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Proposed Council Tax Changes For Second Homes

01/11/2011
Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole and Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Communities and Local Government Policy Committee, welcomes the Government’s proposed consultation on reforming council tax in the UK. She said: “It is only right that at a time of dire housing shortages in this country, second homes should be treated on an equal basis as primary residences in terms of council tax. In an area like Mid Dorset and North Poole with a high level of second homes, this proposal would ensure local councils receive the right level of finances they need to provide vital local services, and any incentives to bring empty homes back into use must be welcomed as we desperately need more housing for local people but need to protect our natural environment.” The changes, if successful, would abolish mandatory council tax discounts on second homes and give local councils freedom to tailor council tax to local requirements.
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Fire At Durdle Door Caused By Stay Firework

01/11/2011
The fire that damaged a large swathe of protected grassland on the cliffs at Durdle Door was most likely started by an off course firework. It is believed that the rocket was let off from the footpath overlooking Man o War Bay before it was blown back setting fire to the cliff and causing damage to the grassland and vegetation. The Dorset Fire Service was called to deal with the fire which swept through the Site of Special Scientific Interest causing damage to an area the size of a football pitch. ‘This incident illustrates how unpredictable fireworks can be and how a ‘bit of fun’ in the countryside can turn into accidental wildfire’ commented Maddy Pfaff, Head Ranger for the Lulworth Estate who own and manage 12,000 acres including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. ‘This fire has left an ugly scar on the landscape which is known for its rare flora and vegetation, it will take months, maybe years to fully recover’.
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Purbeck To Consult On Gypsy And Traveller Sites

01/11/2011
Purbeck District Council is to consult on possible sites for Gypsies and Travellers, but more are required across the district. The government requires local councils to find suitable sites to accommodate Gypsies and Travellers within their areas. In Dorset, the district councils, County Council and Poole and Bournemouth councils are working together to produce a joint plan for Gypsy and Traveller sites across the county. The councils have jointly appointed planning consultants, Baker Associates, to carry out this work. Initial estimates have shown that 21 residential (permanent) pitches and 20 transit pitches would be required to meet the current need within the district of Purbeck.
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Plea For Adopters In Dorset

31/10/2011
More Dorset children need a permanent home than ever before, according to Dorset County Council’s adoption team. The plea for adoptive parents is being made as part of National Adoption Week, which begins today (Monday, 31 October). In 2010, more than 4,700 children across England and Wales were adopted. In Dorset, around 290 children are in the local authority’s care and between eight and fifteen are placed for adoption each year.
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Appeal After Dorchester Pub Burglaries

27/10/2011
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after two burglaries at public houses in the Dorchester area. The first incident occurred sometime overnight between Thursday, 20 October 2011 and Friday, 21 October 2011 at the Black Dog public house on Main Street in Broadmayne. A quantity of cash, from both the bar area and the staff storage area, was stolen during the burglary. This included up to £350 taken from a Christmas club fund in the bar, which local residents had contributed to.
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Swanage Residents Return Home After Gas Leak

26/10/2011
People affected by a gas mains leak in Swanage have been able to return to their homes. Residents from 28 properties in Victoria Avenue were evacuated yesterday after the leak occurred. Engineers repaired the leak during the night and the residents were able to return to their homes this morning. Purbeck District Council set up a rest centre at the United Reform Church Hall, Swanage where those affected were offered food, drink and somewhere to sleep. Hotel accommodation was offered to older residents and those with health concerns.
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Swanage Gas Leak - Victoria Avenue Closed

25/10/2011
Residents from twenty eight homes in Victoria Avenue, Swanage, have been evacuated today due to a serious gas leak. Latest estimates suggest that it could be early Wednesday morning before the gas main is fixed and residents are able to return home. Locals at the scene have suggested that builders currently working on the new Baptist church site in Victoria Avenue punctured the gas main in error, leading to the attendance of three fire crews and the police on the scene.
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Nick Eastcott Wins UK Stage Of Graham Maher Award

24/10/2011
Many assisted us last week by taking the time to vote for Purbeck man, Nick Eastcott, in the Vodaphone Graham Maher Awards. Nick was competing with two other UK finalists to go forward to the international stage of the competition to win funding for a charity project. Nick was fronting his project 'Afrikids'. We are delighted to announce that Nick Eastcott won the public vote stage in the UK, beating the two other finalists to the next international stage. So, a massive thank-you to everyone who took the time to vote for Nick!
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Corfe Castle Incident - Witness Appeal

21/10/2011
Between the hours of 2330hrs on Monday 17th and 0100hrs on Tuesday 18th October 2011 an incident occurred in East Street, Corfe Castle near to The Dollings. A local 20 year old male left the British Legion in East Street to make his way home, having competed in a Darts match. As the victim was walking home, he was knocked to the ground from behind by two unknown offenders and his wallet removed.
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Local Charity Couple Need Your Votes NOW!

18/10/2011
Local couple Nick and Alison Eastcott, of Swanage, are asking for your help. Nick, having worked in the charity sector before with great success, has been nominated to work on a new and innovative project in Ghana. If this project gets the go-ahead, hundreds of people will be helped. However, Nick and Alison need your help to get the project off the ground by voting for Nick for the Vodaphone Graham Maher Award, for which he has been nominated. He has some stiff competition (although he is one of the three finalists). Votes can only be accepted online. Please read Alison's short article below for further details:
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Tractor Thefts From East Dorset Farms - Appeal

14/10/2011
Police in East Dorset are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of a tractor near Corfe Mullen – with offenders attempting to steal a further tractor and leaving empty handed. Sometime overnight between Tuesday, 11 October and Wednesday, 12 October 2011, offenders stole a Massey Ferguson tractor from Lake Farm on Willett Road, near Lamb’s Green. It is believed that the thieves drove this tractor to the neighbouring farm, Ashington Farm on Ashington Lane, and attempted to steal a second Massey Ferguson tractor. This attempt was unsuccessful and both vehicles were left at the farm.
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DCC Agree To Fund 51 of 61 School Crossings

06/10/2011
Dorset County Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 5 October 2011) agreed to continue to fund 51 of its 61 school crossing patrol sites. Funding will be withdrawn from 1 April 2012 from 10 sites, five of which do not meet the nationally agreed criteria and five of which operate on an existing pedestrian crossing. The 10 sites for which funding will be withdrawn by the county council from 1 April 2012 are: 1. High Street (outside school), Wool (non-criteria) – Wool CE VA First 2. Quibo Lane (rear of the school), Weymouth (non-criteria) – Conifers Primary 3. Wincombe Lane (outside school), Shaftesbury (non-criteria) – Shaftesbury Primary 4. Chewton Common (rear of the school), Highcliffe (non-criteria) – Highcliffe St Mark Primary 5. Greenways (outside school), Highcliffe (non-criteria) – Highcliffe St Mark Primary
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