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Yeovil Town Ladies: Championship licence denied and club to go down two tiers

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:47
Yeovil Town Ladies are to drop from the Women's Super League to the third tier after being denied a second-tier licence.
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County Championship: Warwickshire collapse to heavy defeat by Hampshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:29
Warwickshire old boy Keith Barker helps Hampshire to a 314-run win as the injury-hit Bears buckle at Edgbaston.
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NHS 'should not prescribe acne drug'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:06
Patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane.
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Bridport steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:02

Bridport has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area.

Bridport steps closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan (Photo courtesy of Teresa Rabbetts)

A final version of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan representing the communities of Allington, Bothenhampton & Walditch, Bradpole, Bridport & West Bay, and Symondsbury has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and approved by all participating town and parish councils, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Dorset Council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place.

View the plan

A hard copy of the plan will be made available at the council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

Bridport Town Council also has also made reference copies available at its Town Council Offices, Bridport Library, Bridport Tourist Information Centre and from all partner parish clerks.

The plan can be viewed online at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/bridport-area-neighbourhood-plan  and on the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan website: bridport-tc.gov.uk/projects/neighbourhood-plan/

Comment on the plan

People who live, work, or run a business in the Bridport Area neighbourhood area have until 28 June 2019, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to pull together a Neighbourhood Plan. I congratulate all involved in getting to this stage.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of Bridport, to view the plans and submit any feedback they may have.”

Comments on the plan can be emailed to planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Alternatively, they can be posted to Planning and Community Services, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan.

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Debbie Griggs case: Andrew Griggs denies pregnant wife murder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:06
Debbie Griggs went missing while pregnant with her fourth child more than 20 years ago.
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Homes protesters target first Dorset Council meeting

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:31
Campaigners opposed to a large development target the first meeting of the new Dorset Council.
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Darcy-May Elm: Dad's 'driver error' killed daughter, 4

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:37
Darcy-May Elm was described as a "fun ray of sunshine" by her family.
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County Championship: Bears face home loss to Hampshire despite Dom Sibley ton

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:51
Dom Sibley hits a ton for the sixth successive match in first-class cricket but Warwickshire face defeat against Hampshire.
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SWR refurbished trains launch delayed over door safety

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:59
Class 442 trains, nicknamed "plastic pigs", were due to be brought back into service next week.
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Dorset Council ushers in new era by declaring climate emergency

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 13:16

South Walks House in Dorchester was packed full today for the first meeting of the brand-new Dorset Council.

82 newly elected councillors, senior officers and a full public gallery filled

Whole council

the committee suite at South Walks House to debate the business of the new council and vote in its new Leader and Chairman.

During a lively public questions session, there were statements read and questions asked about the new council’s approach to environmental matters and specifically climate change, including questions from climate change group Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.

In response to this, Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said:

“We have an opportunity and an obligation to demonstrate leadership – thinking globally about the implications of climate change and acting locally to help address it in our communities.

“The crucial need to tackle climate change is something that we can all agree on. It is an issue which transcends party politics and after discussions with the other group leaders we have agreed on the need to create a cross-party Panel on Climate Change to develop a policy for Dorset Council.”

Further to this, a motion was proposed by Cllr Nick Ireland, leader of the Liberal Democrats which asked for the council to recognise that climate change is happening and that the council agrees to declare a climate emergency.

69 councillors voted to pass this motion, two voted against and 6 abstained meaning Dorset has officially declared a climate emergency.

New positions on the council

Cllr Pauline Batstone has taken up the position of Chairman. This role was previously held for the Shadow Dorset Council by Cllr Hilary Cox.

Cllr Batstone began the meeting by thanking Mrs Cox for her work and dedication over the past five years as Dorset County Council Chairman and latterly as the Chairman of the Shadow Dorset Council.

Cllr Batstone went on to say: “The next year is vital for setting the tone of the new council and the manner in which it operates as a 21st century council.

“The aspirations and ambitions of this new council are for Dorset to be a place where people want to live, visit, learn and work and I am delighted to be able to play a key role in that.”

Cllr Spencer Flower was then voted in as Leader of Dorset Council. He thanked the Chairman and members for putting their faith in him to be the first leader of Dorset Council.

Cllr Flower went on to say: “This is a great honour and an immense privilege. As Leader I want to promote a collaborative approach to the delivery of quality public services, whilst dealing with the known challenges of rising demand and severe financial pressures.

“We need to create a ‘can-do culture’ within the council that puts the interests of our communities first. A member led council, making a real and lasting difference in Dorset. This is a big job, but with the support of members in this chamber we really can make the difference our communities deserve.”

Following the election of the Chairman and Leader, Cllr Flower announced the members of the Dorset Council Cabinet, as follows:

  • Leader / Governance, Performance and Communications – Cllr Spencer Flower
  • Deputy Leader / Corporate Development and Change – Cllr Peter Wharf
  • Finance, Commercial and Assets – Cllr Tony Ferrari
  • Housing – Cllr Graham Carr-Jones
  • Economic Growth and Skills – Cllr Gary Suttle
  • Children, Education and Early Help – Cllr Andrew Parry
  • Adult Social Care and Health – Cllr Laura Miller
  • Planning – Cllr David Walsh
  • Highways, Travel and Environment – Cllr Ray Bryan
  • Customer, Community and Regulatory Services – Cllr Tony Alford

A further debate on the issue of climate change is on the agenda for the next meeting of the full council.


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County Championship: Abbott burst for Hants leaves Warwickshire in trouble

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:15
Hampshire fast bowler Kyle Abbott takes 4-43 - including a burst of three in 13 balls - to reduce Warwickshire to 184-7.
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Resurfacing Zig Zag Hill

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:51

A busy north Dorset road will be closed from Monday while resurfacing work is carried out.

Zig Zag Hill on the B3081 will be closed 24 hours-a-day from Monday 20 May to Friday 31 May, with the C13 through Melbury Abbas also remaining closed.

Drivers will be signed onto the A350 as a diversion route.

Listen to Senior Site Agent David Clegg explaining the work on the Shaftesbury community podcast – This is Alfred.

Resurfacing the bendiest road in Dorset

Resurfacing Zig Zag Hill presents difficulties not only with the nature of the road itself but also with the depth of the reconstruction needed.

It’s due to these deep excavations that the only safe way to carry out the work is under a full 24-hour closure – it is just not safe to reopen the road between shifts.

The road is being resurfaced from White Pit Lane up to the top of the hill.

C13 works near an end

The C13 through Melbury Abbas has been closed since January for a new pull-in and vehicle activated signs (VAS) to be installed for HGVs travelling through the village, as part of Dorset Highways’ A350/C13 route management scheme.

Although the resurfacing through Melbury Abbas will be finished on Friday, 17 May, work is continuing to put the new signals into operation.

The decision has been made to keep the C13 closed while surfacing Zig Zag Hill to avoid diverted traffic using the C13, rather than the signed route on the A350.


The C13 and B3081 will reopen together at the end of May. Dorset Highways will then assess the surrounding minor roads for repairs caused by diverted traffic using them during the closures.

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Plans for artificial surfing lagoon near Bournemouth revealed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:42
The company behind the plans insists it will not be a repeat of the ill-fated Boscombe surf reef.
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County Championship: Tom Alsop ton gives Hampshire good start v Warwickshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:30
Tom Alsop's second first-class hundred helps Hampshire end day one on 291-6 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
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West Bay sea defences – did you know?

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:03

If you live near West Bay, you will know that Dorset Council and the Environment Agency are working on £10 million sea defences, but did you know:

  • 148 homes and 112 businesses will be protected
  • 40,000 tonnes of granite is being used
  • the largest rocks used weigh 10 tonnes

Hear more from Nigel Bennetts,  Environment Agency Project Manager.

Programme of works updates and more detailed information will be on display near the beaches and drop-in sessions will also be held at the Salt House, West Bay, on 16 May, 30 May, 13 June and 27 June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.



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Deer road deaths prompt Highways England driver warning

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 14:48
Five dead deer were found in one day on a road, with estimates claiming up to 74,000 are hit each year.
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Surface dressing heads west

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:04

This week we’re surface dressing the last few roads on our list in Wareham then the gang is heading west.

We had another short week and changeable weather so we didn’t quite finish our work in Wareham, but we still managed to treat plenty of roads.

Works completed week starting Tuesday 7 May:

  • Nordon Drive, Wareham
  • Middlebere Drive, Wareham
  • Fairway Drive, Wareham
  • Seven Barrows Road, Wareham
  • Wellstead Road, Wareham
  • Stockley Road, Wareham
  • Burns Road, Wareham
  • Tarrant Drive, Wareham
  • Great Ovens Drive, Wareham
  • Stour Drive, Wareham
  • Sherford Drive, Wareham
  • Avon Drive, Wareham
  • Tantinoby Lane, Wareham
  • Daniel Drive, Wareham
  • Willow Way, Wareham

As we head into more rural areas and work on lesser-known roads, please remember you can check where we are working by using the online roadworks map.

Work scheduled week starting Monday 13 May:

  • Northmoor Way, Wareham
  • Dual carriageway (northbound) – Bere Road to Northmoor Way, Wareham
  • Link from Northmoor Way to A351 (opposite golf club entrance)
  • Timber Hill, Lyme Regis
  • C18 – from B3164, Birdsmoorgate to entrance to Lower House Farm, Bettiscombe
  • C18 – entrance to Lower House Farm to Mutton Street at Marshwood Cross
  • Beaminster Tunnel to A356 Road – Jct C67, Beaminster Down, to Jct A356, Toller Down
  • C37 – Curry Hole Lane, Halstock to entrance at Furlongs, Corscombe

Work scheduled week starting Monday 20 May:

  • Back Lane, Evershot
  • Fore Street – Back Lane to Summer Lane, Evershot
  • The Common – Summer Lane to Park Lane (access to Melbury Park), Evershot
  • East Hill – Park Lane to Blind Lane (footpath), Evershot
  • Frome St Quintin Road –  A37, Horchester, to Charity Bottom, Chalmington
About the work

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry for the inconvenience

We cannot work overnight as surface dressing relies on the evaporation of water from the bitumen binder (glue) for it to set, and it needs traffic to travel on the new surface for it to ‘bed down’ and lock onto the old surface.

We also cannot work in wet weather – any amount of rain or surface water dilutes the bitumen and so doesn’t hold the chippings in place – which is why our surface dressing programme runs from April through to September.

As this treatment is so weather dependent, dates are subject to change.

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Group leaders announced

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:58

Leaders of political groups for Dorset Council are voted in

At their first meetings following the local elections on 2 May, members from the Green group, Alliance for Local Living (ALL) group, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have voted in their respective leaders.

The Green group have voted in Cllr Clare Sutton as their leader.

Councillor Claire Sutton, Leader of the Green group

Cllr Sutton said: “Although we are relatively small, it is a privilege to lead such a talented and committed group of people. Jon Orrell, Brian Heatley, Kelvin Clayton and I will be working as a close-knit team, and of course with other councillors, to make Dorset a greener, healthier and more prosperous place.”


The Alliance for Local Living group have voted in Cllr Les Fry as their leader.

Councillor Les Fry, Leader of the Alliance for Local Living group

Cllr Fry said: “I am honoured to be nominated as the leader of the ALL (Alliance for Local Living) Independent Councillors.  Although we only won four seats, we bring a range of experiences in our previous roles to the council.  We are keen and determined to help make a positive difference to the county and its residents.”



The Labour Group have voted in Councillor Paul Kimber as their leader.

Councillor Paul Kimber, Leader of the Labour group

Cllr Kimber said: “As Labour Group Leader on the new Dorset CounciI, I, along with Kate Wheller, will work hard to represent the people that voted for us. We are both very humbled to be elected to the new Dorset Council.

“These elections were tough on local issues, we were on the front line facing the consequences of nearly a decade of austerity. Since 2010 councils have lost over half their central funding, with Dorset Council’s Revenue Support Grant now at zero.

“We welcome all enquires and concerns from residents, please call us on 01305 822121.”

The Liberal Democrat group have re-elected Councillor Nick Ireland as their leader.

Councillor Nick Ireland, leader of the Liberal Democrat group

Cllr Ireland said: “I’m pleased and proud to have been elected to lead the substantial Liberal Democrat group on Dorset Council and look forward to working with the other opposition parties to ensure that not only are our existing services protected, but also improved and extended where possible.

“Cllr Flower has stated his intention to work ‘together as a team’; with 48% of the councillors and a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience, I’m sure I echo the sentiment of the leaders of all the opposition groups in trusting that he will follow through on that pledge for the benefit of all our residents.”

The Leader of Dorset Council will be elected at the first full council meeting this coming Thursday 16 May.

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Quad bike rider dies after Winterborne Kingston crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:54
The 61-year-old man was airlifted to hospital but pronounced dead in hospital a week later.
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Swanage bandstand dismantled ahead of restoration

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:21
More than £125,000 has been raised to help save the rare example of a sunken bandstand.
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