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New play park for the Marsh

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:21

Work on the installation of a new play area at the Marsh in Weymouth is underway.

Play area to be ready for summer

 

Contractors are on site removing old fencing and preliminary works for the installation of the play equipment will begin on Monday 18 June, with delivery of the new play equipment taking place early on Tuesday 19 June.

The play area will be suitable for children aged between 3-12 years and includes a climbing hut, a seesaw, trampolines, a combination swing, zip wire and much more.  The equipment is accessible to as many children as possible, balancing different needs according to abilities. This includes equipment suitable for children with motor, visual and hearing impairments, as well as those with learning difficulties.

New play area ready for the holidays

The work will take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete and, weather permitting, will be open for the start of the school summer holidays.  The play area has cost £80,000 and the new galvanised bow top fencing an additional £11,650; the project has been funded by off-site developer contributions.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The Marsh play area will include some really fun and inclusive equipment to offer all children the enjoyment of play.  It will provide families the opportunity to take their children somewhere safe to play near to their home, which was a request many made when we consulted local residents.

The provision of a play area is one exciting part of a larger improvement plan for The Marsh that the Borough Council’s Parks team has implemented.  Plans for more improvements will follow, including the installation of a skate park and a bmx track where we will work with young people to develop the project.”

To celebrate the opening of the new play area, the Friends of The Marsh will be hosting a Family Fun Day with details to follow.

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Disability Confident accreditation for council

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:01

Dorset County Council has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.

The scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents that disabled people  bring to their workplace.

The council recently achieved the Level 2 Disability Confident Employer status by proving its commitment to actively employ, retain and support disabled people.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Cabinet member for workforce at the council, said:  “There are nearly seven million working age disabled people in the UK, but less than 50 per cent are currently in work. That’s a lot of unused talent and potential.

“As one of the largest employer in the county, we have an obligation to lead by example and this is just one of the ways we do that.

“We are committed to ensuring disabled people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and we are proud to have been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.  Part of this commitment is to offer a guaranteed job interview for all applicants with a disability who meet the essential requirements for a job vacancy, and for applicants to be considered for their abilities.

“Disabled people can face many challenges in finding work, and we strongly encourage other local employers to follow our lead.”

 

 

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Weymouth blossoms with beautiful hanging baskets

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:00

New hanging baskets are being put up in Weymouth this week. 

Hanging baskets are going up in Weymouth

The new hanging basket service, which will guarantee an explosion of colour in our town centre, is being rolled out this week.

Many shops have signed up to the new service, which will see floral displays brightening up our high street.  There are 36 baskets in total that contain a range of vibrant flowers, including petunias, begonias, geraniums, and lysimachia.

The new hanging baskets have been made up by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s nurseryman. Unlike traditional hanging baskets, they have a reservoir in the base of the basket so there is no leakage, they minimise evaporation and only need to be watered once or twice a week.

Flowers will brighten up our high street

Local volunteers will be responsible for the watering of the baskets.

Siobhan Davis from Volunteering Dorset said: “Our volunteers are really keen to be active in their community and have been growing incredible edibles in different areas of Weymouth Town Centre.

“After speaking with Nigel from Weyprogress and the town centre manager regarding watering the plants we thought this would be a great way for our volunteers to meet new people and learn new skills whilst playing an important role within their local community.

“Volunteering is a great way of making new connections as well as keeping fit and the Volunteer Centre Dorset are at the forefront in supporting volunteers and organisations in making positive moves forward.”

Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The baskets will be displayed along St Thomas and St Mary’s Streets and will certainly add a splash of colour to Weymouth town centre.

“I’d like to thank the Town Centre Manager for re-introducing the scheme and the shop owners for supporting it but, most importantly, I’d like to thank local volunteers for agreeing to water the baskets throughout the summer, their contribution is invaluable.”

 

 

 

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Gillingham residents set to vote for neighbourhood plan

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:44

Gillingham could have a Neighbourhood Plan if residents give it the go ahead.

Gillingham residents set to vote for neighbourhood plan

Councillors agreed at North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet meeting on 29 May to go ahead with the referendum on Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan.

A local referendum will take place on 12 July, with local residents going to the polls to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the proposals.

The plan was drawn up by local people, and agreed by the town council.

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

If the plan is supported by the local referendum it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

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

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into shaping this plan and I thank everyone who has been involved with the project so far.

“Residents now have the opportunity to shape their community through the Neighbourhood Plan, as modified by the independent examiner.

“Anyone who wishes to vote, needs to ensure they are on the electoral register.”

How to vote

The referendum will be held on 12 July. You have to be registered to vote by 26 June to vote in the referendum.

Details of where residents can vote have been advised on the Poll Cards which have already been sent out.

To vote by post or proxy in this referendum, you will need to have filled in an application form and sent it to the Electoral Registration Officer. Postal and proxy vote application forms are available online at dorsetforyou.com/how-to-vote  or by contacting the district council.

Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on 27 June and the postal packs will be with voters by the 1st of July.   To vote by proxy, application forms should be received by 5.00 pm on  4 July.

View the plan

The proposed plan and Examiner’s Report can be viewed online or at Gillingham Town Council’s Office or at Gillingham Library.

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A fantastic turnout for the Visit Dorset Residents’ Week 2018

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:42

The 13th annual Dorset Residents’ Week promotion took place from 23rd – 29th April 2018. Despite mixed weather conditions over the week it was the most successful event to date, with over 4100 vouchers redeemed across the 53 participating attractions, generating an estimated additional income value of more than £40k to the Dorset economy.

The week long event aims to encourage local people to explore Dorset’s fantastic variety of attractions.  ‘Word of mouth’ promotion is an important way of encouraging new visitors and a significant number of people stay with locally based friends and relatives for a holiday in Dorset. The dates of the promotion are chosen to avoid the main holiday periods when the attractions are already very busy.

Improvements made to campaign

The Visit Dorset team made some improvements to the campaign for 2018, primarily highlighting the Visit Dorset brand more prominently within the promotion and increasing the online content used to support the promotion.

The main distribution method was a four page feature in the Spring edition of ‘Your Dorset’ publication, produced by Dorset County Council and delivered to over 200,000 homes in Dorset. The feature included details of all participating attractions and discounts offered, together with five vouchers for residents to use.

Details of the promotion were replicated on the Visit Dorset website by creating individual event listings for each participating attraction, providing offer details, admission costs, opening times and a downloadable version of the voucher. All of the 53 offers were listed under a campaign page that provided an overview of how the promotion works together with a call to action to browse the promotional offer pages.

Week-long event

The week-long event was supported by a variety of promotional channels targeting Dorset residents, including social media, editorial coverage in local press, a radio airtime campaign with Wessex FM and promotional posters in the Dorset Tourist Information centres and Weymouth Esplanade sites.

Growing year on year

Nick Thornley, on behalf of the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership, said: “We are delighted that so many of our local attractions continue to support this initiative and find it works well for them in terms of attracting new business. The Visit Dorset Residents’ Week continues to grow year on year.  This now well-established event provides an opportunity for local residents to visit the many high quality attractions we have that are an essential part of our visitor economy. I would like to thank all the attractions that took part for once again making it such a huge success”.

Fantastic feedback

Feedback from the participating attractions was positive, highlighting the extra visitors that this promotion brought through their doors:

“Although the weather has not been kind to us last week we were very happy with the numbers and the fact for many of those visiting us it was their first time to Forde Abbey.

“We are very pleased with the turnout and many visitors said they would not have visited if it wasn’t for the Residents’ Week promotion. The Keep Military Museum.”

For further details on the campaign please visit www.visit-dorset.com/trade/residentsweek

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership is made up of the district and borough councils from West Dorset, North Dorset, Christchurch, Purbeck, East Dorset and Weymouth & Portland. The tourism team of the Dorset Councils’ Partnership co-ordinates this activity on behalf of the other rural Dorset local authorities.

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Dorset’s ‘A’ roads about to get a facelift

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:05

Premium surface dressing is about to start on some of the county council’s most used roads – will your route be affected?

Over two weeks, Dorset Highways contractor – Eurovia – will treat large sections of ‘A’ roads, protecting them from water damage and keeping them in a good condition for longer.

Many of these roads have already had patching completed on them over the last 12 months – repairing any defects – in preparation for this surface dressing treatment.

Work will be carried out off-peak between 9am and 4pm, with most sites using two-way lights and convoy working, where a vehicle – travelling at 10mph – will lead drivers through the works area.

Please be aware that this work is extremely weather dependent and dates may be subject to change.

Monday 18 June

  • A357* – Sturminster Newton to West of Puxey Lane junction
  • A357 – junction Gain’s Cross Lane, Shillingstone, to Parish Boundary at Enford Farm

*if ongoing gas main replacement works are not complete by 18 June, work on the A357 at Sturminster Newton will either be moved to the end of the premium surface dressing programme or be deferred until summer 2019.

Tuesday 19 June

  • A348 Ringwood Road – Longham Bridge to Lake Farm Close, Longham
  • A350 – junction Newton Road to A31 Roundabout, Sturminster Marshall

Wednesday 20 June

  • A354 Blandford Road, Basan Hill – A354 north roundabout, Puddletown, for 380m to Bardolf Farms track junction
  • A354 Blandford Road, Basan Hill – from Bardolf Farms to D20668 Jock’s Hill, Burleston

Thursday 21 June

  • B3390 – from junction Hurst Road to north of Waddock Crossroads
  • A352 – Broadmayne to Warmwell Roundabout

Friday 22 June

  • West Stafford Bypass

Monday 25 June – these works will need a road closure due to the width of the roads, a diversion route will be signed

  • Bridge by The Sun Inn to the wooded area north of Charminster
  • A352 – junction A37 to Charminster village boundary
  • A352 – junction Wanchard Lane to village boundary near 30mph signs

Tuesday 26 June

  • A37 – junction Sodern Lane to Weirs Roundabout

Wednesday 27 June

  • A356 – junction Toller Lane to junction Greenford View, Higher Frome Vauchurch
  • A356 – junction D12215 Higher Drove Chilfrome turning to junction Toller Lane, Toller Porcorum

Thursday 28 June

  • A356 – from junction Kingcombe Crossroads to junction D12215 Higher Drove Chilfrome turning
  • A356 – from junction Linnet Lane to junction Hooke Road, Rampisham Hill
  • A356 – from junction B3163, Toller Down Gate to junction Linnet Lane

Friday 29 June

  • A356 – from junction Hore Stones to junction B3163, Toller Down Gate
  • A356 – junction Corscombe Cross to junction Hore Stones, west of Toller Down Gate
  • A356 – junction Chedington Lane to junction Corscombe Cross

Saturday 30 June

  • A3066 – from Somerset county boundary to junction C56, Mosterton

Eurovia is an experienced, national company that carries out road surface treatments for highways authorities across the country.

Dorset Highways is continuing its work to surface dress many urban roads across the county.

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Health walks launch – everyone invited!

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:45

Everyone is invited to a celebration to mark the successful launch of free guided health walks in Weymouth and Portland.

Join a health walk today!

The ‘Walk for You’ scheme has seen more than 100 people pull on their walking shoes and enjoy a free guided health walk since it began in the spring.

The celebration, which aims to encourage even more people to try a free guided walk, will be held on 22 June. People are invited to meet at 10.30am at the Beach Office / Tea Cabin on the Esplanade to enjoy a walk and a light buffet.

Jon Orrell, Social Inclusion Briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “Guided walks are fun and free. If you’ve been meaning to do more exercise, why not come along and try one out.

Walks are fun

“Our friendly guides make it fun whatever your health needs. There is no such thing as too slow, or too fast, we always have more than one guide to cater for everyone. Everyone is invited so please come along, try a walk and enjoy the summer!”

Health walker Ken Whatley, from Weymouth, said: “The walks are great, everyone is friendly and you can go at your own pace. Many of the walks are on the flat and not too long, ideal for anyone wanting to get back into walking. Going on a free guided walk is very enjoyable. I’d recommend them to anyone.”

Health walks are enjoyable, on the flat (buggy friendly) and between 10 to 45 minutes long. Some walkers are recovering from illness or injury, others simply want to rebuild their fitness in an easy and fun way.

Details of the walks area available here.

If you would like a chat to find out more ring Julie Hursthouse on 01305 838497.

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Win £100! Park photography competition

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:00

A competition has been launched to celebrate the beauty of Weymouth and Portland’s parks and gardens.

Winning picture from last year’s #loveweyportparks photography competition

 

People are being asked to go to their local park take a photograph and post it on Twitter or Instagram using #loveweyportparks2018

#loveweyportparks2018

The best snap will be awarded £100. The competition will run until 30 September 2018.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “Weymouth and Portland’s award-winning parks and gardens are among the best in the country. Enjoying them is free, so why not go to your local park, take a snap and you could win £100!

“We are very fortunate to have so many beautiful public parks, gardens and green spaces that we can walk, play and relax in. As a borough we can all take pride in our parks.

We can all take pride in our parks

“The aim of this competition is to get more people to enjoy these beautiful places on their doorstep. It couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is go to the park, share a quick snap and you could win £100!”

Councillor Wheller added: “We are also very lucky here in Weymouth and Portland to have so many dedicated volunteers and Friends Groups who work hard to help us make our parks and gardens such special places.”

There are 10 parks and gardens in Weymouth and Portland and they host a programme of community events including art exhibitions, park runs, concerts and outdoor shows.

There is one prize of £100 which will be awarded to the best photograph taken in one of the borough council’s parks or gardens. Photographs can also be emailed in to communication@dorset.gov.uk or posted to Parks Photography Competition, South Walks House, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ.

Full details of the competition and the terms and conditions are available.

 

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Surface dressing this week

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:52

This week our surface dressing highway fixers are in the Tricketts Cross area and finishing the week in Corfe Castle.

Sites completed last week:

  • D40611 – FROM C24 TO BOTTOM OF TRIANGLE, GAUNTS COMMON
  • LODGE ROAD – BOTTOM OF TRIANGLE TO CEMETERY ENTRANCE, GAUNTS COMMON
  • LODGE ROAD – CEMETERY ENTRANCE TO C95, HOLT
  • D40612 – C24 HORSESHOES TO HOLT FOREST, HOLT
  • D40612 – HOLT WOOD JCT TO ENTRANCE GLEN FARM, HOLT
  • POND HEAD – ENTRANCE GLEN FARM PYO TO D40611, HOLT
  • D40613 – D0612 AT HOLT WOOD TO CROSS ROADS AT LOWER ROW, HOLT
  • D40613 – FROM CROSS ROADS AT LOWER ROW TO C95 HOLT ROAD, HOLT
  • D40614 – FROM CROSSROADS AT LOWER ROW TO C95 HOLT ROAD, HOLT
  • BURTS LANE – FROM HORTON ROAD TO CROSS KEYS JUNCTION, MANNINGTON
  • GODS BLESSING LANE – FROM HOLT LANE TO HARTS LANE
  • HARTS LANE – FROM HOLT SCHOOL TO BROOM HILL
  • PILFORD LANE – FROM BROOM HILL TO UDDENS DRIVE

Work planned (weather permitting) this week (starting Monday 11 June):

  • JUNCTION OF PILFORD LANE & UDDENS DRIVE TO DISTRICT BOUNDARY, WIMBORNE
  • FORD LANE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HUMBER ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • BARNES ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • CORBIN AVENUE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • LOCKEYERS DRIVE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • TURBARY ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HALVES COTTAGES, CORFE CASTLE
  • COLLETS CLOSE, CORFE CASTLE
  • THE DOLLINGS, CORFE CASTLE
  • BATTLEMEAD, CORFE CASTLE
  • MEAD ROAD, CORFE CASTLE

Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 18 June:

  • DRAGON’S HILL, LYME REGIS
  • CHARMOUTH CLOSE, LYME REGIS
  • FAIRFIELD PARK, LYME REGIS
  • COLWAY CLOSE, LYME REGIS
  • TALBOT ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • SPRINGHILL GARDENS, LYME REGIS
  • BAY VIEW ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • NORTH AVENUE, LYME REGIS
  • MANOR AVENUE, LYME REGIS
  • ELIZABETH CLOSE, LYME REGIS
  • APPLEBEE WAY, LYME REGIS
  • HENRY’S WAY, LYME REGIS
  • QUEEN’S WALK, LYME REGIS
  • QUEEN’S WALK – CUL-DE-SAC OFF ANNING ROAD
  • STAPLES TERRACE, LYME REGIS
  • SUMMERHILL ROAD, LYME REGIS
  • PINE RIDGE, LYME REGIS

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.

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Successful restoration works for the iconic Weymouth Jubilee Clock Tower

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:38

On 1 June, works were completed to restore the Jubilee clock tower.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Briefholder for Assets and Finance and Leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “We are delighted with the result of recent restoration works to the jubilee clock tower. It was originally built and erected back in 1888 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It has since become Grade II listed. This historically important landmark is one of the defining symbols of Weymouth. It therefore needed careful management by a select team of specialists, overseen and managed by the Borough Council.

“We have put a great deal of time and effort in to the restoration to get it back to its original beauty and colours. Some of the key areas of work included the dials, dial numerals and the intricate working parts of the clock. These required cleaning and re-decoration in specialist paints. The areas of gold paint have been re-decorated with lacquer to help with future preservation.

“We discovered the inside of the clock chamber was corroded so this has been thoroughly cleaned and re-decorated. The weather vane and cupola at the top of the clock have also been repaired and re-gilded. The inside access of the tower has been brought up to modern safety standards with a new internal ladder and platform. Specialists also assisted us with re-decorating the shields to a Weymouth emblem design. This design was taken from archive pictures.”

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Beware of Council Tax email scam in your area

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:25

A fraudulent email has been received in your local area. Don’t put yourself at risk.

Don’t fall victim to email fraud

Residents are being warned to be on their guard for suspicious emails that aim to capture their personal details. Anyone who receives an email about a council tax refund which asks them to click a link and complete an online form should ignore it or delete it.

The email that has been recently flagged has no official branding and is worded very informally. By clicking the link in the email, it leads you to a web page where you are asked to input your banking information. Do not enter your information and put yourself at risk.

Top tips on how to protect yourself
  • Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive
  • Never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • The web address may appear trustworthy, but remember you can hover over a link to see where it will really take you.
  • An email address can appear legitimate, so even if the email appears to be from a person or a company you know of, if the message is unexpected or unusual then contact the sender directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account, for example due to suspicious activity on your account, instead of clicking on the link provided in the email, go directly to the website yourself.

The email mentioned has been reported, however we urge you to remain vigilant and be careful about who you share your personal information with.

If you have any concerns or feel you may have been affected visit actionfraud.police.uk

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Could you be a walk leader?

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 15:32

A free one-day course will be held to train people to become volunteer walk leaders.

Could you be a walk leader?

If you would like to help others stay healthy and active please come along.

The volunteer walk leader training will take place on Thursday 12 July 2018 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the borough council offices in Commercial Road Weymouth.

Help others stay healthy and active

Training as a volunteer walk leader means you get out in the fresh air. By becoming a qualified walk leader you will be able to support walks taking place across the area.  We have walks taking place every week at Portland, Wyke Regis, Littlemoor, Weymouth Esplanade and a Dementia friendly walk at St Anne’s Church.

Once you are trained as a walk leader we would like you to be able to lead at least one walk a month. More information about the walk scheme is available here.

For more details and to book a place contact Julie Hursthouse, Community Development Worker for Weymouth & Portland,  on 01305 838497.

 

 

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Town centre enhancements proposed for Swanage

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 14:22

Safety and environmental enhancement proposals for Institute Road in Swanage are going on display next week for residents to have their say.

Dorset County Council highway engineers are working with Swanage Town Council to look at ways to improve the pedestrian experience in the busy road including proposals to:

  • widen some footways
  • provide new loading bay on Station Road
  • remove some, or all, loading/unloading on Institute Road
  • change parking bays

Councillors and engineers will be available to discuss the options and hear residents views during two drop-in sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Victoria Avenue, on:

  • Wednesday 13th June – 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday 14th June – 4pm to 8pm

Dorset County Councillor Bill Trite, elected member for Swanage division, said: “There’s a serious safety issue in Institute Road, through the concentration of both pedestrians and road vehicles in the same narrow street.

“Working with the town council, our engineers have come up with several proposals within the limited space available – please come and find out more, and have your say.”

Plans of the proposals are available to view online.

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Major applications approved for Weymouth and Portland

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:18

172 homes were given the green light by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee today.

Persimmon app – South of Louvier Road

A development of 114 homes on land to the south of Louviers Road has been approved by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. The development sits on land currently used for agricultural purposes and includes 35% affordable housing. This equates to 28 homes for affordable rent, and 12 homes for shared ownership. The site will retain two existing and well used public rights of way across the development.

A Persimmon Homes South Coast spokesman said: “We are pleased to be delivering much-needed modern homes for local people at this location, and look forward to playing our part in the generation of new jobs to support the economy in the area.”

An outline application from Homes England for the Southwell Primary School site has also been approved. The development could see up to 58 properties including affordable housing provision. The development will retain an important tree belt and hedgerow, and enhance the existing nature area on site. This application will now be referred to the Secretary of State as a matter of principle, as the proposal includes the loss of the sports field on the former school site.

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

“Anyone interested in buying a new home should sign up to our Home Ownership Register. This will give you the latest news about new housing developments and also provide us with essential insight on the local housing need.”

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Where are we surface dressing this week?

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:57

After the extremely poor weather last week, we’re hoping for a drier spell this week to get more sites ticked off our list.

Sites completed last week (a pitiful list thanks to the poor weather):

  • MORGANS LANE – FROM PEAKED POST TO EARTHPITTS LANE, PENTRIDGE
  • PENTRIDGE VILLAGE – ACCESS FROM MORGANS
  • EARTHPITTS LANE, PENTRIDGE

Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 4 June:

  • D40611 – FROM C24 TO BOTTOM OF TRIANGLE, GAUNTS COMMON
  • LODGE ROAD – BOTTOM OF TRIANGLE TO CEMETERY ENTRANCE, GAUNTS COMMON
  • LODGE ROAD – CEMETERY ENTRANCE TO C95, HOLT
  • D40612 – C24 HORSESHOES TO HOLT FOREST, HOLT
  • D40612 – HOLT WOOD JCT TO ENTRANCE GLEN FARM, HOLT
  • POND HEAD – ENTRANCE GLEN FARM PYO TO D40611, HOLT
  • D40613 – D0612 AT HOLT WOOD TO CROSS ROADS AT LOWER ROW, HOLT
  • D40613 – FROM CROSS ROADS AT LOWER ROW TO C95 HOLT ROAD, HOLT
  • D40614 – FROM CROSSROADS AT LOWER ROW TO C95 HOLT ROAD, HOLT
  • BURTS LANE – FROM HORTON ROAD TO CROSS KEYS JUNCTION, MANNINGTON
  • GODS BLESSING LANE – FROM HOLT LANE TO HARTS LANE

Work planned (weather permitting) week commencing Monday 11 June:

  • HARTS LANE – FROM HOLT SCHOOL TO BROOM HILL
  • PILFORD LANE – FROM BROOM HILL TO UDDENS DRIVE
  • JUNCTION OF PILFORD LANE & UDDENS DRIVE TO DISTRICT BOUNDARY, WIMBORNE
  • FORD LANE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HUMBER ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • BARNES ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • CORBIN AVENUE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • LOCKEYERS DRIVE, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • TURBARY ROAD, TRICKETTS CROSS
  • HALVES COTTAGES, CORFE CASTLE
  • COLLETS CLOSE, CORFE CASTLE
  • THE DOLLINGS, CORFE CASTLE
  • BATTLEMEAD, CORFE CASTLE
  • MEAD ROAD, CORFE CASTLE

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.

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JustPark – a new way to park and pay

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:15

From 18 June, JustPark will be the new provider for mobile payments in car parks and on-street parking areas across West and North Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. Pay for parking in seconds with the app, or by calling the number. Download from your smart phone’s app store.

Features of the JustPark app
  • A responsive, user-friendly service that allows you to pay in under 60 seconds
  • You will receive timely, free reminders about the status of your parking
  • Easy to extend the time on your parking
  • Completely cashless
  • Stores your full parking history – including VAT receipts
Park, Pay and get on with your day!

Cllr Sherry Jesperson, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to switch to JustPark as our mobile payment provider for our parking machines. We found that the customer-focused app was simple to use – and we aren’t the only ones, as they boast 4.9/5 star rating on the app store!”

Cllr Colin Huckle, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Additional features on the app include showing local car parks costs and further details, such as when they open and close, which is really handy.”

Switch over period

From 18 June to 18 July 2018, both the old mobile payment supplier – Phone & Pay – and the new one – JustPark – will be taking payment for car parks. So don’t worry, we won’t issue a ticket during this time. However, you must start using JustPark by 18 July. Users will still be able to use coins if they prefer.

 

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Works begins at The Heatherlands Centre

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:34
Left to right: Cathy Lugg, Chris Akaidere, Cllr Julie Robinson, Cllr Peter Oggelsby, Matt Reeks and Cllr Steven Lugg

This week saw the commencement of major refurbishment works at the Heatherlands Centre in Ferndown.

East Dorset District Council have instructed AKA Building to complete the project, which will see this popular community facility modernised throughout. The plans for the centre include updating the kitchen areas, adding first floor offices and the creation of three large halls for hire, which will be multi-use and fully accessible.

Earlier this week, Matt Reeks, Community and Open Spaces Manager for East Dorset District Council took the opportunity to brief all three Ward Councillors for Ferndown on the full plans moving forward.

Cllr Julie Robinson, Ward Councillor for Ferndown, had the honour of removing the first brick, which signified the start of the work. Cllr Robinson said: “I’m so pleased to see the work begin at our community centre. The works planned are exciting and will be fantastic once completed.

“Investing in the centre will help ensure that we can provide services to local residents and current users for years to come, whilst also welcoming new users to the centre. I’m incredibly proud to be involved with the centre refurbishment and can’t wait to see it being well used in 2019.”

Chris Akaidere, Business Development Manager, AKA Building Company, said: “We’re pleased to be working with East Dorset District Council on this community project. The commencement of works this week was the first of many milestones, but we’re looking forward to seeing this project finished and welcoming the community back to the centre.”

The works at the centre are expected to be completed before the end of this year.

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Verges will become mini ‘nature reserves’

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:54

A combination warm and wet weather has resulted in the green verges and hedgerows of Dorset becoming lush and luxuriant.

Dorset County Council manages verge cutting throughout the county, working with local councils to maintain our roads’ edges.

The amount of cutting depends upon the location. In urban areas, the highway grass verges are cut six times a year. Mowing usually starts in mid-March and continues cyclically every five or six weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions.

Rural highway grass verges are currently cut twice a year. But trials have taken place to reduce the number of cuts, help conserve wildflowers and improve the biodiversity of our rural verges.

The aim of these trials was to find new ways of managing the verges to produce cost savings. The trials involved different methods of management to reduce the soil fertility within the verge itself and decrease grass growth. To achieve this, we:

  • Stripped topsoil to expose low fertility subsoil or mineral rock,
  • Harvested “mini bales” from the roadside verges where we could,
  • Monitored subsequent growth to determine success, future maintenance needs, biodiversity enhancement and public perception,
  • Created wildflower rich verges.

The exposed subsoil has a lower fertility compared to the topsoil and will require little maintenance once initial weed growth is suppressed. Removing cuttings rather than allowing them to rot will reduce fertility and cutting frequency. The verges where bare mineral rock is exposed may require no annual cutting for up to 10 years. Those verges which have been harvested may only need one cut and collect after a few years.

Both types of trial area can develop into wildflower rich meadows which are attractive and help provide a valuable source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“If we can encourage wildflower rich verges alongside the almost 5,000 miles of our rural roads it will have a fantastic effect on pollinating insects which are vital for our agriculture.”

British conservation charity Plantlife recently reported that there has been a 20 per cent drop in diversity of wild flowers puts bees at risk as plant ‘marauders’ take over.

Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife Botanical Specialist, commented:

“Our once colourful and botanically diverse road verges are becoming mean, green thickets where only thuggish species can thrive and more delicate flowers are being driven to the brink of extinction.”

For more details on verge cutting visit dorsetforyou.gov.uk and search for ‘verge cutting’.

Find out more about the challenges faced by verges  

 

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New Public Space Protection Orders approved for Weymouth and Portland

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:58

Rules on begging, cycling, feeding gulls and alcohol in public spaces in Weymouth and Portland have been reviewed, after listening to your views.

Public Space Protection Orders decided for Weymouth and Portland

The new measures, set out in the Weymouth & Portland Anti-Social Behaviour Related Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2018, were approved by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council last night. (31/5)

Cycling along the seafront

Rules on cycling along the seafront during quiet times in the summer have been relaxed. Under the previous orders, cycling was banned at all times on the seafront all year round. This means that people will be able to enjoy cycling along the whole of the Esplanade until 10am and after 5.30pm from Good Friday to 31 October. Right of way will remain with pedestrians.

Alcohol Restriction Areas

The rules on consuming alcohol in public remain largely the same. There continues to be alcohol restriction areas and authorised officers will be able to direct the public not to drink if there is a reasonable belief that their actions are causing anti-social behaviour. Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued if there is no reasonable excuse not to comply with this requirement.

Feeding gulls

A new ban on feeding gulls means that people who continue to ignore the rules could now face a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Begging

New rules around begging have also been introduced within the PSPO. Begging issues have been identified by the borough council, Police, shop owners and residents over the last few years and a decision was made to include this in the consultation. Findings from the consultation demonstrate that measures were needed to deter this activity from Weymouth Town Centre.

Councillor Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “The Council has been very aware of concerns from the community that the behaviour of a small number of people  is having a disproportionate impact on the town and on both residents and visitors. We have already moved to enforce penalties in litter and dog fouling with considerable success. The new PSPO is part of a concerted set of initiatives to move this agenda on and specifically restricts begging. Whilst we will continue to be sensitive to people genuinely in need of our support, we will use Fixed Penalty Notices if there is no other alternative. We will continue to work with our existing partners to support those who genuinely need it. Training will be provided to officers to be clear about the  circumstances which may lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice.

“We are particular looking to address ‘aggressive begging’ where individuals persistently harass people for money. This presents the town in a poor light to our essential visitors and can be intimidating. Outreach workers will engage to ensure that genuine cases with particular issues have the support they need away from the streets and that those for whom begging is a lifestyle choice are deterred from the impact they are having on our community and our economy in the first instance to try and get them off the streets but sometimes it is a lifestyle choice.”

Hundreds share views

The new order was drawn-up following a public consultation, which saw hundreds of people taking the trouble to share their views.

Cllr Jeff Cant added: “These measures aim to reduce anti-social behaviour and reduce the problem of aggressive gulls. I am glad that cycling in the summer during quieter periods will now be welcomed, as we are keen to do what we can to promote fitness and physical activity.

“I’d like to thank people who made the effort to have their say, we looked carefully at their responses and have done our best to take a common sense approach.”

The provisions contained within the PSPO will complement Police and other council measures as well as the multi-agency funded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme which is soon to be launched.

New signage will be going up to tell people about the new rules.

More information and maps explaining where the rules apply will be available on Dorsetforyou.com shortly.

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Rare, protected snake found in Dorset wood

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:04

A rare, native species of snake has been spotted at Black Heath in Thorncombe wood, near Dorchester. The Smooth Snake was noticed during a regular reptile survey carried out by Dorset County Council’s countryside rangers.

It is the rarest of our three, native species of snake and is protected, along with its preferred habitat, by law. It lives on well-managed heathland, where it is mainly found in mature vegetation that provides good cover. On these sites it can use a range of habitats, from dry slopes to humid and wet heath areas.

Kath Clay, the countryside ranger who made the find, said:

“The smooth snake hides under stones, logs and other debris exposed to the sun, rarely basking in the open. It can be difficult to find and shows that the restoration work and our continued management of the lowland heath is working –  providing the perfect habitat for certain heathland specialists, such as Smooth Snake and Nightjar (which breed here every year).”

Nick Moulton, Reptile Conservation Officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, has confirmed:

“It is a very important find as this is the most westerly record of Smooth snake in Dorset.   It shows range expansion and colonisation from the previous more easterly site of Duddle Heath.”

Thorncombe wood is managed by Dorset County Council’s Countryside service. Close to the woods is Thomas Hardy’s Cottage the National Trust-run birthplace of the famous author. Located on the edge of Thorncombe Wood and a short walk from Hardy’s Cottage is the Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre providing an opportunity to discover more about the life and works of Thomas Hardy and the local landscape.

For more information about visiting Thorcombe Woods visit Dorsetforyou.gov.uk and search for ‘Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre’.

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