Local businesses are being offered another chance to apply for a new travel grant from Dorset County Council, with up to £3,000 per application up for grabs.
As well as boosting the local economy and helping to tackle road congestion, the initiative also aims to boost the health and wellbeing of staff.
Businesses in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and Christchurch can apply for up to £3,000 in match funding towards the introduction of cycle parking, lockers, showers or changing facilities, signage, pool bikes, and more.
A number of applications were submitted in the last round with the council awarding around £30,000 across those businesses.
Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for environment and the economy, Cllr Peter Finney, said: “We are delighted to be able to help local businesses improve their facilities and help their staff travel more sustainably.
“By encouraging employees to walk or run or cycle to work you are likely to see a significant reduction in sick days and increased productivity.”
One organisation which benefited from the grant scheme is Futurum Renewable Energy Systems in Poundbury. The renewable energy firm has installed a vehicle electric charging point at its main office in Parkway Farm Business Centre, Poundbury.
Sales and marketing manager Mark Blunden said: “The council’s grant scheme is a great way to help local businesses improve things for their staff and customers.
“Having an electric charging point makes it easier for our staff, customers and business clients to use an alternative travel option rather than a conventional car.”
The next round of applications is open from 1 Sept to 10 Oct. For more information, and to submit an application, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/business-travel
A member of the public has described how a Detective Constable from Leicestershire Police has restored their faith in the judicial system.
It was one of more than 60 letters of thanks received by the Force between April and the end of June, extracts of which are published today on the Force website.
The grateful person wrote, quite simply: “DC XXX has personally restored my faith in British Justice”.
PCSOs, Special Constables, members of support staff as well as police officers are singled out for praise by the community for their response to a range of issues, from dealing with road crashes to investigating burglaries.
Among the letters received is one about a Police Constable. The writer says: “PC XXX has been a shining example of what a police officer should be. He has listened to us, never once dismissing out concerns, he has spent time answering our questions and explaining the process of the law to us, he has taken the time to befriend our six year old daughter who has been severely affected by it all, so that her belief in the Police force is absolute.”
The author continues: “He has been the calming voice of reason in the madness that took over our lives”.
Other letters received refer to the “fantastic front office staff at Beaumont Leys and Welford Road” and “the officers’ kindness could not be more appreciated”.
One letter writer simply says: “I would just like to say a very big thank you to everyone that was involved in the search for my Dad”.
Simon Edens, the Force’s Deputy Chief Constable, said: “We very much appreciate the thanks that we receive and that people take the time to contact us. As a vital front line emergency service, we often come into contact with people who are in desperate need and highly emotional. However testing those circumstances, it is vital that the service we deliver is of the highest standards and in the finest tradition of policing in this country.
“The range of services we provide – and about which we get letters of thanks – is kaleidoscopic, from policing parades to investigating burglaries; from helping people in road crashes to helping victims of assault.
“Between April and the end of June this year, we recorded a total of 69,625 incidents, 32,435 of which were attended by a Police Officer or a Police Community Support Officer. Given the number of contacts we have the public on an hour by hour basis, it is inevitable that we won’t always get it right.
“At the most serious end of the spectrum, sometimes our officers and staff do fall below the standards we expect of them – and in the three months under review, four PCSOs and three officers received disciplinary action as a result.
“Maintaining public confidence and delivering a service that matches the public’s need is extremely important to us. That’s why we publish lists of both letters of thanks and disciplinary outcomes”.
He said that one of the 62 letters of thanks received summed up everything that in his view is good about Leicestershire Police. Written by someone whose grandmother was helped by a Police Constable, it says: “The officer was caring, compassionate, supportive and helpful”.
Note: As a matter of force policy we do not publish officer's names.
A meeting of the chairs from the parish councils affected by the closure of the C13 at Melbury Abbas have been told that due to the complexity of the project the road may not be opened until late spring at the earliest.
The C13, between Blandford and Shaftesbury has been closed by Dorset County Council for four months after discovering that the slopes beside the road were unstable.
Local county councillor, Deborah Croney, called this regular briefing session to keep communities up to date with news on the road closure and longer term traffic solutions.
Deborah Croney, said:
“There is a lot of work happening behind the scenes at the moment. The soil tests will be analysed and reports on what can be done to stabilise both Dinah’s Hollow and the area below St Thomas’s Church are due in the autumn.
“Officers are looking at a number of options to manage traffic flows when the C13 is opened. I am also investigating longer term infrastructure improvements and possible funding opportunities.”
“The county council has been working with the organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and highways colleagues in neighbouring counties to warn motorists of the closure and advising on alternative routes or changes in journey times during this busy time.”
Leicestershire’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole, will be presenting awards at a ceremony today (Wednesday August 27) to recognise the bravery, hard work, dedication and long service of police officers and staff.
A wide range of awards will be presented to police officers, Police Community Support Officers, police staff, volunteers, Special Constables and members of the public. The Editor of the Leicester Mercury, Mr Richard Bettsworth, will present the ‘Beat Bobby of the Year’ award which is run in conjunction with the paper.
The Chief Constable’s Commendations take place twice a year and are attended by Chief Officers, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Area Commanders, the Police Federation and Unison, together with the award winners and their families.
Thirty seven people will be recognised for their exceptional work including awards such as Student Officer of the Year, Beat Bobby of the year, Commendations for Outstanding Work, Commendations for Bravery and the Harry Wileman Trophy which recognises police staff who volunteer outside policing.
Chief Constable, Simon Cole, said; “I thoroughly look forward to presiding over these award ceremonies as they give me an opportunity to formally celebrate and acknowledge the hard work, dedication and courage displayed by police officers, police staff, and members of the public.
“I am always taken aback when I hear the amazing stories and bravery our staff and officers show and to know that those acts of bravery, kindness and dedication go on in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland every day.”