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Painting raises £750 for East Dorset Council Chairman’s charities


The Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Malcolm Birr, has visited the winner of his year-long raffle to present them with their prize, having drawn the winning ticket at his gala dinner.

Glenys Hazlehurst, who lives in Ashley Heath, won a framed oil painting of Wimborne Minster. The painting was specially provided by local artist Paul Dolman and raffle tickets were sold throughout Cllr Birr’s time in office up until the gala dinner, raising approximately £750 for his chosen charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Home-Start South East Dorset.

Glenys had purchased raffle tickets at two previous fundraising events; a Bournemouth Air Festival event at the Miramar Hotel last September and a race night held in East Dorset’s council chamber last November.

The Chairman welcomed 125 guests for his gala dinner at Dudsbury Golf Club where a charity auction, along with final raffle ticket sales, saw £2,500 raised for his charities. Guests received a three course meal and were entertained by Michael Bublé tribute act Steve Maitland. The cost of staging the gala dinner was met by sponsorship from Lamwell Motor Company in Ferndown and a second company who did not wish to be publicised as sponsors.

March 19, 2014 |

Mudeford Spit beach huts burgled


Mudeford Spit beach hutsAbout 70 beach huts have been burgled in the past four months at Mudeford Spit near Christchurch a site that has some of the most expensive huts in the UK.

Dorset Police said stolen items from huts at Mudeford Spit, near Christchurch, included food items, binoculars and a fishing rod.

Two rewards are now being offered for the arrest and conviction of an offender. Mudeford Sandbank Beach Hut Association is offering a £500 reward, with Crimestoppers offering an undisclosed sum.

March 12, 2014 |

Christchurch Borough Council Increases Council Tax


Christchurch Borough Council has agreed an increase in its element of the Council Tax for 2014/15. The Borough Council’s element of the Council Tax will see an increase of less than seven pence per week for a band D property.

The increase of 1.95 per cent will see Christchurch Council’s element of the Council Tax for a Band D property set at £181.45 (increased from £177.98 in 2013/14). The total Council Tax payable for a Band D property, including contributions to Dorset County Council, Dorset Police and Dorset Fire Authority, will be £1,626.67. For residents in the parish of Hurn it will be £1,653.54 and residents of the parish of Burton £1,638.45.

March 12, 2014 |

Christchurch flood advice drop-in session March 20


Christchurch esidents are invited to a flood advice drop-in session at the Civic Offices in Christchurch on Thursday 20 March.

The session will be jointly hosted by the Environment Agency and Christchurch Council and will take place in the Council Chamber between 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Residents can call in at any time during the session and officers will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on flooding issues. There will also be information boards giving general flood information.

March 12, 2014 |

Christchurch Borough Council starts beach repairs


Christchurch Borough Council has engaged Earlcoate Construction, specialists in civil engineering and coastal defence, to undertake emergency works at Avon and Friars Cliff beaches.

An unprecedented sequence of winter storms, resulting in the lowest beach levels seen for over 40 years, has exposed dangerous ageing timber groyne structures. During the most recent storm on the 14th February both beaches suffered extensive damage to the existing defences and promenade including the loss of at least 55 beach huts from Avon Beach.

At Friars Cliff beach, three timber groynes have been rendered hazardous and are being replaced with rock armour structures as an emergency measure. Rock groyne construction will be completed before the Easter holidays.

A section of the sea wall along Avon beach has also been given the added protection of rock armour and associated works which were also carried out by Earlcoate Construction. Final reinstatement of the promenade will take place this week.

March 6, 2014 |

Christchurch Savings Surgery drop-in sessions for Climate Week


Christchurch and East Dorset Councils are working with two local organisations to offer residents free advice on energy efficiency and water efficiency during Climate Week, which takes place from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 March.Two ‘Savings Surgery’ drop-in sessions have been arranged where representatives from Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and Dorset Energy Advice Centre (DEAC) will be on hand to offer advice about energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy and ways of saving money.

The first Savings Surgery is at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 4 March, followed by one at the Civic Offices, Christchurch on Friday 7 March, also between 10am and 2pm.

March 4, 2014 |

Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership review tourist information


The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership is reviewing the way it provides tourism information now and in the future.

The way potential visitors to the area look for information is changing to more online sources, and that has influenced the decisions that the Partnership is taking.

In Christchurch, the proposal is that the Council will no longer be involved in the running of the Information Centre. However, the provision of tourist information to visitors will in future be provided by volunteers at the Regent Centre, which is located next door to the Information Centre. Some building work would take place to integrate the Information Centre building into the Regent Centre. The Council will assist the Regent Centre in setting up the new service.

In East Dorset a similar opportunity for the Wimborne Tourist Information Centre is being explored for a third party to take over the service although there is nothing finalised at present. In the event that no other proposals are forthcoming, the Information Centre would close in November 2013.

It is proposed that other services currently run by the Tourism Departments at both Councils will be absorbed by other departments or outside organisations and the online presence for tourism would be enhanced.

Final decisions concerning proposals for the Information Centres will go before councillors in September.

February 25, 2014 |

Superfast Broadband Planned for Dorset


Dorset County Council and BT have agreed a £31.75 million deal which will see high-speed fibre optic broadband becoming available to 97 per cent of premises in the county within three and a half years.

The Superfast Dorset project builds on BT’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband, which has already made the technology available to more than half of Dorset’s homes and businesses (more than 190,000 premises). The commercial programme will reach more than 260,000 premises by the end of Spring 2014.

The new fibre network will transform broadband speeds across the county and its rural areas. According to the regulator Ofcom in November 2012, the average downstream speed in Dorset was 8.7 Mbps whilst 13.9 per cent of premises received less than 2Mbps.

The partnership will also aim to ensure broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps in the minority of places where fibre broadband isn’t viable.

BT was chosen following an extensive and thorough selection process. The company is contributing £12.87 million towards the overall cost of deployment in “non-commercial” areas, while Dorset County Council and the county’s district and borough councils are contributing £9.44 million and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) a further £9.44 million. The Dorset councils have invested a further £1.3 million to make sure the benefits of the network are maximised.

Surveying work on the project will start in the autumn and the first locations to be upgraded will be announced later this year.

February 25, 2014 |

Avon Beach Christchurch Closed


Avon Beach in Christchurch has been closed to the public, reports the BBC to allow debris from 70 damaged huts to be cleared.

“Private owners have been advised to claim on their own policies. The stretch of coastline managed by New Forest District Council, which includes Milford on Sea and Barton on Sea, has seen 40 huts destroyed and 100 damaged.”

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February 19, 2014 |

£2million Storm Damage at Christchurch Dorset


Following a devastating storm on last Friday night, recovering operations are continuing at Christchurch.

With a top priority of ensuring the health and safety of members of the public, the whole of the Borough’s coastline is being assessed to see where damage caused by the storm must be repaired or made safe.

Over the weekend Christchurch Borough Council officers were given a great deal of help by personnel from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in starting to clear up the beach huts which had been destroyed at Avon Beach and the debris which had been deposited along the coast.

February 18, 2014 |
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