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Have your say on dogs in public spaces

Dorset Council News Feed - 4 hours 55 min ago

Dorset Council is today launching a 12-week public consultation on rules about dogs in public spaces This will help with the development of the new Dorset-wide Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order.

The consultation is a chance for people – residents, business owners, organisations and visitors – to have their say on where and when they think there should be restrictions on dogs in public places, including beaches. It will also cover topics such as fouling and lead length.

Cllr. Tony Alford, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “These Orders are to make sure that everyone – with or without dogs – can safely enjoy public spaces.  We  want to hear a wide range of views from as many people as possible.  We know that people hold very strong views on the topic and we aim to reflect a balanced and fair perspective within the new Order. .

The survey will run from today, Friday 24 January until midnight 19 April 2020.

Find the consultation survey.  Paper copies of the survey can be obtained at any one of Dorset Council’s libraries.  The survey can be made available in other formats and languages by calling 01305 252472.  The survey will be promoted through the council’s print and digital channels.

In December 2019, the existing Orders of former West Dorset, East Dorset, and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Orders were extended to 31 December 2020. This was to maintain public safety by allowing time for the public consultation and implementation of a new Dorset-wide Order to take place without the expiry of those current orders.

Find out more about this and the work of the Dog Wardens

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Court closures 'stressing out' victims and witnesses, report says

Dorset BBC News Feed - 4 hours 58 min ago
Barristers say "chaotic scenes" are being played out across the country because of the closures.
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Pedestrian, 90, killed in Charmouth 'hit-and-run' crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - 7 hours 27 sec ago
Police arrest a man in his 40s following the death in Charmouth on Thursday evening.
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Greggs customer breaks shop counter to retrieve £1 coin

Dorset BBC News Feed - 7 hours 14 min ago
Police are looking for a man who caused £2,000 worth of damage while trying to find his lost coin.
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Sherborne A30 crash: Woman dies of injuries

Dorset BBC News Feed - 8 hours 43 min ago
The 86-year-old passenger died from her injuries following a crash near Sherborne on Tuesday.
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South Western Railway guards vote for more strikes

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 18:43
Services were disrupted for 27 days last month in a dispute over the future role of guards.
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Gaia Pope death: Family welcomes pre-inquest review hearing

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:06
Gaia Pope's body was found 11 days after she went missing in November two years ago.
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Poole begging ban to be challenged in High Court

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:00
The ban on begging in Poole has been criticised for unlawfully targeting homeless people.
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Train emergency alarm delays rise as more passengers call for help

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 00:02
Crowded carriages and lack of help for disabled people would make some rail users press the button.
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Residents to vote on Neighbourhood Plans

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:41

Three communities could have a Neighbourhood Plan if residents give them the go ahead.

Following the successful examinations of the Upper Marshwood Vale, Sutton Poyntz and Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plans, Dorset Council has agreed to enable the plans, as amended to proceed to referendum. Residents of the Upper Marshwood Vale and Sutton Poyntz have to be registered to vote by Tuesday, 28 January 2020 to vote in these referendums. Bridport Area residents have until Tuesday 11 February 2020.

Local referendums will take place in the Upper Marshwood Vale (the parishes of Marshwood, Bettiscombe, Pilsdon and Stoke Abbott) and Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth on Thursday 13 February and across the Bridport Area (the parishes of Bridport, Allington, Bradpole, Bothenhampton & Walditch and Symondsbury) on Thursday 27 February, with local residents going to the polls to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the proposals.

The plans were drawn up by local people, and agreed by their Town and Parish Councils who felt confident that the plans reflect the hopes and views of their local communities.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

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, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“Residents of Upper Marshwood Vale, Sutton Poyntz and the Bridport Area now have the opportunity to shape their community through their Neighbourhood Plans, as modified by their independent examiners.

“I would like to thank the residents involved and their respective Town and Parish Councils for their hard work and commitment in creating these Neighbourhood Plans and getting them to this stage.

“Residents will need to ensure that they are on the electoral roll if they intend to vote on the plans in these February referendums.”

View the plans

The Upper Marshwood Vale neighbourhood plan can be viewed online with hard copies of the supporting material on display at South Walks House in Dorchester and Beaminster Town Council offices.

The Sutton Poyntz neighbourhood plan can be viewed online with hard copies of the supporting material on display at South Walks House in Dorchester, Weymouth Town Council offices as well as Littlemoor Library.

The Bridport Area plan can be viewed online with hard copies of the supporting material on display at South Walks House in Dorchester, Bridport Town Council offices as well as Bridport Library.

The Town and Parish Councils also intend to ensure copies of these documents are available locally.

How to vote

The Upper Marshwood Vale and Sutton Poyntz referendums will be held on Thursday 13 February. You have to be registered to vote by Tuesday 28 January 2020 to vote in these referendums.

The Bridport Area referendum will be held on Thursday 27 February. You have to be registered to vote by Tuesday, 11 February to vote in the referendum. You can check if you are registered to vote by telephoning 01305 838299 during normal office hours.

Upper Marshwood Vale residents can vote in person at Bettiscombe Village Hall and P.C.C Stoke Abbott Village Hall. Sutton Poyntz residents can vote in person at the Mission Hall. Bridport Area residents can vote in person at the polling stations which are at:

  • St Swithuns Vestry Extension, North Allington, Bridport
  • Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport
  • The Salt House, Quayside, West Bay
  • Symene Sports Club, Duck Street, Symondsbury
  • Eype Schoolroom, Mount Lane, DT6 6AP
  • Bothenhampton Village Hall, Main Street, DT6 4BJ
  • Walditch Village Hall, The Green, DT6 4LB
  • Forster Memorial Hall, Higher Street, Bradpole
  • Mountfield (Committee Room), Rax Lane, Bridport
  • Bridport United Church (Inner Hall), East Street, Bridport

The polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 13 and Thursday 27 February.

How to vote – post or proxy

To vote by post or proxy in these referendums, you will need to have filled in an application form and sent it to Electoral Registration.

online or by contacting the Electoral Services team by emailing elections@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or calling 01305 838299

Applications to vote by post in the Upper Marshwood Vale and Sutton Poyntz referendums must be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 29 January 2020.
To vote by proxy, application forms should be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 5 February 2020.

Applications to vote by post in the Bridport Area referendum must be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 12 February 2020.

To vote by proxy, application forms should be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 12 February 2020.

Questions can be emailed to: planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Alternatively, they can be posted to: Spatial Planning, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

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South Western Railway warned it could be placed in public hands

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:29
The government reveals South Western Railway's franchise is "not sustainable in the long term".
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'Scoreboards' added to speed indicators in Poole and Corfe Mullen

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:18
The boards featured "scores" suggesting motorists have been driving over the 30mph speed limit.
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Homes and businesses better off thanks to the Better Broadband Scheme

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:22

A government broadband scheme set up to provide a faster broadband service helped to make over 600 connections benefiting Dorset businesses and residents.

The national Better Broadband Voucher Scheme was created by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in December 2015 as a solution for those located in some of the hardest to reach areas. It provided up to £350 to those unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) and were unable to benefit from the superfast broadband roll out.

Industry experts are now urging homes and businesses in need of faster connections to consider taking up one of the two other government grant schemes.

Dugald Lockhart, Programme Manager,  Superfast Dorset said: “You can look at our website to find out if you qualify and how to apply for the two other government grant schemes still running.

“If you are interested in a voucher then discuss this with your neighbours, our experience is they work best when communities pull together. The good news is you don’t need to worry about which scheme is right for you. Just register your interest now with your chosen supplier and they will check which scheme is best suited to you and your neighbours and then start the process to get you connected.”

Groups of homes and businesses can benefit from the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Scheme where those who qualify come together and claim up to £3,500 per business and £1,500 per home towards a gigabit-capable (1,000 Mbps) broadband connection, using these vouchers requires a service of at least 30Mbps to be taken.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is also available, where businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of gigabit-capable internet connections, residents can benefit from a £500 voucher on this scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses.

How do the vouchers work?

  • Find a registered supplier and sign up for a gigabit capable connection.
  • Your supplier requests a voucher from government. They check you are happy to go ahead by email.
  • Your supplier gets to work to deliver your new connection.
  • Connected! Your supplier lets government know the work is done.
  • Government checks with you by email that the service is live and working.
  • Government will sometimes make further checks before they pay your supplier.

For more information visit: www.superfastdorset

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Dorset Council successfully prosecutes owner of abandoned vehicle

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:20

A North Dorset resident was recently taken to court for non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice, issued for abandoning a vehicle on a residential road.

Gary Castle, 21, of Wyke, Gillingham was successfully prosecuted at Weymouth Magistrates last week (9th January 2020) under Section 2A (1) of the Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978, following an investigation by the Council’s Enforcement Team.

On Wednesday 15 May last year, an Enforcement Officer visited Fairey Crescent in Gillingham, having received a complaint regarding an abandoned vehicle.

A seven-day notice was placed on the windscreen of the vehicle.  Following a DVLA check, the officer discovered that the last registered keeper of the vehicle was Mr. Castle.  A letter was sent to Mr Castle’s home address, requesting removal of the vehicle within seven days and noting that failure to remove it would result in the vehicle being removed and placed in storage.

No response was received from Mr Castle and on 30 May 2019, following a visit by the Enforcement Officer, the vehicle was still parked on the road. Arrangements were then made for the vehicle to be taken away.

Mr. Castle was spoken to in person on the same day and informed of the situation. The Enforcement Officer issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for abandoning a vehicle directly to Mr Castle, to which he responded, “I will not be paying the fine”.

On 20 June 2019, a reminder letter was sent to Mr Castle to remind him of his opportunity to pay the FPN. To date, no payment has been received from the defendant in respect of the FPN. The car was not recovered and was subsequently destroyed.

As a result of failing to pay the FPN, Mr. Castle was taken to court by Dorset Council’s Legal Team. He was found guilty and ordered to pay £650 costs.

Cllr Tony Alford, Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services at Dorset Council, said:

“This is a great result for Gillingham residents, and I’d like to thank all the officers involved for their hard work in bringing this case to court.

Our Enforcement Team received around 450 reports of abandoned vehicles on Dorset’s roads in the last 12 months. Each of these are investigated by our Enforcement Team, who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to those owners who fail to comply with the law. Failure to pay an FPN will result in further action being taken by Dorset Council.

Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and annoying for nearby residents, creating further congestion on our roads and other public places. If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please make a note of the registration number and any other descriptive details, and let us know -Thank you.”

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Dorset 111 urgent care service to be brought in-house

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:18
The ambulance service said it could not operate Dorset's urgent care because of staff shortages.
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Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Cherries end six-game winless run

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:06
Bournemouth end their six-game winless run as they claim a valuable three points against fellow Premier League strugglers Brighton.
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Holocaust Memorial Day comes to Dorchester

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 21:27

The South West Dorset Multi-Cultural Network, supported by Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council is hosting its annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) next week to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The free event is being held at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on 24 January from 12.30pm -1.30pm and is open to everyone.

Holocaust memorial day remembers victims and survivors

The theme for HMD 2020 is ‘Stand Together’. The anniversary represents a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

Cllr Pauline Batstone, Chairman of Dorset Council said: “At this event we ask people to learn lessons from the past to create a safer, better future. The theme ‘Stand Together’ gives everyone an opportunity to stand together with our local communities, across boundaries of faith, age and ethnicity.”

Gillian Walnes Perry, the honorary Vice-President of the Anne Frank Trust is guest speaker and pupils from Sunninghill Preparatory School will share poetry they’ve been inspired to write having learnt about the Holocaust and genocide. Betty Billington-Smith from Kushti Bok will read a poem written especially for the event by poet Ray Wills.

The event will conclude with a lighting of candles, and a minute’s silence. Free refreshments will be served afterwards.

Rachelle Smith, secretary of the Multi-Cultural Network, said “We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides.”

The Corn Exchange will open from 11am to allow time to view exhibits before the event starts at 12.30.

Several Dorset Council Libraries have exhibitions about Holocaust Memorial Day including Weymouth, Dorchester, Portland, Wareham and Sturminster Newton.

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Bridport A35 crash: Man jailed for causing driver's death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 17:18
Gary Craven is jailed for six years for causing a fatal crash on the A35 in Dorset in 2017.
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Search for relatives of WWII Ferndown Auxiliary Unit

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 15:53

Dorset Council is looking for the relatives of the WWII Ferndown Auxiliary Unit. This group of specially trained volunteers were members of the Home Guard and practised their drills at their secret Operations Base at the Belle Vue Bunker on Poor Common in Ferndown.

The bunker was recently rediscovered by the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team and an excavation of the site took place earlier this year. Sadly, due to its current state, it is not possible to rebuild and restore the bunker to its original condition. Most of the materials excavated have been replaced but a section of the bunker has been left exposed so visitors can see a small part of what lies beneath the ground.

Dorset Council would like to hear from relatives of any of the men from the Ferndown Auxiliary Unit and invite them to an official opening ceremony which will also be attended by representatives from the Royal British Legion and other local organisations and historians.

The names of the men in the Ferndown Auxiliary Unit were:

  • Sargent John Geoffrey Tice – local garage owner
  • Corporal Alfred Cecil Talbot – carpenter
  • Private Eric Alfred May – sales rep and auxiliary fire service officer
  • Private William Harry Feltham – baker
  • Private Percy Lloyd Blic – architect’s assistant
  • Private Douglas Gabe – engineer and local Scout leader

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said, “The Belle Vue Bunker is a significant historical find and we extend our thanks to Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team for bringing the bunker to our attention. It is also very important for us to remember the vital role the Home Guard played during World War II.”

If you are related to any of the men from the Ferndown Auxiliary Unit, please contact the Coast and Greenspace Team on 0790 0137881.

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Brexit explained: Can I still bring back alcohol from the EU?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 15:04
BBC reporter Tom Hepworth explains what rules will change for people bringing alcohol back from the EU after Brexit.
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