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South Western Railway workers begin five-day strike

Dorset BBC News Feed - 1 hour 15 min ago
The walkout will be the longest yet in the dispute over the role of guards on trains.
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The parents of children who died fighting IS visit Syria

Dorset BBC News Feed - 11 hours 29 min ago
Eight Britons are known to have been killed fighting with the Kurdish militia against the Islamic State group.
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Poole house explosion: Seriously hurt man arrested

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:20
Investigations are focussing on gas cylinders at the house in Poole.
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Horse rescued from Dorset swimming pool

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 13:53
The 26-year-old mare had to be hauled out of the pool by firefighters in Dorset.
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Dorchester Town Centre master plan – have your say!

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:05

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

Thursday 15 November – 6pm – 9pm [Presentations by Feria Urbanism at 6:30pm and 8pm] 

Friday 16 November – 10am – 4pm [Presentations at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm]

Saturday 17 November – 10am – 1pm Presentations at 10:30am and 12pm]

A  comprehensive approach

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 
  • Traffic and transport 
  • Environmental impacts
  • Accessibility
  • Key development sites

Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We are excited about re-invigorating our beautiful, culturally and archaeologically rich County Town. The master plan will ensure that Members and officers across our partner local authorities are all working towards the same vision.”

Building on our past for a better future

Joined up working with our communities means we will reap the benefits for generations to come. Cllr John Russell, Chairman of the Dorchester Town Centre member working group, said: “We need to allow the town to respond flexibly to future site proposals. It’s important to remember that the master plan strategy involves the whole town centre and not just sites earmarked for development.

“This consultation will allow the people of Dorchester and surrounding villages to have their say on what the vision for Dorchester should be.”

Cultural investment

Cllr Mary Penfold, Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said: “Dorchester deserves to be an exciting destination that isn’t simply defined by its retail offer. Culturally, the town is having a “moment”. There is multi-million pound investment in Dorset County Museum. Shire Hall has opened to raving reviews. Work continues on how we can revitalise the Charter Market and other key sites.”

A compelling vision for the town

Richard Eastham, Director of Feria Urbanism – the company tasked with writing the town centre master plan – said: “We want to make it clear that this is the early stages of the master plan. Any master plan is doomed to fail unless it takes in to account the views of its communities. The plan won’t provide new answers to unlocking the challenging development sites within the town. But it can present a compelling vision for the whole town that can cast these opportunity sites in a new light.”

We will be creating a digital survey to compliment the consultation drop-in events. This will be launched closer to the time of the events.

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Red Arrows will not appear at Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:04
Organisers say they hope to keep visitors happy despite the Red Arrows missing the show.
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Yeovil Town Ladies 1-2 Bristol City Women: Lucy Graham brace sends Vixens fifth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 16:10
Lucy Graham's brace sees Bristol City beat West Country rivals Yeovil Town in the WSL to keep the Lady Glovers bottom.
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Hospital volunteers help patients find peace before they die

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 23:20
End-of-life volunteers at Bournemouth hospital are helping patients and their families find peace with death.
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Premier League: Bournemouth and Southampton play out stalemate

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 18:12
Southampton boss Mark Hughes describes their goalless draw with south coast neighbours Bournemouth as a "statement", as they end their losing streak.
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Blandford farm murder inquiry: Man released from bail

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 14:12
One of two men arrested in connection with the murder of Marcin Tameczka is released from bail.
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Gorman: 'Why I've given up London'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 23:04
The comedian says he is quitting London for a more relaxed life by the sea.
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Fines issued in Poole begging crackdown remain unpaid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 18:35
The Borough of Poole says two people have been fined for continuing to beg in the town centre.
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Second attempt at Bournemouth and Poole bike share scheme

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:47
Bournemouth and Poole councils want 1,000 bikes in the two towns using an app-based GPS system.
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Camp Bestival founders 'back in control' after administration

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:19
The family-friendly festival was forced into administration by its financial backer Richmond Group.
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Three successful prosecutions for the Dorset Waste Partnership in recent weeks

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:26

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has sent a strong message to those who break the law when dealing with their rubbish; waste crimes are actively being tackled, and you could end up with a fine or in court.

In recent weeks, DWP Enforcement Officers, aided by Dorset County Council’s (DCC) legal team, have successfully prosecuted three different people for crimes related to fly-tipping and duty of care.

Richard Moulding, 24 of Wimborne, had been advertising waste disposal and gardening services on Facebook in December 2017. The resident had contacted him to remove some waste during a house move. Mr. Moulding agreed a price of £30 and removed the waste in a small van. Mr Moulding did not provide a Waste Transfer Note (a receipt of what the waste consisted of, who picked it up and where it was going).  However, the resident did note the vehicle registration number of the vehicle Mr Moulding was using.

Two days later, a fly-tip was reported to the DWP in Colehill. Enforcement Officers investigated, found evidence linking the waste to the resident and subsequently traced Mr. Moulding a few weeks later.

After Mr. Moulding ignored a requirement from the DWP to attend an interview, Dorset Police officers arrested him. He denied collecting and fly-tipping the waste.

However, at Poole Magistrates Court on 11 October, Mr. Moulding pleaded guilty to Unauthorised Deposit of Controlled Waste (fly-tipping) and an offence of failure to provide information during the investigation (by failing to attend the interview.) He was fined £240 with costs awarded of £500. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the complainant of £30 and a victim surcharge of £30.

In March 2018 Kay Higton, 67 of Ferndown, was contacted by the DWP’s Enforcement Team as bin collection crews suspected large amounts of commercial waste were being produced at her home address. While Ms. Higton confirmed that a business was run from her premises, she failed to produce any waste transfer notes from a commercial waste service provider and was subsequently issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by enforcement officers.

The DWP then received a phone call from Ms. Higton who stated she would not pay the FPN and would be happy to go to court. Despite a further and final reminder to pay the FPN, Ms. Higton refused and was taken to court by the DWP and DCC.

Ms Higton pleaded not guilty but following a trial at Poole Magistrates Court on the 11 October, she was found guilty by the court of failing to produce the waste transfer notes as required. She was fined £600, costs awarded of £600 and paid a victim surcharge of £60.

In May 2018, DWP Enforcement Officers were on duty at the Ashley Heath Weighbridge on the A31. As part of a multi-agency operation, the officers were working with various partner agencies including the Dorset Police. People driving those vehicles carrying waste that were stopped by the police were then checked by DWP officers for appropriate licencing.

Alfred Leslie Wilks, 42 of Ringwood, was driving a Mazda van containing a large quantity of differing types of flooring and packaging that he confirmed was waste from his job as a floor layer. As he did not have a Waste Carriers Licence, he was issued with an FPN which he subsequently failed to pay.

On 4 October, Mr. Wilks was found guilty at Poole Magistrates Court in his absence, of having no Waste Carriers Licence. He was fined £400, cost awarded of £842.50 and a victim surcharge of £40.

Jeremy Gallagher, Enforcement Officer at the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:

“The DWP hopes that these successful prosecutions send a clear message to those people who try to dispose of waste illegally. But we also want members of the public, including business owners, to be aware of their duty of care when producing waste and/or handing it to somewhere else.

If you hand your waste to someone else for disposal, make sure they have a Waste Carriers Licence and get a Waste Transfer Note. If you operate a business, even if it’s based at home, and you produce waste, you need to have a commercial waste collection arranged. We’ve got lots of useful information as part of our anti-flytipping campaign, Tip-Off.

And remember – if the DWP issues you with an FPN and you fail to pay it in time, you could end up in court.”

You can find more information about the DWP’s Tip-Off campaign at Dorset For You.

Business owners can find out more about their duty of care when it comes to waste online.

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Bournemouth A338 Spur Road: Christmas break in roadworks 'to extend'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:55
The works, which have led to two-hour queues, have been described as "chaotic" and "shambolic".
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Research and more support to build Dorset’s basic digital skills

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:16

Dorset is celebrating Get Online Week (15-21 October) by announcing a partnership with digital inclusion experts Citizens Online. Around 150,000[1] of Dorset residents, including Poole and Bournemouth, lack at least one digital skill[2]. Citizens Online is helping to build the county’s digital champions programme – and is inviting any organization interested in helping to reduce digital exclusion to join.

People who lack digital skills can’t always access the services they need. They also miss out on the many benefits that digital can bring, such as feeling less alone, finding work, saving money and improving health[3].

Over 50 trained volunteer digital champions offer free support in libraries and other venues across Dorset. To book onto a session near you, ring 01305 221048. Around 30 organisations manage the champions programme – to get involved, email digitalchampions@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Citizens Online is rolling out its award winning Switch approach to understand digital inclusion in Dorset better and make sure sufficient support is available to those who need it. Switch is funded by local partners and The Big Lottery Fund[4] as part of the One Digital[5] programme.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for skills, said: “The Routes to Inclusion programme has already achieved much; now we want to reach even more of our residents and enable them to get the best from the digital connectivity that is now available across Dorset. We are a forward-thinking county and we know people need help to embrace digital technology so they can benefit financially and socially, and access our public services better.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: “We have been impressed with the progress and successes that the Routes to Inclusion Group has already achieved on this difficult issue of supporting digital skills. We’re delighted to be working with the group. We want to change the way local service providers and funders perceive the issue of digital inclusion – from being a ‘bolt on activity’ to a way of working that is part of business as usual.”

[1] https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/LB-Consumer-Digital-Index-2018-Report.pdf

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/essential-digital-skills-framework

[3] https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/LB-Consumer-Digital-Index-2018-Report.pdf

[4] https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

[5] https://onedigitaluk.com/

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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets tattoo for Bradley Lowery

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:43
Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets a tattoo in memory of his friend Bradley Lowery, the Sunderland fan who died aged six after a long illness.
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Local Plan Review: Thanks for sharing your views

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:30

The consultation on the Preferred Options for the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan review has come to an end.

Thanks for sharing your views in local plan review

Over the nine week consultation, which included a week-long extension, the councils received over 900 responses and had nearly 1,500 people attend roadshow events.

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

“Our local plan review is an incredibly important document that sets out the future development of our areas. I’d like to thank everyone who had their say in the consultation, and encourage continued feedback in future consultation work.”

What happens now?

 Over the next few months the councils’ Planning Policy Team will analyse the responses and work up a final draft of the local plan review.

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

“The Preferred Options were put forward in order to meet the future needs of our towns and villages. The feedback we have received by residents, business and organisations in this consultation will be considered against relevant policies and evidence based research before a draft document is prepared.”

The draft local plan review will be subject to a further round of consultation. Following this, it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by a Planning Inspector.

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Shaftesbury Cattle Market campaigners lose legal challenge

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:47
Justice for Shaftesbury lodged a legal bid over a council's plan to sell the town's cattle market.
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