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Murder arrests over man's death in Weymouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 11:01
Two people are being questioned on suspicion of murdering a 75-year-old man in Weymouth.
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Historic towns to benefit from £95m boost named

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 23:02
The government lists 69 English towns and cities that will benefit from regeneration money.
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North Quay – Dorset Council to submit new application

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:16

Dorset Council has announced what is happening next in regards to the old council building and site at North Quay in Weymouth.

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

“Following the Southern & Western Planning Committee’s decision to vote against the proposed demolition of the offices at North Quay in Weymouth, Dorset Council officers representing the Council as the owner of North Quay, have made a formal request to the Local Planning Authority that the current application is withdrawn.

Senior officers are now working hard to put together additional information in relation to the sustainability and reuse of the building, and the potential environmental impact of its demolition, which was the main concern for some members of the Planning Committee.

Dorset Council will then submit a new application – with the additional information – to the Committee in the coming months so that elected members can make a fully-informed decision on the merits of the application.”

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Rare opportunity to see hidden bunker at Moors Valley

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:46

Visitors to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Verwood, will have the chance to discover a hidden piece of Second World War history in September, which remained a closely guarded secret for over 30 years.

Decoy bunker at Moors Valley Country Park

As part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, a bunker that controlled the operation of a bombing decoy will be open to the public for the first time on Sunday 15 and Wednesday 18 September from 10am-2pm.

The bunker, which is not usually accessible to the public, was used during WWII to power and control lights to mimic the appearance of a real airfield at night to draw enemy bombers away from nearby RAF airfields at Hurn and Ibsley. The restoration and research of this special site was carried out by a group of dedicated volunteers including members of 3LX Community Fund and Verwood Town Council.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Councillor for St Leonards and St Ives said, “I am very pleased that the decoy bunker has been carefully restored. The open days offer visitors a rare opportunity to take a closer look at the bunker and learn more about its history.”

During the open days volunteers will be on hand to explain more about how the bunker was used, and the scale and importance of decoy and deception techniques.

The bunker is a 2km walk from the Visitor Centre and car park; parking charges apply. There is also limited free parking at Potterne Park, Verwood, 800m from the bunker.

The location of the flare path has also been identified and a specially designed telescope will be sited on one of the park’s waymarked walking trails and will help visitors to visualise how the site would have looked at night when the decoy was in operation.

For more information on the bunker and future open days please visit www.moors-valley.co.uk/decoy-bunker.

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Bournemouth v Everton

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:03
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Everton.
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Restoring our precious heathland

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:44

A vital programme to improve and prevent the loss of precious heathland and its rarest inhabitants, will start this autumn.

This important work, supported by Natural England (NE), will restore a rare and internationally important habitat which hosts a unique range of species. The restoration programme involves the felling of coniferous trees on 210 hectares of the Dorset Council owned Avon Heath Country Park and will help to improve and preserve this fragile, protected habitat.

The Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood, is recognised for its internationally rare lowland heath – highly protected under European and UK law. It is home to some of Britain’s rarest wildlife including Dartford Warblers, Nightjars and all six species of UK reptiles that only live on lowland heath and which are critically endangered.  Living in Dorset, it is easy to forget how rare heathland is, but in fact Dorset is home to a significant amount of the remaining global resource, making it a priority to protect.

Pine trees are one of the main threats to the heathland and its wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park. Thousands of coniferous trees were once planted to be harvested for their timber, but through self-seeding they are now threatening to destroy the rare heathland habitat by degrading the delicate sandy soil. Dorset Council is required to reinstate the heathland to a ‘favourable’ condition, providing real benefits for the rare habitat and wildlife.

Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, Cllr Ray Bryan said: “We are proud to be carrying out work to help restore one of our rarest habitats. The tree felling is just one element of a wider restoration programme which has been agreed with advice from Natural England and other conservation partners. Other restoration work includes continued grazing by rare breed cattle and additional bracken and gorse management. Collectively this management work will help us protect the heathland for generations to come.”

The felled timber from Avon Heath will be used productively in many ways – from construction materials, to fence posts and wood chip for carbon neutral energy production. Using our own wood to help meet this demand reduces the need to import from around the world and at the same time it will help protect some of our rarest native wildlife.

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Local Community Lottery Survey

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:22

Dorset Council is considering introducing a community lottery. This is part of the our aim to develop a support package for the voluntary and community organisations.

We’re proposing that a ticket will cost £1 with 60p going to local causes. Players will be able to nominate good causes they wish to support when buying their ticket. Of this 60p – 50p would  go to the local cause and 10p will go towards a community grant.

All players get a chance to win prizes of up to £25,000. Every ticket purchased has a 1 in 50 chance of winning and winners will be given the option to reinvest their winnings to their nominated charity or community group. Tickets will be available to purchase online for a weekly draw.

 Before a final decision is made we want to hear from local voluntary and community organisations, partners and local residents for their views on the scheme.

 Share your views on the idea of a local community lottery

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Para-swimming World Championships: Becky Redfern, Alice Tai and mixed freestyle relay team win gold

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 22:04
Alice Tai, Becky Redfern and the mixed freestyle relay team for athletes with learning disabilities take Britains's gold medal tally to 12.
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Harry Redknapp opens new Poole Hospital entrance

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 18:15
The football manager said his wife Sandra had been treated for sepsis at the hospital.
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County Championship: Hampshire beat Surrey by 272 runs inside three days

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 17:25
Hampshire beat Surrey by 272 runs as Felix Organ takes his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
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Dorset Council Trading Standards is a Friend Against Scams

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:38

Dorset Council Trading Standards has become a Friends Against Scams Organisation, committed to take a stand against scams in Dorset!

Friends Against Scams Logo

Scams are fraud and many people are contacted by criminals by post, phone, online or on the doorstep. It’s a huge problem with the UK detriment estimated to be up to £10 billion each year. Over half of people aged 65 and over have been targeted by criminal scams. Age UK found that worryingly only 5 percent of people report scams, so 95 percent of people don’t. Silence is a scammer’s best friend as it allows perpetrators of these crimes to continue unchallenged and victims to remain unsupported.

There is a scam for everyone and anyone can be affected. Young people can be scammed when buying a first mobile phone or paying online letting agents for student accommodation. Older people my fall for fake lotteries, prize draws and catalogue scams. Others may lose money when contacted out of the blue by someone purporting to be from their bank. Loneliness can lead to grooming by international criminals offering potential relationships, romance or contact with the dead.

People who are more vulnerable to scams can receive multiple contacts a day by fraudsters and there are many reasons why people reply. Some feel they have an obligation to respond to letters, or enjoy the routine of opening and responding to post. Some people want to receive the cheque for their promised winnings, never stopping to consider all the monies already paid over time to receive those winnings. Others will be groomed into believing they are part of an honest relationship when they are not.

Friends Against Scams aims to break the silence around scams, giving people information to be able to spot the signs of a scam, talk with and support others and report scams. It is a national and growing scheme that aims to recruit 1 million ‘Friends’ by 2020.

Anyone can become a ‘Friend’, many people are, and you could too. Visit the national website www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk to learn more about scams, to find a local face-to-face session, or to complete 20 minutes of online learning.

Jon Harris, Principal Trading Standards Officer at Dorset Council said:

“Being recognized as a Friend Against Scams Organisation will help us to spread the message about the benefits of becoming a ‘Friend’ to grow the scheme within local communities across Dorset. This is about continuing to raise awareness of scams to help people protect themselves against financial abuse by rogues.

Anyone can take a stand individually against scams and become a ‘Friend’ and other organisations can show their commitment by becoming a Friends Against Scams Organisation too.”

If you are concerned about a scam, want consumer advice, or want to report something to trading standards, then call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer.

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Durweston flood arch replacement – September update

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:41

Work has nearly finished on site and we’re on track to have all works complete by Friday 27 September.

Over the last few weeks, construction work has come to an end and work has focussed on ‘finishing’ activities such as installing the various fencing systems and putting topsoil back onto the new verges.

The installation of specialist road safety fencing at the edge of the new culverts is now finished and we’ve been able to remove the water-filled red and white safety barriers.

We’ll start removing our temporary access tracks and site compound next week, and all the estate fencing should be in place by Friday 20 September.

When all work alongside the road has been finished, we’ll be able to remove the temporary three-way lights and put the upgraded permanent A350/A357 signalised junction back in operation. This should be by 27 September.

Safety fence on top of culvert fixed in place Team effort getting the concrete in, compacted & level One of the finished fences

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County Championship: Hampshire's James Vince hits rapid 91 against Surrey

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 17:34
Hampshire captain James Vince smashes 91 off just 59 deliveries as his side dominate against Surrey on day two.
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Fund to support community organisations in Dorset opens for applications

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:25

Dorset Council has opened its Community Impact fund to back community projects that help improve the lives of local people.

There is a total of £75,000 available to help community organisations and charities, with a turnover of less than £500,000, deliver services that improve the lives and well-being of people in the Dorset Council area.Local community groups can apply for grants of up to £6,000. To make sure the fund reaches all parts of Dorset’s communities, applications for smaller amounts (up to £1,000), via the Micro grants pot are also welcome.

Projects supported will target those whose needs are greatest and will support the council’s ambition of reducing demand for its services by connecting people to the right help, support and early intervention to improve resident’s lives.

Cllr Spencer Flower, Dorset Council leader, said:

“We want to support community projects that can demonstrate how they support the council’s top priorities for local people.

“The important element is that the projects must be resident-driven with evidence of the benefits for people and the contribution they will make to helping improve the lives of people in the Dorset Council area.”

This round of the impact fund, including the main and micro grants, will close Midnight Sunday 10 November 2019.

Apply for the Community Impact Fund

See the video from a previous grant byPeople First Dorset, Glitter Ball Event project

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Badger cull in England extended to 40 areas

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:18
Eleven new areas will join the 29 existing badger control areas, Natural England says.
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Council to buy back Poole flats for revamp

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:23
Leaseholders facing renovation bills of up to £56,000 asked the council to buy back their homes.
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World Para-swimming Championships: Alice Tai, Tully Kearney and Bethany Firth win gold

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 19:44
Great Britain win three gold medals on day two of the World Para-swimming Championships in London.
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Poole-based RNLI to cut 135 jobs after 'funding shortfall'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 18:05
The lifeboat charity says most of the jobs will be lost from its headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
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County Championship: Hampshire fight back against Surrey

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:39
Rikki Clarke takes his 500th first-class wicket as Surrey bowl out Hampshire for 149 - but then struggle to 143-7.
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Work to maintain Weymouth’s Historic Harbour set to begin  

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:03

Work to maintain Weymouth’s Historic Harbour is set to start on 30 September. 

Work will be done to maintain Weymouth’s Harbour Walls

The work, which is essential to preserve the harbour walls, has been carefully timed to avoid the main tourist season.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “These works are essential to preserve our historic harbour for the future – without it they would be at risk of collapse. We apologise in advance for any disruption, some works noise will be unavoidable, but please bear with us as this work is vital.”

Please bear with us – work is needed to save our harbour

Cllr Kate Wheller, Chair of Dorset Harbours Committee, said: “I am glad this work is finally being done, as it will maintain our harbour. It has been scheduled to avoid the main tourist season and we apologise in advance for any disruption.”

The works are expected to be complete by Christmas (23/12/19). During the works, it will be necessary to close a small part of the road along Customs House Quay and a minor diversion will be in place. Part of the Weymouth Pavilion Car Park will also have to be used as a temporary compound so our contractor can work safely.

Apologies for any disruption

The work has been planned and paid for by Dorset Council, but it will be carried out by a contractor, Knights Brown Construction. It has been agreed that their working hours will be Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. The council has agreed with the contractor and local tourism businesses the noisiest work won’t start until after 10am.

The work will begin with the demolition of the old brick and concrete kiosk at the top of the ferry steps. Then 76 metres of quay wall near the kiosk will be replaced. This will involve driving a new line of sheet steel piles, which are like an interlocking steel barrier, into the ground in front of the existing harbour wall.

The piles will be driven into the ground during October and November. It is expected to take around five to six weeks, although the hammering in, which often causes the most noise will only be done for short periods. In November the gap between the new and old piles will be filled with concrete. The new structure will then be capped with concrete and the quayside restored with equipment for mooring vessels.

Around £1.9 million has been allocated to maintain this section and another section of harbour wall near Nelson’s Wharf, also in need of urgent repair.

Information about the project will be available at: dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/weyharbourworks or via social media #weyharbourworks
















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