on the options for delivering housing and economic growth across the plan area to 2036. The main points raised in the report are not final decisions, but will be taken into account in the next stage of the process.

The summary consultation report can be found at: dorsetforyou.comCllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“The next stage of the Joint Local Plan is to gather further research, identifying the ‘preferred options’ for the plan. These preferred options will be subject to public consultation in early summer 2018.”

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FREE business event in Wimborne

Dorset For You - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:19
FREE Event in Wimborne

Could your business benefit from some help and advice about health and safety, cyber crime, food safety, licensing or fire regulations?

Christchurch and East Dorset councils are inviting local businesses to attend a FREE business support event on Wednesday 27 September at either 11am-12pm or 2-3pm.

This unique event will give you the opportunity to learn more from experts. Dorset Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service and Environmental Health Officers will be there to answer your questions and give you advice.

Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor, Public Health Technician, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils said “We are really pleased to be able to offer this free event to local businesses. It provides an opportunity for business owners to chat to local experts and seek help and advice in an informal way.”

 

Venue

The event will be held at East Dorset District Council, Allenview House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AG.

If you would like to book your place or have any questions about the event, please contact Rachel Taylor from the Public Health Team on 01202 795349 or email RTaylor@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

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Residents come along to post and suggest ideas for Christchurch beaches

Dorset For You - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:00
Residents attend post it suggest it engagement session at Highcliffe Castle

Over 200 people attended Christchurch Borough Council’s Post It Suggest It event at Highcliffe Castle on 5 September.

Residents and visitors were invited to offer suggestions on what facilities and activities they wanted on Christchurch’s beaches as part of the council’s engagement work as it develops its Coastal Strategy. Comments were received covering five areas: natural environment, accommodation and infrastructure, leisure, sports and events, food and drink, and other.

Cllr Sally Derham Wilkes, Chairman of Community Committee, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “We were really pleased to see so many residents at our Post It Suggest It event as it shows the great level of engagement our community has.

“By engaging with people as we begin development of our new Coastal Strategy we are able to consider their ideas and suggestions in our preparation of the draft document which we will then formally consult on in the winter.”

Officers will now review all of the comments received at the engagement event, along with those received in writing and online, before taking a draft strategy to Scrutiny Committee and Community Committee in November.

Subject to committee approval a public consultation on the draft Coastal Strategy will take place between December 2017 – February 2018 with the final strategy being adopted in spring 2018.

Anyone who was unable to attend the engagement event can still post comments online at www.christchurchyoursay.co.uk. The deadline for comments is 1 October 2017.

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Come and have your say about the future of the Marsh

Dorset For You - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:34

A drop-in session will be held so residents, local groups and clubs can have their say about the future of the Marsh recreation area.

Have your say about the future of the Marsh

Please come along and have your say at the event, which will be held on 14 September from 4pm-7pm at STEPS Youth Club, 110 Chickerell Road, Weymouth.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is keen to hear the views of residents and local groups about the Marsh Recreation area in Weymouth. These views will help shape a Masterplan for the area, which is currently being drawn-up.  

The drop-in consultation, which is being organised with the Friends of the Marsh, will discuss the future management of the site as a leisure, recreation, health and environmental facility. It will also look at how a new play and youth activity area could be developed. Some of the sports clubs that are active on The Marsh will also be there to talk about their activities.   

The results of the consultation will be reported back to councillors in October.

For more information please email:leisureWDWP@dorset.gov.uk   

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Councils propose neighbourhood plan areas

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:16
Shaftesbury Town Council and Melbury Abbas & Cann Group Parish Council have each started the process of creating neighbourhood plans.

Neighbourhood Plan areas considered Shaftesbury Town Council has applied to North Dorset District Council for the designation of a neighbourhood area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Melbury Abbas & Cann Group Parish Council has also applied for the designation of a neighbourhood area under the same legislation. Cllr David Walsh, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Neighbourhood Plans aim to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices are considered. “There is an existing neighbourhood area covering Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann. If each of these applications are successful, the existing neighbourhood area will change. Effectively, the areas will be split in two.” Statements from Shaftesbury Town Council and Melbury Abbas & Cann Group Parish Council explain why their areas are considered appropriate. These, together with maps identifying the respective areas, can be found at dorsetforyou.com Copies of the application include a written statement and map. These are also available to view by:
  • visiting the district council offices in Blandford
  • visiting North Dorset public libraries
  • request from the respective Parish and Town Clerks.
 This is the first formal stage on the designation of neighbourhood areas and not a consultation on the plans. A consultation on the plans will follow in due course. Send your comments on the neighbourhood plan areas You can send comments on the proposed areas to: planningpolicy@north-dorset.gov.uk. You can also send comments to: Planning Policy North Dorset District Council Nordon Salisbury Road Blandford Forum Dorse DT11 7LL The deadline for comments is Thursday 19 October. All comments received will be available to the public and won’t be confidential. North Dorset District Council will determine the applications within 13 weeks.

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Could you become a walk leader?

Dorset For You - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:45

A free one-day course will be held this month to train people to become volunteer walk leaders in North Dorset.

Enjoying a walk

If you would like to help others stay healthy and active please come along. It will be held at Shaftesbury Children’s Centre in Wincombe Lane, SP7 8PZ on 26 September from 10am-3.30pm. Contact Keith Harrison on 07825 691508 for more details.

Tempted? Here are five reasons you should be!

1/ Volunteering makes us happier, according to researchers at the London School of Economics 

2/ Walk leaders get to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside 

3/ Leading walks is a great chance to meet new people

4/ Walking is great for your physical and mental health

5/ The course is free   

This initiative is part of ‘Walking for Health’, England’s largest network of health walks. 

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Planning Committee to stick with South Walks House

Dorset For You - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 16:38

West Dorset District Council meetings are to continue at it’s offices in Dorchester.

Planning Committee meetings to continue at South Walks House

All West Dorset District Council Planning Committee meetings will continue to take place at South Walks House in Dorchester. The base of West Dorset District Council.

The Planning Chairman, Cllr Fred Horsington and Planning Portfolio Holder, Cllr Ian Gardner, have recently confirmed that all Planning Committee meetings should be held at the district council offices.

Confirmation of this approach follows several requests to hold Vearse Farm’s committee meeting at a venue in Bridport.

South Walks House is purpose built

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“No Planning Committee meeting has been held away from South Walks House since it was opened. Area Planning Committees were stopped many years ago to save costs.

“While we understand the requests of residents wanting the meeting to be held in Bridport, we need to be mindful of our limited resources.  South Walks House is a purpose-built venue. It was designed to accommodate meetings with high public interest.”

The Vearse Farm application is likely to be considered by West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee on 12 October.

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Grants available to help Apprenticeships

Dorset For You - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 15:34

Grant funding is available to support apprenticeships in North Dorset.

Funding support for apprenticeships

North Dorset District Council is supporting local apprenticeships through its Apprenticeship Grant Fund.

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, Cabinet Member for Community and Regeneration, said:

“I am delighted that, through this grant funding, we are able to support apprentices in the area.

“Apprenticeships help people gain skills through practical experience and can be a really good route for many to take when starting a new career.

“We are particularly keen to support apprenticeships where there are opportunities to progress, either in the business itself or locally.”

Businesses who have benefited from funding
  • Customer Service with Grace Haine Eyecare in Stalbridge
  • Chef Catering with Thyme after Time in Spire Hill near Stalbridge

North Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau have also received funding for a legal advice apprentice.

The Apprenticeship Grant Fund supports local businesses or organisations to take on local apprentices. Grants of £1,500 are available.

Information about the North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund and who can apply is available at dorsetforyou.com

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