Theresa May has called a snap general election. The general election will take place on Thursday 8 June, on top of local elections, which take place on 4 May. Here’s more information about what it means for you. With both local and national elections on the horizon, here are seven things you need to know:… Read more Six key questions about the general election
If you’ve received your council tax bill, you may notice some increases, including the adult social care precept. This is the second year this has been added to bills. We explain more about what this is and what it means for your bill. This year, the government has allowed councils, who are responsible for providing… Read more Your council tax bill explained – adult social care additions
The return of ITV’s award winning drama Broadchurch has put Dorset firmly back in the media spotlight. With West Bay taking centre stage once more the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership are making the most of this opportunity to promote the Broadchurch filming locations to the millions of fans of the series.
Christchurch and East Dorset Councils have been presented with Gold Award Certificates from Pennies from Heaven fundraising. The awards were received in recognition of the high percentage of staff participating in the scheme, with one in four members of staff donating each month. Pennies from Heaven is a simple concept which means net salaries are rounded… Read more Partnership receives Gold award for charitable giving
BTEC engineering students from Twynham School and the Grange School got an exclusive opportunity last week to visit two multinational engineering companies based in Christchurch. Cobham Special Mission and Signature TechnicAir opened the doors of their hangers to a group of Year 10 students and provided a unique insight in to potential careers in aircraft… Read more Inspiring students in Christchurch to consider a high flying career in aerospace engineering
East Dorset District Council members will be writing to the Secretary of State, Rt Hon, Sajid Javid, to set out their position on local government reorganisation in Dorset. Members do not feel that the proposal for Future Dorset, submitted by six local authorities across Dorset, would best serve the people of East Dorset. At Full… Read more East Dorset sets out its position on Future Dorset
Visit Dorset, a tourism partnership of Dorset local authorities with support from more than 600 local tourism businesses, launched its re-developed website on Wednesday February 1 with an exclusive event at Athelhampton House near Dorchester.
All nine councils in Dorset have now considered a report and accompanying detailed package of evidence setting out a proposal to replace the county’s nine councils with two new unitary authorities.
At a meeting of Full Council held tonight councillors voted against a proposal to make a submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government requesting that Dorset’s nine councils should be replaced by two new unitary councils. Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of the Council, East Dorset District Council, said: “Members voted against… Read more East Dorset District Council does not back change to local government structure
Are you an enthusiastic walker? Would you like to develop your fitness through walking? Then these Walk Fit sessions will be perfect for you. Walk Fit is led by a qualified instructor who will gradually build up your overall fitness levels using a range of weight bearing exercise, inclines and speed challenges to keep you… Read more Walk Fit at Moors Valley Country Park
Visit Dorset, a tourism partnership of Dorset local authorities with support from more than 600 local tourism businesses, is preparing to launch its re-developed website with an exclusive event at Athelhampton House near Dorchester.
The Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr David Shortell has launched a search for this year’s community champions from the district. The awards, which showcase and celebrate the wonderful community spirit found in our communities, comprise of four categories. Adult Volunteer of the Year Young Achiever (Under 21 years) Best Community Project/Community Group Best… Read more Do you know a worthy winner?
The ‘Use our Loo’ initiative has been launched in Wimborne by East Dorset District Council. The Butcher’s Dog in Wimborne were presented with their certificate and signage by Cllr Mrs Sue Cook, Mayor of Wimborne and Chairman of the Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community. The ‘Use our Loo’ scheme was introduced by the Public Health Team… Read more ‘Use our Loo’ scheme is launched in Wimborne
The new footbridge in Wimborne which links the Crown Mead shopping precinct to Willow Walk is now open to the public. At an informal opening of the bridge the Chairman of East Dorset District Council Cllr David Shortell was joined by Deputy Mayor of Wimborne Cllr Terry Wheeler, Cllr David Morgan, Ward Councillor for Wimborne… Read more Crown Mead bridge is now open to the public
Councillors in Dorset will consider a report in January on proposals to replace the county’s existing nine councils with two new unitary authorities by 2019.
Public consultation results show clear backing for change to local government structures in Dorset.
Students from Beaucroft Foundation School in Colehill donned their high-vis vests and gardening gloves, and came to help improve a section of their weekly walk into town. Allenview car park’s flower bed was in need of some TLC, and with the help of Knoll Gardens a new… Read more Students Lend Their Green Fingered Helping Hands
Residents in East Dorset will now benefit from being able to access council services closer to town. The Council’s new East Dorset base in Allenview House, Wimborne town centre, has now been officially opened by staff and members. It will be open to customers on Monday 14 November, whereby services will relocate from the more-remote… Read more East Dorset District Council opens new office
A new natural outdoor play area and learning space for pre-school children in Ferndown has now been officially opened. The nature garden at Hopscotch pre-school on Heatherlands estate was officially opened by councillors from East Dorset District Council, along with staff and children from the school. The new garden provides a space where the children… Read more Pre-school celebrates opening of new nature garden
Three local food businesses have been recognised and awarded Healthy Options Awards by Christchurch and East Dorset Councils. Sorrels Caterers of Wimborne, Stewarts Garden Centre Coffee Shop in Christchurch and Number 9 on the Green in Wimborne were all presented their awards by the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr David Shortell. The Healthy… Read more Healthy Options Awards presented to local food businesses