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Dorset Road Fix – resurfacing in July

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 15:28

Dorset Highways maintenance gangs are out across the county continuing to repair road damage.

To allow this work to take place safely, the area of the road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 7pm to 6am.

We will do our best to keep you updated if our schedule of work changes. In July we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

A350 Littledown, Shaftesbury – 29 June to 10 July
road closed weekdays 8pm to 6am

Grimstone Gate, Muckleford – 12 & 13 July
road closed 9am to 4pm

Crawford Bridge, Spetisbury – 14 to 16 July
road closed 9.30am to 3.30pm

Church Road, Three Legged Cross – 19 to 23 July
road closed 9am to 4pm

Roundhill Coppice, Loscombe – 22 to 29 July
road closed weekdays 9am to 4pm

Cherry Orchard Lane, Gillingham – 30 July
road closed 9.30am to 3.30pm

Road closure for bridge maintenance:

Briantspuddle Bridge, Moor Lane – 28 June to 6 August
Bridge closed 24/7 for maintenance

This is not an exhaustive list of all roads being repaired. Dorset Highways’ annual road maintenance programme, includes patching, micro-surfacing, surface dressing, in-situ recycling, road preservation and resurfacing treatments.

Using a variety of surface treatments ensures that more of Dorset Council’s roads get repaired with the budget available, compared to using resurfacing alone.

Surface dressing is also underway across the county.

All planned road works can be found online. 

Please use our online form to report road-related issues/damage. This goes directly to the local community highways officer for assessment.

Additional safety measures

Additional safety measures are being taken to ensure the health and safety of workers in these unprecedented times. We are also working closely with other highway authorities across the south west and with industry bodies to share knowledge of new ways of working.

  • single person vehicle movements both to and from site
  • maintaining current social distancing requirements at all times
  • daily toolbox talks to share the latest safe working guidance and COVID-19 updates
  • daily health screening involving temperature checks and general well-being
  • no high-risk workers on site
  • revised working practices to reduce the number of staff on site while still maintaining health and safety standards when working on the highway
  • changes to site welfare, including additional toilet facilities and hygiene provision

Please be mindful of how you speak to our workforce, they are working within the Government’s guidance for construction activity – that it should continue where it fits with both the current Public Health England requirements and in accordance with industry safety guidance.

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Summer work to maintain Dorset’s roads

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:12

This month, Dorset Highways will start carrying out premium surface dressing on large sections of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, protecting them from water damage and keeping them in a good condition for longer.

Many of these roads have already had patching work completed on them over the last 12 months – repairing any structural defects – in preparation for this work to extend the life and quality of Dorset’s roads.

Work will be carried out between 9.30am and 3.30pm under convoy working, where a vehicle – travelling at 10mph – will lead drivers through the works area. There will be no on street parking available during the work.

Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for their journey or find an alternative route, as the convoy working will slow traffic down considerably.

Jack Wiltshire, Dorset Council Head of Highways, said: “After the work has finished an advisory 20mph speed limit will be in place while the stone chippings are further bedded-in by vehicles travelling over the surface. Our sweeper crew will remove any surplus chippings 48 hours later.

“Please drive slowly over the new surface and leave increased space between vehicles – the low speed limit is in place for the safety of road users.

“Surface dressing forms a vital part of our annual road maintenance programme, alongside micro-surfacing, in-situ recycling and resurfacing treatments. Using this variety of treatments means more of our roads get repaired with the budget available, compared to using resurfacing alone.”

This year’s sites will form a rolling programme that is weather dependent, with yellow advance notice boards put in place on site two days in advance to confirm dates of the work and ensure no roadside parking in the area for the period of work.

Sites scheduled for treatment

28 & 29 June
A352, Middlemarsh – parish boundary north of Tall Trees Farm, Longburton to Middlemarsh

29 & 30 June
Ottery Lane & Horsecastles, Sherborne

30 June to 2 July
Bristol Road, Sherborne

5 July
A350, Blandford – A357 to Whitecliff Mill Hill

6 & 7 July
A354 – Pimperne to Tarrant Hinton

7 & 8 July
B3081, Cranborne – Handley Hill Roundabout to Creech Hill Farm

9 July
B3081, Verwood – Sutton Hill Camp Site to Remedy Gate

9 & 12 July
Ringwood Road, Verwood – Merryfield Close Roundabout to Lake Road

12 July
Ringwood Road, Verwood – Lake Road to county boundary

13 July
B3081, Verwood Road – Hampshire boundary to A31 on-slip

14 July
Wimborne Road, Corfe Mullen

14 & 15 July
Old Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen – A350 Blandford Road North to Springdale Road Roundabout

15 & 18 July
Morden Road – Sherford Bridge to A351 Sandford Road Roundabout

19 July
Dorchester Road, Wool – Burton Cross Roundabout to Jct Baileys Drove

19 & 20 July
Main Road, Osmington – west of White Horse Chalet to Jct C42 Mills Road

 

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Lloyds to close another 44 bank branches

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:16
The latest announcement means 100 Lloyds and Halifax branches will close this year.
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The Hundred: Quinton de Kock & Devon Conway sign for Southern Brave

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 12:10
South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock and New Zealand opener Devon Conway sign for Southern Brave in The Hundred this summer.
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Can Wimborne's woolly football pundit predict a winner?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 10:03
Fruitloop has been using her biscuit-munching skills to forecast the European Championship results.
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Coronavirus: Case rates in Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 07:07
The latest number of cases of Covid-19 across the county.
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New Alan Turing £50 note enters circulation

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 07:02
The old £50 and £20 banknotes will be withdrawn by October next year, the Bank of England says.
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Eden Project plan to save Portland's 'cathedral' mine

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 05:34
If plans for a £30m visitor attraction fail, Portland's stone mines will be filled with rubble.
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Dorset Council works with communities to transform parking charges and permits

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 09:40

Dorset Council is working closely with residents, Town and Parish Councils, and community and business representatives as we look to change the way we charge for parking at our car parks across the county from next year.

Watch the video to find out more, or continue reading below for more information.

As part of the Parking Transformation project, which seeks to standardise car park prices across the council area, the Council also wants to know what residents think about a new car park permit that is being developed so Dorset’s residents, workers and businesses aren’t left out of pocket by the proposed new pricing.

The proposed three tier pricing structure for car parks differentiates between the diverse and unique areas that Dorset enjoys – rural, coastal and town – and the seasonal nature of car parks at popular visitor destinations. It aims to bring consistency to charging across Dorset Council car parks – where charges currently span from free to £9 all day.

  • Level one pricing, in smaller more rural car parks, is proposed to start at 50p for 30 minutes and rise incrementally to £4 for all day.
  • Level two pricing, in our market towns and shopping destination car parks, is proposed to start at 50p for 30 minutes and will have slightly higher incremental rises up to £6 for all day.
  • Level three pricing, in our visitor destination car parks, is proposed to have the same pricing as Level Two car parks in the low season. In the high season (1 April to 31 October), prices are proposed to start at £1 for 30 minutes and rise incrementally up to £10 for all day.

As part of this work, a single car park permit is proposed for drivers living and working in Dorset. This would replace the 76 different permits currently available across the county, covering the old district and borough local authority areas.

The proposed annual residents, workers and businesses car park permit would allow drivers to park in specified Dorset Council car parks throughout the year. A residents’ survey has been launched to inform the cost and offer of the permit, with the proposed price to be confirmed once feedback has been analysed, and costs calculated. Monthly payments are also being considered to help spread the cost.

Dorset’s town and parish councillors, and community representatives participating in stakeholder groups, are being asked to comment on the proposed tiered car park pricing structure, while the permit survey is open to everyone to ensure plans take into account the views of Dorset’s motorists, as well as specific, local knowledge on parking.

Comments on the proposals will be reviewed and incorporated into the plans, where appropriate. The project team hopes to present the final proposals to Dorset Council Place and Resources Overview Committee in October and to Cabinet in November – with a view to introduce new parking charges in January 2022.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “We want a pricing strategy that works for as many people as possible and brings consistency in parking charges across the Dorset Council area. We also want to mitigate the impact of any price changes on Dorset’s residents, workers, and shoppers by offering discounted parking through a new permit.

“We’ve worked extremely hard on benchmarking our prices and checking the cost of parking when compared to our neighbours and similar locations. This included looking at prices in the BCP area, as well as in visitor destinations like Torquay and Weston-Super-Mare.

“We’re trying to get the right balance so that costs are not so high that our car parks are under-used and people are pushed into parking on residential roads, but not so low that drivers cannot find a space to park or choose to drive rather than using a more sustainable form of travel.

“We also want our peak season charges to be aimed at visitors by making them comparable to prices at similar destinations in the south. Our proposed Dorset parking permit will protect our residents and workers from paying these higher prices.

“We’ll be gathering comments from residents, stakeholder groups, parish and town councillors and Dorset Council members, so please take the time to complete the permit survey and/or speak with your local town, parish or Dorset councillor to find out more about this work developing the new parking charges.”

The scale of increase in parking prices will vary for each individual driver, depending on the car park being used and the duration of stay.

Proposals are also for on-street parking changes to be made more consistent, following the same three-tier approach. These spaces will be charged at a higher price than compared to the same tier car park price. This is to generate a higher turnover of cars for the spaces, meaning more people can better access local businesses etc. for shorter durations.

Waivers can still be purchased for tradespeople who need to park for work. Blue badges will be reviewed separately to these proposals, as will health care permits.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the proposed parking permit should complete the survey or speak to their local town or parish council. The closing date for the survey is Sunday 11 July.

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Free PPE for PAs and unpaid carers now available until March 2022

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:59

A scheme to give free PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to people who provide care and support for others in the Dorset Council area is being extended.

Personal assistants (PAs) and unpaid carers living in the Dorset Council area can request free personal protective equipment as they continue to carry out their caring duties through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme was first introduced in February and expected to last until 30 June, but the provision has now been extended by the government until March 2022.

Who can apply for free PPE?

You can apply for free PPE from Dorset Council if you are:

  • an extra-resident unpaid carer, meaning that you do not live with the person you care for
  • a co-resident unpaid carer, meaning that you live with the person you care for
  • an unpaid carer and you are caring for a clinically vulnerable person
  • you’re directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible
  • you provide care that requires you to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who you support – this care could include support in the home, or to go out into the community
What PPE can I get?

The free personal protective equipment for unpaid carers and personal assistants includes:

  • visors
  • aprons
  • IIR masks
  • sanitiser
  • non-latex gloves
What happens when I run out of PPE?

You are not restricted to one order of free PPE. You are entitled to request more items as and when you run low on supplies.

How to request your free PPE

Free PPE can be requested online:

Request free PPE if you are an unpaid carer.

Request free PPE if you are a personal assistant.

Alternatively, you can call our Dorset Together helpline on 01305 221000.

Cllr Simon Gibson, lead member for Care at Dorset Council said:

“It’s really good news that the provision of free PPE for personal assistants and unpaid carers has been extended until March 2022.

“Carers and personal assistants do a fantastic job supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Dorset through what continues to be a really challenging time.

“I’m pleased this provision will remain in place so they can continue to protect themselves, those they care for, and others they come into contact with as they go about their caring duties.”

More support for unpaid carers

Caring takes on many forms. You may not even identify yourself as a carer, but the caring you do entitles you to information, advice, and support. It is important that when you’re caring for someone that you look after yourself too.

Caring can be very rewarding, but without the right support it can have a negative impact on your health, career, finances, or relationships.

You may have found that your caring role has become more challenging due to COVID-19, or you may have taken on new caring responsibilities.

Carer Support Dorset is the first point of contact for advice and support to unpaid carers of all ages across the Dorset Council area. Their aim is to create carer-friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued, and supported. Contact them on freephone 0800 368 8349, or view their website www.carersupportdorset.co.uk.

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Moored cruise ships off Dorset coast 'scarred' seabed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:32
Sonar scans have revealed the impact on the seabed from cruise ships moored during the pandemic.
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Update on schools – Managing Coronavirus

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 08:37

Dorset Council is working closely with Public Health Dorset and all schools to safely manage any Coronavirus cases that occur. All schools, colleges and education settings are following Dorset Council, Department for Education and Public Health guidance. Risk assessments have been carried out and hygiene measures are in place. Plans have been prepared to make sure any incidents are dealt with promptly and safely.

Everyone can help by following the guidance.  You must self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, such as a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Testing is now available for students in year seven and over, staff and households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, read the Public Health guidance about accessing it. Primary school pupils will not take asymptomatic tests but families should book a PCR test online if they develop symptoms.

If your child is unwell and you are not sure what to do, have a look at this symptom checker. 

Schools with Confirmed Coronavirus cases

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils said: “We are aware that a number of schools in Dorset have received confirmed cases of COVID-19. These schools are working closely with Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and Public Health England South West to ensure that all necessary measures are being met.

“All close contacts of the confirmed cases have been notified and need to self-isolate for 10 days. Contacts of the confirmed cases should get a PCR test. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 10 days.”

The following schools have confirmed Coronavirus a case or cases and are following the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of their pupils:

  • St Michael’s Middle School, Wimborne – 23 June (cases)
  • Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester – 22 June (cases)
  • Ferndown Upper School – 22 June (cases)
  • Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne – 22 June (cases)
  • Upton Junior School – 20 June (case)
  • Atlantic Academy, Portland 16 June (case)
  • The Purbeck School – 15 June (case)
  • St. James’ CE First School, Gaunts Common – 10 June (case)
  • The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis – 8 June (case)
  • Bovington Academy – 6 June (case)

 

 

 

 

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Hampshire suffer another rain-off - T20 Blast round-up

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 17:58
Ben Stokes and Joe Root are on the winning side for Durham and Yorkshire respectively, while Notts tie with Lancashire.
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Christchurch street evacuated during five-hour police stand-off

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 11:15
Officers were called to a disturbance in Christchurch on Saturday morning.
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Christians link up for coastal path Covid prayers

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 15:21
About 3,000 Christians walked along sections of the coastal path pray together at the same time.
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Developer to 'regenerate' Weymouth's Brewer's Quay

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 11:46
A previous plan to turn the landmark building into homes fell through after the developer went bust.
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Hampshire's trip to Oval rained off

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 21:13
Samit Patel lights up a damp night in the T20 Blast as he rescues Notts against Derbyshire, after Glamorgan beat Middlesex.
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Update on Dorset Council’s planning services

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 14:24

The Covid pandemic has had a number of unexpected consequences and one of these is that the construction and DIY industry is booming. Dorset Council’s planning services have seen a large rise in the number of applications they have received.

The council has received 9,022 planning applications between January 2019 and December 2020. This is an average of 376 applications per month. This year from January to end of April they have received 1,971 applications. This is an extra 383 application compared to the same period in 2020.

Decisions are continuing to be made. In March this year 482 applications were decided upon, which is higher than any month in the last 2 years.

To manage this increase in business and to create efficiencies in the process the council are doing a number of things:

The Planning Convergence and Transformation Project

The Planning Convergence and Transformation Project aims to deliver a more effective, efficient, and customer-focussed planning service. The project is halfway through the introduction of a new single planning software system for Dorset Council, which is a key part of the wider planning transformation project. All areas are now using the same type of platform which has already seen efficiencies in processes. The next area’s planning information to be transferred is the former Purbeck District Council’s. This is planned for the end of the month. The Former East Dorset District Council information will follow in July.

Recruitment

Dorset Council is currently recruiting to a range of roles across the services in areas such as validation, enforcement, conservation and development management to fill vacancies and help with the increased workload.

Validation backlog

There is currently an eight-week back log to validate new applications. To help reduce the workload on officers they are trying to reduce the number of emails they are receiving so that they can concentrate on validating applications. The preferred option for digital responses to planning applications is via the online register. Consultees such as town and parish councils will receive a direct link to the online register for each planning application, as part of the consultee notification email.

There are also changes to the way the teams are carrying out the work to become quicker at processing applications:

Neighbour notification letters

From 1 July the council will no longer be sending neighbour notification letters for planning applications unless these are specifically required by legislation. This is in line with their agreed Statement of Community Involvement. Details of all applications will still be published online, and they will continue to consult statutory organisations and town and parish councils.

Planning site notices

To make sure that site notices are displayed in good time agents and applicants are being asked to help by putting them up. When your planning application is registered, a copy of the notice will be sent to you. You are asked to print this and erect it as soon as possible. A photograph of the site notice in situ and confirmation of the date it was erected will be required for the records.

Planning site visits

The approach has changed for site visits for planning applications. If an officer needs to visit a site to assess the planning issues, then they will do so. However, if the assessment can be made using a desk-based approach, then this is preferred as it is a speedier process.

Amended plans and pre-application advice.

The processes are being streamlined so that only one set of amended plans will generally be allowed, particularly for minor and householder applications. In time these changes will lead to more efficiency.

All applicants are encouraged to use the pre-application advice service, so that when an application comes in, it is more likely to be supported.

There is good news for the council’s Building Control team.

The Building control team are seeing no delays in their service and dealing with all fee quotes, plan checks and site inspections. They have recruited more staff to manage their increase in caseload. The team are continuing with all required site inspections and visits following Government guidance on social distancing to keep the construction sector moving. They are currently carrying out an average of 50 site inspections per day across Dorset.

With many people working from home and wanting more space conversion of garages or outhouses have become popular. Check if building regulations apply

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council Portfolio holder for planning, said:

“We are seeing a huge increase in workload and we are still working within Covid restrictions. Most of our planning teams continue to work from home which has its own challenges. Everyone has been working incredibly hard in very trying circumstances, but we are using every opportunity to make our processes better.”

 

 

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Community a step closer to agreeing neighbourhood plan

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 11:19

A local community has taken a significant step closer to having greater influence over planning decisions in their area. A final version of the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to the council for examination.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and agreed by the parish council, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

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 neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Dorset Council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination can take place.

People who live, work or run a business in the Charmouth neighbourhood area have until the end of Friday 30 July 2021, to raise any concerns they may have about the plan. These concerns will then be passed on to an independent examiner to consider.

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

“It takes a tremendous amount of work in order to pull together a Neighbourhood Plan. I congratulate all involved in getting to this stage.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of Charmouth, to view the plans and submit any feedback they may have.”

The plan can be viewed online  and on the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan website

A hard copy of the Neighbourhood Plan will also be available for public inspection at Charmouth and Dorchester libraries during their usual opening hours.

Comments on the plan can be emailed to NeighbourhoodPlanning@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Given the majority of Dorset Council’s Planning staff are currently working remotely, in response to Government restrictions relating to coronavirus, the council asks that interested parties refrain from sending any comments by post if at all possible. If you have no alternative, then comments should be sent to:

Spatial Planning, Dorset Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ

Anyone commenting on the plan should let the council know if they wish to be kept informed of the progress of the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan.

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M27 police pursuit: Speeding car caught on camera

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 09:50
A mini driver has been jailed after reaching speeds of 100mph during a motorway police pursuit.
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