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North Dorset District Council to continue with sale of Shaftesbury Cattle Market site

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:50

Martin Hamilton, Strategic Director for North Dorset District Council, has issued an open letter to Shaftesbury Town Council following a request to suspend the sale of the Shaftesbury Cattle Market.

Shaftesbury Cattle Market sale to continue

“Thank you for your letter of 16 July inviting North Dorset District Council (NDDC) to suspend the sale of the Shaftesbury Cattle Market site to enable a consultation to be undertaken on the impact of the sale on the people of Shaftesbury.

“I attended a public meeting in Shaftesbury on 11 June, and engaged in a lengthy discussion with the various interested parties and residents who attended, answering questions on a very broad range of points.  Following on from that meeting, and now with Shaftesbury Town Council requesting that the sale be suspended, I feel it is necessary to place on record some of the history and thinking around this site and the decision to seek its development.  I appreciate that it is not the Town Council which has been leading on the opposition to the sale, but will use the opportunity of this reply to set out these issues.

Site ownership

“Firstly, I would wish to clarify the site’s ownership.  The site has operated as an agricultural market under a lease from September 1955, amended in 1967, which expires in September 2054. The lease was entered into by the then Shaftesbury Rural District Council, which was disbanded in the 1974 reorganisation of local government. The newly formed North Dorset District Council became the successor authority and thereby the owner of the freehold of this site. Shaftesbury Town Council, to be clear, have never been the owner of the site.

Current tenant

“The tenant operating the market trades as Southern Counties Auctioneers (SCA), and has 36 years to run on their lease with the district council. As such they have a significant ongoing interest in the site, and influence over its future, which seems to be lost in the current debate. The site can only be developed or sold with the agreement of both North Dorset District Council and SCA.

Current income

“In 1967 the annual income from the lease was set at £125 per annum with a rent review to be applied in September 2015. I’m sure you will appreciate that today this represents a remarkably low return to the district council, particularly when its is recognised that the market is not the generator of trade and economic activity for the town that it may have been in 1967.

History of potential development

“There have been discussions going back many years regarding the potential development of the cattle market site. A 2008 retail study indicated that the site was suitable for retail development;  the Town Council was briefed on NDDC’s aspirations to develop the site at least as far back as 2011 when steps were taken to try to bring forward a development; The Local Plan published in 2016 identifies the site as suitable for development, referencing the 2008 retail study findings.  The sale and development of this site cannot have come as a surpise to the Town Council, nor the other groups now lobbying against it.  Certainly the Town Council has had sufficient notice that a redevelopment of the site was likely to enable it to have undertaken some form of consultation, or established a set of proposals to bring to the table.  This has not happened, and is only being sought now, midway through the sale process.

“More recently the town council were informed of NDDC and SCA’s intention to market the site at a meeting with Council Officers and Members on 1 November 2017, with subsequent coverage in the local press.

Recent marketing of the site

“The marketing exercise over the winter of 2017-18 drew out a broad range of interest which was reported to the meeting of NDDC Scrutiny Committee on 18 April.  When representatives of the Town Council attended this meet, they did not request that we delay the sale. NDDC Cabinet formally agreed to sell the site jointly with SCA in April 2018, having taken account of the views of the district council’s Scrutiny Committee. Aside from releasing a much needed capital receipt for the local authority, the sale will see this important site redeveloped, delivering new facilities for the town.  It will also see new jobs provided for the town – well in excess of the numbers currently employed on the site.

Parish Poll

At a recent meeting Shaftesbury residents agreed to hold a Parish Poll focused on whether the Town Council should fund a Judicial Review of the sale of the site.  This is regrettable in these austere times as the Town Council will have to fund the poll but yet the decision is not binding upon them. On the basis that this was requested properly we have accepted the request and will be running this shortly.  Should the Town Council agree to fund a Judicial Review, this will be a further cost to the public purse likely to run into many thousands of pounds.

Sale of site to go on

“It has taken considerable time and energy to get to secure agreement with SCA to bring forward the sale of this site. Any action now to delay the process pending community consultation would risk compromising this work and send an unhelpful signal to those minded to invest in Shaftesbury.

“For these reasons, I am not prepared to suspend the sale process.  I will continue to keep the Town Council informed of the progress of the sale.”

Yours sincerely

Martin Hamilton

Strategic Director

Read the full letter to Shaftesbury Town Council

 

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Weymouth surface dressing continues

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:27

Our surface dressing continues next week, moving into the Preston area of Weymouth.

Work completed week commencing Monday 16 July:

  • ST ANNE’S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • ST DAVID’S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • ST MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 23 July:

  • OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
  • BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD
  • HAYMOOR AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • KENMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • SEAMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • MOORDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HIGHDOWN, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN GARDENS, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • PINEMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BRACKENDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HAZELDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ELM CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BODKIN LANE, WEYMOUTH
  • KINGSBERE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BUDMOUTH AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ENKWORTH ROAD, WEYMOUTH

Work proposed for week commencing Monday 30 July:

  • MELLSTOCK AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • EADON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • OAKBURY DRIVE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SYDLING ROAD – JUNCTION WITH C111 TO ACREMAN CLOSE AT CERNE ABBAS
  • FISHERS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • CHAPEL GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • DOWNSIDE CLOSE, BLANDFORD

Our surface dressing gang is working 9am to 4pm in urban areas and 8am to 4pm in rural areas.

Look out for yellow signs two days before work starts – please move your vehicle off the road before 9am and check that the road you move it to is not also being treated.

Surface dressing doesn’t take long and the road can be driven on as soon as it’s finished. Depending on the length of the road you live on, the road will be closed for around 1-2 hours while the treatment takes place.

There will be an advisory 20mph speed limit after the work while the loose stones ‘bed down’ into the bitumen. Travelling at this reduced speed will prevent skidding on the loose chippings, help ‘bed down’ the material and will save your paint work!

We sweep the road one to two days after the work to get rid of excess stones.

White lining reinstatement will follow on from this and is generally a week or so later.

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Borough secures £4 million for investment in flood risk management

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:19

Today (Friday 20 July) Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced that Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has secured £4 million in Government funding.

Weymouth Harbour

The funding secured includes; £1.2m allocated from the Deprived Communities Fund and £2.8m in Flood Defence Grant. The funds released by the Minister will be allocated to flood risk management measures for the town, supporting the first phase of work needed to protect the community and to ensure the economic well-being of the town.

A successful meeting in Westminster

This great news follows a productive meeting held in Westminster last year. MP Richard Drax and Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, met with Central Government to discuss the urgent need for flood relief funding for the borough and the Council’s planned improvements and vision of regeneration for the area.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “This is great news for Weymouth & Portland. I am delighted that Government has responded so positively to our case. We had an excellent meeting with the Minister last year when we discussed the very real challenges Weymouth faces in funding repairs to aging infrastructure.

“It is great to see that this direct involvement with Government is paying dividends. This has been a real team effort, building on work with the Environment Agency and the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, as well as our local MP, Richard Drax.

“This funding will help to support the first phase of flood defence management and it is an important step forward to safeguarding Weymouth’s future and boosting the local economy.”

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, said: “I am delighted at this wonderful news.

“It is a huge boost for what has been a massive team effort. This is just the beginning but it allows us to put many plans into place and gain outline planning consent for the first phase of the £30 million scheme for Weymouth’s regeneration. Every thing we do now will improve this beautiful old town; even the new flood defence walls will have walkways behind them, enhancing their value to local people.”

“There are other funding sources we have in mind and we have high hopes that more will be forthcoming. As I have said before, there are several options, including the Coastal Erosion fund and a one-off grant from the Treasury. For now, this is a great start.”

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Dorset County Council’s Parks are recognised as some of the UK’s very best green spaces

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:39

Four Dorset County Council parks have been awarded a national Green Flag Award 

Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood, Hardy’s Birthplace Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester, Milldown and Stour meadows near Blandford have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

These four parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have recieved this year’s prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for Natural and Built Environment said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive four Green Flag Awards this year. We know that thousands of residents and visitors to Dorset value our quality green spaces, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Find out more about Dorset’s country parks.

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Looking for free and fun things to do with your children this summer?

Dorset For You - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:08

Why not take a trip down to Weymouth and Portland’s Parks and Gardens this summer?

Visit your local park for summer fun

Parks are great places for children to have fun in the summer.  Weymouth and Portland has 10 parks and gardens, plus 35 play areas to choose from, all with a variety of activities on offer from basketball to tennis, to family favourite- swings and slides!

There are also lots of exciting events on this summer including live music, teddy bear’s picnics and family fun days. There is something for all age groups!

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder said: “We are very lucky here in Weymouth and Portland, not only do we live by the seaside but we have a variety of beautiful greenspaces right on our doorstep too.

I would encourage all families to go and explore the parks, gardens and play areas. After all a day out here is free, healthy and fun!”

More information on what is going on in Weymouth and Portland’s parks, gardens and play areas is available here.

 

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£900k Lottery success for Durlston’s Lost Landscape

Dorset For You - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:21

Durlston Country Park near Swanage has won substantial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to restore and enhance its lost Victorian landscape.

The injection of cash will allow extensive improvements to be made around the park which will benefit the local community, visitors and wildlife.

The clifftop country park and National Nature Reserve (NNR) is owned and managed by Dorset County Council and will receive £900,000 from the HLF’s Parks for People programme. This will fund the ‘Durlston Pleasure Grounds’ Project, aiming to restore the park’s intended features which have been lost or hidden over the years.

Over the next three years, volunteers will work with rangers, artists, landscape specialists and countryside management experts to create a landscape which is inspiring, accessible, educational, playable and sustainable. Some of the key improvements will include:

  • Rediscovery and enhancement of the Victorian landscape, inspired by Victorian owner George Burt’s vision for people to ‘Look round and read great nature’s open book’
  • Careful and selective pruning followed by considered planting schemes will all create opportunities for play, discovery and creativity
  • Development of the current viewpoint areas will be enhanced by artist designed seating, path improvements and tree pruning
  • Woodland areas will be vastly improved and enriched. Timber will be extracted by a green-wood worker and his heavy horse, alongside volunteers. By using horses we’ll keep mechanical work to a minimum while retaining tranquillity.
  • A new volunteering hub called ‘The Shed’ will give volunteers and school groups space to work indoors bad weather as well as somewhere to store tools.
  • Path and transport improvements mean Durlston will become one of the best places in the country for people with disabilities or reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Natural and Built Environment, said:

“This achievement is something to really celebrate and add to our string of successes for the natural environment this summer.  As well as securing four Green Flag Awards for our outstanding greenspaces and national recognition of how we manage roadside verges, creating exceptional habitats, this financial award from HLF is the icing on the cake. This monetary boost will help ensure we create a country park fit for future generations of people and wildlife.”

Cllr Peter Wharf, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Workforce and Chairman of the Country Parks Liaison Panel:

“The Pleasure Grounds Project will realise a long-held Victorian vision for visitors and the local community and help secure a historic, wildlife-rich area for future generations.

“It’s a great chance to improve how Durlston can be used for recreation, training and creativity and promote physical and mental well-being through this fabulous place.”

Ali Tuckey, Project Leader at Durlston Country Park, said:

“This grant is the result of many years of hard work by staff, volunteers, Friends of Durlston and partner organisations, and we are really grateful to everyone who has helped so far – now the real work starts!

“The Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project will help make sure Durlston can play a part in improving the lives of local people and we hope that the work we are planning would make George Burt proud.

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Camp Bestival and Bestival traffic management

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:01

Camp Bestival returns to East Lulworth from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July, and Bestival from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August.

Traffic management measures will be introduced for the safety of event-goers and road users across both events.

11.59pm Monday 23 July to 11.59 Tuesday 7 August
  • B3070 – one-way system between The Whiteway Road (for Tyneham Village) and the ‘miltary bypass’ in East Lulworth (traffic can travel eastbound only)
  • B3070 – temporary signed speed limit of 20mph through East Lulworth
  • B3070 – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between Botany Farm and the deregulated speed limit signs (towards East Lulworth)
  • B3071 – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between the Burgate Junction and New Buildings Road
  • ‘Military Bypass’ – temporary signed speed limit of 40mph between the B3070 to the B3071 (Burngate Junction)
  • B3071 – clearway / no parking between Botany Farm and the junction with White Way and between the Burngate junction and the junction with New Buildings Road
  • Coombe Keynes Road – clearway / no parking between B3071 (The Triangle) and Manor Yard, Shaggs
  • Coombes Keynes Road – temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between B3071 and B3070
  • B3070 – temporary prohibition of pedestrian movements between the white gates at the entrance to Lulworth Castle and to the B3071 (Burngate junction)
New Buildings Road – between 7am Thursday 26 July and 5pm Sunday 29 July; and between 7am Thursday 2 August and 5pm Sunday 5 August

One-way system between Burton Cross and B3071 (traffic can travel southbound only)

New Buildings Road – between 5pm Sunday 29 July and 5pm Monday 30 July; and between 5pm Sunday 5 August and 5pm Monday 6 August

One-way system between Burton Cross and B3071 (traffic can travel northbound only)

Holme Lane – between 7am and 7pm; Thursday 26 July, Friday 27 July, Thursday 2 August and Friday 3 August
  • Temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between West Lane/Grange Road and B3071
  • One-way system between West Lane/Grange Road and the B3071 (traffic can travel westbound only)*

*at the discretion of the event traffic manager, and will be imposed only if required to ease congestion and ensure safety of highway users.

Holme Lane – between 7am and 7pm; Monday 30 July; and Monday 6 August
  • Temporary signed speed limit of 30mph between West Lane/Grange Road and B3071
  • One-way system between West Lane/Grange Road and the B3071 (traffic can travel westbound only)*

*at the discretion of the event traffic manager, and will be imposed only if required to ease congestion and ensure safety of highway users.

B3071 Station Road and High Street, Wool – between 7am and 7pm; Thursday 2 August; and Friday 3 August

Clearway / no parking between Breach Field and High Street Close.

B3071 Station Road and High Street, Wool – between 7am and 7pm; Monday 6 August

Clearway / no parking between Breach Field and High Street Close.

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New specialist education bases to open in September

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:17

Five new bases to help support children with special educational needs (SEN) in Dorset will open this September.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills

In April, Dorset County Council agreed to invest £3M (including a £1m grant from the Government) in SEN provision, including creating eight specialist bases in mainstream schools to cater for children who have significant issues with social interaction (complex communication needs).

The council has consulted with schools, partners and residents on its plans, and Cabinet today (18 July) agreed the continued roll-out of the bases across the county as part of its long-term plan to educate more children, closer to home.

Parley First School in Ferndown and West Moors Middle School will each have a base for up to 10 children with complex communication needs. In addition, the following learning centres will host specialist bases to support school children (aged 4-16) with social, emotional, and mental health needs:

  • Dorchester Learning Centre (24 places)
  • The Forum Centre, Blandford (8 places)
  • Compass Learning Centre in Weymouth (24 places)

Dorset has seen a 49 per cent increase in children with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), formally known as SEN statements. There were 2094 children and young people with an EHCP at the end of March and the council expects that figure to have increased to more than 2,440 by 2023.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said:

“We’re seeing more pupils in mainstream education who need specialist help with their communication skills. We have a duty to support these children and believe it’s important to provide that support in Dorset schools, closer to where they live.

“This investment allows us to utilise the expertise we have in Dorset and reduce the need for out-of-county placements. It will also cut down travel times for pupils, which will be much better for children and their families.”

The aim is that more bases will open in 2019, although the locations have not yet been finalised.

 

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Joint local plan review moves to next stage

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:12

Members from West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee have given their approval of the next stage of the Joint Local Plan review.

Joint local plan review moves to next stage

Both Full Council’s will now have to consider the proposals when they meet at the end of July.

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

“I am pleased that we are a step closer to beginning the next stage of the joint local plan review. It’s an extremely important document which will set out future development in the area.”

Background

The West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan was adopted in October 2015. The inspector’s report, following the public examination of the plan, identified that an early review should be undertaken. This was in order to identify additional land capable of meeting housing needs to the end of the current plan period and for the five years afterwards.

The first part of the local plan review took place in early 2017 on the issues and Options for the plan. Following the information gained from this consultation, a ‘Preferred Options’ document was put together.

Next steps

A consultation on the ‘Preferred Options’ will now take place once approved by members of the borough council and members of West Dorset District Council.

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

“The consultation provides an opportunity for residents, local businesses and statutory bodies to comment on the emerging Local Plan. When finally approved it will detail the sites allocated for development and be used when considering Planning Applications. For this review the Councils are required to allocate sufficient sites to meet the demand to 2036″

How you can have your say

Consultation on the Preferred Options document will run for eight weeks, with the aim of starting in August. Roadshows are being planned for the first few weeks of September where you will be able to speak with our planning experts. You can have your say by submitting comments through our on-line consultation form, by email or by post.

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Gardens win prestigious green flag awards

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:07

Three gardens in Weymouth and Portland have been recognised as being among the UK’s very best green spaces. 

Gardens celebrate winning Green Flag awards

Sandsfoot and Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth along with Easton Gardens in Portland have all been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being among the very best in the world.

The gardens are part of a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. 

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Parks ‘beautifully maintained’

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award. 

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors. This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the gardens to such a high standard. I would personally like to thank our dedicated parks team and the wonderful support we receive from the Friends of the Gardens.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. More Green Flags have been awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy. We hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. This is under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. They inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. They run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches.

 

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Dorset Waste Partnership awards school with fantastic cooking prize

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:41

A Dorchester school was recently presented with a special prize and cookery equipment when one of their pupils won a brilliant competition.

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) asked children aged 7-11 years old from seven Dorset schools to take part in a cooking competition with a difference.

The idea was simple. Each child was challenged to create a recipe at home out of typical summer food (e.g. food from barbecues, picnics, salads etc.). Other ingredients could be used, but at least one component of the dish should have been considered to be leftovers.

The competition, as part of the DWP’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, aimed to raise awareness amongst children and parents/carers about the environmental and financial cost of wasting food, encouraging everyone to create inventive and delicious meals out of leftovers.

Every entrant won a certificate, and each school was asked to judge one winner who received a prize. The DWP arranged for a professional chef to make the winning seven recipes, which were then photographed and made into recipe cards. These were then inserted into a colourful cookbook folder, ready to be handed out at summer events.

The DWP’s very own Sammy Strawberry then chose an overall winner, Billy Curtis from St. Osmund’s CE Middle School, who was presented with a goody bag and over £200 of cooking equipment for use at the school.

Councillor Tony Alford, chairman of the DWP’s Joint Committee, said:

“This competition has continued to be a tremendous success since its launch last year. It’s been fantastic to see how the school children have used their culinary creativity to come up with some truly inventive dishes.

Summer can be an indulgent time, especially with barbecues and parties, but the average family could save around £700 a year simply by throwing away less food.  This competition was a fun approach to showing both children and their families one of the many ways this could be achieved and we hope to continue opening it up to more Dorset schools in the future.

I’d like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who has been involved. I’ll be using the recipe cards at home to cook up some delicious treats!”

Readers can download and print the recipe cards at the DWP’s Love Food Hate Waste page on Dorset For You.

 

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Enjoy gardens later, thanks to new lights

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:50

People can enjoy the Nothe Gardens later thanks to the installation of new lamps.

New lights for the Nothe Gardens, Cllr Wheller pictured with borough council staff and James Turrell.

A section of the Nothe Gardens is set to be lit at night following the installation of new lamp columns. A total of 13 Victorian lamp columns, which were rusty and inoperable, have been replaced with similarly styled ‘traditional’ columns at the gardens in Weymouth.

The replacement lighting will benefit from modern low energy lamps and will incorporate LED technology.

The new lights have been fully rewired and have a life cycle of 50 years. The scheme will cost approximately £30,000 and can be extended in the future, if funding permits.

Enjoy the gardens later

Councillor Kate Wheller said: “The replacement of these lights will make a huge difference to people walking through the Nothe during the evening. It will not only enable people to enjoy the gardens for longer, but it will also add an increased level of safety as well as looking very attractive.”

Information about parks and gardens in Weymouth and Portland is available here.

 

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Chairman to host Dreamboats Regatta

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:54

On Sunday 5 August, Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs will be hosting a special regatta in Wimborne to support her two chosen charities; Mosaic- supporting bereaved children in Dorset and Macmillan.

 

Cllr Toni Coombs looks forward to welcoming you to this special event, which will include entertainment by Squidge and Pop Bubbles and a raffle with lots of great prizes. There will also be a barbeque and refreshments stall, organised by local scouts.

Cllr Coombs said: “During my year as the final Chairman of East Dorset District Council, my chosen charities are Macmillan Cancer Support and Mosaic Family Support, who support bereaved children and their families. I endeavour to make this year’s fundraising, for these amazing charities, the best yet, but I can’t do that without the support of the residents and businesses across the district.

“Please do support my event if you can, as all the proceeds will go towards my charities, which who do such great work locally.”

The Dreamboats Regatta will also provide an extra opportunity for residents to take a boat ride on the River Stour for £5 per person and boats can be pre-booked by called 07947 002000 or emailing cllr.tcoombs@eastdorset.gov.uk

So, dig out your boaters and parasols for an afternoon of summer fun, messing about on the river. There will also be a prize for the best dressed!

 

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Have your say on planning for Christchurch’s future

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:21

Christchurch Borough Council is inviting residents to have their say on new Local Plan proposals for the Borough.

This new Local Plan for Christchurch will set the overall strategy for development across the Borough to 2033 and this consultation will give residents the opportunity to give their views.

The Christchurch Local Plan review aims to deliver around 5,270 new homes and 54 hectares of new employment land, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and associated key transport infrastructure to the Borough.

The delivery of new homes will be provided in the plan between now and 2033, and include:

  • 2,460 homes within the existing urban area
  • Area 1: Bransgore and Hoburne: 190 dwellings
  • Area 2: Town Centre, Stony Lane and Bridge Street: 213 dwellings
  • Area 3: Land South and East of Burton: 568 dwellings
  • Area 4: Former West Hants Water, Knapp Mill and Avon Trading Park: 55 dwellings.

Christchurch Borough Council will also be giving the opportunity to visit one of the roadshows.

  • Regent Centre Foyer- Tuesday 7 August, 3pm-7pm
  • Burton United Reformed Church- Thursday 9 August, 3pm-7pm.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of Christchurch Borough Council, said: “The Local Plan for Christchurch will be hugely influential on the future shaping of Christchurch. I urge as many residents as possible to have their say via this consultation.

The drop-in sessions which have been arranged in Burton and Christchurch town centre will also be very useful for residents, so please do use these if you have any questions.”

Following this consultation, which closes on 3rd September 2018, a further consultation is planned for February 2019. The plan is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2019 and adoption is anticipated in February 2020.

You can view the full proposals and have your say online by visiting- www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/christchurch-east-dorset-local-plan-review

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Have your say on planning for East Dorset’s future

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:54

East Dorset District Council is inviting residents to have their say on new local plan proposals for the district.

This new local plan for East Dorset will set the overall strategy for development across the district to 2033 and this consultation will give residents the opportunity to give their views.

The East Dorset Local Plan review aims to deliver around 8,550 new homes and 46 hectares of new employment land, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and associated key transport infrastructure to the district.

The delivery of new homes will be provided in the plan between now and 2033, and include:

  • 3,173 homes within existing urban areas
  • 2,396 new homes provided at existing allocated new neighbourhoods in Corfe Mullen, Wimborne/Colehill, Ferndown/West Parley and Verwood.
  • 1070 homes adjacent to Corfe Mullen, Ferndown, West Parley and Longham, Verwood and West Moors
  • 1400 homes adjacent to Alderholt, Cranborne, Sixpenny Handley, Sturminster Marshall
  • 50 dwellings in Wimborne St Giles, Edmondsham and Hinton Martell.

East Dorset District Council will also be giving the opportunity to visit one of the roadshows in East Dorset being held at village halls on the following dates-

  • Sturminster Marshall- 24 July, 3–7pm
  • Corfe Mullen, 26 July, 3–7pm
  • West Parley, 3 August 3–7pm
  • Alderholt, 6 August, 3pm – 7pm

Cllr Robin Cook, Portfolio Holder for Planning, East Dorset District Council, said: “This consultation is essential for the future planning of East Dorset. It is important that we encourage residents to have their say, so that they can help shape the future of our area.

“I would encourage residents to come along to one of the drop-in sessions which have been organised if they would like to learn more.”

Following this consultation, which closes on 3 September 2018, a further consultation is planned for February 2019. The plan is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2019 and adoption is anticipated in February 2020.

You can view the full proposals and have your say online by visiting- www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/christchurch-east-dorset-local-plan-review

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Surface dressing in Weymouth

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:48

Our surface dressing gang is now back on the mainland treating roads in Weymouth.

Work completed week commencing Monday 9 July:

  • CROFT ROAD (1ST CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (2ND CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (3RD CUL-DE-SAC)
  • CROFT ROAD – JUNC. WITH SHARPITTS TO ROAD END, PORTLAND
  • COURT BARTON ROAD, PORTLAND
  • COURTLANDS, PORTLAND
  • BLINDMERE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WOOLCOMBE, PORTLAND
  • BARLEYCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • MARTINSCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BLACKNOR ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BOWERS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • GRANGECROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • ISLE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • FOUR ACRES, PORTLAND
  • YEOLANDS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTCLIFF ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTON ROAD – SERVICE ROAD FOR NUMBERS 2 TO 78 PLUS FLATS OFF WESTON ROAD, PORTLAND

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 16 July:

  • ANNES ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • DAVIDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
  • BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 23 July:

  • HAYMOOR AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • KENMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • SEAMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • MOORDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HIGHDOWN, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN GARDENS, WEYMOUTH
  • EASTDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • PINEMOOR CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BRACKENDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • HAZELDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHDOWN AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ELM CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BODKIN LANE, WEYMOUTH
  • KINGSBERE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BUDMOUTH AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • ENKWORTH ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • MELLSTOCK AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • EADON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH

Our surface dressing gang is working 9am to 4pm in urban areas and 8am to 4pm in rural areas.

Look out for yellow signs two days before work starts – please move your vehicle off the road before 9am and check that the road you move it to is not also being treated.

Surface dressing doesn’t take long and the road can be driven on as soon as it’s finished. Depending on the length of the road you live on, the road will be closed for around 1-2 hours while the treatment takes place.

White lining reinstatement will follow on from this and is generally a week or so later.

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Works to watch in Wyke Regis

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:51

From Saturday 28 July, disruption is expected on A354 Portland Road in Wyke Regis.

Temporary lights will be in place 24 hours-a- day for safety of highway users and the workforce whilst sewer and water services are connected in the road to feed a new retail site at the former “Texaco” filling station. Due to the nature of the work, lights will not be able to be removed whilst the excavation is open in the road. The lights will be manually controlled 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and also at weekends.

Dorset Highways have instructed extended working hours including weekends to have the work completed as soon as possible; which is expected to be by Sunday 12 August. The work has been scheduled during the holidays in consultation with key stakeholders; as it was deemed inappropriate for work to take place in such close proximity to schools in the area where the extra pedestrian traffic generated would cause undue delay at peak times.

A controlled pedestrian crossing on Portland Road will remain in place for the duration of the works.

Williams Avenue will also be closed during the work, with a diversion via Fairview Road and Sunnyside Road.

Travel updates will be available on Twitter – @TravelDorset

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Green Flag raised again at Christchurch Quay

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:27

Christchurch Quay has once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme.

The flag designates Christchurch Quay as having been judged to meet the national quality standard for parks and green spaces. The judges for the Green Flag award assess the sites against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch, said: “I’m pleased to see that Christchurch Quay has once again been recognised in this prestigious award issued by Keep Britain Tidy. Green spaces really matter to residents and it is so important that these areas are maintained and protected for future generations.

“Christchurch Quay is a fantastic open space and on a sunny day, like today, it is truly idyllic. We should be incredibly proud of this special asset and this flag represents the hard work and dedication of our officers and volunteers.”

Christchurch Quay has been recognised for the seventh year running and the green flag is now proudly displayed on the flagpole at the Quomps Splash Park.

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A new bike shelter for Mudeford Junior School

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:35

Children at Mudeford Junior School in Christchurch can now park their bikes safe and securely thanks to a new shelter from Dorset County Council.

Cycling has become a way of life at the school, and the children have been struggling to find a place to park in the old shelter, which only takes 30 bikes.

The new shelter will help to encourage even more children to cycle to school.

Dorset County Council has been working with Sustrans, a UK sustainable transport charity, for many years to encourage children to choose two wheels for the school run.  As well as investing in the new cycling shelter, the children has also been given bike lessons to help them stay safe on the road.

Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans, said:  “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need to keep healthy, and it also allows them to become better learners in the classroom.

“This new cycle shelter will mean that more people have a safe space to leave their bikes and we hope it fills up quickly.”

Head teacher, Mark Partridge said:  “It has been extremely pleasing to see so many of our children choose the healthy and fun option of cycling to school. We regularly have over two thirds of our children coming to school on bikes.”

 

 

 

 

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BBC Documentary explores the Jurassic Coast – and Weymouth gets a starring role!

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:28

Next Tuesday, a three part documentary exploring the Jurassic Coast airs on BBC4 and Weymouth is due to be featured.

Dan Snow hits Weymouth Beach – copyright BBC iplayer

The three part programme, ‘Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed, will air on BBC4 on 17th, 18th and 19th July, at 8pm and is presented by historian Dan Snow, with wildlife experts Lucy Cooke and Niall Strawson.

The series comes live from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, revealing the hidden treasures of Britain’s beaches. As described by the BBC, the series hopes to ‘inspire people to look beyond sandcastles and ice creams, and be motivated to discover more about Britain’s fascinating and varied shoreline’.

In the first hour long episode, historian Dan Snow examines the royal origin of beach huts and sees how varied their use is in modern-day Britain. Lucy Cooke demonstrates how a humble mollusc helps to train racehorses in Devon. And Niall Strawson is in charge of the Discovery Centre, where a panel of experts examine and assess the significance of beach finds from all over the country.

 Cllr Richard Kosior, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said:

“Weymouth beach and the Esplanade is rich in Georgian history. It held the title of King George III’s seaside resort of choice and it remains as popular today as it was with royalty in Georgian times. We are very pleased that the town is being recognised for the important part it played in historical resort bathing and we look forward to seeing it televised next Tuesday”.

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