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Local Plan Review: Have your say on future development sites

Dorset For You - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:02

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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Rural idyll enjoys future-proof broadband

Dorset For You - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:26

One of the most rural parts of the UK now has the fastest broadband following a long-running community campaign.

The Marshwood Vale lies in Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape is agricultural and consists of narrow lanes winding between farms that lie amongst small fields, old hedgerows, copses and ancient semi-natural woods.

Following a campaign begun over four years ago, almost 400 homes and businesses in this remote part of West Dorset now enjoy access to some of the UK’s fastest internet speeds.

In 2014 the community worked with local councils and put together a business case that secured more than £1 million of Government funding to improve broadband speeds for many properties in the vale.

Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “The vale wasn’t included in our initial roll-out plans, which focused on more densely-populated areas outside Openreach and Virgin Media’s commercial plans.

“However, the strength of feeling among residents and community leaders meant we wanted to work with the Marshwood Vale to deliver faster, more reliable broadband for many of those living and working in this stunning part of Dorset. The tremendous landscape in the vale made it an incredibly challenging build.”

The Superfast Dorset programme and delivery partner Openreach felt that only fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology – where a fibre optic cable is run directly into individual buildings – would work in this super-sparsely populated area.

When work began download speeds averaged around 1Mbps (megabit per second). The full fibre network available to many now allows speeds of 1Gbps (gigabit per second) and greater – one thousand times faster.

The future-proof speeds are available to many premises in areas such as Bettiscombe, Marshwood, Fishpond, Shave Cross, Blackdown, Burstock and Synderford.

Homes and businesses can check their broadband options at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/superfast. Those with access to full fibre must contact a FTTP broadband provider to get the faster speeds.

Charles Somers, Chairman of the Marshwood Broadband Group, said: “With the excellent cooperation of the Superfast Dorset Team and backed by strong support from our local MP, county, district and parish councillors, we succeeded in obtaining substantial funding to support a broadband network upgrade.

“The choice of FTTP has meant an enormous change to people and businesses here and will contribute to maintaining the future for our very rural area for a wide range of people living, working, studying and running businesses here. The upgrade has removed previous constraints for new business development and has contributed positively to the development of Neighbourhood Plans for the area which look forward 20 years: the FTTP broadband service really is a future proof solution for us.”

Emma Howarth, Programme Director for Openreach, said: “The Marshwood Vale is a beautiful part of the country and I’m delighted that our engineers have been able to bring ultrafast broadband connectivity to the area.

“The amount people are doing online and at the same time, from streaming high definition movies, gaming, online shopping and uploading large files to using mobile devices over wireless broadband, is growing every year and this pace shows no sign of slowing.

“Bringing ultrafast broadband to the Marshwood Vale will allow residents and businesses to do more online and is a reflection of our commitment to upgrading the network across every part of the country.”

Around 4% of UK homes currently have access to full fibre broadband, but plans to expand across the country are gathering speed. The UK Government has set its ambition of making full fibre available to every home by 2033, while Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ programme will make this technology available to 3,000,000 homes and businesses across the UK by the end of 2020.

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Car trader pleads guilty to selling a clocked van

Dorset For You - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:43

A Bournemouth car dealer has been prosecuted and ordered to pay over £5000 by a court, after he sold a ‘clocked’ van to a Dorchester customer.

On 9 August 2018, at Poole Magistrates’ Court, Ian Loder, 61, of Bournemouth pleaded guilty to two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He had misled a customer about the previous mileage of a VW Transporter Van which he sold from his business at 89 Castle Lane East in Bournemouth.

The court ordered Mr Loder to pay the customer £3500 compensation, fines of £500 and another £1030 in other costs.

In April 2017 the victim was looking to find a van to convert into a camper van. He saw an advert on eBay for one that had supposedly travelled 89,000 miles. No hint of a problem with the mileage was given by the defendant until at the time the customer paid he wrote on the invoice “Not Warranted Mileage Incorrect”. No explanation was given for this. The customer thought that just referred to the fact that at the time of the sale it had travelled 91,000 miles.

Later when things began to go wrong with the vehicle, it came to light that the van had actually travelled more than 243,000 miles. The customer would never have considered buying the van had he known the true mileage.

In mitigation, Mr Loder’s legal representative told the court that he had been particularly unwell at the time and as a result he was no longer in business.

Richard Herringshaw, Principal Trading Standards Officer with Dorset County Council said:

“The sale of second hand vehicles is one of the largest areas of concern for trading standards. Businesses need to make sure that they take steps to check that their vehicles are described accurately.

Consumers can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 to get advice and complain about a car they have bought from a trader.”

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Christchurch Borough Council refused leave to appeal

Dorset For You - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:02

Christchurch Borough Council has been refused leave to appeal the Judicial Review judgement from the High Court.

Sir Ross Cranston, who refused the council’s application, announced his decision on Friday 10 August.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “Whilst we are disappointed with the decision of the judge to refuse leave to appeal the council has fought to represent the wishes of our residents throughout this process. The result of our local poll showed that 84% of residents who took part did not support local government reorganisation and it was important we pursued every avenue possible to prevent the abolition of the Council.

“We will now consider the advice of counsel and officers before making a decision about the best way forward.”

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Enjoy the coast and stay safe

Dorset For You - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:51

Following the sad fatality in North Yorkshire, we are once again encouraging people to stay safe along the Jurassic Coast.

Photo courtesy of Bridport Harbour (2017)

Rockfalls can, and do, happen at any time; however, a prolonged hot, dry spell followed by rain can increase the risk still further. The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the move.

Remember, the golden rules:

  1. Stay away from the edge of the cliff top – admire the view from a safe distance
  2. Stay away from the base of cliffs: rock falls and landslides can happen at any time. If you are under a rock fall, the likelihood is you will die
  3. Pay attention to warning signs – they are there for your safety
  4. Check tide times before you set off to avoid being cut off by incoming tides
  5. Be aware of mud flows extending across the beaches – don’t get stuck
  6. Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge

Ken Buchan, Dorset County Council’s Coast & Countryside Service Manager said:

“The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s important to use common sense and caution – stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages.”

Find more safety advice

There is a multi-agency approach to reducing risks through Dorset’s Local Resilience Forum (LRF). Members of the LRF work together to help keep people safe. Find out more about the work of the LRF 

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Discover our eco-friendly way to restore Verne Common’s rare habitats

Dorset For You - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:04
We have been working in partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Natural England to restore Verne Common nature reserve on Portland. The council own the majority of the land with part of the reserve registered as common land. The Council designated the area as the Verne Common Local nature Reserve in 2007.

 

Some members of the project team

Wednesday 8 August marked a significant milestone on that restoration journey. A natural way to clear the scrub Goats from nearby Fancy’s Farm have been kindly provided to naturally reduce the scrub on the site. The aim is for them to clear the site of scrub, by munching through it! They are very friendly and will enjoy visitors, but please do remember to keep dogs on a lead. Dogs may frighten them or scare away any nesting birds, some species of which are rare and protected. Important Limestone habitat Chalkhill blue butterfly Jess Tilley, Portland Living Landscapes Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “The area is of national importance. It supports hundreds of species of plants and animals, including ten UK BAP species. The site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of National Conservation Interest. This means it has extremely high conservation value and legal protection.

“97% of limestone grassland in the UK has been lost over time. The Verne is only one of two places in the whole of Dorset with this kind of valuable habitat. This grazing scheme will play a huge part of the limestone grassland restoration project. The project will benefit a multitude of species. They include the unique ‘cretaceous’ form of the silver studded blue butterfly which now only survives on the island.”

Valuable Community Asset Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said: “ The council are delighted to contribute £100,000 to this project. The next phase is already underway, at the site known as Tillycombe and Verne Hill. “ Tillycombe and Verne Hill Cllr Paul Kimber, ward member for Underhill, said: “This is an accessible and valuable community asset that will be enjoyed by local residents and visitors for generations to come.” We have installed fence posts made from chestnut, specifically chosen to be in-keeping with the local habitat. Watch the goats in action Information boards will be available at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. They showcase the work achieved the date, and whats next for the project. A short film is due to be released shortly, featuring interviews with the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Fancy’s Farm. It will also include the moment the releasing of the goats in to their new habitat! 

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8 things to know about 30 hours free childcare

Dorset For You - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:41

To claim 30 hours free childcare from September 2018, eligible parents will need to apply and get their code by 31 August. 

  1. How do I apply?

Visit dorsetforyou.gov.uk/30hours

You, and your partner if you have one, will need your:

• National Insurance Number

• Details of one or more of the following: your UK Passport, tax credits, P60 or a recent payslip

If you have any trouble with the online application, call the Childcare Funding helpline on 0300 123 4097

Apply now

  1. What should I do once I receive my eligibility code?

If you’re not already using childcare, you can use our Family Information Directory to find a childcare provider who is signed up to offer free early education and childcare. If you already have a childcare provider, you will need to check that they offer 30 hours free childcare.

You will need to take your code to your chosen provider to be checked and to reserve your place in good time.

Find a childcare provider

  1. What will I need to pay for?

The 30 hours free childcare offer does not cover the cost of additional services or consumables, such as lunch, nappies, trips or music classes and your childcare provider may charge extra for these. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 30 hours place, and must be offered alternative options, such as choosing to provide your child’s own lunch.

Find out more

  1. I only work part time hours, am I eligible?

You don’t need to be working full time hours in order to be eligible.

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) the equivalent of working 16 hours a week at your national minimum wage (£125 at the National Living Wage, less if you are on the National Minimum Wage).

If you are a working parent, it is likely you will be eligible and you should check whether you can claim.

Check full criteria

  1. Do I have to use all 30 hours per week?

No, you can choose as much as you like, up to a maximum of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks. Some childcare providers may allow you to use your free hours over more weeks by using less hours each week. For instance, you could take 22 hours a week for 52 weeks. Speak to your childcare provider about how they offer 30 hours.

Find out more

  1. Can I use more than one childcare provider?

You can split the entitlement between multiple providers, for example between a childminder and a session at pre-school. However, you cannot use with more than two providers in one day.

If you’re struggling to find childcare, Dorset’s Family Information Service can help. If you’ve been unable to find what you’re looking for on the Family Information Directory, contact us and we’ll do all we can to help.

Contact the Family Information Service

  1. I’m not eligible, what other help can I get?

All 3 and 4 year-olds are eligible for 15 hours a week free childcare. Details of all funding options can be found on the Childcare Choices website. There is also a Childcare Calculator so you can find out which options work best for your family.

Visit Childcare Choices

  1. I’m already claiming, do I need to do anything else?

Yes, you need to reconfirm that you are still eligible every three months. You must do this even if your child hasn’t started their 30 hours place.

How to reconfirm eligibility

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A reminder to use cycling routes in Radipole Park and Gardens

Dorset For You - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:13

There has been an increased number of reports of people cycling through Radipole Park and Gardens.

Photo credit: Love-Weymouth.co.uk Cyclists can be a safety hazard for pedestrians using the park

The current byelaw states that cycling is prohibited in the park and gardens; as this is a safety hazard for pedestrians, in particular small children, using the footpaths.

Cyclists are permitted to cycle from Alexander Bridge towards Radipole Park Drive, where they can pick up the designated cycle path that forms part of Cycle Route 26.

However, if cyclists are intending to stay in the park they must dismount their bikes. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.00.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council BriefHolder for Community Facilities, said:

“Whilst we definitely want to encourage cyclists to use the cycle routes, the safety of our park users is imperative and it is vital that cyclists remember to dismount their bikes whilst in the park and gardens.”

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Enforcement notices served for land near Pirates Lane

Dorset For You - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:20

Councils issue enforcement notice for breach of planning permission on a Heritage Coast site.

Land at Pirates Lane

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have issued an enforcement notice on all land owners of a site at Pirates Lane.

What is the enforcement for?

The enforcement notice is against the alleged breach of planning control that ‘without planning permission the use of the land has changed from agriculture to a mixed use for leisure and recreational uses, as a caravan site, for residential purposes, the storage of non-agricultural motor vehicles and trailers, equipment and materials, and the erection of buildings.’

The site is situated in the Heritage Coast to the North-West of Pirates Lane. It has also been known as Pirates Cove and 4 Pirates Lane. It covers the administrative areas of both West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

Concerns raised to Council

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

“The council will ensure the land is used for its intended purpose and fulfil its duty to protect the Heritage Coast.”

“Many concerns have been raised about the current unauthorised uses and appearance particularly over the site’s subdivision into numerous plots resulting with the siting of caravans and alien structures.”

Steps were taken to avoid enforcement

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

“Every step has been taken in order to work with land owners to avoid enforcement action. This included inviting them to a drop-in session and writing to them with a wealth of information on their options.

“Having reviewed our options, the next step was to issue enforcement notices in order to return this land to its intended use.”

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Competition time! Win a family ticket to Monkey World

Dorset For You - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:23

We have 2 family tickets for Monkey World to giveaway! Each ticket allows entry for 2 adults and 2 children.To enter the draw for your chance to win one of the tickets, you will need to be a Dorset resident and will need to submit your name and email address. We’ll pick a winner at random on 4 September 2018 and email you to let you know whether you have been successful. Chosen entrants will need to respond within 7 days, letting us know their postal address to receive the ticket. If we don’t hear in this time, we will need to pick another winner.

Good luck and don’t forget to sign up to the Family Information Service e-newsletter to hear about future competitions, childcare, schools, local events and activities and much more!

Please read below terms and conditions before entering.

Enter Competition

Terms and conditions
  1. Dorset County Council staff will be excluded from the competition
  2. entry is open to Dorset residents only and if winner provides a postal address outside of Dorset, prize will be forfeited and a new winner chosen at random
  3. tickets can only be redeemed during Monkey World’s opening hours (last admission one hour before closing) which can be found at monkeyworld.org
  4. winner must comply with Monkey World’s ‘Rules of Entry’ which are printed on the back of the tickets. For details, please email familyinfo@dorsetcc.gov.uk
  5. family ticket provides one free admission for two adults and two children (visit monkeyworld.org for children’s age restrictions)
  6. tickets expire on 15 January 2019 and must be used prior to this date
  7. two winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries and contacted via email by Dorset County Council to request a valid postal address
  8. if winners do not respond to Dorset County Council within 7 days of the first notification, then winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be chosen at random
  9. tickets will be sent by post to successful entrants, Dorset County Council will not be responsible for tickets which are lost, stolen or damaged during transit
  10. only the official Monkey World tickets provided can be used to redeem the prize, Dorset County Council will not be able to replace lost, damaged or stolen tickets
  11. prize includes admission to Monkey World only: food, drink and transport will not be provided
  12. no cash alternative is available for the prize and it cannot be exchanged
  13. prizes are not for resale and are not transferable
  14. Dorset County Council reserve the right to cancel, amend, terminate or temporarily suspend this promotion at any time with no liability to any entrant
  15. if for any reason (beyond the control of Dorset County Council) the promotion does not function correctly, then Dorset County Council retain the right to cancel, modify or suspend the promotion
  16. Dorset County Council’s decision in all matters relating to the promotion is final and binding
  17. if there are grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant, Dorset County Council retain the right to disqualify the entrant from the promotion
  18. your data will not be used for anything other than contacting you in relation to this competition and will not be shared with any other third-party organisation. See our full Data Protection statement to for how we use your data

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Traffic management for Weymouth Carnival 2018

Dorset For You - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:00

Weymouth Carnival returns over two days; and road closures and parking restrictions will facilitate a safe procession on Wednesday 15 August.

Whether you’re visiting the town for the day or a resident in the town centre, you’re urged to check your journey options ahead of the event.

Road closures

The following roads are set to close on Wednesday 15 August at the times specified:

  • The Esplanade between King Street and Custom House Quay in both directions (4.30pm- 8.30pm)
  • The Esplanade between Custom House Quay and Pavilion Car Park in both directions (5.15pm – 8.30pm)

Between 5.15pm and 8.30pm, the following roads will be closed in both directions:

  • Preston Beach Road between Overcombe Corner and Greenhill
  • Greenhill
  • The Esplanade between Greenhill and Custom House Quay
  • Dorchester Road between Greenhill and Carlton Road South
  • Westerhall gyratory
  • Melcombe Avenue
  • William Street
  • Lennox Steet between Greenhill and Victoria Street
  • Astrid Way

As a result, there will be no access to The Esplanade from Gloucester Street, Westham Road, New Street, Bond Street, East Street or St. Alban Street.

The roads affected will reopen as close to 8.30pm as possible, but will not do so until it is deemed safe to. Diversion routes for affected traffic will be signed.

As a result of the road closures, the following measures on other roads will take affect:

  • Custom House Quay – the one-way system will be suspended
  • Gloucester Mews – the one-way system will be suspended
  • East Street between Mitchell Street and Market Street – the one-way system will be suspended
  • St. Thomas Street – a temporary taxi rank will be introduced at Coburg Place
Parking restrictions

Parking places will not be available between 2.00am and 8.30pm (or until roads reopen) on:

  • the west side of The Esplanade between;
    • the Royal Hotel and Gloucester Street, and
    • St Mary Street and East Street
  • the seaward side of Alexandra Gardens
  • the east side of The Esplanade, between (opposite) New Street and (opposite) East Street

Parking places will remain open at the Pier Bandstand and along Brunswick Terrace, however access will be limited when road closures are in force.

A vehicle tow-away will be in operation.

Permit holders

Holders of permits for zones A, C, F and H can park in the following off-street car parks free of charge, subject to availability of spaces and between the times shown:

  • Pavilion Car Park and Swannery Car Park between 18.00hrs Tuesday 14 August 2018 and 08.00hrs Thursday 16 August 2018.
  • Melcombe Regis Car Park and Park Street Car Park between 18.00hrs Wednesday 15 August 2018 and 08.00hrs Thursday 16 August 2018
Travel information

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A newly built village school is up for a national award

Dorset For You - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:34

The new Bere Regis primary school, which was completed in December 2016, has been shortlisted for the Civic Building of the Year Awards, promoted through the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES).

The school was constructed as part of Dorset County Council’s Purbeck Reorganisation programme and followed the ‘baseline design’ approach developed by the council’s Dorset Property team. Baseline design is a standardised, repeatable design that provides innovative, practical and low-cost solutions, without compromising quality.

The new 140-place primary school includes five class bases, a hall, games court, grass playing field and a pre-school facility. The previous old brick building was home to the school for over 80 years and was not large enough or appropriate for teaching today’s curriculum.

Wayne Roberts, Headteacher of Bere Regis Primary School: “It’s a wonderful new facility which will add hugely to what we can offer the children here at the school.”

The choice of materials and their colour has been used to blend the building into the natural rural environment. The series of high level windows gives visual character and ensures maximum use of natural ventilation and daylighting to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs and allow simple control by the school. Photovoltaic panels, high levels of thermal insulation and robust sound and air tightness details were adopted.

The building allows for flexibility and future adaptability; internal walls can be removed and remodelled, if future needs arise, under the steel framed roof structure.

The school was designed to be used by the local community by providing access to the school hall, toilets and a kitchen area without compromising the security of the teaching spaces.

Cllr Peter Wharf, county council member for North West Purbeck, commented: “The new Bere Regis Primary School is a first-class facility for local people.”

There is a shortlist of 19 projects for various awards and the winners will be announced on 11 October in Cambridge.

See more about the work of the council’s Dorset Property team

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Judicial review result

Dorset For You - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:24

The judicial review brought by Christchurch Borough Council, which challenged the process by which the Secretary of State made his decision to implement the Future Dorset proposal, has been dismissed.

The following statement is from Bournemouth Borough Council, Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council:

“We are delighted but unsurprised by today’s judgement.”

“A huge amount of work has already been undertaken, and we are making excellent progress towards creating the two new councils.  Christchurch Borough councillors and their officers have always been welcome at the various meetings that have taken place, working to form the two new councils.

“We respect the choice of Christchurch Borough Council to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision, through a judicial review on a procedural point of law. In doing so, we note that the validity of the case for creating two new councils was not the basis for this judicial review challenge.

“Christchurch Borough Council has spent a very significant amount of council tax payers’ money in pursuing this legal action. The High Court has rejected that challenge and we hope that all Christchurch Borough Councillors will now accept that judgement, and fully take part in planning for and making decisions about the new council.

“We are optimistic this matter is now behind us, and we can look forward to working together to create the best new local councils we can, to protect public services as much as possible, and to secure future growth and prosperity for our areas.”

Find out more about the Shadow Dorset Council and the Shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

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Christchurch Borough Council High Court challenge refused

Dorset For You - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:53

Christchurch Borough Council has received the judgement from the High Court.

The council, who claimed that the Secretary of State had acted beyond his powers in passing the legislation to allow reorganisation to go ahead, had its Judicial Review application heard in the High Court on 30 July.

Recognising the importance of reaching a decision relatively quickly, the judge announced his verdict at 10am on Tuesday 7 August.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “We are disappointed by today’s judgement. We have been advised that a number of points set out in the Judgement are still arguable in law and therefore we will be responding to the Judge on these. Depending on his response we will consider whether an appeal to the Court of Appeal would be appropriate or not.”

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Surface dressing in Blandford

Dorset For You - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:43

Dorset Highways’ surfacing dressing gang will be in Blandford for the next two weeks.

Work completed last week (starting Monday 30 July):

  • MELLSTOCK AVENUE, WEYMOUTH
  • OAKBURY DRIVE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • WYKE OLIVER ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SYDLING ROAD – JUNCTION WITH C111 TO ACREMAN CLOSE AT CERNE ABBAS
  • FISHERS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • CHAPEL GARDENS, BLANDFORD
  • DOWNSIDE CLOSE, BLANDFORD

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 proposed week commencing Monday 6 August:

  • 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

Work proposed week commencing Monday 13 August:

  • JAMES CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • ANDREWS CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • ANNE CLOSE, BLANDFORD
  • PHILIP RD, BLANDFORD
  • 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
  • FIELD LANE, KINGTON MAGNA
  • CHAPEL HILL, KINGTON MAGNA

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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New council fund to support community and voluntary groups in Weymouth and Portland

Dorset For You - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:58

Council funding is now available to support community and voluntary groups in Weymouth and Portland.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is launching a one year only fund of £50,000 to allocate to local groups in 2018-19.

Priority will be given to supporting new or recently formed groups, which fulfil the council’s community priorities. Particularly those that support young people, and operate in the areas of most need – Chapelhay and Rodwell, Littlemoor, Melcombe Regis, Underhill and Westham. Applications from other groups will be considered thereafter.

There is no restriction on the amount of grant applied for but a full breakdown of project costs, including match funding will be required.

Criteria for funding

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Operate in one or more wards in Weymouth and Portland
  • Meet at least one of the Council’s community priorities
  • Show the funds will benefit projects operating or supporting residents living in the borough
  • Be voluntary, non-profit-making or charity operated with no unnecessary restriction on membership
  • Demonstrate good management
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy if working with children and young people or vulnerable adults
  • Have an equal opportunities policy or statement
  • Show a need for their project that will result in a community benefit

Cllr Jon Orrell, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Social Inclusion, said: “Community and voluntary groups make a real difference to many people in Weymouth and Portland. The council is keen to help support new and established schemes that target our most marginalised areas and people. We want to help practical projects that support our priority groups over the next year.”

The funds will be provided to organisations who meet at least one of the Weymouth and Portland community priorities:

  • Supporting Young People
  • Supporting Older People
  • Supporting Vulnerable People
  • Supporting Health and Wellbeing
  • Supporting Safer Communities
  • Supporting the Natural Environment

Funding won’t be available for existing projects, staff costs or loan repayments. Grants must be used within one year of receipt.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17th September 2018. For more information or to apply for funding, visit the Dorsetforyou website.

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Preston drop-in session arranged for Local Plan Review

Dorset For You - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 13:58

A drop-in session as part of the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Review has been arranged as an early opportunity to view plans.

Joint Local Plan

The session offers the chance for local residents, business and organisations to view the ‘Preferred Options’ in the plan and talk with Planning Officers. It is an informal chance for views to be raised. Views can be officially tracked through the consultation from 13 August.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8 August from 4pm to 7pm at Preston Village Hall.

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

“We are offering an early opportunity for local people to view the proposals in the Local Plan.

“The plan details development across the two areas up to development in our area up to 2036. In order to make decisions which are supported, we need to hear as many views as possible.”

Roadshows have been arranged across the areas.

Have your say

The review of the ‘Preferred Options’ officially begins on 13 August. You can have your say on the during an eight week consultation from 13 August to 8 October.

You can share your comments through our consultation form online, by email or post.
Our online form will be available from 13 August.

Roadshow events have also been scheduled at the below locations:

Location Date Time Sherborne, Digby Memorial Hall Wednesday 29 August 10am to 7pm Portland, St Georges Centre  Thursday 30 Augus 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 14th September 10am to 7pm

Find out more about the Joint Local Plan Review.

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Your chance to get involved in Joint Local Plan Review

Dorset For You - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:01

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have given the go ahead for their Joint Local Plan Review to go to the next important phase of public consultation.

Joint Local Plan

Members from both councils gave their approval at Full Councils in late July.

Residents as well as businesses, organisations and Statutory bodies will now have their opportunity to share their views.

 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 from 13 August to 8 October.

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

Our online form will be available from 13 August.

We’ve also arranged roadshow events where you can talk to our Planning Officers about any questions or concerns you may have.

Roadshow events have been scheduled at the below locations:

Location Date Time Sherborne, Digby Memorial Hall Wednesday 29 August 10am to 7pm Portland, St Georges Centre  Thursday 30 Augus 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 14th September 10am to 7pm

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

“The Plan, once approved, will be the framework for development in our area up to 2036.  Public feedback is essential to help the councils ensure that the most suitable sites are allocated. ”

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

“The local plan is used when considering all planning applications. In order to make decisions which are supported, we need to hear as many views as possible.”

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“Councils offer value for money” say auditors

Dorset For You - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 22:15

The Statement of Accounts for North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have been given a clean bill of health by external auditors KPMG.

 Every year the three councils, who share a single workforce, must review the effectiveness of their governance systems and produce an Annual Governance Statement.

The Annual Governance Statement must be published alongside a financial statement, known as the Statement of Accounts.

The Statement of Accounts shows the councils’ activities for the year and the financial position of the councils at the year end.

The accounts have been subject to external audit by KPMG over the summer.

KPMG presented their final report to the councils’ Audit Committees on 30 July.  The committees were then also asked to formally adopt the accounts.

Value for money reaction

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

“The review of the Statement of Accounts is a major piece of work for both KPMG and our Finance team.

“The aim is to provide the public, members and management with an independent review of the council’s financial processes and accounts for the year.”

Cllr Anthony Alford, Leader of West Dorset District Council said:

“We are really pleased to have received an unqualified value for money opinion on our council’s accounts.

“This gives our work a seal of approval. It shows we are working well to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in our use of resources.”

Cllr Jeff Cant, briefholder for Finance and Assets for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council said:

“We are very satisfied with KMPG’s conclusion.

“It shows the borough council has proper arrangements in place to make informed decisions. And that we offer value for money for taxpayers and local people.”

You can read the findings of KPMG’s review on Dorsetforyou.gov.uk:

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Weymouth seafront lighting scheme update

Dorset For You - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:37

The proposed seafront lighting design is currently being finalised and made ready for Management Committee decision on 14 August. As part of this process, councillors asked to see a basic, functional demonstration of the type of fittings being proposed, in context on the seafront.

Demonstration organised for Councillors

The arranged demonstration took place this week as a private session for councillors to view a limited range of sample programmes, on one column, to help inform their decision at Management Committee. The session was purely to demonstrate specific elements of the potential display to councillors, and was not fully representative of the complete scheme which, if approved, will encompass 30 columns along the promenade.

The Dorset Coastal Connections team has engaged extensively with the Weymouth community to help build this design. The team have heard a range of views, and all opinions and feedback have been considered.  And the design has been altered to take account of residents’ concerns and input.

To help inform Management Committee decision

Cllr Richard Kosior, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said: “The purpose of the demonstration was to show how unobtrusive the lighting units will be and to demonstrate a simple lighting animation. This was in response to some members who had concerns about what the final lighting will look like once installed.

“Although on a small scale, involving one column, the demonstration gave a sense of the lighting combinations and artistic animation that can be achieved. I extend my thanks to the project team for creating this opportunity to view a small part of the installation that will help inform Members in advance of a Management Committee decision.”

Full details of all the consultations and results can be found on the website, along with a full explanation of why the ‘fairy lights’ cannot be reinstated. The public consultation phase of this project is now closed; there will be no further public consultation on the design until the formal planning process begins later in the summer (subject to approval by Management Committee).

Part of 18 connected projects

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 project supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, and the Weymouth Promenade artistic lighting scheme is exclusively funded by this grant.

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