When Dippy met Pantosaurus

Dorset For You - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:21

Dippy wasn’t the only famous dinosaur on show at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester last week. Diplodocus was joined by Pantosaurus, the NSPCC’s popular children’s character who’s helping children keep safe from sexual abuse.

Pantosaurus met Dippy at Dorset County Museum to launch a campaign to help prevent child abuse.

The event was the launch of the NSPCC’s year-long PANTS campaign across Dorset. The campaign promotes the range of resources available to help people teach children how to stay safe from abuse. It’s being run in partnership with the Safeguarding Children Boards from Dorset, and Bournemouth and Poole.

PANTS is the name of the NSPCC’s successful ‘Underwear Rule’:

P – Privates are private.

A – Always remember your body belongs to you.

N – No means no.

T – Talk about secrets that upset you.

S – Speak up, someone can help.

The campaign is targeting local childcare professionals, teachers, parents and carers. It will include a series of workshops throughout the year, and the promotion of free downloadable lesson plans so that teachers and early years practitioners can help keep children safe.

Cllr Steve Butler, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for safeguarding said:

“We are proud to be supporting the PANTS campaign which carries an incredibly important message for children in a simple age-appropriate way.

“Sadly, children who have suffered sexual abuse can be affected by it for the rest of their lives because of loss of self-confidence and an inability to form meaningful relationships. We all have a role to play in raising awareness of what constitutes a healthy and safe relationship.”

Find out more about PANTS here.




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Best foot forward for National Walking Month

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:52

May is National Walking Month so put on your walking shoes and make it part of your daily routine.

There are loads of health benefits to be had.  Adding a brisk pace to your step can help you feel good, reduce anxiety, help manage your weight, reduce blood pressure and help you sleep better.

It’s recommended that we do two hours of exercise a week, so 20 minutes of walking each day is a great place to start.

Not only is walking good for your body, but it’s also great for your mind. Your body releases  endorphins during exercise which helps to fight stress. Walking is also good for your long-term memory and give you a “feel good” rush. That’s why you often think clearly and feel less anxious and more relaxed during and after exercise.

Walking groups can also be a good way to get started and it’s also a great way to make friends who can keep you motivated. Check out local health walks  

Cllr Peter Wharf, Cabinet member for workforce development at Dorset County Council,  said: “Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise and easy to build in to your daily routine.  Why not walk to the shops or to work instead of driving? You don’t need any specialised equipment, just a comfortable pair of shoes.

“In Dorset we’re lucky enough to have fantastic greenspaces in our towns, and some of the South West’s most beautiful countryside on our doorstep. Thanks to the hard work of Dorset County Council’s Ranger Service, supported by a host of dedicated volunteers, a network of almost 3000 miles of public rights of way provides a fantastic means of getting out on foot and enjoying these spaces.”

So, while Dorset is looking it’s best, our parks and open spaces are full of life, why not make the most of National Walking Month?

Need some ideas?

The Rangers Service publish a range of Walkabout Maps with easy to follow routes for all.  Want to walk with others? Natural Choices can help you find a walking group (and loads of other outdoor activities) near you.  There’s something for everyone. You can also access them, and get lots of other support and advice on improving your wellbeing, via LiveWell Dorset.




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Simon Francis Academy at Two Riversmeet

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:43

Young footballers who train at the brand-new Simon Francis Academy at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex, were thrilled this week to have three AFC Bournemouth players join them. 

Simon Francis invited Dan Gosling and Adam Smith to come along to this week’s training session. The young Academy players also had the opportunity to ask questions and chat with their favourite Bournemouth players.

Simon Francis said “It really is an honour to be able to offer academy standard training to local kids. It’s great to see the boys and girls who train with the Academy have fun every week and make new friends, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn from our brilliant training staff.

“There are some really talented young players already on board, but I’m also looking forward to seeing the Academy grow, so we are currently welcoming new players to the sessions.”

Darren Spreadbury, Operational Team Leader at Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, said: “We’re thrilled at Two Riversmeet to be able to host the Simon Francis Academy. It’s brilliant to see so many players training with such great guidance from the Academy staff.

“It is quite remarkable to have a Premiership team captain here on-site, but this week was extra special to have Dan Gosling and Adam Smith join him! What a great way to inspire young players.”

Two Riversmeet are proud to be working with the Simon Francis Academy. If you would like more information, or would like to join this growing academy visit- The Academy offers training in Christchurch from 5.30pm-7.30pm to players between the ages of 7-15 years.


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Surface dressing update

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:45

Find out which roads have been surface dressed this week, and which roads are programmed for treatment over the next two weeks.

Sites completed this week:


Roads scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Tuesday 8 May:


Roads scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 14 May:


We’re 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.

Find out more about surface dressing.



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Holding an event to commemorate the end of the First World War?

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:45
Commemorating the First World War This year, events will take place across the nation to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. We want to support these events by offering a grant fund, created by West Dorset District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Peter Shorland.  Chairman’s Centenary Fund Cllr Shorland said: “We invite community groups and town/parish councils to apply for grants of between £250 and £500. We have a total budget of £10,000, so this pot of money can really make a difference to a multitude of grassroots projects. Perhaps you are part of a group that is looking to create events or activities remembering the end of the War, or your town/ parish council or local school has a need for funding support. Please do get in touch to find out if we can help you achieve your goals.” To apply, download an application form here. Larger projects It is worth noting that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) operates a national grant scheme ; First World War: then and now, which can give grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. We urge you to look at applying to the HLF for larger projects, which we can also contribute to. Submission deadline Please submit applications by 11 June 2018. Decisions will be made on the 13 July. The project must take place in 2018.

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Positive response for Weymouth Peninsula proposals

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:35

All-weather leisure attractions were among the most popular items within the proposals when more than 700 people had their say about ambitious plans for the Weymouth Peninsula. 

Positive response for Weymouth Peninsula proposals

Residents, businesses and hoteliers gave their views in an online survey and at three public engagement events when Weymouth & Portland Borough Council consulted them about initial ideas to breathe fresh life into the landmark site.

Proposals for the site – home to Weymouth Pavilion and the Jurassic Skyline – include restaurants, walkways, new harbour facilities and improvements, harbour wall repairs and a mid-range hotel as well as undercover leisure units.

Findings showed that some 52 per cent of people felt that the draft scheme overall was ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and 27% felt it was fair.

The most popular elements of the proposals were:

• All-weather activities
• Walkways around the whole Peninsula
• Harbour facilities and improvements
• Landscaping and walkways
• Public and commercial fishing facilities

Over 700 people answered the survey about the proposals for the site, while around 200 residents, hoteliers and businesses gave their views on interactive boards and with voting tokens at the public engagement events.

Now the council is considering the responses before submitting an outline planning application to establish principles of development on the site, including size and scale.

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

“At last after three years of hard work the first of our three major regeneration projects is ready to go. The overall findings from our consultation with the community are very positive about the development of this iconic site. Our thanks go to everyone who took part for their constructive comments, which will be considered as part of our outline planning application and the more detailed design work to come.

“We are publishing a snapshot of these results straight away but a further opportunity will be available shortly when we submit our outline planning application.”

The Peninsula project is part of plans to transform Weymouth and Portland into a vibrant, year-round destination for visitors and provide more leisure facilities for residents, while complementing other facilities and businesses in the town.

The survey results showed responses from a broad age range with a strong response from younger age groups in favour of the scheme.

Overall reasons for support included improvement of the whole area and the provision of year-round facilities for locals and visitors.

The most popular design principles were public access to all harbour frontages, low-rise development to fit in with the seafront and the focus on maritime uses on the harbour side.

Less popular items within the proposals were the larger mid-range hotel and boutique hotel and restaurant.

Onsite parking received a divided response with some residents keen to see the parking be expanded upon, whilst others felt the site should be pedestrianised, or for parking to be removed completely.

The council is currently awaiting a detailed transport report which will help set out the best way forward, whilst keeping with sustainable strategies set out by Dorset County Council as the local transport authority.

There were 26 survey responses from organisations, businesses and hoteliers based in the town with over half of these expressing concern about the development of additional hotels on the site.

Cllr Jeff Cant said: “Understandably, some hoteliers and B&B owners have concerns about the proposed hotels, but our aim is to complement existing businesses rather than compete with them and we are convinced that the additional year round footfall will provide a real boost to our hardworking hoteliers in season, and most importantly during the autumn and winter months.

“Increased footfall driven by the Peninsula and a greater reputation as an excellent year-round holiday resort will seek to benefit all of our local businesses”

Of 213 people at the public engagement event, the majority were positive about developing the site, with all-weather facilities among their favourite ideas.

View the survey results.

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Barrington Centre Extension Plans

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:17

A project is in development to refurbish and extend the Barrington Centre Café in Ferndown. The project will provide improved facilities and enable a wider range of entertainment and leisure activities to be held there.

The proposal is one of the projects from the Ferndown Town Centre Strategy, which is being progressed by a partnership led jointly by Ferndown Town Council and East Dorset District Council. Pramacare, the current leaseholders of the Centre are also involved in the project.

A steering group is in place to oversee the project, which is currently formulating detailed plans with a view to award the contract for the improvement works in March 2019.

Cllr Mike Parkes from Ferndown Town Council, said: “The Barrington Centre is at the heart of the community and as one of the occupants of the building the Town Council can see the great potential of the site, which this project will help to bring forward.”

As well as extensions to the café, the proposals also include relocating the toilets in Pennys Walk. This will help begin the process of opening up the open space paved area to improve its overall look and feel and enable more community activities to take place there.

Cllr Mike Dyer, Portfolio Holder for Economy, East Dorset District Council, explained: “The improvements to the Barrington Centre are the first step in delivering the many improvements outlined in the Town Centre Strategy and we are hopeful that this will be a catalyst for the future. The public were hugely supportive of the strategy, when we carried out consultation on the proposals, and we need to make some visible progress.”

Pramacare, current leaseholders and operators of the Barrington Centre, have welcomed the proposals and are keen to work with the Councils in order that activities are not disrupted when building works are expected to begin sometime during 2019.

Steve Robinson, Chief Executive of Pramacare, added; “We love the Barrington and, after a successful year, Prama is excited to be involved in this project which will directly benefit so many across Ferndown. We are delighted to have been invited to build on the existing strong partnerships forged when the centre faced closure in 2017 and to work with the Councils to see these proposed improvements come to life.”

The public will have the opportunity to view the proposals, either online or at The Barrington Centre, this summer.

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Priory Quarter improvements

Dorset For You - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:38

Christchurch Borough Council has started a range of improvements to the Priory Quarter, as part of the implementation of the Christchurch Town Centre Strategy.

All of the benches in the Covent Walk and Lower Priory Gardens area have been refurbished and the untidy foliage, along the eastern side of Covent Walk, has been cut back and improved. Over the coming weeks more enhancements will take place in this area, including the replacement of litter bins and refurbishment of lighting.

Later this spring, works will begin to remove dying trees and prune others so that the viewpoints between the Castle, The Priory and Constable’s House will be revealed. Further works will be taking place to re-surface the Priory Car Park and repair some of the crumbling walls in and around the Priory. Later in the year the existing directional signage will be replaced with a more traditional design.

Cllr Trish Jamieson, Chairman of the Town Centre Strategy Steering Group, said: “The theme of the Town Centre Strategy is ‘Our Heritage Guides our Future’ and we thought the best place to start was the area around the Priory to ensure our cherished heritage assets have an appropriate setting and the area is more appealing to residents and visitors alike.”

Christchurch Borough Council is working closely with The Priory and other landowners, with a view to enhancing the bowling green with the possibility of marking the line of the Castle Moat and adding lighting.

There is also a project underway to refurbish the Blue Plaques in the town and re-launch the popular Millenium Trail, as well as projects in Druitt Gardens to improve the signage and interpretation of the site and its history.

Councillor Jamieson added “We are grateful for the input of the Christchurch Citizens’ Association and the Friends of Druitt Gardens for their ideas and involvement in some of the projects. We’re looking forward to additional working with the Christchurch Priory, and others, as we continue to make further improvements. We hope that over time people will begin to notice a positive difference and that all of these individual projects will add up to something which has a bigger impact.  There are other elements of the strategy which we need to look at, so the work won’t stop here, and we will continue to involve local people and groups as we have been doing.”


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Businesses must deal with trade waste

Dorset For You - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 16:13

Businesses are being reminded that they have a legal responsibility to manage their trade waste.


Companies that do not obey the law face enforcement action, including fixed penalty notices and prosecution.

Fixed penalty notices

Cllr Ray Nowak, Environment and Sustainability Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “Most businesses are very responsible and deal with their waste legally and in the proper manner. Those who do not and who break the law will face penalties. We are determined to do all we can to clean-up our borough and make sure that we get litter off our streets.

“Laws governing trade waste were introduced 26 years ago, so businesses should be aware of their responsibilities.”

The law requiring businesses to have trade waste arrangements in place and documented for two years. This law was introduced under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991.

Any business failing to meet their legal obligations could be served with a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice. This will be reduced to £180 if it is paid within seven days. Failing to pay could result in prosecution for the original offence, namely not complying with commercial waste disposal ‘duty of care’ requirements.

Checks are carried out by specialist environmental enforcement company 3GS on behalf of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

Advice about trade waste is available here.

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Landowner of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sentenced

Dorset For You - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:59

A landowner has been sentenced for using land, intended exclusively for agricultural purposes, to keep unauthorised buildings and structures and store vehicles and waste materials.

Oakford Fitzpaine showing a lack of clearance

Joseph Edward Clancy, 78, of Hazel Farm, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford Forum appeared in court on 30 April after being prosecuted by North Dorset District Council for breaching three enforcement notices contrary to Section 179(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Sentencing of Mr Clancy took place at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday 30 April, having been adjourned from 3 April and previously from 4 October 2017, to give Mr Clancy time to fully comply with the three outstanding Enforcement Notices.

Following a site visit by senior enforcement officer Mark Hitchcott, the Court was updated on the extent of compliance with the three enforcement notices. Mr Clancy had made some attempt to comply with the notices, reducing the number of trailers from 30 to 22 and ceasing to keep ponies and horses on the land.  However, a substantial amount of non-compliance remained and some new items had been brought onto the land. It was agreed that Mr Clancy had complied with around 25 per cent of the requirements of all three notices.

Substancial non-compliance

Mr Tom Horder, Barrister for North Dorset District Council, told the court of the substantial non-compliance. The fact that a guilty plea had been received late in the proceedings and the fact that the defendant elected to be tried in the Crown Court, substantially increasing costs. He stated that the council had given Mr Clancy many chances to comply and had repeatedly set out what needed to be done. He explained that the Council had first received complaints from local residents about the state of the land in 2009.

Mr Dyer, representing Mr Clancy, stated that his client lived a very disorganised life and had failed to understand the seriousness or urgency of the matter. He acknowledged the efforts of the council and the high costs and agreed that Mr Clancy had elected to be tried in the Crown Court which he felt showed that Mr Clancy was perhaps not in his right mind. However, despite all of this he had managed to comply with some parts of the notices. Mr Dyer stated that Mr Clancy was a man in his 70’s and of good character with no previous convictions. He had limited finances and had been hindered by the wet weather in his attempt to comply, although he agreed there was an alternative access which was not so affected.


Judge Peter Johnson, in handing down his sentence, stated that the land ‘was an ugly stark contrast with the surrounding land’ which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. He confirmed that Mr Clancy had never sought planning permission for the unauthorised change of use of the land. He also stated that ‘showing remarkable patience and restraint the local planning authority had allowed until January 2016 to complete the necessary steps.’ Yet despite this, Mr Clancy had failed to comply with the notices in full and that this prosecution had inevitably followed.

Judge Johnson stated that there had been a ‘substantial period of wilful defiance to comply with the notices and a wilful disregard of planning law.’ He also confirmed that the residents of Okeford Fitzpaine had to view the eyesore for over nine years. He explained that he had given some limited credit for the 25 per cent compliance but that substantial non-compliance remained.

In deciding sentencing, Judge Johnson explained that based on the facts, Mr Clancy was highly culpable for the breaches. There was moderate harm to both the neighbours and the public in general and that Mr Clancy had shown very little, if any remorse. He referred to the fact that there were no clear sentencing guidelines for such offences, but that in his view this clear disregard of planning law required firm punishment.

He acknowledged that he had no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty, although late in the day. He then stated in imposing the fines he gave reference to the totality of the offences and the likely value of the land being in the region of £90,000. He fined Mr Clancy £2500 each of the first two counts and £4000 for count 3 bringing a total of £9,000. He stated the fines were to be paid within six months of the hearing and that there would be a three month imprisonment if Mr Clancy failed to do so.

In relation to costs he stated to Mr Clancy “you elected trial in the Crown Court and you put the Council through a great deal of costs and effort and you must now pay for that.”  He also said that if it meant Mr Clancy had to sell the land then so be it, he is not fit to be a landowner. He then ordered Mr Clancy to pay the Council’s costs of £11,426.20 within six months of today’s hearing, failure to do so would mean a three month term of imprisonment.

Judge Johnson then made it very clear that Mr Clancy was still obliged to comply with the notices, in full.

Need to Protect Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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

“I would like to thank officers for their consistent approach in dealing with this case and getting a successful outcome. Court proceedings are a last resort and we try to work with landowners wherever possible.

“We have a duty to protect land that falls under an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and make sure it is used for its intended purpose.”

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New ‘Green’ Village Hall secures £10K funding from Low Carbon Dorset

Dorset For You - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:26

Charlton Marshall Village Hall has become the first beneficiary of Dorset County Council’s Low Carbon Dorset programme.

Low Carbon Dorset’s programme manager Antony Littlechild (r) and Charlton Marshall village hall volunteer Pam Higgins (l) celebrate the awarding of the grant

Low Carbon Dorset was launched earlier this year, to boost Dorset’s low carbon economy, and reduce its carbon footprint.

The £10K grant from Low Carbon Dorset will contribute to a brand-new energy efficient building.  This will replace the village’s current hall, built in the mid-1930s, which is becoming expensive to run, and no-longer fit for purpose.

The funding will pay for a variety of renewable and energy efficiency measures, including a hybrid air-source heat pump, powered by solar PV panels, and LED lighting throughout, all helping the hall excel energy efficiency standards and reduce future energy bills.

Funding for these installations and construction of the new hall comes partly from Low Carbon Dorset, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Further funding has been secured by the community from other sources.

Cllr Hilary Cox, Dorset County Councillor for Winterbourne, said of the project:

“The development of a new village hall has been embraced by the whole village enthusiastically, and the award of the Low Carbon Dorset grant demonstrates the community’s awareness of their carbon footprint.”

Work on the new hall is planned to start in June, and expected to be completed by March 2019.

Low Carbon Community Workshops

Community organisations with similar carbon reduction projects can find out more about the funding and support available at a free Low Carbon Community Workshop this month.

The workshops are being held at the CLaRC (Wimborne) on 03 May, and at the Dorford Centre (Dorchester) on 10 May.

To find out more about these workshops, and to book a free place visit

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Council workers prepare to fly-tip rubbish in town centre to educate local residents

Dorset For You - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:36

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) is set to dump a huge pile of waste in Weymouth this week.

But don’t worry – it’s all part of a wider campaign that aims to inform Dorset residents about what they can do to help in the fight against fly-tipping.

As part of their ‘Tip-Off’ anti-flytipping campaign, Education and Enforcement Officers from the DWP will be bringing their roadshow to New Bond Street in Weymouth town centre on Friday 4 May, 10am to 2pm.

Using items that have been legally picked up by bulky waste carriers Dorset Reclaim, the DWP officers will be creating an artificial fly-tip in the busy high street. The waste is then cordoned off with tape and signs erected to inform passers-by of the campaign.

Officers will remain close by during the event, handing out leaflets and speaking with people about how they can report fly-tips, what they can do to ensure they are covered when handing their waste to someone else and how to make the most of their local household recycling centre.

Dorset Waste Partnership Recycling Officer Dave Levi explains the key messages behind the campaign:

DWP Enforcement Officers have found that a large amount of fly-tipping cases now involves residents handing their waste over to an unlicensed ‘man in a van’ often found on social media, who offers to dispose of the rubbish at a low price.

What the resident generally doesn’t realise is that if this waste is dumped illegally, not only is the fly-tipper breaking the law but the person who handed their waste over could also be fined or taken to court for failing in their duty of care.

We want to make sure people are covered by only using individuals and businesses who are authorised waste carriers. This will also help prevent unlicensed traders from taking advantage of residents who need help disposing of their rubbish.”

Councillor Tony Alford, chair of the Dorset Waste Partnership’s Joint Committee, added:

“The DWP investigates and cleans up dozens of fly-tipping incidents across Dorset every month. Most of the rubbish found is regular ‘black bag’ waste that can be disposed of for free at a household recycling centre.

There are 11 household recycling centres (HRCs) across Dorset, which are open daily from 9am to 6pm and free to visit. We also work closely with Dorset Reclaim to help move bulky items – sometimes free of charge.

But if you do notice a fly-tip, please report it to us at or by calling 01305 221040. By working together, we can all help to reduce this illegal and anti-social activity that blights our beautiful county.”

Residents can find out more about how they can help and keep themselves covered at the Tip-Off webpage on Dorset For You.

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Young Researchers wow council staff and members

Dorset For You - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:29

Five teenagers recently took centre stage at County Hall, Dorchester, giving an inspiring presentation about how to make Dorset a better place for young people.

Debbie Ward, county council Chief Executive, with Dorset Young Researchers

Representing Dorset Young Researchers, the teenagers were sharing the results of a survey with county council staff and elected members. Over 2,700 eleven to 18 year-olds from across the county took part in the survey, and it revealed some interesting, but troubling, findings. This included:


* 40 per cent of young people don’t feel secure with their social media privacy settings

* 62 per cent say social media increases bullying

* 55 per cent think lack of confidence may stop them from achieving their career goals

* 30 per cent want access to work experience

* 9 per cent don’t feel included in their family

* 48 per cent don’t know how to access health services including sexual health, mental health and their GP

After presenting the results, the Young Researchers made several recommendations. One was a suggestion that the country council should write a strategy and action plan to improve young people’s confidence across the county. Another was for all local government staff to be trained about cyber bullying and its impact on young people.

Debbie Ward pledges to help children in care

After the presentation, staff and councillors were encouraged to make pledges to help young people.

Debbie Ward, county council Chief Executive, pledged to help support children and young people in care, while Cllr Steve Butler, Cabinet member for safeguarding, wants to focus his efforts on stopping cyber bullying.

Cllr Steve Butler pledges to help stop cyber bullying

Cllr Butler said: “We were incredibly impressed by the confidence and maturity of the Young Researchers, and the passion they have for making Dorset a better place for all young people. They came up with solid, practical recommendations, and we’ll be working with young people to improve their security and health concerns.”

The Young Researchers are made up of 24 teenagers (14-18 years old) from nine schools and colleges. Their brief is to consult young people across the county, analyse the results, and present recommendations. The project is run in partnership with the county council and professional researchers.

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Farmer prosecuted for causing suffering to cow and breaches of TB disease controls

Dorset For You - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:05

A farmer has been prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to a cow left on the ramp of a Dorset slaughterhouse and for breaching TB disease control restrictions by illegally moving livestock.

CCTV collage of Anstey

On Friday 27 April at Poole Magistrates’ Court, Graham Lee John Charles Anstey (aged 44, of Sparkford, Somerset), pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a cow, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He also pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Health Act 1981 of breaching TB disease controls. A further offence was also admitted under the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007 of failing to record his livestock movements to the national database within the required time limit.

He was fined a total of £850 and ordered to pay £2000 towards the prosecution costs.

The court heard that in April 2016, Mr Anstey transported a group of 17 cattle to a slaughterhouse in Dorset. He arrived at S.J. Normans in Bridport at approximately 4am when the slaughterhouse was closed and offloaded the animals into a pen. One animal collapsed in the back of his vehicle and Anstey was seen on recovered CCTV footage ‘kicking, vigorously pushing and violently pulling the tail’ of this cow to get it to move. This persisted for half an hour but the cow could only walk as far as the delivery ramp before it collapsed again. Anstey then drove off and left the animal until it was discovered by the slaughterhouse staff when they arrived for work at 6am. The cow was then humanely euthanased with the authority of a vet and the incident was investigated by officers from Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Enquiries revealed that Anstey had purchased the animals from a market in Shropshire a few days earlier. This particular market was permitted to sell cattle without having to test them for TB (tuberculosis) first, as is usual, because all the livestock are intended to go straight to slaughter or other approved livestock units and so reduces the risk of spreading the disease. Instead, Anstey arranged for the cattle to be transported from the market to his farm in Somerset, before taking them a few days later to the Dorset slaughterhouse. By doing this he risked introducing TB to his own cattle but also those of surrounding farms.

In his mitigation the court was told that there was no intent or recklessness in not reporting the livestock moves. He said he accepted what he did was wrong and that he was ashamed about the situation and the effect it was having on him and his family, stating that this was a limited and isolated incident.

Neil Martin, principal trading standards officer at Dorset County Council said:

“Causing unnecessary suffering to livestock is unacceptable and incidents like this would always lead to investigation by animal health officers in the trading standards service. Officers also work with farmers to ensure compliance with the controls that are in place to minimise the devastating effects of livestock diseases. Our experience is that Dorset farmers take their responsibilities seriously and compliance levels are good, so this sort of behavior undermines that and places other farms at unnecessary risk.”

The trading standards service animal health line number, for farmers requiring advice or for anyone to report a welfare concern with livestock, is 01305 224475.

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Findings published from consultation on new homes for Purbeck

Dorset For You - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 16:01

A report has been produced which summarises the responses to the 2018 New Homes for Purbeck consultation.

Through the consultation, which took place between January and March, Purbeck District Council asked how it can best meet the housing needs of current and future generations in Purbeck.

As well as questions about sites to accommodate 1,700 new homes over the next 15 years to 2033, there were questions about second homes and affordable homes.

Almost 7,000 households in Purbeck and neighbouring Crossways completed a paper consultation questionnaire.

Over 1,000 residents participated in a telephone survey which replicated the questions in the paper questionnaire.

Over 550 people attended consultation events around the District, where they asked questions and found out more about the options in the consultation.

The feedback given by residents and organisations through the consultation will be used to help the Council prepare its new draft Local Plan for Purbeck. The plan will provide a range of policies which will be used to determine planning applications.

The key findings from the consultation were:

  • There was majority support for a policy limiting new second homes in some parts of the District.
  • Respondents gave strong support for housing principles to be included in the Local Plan. These particularly related to community and transport infrastructure and supporting the environment, habitats and local heritage of Purbeck.
  • Although there was majority support for a small sites policy, there were some concerns about 30 homes being too many on an individual site.
  • The majority of those taking part supported the draft affordable homes policy stipulating that 10% of new homes built should be for the cheapest type of affordable rented housing. There were some requests to investigate affordable homes for purchase.
  • The proposed site for a small allocation of homes at Sandford was not supported by local residents, whilst stakeholders raised concerns about the environment and loss of recreational areas.
  • Proposals for use of employment land and green belt land at Wareham are likely to require further consultation by the local Wareham Neighbourhood Plan Group.
  • The preferred option, or least disliked option, for where homes should be built in the District was Option A which would spread development across the District.

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, said:  “Firstly, thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. The number of responses is tremendous and we are grateful so many people gave their views.

“The responses highlighted the need for more work on specific items, such as small sites, employment land, restricting second homes and enabling more affordable homes and we have already started work with town and parish councils to move this forward.

“This will help us draft the policies which will go into the Local Plan.”

The draft Local Plan will be presented to Purbeck District Councillors in the autumn of 2018 and then published for comments on its soundness.

It will be passed to the Secretary of State in early 2019 for examination by an independent planning inspector before it can be adopted.

Councillor Suttle continued: “It is essential the District has an up-to-date local plan, as it provides clarity to communities and developers about where homes should and should not be built. This means development is planned, rather than being the result of speculative planning applications, enabling the beauty and diversity of Purbeck to be protected, whilst providing for future needs of our communities”

The Council commissioned Public Perspectives, an independent research and consultation organisation, to support the design and delivery of the consultation and produce an independent report of the consultation results.

The report’s findings have been presented to district and town and parish councillors and a copy is available on the Council’s website at

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Make a Stool from a Thorncombe Tree

Dorset For You - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:12

Dorset-based artist Karen Hansen has teamed up with the Thorncombe Wood rangers to offer a two-day workshop to make your own stool. These practical session are being held as part of Dorset Arts Weeks.

The workshop is based at the Dorset County Council run Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre and will use wood that has been removed from the nature reserve as part of the thinning management.

Karen has been teaching and running workshops for three decades and is passionate about developing good connections with the environment as well as offering people the chance to learn through doing and think through making. She has worked with volunteers to create the entrance feature by the visitor centre and the sound seat at Rushy Pond.

Using greenwood techniques and material from the wood Karen will instruct you every step of the way from selection, cleaving and shaping, to carving, sawing and drilling to make your very own unique stool.

The workshop is suitable for any adult individual who is physically able. Children of 10 years or more can be included if they work with an adult friend.

All tools and materials are provided and you don’t need any previous experience.

Refreshments / lunches are available at the café in the visitor centre throughout the day or bring a packed lunch and drinks.

If you would like to talk to Karen beforehand please get in touch on 07948 445540.

The date of workshops is 26 May and 2 June and the cost for both days is:

Adult – £110

Adult with Child – £130

Places limited so booking is essential. A nonrefundable deposit will secure your place. To book call 01305251228 or email

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Fontmell Magna Parish Council submits Neighbourhood Plan

Dorset For You - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:47

Fontmell Magna Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to North Dorset District Council.

Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan submitted

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 at

You can also view the plan at Shaftesbury Library, Bell Street, Shaftesbury and the district council’s offices at the Nordon Lodge, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum during normal opening hours.

All comments must be received by 4pm on Friday 8 June 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 Fontmell Magna to decide whether the plan should be approved.

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

“Neighbourhood plans are a fantastic way for a community to shape their area and influence future development.

“The Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan is the result of a huge amount of hard work by all those involved in producing the plan. I would strongly encourage people with an interest in the future of Fontmell Magna to have their say on the submitted plan.”

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Should the parish boundary of Bridport change? Have your say

Dorset For You - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:20

We want to hear your views on whether the parish boundary of Bridport, particularly the part with Symondsbury Parish Council, should change. This includes the land where the Vearse Farm development is proposed.

A review asks whether the boundaries of Bridport parish should change (Photo: Bridport Town Council) Review underway

West Dorset District Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review  to decide whether any changes should be made to the boundaries of Bridport Town Council.

Local councillors representing Bridport and Symondsbury will work together to come up with recommendations to the district council’s Strategy Committee.

The council has to make sure that community governance within the area will:

(a) be reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and

(b) be effective and convenient

But your views will be taken into account before any decisions are made.

How do I have my say?

Whether you’re a resident, part of an organisation or business (or all three) you’re invited to have your say on the review.

Read the Terms of Reference and Introduction to the Review and Initial Submissions document for more information.

Then send your comments by email to

Or, write to Bridport Community Governance Review, Democratic and Electoral Services, West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

Please make clear whether you are responding as an individual or representing an organisation or group.

All comments must be submitted by 4 July 2018.

Next steps

Stage 2 – we look at your feedback, and how this meets the requirements of relevant legislation and guidance

Stage 3 – we publish draft recommendations for future local governance arrangements which you have the chance to comment on

Stage 4 – we publish the final recommendations, taking into account any comments you make during the consultation on the draft recommendations

Stage 5 – we prepare and seal a Reorganisation Order putting into effect to any recommendations agreed as part of the Community Governance Review process.

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Seller of counterfeit goods sentenced

Dorset For You - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 17:07

A seller of counterfeit goods has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service and ordered to pay £2577.50 in costs.

Trade Mark logo

Phillip Glossop, 49, of Weymouth, was sentenced at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 23 April. At an earlier hearing, Mr Glossop pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994, in relation to selling and possessing counterfeit goods and possessing transfers for making counterfeit items.

The court heard that initially, Dorset County Council Trading Standards Service had received a complaint from the Rugby Football Union about a counterfeit shirt supplied by Funky Penguin Ltd, trading as Hoodie Heaven. Mr Glossop, along with his wife, were directors of the company at the time. There were no employees.

A subsequent visit by trading standards officers revealed further counterfeit stock, transfers for a considerable number of trade marks and equipment for applying the designs to clothing. The items were seized and samples sent for examination by trade mark holders. These included many Star Wars related items. All of those examined were found to be unauthorised copies.

At interview, Mr Glossop claimed not to understand that he was producing counterfeit items but it was discovered he had previously been cautioned by Oxfordshire County Council for the same offences.

Mr Glossop apologised to the court and trade mark holders for his actions. He had signed over the seized items at the first hearing.

The company ceased trading so action was discontinued against it.

Richard Herringshaw, Principal Trading Standards Officer said:

“The selling of counterfeit goods not only harms the interests of the trade mark holders, but also those of legitimate traders. We work with trade mark holders to stop such activity.

“Consumers who want to let us know about trading standards issues, or to complain about any goods or services, should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or visit”

Find out more about trading standards law and the work of the county council’s trading standards service:

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Winter weather repairs underway

Dorset For You - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:39

In March this year, the Department for Transport announced that highway authorities will be given additional funding to deal with potholes caused by the snow and icy conditions this winter.

Dorset County Council has been awarded nearly £1.5m of this pothole fund to tackle winter damage to its roads. This is on top of £750,000 awarded in December 2017.

Dorset Highways’ programme of patching work will start in the west of the county on Monday 30 April, and in the east of the county on Tuesday 8 May, using the additional money from the Department for Transport to repair damaged sections of road across the county council area.

Patching schemes – east Dorset

Patching schemes – west Dorset

Further patching sites will continue to be added. A list of resurfacing sites, which will also make use of this funding, is currently being finalised.

In the past 12 months over 16,000 highway safety defects have been repaired, and nearly 2,000 ‘emergency’ repairs were made safe within the first 32 hours after being reported.

Overall, 18,047 highway safety defect repairs were completed on time.

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