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Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked in Christchurch

Dorset For You - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:17

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 will be marked in Christchurch, with a commemoration service at The Captain’s Club Hotel followed by a Wreath Laying ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial site on the Quomps at Christchurch Quay.

The event will be held on Monday 28 January at 10am.

The Vicar of Christchurch, Reverend Canon Charles Stewart will begin the memorial before leading prayers alongside Rabbi Jesner, from the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and the Bournemouth Reform Synagogue (BJCR).

Guests from the Royal British Legion and Royal Navy Association, along with school children from Christchurch Junior School, Priory School, Burton Primary School and Highcliffe St Mark School will also join the Mayor to lay wreaths at the Holocaust Memorial site.

Those in attendance attendees will have the honour of hearing first-hand stories from Benjamin Thomas. His mother was a refugee who was taken from her home in Germany on the St Louis, but was refused entry to the United States of America. Benjamin’s story captures the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year (‘Torn from Home’).

Reverend Canon Charles Stewart will lead the ‘Power of Words’ message, to help understand how language has impacted our lives in the past and up to modern day.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch said “I would ask that people in our comfortable Borough of Christchurch not only remember the horrors of the past Holocaust but think of those in our own time. I ask that we think of the victims slaughtered in present genocides, and also of people forced out of their homes by persecution, and that we reflect on their efforts to rebuild their lives.”

All are welcome to join the memorial event.

Further information about Holocaust Memorial Day can be accessed here: http://hmd.org.uk/

 

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£22K boost for ‘Wild Brownsea’ Island accessibility project

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:19

Dorset Wildlife Trust has been awarded a £22,260 grant for its ‘Wild Brownsea’ project.

The money is from the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund and will be used to improve access around Brownsea, enabling visitors to more easily explore the island and enjoy its wildlife in a low-impact and sustainable way.

The Fund has been established to enhance the landscape around Wytch Farm oilfield and is supported by Dorset County Council, the Dorset AONB, Natural England and Perenco UK.

A vital element of the project is ‘Explore Brownsea’ which aims to improve access for people from all backgrounds and abilities to learn about, enjoy and help conserve the island’s natural environment. The project also hopes to encourage new visitors by overcoming any perceived cultural and social barriers.

Brian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Improvements will include:

• Enhanced, fully accessible boardwalks and footpaths
• Updated signage to facilitate a high-quality visitor experience
• Improved management of visitor flows to reduce impact on wildlife
• A fully accessible trail
• A new wellbeing trail
• Fully accessible new visitor facility
• New wildlife observatory

Avocet, by Brian Bleese DWT

A key aim of the Wild Brownsea project is to promote the health and wellbeing benefits that regular contact with nature provides. It includes an outreach component, which will encourage those from disadvantaged and excluded groups in the local community to get involved with Brownsea, including young people, people with learning difficulties and those on low incomes.

Working closely with the National Trust and supported by Dorset County Council, the project will also facilitate visits for those with reduced mobility utilising a recently purchased ‘landing craft’.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “This funding will be a great boost to sustaining Brownsea Island’s important cultural and historical heritage as well as creating an opportunity to encourage and inspire people who may not have visited before – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – to make natural heritage a part of their lives”.

The bid for the funding, which will go towards an overall £180,111 of improvements, was made by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Brian Bleese from the Trust said: “Contact with nature has enormous health and wellbeing benefits. Improved accessibility will mean that people of all backgrounds and abilities will be able to enjoy the island’s wildlife and landscape.”

The Wild Brownsea project will also create many new volunteering opportunities. To find out how you can get involved contact: volunteer@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Brian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust

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Outline planning approval for 100 homes in Beaminster

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:33

On Thursday 17 January, West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee approved an outline planning application for up to 100 new homes in Beaminster.

The application is for development of land north of Broadwindsor Road that is on space that has been identified for housing in the Local Plan .

The applicant provided an illustrative layout which seeks to demonstrate how up to 100 dwellings, together with public open space and roads, could be accommodated on the site. The illustrative plans for the site show a mix of detached and terraced properties, a ‘village green’ and space for a children’s play area.

Further details of the layout, appearance, landscaping, and scale will be reserved for future consideration in a reserved matters planning application.

This development should deliver 35 much needed affordable homes

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said; “The approval of this outline application, once the full application has been approved, will assist us in meeting the need for housing in our district.”

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said; “The approval of more homes in the area is welcome. This development should deliver 35 much needed affordable homes, which will be eagerly awaited.”

“West Dorset District Council together with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council, want to see 20,000 more homes built in the combined area by 2033 under the Opening Doors campaign. As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. It also enables us to direct new homes to residents.  I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register.”

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

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Holocaust Memorial Day events in Weymouth and Dorchester

Dorset For You - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:03

An annual memorial service in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day will take place in the Princess Diana Gardens, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth on Friday 25 January.

The service will begin at 10am at the Holocaust memorial tree, planted near to Alexandra Bridge.

The memorial service will be hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland Cllr Gill Taylor with prayers and a reading being led by the Mayor’s Chaplin Rev Tom Copley and joined by religious faith representatives from the local community.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the Weymouth Holocaust Memorial Service. Local councillors and Friends of the Parks will also be represented.

Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27 January is the annual day of remembrance for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and Tibet. It marks the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz–Birkenau extermination camp was liberated.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is Torn from home.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Mayor, Gill Taylor, said; “This local service is a chance for people to come along to one of our splendid gardens and join members of the community in paying their respects to the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

“I am particularly proud that the council can organise these events, joining the international community in raising awareness for these important commemorations such as the annual  Holocaust Memorial Day. I look forward to having the opportunity to host this event , welcome all members of the community and listen to their stories. I hope that the weather will be kind to us.”

Other events taking place in Weymouth and Dorchester

As well as the service on Friday 25 January, a Holocaust Memorial Day display will be up at Weymouth Library from Monday 21 January to Monday 28 January. The display is set up annually by Barbara Cohen of the South West Dorset Multicultural Network and friends.

The South West Dorset Multicultural Network have also organised a free event on Friday 25 January at the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester from 12.30pm-1.30pm. There will be a range of speakers. Doors open at noon for you to join us, look at displays and meet with members of the network. Light refreshments will be available following the speakers.

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk

 

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Rodwell Trail transformation to enhance environment and tackle antisocial behaviour

Dorset For You - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:42

A section of the Marsh leading to the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth has received a major refurbishment by Dorset County Council’s Greenspace service.

Brambles and other vegetation were cut back to reveal a large amount of litter that had accumulated in the undergrowth over the years. This was tackled by a huge litter-picking effort by the Ranger team who found all types of litter – from a shopping trolley to a set of false teeth.

  

To complete the improvement, the muddy track has received a new compacted stone surface, making it accessible for mobility vehicles and pushchairs, as well as and walkers and runners.

Paula Klaentischi is chair of the Friends of Rodwell trail. She said:

“The Rodwell Trail is a much enjoyed and well-used local asset.

“It’s vital to maintain the Trail as it is an important wildlife corridor for badgers, bats, migrant and resident birds.”

Greenspace manager Giles Nicholson said: “When we first attended, this area was in a very sorry state, but with some focused hard work by the ranger team it has been transformed into a really useful and attractive sustainable transport link which will be used for years to come.

“We have also made improvements to the area to the side of that path, which will make it easier to manage in the future.”

Dorset County Council has worked alongside Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which has provided a funding contribution towards this work. The two authorities hope the improvements will help tackle antisocial behaviour in the area.

Cllr Daryl Turner said: “Rejuvenating this area has provided a great way to get outdoors and be closer to nature.

“Projects like this, that reduce opportunities for antisocial behaviour and enhance wildlife, are part what makes Weymouth an increasingly enjoyable place to live and visit.”

There will be a photo opportunity on Thursday 17 January at 11:00 on the track below the gun emplacement.

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We love our parks

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:18

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

Winning photograph #loveweyportparks2018

The competition, which celebrated Weymouth and Portland’s beautiful parks and gardens, saw 114 photographs entered from across our borough.

They are all available here in a short film. The competition was run by Weymouth & Portland Borough council.

The winning entry above was entered by Sarah Colwell, who is from Portland. The competition was judged by the Parks Friends Groups, who support our parks and gardens.  They judged the competition without knowing who had entered the photographs and were very impressed by the high standards.

Sarah, who also won the competition last year, said: “I am amazed and delighted to have won again. I love going to the park as the sun is coming up when the light is at its best for taking photographs of our beautiful gardens. I’d recommend an early morning trip to the park to anyone.”

Around 3.6 million people visit Weymouth and Portland’s 91 hectares of green space every year. More information is available here.

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The South West Dorset Multi Cultural Network encourages you to join them to remember the Holocaust

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:59

The South West Dorset Multi Cultural Network will be hosting their annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Event.

This free event will be attended by local councillors, network members, local schools and organisations, and will take place at the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester on Friday 25 January 2019 between 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

All members of the local community are invited to join the commemoration. The event includes readings from local schools, poetry and music from network members.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is “Torn from Home” and marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. It provides an opportunity for us to consider those who experienced the Holocaust and subsequent Genocides.

Hopefully this will help us all to better understand the past and act as an inspiration for the future. Students from Thomas Hardye School will reflect on the impact of the genocide, using Myanmar as a current example. Pupils from Sunninghill School will share the poetry they’ve been inspired to write in response to learning about the Holocaust and genocide.

The event will conclude with a lighting of candles, and a minute’s silence. Free refreshments will be served afterwards.

Mona Elkotory, Chair of the network, said “We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides”.

Cllr Peter Shorland, Chairman of West Dorset District Council, said; “At this event we ask people to learn lessons from the past to create a safer, better future. It gives us a chance to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide”.

The Network would also like to extend their thanks to Dorchester Town Council who have kindly sponsored this event.

The Corn Exchange will open from midday to allow time to view exhibits before the event commences at 12.30. The South West Dorset Multicultural Network will be putting exhibitions up about the Holocaust in Dorchester library, Bridport library and Weymouth library.

Other events in Dorset taking place to commemorate the Holocaust include:
  • Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are holding a short Holocaust Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Mayor, Cllr Gill Taylor at Radipole Park Gardens on Friday 25th January at 10,30am. Everyone is welcome.  Details available from csheppard@dorset.gov.uk

  •  Dorchester

A play by James Still ‘And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank’ Corn Exchange on Friday 25 January at 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) – £10 / £5 under 18s – More information from www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

  • Bournemouth and Poole

Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27th January 2019 between 14.00 – 16:30, The Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee are holding their Annual HMD event at the Lighthouse Poole.

Poole Museum has a Holocaust Memorial Display from 2nd January 2019 running until 2nd February 2019.

Further information can be found by visiting hmd.org.uk

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Grants for tennis and squash club

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:58

Improvements have been made at Dorchester Tennis and Squash Club.  

Grants for tennis club

The courts have been resurfaced and will re-open on 19 January. A £5,000 grant towards the costs was awarded to the club from West Dorset District Council’s Leisure Development Fund. Other grants were also awarded to the club by Sport England, Tesco, Dorset LTA and Pengillys Solicitors.

Mary Penfold, Community Enabling Portfolio Holder at West Dorset District Council, who will attend the opening ceremony at the new improved courts, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to help improve this valuable leisure facility. I hope people will have a great deal of fun playing on the resurfaced courts.”

Tennis Chairman, Keith Mason, said: “The project to improve the courts has gone extremely well. The feedback on the new surface across the age spectrum has been pleasingly positive. I’d like to thanks all our donors for supporting us.”

More information about the Tennis Club is available here. 

More information about funding for leisure projects is available here.

 

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5 ways our Family Information Directory can help you this January

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:19

The tree is down, the leftovers have been eaten (bar a few pesky mince pies) and it’s back to school/work after the excitement of the festive period. However, January doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. The new year is a great time to try new things and indulge in some family time.

Our Family Information Directory is not only a great place to search for family essentials like childcare, you can also find exciting days out, new activities to try and social groups to join. Filter your searches by location, child’s age and more to get the best results for your family.

Here’s our top 5 things to look for in January:

  1. Get back to nature

We live in one of the most naturally beautiful counties the UK has to offer, but with busy lives it can be easy to forget what’s right on our doorstep.  ‘Nature and environment’ activities will help you to get the most out of our local area. Find out which Dorset beaches are dog friendly for your winter welly walk, or search for activity sessions that will nurture your child’s love of nature.

Search nature and environment

  1. Get crafty

Treat the budding artists in your family with ‘arts, crafts, cookery and media’ activities. Bring out your child’s creative side, help them learn new skills and discover a new hobby for 2019. You might even be able to use their creations as thoughtful gifts for friends, family or your own home!

Search arts, crafts, cookery & media

  1. Try a new sport or hobby

While a wintry walk can help with blowing out the cobwebs, sometimes the brutal January weather makes it impossible to get outside. Luckily, we have almost 50 listings for indoor sports and play, so staying in doesn’t have to mean keeping still! Try a new sport or let the children blow off some steam at an indoor playground to keep those January blues at bay.

Search indoor sports and play

  1. Try a parent and toddler group with a difference

You’ll find over 200 Dorset parent and toddler groups on the directory. The groups vary from traditional sessions, offering singalongs, toys and crafts to those offering something a little different, like outdoor learning in nature, or sessions in a second language. Find a group that suits you and enjoy meeting other parents while your child plays with new friends.

Search parent and toddler groups

  1. Seek some support

Whether you’re looking for specific help and guidance, or for more general social groups, you’ll find a wide range of parenting advice and support groups on the directory. Search over 300 parenting support listings on the directory and find the right one for your family’s needs.

Search parenting advice and support

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Get up to £2,000 with Tax-Free Childcare in 2019

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:15

If you have children under 12 years and work full- or part-time hours, you could get up to £2,000 a year per child, towards your childcare costs. For disabled children, you can claim for children under 17 years and could get up to £4,000 a year per child.

Check if you’re eligible to claim

How does Tax-Free Childcare work?

When you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll open an online childcare account, which you will access via the gov.uk website. For every £8 you pay in to your childcare account, the government will pay in £2, or £4 for disabled children.

You can pay money into your childcare account by:

  • using a debit card
  • setting up a standing order
  • making a bank transfer

Other people, such as family members, can also pay in to your account by:

  • bank transfer
  • setting up a standing order
How do I use my childcare account to pay my childcare provider?

You will need to check that your chosen childcare provider is signed up to Tax-Free Childcare. Only registered or approved childcare providers can sign up to receive payments from parents who use Tax-Free Childcare.

Once your childcare provider is signed up, you can add them to your childcare account by clicking on the ‘Your Tax-Free Childcare account’ link on your account homepage. You can pay them directly through your childcare account and can also set up a regular payment on a chosen day each month.

When you apply, you’ll get a unique reference number for your child. You’ll need to give the reference number to your childcare provider so that they can match your payments to your child. You can find the reference number in your welcome pack by clicking the ‘secure messages’ link on your account homepage.

What childcare costs can I use the account to pay for?

Your childcare account can only be used to pay for childcare to cover hours while you are working, or for hours necessary to allow you to work. This includes childcare while you’re:

  • working
  • travelling to and from work
  • sleeping (during the day) after a night shift
How do I apply and what will I need?

You can follow the online steps to check whether you’re eligible and apply for Tax-Free Childcare. You, and your partner if you have one, will need your:

  • National Insurance number(s)
  • details of one or more of the following – your UK Passport, tax credits, P60 or a recent payslip

In most cases, you’ll find out straight away if your application is successful. For some applications, HMRC may need to do extra checks, or request more information to confirm if you’re eligible.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you will need to call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097 to apply.

What happens when I close my childcare account?

If you become ineligible or you wish to close your childcare account, you will be able to withdraw any money you have saved. You can’t withdraw money paid in by the government at this point and will only have access to funds that you have paid in to the account.

I’m not eligible, what other help can I get with childcare costs?

Visit dorsetforyou.gov.uk/childcare to see all childcare funding options. You can use the online childcare calculator to find out which schemes work best for your family.

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Chesil Bank residents have chance to shape their community

Dorset For You - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:26

Residents of Chesil Bank have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.

West Dorset District Council has approved a request from Chesil Bank Parish Group Council (Incorporating the villages of Portesham, Abbotsbury, Langton Herring and Fleet) for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan aims to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices in their town or village are considered.

Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the district council for independent examination. It will also be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan will allow residents of Chesil Bank to have more say and influence regarding development in their area.

“It is very important that local people get involved and help shape the future of their community.”

Those interested in helping with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can contact Mrs Michele Harding, parish clerk by email theclerk@chesilbankparish.org
Any parish council or parish meeting that might be interested in forming a neighbourhood plan should contact strategic@dorset.gov.uk for more information.

Notes to Editors:

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act which Government passed in 2011.

In areas where there is a parish council, the parish council has been given the powers to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. In other areas a neighbourhood forum must be designated for this purpose.

West Dorset District Council has a duty to provide technical advice and support to those communities who wish to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. The district council is also responsible for approving the neighbourhood area.

More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plans-in-preparation

Issued by West Dorset District Council’s Communications Team. For more information contact 01305 838079.

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Campaigns for Members of Youth Parliament get underway

Dorset For You - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:50

13 students across Dorset are campaigning to become the county’s next Members of Youth Parliament.

They will stand for election at the end of this month, with voting taking place in schools between 28 Jan – 1 Feb.

Two Members and two Deputy Members of Youth Parliament will be elected.

Students running for election are:

  • Emily Marshall, Weymouth College
  • Harry Howard, St Mary’s CofE Middle
  • Henry Slocombe, The Gryphon School
  • Holly Hayden The Gryphon School
  • Josie Whitmore, The Gryphon School
  • Imogen Watson, Budmouth College
  • Jamie Paterson, Sturminster Newtown High School
  • Lily Frenzen, St. Osmund’s Middle
  • Luke Mills, Dorchester Middle
  • Melissa Garanowako, Thomas Hardye School
  • Natalie Harper, Emmanuel Middle School
  • Shayla Kathrecha, Emmanuel Middle School
  • Rhys Jauncey, Wey Valley

Dorset County Council runs the campaign in conjunction with Participation People.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for Education, Learning and Skills said: “The UK Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young people to have a strong democratic voice and a chance to have their say on the issues that matter to them and their peers.

“They will be engaging with fellow students as well as members of the public in making Dorset a better place and should be applauded for being prepared to serve and uphold the courage of their convictions.

“I am looking forward to meeting the elected MYPs and hearing their manifestos next month.”

Current Dorset MYP Laurence is running a period poverty campaign in schools, making sure girls have what they need when they need it. And together with Deputy MYP Matthew they championing Mental Heallh services across Dorset and have organised Dorset’s #YouthVoice Summit with 136 young people and decision makers to talk about community problems and how to fix them.

Deputy MYP Stasia Smith is also running a video campaign to help young people deal with exam stress and wants to encourage students to talk about how stress affects them together.

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New Play Equipment for a New Year

Dorset For You - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:43

New play equipment will be installed in various sites across Weymouth.

Example of ‘springer’ play equipment

Elm Close Play Area will be the first to receive new equipment consisting of a roundabout, train and spring see saw, costing approximately £20K. The play area will be closed until Monday 21 January.

Southill Play Area will receive an entire new play set including a swing, roundabout, four seat spring see saw, metal pod swing, multi-play unit, springers and a new drainage system costing approximately £52K. The play area will be closed from Monday 14 January until Monday 4  February whilst the work takes place.

Pottery Lane Play Area will receive some updated play equipment, including a multi-play unit and a spring see saw, costing approximately £7.5K. Work will commence on Wednesday 23 January with the aim of being completed by Monday 4 February.

The completion dates of these play areas are weather dependent.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Community Facilities, said; “This is very exciting news – what a great way to start the New Year. Play areas are so important to encourage active lifestyles and local children will benefit immensely from these improvements.”

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Askerswell has Neighbourhood Plan approved

Dorset For You - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:15

Askerswell now has its own neighbourhood plan for the district council to make use of. 

The plan was drawn up by local people in the parish of Askerswell, and agreed by Askerswell Neighbourhood Forum.

The Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the District Council in early 2018 before being recommended to proceed to Referendum by an independent examiner in August 2018.

After approval by West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee on 11 September 2018, a referendum was held on the plan.

The referendum, held on 21 November 2018, had a turnout of 45.65 per cent.

82.5 per cent voted in favour of West Dorset District Council using the neighbourhood plan to help make planning decisions in the Askerswell area.

As more than half of those voting were in favour of the plan, Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan was officially ‘made’ at West Dorset’s Full Council meeting on 10 January 2019.

The plan can be accessed via www.dorsetforyou.com/askerswell-neighbourhood-plan

Mark Roberts, West Dorset District Council’s Ward Member for Askerswell (Netherbury Ward), said:

“It is a great achievement to produce a plan with a small community of 140 residents.

“24 dedicated people took part in producing a Neighbourhood Plan that is supported by local residents, council and independent examiner. It has taken tremendous hard work and commitment and I congratulate everyone involved.”

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

“Neighbourhood plans give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area.

“The Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan is the fifth to be approved In West Dorset and will now be used alongside our adopted local plan, when making planning decisions in the parish area.”

View the plan.

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42 homes new homes set for North Dorset

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:12

42 new homes have been given the go ahead by North Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

 

Bull Tavern Development Layout

 

The permissions include the outline development of 17 homes next to the Bull Tavern in Sturminster Newton. The approval sets out the access, layout and scale of the development and will include a minimum of four affordable homes. A further application setting the design of the homes will come at a later date.

The development, by Hall & Woodhouse, will also provide investment into the Bull Tavern.

Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse, said:

“I am delighted that permission to develop the field next to The Bull has been granted as it will help to ensure its future as a public house, one that is dear to me as I had my first illegal pint in it at the age of 14!

“Hall & Woodhouse is committed to reinvesting £500,000 in the site by way of a new home for the Business Partner and a new car park and garden for The Bull.  Not only does this enhance the pub, it enhances the local community with the provision of new homes including four affordable homes.”

A 25 home development, provide by local developer Wyatt Homes,  has also been approved at Huntley Down in Milborne St Andrew. The approval sets out all the details within the development including the design, layout and appearance of each home.

The development will provide a total of 10 affordable homes including two 1-bedroom homes, five 2-bedroom homes, and three 3-bedroom homes. Of these 70 per cent will be for affordable rent, with the remaining 30 per cent intermediate housing (i.e. shared ownership).

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

“I am pleased that we have been able to give approval to more new homes in our area, providing a boost to our five year land supply. I look forward to work starting on site.”

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

“The approval of more homes in the area is welcome. The increased rate of development is a key driver for our Opening Doors Programme.

“As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. It also enables us to direct new homes to residents.  I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register.”

Find out more about Opening Doors and sign our Home Ownership Register.

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Dorset Road Fix – January sites

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:57

Dorset Highways has got three resurfacing gangs in action from January through to the end of March thanks to extra funding.

Due to the large equipment used, the area of road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 9pm to 6am.

In January we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

Pineapple Lane, Salway Ash
daytime work 7 Jan to 11 Jan

Avalanche Road, Portland
daytime work 8 Jan

Portfield Road, Christchurch
daytime work 9 & 10 Jan

Chewton Common Road, Christchurch
daytime work 11 Jan

Victoria Grove to Pymore Bridport
daytime work 14 Jan to 16 Jan

Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis (Devon boundary to Cobb Road junction)
daytime work 14 Jan to 17 Jan

Dorchester Road, Weymouth (north of Manor Roundabout)
daytime work 14 Jan to 18 Jan

Fulbrooks Lane, Bridport
daytime work 17 Jan

Denhay Lane, Broadoak
daytime work 18 Jan

B3157 Coast Road, Swyre
daytime work 18 Jan to 28 Jan

Belfield Park Ave, Weymouth        
daytime work 21 Jan

Chelmsford Street, Weymouth
daytime work 22 Jan

Knightsdale Road, Weymouth
daytime work 23 Jan

Road from Kingston Russell to Roman Road      
daytime work 23 Jan to 25 Jan

Blandford Road, Corfe Mullen
daytime work 25 Jan to 28 Jan

A357 Army Bridge, near Lydlinch
daytime work 29 Jan

Hereford Road, Weymouth
daytime work 28 Jan & 29 Jan

Redwood Road, Upton
daytime work 29 Jan & 30 Jan

East Weare Road, Portland
daytime work 31 Jan

Chamberlaynes, Bere Regis
daytime work 31 Jan & 1 Feb

You can check the exact locations and diversion details on our roadworks map. Remember to use the tabs to customise the map to show road closures and diversion routes, as well as for the dates you’re interested in.

Dates can be subject to change due to adverse weather or the need for gritting duties to take priority during cold weather.

Five area-based hand-patching gangs, a NuPhalt Thermal Repair patching team and a velocity patcher gang are continuing to fix smaller potholes and road defects, as they are reported, across the county council area.

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A Happy New Year for Dorset’s roads

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:55

Dorset County Council’s highway fixers will be treating more of Dorset’s damaged roads thanks to extra funding.

Starting this month, Dorset Highways will have three resurfacing gangs in action repairing 53 sites across the county up to the end of March.

The sites have been identified from inspections by community highway officers, with the site-specific treatments designed by Dorset Highway engineers.

Cllr Daryl Turner

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “Last September, Cabinet approved additional money to go into highway maintenance and we’re now seeing that funding in use alongside extra money from the Department for Transport.

“There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into investigating road damage and designing the right repair to maximise our resources – trying to fix as many defects as we can with the money available.

“The next three months of work will make a significant difference to the condition of our road network and will feed into our other programmes of work, such as surface dressing.”

Additional drainage work is also taking place, with a dedicated gang funded to investigate known historic issues. The team will be working across the county, initially targeting the following areas:

  • C5, Corfe Mullen
  • C2, Castleman Trailway
  • B3072, Three Legged Cross
  • B3067, Lytchett Minster
  • C6, Bere Regis

Most of these flooding issues will be resolved through high pressure jetting of blocked pipes, clearing grips, emptying existing ditches and cutting new ditches.

Larger scale drainage schemes are also being investigated, with the aim of designing schemes during the year, for:

  • Thornhill Road, Stalbridge
  • Clarendon Close, Gillingham
  • Front Street, East Stour
  • Knobcrook Road, Wimborne
  • Broaden Bridge, Broadoak

An extra gully emptier is also in action across the county to clear more drainage channels on Dorset’s C and D class roads. This will help prevent flooding – ensuring rural communities remain connected during the winter – and will protect roads from water damage.

Velocity patcher

Five area-based hand-patching gangs, a NuPhalt Thermal Repair patching team and a velocity patcher gang are continuing to fix smaller potholes and road defects, as they are reported, across the county council area.

You can report road issues online at a time convenient to you.

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Calling all landlords and potential landlords in Christchurch and East Dorset

Dorset For You - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:05

The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership is delighted to invite landlords to their next Private Sector Landlords Forum. The event will be held on Thursday 21st February 2019 at 6pm at the Christchurch Borough Council Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch.

The Housing Team are inviting any landlord or managing agent who has property in the Christchurch or East Dorset area. There is also an opportunity potential landlords to attend. This event presents an excellent opportunity for landlords to meet and network with each other.

The event will include various presentations offering advice to local landlords from leading local business experts in housing. From tax tips to the importance of inventories for landlords, the forum offers the perfect opportunity for local landlords to gain valuable insight. The evening will close with an opportunity for landlords to ask questions and get further advice.

RSVP

If you would like to attend or be added to our mailing list for future events please email Jenny Howard on jhoward@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk or call her on 01202 795518.

Refreshments including a buffet will be available. As places are limited we advise early contact and by 14 February 2019 at the latest to secure attendance.

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A foster carer Christmas

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:50

The first blog from Mandy, one of our foster carers. She describes how her Christmas went…

It was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well, apart from one husband desperately trying to find his pink wig and tutu, one mother contemplating moving out for the night until the madness stops, one foster son making sure Santa knows he wants the world’s most expensive pink diamond, another foster son ringing me from contact to say his sister has cut his hair and he’s now got bald patches, a few teens deciding whether they are too old for stockings (you are never too old) and seven cats watching the fridge intently hoping against hope that the turkey will magically drop out.

Welcome to my life. I’m a mother of seven children, four birth, three fostered children.  I share my chaotic house with my husband (by day a behavioural specialist, by night a fairy in the local pantomime), my mother (by day a retired foster carer/ special needs assistant and by night an evil villain in the local pantomime) and seven cats. (by day and night throughly annoying but exceptionally cute).

For those brave enough to drop by, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter by ex-husband (foster carer until our separation about 8 years ago) or my inlaws who specialise in fostering refugees, currently fostering two fabulous boys from Sudan and expecting a mother and baby from the Italian refugee camps in a couple of weeks.

So Christmas, dinner for 22, five children who have never experienced Christmas with us before (two who’ve never experienced Christmas in our country before).

What could possibly go wrong ? Actually nothing, it was quite a heart warming experience, one in which I realised that I’d made the right choice in nearly doubling my family.

I displayed a lovely spread of food which in actual fact I’d contributed nothing to apart from a couple of peeled potatoes and a value box of Lidl crackers. I’d masterfully (sneakily) delegated each adult with bringing a dish knowing full well each one couldn’t wait to out do the other with their dish.

The noise level was through the roof. I’ve recharged enough batteries to power a spaceship. The conversation was a mixture of English and Arabic (I think) and just two kids decided they liked Christmas dinner but hey the cats are now even fatter.

When the clock struck three several children were quite obviously coming down from their breakfast of quality street and my ex-husband was asleep in the midst of the chaos. The younger generation took this opportunity to draw a moustache (well I think it was) on his face.

By 3.30pm the Christmas computer ban,that I gleefully introduced so we could have hours of harmonious family time, was looking shaky as the teen component got out their phones to see what Joe Bloggs was doing on Christmas Day. One younger one who I’d thought was napping, was actually playing mine craft under a blanket.

If you can’t beat them, join them so the Wii came out and the kiddies thrashed the adults at every game. Christmas pudding was ignored, 40 mince pies faced the food  bin and I realised I hadn’t actually got out of my onesie.

By five the next round of presents came.

My family are used to me having an ever-changing family so they always make sure they have extra presents to give at a moment’s notice. This year my dad decided to go one step further and dress up as Santa to deliver the presents . He wrapped his poor dog in a reindeer costume to pass him off as Rudolph. Lovely sentiment until the cats took offence.

My youngest foster son told Santa, aka dad, that he’d ‘made his day boring’ by buying him an electric organ but then spent the rest of the day playing with it (my ears nearly bled).

The day was cut a bit short by my teen coming down with a virus, me with a stomach bug (hopefully not my cooking) and my littlest who decided Christmas Day would be the best time for chicken pox. Anyone tried to get Chamomile lotion on Christmas Day ? But we survived.

The new year, that followed a whole week of carrying new, heavy go karts to the park every five minutes, gave me a chance to reflect on all those moments where I’ve reached for my trusty Dorset Ginger (unfortunately I’m allergic to alcohol so this is the next best thing) and all the moments that spurred me on.

The best moment was definitely my youngest teen organising a secret Santa between all the children, even the littlest (5) thought really hard about what their secret Santa wanted even though our newbie foster children had only been with us a couple of months. The opening of these presents ended in a lot of hugs and a lot of tears (mine mostly) with at least an hour of my seven children wanting to spend time together.

So this is my different, charismatic, blended family who I adore. There have been quite a few others who have come to live with us over the years, all of whom have left their mark and all of whom I will never forget. From the three tiny sisters who stayed just two days, to our first long term little girl who stayed four years until she returned to her courageous mum. The little girl is now nearly 20 and both she and her mum are still very much part of our family.

So if you’ve managed to read all of my ramblings without switching off, thank you. I wish all of you, no matter where you are in your fostering journey, lots of love and luck.

2019 bring it on, I’m ready. Well I think I am. Might need cake. Actually make that a lot of cake to get through.

Mandy X

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Refurbishment of Saxon Square Public Toilets

Dorset For You - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:17

To improve the Saxon Square public toilets, Christchurch Borough Council are planning to fully refurbish them. Work is planned to commence on Monday 14 January 2019 and will be completed by 31 March 2019. The works are being carried out by Hughie Construction following their successful tender submission.

The refurbishment works will involve completely removing all of the existing facilities and installing new modern individually accessed toilets, a disabled toilet and family facilities.

Whilst the works are progressing temporary toilets, including disabled and family facilities, are being provided at the rear of the Regent Centre in Wick Lane Car Park. Additional disabled and family facilities are also available in Bridge Street outside the Civic Offices in Christchurch.

Christchurch Borough Council apologies for any disruption these works may cause.

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