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Five top tips for taking a gap year this summer

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Worried about results day or thinking about taking a year out? Here's our top tips.
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Public engagement event – Dorchester’s Town Centre Masterplan

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:57

Following on from last years popular event, we are organising another public event next Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August. The event will take place at the West Dorset District Council offices, South Walks House, Dorchester.

The format of the event will be a presentation, followed by a Question and Answer session.

The timings are as follows: Wednesday 22 August at 6pm Thursday 23 August at 4:30pm and 6pm

All the events will have the same presentation shown, so you need only attend one. We will also be recording the event on Wednesday to upload for anyone who wishes to view the presentation but cannot attend.

Cllr Tony Alford, Leader of West Dorset District Council, “We understand there is a lot of public interest in the Dorchester Town Centre masterplan. There has been a great deal of work done on the many strands that make up the masterplan. We want to use this event to update the public on our progress over the last 12 months, and give the opportunity to ask questions.”

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Hazelbury Bryan Parish Council submits Neighbourhood Plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:40

Hazelbury Bryan Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to North Dorset District Council.

Plans approved

The plan sets out a range of planning policies including policies that allocate sites for development.

It has been submitted to North Dorset District Council to arrange for an independent examiner to assess it.

The district council is required to publicly consult on the plan. The plan, supporting documents, and response form can be accessed online via dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/north-dorset/planning-policy

You can also view the plan at Sturminster Newton Library, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton and the district council’s office at Nordon Lodge, 58 Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum during normal opening hours.

All comments must be received by 4pm on Friday 21 September 2018. These comments will then be sent to the examiner along with the plan. Depending on the examiner’s report, a referendum will be held for the residents of Hazelbury Bryan to decide whether the plan should be approved.

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council, said:

“It is positive news that the Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to the district council. Its submission is the result of a huge amount of hard work by all those involved in producing the plan.

“I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the future of Hazelbury Bryan to have their say on the submitted plan.”

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Homebase: The stores that will close

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:43
The struggling DIY retailer is closing 42 stores, putting about 1,500 jobs at risk.
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Alleged victim of Christian camp leader John Smyth 'beaten 3,000 times'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:43
Andy Morse says he twice tried to take his life because of the lashings he received from John Smyth.
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Seafront Lighting Scheme unanimously approved by members

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:51

The proposed new artistic lighting scheme for Weymouth’s promenade moved a step closer today, after the scheme was approved by Management Committee.

Incorporating community feedback

The scheme has been designed by award-winning design studio Tonkin Liu in conjunction with officers, and incorporates community feedback from two rounds of extensive consultation facilitated by Dorset Coast Forum and Bounce Back Arts CIC. It will now be drawn up into a formal planning application, to be heard by Planning Committee later this Autumn.

Unique scheme for Weymouth

Project Co-ordinator for the Dorset Coastal Connections Portfolio Natalie Poulter said, “We’re delighted that this project has been approved by Management Committee today. This scheme will be unique to Weymouth and will improve the atmosphere on the promenade, making it welcoming and attractive; we’re pleased councillors can see this potential. We’ve listened carefully to the community throughout and have altered the proposed display as a result of what we’ve heard – the approved scheme shows warm, gently moving colour, which is as light as possible with minimal darkness, which reflects the preferences and concerns people talked to us about.”

Celebrating the beautiful bay

Cllr Richard Kosior Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said; “Today members took a step forward in supporting this innovative lighting project, which celebrates the rhythms and colours of our beautiful Bay. Weymouth is a historic town with a rich heritage, but it also has a future. This scheme gives the town an exciting opportunity to embrace this future.”

Spring 2019 completion

Today’s Management Committee decision is subject to a 5 day call-in period, and will be finalised next week. The decision to approve this project means it is on schedule, subject to obtaining planning consent, to be completed in Spring 2019.

The Weymouth Promenade Artistic Lighting Scheme is part of Dorset Coastal Connections, a portfolio of 18 connected projects which aim to improve physical, digital and emotional connections to the coast in Dorset, supporting and growing the local economy. Dorset Coastal Connections is a partnership portfolio supported by the Coastal Communities Fund; Weymouth’s proposed artistic lighting scheme is 100% funded by this grant.

For further information on the Weymouth Promenade Artistic Lighting scheme and all of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio see www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk

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Weymouth seafront lighting plan design backed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:46
New lighting in the seaside town will feature patterns of coloured lights on lampposts.
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Members agree a way forward for improving toilets in Weymouth

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:26
On Tuesday 14 August, members unanimously agreed to a plan of action for improving facilities in Weymouth toilets along the Esplanade. To progress with detailed design works, officers asked members to consider a report for an agreed way forward. The report set out various options for review. Importance of public conveniences Cllr Kate Wheller, briefholder for Community Facilities, said: “We understand the importance that public conveniences play in supporting the vibrancy of the town centre and the beach. We have placed great emphasis on accessibility within the plans. This includes the provision of a family room and new accessible ground-level toilets. “We are confident the plans will go through the planning process before the new Unitary authority comes to fruition in April next year.” British Toilet Association Report Last summer, we gave members a report from the British Toilet Association [BTA]. The report provided recommendations to improve the current facilities. One of the key  recommendations was to provide a new/improved facility in the central seafront area. Approved option 4a – what will happen?
  • 22 new unisex toilets above ground
  • New beach showers
  • New family room
  • New accessible toilets
  • Extending the beach office facility
  • Changing Places toilet will remain unaltered
  • Single storey extension that will incorporate two small lettable spaces. This will include a beach-facing kiosk and a small multi-purpose street frontage space
Estimated costs are between £370,000 and £424,000* Planning permissions needed The option will go through the usual planning route. We expect to submit the planning application by the end of September. We have had initial discussions with planning and conservation officers. The officers have suggested they are sympathetic to proposals to extend the building. Any proposal will of course need to be in-keeping with the existing look and feel of the area. *costs are based on typical guide values for m2 as well as recent tender returns. These costs are construction estimates at this stage. No actual prices will be available until we have gone through procurement and we have received tenders.

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Final surface dressing in Blandford

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 08:22

Surface dressing will finish in Blandford this week and will be moving north to Gillingham.

During the work in Blandford, the Norden Car Park on Salisbury Road (old district council offices car park) will be open to help alleviate parking problems in the town centre.

Work completed last week, commencing Monday 6 August:

  • DOWNSIDE CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • HAMBLEDON GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • HAMBLEDON CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • BAYFRAN WAY, BLANDFORD
  • PERCY GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • HIGHFIELDS, BLANDFORD
  • ALBERT ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • ALFRED STREET, BLANDFORD
  • ALEXANDRA STREET, BLANDFORD
  • VICTORIA ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • QUEENS ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • RICHMOND ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • BARNES CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • JAMES CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • ANDREWS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • ANNE CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • PHILIP RD, BLANDFORD

Work proposed (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 13 August:

  • NEWMAN CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • GENT CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • STEVENS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • ANGUS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • CARTER CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • HUNT ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • TUDOR GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • BUTTERCUP LANE, BLANDFORD
  • LARKSMEAD, BLANDFORD
  • SOUTH LEA, BLANDFORD
  • ELIZABETH ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • SALISBURY CRESCENT, BLANDFORD
  • NORDEN ROAD, BLANDFORD
  • PEEL CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • CHARLES STREET, BLANDFORD
  • OAK VIEW, BLANDFORD
  • EDWARD STREET, BLANDFORD
  • DAMORY COURT STREET, BLANDFORD
  • FIELD LANE, KINGTON MAGNA
  • CHAPEL HILL, KINGTON MAGNA
  • DOLPHIN LANE, GILLIINGHAM
  • PEACEMARSH FARM CLOSE, GILLINGHAM

Work scheduled (weather permitting) for week commencing 20 August:

  • CRESSCOMBE CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • SAXON MEAD CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • WILTSHIRE CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • SOMERSET CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • KNOLL PLACE, GILLINGHAM
  • WESSEX WAY – CUL-DE-SAC OFF B3092
  • LODBOURNE TERRACE, GILLINGHAM
  • FAIREY CRESCENT, GILLINGHAM
  • FAIREY CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • LODBOURNE GREEN, GILLINGHAM
  • LAMMAS CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • BOURNE WAY, GILLINGHAM
  • AVONDALE GARDENS, GILLINGHAM
  • THURSTIN WAY, GILLINGHAM
  • ARUN CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • DOWNSVIEW DRIVE, GILLINGHAM
  • CORDERY GARDENS, GILLINGHAM
  • CORDERY GARDENS, GILLINGHAM
  • ROSEBERRY GARDENS, GILLINGHAM
  • FAIRYBRIDGE WALK, GILLINGHAM
  • HIGHGROVE, GILLINGHAM
  • BLACK LAWNS, GILLINGHAM
  • SYLVAN CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • SYLVAN WAY, GILLINGHAM
  • SHREEN CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • BROOKSIDE, GILLINGHAM
  • CLAREMONT AVENUE, GILLINGHAM
  • BROADACRES, GILLINGHAM
  • SHREEN WAY, GILLINGHAM
  • KINGS COURT CLOSE, GILLINGHAM
  • KINGS COURT, GILLINGHAM

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

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

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

An advisory temporary 20mph speed limit is signed after the work due to the loose stones. Travelling at this reduced speed will prevent skidding on the chippings and help ‘bed down’ the material.

The road is swept for excess stones one to two days after the work, and white lining reinstatement follows on from this and a week or so later.

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Christchurch Borough Council agree not to appeal Judicial Review

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:40

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to submit an appeal to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “Having been refused leave to appeal by the judge it was important that the advice of Counsel and Officers was considered when deciding the best way forward. In light of the decision we feel that the best way for us to proceed is to focus our work on getting the best for our residents as we move towards local government reorganisation on 1 April 2019.

“Whilst we are of course extremely disappointed with the decision of the judge the Council has fought to represent the wishes of our residents throughout this process.

“Having pursued every avenue available to us we must now accept that the Council will be abolished next year. We apologise that we were not successful in keeping Christchurch independent and thank all the residents who supported us in our attempts.”

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Premier League: 11 of 20 clubs could have made profits in 2016-17 without fans at games

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:00
BBC Sport looks at how profitable Premier League clubs are thanks to TV money and how important fans are to club finances outside the top flight.
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Poole lifting bridge closed again for gate repairs

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:49
The bridge has needed remedial work since reopening in January after a £4.2m, 16-month upgrade.
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Cardiff City: FA investigates allegation of fan 'coin-throwing'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:44
The Football Association confirms it is investigating an allegation that coins were thrown at Bournemouth players from a Cardiff City fans' area last weekend.
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Local Plan Review: Have your say on future development sites

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:02

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s ‘Preferred Options’ document of their Joint Local Plan Review is now live.

Local Plan Review consultation now live

 

Residents as well as businesses, organisations and Statutory bodies will now have their opportunity to share their views in the next important phase of public consultation .

Background

The West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan was adopted in October 2015. The Inspector’s report, following the public examination of the plan, required an early review to be undertaken. This was in order to identify additional land capable of fulfilling the housing needs requirement to the end of its plan period and for the following five years – up to 2036.

The first part of the local plan review took place in early 2017 on the Issues and Options for the plan. Following the information gained from this consultation a ‘Preferred Options’ document has been produced.

Now you have the opportunity  to give us your views on the preferred options.

Have your say

You can have your say on the ‘Preferred Options’ during an eight week consultation until 8 October.

You can share your comments through our consultation form online, by email or post.

Our online form is available at: dorsetforyou.com/local-plan-review

A number of roadshow events have been arranged so you can talk to our Planning Officers about any questions or concerns you may have.

Roadshow events:  Location Date Time Sherborne, Digby Memorial Hall Wednesday 29 August 10am to 7pm Portland, St Georges Centre  Thursday 30 August 10am to 7pm Dorchester, South Walks House Friday 31 August 10am to 7pm Crossways, Village Hall Tuesday 4 September 10am to 7pm Charminster, Village Hall Thursday 6 September 10am to 7pm Beaminster, Town Hall Friday 7 September 10am to 7pm Lyme Regis, Woodmead Hall Monday 10 September 10am to 7pm Weymouth, Redlands Sport Centre Wednesday 12 September 10am to 7pm Bridport, Leisure Centre Thursday 13 September 10am to 7pm Chickerell, Willowbed Hall Friday 14 September 10am to 7pm

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

“Once approved, this Local Plan will form the blueprint for development in our area up to 2036.

“We would like to hear from as many people as possible to help us ensure that we identify and allocate the most suitable sites for development.”

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

“This consultation is a key part of the plan review. It allows residents, town and parish councils, community groups, businesses and landowners to have their say on development locations.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of the areas to respond to the consultation and attend one of the drop-in sessions that have been arranged.

“All of the responses received will be fully considered and analysed prior to the council moving on to the next stage of the review process.”

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Dorchester Prison revamp plans stall over 'lack of resources'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:56
Developer City and Country has permission for 200 homes to be built on the site of HMP Dorchester.
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Christian camp leader John Smyth suspected of abuse dies

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 14:25
The CPS was unable to confirm if John Smyth had been called back to the UK for police questioning.
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Arrest after two injured in Southbourne stabbing

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 18:27
A man and woman were taken to hospital with stab wounds following reports of a disturbance.
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Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 16:36
Bournemouth seal an opening day Premier League win for the first time as they beat newcomers Cardiff City.
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Wareham lorry death: Memorial is dedicated to Jaiden Mangan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:14
Jaiden Mangan died a day before his fourth birthday after being hit by a lorry in Wareham.
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Wareham woodland rape probe: 'No offences committed'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:29
A man, 51, arrested on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old woman will face no further police action.
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