Tourism awards for Purbeck

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Organisations and businesses from across Purbeck have been recognised in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards.

The Discover Purbeck Information Centre, Wareham received Bronze in the Information Service of the Year category at the ceremony at the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.

This is the sixth time the Centre has won a coveted Dorset Tourism Award, and it joined tourism businesses from across Dorset at the ceremony.

Other winners were: Swanage Railway – Gold; Burngate Stone Carving Centre – Bronze; Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre – Bronze; Lulworth Outdoors – Gold; and Create at the Cove – Gold and Silver

Councillor Caroline Finch, Deputy Economy and Infrastructure Portfolio Holder for Purbeck District Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted the Discover Purbeck Information Centre has once again received recognition at this prestigious ceremony.

“The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) team strives to maintain high standards, so we are proud to see their commitment recognised with the bronze award.

“We are also thrilled that the Swanage TIC won Silver this year.”

Councillor Finch continued: “TICs are vital centres of information for residents and visitors alike. They also help support our local economy by promoting local businesses and accommodation providers. These awards highlight how important these services are.

“It is also fabulous to see the district’s many businesses receive recognition for the service they offer.”

Both information centres went through a rigorous three-stage judging process. This involved initial scoring of an entry form, a programme of mystery visits and finally decisions by an independent panel.

The Discover Purbeck Information Centre, based in Wareham Library, is the first point of contact for many of Purbeck’s visitors. The Centre’s team offers a first class professional service and a wealth of local knowledge. They welcome almost 100,000 visitors every year, including local residents and those who choose to enjoy their holidays in the district of Purbeck.

Purbeck District Council’s Tourism Manager Holly Lagden said “The Dorset Tourism Awards are a free to enter scheme that provides valuable mystery shopper feedback. We find this useful to help us keep Discover Purbeck Information Centre running well and our team motivated, we recommend that tourism businesses across the district apply for 2019”.

Visit for details of all the award winners and photographs.

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Weymouth is one of the best places for a night out – its official!

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Weymouth is celebrating receiving a Purple Flag Award for its evening and night time economy at a recent ceremony.

From left: Jeremy Rucker City Dressing, Chris Meade Dorset Police, Dave Rees Street Pastors, Sam Goome Dorset Police, Edward Warr, Town Centre Manager and Sarah Walker Purple Flag Programme Manager.

A town landmark, the Jubilee Clock, will be turned purple on Friday to mark the presentation of the award, which took place earlier this month at a special ceremony in Chippenham. The flag itself will be raised outside the council offices also on Friday. (16/11)

The award recognises places that provide a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents.

Organisations that worked hard to secure the Purple Flag include Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police, the Street Pastors, Weymouth BID, Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce and Pub Watch.

Cllr Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “Weymouth is now officially one of the best places to enjoy a night out. I am delighted we have received the Purple Flag. It recognises the hard work that we and many other organisations have put into making Weymouth safer.”

Cllr Richard Nickinson, Economic Development Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “I am delighted we have achieved the Purple Flag accreditation. We are committed to doing all in our power to promote our borough, as it all helps our local economy.”

‘Weymouth is vibrant and culturally rich’

Cllr Richard Kosior, Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and the Harbour at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “This award shows what a vibrant and culturally rich place Weymouth is to enjoy an evening out. Our new patrol officers and the police work hard to make our borough even safer, so we can all enjoy a night out.”

Inspector Barry Gosling, of Weymouth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Our officers work hard with local partners to ensure that Weymouth remains a safe place to enjoy a night out.

“I am glad this has now been recognised and we will continue to do all we can to ensure residents and visitors experience a safe and enjoyable evening out in the town.”

Claudia Moore. Weymouth BID, Chief Operations Officer, said: “Weymouth BID is very proud to have been part of the Purple Flag accreditation process and congratulations must go to the team that worked so hard on it. We hope that this will bring new visitors to Weymouth and encourage our local residents into the town at night.”

Sarah Walker Purple Flag Programme Manager, said: “There are now over 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation. The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer. This can only be achieved by people working together in a strong partnership to which we are seeing great examples of across the country”

The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town & City Management. It is an accreditation process similar to Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.

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Festive free parking in Purbeck

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:36

Starting on 1 December, Purbeck shoppers and visitors will be able to enjoy some free parking in the run-up to Christmas.

Small Business Saturday – 1 December

Purbeck District Council and Wareham Town Council will be supporting traders on Small Business Saturday, 1 December. Free parking will be available in the District and Town Council car parks at Bonnets Lane; Connegar Lane; Howards Lane; Streche Road; and the Rempstone Centre, Wareham; and at West Street, Corfe Castle.

Pre-Christmas free parking in Wareham

The councils will also be waiving parking charges in their Wareham car parks on Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December.

Pre-Christmas free parking in Corfe Castle

Free parking will also be available in Corfe Castle West Street car park on Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December.

Councillor Cherry Brooks, Economy and Infrastructure Portfolio Holder for Purbeck District Council, said: “The district of Purbeck is home to a super selection of independent shops and businesses. Why not take advantage of free parking and get something different for friends and family this year.”

Councillor Brooks continued: “Christmas is a crucial time for business and free parking helps us all support our local traders.”


Swanage Town Council will be providing free parking in its Broad Road and Main Beach long stay car parks on all the Saturdays in December and the first Saturday in January. On the other days in December, parking will be £1 per day in these two car parks.


Norden car park near Corfe Castle, and Dorset County Council-owned car parks at the Quay and St Johns Hill, Wareham are not included in the free parking offer.

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Next steps for the former Middle school site

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:31

Plans are moving forward for the Worgret Road site in Wareham. A masterplan is being worked up by health and social care agencies that will ultimately see a health and care scheme developed.


In the meantime, there is demonstrable need for social care housing. So Dorset County Council are proposing to use temporary, modular housing for a short-term solution.

The reasons that people are in need are: discharge from long-term hospital accommodation, moving on from home, or currently living in inappropriate housing.

Relocatable, modular, housing can help with some of this short-term accommodation need. The buildings are made in a factory and lifted into position on site. They can be designed to meet specific needs, such as wheelchair accessibility.

Cllr Beryl Ezzard, county councillor for Wareham, said:

“This type of housing allows the council to use sites while medium and long-term plans are developed. There is a local need for housing and we need it quickly.”

Permanent housing can be developed alongside relocatable housing, giving people the opportunity to see their permanent house being built and then move when complete, freeing up the relocatable housing units for craning off the site and to a new location.

Currently there are 33 local people who need accommodation in the next 12 months. This need is not something that can be met through traditional building programmes. Also, there are 41 people in Purbeck who have a need for housing in the next five years which can be addressed by longer term plans.

A public information event was held 18 October to ask local residents their views on the plans. View this information online . This is an initial informal engagement and there will be a formal planning process in the next few months.

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Free Parking across West and North Dorset in December

Dorset For You - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:53

We are delighted to offer free parking in some of our council-owned car parks in the run up to Christmas this year.

Car Parks taking part

Blandford Forum         All car parks free all day for small business Saturday  1 December                                                        All car parks free all day for Blandford Yuletide festival 12 December                                                  Christmas concessionary parking on Saturday 8 and 15 December

Bridport                            All car parks free Wednesday 5 December

Dorchester                       Free parking all day on Saturday 8, 15, 22 and Monday 24 December

Shaftesbury                     Free parking all day on  Saturday 8, 15, and 22 December

Sherborne                        Free parking every Monday in December (except 31 December)

Sturminster Newton   Free parking on Saturday 1 Dec and Tuesday 1 January

Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said: “We are delighted to offer free parking in our wonderful and unique county town for Christmas shoppers, or those wishing to indulge in our wonderful cultural attractions.”

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, North Dorset district Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and
Regeneration, said: “We hope these free parking initiatives will give a boost to the towns’ businesses during the festive trading period. There are lots of economic challenges facing our local businesses, but this initiative will allow visitors and tourists to enjoy a leisurely shopping experience.”

Small Business Saturday

Small business Saturday is a grassroots campaign that highlights small business success. The campaign encourages customers to support small businesses in their communities. It will take place on Saturday 1 December.

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£25,000 given to local causes in Dorchester and Bridport

Dorset For You - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:23

Over £25,000 has been given to community organisations and charities in the Dorchester and Bridport areas. The income from car boot sales in Fairfield Car Park in Dorchester and West Bay Road car park in West Bay is collected by us. It is then paid in to the car boot funds. Community organisations in the areas are invited to apply for the funds. A panel of town and district councillors award the grants from the many applications received.

Pre-school clubs, sports clubs, youth projects, projects for people with disabilities or long term health related issues and projects tackling social isolation were among those that benefited from the funding.

Dorchester Grants

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Town Hall in Dorchester on Friday 14 September. There, they received certificates handed out by Cllr Mary Penfold and Cllr David Taylor [Mayor of Dorchester].

Cllr Mary Penfold, Chair of the Dorchester Markets Car Boot Fund said: “Every year the car boot sales raise a great deal of money for local organisations. We know that a little goes a long way for these groups that work so hard to make lives better for others.”

Who received what?

Volunteer Centre Dorset –  £500

Kushti Bok [A gypsy and traveller led organisations] – £100

1st Crossways Rainbows and Brownies – £350

Artsreach – £400

Broadmayne Scout group – £500

Charminster Pre-School – £238

Dorchester and District Amateur Boxing Club – £340

Dorchester Community Plays Association – £500

Dorchester Cricket Club – £400

Dorchester Disabled Club – £500

Dorchester Men’s Shed CIC – £175

Dorchester Municipal Charities – £500

Try This Dorchester – £400

Dorchester U3A – £132.30

Dorchester Youth and Community Centre – £500

Dorchester Youth Extra – £500

Dorchester Youth Theatre – £500

Dorset MIND – £500

Fizzy Boppers – £210

Friends of Dorchester West Station – £100

Home-Start West Dorset – £500

Mid Dorset Guide Association – £425

Piddlehinton United Football Club – £100

Relate Dorset and Wiltshire – £500

Ridgeway Community Radio CIC – £850

Rotary Club of Dorchester – £500

The Horse Course – £500

Transition Town Dorchester – £500

South West Dorset Multicultural Network – £500

West and Weymouth Domestic Abuse Forum – £500

Women’s Action Network – £500

Bridport Area

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Salt House in West Bay on Friday 12 October. There they received certificates handed out by the chair of the panel Cllr Keith Day.

Cllr Keith Day, ward member for Bridport North, said: “The celebration tea is a great way to speak with local groups and understand all the ways they are making a difference in their communities.”

Who received what?

Dementia Friendly Bridport – £1000

Read Easy-Bridport – £500

Pilsdon Community – £450

1st Charmouth Guides – £250

1st Charmouth Scout Group – £210

Bridport and District Citizens Advice Bureau – £500

Bridport Area Development Trust – £750

Bridport Bowling Club – £250

Bridport Gateway Club/West Dorset Mencap – £450

Bridport Musical Theatre Company – £320

Bridport Young Performers – £385

Bridport Youth Dance – £500

Dorset Blind Association – £500

Dorset MIND – £500

Heritage Coast Canoe Club – £500

Home-Start West Dorset – £500

Loders Youth Club – £500

Melplash Village Hall Charity – £350

Skills Training Bridport – £1000

The Burrough Harmony Centre – £700

The Living Tree – £1000

West Bay WI – £500

The grant programme is now closed. plans for 2019 will be released in the New Year.

More information about the fund is available here.

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Christchurch Borough Council to discuss Country Park proposals

Dorset For You - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:56


Christchurch Councillors will be receiving a report at the Community Committee on Wednesday 21 November on proposals to develop a 15-hectare Country Park on land stretching from Two Riversmeet Golf Course down to Stanpit Recreation Ground.

The report sets out a number of aims for the park with a key focus being on reducing pressure on environmentally protected sites such as Heathlands and Stanpit Marsh, increasing biodiversity and wildlife corridors, and introducing more activities connected with healthy living, volunteering, and appreciation and protection of the environment.

Members will also receive information on how the proposals will be funded and how further stakeholder and community engagement will be carried out in order that the community can derive maximum benefit from the area, in harmony with protecting the environment.


Cllr Margaret Phipps, Chairman of the Community Committee, said: “The proposals are potentially very exciting and it’s not every day that a Council is able to embark on creating a new park. There is huge potential here for a great recreational space for residents, coupled with the opportunity to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Natural England have said that they are supportive of the Council’s approach to this project, and if  the Committee decides that this should go ahead, we must ensure that we maintain the correct balance of activities there so that local people can enjoy it without there being any harmful impacts on the environment.“

If approved the proposals will mean that the golf course adjacent to the Leisure Centre will be converted to public open space. The report highlights that the course currently only breaks even financially and that golf in the UK is overall experiencing a steady decline in players. However, it also points out that locally golfers have the option of being able to play at the Play Golf Centre which is also owned by the Council.

David Barnes, Strategic Director at Christchurch Borough Council, said: “There are not many local councils in the country who own two golf courses, so although golfers will lose Two Riversmeet they do have another facility on the doorstep. The Leisure Centre has over 1500 members and the Council have written to the 14 Members signed up exclusively for golf to inform them of the possibility that the course could be closed.  We hope they will join us in understanding the benefits to the wider community that opening up access to this area will mean in terms of more people enjoying the benefits of being close to nature, availability of a wider range of health and leisure activities, and the spectacular views.”

Should the Committee support the proposals a final decision will need to be made at the Full Council meeting in December with the further aim of the Council carrying out a launch event in March 2018.

You can view the agenda and papers here

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Shadow Executive Committee lends support for Peninsula regeneration

Dorset For You - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:38

Today (Monday 12 November 2018) Shadow Dorset Council’s Executive Committee endorsed the decision to progress with phase one of the Peninsula regeneration scheme.

Weymouth Peninsula development supported

The project seeks to deliver a leisure-led development which will strengthen Weymouth’s leisure and tourism offer and create a year-round destination. Phase one includes; a 100-room hotel, a pub/diner with rooms, improvements to public space, a walkway around the site, and harbourside improvements. All-weather, year-round leisure attractions, marine facilities and restaurants are proposed in phase two.

Support was given for all of the recommendations – including approval for the business case, funding arrangements, and demolition of the former ferry terminal building. The business case for phase one has previously been considered and approved by; Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Harbour Management Board, Management Committee, and Full Council.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said:

“It’s fantastic that our regeneration aspirations for Weymouth have been supported by the Shadow Dorset Council Executive Committee. Today’s decision to support phase one of the Peninsula development is a massive step forward in bringing the town into the twenty first century.

“The redevelopment of the Peninsula will create a new and exciting destination that will complement nearby attractions, as well as enticing new visitor demographics and improving the harbour offering. Increased footfall driven by the peninsula and a greater reputation as an excellent year-round holiday resort will seek to benefit the town immensely.

“We are one step closer to the creation of a legacy site that will benefit many generations to come and we look forward to receiving planning committee’s decision for outline planning consent at the end of this month.”

The next steps

The outline planning application is due to be received by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee on November 28. As the project progresses there will be an opportunity for local residents and the community to have their say and share their views on the detailed plans for the site.

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When are the Dorchester Town Centre Master Plan Events?

Dorset For You - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:41

We are inviting local residents and businesses to comment on the development of a Dorchester town centre master plan. Pop in to the Council offices at South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ at any time to view the work in progress on the following dates:

  • Thursday 15 November – 6pm to 9pm       presentations by Feria Urbanism at 6:30pm and 8pm
  • Friday 16 November – 10am to 4pm           presentations at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
  • Saturday 17 November – 10am to 1pm     PResentations at 10:30am and 12pm

Getting a picture of the public’s aspirations

Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We are delighted to invite members of the public to the consultations on the master plan. The aim of these events is to get a picture of the public’s aspirations for the future of Dorchester town centre. Whilst decisions about some sites have already been made by members of West Dorset District Council, this consultation will give the public the opportunity to see what is coming up in the short term and also what possible ideas could be considered for the longer term.”

Joint working our priority

The master plan aims to take a comprehensive approach to the future of the town centre.  Organisations will need to work together and this is why an overarching town centre master plan is important. The master plan will address:

  • public realm and signage
  • parking
  • environmental impacts
  • accessibility
  • key development sites

Digital Survey

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to come – or wish to submit your comments at a later stage – we are developing a digital survey. This survey will ask you questions that you would have seen at the event. We will be publishing this survey later this week.

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Remembrance parades in Purbeck 2018

Dorset For You - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:59

Lytchett Matravers – 10.45am – procession to the War Memorial with an Act of Remembrance 10.55-11.15.

Lytchett Minster -10.45am – Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, followed by Remembrance Service at Parish Church.

Sandford – Parade, 10.30am from the old Royal British Legion in Keysworth Drive to the Sandford Primary School.

Swanage – 111.00am, a two-minute silence at the war memorial. Remembrance Parade, from Shore Road at 2pm. A church service at St Mary’s at 2.30pm.

Wareham – Parade, 10.30am from Town Hall.

Beacon lighting – 7pm, the Quay, Wareham.


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Dorset portfolio funding bid progresses to next stage

Dorset For You - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:50

An ambitious portfolio bid to Round 5 of Government’s Coastal Communities Fund has progressed a stage further this week, being invited to proceed to the second stage of the application process.

The ‘Gateways to business growth in Dorset’ bid, which is being led by Dorset Coast Forum, involves projects in Swanage, Weymouth, Portland and Lyme Regis, and will now be worked up in detail ready for the next stage of assessment in January 2019. The portfolio aims to improve four key business areas by making enhancements which will benefit local businesses, encourage new businesses to the area and increase tourism.

Natalie Poulter, Dorset Coast Forum Co-ordinator said: “We’re really pleased that Dorset’s portfolio has been selected to go forward to the next stage of the process. This fund is very competitive and our selection shows the strength of the broad concepts and the strong track record Dorset has for making the most of the funding we’ve received previously. We’d like to thank all our partners for helping to get the bid this far.

“It’s important that these projects are worked up with consultation and input from a wide range of stakeholders and the different community groups at in each area. We are looking forward to working with all those relevant groups in the coming weeks to help us get the final submission right for the communities involved.”

If successful, ‘Gateways to business growth in Dorset’ would bring an additional grant of £2.36 million to Dorset, matched by almost £2 million additional funding from a range of other sources. The portfolio’s projects include:

  • Swanage Coastal Enhancement project – improvements to the main shopping street and the seafront
  • Weymouth Station Gateway – enhancing the public realm at Weymouth train station for visitor welcome, traffic and sustainable transport infrastructure and links to businesses
  • Portland Gateway Enhancement – improving public realm and highways infrastructure at Victoria Square
  • Lyme Regis/Charmouth Enhancement Project – an access ramp at Charmouth and improved public realm at Lyme Regis

The team will submit the detailed application to CCF in January 2019 and expect to hear whether or not it has been successful in April 2019.

The Coastal Communities Fund is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to support projects which generate jobs and invest in regenerating England’s seaside towns and countryside. Dorset Coast Forum has a strong track record for delivering projects such as this, and is currently delivering Dorset Coastal Connections, a £5.6million portfolio from the previous round of the same fund.

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North Dorset Business Day 2018

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:24

The North Dorset Business Day is back on Friday 16 November. It takes place at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. Register for your free ticket here.

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Regeneration said: “Our aim is to support and guide SMEs, start-ups and the self-employed on their business journey. It promises to be packed with networking opportunities and business support!”

Exhibit or Visiting?

The North Dorset Business Day is here to progress your business at a local level. Having a presence at The Business Day will give you exposure to an audience of aspiring, developing and expanding companies. It also offers the opportunity to sell your products and services to a targeted audience of businesses.

And why should you attend? Read our 5 key reasons for attending as a visitor! 

Workshops for businesses on the day 

Two separate 45 minute workshops will be running throughout the morning…

Making Tax Digital – Workshop 1

An overview of the implications of tax going digital for businesses from 2019. What does Making Tax Digital mean for the millions of small businesses in the UK? April 2019 could herald one of the biggest changes to your small business! Find out:

  • What is Making Tax Digital
  • What do I need to consider today and what plans should I make
  • How can I gain a competitive advantage from this digital disruption
  • What benefits will my business, employees and customers see
Grants and Finance – Workshop 2

This is an opportunity for Dorset businesses to find out more about the funds available to them. Are you considering an application for finance? Or are you seeking to enhance your financing knowledge? Find out:

  • Types of Grants: Where they fit, what they can offer. Criteria and eligibility. How to write a successful application.
  • Types of Finance: Where they can fit. What they can offer.

“I made lots of new contacts!”

“Just wanted to say thank you for organising yet another great business event. It’s so good to see the diversity of business in North Dorset”.

“I made lots of new contacts, have had 4 enquiries, found a new employee, so it was amazing”.

“Thank you for organising another successful day and I really enjoyed it. As ever, well organised and set up”.


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Dog wardens win RSPCA award

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:15

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

Dog wardens win RSPCA award

North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Councils’ dog wardens have achieved a 2018 Gold Stray Dog Footprint from the leading animal charity.

This is the third year running that they have achieved the award, which is part of the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) Awards. The award recognises that the three councils’ stray dog service provides excellent animal welfare.

Cllr Michael Roake, Environment Portfolio Holder for North Dorset District Council, said: “Congratulations to our dog wardens, it is great that the RSPCA has recognised their hard work and dedication to improving animal welfare.”

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

Cllr Mike Byatt, Community Safety Brief holder for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that the work of our dog wardens has been recognised nationally. Their work is vital for our community and this award is very well-deserved.”

Members of the dog warden team will be attending the CAWF Winners Reception in London on 27 November to celebrate their achievements alongside the other winners.

The Award

The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) Awards cover four areas that have some impact on animal welfare. They are:

  • stray dog services
  • housing
  • contingency planning
  • animal establishments licensing

Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively more demanding criteria. Successful entrants will receive a CAWF gold, silver or bronze logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage, as well as a certificate.

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Students will be able to get to college

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are over 90 community transport initiatives across Dorset. D

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23 apartments given green light in Weymouth

Dorset For You - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:02

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

Avon Lea conversion – Weymouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local council is shortlisted in three categories for national awards

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:24

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

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

LGC editor Nick Golding said:

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

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

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

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

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90 new homes set for Lodden Lakes, Gillingham

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:57

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

Lodden Lakes development site – Gillingham

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

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

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

Of the total 90 homes, the development will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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False claims log burner trader fined

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11 things you need to know about Weymouth Town Council

Dorset For You - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:41

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

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

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

2. When will it launch?

Weymouth Town Council will officially launch on 1 April 2019.

3. What area will it cover?

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

4. How many councillors will there be?

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

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

Talks and negotiations are currently underway to decide this.

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

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

6 What is the Shadow Town Council?

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

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

7 Who will be the Town Clerk?

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

8 What does the Town Clerk do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Film shows people love their parks

Dorset For You - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:23

See our #loveweyportparks2018 entries here.   

A lovely photo entered into #loveweyportparks2018

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

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

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

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

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