Dorset

Dave Gorman: 'Why I've given up London for Bournemouth'

BBC Dorset News Feed - 21 hours 5 min ago
The comedian says he is quitting London for a more relaxed life by the sea.
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Fines issued in Poole begging crackdown remain unpaid

BBC Dorset News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 19:35
The Borough of Poole says two people have been fined for continuing to beg in the town centre.
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Second attempt at Bournemouth and Poole bike share scheme

BBC Dorset News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:47
Bournemouth and Poole councils want 1,000 bikes in the two towns using an app-based GPS system.
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Camp Bestival founders 'back in control' after administration

BBC Dorset News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:19
The family-friendly festival was forced into administration by its financial backer Richmond Group.
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Three successful prosecutions for the Dorset Waste Partnership in recent weeks

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:26

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has sent a strong message to those who break the law when dealing with their rubbish; waste crimes are actively being tackled, and you could end up with a fine or in court.

In recent weeks, DWP Enforcement Officers, aided by Dorset County Council’s (DCC) legal team, have successfully prosecuted three different people for crimes related to fly-tipping and duty of care.

Richard Moulding, 24 of Wimborne, had been advertising waste disposal and gardening services on Facebook in December 2017. The resident had contacted him to remove some waste during a house move. Mr. Moulding agreed a price of £30 and removed the waste in a small van. Mr Moulding did not provide a Waste Transfer Note (a receipt of what the waste consisted of, who picked it up and where it was going).  However, the resident did note the vehicle registration number of the vehicle Mr Moulding was using.

Two days later, a fly-tip was reported to the DWP in Colehill. Enforcement Officers investigated, found evidence linking the waste to the resident and subsequently traced Mr. Moulding a few weeks later.

After Mr. Moulding ignored a requirement from the DWP to attend an interview, Dorset Police officers arrested him. He denied collecting and fly-tipping the waste.

However, at Poole Magistrates Court on 11 October, Mr. Moulding pleaded guilty to Unauthorised Deposit of Controlled Waste (fly-tipping) and an offence of failure to provide information during the investigation (by failing to attend the interview.) He was fined £240 with costs awarded of £500. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the complainant of £30 and a victim surcharge of £30.

In March 2018 Kay Higton, 67 of Ferndown, was contacted by the DWP’s Enforcement Team as bin collection crews suspected large amounts of commercial waste were being produced at her home address. While Ms. Higton confirmed that a business was run from her premises, she failed to produce any waste transfer notes from a commercial waste service provider and was subsequently issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by enforcement officers.

The DWP then received a phone call from Ms. Higton who stated she would not pay the FPN and would be happy to go to court. Despite a further and final reminder to pay the FPN, Ms. Higton refused and was taken to court by the DWP and DCC.

Ms Higton pleaded not guilty but following a trial at Poole Magistrates Court on the 11 October, she was found guilty by the court of failing to produce the waste transfer notes as required. She was fined £600, costs awarded of £600 and paid a victim surcharge of £60.

In May 2018, DWP Enforcement Officers were on duty at the Ashley Heath Weighbridge on the A31. As part of a multi-agency operation, the officers were working with various partner agencies including the Dorset Police. People driving those vehicles carrying waste that were stopped by the police were then checked by DWP officers for appropriate licencing.

Alfred Leslie Wilks, 42 of Ringwood, was driving a Mazda van containing a large quantity of differing types of flooring and packaging that he confirmed was waste from his job as a floor layer. As he did not have a Waste Carriers Licence, he was issued with an FPN which he subsequently failed to pay.

On 4 October, Mr. Wilks was found guilty at Poole Magistrates Court in his absence, of having no Waste Carriers Licence. He was fined £400, cost awarded of £842.50 and a victim surcharge of £40.

Jeremy Gallagher, Enforcement Officer at the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:

“The DWP hopes that these successful prosecutions send a clear message to those people who try to dispose of waste illegally. But we also want members of the public, including business owners, to be aware of their duty of care when producing waste and/or handing it to somewhere else.

If you hand your waste to someone else for disposal, make sure they have a Waste Carriers Licence and get a Waste Transfer Note. If you operate a business, even if it’s based at home, and you produce waste, you need to have a commercial waste collection arranged. We’ve got lots of useful information as part of our anti-flytipping campaign, Tip-Off.

And remember – if the DWP issues you with an FPN and you fail to pay it in time, you could end up in court.”

You can find more information about the DWP’s Tip-Off campaign at Dorset For You.

Business owners can find out more about their duty of care when it comes to waste online.

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Bournemouth A338 Spur Road: Christmas break in roadworks 'to extend'

BBC Dorset News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:55
The works, which have led to two-hour queues, have been described as "chaotic" and "shambolic".
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Bournemouth v Southampton

BBC Dorset News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:29
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Southampton.
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Research and more support to build Dorset’s basic digital skills

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:16

Dorset is celebrating Get Online Week (15-21 October) by announcing a partnership with digital inclusion experts Citizens Online. Around 150,000[1] of Dorset residents, including Poole and Bournemouth, lack at least one digital skill[2]. Citizens Online is helping to build the county’s digital champions programme – and is inviting any organization interested in helping to reduce digital exclusion to join.

People who lack digital skills can’t always access the services they need. They also miss out on the many benefits that digital can bring, such as feeling less alone, finding work, saving money and improving health[3].

Over 50 trained volunteer digital champions offer free support in libraries and other venues across Dorset. To book onto a session near you, ring 01305 221048. Around 30 organisations manage the champions programme – to get involved, email digitalchampions@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Citizens Online is rolling out its award winning Switch approach to understand digital inclusion in Dorset better and make sure sufficient support is available to those who need it. Switch is funded by local partners and The Big Lottery Fund[4] as part of the One Digital[5] programme.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for skills, said: “The Routes to Inclusion programme has already achieved much; now we want to reach even more of our residents and enable them to get the best from the digital connectivity that is now available across Dorset. We are a forward-thinking county and we know people need help to embrace digital technology so they can benefit financially and socially, and access our public services better.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: “We have been impressed with the progress and successes that the Routes to Inclusion Group has already achieved on this difficult issue of supporting digital skills. We’re delighted to be working with the group. We want to change the way local service providers and funders perceive the issue of digital inclusion – from being a ‘bolt on activity’ to a way of working that is part of business as usual.”

[1] https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/LB-Consumer-Digital-Index-2018-Report.pdf

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/essential-digital-skills-framework

[3] https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/LB-Consumer-Digital-Index-2018-Report.pdf

[4] https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

[5] https://onedigitaluk.com/

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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets tattoo for Bradley Lowery

BBC Dorset News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:43
Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets a tattoo in memory of his friend Bradley Lowery, the Sunderland fan who died aged six after a long illness.
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Local Plan Review: Thanks for sharing your views

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:30

The consultation on the Preferred Options for the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan review has come to an end.

Thanks for sharing your views in local plan review

Over the nine week consultation, which included a week-long extension, the councils received over 900 responses and had nearly 1,500 people attend roadshow events.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“Our local plan review is an incredibly important document that sets out the future development of our areas. I’d like to thank everyone who had their say in the consultation, and encourage continued feedback in future consultation work.”

What happens now?

 Over the next few months the councils’ Planning Policy Team will analyse the responses and work up a final draft of the local plan review.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“The Preferred Options were put forward in order to meet the future needs of our towns and villages. The feedback we have received by residents, business and organisations in this consultation will be considered against relevant policies and evidence based research before a draft document is prepared.”

The draft local plan review will be subject to a further round of consultation. Following this, it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by a Planning Inspector.

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Shaftesbury Cattle Market campaigners lose legal challenge

BBC Dorset News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:47
Justice for Shaftesbury lodged a legal bid over a council's plan to sell the town's cattle market.
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Third BIG road investment scheme completed

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:01

Improvements to Hurn Roundabout, near Bournemouth Airport, have been completed this week.

The project is the third scheme delivered by Dorset County Council and strategic partner Hanson UK as part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme. 

Hurn Roundabout was delayed due to getting sub-contractors on site but Dorset County Council and Dorset LEP have worked hard with the contractors to resolve these complex construction issues. This has brought the scheme back in time with the original timescales so it can complete on time and on budget.

£45.2 million was secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund for the BIG Programme, to improve connectivity, ease congestion, protect existing jobs and create new ones in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields.

The redesigned Hurn Roundabout will improve vehicle movements around the roundabout, especially HGVs, which will help keep traffic flowing through the junction. It has also improved walking and cycling links in the area, providing more sustainable travel options for local residents.

These roundabout improvements – along with planned BIG Programme schemes at Blackwater West Junction and Parley Cross – will help to relieve congestion on the B3073.

 

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry, said: “Driving economic growth and building a Britain fit for the future is a key government priority.

 

“This £45.2m investment for the Bournemouth International Growth Programme, will not only ease congestion and provide more sustainable travel options for local residents, but will also protect and support new and existing jobs in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields.”

 

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said, “We are really pleased to see the completion of another BIG Programme infrastructure investment on time and on budget. The improvements to Hurn roundabout are an important part of a series of economy-building upgrades along the busy B3073 corridor that will create better traffic flow, particularly for local businesses around Bournemouth Airport and Aviation Business Park.”

Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Economic Growth, Education, Learning and Skills, said: “Our work at Hurn Roundabout has been extremely complex due to the high number of utilities that have needed to be diverted away from the new alignment. It is to the credit of the team that this challenging project, through careful management has been completed within budget.

“Our work is continuing, with partners, to improve infrastructure on the busy B3073 corridor to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability to aid Dorset’s economic growth.

“I appreciate there has been considerable pressure on the road network whilst this work has been carried out. I would like to thank drivers for their continued patience with ongoing construction in this area and keep in mind the anticipated longer-term benefits that these multiple projects will bring.”

The £900,000 project started on 29 May with work carried out off-peak between 9.30am and 3.30pm to minimise disruption and delays.

 

Original proposals for a new, bigger roundabout were changed due to land acquisition issues and a smaller revised scheme – within the existing road area – has been delivered.

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Woman's 'car thief' snap: Man comes forward

BBC Dorset News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:38
The 24-year-old attended a voluntary interview after the owner's snap of a suspect was widely shared.
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Troubled Poole Park mini railway taken over by council

BBC Dorset News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:24
The 69-year-old attraction was suspended by Borough of Poole Council for safety reasons in May.
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Christchurch Twynham School teacher jailed for child sex offences

BBC Dorset News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:06
Michael Herrity, 44, was convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child.
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Dorset NHS shake-up plan referred to Matt Hancock

BBC Dorset News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:25
Campaigners have argued Dorset's health services review will put lives at risk.
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Councillors vote on fracking consultations

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:40

County councillors have today, 17 October, voted on two consultations from central government which will inform the future of shale gas extraction in the UK.

Elected Members were asked to consider a report which outlined two major consultations; the first is from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and is seeking views on the Government’s proposals to introduce permitted development rights for the exploration phase of shale gas development (non-hydraulic fracturing only). Proposals for on-shore shale gas development phases, including any development involving fracking, would still require planning consent in the usual way.

A further consultation from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is asking whether major shale gas development should be included within the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects planning regime (NSIP). This means applications would be determined by the Secretary of State rather than the local (mineral) planning authority.

In two separate votes members objected to the MHCLG proposals regarding its consultation and have asked the BEIS for more clarity and justification on its proposals.

In considering the BEIS proposal, county councillors felt that the case for dealing with major shale gas developments as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects had not been fully justified. In particular, they queried why shale gas would be treated differently to conventional onshore oil and gas development. They also wanted more clarity about the definition of ‘major’ shale gas development.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built environment said in a statement:

“We have done the right thing today by objecting to the MHCLG’sc proposals and asking for full justification from the BEIS. Without addressing our concerns at this stage, there is a risk that the proposals will be perceived to undermine local democratic accountability and integrity in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects planning regime.”

Dorset has not seen any applications for shale gas development, nor is there any indication that shale gas resources would be a viable source of energy here. Nevertheless, the county council has extensive experience of dealing with conventional hydrocarbons – notably at Wytch Farm in Purbeck – and there are matters in these consultations relevant to the county council’s role as the Mineral Planning Authority.

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High Court backs council process on Shaftesbury Cattle Market sale

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:28

The High Court has backed the process carried out by North Dorset District Council to sell Shaftesbury Cattle Market.

The cattle market site has seen a decline in recent years and will now be sold to a supermarket chain.

An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review was lodged by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’ earlier this year.

Following consideration of the documents lodged by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’, Judge Anthony Elleray, refused permission for a Judicial Review, saying that he had not found an arguable case.

Positive outcome

Cllr Michael Roake, North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“I am pleased with this positive outcome. A Judicial Review risked being a costly distraction and this judgement confirms our belief that the argument proposed by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’ had no merit.

“A new supermarket for the town will attract more visitors to Shaftesbury, boosting the economy and creating more jobs.

“We’ve continued to process the sale of the site and are hopeful of completing this in the near future.”

Sale proposals agreed in April

Councillors agreed to the sale of the site to a leading supermarket chain in April of this year, following a competitive process which attracted a number of bids for the site.

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Weymouth and Portland to host United Nations Day service

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:26

Members of the public are invited to attend this years United Nations Day service on Wednesday 24 October. The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Cllr Gill Taylor will host a short service in Weymouth. The service recognises international United Nations Day. The service is open to the public. It will take place at the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Offices on Commercial Road at 10:30am.

Raising of the UN Flag

The service will include the raising of the UN Flag. This is followed by speeches from the Mayor and the President of the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club, Roger Hogbin.

Mayor Cllr Gill Taylor said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to represent the borough. I am proud to host this civic event, recognising United Nations Day. It acknowledges the outstanding humanitarian work carried out by the UN throughout the world.”

The Mayor will be joined by representatives of local business groups, friends of the parks and gardens and borough councillors. Members of the public are welcome to join in the service.

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Helicopter crew honoured for Weymouth Jurassic Tower rescue

BBC Dorset News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:09
Fourteen people were trapped 53m (174ft) up a viewing tower when it got stuck.
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