Dorset

Appreciating the Queen’s cow

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:19

In 2012 the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. As part of that celebration a cow was given to Dorset Farmer, Jon Stanley.

Jon is a tenant on a farm owned by Dorset County Council. He has been farming in North Dorset for eight years.

The cow named Jubilee Action Ceres (Queenie) joined the farm in the summer of 2013 as a Heifer, a young cow. She has since had four offspring one of which is still on the farm, a young bull called Namaste Impression Ceres Hardy. During the last five years she has also been a prolific milker.

Jon said:

“We supply milk to Somerset cheesemakers Barber’s. Having Jersey cows in the herd increases the richness of the milk which is good for the cheese.

“I suppose you could call Queenie a supermodel. She has been classified as Excellent 92. This means that she is close to the ideal for a Jersey. She is a bit of a looker.”

Which is a good description of her for international cow appreciation day (10 July).

Jon’s parents and grandparents were tenant farmers and he worked in agriculture until Dorset County Farms gave him the opportunity to run his own farm. He now runs a dairy herd of 190 spring calving cows.

“Dorset County farms gave me a chance to continue my family’s legacy. The estate has been managed well and is definitely something to be proud of.”

Find out more about county farms.

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Have a Blast this Summer!

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:34

Whatever the weather, the Summer Blast booklet will provide parents with a comprehensive and tempting menu of summer holiday opportunities across Christchurch and East Dorset.

Packed with exciting activities for children of all ages and abilities, Summer Blast gives parents and children plenty of choice from a wide menu of outdoor activities, sports, adventure and crafts.

So whether you want to introduce your children to living history, triathlon, woodland adventures, dance, theatre, film, pond dipping, tennis or football the variety on offer will guarantee a fun filled summer holiday and could help give parents a much needed break!

Holiday programmes from the following providers include:

QE Leisure Centre, Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre,  Verwood Hub, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Highcliffe Castle, Allendale Community Centre, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne History Festival, Christchurch Tennis Club, Go Ape, Pouncing Panthers at Mudeford Community Centre, Forest School,  Christchurch Tennis Club, Go Ape, Artz Plus, Activate Coast and Countryside and The Priest’s House Museum.

The Summer Blast is distributed to primary schools across Christchurch and East Dorset, so keep an eye out for one in your child’s book bag.

Alternatively, they are available from the Christchurch Information Centre, Wimborne TIC, Allenview House (Teacher’s Building) and the Civic Offices in Christchurch.

You can also view it online now at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/summer-blast.

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Multi-agency children’s services inspection highlights areas for improvement

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:50

Agencies supporting children who are missing or at risk of exploitation in Dorset say they are committed to working better together. This comes after inspectors highlighted that partnership working needs to improve.

In May 2018, Government bodies carried out a joint inspection across the county. It spanned social care, police, health, youth offending and probation services and centred on how agencies work together – both as a partnership and as individual organisations.

They looked at how agencies deal with referrals when children may be in need or at risk of significant harm. They also reviewed leadership and management and examined several individual cases.

In their report, inspectors highlighted both strengths and areas for improvement but said that ‘multi-agency working is not always effective and Dorset children face negative experiences due to ineffective partnership working’.

They said that there is a ‘significant gap’ in some agencies’ understanding of the risks posed by gangs and ‘county lines’, which involves drug dealing networks using children to connect urban and rural areas across the UK. Inspectors said the partnership must put in place a mechanism to ensure intelligence is collected, shared, analysed and acted upon to provide an effective response.

Sarah Elliott, independent Chair of the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB), said:

“Although the inspection recognised areas of good practice by individual agencies, it reinforced how vital it is that all organisations work together to make sure children are safe.

“Vulnerable children who go missing or who are at risk of being exploited should expect to be protected from harm. The DSCB is independently reviewing the practice and service offered to children to make sure improvements are made.”

The inspection was carried out by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary Fire and Rescue Service and HMI Probation.

Inspectors did say there were some positive areas of joint working, including:

  • the work of partners through the multi-agency safeguarding hub – the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in Dorset.
  • joint working to deliver early help through Family Partnership Zones, which are made up of professionals from all agencies in local areas. Inspectors said it’s a ‘key vehicle’ in identifying families in need of early help and then offering support in the local community.

Dorset County Council is now co-ordinating a multi-agency plan of improvements.

Nick Jarman, Director for Children’s Services at Dorset County Council, said:

“Ensuring that vulnerable children in Dorset are protected and safe is our top priority and we acknowledge that we need to improve the way we work.

“Not long after I joined Dorset County Council in October 2017, we put in place a rigorous audit programme to look at the quality of our children’s social care practice. As a result, we put in place a robust service improvement plan to address these issues. The inspection confirmed what our audits had shown and a number of improvements have already been implemented.

“We’ve also invited colleagues from health, police, probation, rehabilitation and youth offending to join our service improvement board, which oversees progress on the plan, to help strengthen partnership working and challenge our performance constructively.”

Superintendent Fiona Grant, Public Protection Lead for Dorset Police, said:

“Protecting and safeguarding children is a core priority for Dorset Police. The Force continues to invest in dedicated teams that investigate criminal exploitation of children, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse, and safeguarding children identified as at risk. The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was established to strengthen and speed up information sharing, joint decision making and forming an understanding of the needs of the child and family, and we are pleased that the report recognises that good work.

“We will continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure that as a group we provide the best service possible to protect children who are at risk. In many areas we have already strengthened partnerships and improved the way we work together, but we are not complacent and will take any opportunity to help ensure that areas for improvement are acted upon.”

Vanessa Read, Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS Dorset CCG, said:

“Health and social care partners across Dorset regularly work closely together along with other agencies, but there is always room for improvement as the report has shown. We recognise this and are pleased to say that we have already started making improvements in the way we work with cases like those identified in the report, in order to ensure children who are considered at risk are given the support they need.”

David Webb, Service Manager for the Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service, said:

“Although we are pleased that the inspectors praised the work of the Youth Offending Service, we know that effective multi-agency working is essential for young people to be protected from exploitation. We are working with our partner agencies to strengthen our collaborative working and to improve outcomes for teenagers at risk.”

Agencies need to submit their joint improvement plan by 16 October 2018.

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Surface dressing moves to Portland

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:42

Surface dressing is moving to Portland from Monday and will then head into Weymouth.

During very high road surface temperatures our gang will need to stop work at midday. Hand dusting will be carried out as necessary to ensure the bitumen ‘breaks’ and keeps hold of the stone chippings.

Work completed week commencing Monday 2 July:

  • LYM CLOSE, LYME REGIS
  • HAYE LANE, LYME REGIS
  • WESTHILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • HILL RISE ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • PORTLAND COURT ESTATE, LYME REGIS
  • CLAPPENTAIL PARK, LYME REGIS
  • HIGHCLIFF ROAD – A3052 TO END OF ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • UPPER WESTHILL ROAD – A3052 TO END OF ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • CLAPPENTAIL LANE, LYME REGIS
  • WARE LANE – SIDMOUTH ROAD TO COUNTY BOUNDARY
  • COUNTY BOUNDARY TO SILVER STREET

Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 9 July:

  • CROFT ROAD (1ST CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (2ND CUL-DE-SAC), PORTLAND
  • CROFT ROAD (3RD CUL-DE-SAC)
  • CROFT ROAD – JUNC. WITH SHARPITTS TO ROAD END, PORTLAND
  • COURT BARTON ROAD, PORTLAND
  • COURTLANDS, PORTLAND
  • BLINDMERE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WOOLCOMBE, PORTLAND
  • BARLEYCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • MARTINSCROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BLACKNOR ROAD, PORTLAND
  • BOWERS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • GRANGECROFT ROAD, PORTLAND
  • ISLE ROAD, PORTLAND
  • FOUR ACRES, PORTLAND
  • YEOLANDS ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTCLIFF ROAD, PORTLAND
  • WESTON ROAD – SERVICE ROAD FOR NUMBERS 2 TO 78 PLUS FLATS OFF WESTON ROAD, PORTLAND

Sites scheduled (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 16 July:

  • ANNES ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • DAVIDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • MARTIN`S ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEVES CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • ARAGON CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • HOWARD CLOSE, WEYMOUTH
  • BOLEYN CRESCENT, WEYMOUTH SOUTHDOWN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • HILLCREST, ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SOUTHLANDS ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • CLEARMONT ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • KHARTOUM ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • SUDAN ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • OLD CASTLE ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • REDCLIFF VIEW – BINCLEAVES ROAD TO CUL-DE-SAC END
  • BELLE VIEW ROAD, WEYMOUTH
  • BINCLEAVES ROAD – RODWELL RD TO BELLE VIEW RD

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.

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

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New path to be installed along Newton’s Cove

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 15:29

A new concrete path is being installed on the coastal route, along Newton’s Cove, in Nothe Gardens. 

New path to be installed

 

The building work will link the path to the main gardens. It will replace the current one that is steep and difficult to access for people with limited mobility.

The building work will commence on July 12, weather permitting, and is expected to take around five working days to complete. The existing pathway will be closed, in the interest of safety, for the duration of the works and the path will be modified to ensure that people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, can safely use this route.

The works are expected to cost around £7,000 and they will reduce the steepness of the slope and extend the existing pathway, building on previously prepared foundations.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Community Facilities said; “Nothe Gardens is one of Weymouth’s most beautiful green spaces, attracting thousands of visitors every year. I am so pleased that the new path will provide accessibility so that everyone can enjoy the route down from the gardens and truly appreciate the spectacular sea views.”

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Council receive High Court hearing date

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 13:46

Christchurch Borough Council’s Judicial Review hearing will take place in the High Court on 30 July.

The council remains opposed to local government reorganisation in Dorset and firmly believes the Secretary of State acted beyond his powers in making the regulations which will see Dorset’s existing nine councils abolished and two new unitary councils created.

Having taken legal advice the council lodged a Judicial Review application and last month the Honourable Mrs Justice Lambert ordered that the case be heard in the High Court.

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “The council believe we have a strong legal argument and we are working closely with our legal advisors to prepare our case for the court hearing. We have been thorough and meticulous in our approach and simply being granted permission to have our case heard sends a strong message that it is wholly with merit. I am pleased that we now have a date for the court hearing and we will continue to challenge the abolition of Christchurch Borough Council in line with the wishes of those we were elected to represent.”

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Results of the recent West Bay car boot sale survey

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:46

We recently asked you to share your views on West Bay Road car park’s Sunday car boot sale. The original plan was to use the results as a corner stone of a report to take to West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee in July. However, in the interim period, we have had interest from Bridport Town Council on taking over the running of the car boot sale.

Thank you

We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views about the car boot sale in the survey. We received 457 responses.

Sorry for any confusion

Secondly, the notice that went up outside West Bay Road car park over the past weekend was issued incorrectly and we apologise for the confusion and upset this has caused. The notice was meant to say that the car boot was closed for the weekend just gone only.

The results of the survey will be discussed by members of both West Dorset District Council and Bridport Town Council very soon. Both Councils are dedicated to reaching a satisfactory conclusion to ensure the car boot remains as a valued community asset.

Results of the Survey DEMOGRAPHICS & BEHAVIOURS
  • 21% customer and trader
  • 77% customer only
  • 42% aged 40-60
  • 39% aged 60+
  • 15% 39 and under
  • 54% full/ part time work or education
  • 35% retired
Getting there
  • 57% car/ motorbike etc
  • 39% walk
Likely to recommend
  • 66% of respondents were likely to recommend the market [those who scored the car boot as 8,9,10 out of 10]

West Bay car boot survey – full results

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Looking after someone else’s child?

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:06

Many people don’t realise that if you care for someone else’s child, and they’re not a close relative, you must let your local council know. This applies to any child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) who is in such an arrangement for 28 days or more. 

During Private Fostering Week (9-13 July), Dorset County Council is raising awareness of the legal obligations around caring for someone else’s child.

Cllr Steve Butler, Cabinet member for safeguarding, said: “By law, you must notify us if you are involved in private fostering, either as a parent or carer. As the local council, it’s our duty to make sure any fostered child is safe, healthy and happy. We can offer support and advice, both to the child and private foster carers.

“We are also urging teachers, health workers and other professionals to be vigilant and to inform us if they believe a child is being privately fostered.”

The ruling doesn’t apply when children are being looked after by ‘close relatives’, such as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (including a relation by marriage/civil partnership).

Some examples of private fostering arrangements are:

  • Parents are overseas and children stay with host families in the UK
  • Parents are ill and can’t look after their children
  • Children are living with friends due to parents’ separation or divorce

To let the county council know about a private fostering arrangement, please email MASH@dorsetcc.gov.uk or phone 01202 228866.

Find out more on dorsetforyou.gov.uk – search for ‘private fostering’.

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Digital high street comes to county town

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:47

Shoppers and visitors can now enjoy free, fast and reliable WiFi in Dorchester town centre.

From meeting up with friends via social media, finding out about events, getting directions or paying for parking . . . we rely on a good, stable internet connection to do so much these days.

With 4G and phone coverage patchy in the county town and research showing that one in four people are more likely to stay longer in a town centre if it offers free WiFi, Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID), local councils and Brewery Square have funded the new connection.

The network was installed by Dorset company Fusion WiFi and covers Dorchester’s main shopping streets, Brewery Square and the popular Borough Gardens.

Dorchester BID Project Director Phil Gordon said: “This has been a great example of how a BID can work well in partnership with all the local councils and businesses to achieve a valuable resource for the town.

“We already know it’s useful as during the pre-launch testing phase we have had more than 6,000 logins by over 2,000 unique users. People are not having to eat into their monthly data bundles with the free service . . . especially welcome to those with pay as you go contracts.

“People can now use the internet in town to discover all the shops, attractions and find their way to them easily using Google maps or other on-line products. It should really help with communications in town too, as we will be able to alert users to events taking place that they could otherwise miss.”

Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “In our increasingly digital age people use and expect social media and internet access as they go about their daily lives. For the most forward looking locations, allowing people to get online is now an important part of the shopping and visitor experience.”

Dorchester Mayor David Taylor said: “In particular we were pleased to work with the team to extend coverage to the Borough Gardens to provide an extra service for the thousands who use the park either for our programme of one-off events or as part of their daily routine.”

West Dorset District Council Portfolio Holder for Enabling Mary Penfold said: “We are delighted to have supported this project. I am sure it will not only benefit residents and visitors to the town, but also the businesses and encourage people to spend more time in the town centre.”

Charlotte Spracklen, Brewery Square Centre Manager, said: “Brewery Square have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Dorchester WiFi project with the Dorchester BID. It’s a fantastic idea to bring free WiFi to residents and visitors when they are out and about shopping, eating and enjoying what Dorchester has to offer. We’re looking forward to continuing to work alongside the BID on this exciting project.”

Dorchester’s free public WiFi is funded by Dorchester BID, Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, Dorchester Town Council and Brewery Square.

The service is provided by placing network access points on CCTV columns and building walls. These work together and ultimately hook into the public fibre optic network provided in part by the Superfast Dorset project.

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An Invite: A new art installation for Weymouth Town!

Dorset For You - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:42

We have appointed b-side – a local arts organisation based in Dorset – to help us deliver an exciting new art installation in Weymouth. The aim is to deliver a high-quality, creative enhancement in the town centre. The team at b-side have a wealth of experience of commissioning both permanent, and temporary, public realm work.

Background

In December 2017, Weymouth & Portland borough council’s management committee made the decision to allocate £123,000 [from the reserves set aside for one-off projects] towards a public arts installation. The Member Arts Advisory Panel will oversee the project and be consulted on designs and locations and offer advice on selection of the artist/s to carry out the work.

Community input

Stage one of this exciting project is all about understanding what the community wants. b-side are in the process of organising a series of public engagement events. The first will be on Wednesday 11 July. Join them for a walk around Weymouth, and a group discussion that will investigate how we encounter our streets. Through a range of led events, b-side will encourage participants to share their thoughts and  ideas.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited, but this event is very much seen as the pilot; to will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform what a new public artwork might look like.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited but this event is very much seen as the pilot; it will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform future events.

We will also be launching a digital initiative so that those who cannot attend any of the events but would still like to contribute their views can do so.

Carolyn Black, B-side consultant, said: “We are keen to engage with the local Weymouth community to understand your needs and thoughts. We want to welcome everyone to all our events, and we’ll cater for all ages and abilities, just get in touch before you book.  Join us for a walk around town to look at what we have, and consider what we could have, in Weymouth. Together we will run some ideas around, discuss opportunities and possible outcomes. We’ve allowed one and a half hours to do this – it may take less time (or more), but it is important that we don’t have to rush.”

#WalkTalkArt

We’ve created a hashtag to help with collating thoughts and images from the public on the project. Please use this hashtag on twitter and Instagram if you have a digital comment to make!

Cllr Richard Kosior, briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour said: “We value our communities’ input, ideas and opinions. We know there are so many ideas that people have for enhancing the environment in Weymouth. This is the first step to helping realise our collective ambitions and aspirations for high quality public art for the benefit of both residents and tourists alike.”

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The Peninsula development – exactly what’s needed to help Weymouth thrive as a 21st century town

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:54

We get an up-to-date statement on the Peninsula development from Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets.  He explains why  the proposals are exactly what is needed to help Weymouth thrive.

Weymouth Peninsula Transforming the town

“The Peninsula proposal has gone through multiple periods of public engagement and has received input from leading market experts, as well as local businesses and stakeholders.  We thank everyone for all of their constructive comments and feedback.

“The scheme submitted for planning is consistent with the town centre Masterplan’s overarching aim, and shared vision, of transforming the town into a year-round destination.”

Year round destination

“The submitted proposals consider the leisure market, the existing hotel demand and the development needs of the harbour. Our aim is to upgrade the town’s tourism offering with new indoor leisure facilities that will provide a year-round draw, whilst creating new public spaces and family-orientated commercial uses for residents and tourists alike.

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

Public space

“Significant public space is included in the outline planning application. The car parking area in front of the Pavilion will provide a landscaped public open space for community events and general use.

“In addition, an enlarged pedestrian walkway will continue the promenade on to the Peninsula and all the way around the site. There is also the possibility of space for education uses and SME start-up businesses.

“We are confident that the proposals clearly outline what is required to ensure Weymouth thrives as a 21st century resort and will continue to take the proposals through the official planning process.”

Benefits for Weymouth & Portland
  • Creation of employment
  • Strengthening the Weymouth town centre offering
  • Improving the local accommodation and leisure offer
  • Enhancing visitor economy

To keep updated on all Peninsula development news make sure you follow us on twitter. Regular updates will be posted on the newsroom and on the Peninsula landing page.

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Athleteshop.co.uk ceases trading

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:01

Athleteshop, an internet retailer selling sports goods, has ceased trading.

Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards service has received a number of complaints from customers who have not received their orders.

The company used a return address at Freeland Park in Lychett Matravers, Dorset, but was actually based in Holland.

Customers who have paid using a credit card should contact their card provider to ask if they are eligible for a refund under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

Those who paid by debit card should contact their bank and ask if they can be refunded under the chargeback scheme.

Further advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040 506.

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HMO licensing requirements set to change

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:57

Landlords across the country will need to be licensed in order to let a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

HMO Licensing requirements extended

North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are keen to alert landlords to the change in legislation, which comes into force from 1 October 2018.

New legislation means that landlords who have HMOs occupied by five or more people in two or more separate households will require a licence. It also brings in mandatory conditions such as minimum sleeping room sizes, maximum number of occupants and provision of refuse facilities.

Why do HMOs need a licence?

 Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Leader of North Dorset District Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“Licensing of HMOs ensures that our housing team know about properties which may present significant health risk to residents. It also gives us the evidence that shows appropriate management arrangements have been made for the property.”

Licenses will be granted if the proposed licence holder is a ‘fit and proper’ person and is the most appropriate person to be given a licence as well as if the house is suitable for occupation by a certain number of people.

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“The changes to the regulations will drive up conditions for residents. Through the licensing process, officers will be able to advise property owners of the regulations and enforce them.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing, said:

“Weymouth and Portland have a high number of HMOs compared to the surrounding areas. Through these new regulations, even more are likely to be identified. The bigger catchment will bring properties to our attention that might not be suitable and we can then work with the property owner to find a solution.”

What happens if a HMO isn’t licensed?

Councils have the ability to either impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 for noncompliance with licensing requirements, or to prosecute in the courts.

However, this is a last resort. The council’s Housing Team is committed to working with property owners to ensure licensing requirements are followed. Landlords who are uncertain if their property requires licensing should contact the Housing Improvement Team.

Landlords and tenants can ask for advice by contacting our Housing Improvement Team by emailing housingimprovement@dorset.gov.ukor by phoning 01305 251010.

How do I apply for a licence?

 Landlords are able to obtain an application form by contacting housingimprovement@dorset.gov.ukor by phoning 01305 251010.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a HMO licence is set by the district / borough council. North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have all agreed a fee of £650 for a new application and £550 for a renewal.

A 10 per cent discount is available for landlords who join our Landlords’ Local Authority Partnership or one of the three national landlord associations. Fees for members would therefore reduce to £585 for a new licence and £495 for a renewal.

The Landlords’ Local Authority Partnership is free to join. Members will benefit from seminars as well as quarterly newsletters with the latest industry news. More information about the partnership is available on dorsetforyou.com.

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Melbury Abbas judicial review at an end

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:13

Dorset County Council can confirm that the High Court has approved a consent order withdrawing the Judicial Review application against the heavy goods vehicle routing between Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury on the A350 and C13. This ends the Court proceedings.

Routing of HGV’s through Melbury Abbas will now continue as agreed by Dorset County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 6 December 2017 – with an advisory one-way system in place for HGVs travelling on the A350 and C13.

Northbound vehicles will be advised and directed to use the A350 and southbound vehicles will be advised and directed to use the C13.

Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “Our decision on the routing options along the A350 and C13 was sound. We will now continue with our traffic management proposals through Melbury Abbas.”

Vehicle activated message signs (VMS) will be installed for HGVs travelling through the pinch point in Melbury Abbas.

Working in conjunction with a new pull-in, the VMS at Melbury Abbas will advise HGV drivers to wait in the pull-in when there is another HGV in the narrow section, with the sign advising the driver when it is clear to move through the passage. This system will work in addition to the current traffic signal control shuttle working in Dinah’s Hollow.

Work already completed as part of the A350 and C13 route management scheme includes village gateways and new speed limit signs, surfacing and patching work, new MMA hard-wearing lining at Stepleton Bends and an anti-skid surface applied on the uphill section of Spread Eagle Hill for HGVs heading south out of Melbury Abbas.

Dorset County Council will continue to work with Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset councils to push for a long-term solution for the north-south route between the M4 and Poole port.

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Helping older people stay at home longer

Dorset For You - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:05

Michael has early stage dementia and lives alone in a rural Dorset village. He is fiercely independent and wants to stay in his own home.

His only daughter, who lives in London, supports her father’s decision to live at home as long as possible.

But Michael has started to become disoriented at night and sometimes leaves his home in the dark, potentially risking his own safety.

Traditionally, the family would have been forced to consider residential care, with all the costs and loss of independence. However, digital technology has presented Michael and his family with an alternative.

Working with Michael’s family, the county council installed a series of sensors in his home to monitor when he moves towards the back door – the one he always uses to go out.

An app on his daughter’s mobile phone alerts her when Michael is walking towards the back door. She can then talk to him and provide reassurance via a WiFi video camera on a wall by the back door.

Michael has been able to stay in his home for longer with the support of his family and friends. His daughter has the reassurance that he is safer and less likely to go missing or fall during the night.

We wanted the least restrictive option to keep Michael safe and independent in his own home.

The cost of placing someone in care is around £27,000 a year. The WiFi video camera with live smartphone viewer was £79.99.

The council and its partners have now begun experimenting with GPS devices to track the whereabouts of vulnerable people. If an individual moves outside a defined geographical area agencies can be alerted.

The aim is to maintain independence, exercise and daily routines, while keeping individuals safe and providing reassurance for their carers.

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West Bay car boot sale update

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:46
Thank you

Firstly, we want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views about the West Bay car boot sale in the recent survey. We received 457 responses. Your views are important to us.

Apology

Secondly, the notice that went up outside West Bay Road car park over the weekend was issued incorrectly and we apologise for the confusion and upset this has caused. The notice was meant to say that the car boot was closed for the weekend only as the works on the site were still in progress.

Results of the survey

We wish to make it known that we fully support the car boot and the recent survey was to understand how people feel about it and its current location. The results of the survey were analysed last week and will be discussed by members of both West Dorset District Council and Bridport Town Council very soon. Both Councils are dedicated to reaching a satisfactory conclusion to ensure the car boot remains as a valued community asset.

The Town Council have expressed their interest in taking over the running of the car boot sale.

Cllr John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection & Assets said: “We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views. In partnership with the town council, we are committed to ensuring the prosperity and longevity of the car boot sale.”

The car boot survey results report will be made public over the next few days.

Re-open on Sunday 15 July

The car boot will remain closed this weekend whilst we agree how best to move forward, but we expect it to re-open for Sunday 15 July and to remain as a location for the car boot until the end of the season at the beginning of October. The result of the conversations will be announced in due course.

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Free computer help on offer

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:05

Help is at hand for anyone in Weymouth who wants to get to grips with computers, smartphones or tablets.

A series of free and friendly ‘Getting started with computers’ sessions will be held at St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road for one week in July.

Tony Dobbs, one of Superfast Dorset’s Digital Champion volunteers, will be running the sessions at the following times:

  • Monday 9 July – 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 10 July – 10am to noon
  • Wednesday 11 July – noon to 2pm
  • Thursday 12 July – 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday 13 July – 2pm to 4pm

Tony says: “Whether you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone – come along with or without your device and get free advice.

“If you are puzzled, scared of computers, worried about online security, or just have problems using email, making free video calls or doing online shopping, these sessions are designed to help you. They are drop-in sessions so you do not need to make an appointment – just come along during the times above.”

The sessions are being sponsored by ASM. Sandra Hartnell, Senior Human Resources Manager at ASM, said: “We are a high-tech company with a strong local presence and we are very keen to support efforts, such as this, to improve digital inclusion throughout the country. This local initiative has our full support and we hope many people will benefit.”

The latest research shows that around 150,000 Dorset adults need help with digital skills and 70,000 have no internet access. This means they are missing out on all the benefits of the internet, from finding money-saving deals for utilities to applying for jobs or benefits.

If you, or others you know, need help to get started online then come along to St Aldhelm’s or join one of the free regular sessions held across the county. Contact your local library for more information or visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/superfast

Dorset libraries also provide free computer access, free WiFi and other services such as scanning facilities.

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Have your say on new council ward boundaries for Dorset

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:17

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Dorset Council.

In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils replaced by two new councils. This includes a new Dorset Council.

The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October. A consultation is taking place at the same time on new ward boundaries for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how Dorset will be represented.

The Commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose thirty one-councillor wards, fourteen two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards.

The boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is a chance for local people to have their say on how they will be represented by the new Dorset Council.

“We want to build wards that make sense to local people and mean something to them. That is why we want to hear as much local evidence as possible before we finalise the plans in October.”

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings

 

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

 

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.

 

By post:

The Review Officer (Dorset)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

1st floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0TL

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Give us your views online: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

 

Key to map:

  1. Avon Heath & Moors Valley
  2. Badbury & Allen Vale
  3. Beacon
  4. Beaminster
  5. Bere Regis & Bovington
  6. Blackmore Vale
  7. Blandford
  8. Bridport
  9. Chalk Valleys
  10. Charminster St Mary’s
  11. Chesil Bank
  12. Chickerell
  13. Colehill East
  14. Corfe Mullen
  15. Cranborne & Alderholt
  16. Cranborne Chase
  17. Crossways
  18. Dorchester East
  19. Dorchester West
  20. Eggardon
  21. Ferndown North
  22. Ferndown South
  23. Gillingham
  24. Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants
  25. Isle of Purbeck
  26. Lyme & Charmouth
  27. Lytchett Matravers & Morden
  28. Lytchett Minster & Upton
  29. Marshwood Vale
  30. Portland
  31. Preston & Radipole
  32. Puddletown & Lower Winterborne
  33. Rodwell & Wyke
  34. Shaftesbury Town
  35. Sherborne East
  36. Sherborne Rural
  37. Sherborne West
  38. South West Purbeck
  39. Stalbridge
  40. Sturminster Newton
  41. Swanage
  42. Upwey & Broadwey
  43. Verwood
  44. Wareham
  45. West Moors South
  46. West Parley
  47. Westham
  48. Weymouth Town
  49. Wimborne Minster & Colehill West
  50. Winterborne & Broadmayne
  51. Winterborne North
  52. Yetminster

 

 

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Have your say on new council ward boundaries in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Dorset For You - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:10

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils replaced by two new councils. In the east of the county, a new Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council has been proposed.

The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October.

A consultation is taking place at the same time on new ward boundaries for Dorset Council which will cover the western part of the county.

The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how they will be represented in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The Commission proposes that the council should have 76 councillors in total. The plans propose twenty-three two-councillor wards and ten three-councillor wards.

The boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for ward boundaries for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking people and organisations to tell us if they agree with the wards we have drawn or if not, how they can be improved.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of the council area or just your part of it.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.

By post:

The Review Officer (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 1st floor, Windsor House 50 Victoria Street London SW1H 0TL

Email:

reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Give us your views online: consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LGBCE

 

 

Key to map:

  1. Alderney & Bourne Valley       18.       Moordown
  2. Bearwood & Kinson South      19.       Mudeford
  3. Boscombe East                       20.       Muscliff & Strouden Park
  4. Boscombe West                      21.       Newtown
  5. Bournemouth Central              22.       Oakdale
  6. Broadstone & Merley               23.       Parkstone
  7. Burton Grange                         24.       Penn Hill
  8. Canford Cliffs                           25.       Poole Town
  9. Canford Heath                         26.       Queen’s Park
  10. Christchurch Central                27.       Redhill & Northbourne
  11. Commons                                28.       Talbot & Branksome Woods
  12. Creekmoor                               29.       Walkford & Highcliffe
  13. East Cliff & Springbourne        30.       Wallisdown & Winton West
  14. East Southbourne & Tuckton   31.       West Southbourne
  15. Hamworthy                               32.       Westbourne & West Cliff
  16. Kinson North                            33.       Winton East
  17. Littledown & Iford

 

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<p>A special flag was raised at Purbeck

Dorset For You - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 16:03

A special flag was raised at Purbeck District Council’s offices to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. 

Taking part in the ceremony in Wareham on Monday 25 June were Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wilkinson KRH (Commanding Officer, Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, Bovington) and Marines and Soldiers based at Bovington and Lulworth.

Local authority participants included the Chairman of Purbeck District Council, Councillor Bill Trite; Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Mayor, Councillor June Richards; Swanage Town Mayor, Councillor Mike Bonfield; and Wareham Town Mayor, Councillor Carol Turner.

Council staff and local residents also witnessed the raising of the flag.

In his statement, Councillor Trite declared: “This is our opportunity to re-affirm our support for, and our appreciation of, all that our Armed Forces do in the interests of the people of the United Kingdom in the course of their duty to the Nation.

“If and when circumstances require, their willingness to enter combat and put their lives on the line is the ultimate expression of the role of our Armed Forces personnel. This demands constant preparedness, the highest standards of training and, of course, the willingness if necessary to make that ultimate sacrifice in the defence of our country and our way of life.

“The tasks of the men and women of our Armed Forces goes further than that. They play a full part in planning for, and responding to, all kinds of potential civil emergencies across the country, including continuous countering of the threat of terrorism – a threat which continues to affect us all.”

Councillor Trite continued: “In the District of Purbeck we are pleased to have the military training establishments at Bovington and Lulworth, and we also recognise and appreciate the role of the Armed Forces in the economic, cultural and social life of our District. They play a full, active and welcome part in this community especially in those villages close to the military camps. They also make a major contribution to the prosperity of local businesses and visitor attractions, including, of course, our world-class Tank Museum at Bovington.

“Through their representatives with us here today, I thank the Armed Forces for the manner in which they discharge all their functions. Long may their links with this part of the world continue.”

Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson responded by saying:

“Armed Forces Week is an opportunity to reaffirm the link between the serving Armed Forces communities and their families, and the communities in which they live. It is also about increasing understanding for both groups.

“This year, Dorset has seen a welcome boost with the grant of £235,000 from the MOD Armed Forces Covenant Fund. Dorset County Council, along with the borough and district councils, working with Dorset Health, Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, has secured this grant and will use it to ensure the forces community is treated fairly and equitably. It is a tremendous initiative and one that we in the service community appreciate greatly

“With 51,000 veterans living in Dorset, 2% of the country’s veteran population, we have a significantly greater proportion of veterans and families than across the country as a whole. The grant will go a long way to linking the communities together for the benefit of everyone”.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson continued: “We are very lucky in Dorset to enjoy the strongest of links between the services and people of the county and we hope that the communities appreciate some of the opportunities of living alongside the forces.”

The specially-commissioned Armed Forces Day flag flew at the Council’s Westport House offices until Monday 2 July 2018.

Armed Forces Day took place on Saturday 30 June and is an opportunity for the nation to show its support to service men and women past and present.

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