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Housing List Residents MUST Re-apply

29/09/2014
Housing list residents across Dorset urged to re-apply. Residents currently on the housing lists in Borough of Poole; North Dorset District Council; Purbeck District Council; West Dorset District Council; or Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are being asked to reapply to the housing registers. This is because the councils, which form the Dorset Choice Based Lettings Partnership, have reviewed the policies which set out how social housing is allocated. Registration takes place from 29 September until 11 November 2014, and the new allocation policy will take effect from 17 December 2014.
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Two People Charged With Slavery In Wareham

16/09/2014
TWO PEOPLE CHARGED WITH SLAVERY OFFENCES. Following an investigation and the execution of a warrant officers have arrested two people on suspicion of slavery and servitude offences in the Wareham area – with both now having been charged. A 60-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both from Wareham, were arrested in February 2014 on suspicion of benefit fraud offences. On Friday 12 September 2014 they were charged with servitude and fraud offences and will appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 6 October 2014.
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Work Postponed On InfraStrata Swanage Gas Rig

15/09/2014
Work postponed on oil and gas project at California Quarry in Swanage 15 September 2014 PLANS for oil and gas exploration at California Quarry near Swanage have been postponed until winter 2015/16, InfraStrata plc announced today. InfraStrata had intended to construct a well site this winter (2014/15) and begin exploratory drilling for oil and gas. Based upon the anticipated timing of the government’s latest licensing round, the company no longer considers that a licence for the onshore element of the project will be granted in time to enable the well to be drilled in the window between September and March, as stipulated by the project’s planning consent. Plans for site construction and drilling have therefore been postponed until next winter (2015/16). The terms of the offshore licence require a well to be drilled before February 2016, leaving ample time for construction and drilling next winter. Once again, any work would be restricted to the window of September to March inclusive under the terms of the planning consent granted by Dorset County Council.
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Purbeck WWII Veterans Receive French Insignia

09/09/2014
Brave military veterans from Swanage who took part in the crucial 'D-Day' invasion of Normandy back in 1944 were presented with special commemorative badges, certificates and gifts of thanks by Dorset dignitaries – on behalf of grateful French authorities. Making the presentations to the five D-Day veterans – who, as little more than teenagers 70 years ago, took part in the largest and most daring maritime invasion in history – was the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, Dorset County Council Chairman John Wilson and the Mayor of Swanage Alison Patrick. Representing the French authorities was ceremony organiser Tony Watts from Poole, a former Poole and Dorset councillor as well as magistrate, who used to work as a civil servant in France.
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Celebrate Purbeck Normandy Veterans On Monday!

04/09/2014
Brave military veterans from Swanage who took part in the crucial 'D-Day' invasion of Normandy back in 1944 are to be presented with special commemorative badges, certificates and gifts of thanks by Dorset dignitaries – on behalf of grateful French authorities. The public is being invited to attend the special ceremony on the main platform at Swanage station on Monday, 8 September, 2014, from 4.30pm. Making the presentations to the five D-Day veterans – who, as little more than teenagers 70 years ago, took part in the largest and most daring maritime invasion in history – will be the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, Dorset County Council Chairman John Wilson and the Mayor of Swanage Alison Patrick.
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Swanage Local Plan Consultation Analysed

27/08/2014
Swanage consultation – assessment under way. Feedback received during the recent Swanage Local Plan consultation has been analysed by Purbeck District Council. The Swanage Local Plan is being produced by a partnership between Purbeck District Council, Swanage Town Council and the Swanage Town and Community Partnership. The consultation took place earlier in 2014 when residents and businesses had their say on issues and options for future development in Swanage.
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Ringerfinder Seeks Owner Of Recovered Gold Ring

12/08/2014
Local 'ringfinder', Richard Higham, found the ring pictured in the sea between the small stream at Ocean Bay and the first groin towards Swanage town - level with the groin, on Swanage beach. Richard was told by the beach hut owners that a middle aged man was seen looking for the ring, doing head stands in the water around the 23rd July. No one at Ocean Bay, the Council's beach huts or at Charlie Water Sports knew who had lost the ring. Ringfinders are a group of individuals worldwide who assist in finding lost jewellery, we featured Richard's work in Swanage a few years ago in the Purbeck Gazette, thanking him for selflessly giving his time to metal detect and return lost treasures to those who misplaced them.
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Witness Appeal After Assault In Dorchester

05/08/2014
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault in Dorchester. The incident happened some time between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 31 July 2014 in the Borough Gardens. A 51-year-old local man was assaulted by an unknown man at the toilets near to the café and children’s play area. The victim suffered significant facial injuries which required surgery at hospital.
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UK Lights Out To Commemorate WW1 Today

04/08/2014
Monday 4 August 11 pm marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the centenary commemorations organised a number of events to mark the centenary, including the nationwide LIGHTS OUT at hundreds of venues, churches, war memorials and iconic buildings across the country that takes place on 4 August between 10pm and 11pm. In one of the most dramatic UK-wide events ever organised, people across the UK will be taking part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights and leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection to mark the centenary.
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Potential Sites For Housing In Purbeck Required

04/08/2014
Purbeck District Council is asking local land owners and developers to help identify land that could be used for future housing and employment in the District. The Council is seeking suggestions for suitable sites as it prepares for a review of the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1. The Purbeck Local Plan Part 1, which guides future development in the District, was adopted by the Council in November 2012. When it adopted the Plan, the Council committed to undertake an early review to explore opportunities for growth in accordance with national planning requirements. Known as the Partial Review, the review will also enable the Council to reconsider existing policies and introduce new policies where necessary.
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Appeal Following Indecent Exposure In Dorchester

31/07/2014
Officers in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after three incidents of indecent exposure occurred in the town. The crimes, in which a man exposed himself in a public place occurred some time between 8pm and 8.40pm on Friday 25 July 2014 in Rothesay Road, Icen Way and Lorne Road. In each incident the victims, two women aged 58, 48 and two girls aged 10 and 13, described the offender as a white man in his twenties with mousey coloured hair, wearing grey jogging bottoms. In three of the incidents he was seen driving a small red car similar to a VW Golf.
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UK Fire Brigades Union Issues Statement On Gaza

30/07/2014
In light of the fact that much of the mainstream UK media is systematically avoiding coverage of the current crisis in Gaza, including a media near black-out of huge global protests involving hundreds of thousands marching in the name of peace, we are publishing the below statement from the UK Fire Brigades Union to ensure their voice is heard - this is, after all, a democracy. Fire Brigades Union statement on Gaza. The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected by the conflict, including the families of the victims.
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