Dorset – Welcome To Poole Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dorset – Welcome To Poole 32 32 Closure of Redlands Sports Center in Weymouth – have your say Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:43:48 +0000 A public meeting is due to take place this weekend on the planned closure of the Redlands Community Sports Hub after it emerged the site is being considered for housing.

Campaigners said it would be a ‘disaster’ for Weymouth if the establishment closed.

A feasibility study has been carried out by landowner Dorset Council, who say: ‘The future of the building is uncertain, but the site could be used for housing. Current clubs and site users have been notified.’

The public meeting is held at Weymouth College tomorrow (Saturday), 6 p.m.

If you want to attend but can’t make it to the event, post your questions or concerns in the comments below and we’ll ask on your behalf and post the answers in a future post.

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Redlands has been part of the community for generations. It is still known as the Redlands Sports Center by many locals, despite the name change to “Sports Hub” when Weymouth College took over the lease in 2008.

It is home to a huge range of clubs and activities, helping to keep the community fit and healthy while playing a role in social integration.

The building is also used for local and general election counts.

Status so far

The facility is owned by Dorset Council who lease it to Weymouth College – but not for much longer.

Due to skyrocketing costs, the college decided to break its lease more than 10 years early. The contract was concluded until 2036.

Principal Mr Cole confirmed that the lease is costing the college more than £150,000 a year, which it cannot afford, along with around £2million of investment going into the building.

The two parties held regular meetings and the college tried to find another operator to take over the operation.

So far a group called Active Dorset have shown interest – but only for some of the outdoor facilities.

Meanwhile, Dorset Council appear set to mothball the building – it and the college have jointly commissioned a feasibility study which has highlighted the “significant and continuing financial concern of running an aging leisure center and obsolete as well as the increasing responsibilities for the construction investment for the site.”

Campaign to Save Redlands

An action group has been set up by the community in an effort to maintain public use of the facility. They will be there this weekend.

One campaigner said: ‘(If it closes) there will be very few places for indoor sports/activities. In a community of nearly 65,000 people, Redlands is the only ‘recreation centre’ we have , it would be tragic to lose him.”

Another man who contacted the Echo with concerns said it would be a ‘disaster’ for Weymouth if it closed.

A petition has also been launched by Dorset Councilor for Radipole, Peter Barrow.

Cllr Barrow, who is also a councilor on Weymouth City Council, disagrees the building is beyond economic repair.

“It is possible to take advantage of facilities – you just need to have a plan in place.”

Public meeting to be held at Weymouth College on Saturday 15th January

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bay Theatre, Weymouth College TOMORROW Saturday (January 15).

Weymouth College will make a presentation with updates on reviews undertaken, including user group consultations, future proposals and developments for the Redlands site.

Active Dorset will also be there – they have expressed an interest in taking over some of the outer areas of Redlands.

Please bring a face mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance and seating will be socially distanced.

The college will also ensure that there is good ventilation in the theater during the meeting.

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“The demand for personnel continues to grow” Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:48:26 +0000 Demand for personnel is increasing across the country amid a continuing decline in the number of job applicants, according to a new study.

Recruiters said they are placing a record number of permanent and temporary workers in jobs.

Competition for workers has driven up starting pay rates for permanent and temporary staff in recent weeks, according to a survey of 400 recruitment and employment counseling firms.

The greatest demand for permanent jobs is in IT and IT, while for temporary jobs it is nursing and care, according to the KPMG and Confederation survey for recruitment and care. employment (REC).

Claire Warnes, KPMG, said: “The UK job market has reached near historic levels as the new year approaches.

“This is despite the fact that it is losing some of the buzz with the pace of the acceleration in demand for staff, with wage and salary growth and vacancies all slowing down slightly.

“Employers in all industries have not lost the urge to hire, but many will be frustrated by the pressure these inflationary and competitive conditions, which are expected to continue for some time, are putting on their operating costs and their capacity for expansion ”.

REC CEO Neil Carberry said, “2022 will be the year we find out that staff shortages survive the pandemic as an economic problem.

“This survey shows once again how tight the labor market was at the end of last year. The demand for staff is increasing in all sectors and regions of the UK, and the availability of candidates is still declining.

“These trends have been slowing for a few months, but this is not surprising given the record pace of change earlier in fall 2021.

“Companies need to make sure they respond to the long-term challenges of this market, giving more thought to what they offer to people and how to shape their future workforce. “

Dress made from postcards found in Dorset Travelodge Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:28:47 +0000

It was one of the many unusual items found in Travelodges over the past year.

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A dress made from postcards was found by staff at a Travelodge hotel in Bournemouth.

It’s on the list of notable things left behind by those who stay at the chain’s hotels, which also includes a dog called Beyonce, a drumset, a 1940s typewriter and a suitcase full of Blackpool rock.

Other bizarre items that guests forgot to bring home included a drone, six-foot feathered angel wings, an old coin collection, and a Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe.

Staff at Travelodge’s 582 hotels have reported a significant increase in left-behind vacation items over the past year.

The Blackpool Rock suitcase was found on the South Promenade Company website at the resort, while the housekeepers at Rhyl Seafront Travelodge in North Wales were pleasantly surprised when they entered room 13 and were greeted by a huge unicorn-shaped inflatable pool float sitting on the bed.

A Pomsky dog ​​named Beyonce was left at Manchester Central Travelodge.

There was also a growing trend of wedding-related items left behind by brides, grooms and wedding guests, such as an Islamic marriage certificate and a wedding cake pinata.

Shakila Ahmed of Travelodge said:

“In 2021, after Freedom Day, we once again welcomed millions of customers to our hotels and we have seen a significant increase in bookings. This has led to the loss of a range of interesting items by our customers in our UK hotels.

“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their valuables, it’s basically because we all run out of time, juggle multiple tasks, and are in a rush to get from A to B. valuable goods are easily forgotten. “

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13-year-old caught driving electric scooter during ‘Bible rain’ on Dorset’s A road Sun, 09 Jan 2022 11:07:49 +0000

Dorset Police specialist road crews shared a disturbing image of a rain-soaked electric scooter they caught driving on an A-road near Sherborne.

Posting on the Dorset Police road pages without excuse, the team say: ‘The rain was sometimes biblical yesterday, with flash floods and very low visibility it was not the perfect time to get out on the roads .

“A driver can expect anything to happen at any time, however, a 13-year-old child riding an electric scooter in torrential rain on the Babylon Hill four-lane highway does not. probably not gone!

“He no longer has the scooter and we are working with the family to avoid a tragedy.”

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The A30, Babylon Hill, is a two-lane road in North Dorset which connects Sherborne to Yeovil in Somerset. It has a national speed limit of 70 mph.

Sherborne Police have also issued an alert regarding what appears to be the same incident. Sharing a post on Facebook yesterday (January 8), the team commented: “” Today, officers stopped an electric scooter and a cyclist on the westbound A30 in lane one. The rider was diverting other road users to avoid them in adverse weather and driving conditions.

Fortunately, the biker in this case was brought home safely by local agents, but the scooter will not be returned to them.

“Remember, private electric scooters can only be used on private land.”

Dorset Police have been contacted for comment.

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Josh Warrington wins world title with Kiko Martinez Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:16:21 +0000 Josh Warrington will look to become a two-time world champion when he fights Kiko Martinez for the IBF featherweight crown in Leeds on March 26.

Warrington defeated Martinez by majority decision in May 2017 on his way to becoming the world champion and will face him again at the same venue of First Direct Arena in his hometown.

Martinez, 35, won the title in a big upheaval in November when he knocked out Britain’s Kid Galahad in the sixth round after being outclassed for most of their fight at Sheffield.

Warrington wrote on Twitter: “We’re leaving with Kiko… funny old fashioned boxing”

Warrington became IBF World Champion with a split decision victory over Lee Selby at Elland Road in January 2018 and successfully defended his title three times.

The 31-year-old gave up his belt in January last year after the IBF refused to allow a unification fight with WBA champion of China Xu Can.

Warrington suffered his first career loss the following month in an untitled fight against the unannounced Mauricio Lara after more than a year of inactivity.

The Leeds boxer’s last appearance was in a rematch against Lara at Headingley Stadium in September, which ended in a technical draw after the Mexican was cut above his left eye during a accidental clash of heads.

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Dorset pig farmer shocked by falling prices for cull sows Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:08:16 +0000

A Dorset pig farmer is urging government and supermarkets to do more to support producers struggling with low prices and rising input costs.

Robert Lasseter spoke out after revealing on Twitter that he sold seven sows for £ 4.51 each before Christmas – while before Brexit the animals were making around £ 150 each.

Pig and field crop farmer Mr Lasseter, who farms 160 ha in the Corton Valley, including 250 sows, said the tweet had received more than 650,000 impressions since Dec.31.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defra Ministers Victoria Prentis and George Eustice have been tagged – but Mr Lasseter has received no response from them.

“It is the worst situation of my agricultural career and that includes the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in 2001,” he said. Farmers Weekly.

“Whatever the cause – and for me it’s more politics than the pandemic that got us to where we are today – it’s a truly dire situation. “

Brexit and oversupply

Mr Lasseter, who voted to stay in the EU, blamed the fall in prices on Brexit and oversupply.

“The continent’s supply has effectively been cut. We have to pay customs duties to export our pork, but imports are duty free. It depends on our leaders and on a consequence of Brexit, ”he said.

“We also have a serious labor shortage, especially in slaughterhouses and on farms. It also depends on our national policy.

He urged the NFU and agricultural insurance organizations such as Red Tractor to step up efforts to ensure a fairer position in the supply chain for pig farmers.

“It’s incredibly one-sided and the farmers are getting a bad deal,” he added. “Does the industry really need to rethink and no longer be independent from the rest of the supply chain? “

Mr Lasseter said supermarkets should also increase pork prices and give a fairer share of the profits to primary producers. And they should stop replacing British products with cheap imports, he insisted.

“Lidl and Aldi are doing a good job of supporting the countries they trade in, as it seems to me that our own UK supermarkets are all on the verge of ‘stacking it up and selling it cheaply’.”

German exports collapse

Zoe Davies, chief executive of the National Pig Association (NPA), said around 90% of UK cull sow carcasses typically go to Germany for processing into sausages, patties, salami and other cold cuts.

But Germany had stopped taking British cull sows due to the crisis in its own pork industry.

“They are inundated with pigs and they still don’t have an export market because of African swine fever,” Dr Davies said. “They also had issues with Covid in the [processing] plants.

“Brexit is part of the problem. We are no longer part of the EU, so why should we consider ourselves a priority? “

Dr Davies said paying pig farmers “peanuts” for their cull sows could soon see transport costs exceed the price of any sale. This would result in farmers slaughtering more healthy pigs on the farm and lower replacement rates, she added.

Healthy pigs “still being slaughtered”

She also said the government’s package of measures to support the pig industry, including temporary visas for up to 800 butchers to come to the UK to work in slaughterhouses for up to six months, had not resolved The problems. “Pigs are always slaughtered on the farm – they go in the trash,” she added.

Dr Davies said Agriculture Minister Victoria Prentis is committed to making the pork industry the next industry in the spotlight after dairy.

The NPA has also called on the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to investigate the crisis in the UK pig industry.

Defra said the pork industry was struggling for a variety of reasons, including a very tight supply and staff shortages ranging from 12 to 23 percent overall, reduced exports to China which created a backlog of pigs. for the internal market, which requires more butchering, and carbon dioxide problems which have caused disruption to slaughterhouses.

A spokesperson said: “We continue to monitor the market and officials are meeting weekly with representatives of processors and pork producers to discuss the current situation.”

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The town of Dorset is no longer considered one of the worst places to live in the UK and here’s why Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:01:22 +0000

A beloved town in Dorset that was previously considered one of the worst places to live in the UK is, and rightly so, no longer on the list.

We reported that Boscombe was on a list compiled by in which pollsters ranked the city as the 33rd worst place to live in the country in 2021.

However, with the start of a new year, Boscombe is no longer in the 2022 poll, which is great news for area residents who disagreed with last year’s ranking.

Read more: Inside Dorset’s first Covid black spot where rates rose 75%

We took to the streets of Boscombe to ask locals what they thought of the ranking, and the majority felt it was an unfair portrayal of the city.

One resident said: “You have a lot of characters in Boscombe, and I think that sometimes gets an unfair reputation.”

Another resident thinks the people of Boscombe are what makes the town so vibrant and considers it ‘unique’.

The online survey conducted by is based on a poll in which its readers vote for the city they consider to be the worst.

In this year’s poll, a total of 110,172 readers voted and luckily Boscombe has all but disappeared.

Frequently cited as ‘the drug capital of the south’, official crime statistics from last year revealed that over the past three years, the number of drug offenses has nearly doubled in Boscombe. compared to its densely populated neighbor, Southbourne.

It has also been officially recognized as a ‘city to be regenerated’ by the government, with the Chancellor having set aside nearly £ 22million to transform the area in the 2021 budget.

Last March, Boscombe was also promised more housing, new community spaces and better infrastructure, and is expected to be the location of Dorset’s own shine.

Boscombe could also be considered a forward-thinking and environmentally conscious town, as it is home to the region’s only plastic-free refill supermarket.

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Boscombe takes care of the environment with an eco-friendly plastic-free supermarket, Just 1 Swap

The Just 1 Swap store on Main Street is a zero waste supermarket that aims to encourage shoppers to reuse and refill their old containers to reduce our use of plastic. It also encourages shoppers to buy only what they need to reduce food waste.

Along the main drag are many other popular independent shops, such as Cafe Boscanova, recognized by Tripadvisor as the Travelers’ Choice in 2021 (pictured in the main image).

Boscombe is also located right next to the UK’s most demanded coastal town, so you are likely to find some spectacular properties in the area. Some of them may even have a sea view.

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Artist Krishna Mallaon’s elephant wall painting celebrates Boscombe’s rich history

There is a lot of good things to say about Boscombe, and the schools in the area are no exception. This is something some families will need to consider if they are considering a move, and Boscombe is full of good schools.

King’s Park Academy and Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School, schools rated “good” by Ofsted, shouldn’t be inspected anytime soon.

We may be biased, but we are happy to see that this wonderful city is no longer on the list.

While we have only listed a few reasons why Boscombe is such a unique and vibrant city, there is no doubt that there are many more positive reasons than listed here.

We just hope that these reasons will be enough to prevent it from appearing again in the annual survey.

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PM instructs ministers to draw up ‘robust’ workplace absence plans Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:34:26 +0000 Boris Johnson instructed ministers to develop ‘robust contingency plans’ for workplace absences, as the government has recognized that high levels of Covid could hit businesses hard in the coming weeks.

Public sector leaders have been urged to prepare for the worst-case scenario, with up to a quarter of staff on work stoppage as the virus continues to spread across the country, the Cabinet Office said.

Steve Barclay, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, chairs “regular meetings” with ministers to assess how the highly transmissible variant of Omicron affects the workforce and supply chains.

He is also closely monitoring the situation in the schools before the students return for the new term.

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The department said Mr Johnson had tasked ministers to work with their respective sectors to test preparations and contingency plans to limit disruption caused by rising Covid infections.

He acknowledged that, despite the expedited recall program, the high levels of Covid and the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant could mean that businesses and utilities face further disruption in the coming weeks.

The news comes amid reports that the focus on working from home in England could continue for most of January.

The Cabinet Office has claimed that the disruption caused by Omicron has so far been controlled in “most parts of the public sector”.

But he said public sector leaders have been urged to test the plans against “worst case scenarios” of 10%, 20% and 25% absence rates from the workforce.

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Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi called on former teachers to help tackle staff shortages related to Covid in the new year (James Manning / PA)

In December, the Education Secretary called on former teachers to help tackle staff shortages related to Covid in the new year.

The call came amid reports that some schools were experiencing very low attendance among teachers and students before the Christmas holidays.

Labor claimed the PM was already missing “for days” when he should have asked ministers to draw up contingency plans.

Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson’s lack of leadership means his government has hesitated and delayed, leaving contingency planning at the very last moment.

“Boris Johnson should have asked his ministers to start planning weeks ago, but instead he’s been missing for days.

“With a record number of Covid infections, the Prime Minister must immediately bring the pressures on the workforce under control, keep essential services in motion, keep schools open and keep people safe. “

The most recent restrictions, set out in the government’s Plan B for England, are expected to expire six weeks after implementation, with a three-week review, which is expected on or around Tuesday January 4.

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But the Daily Telegraph said the review, likely to be scheduled for MPs’ return to Westminster on Wednesday, could see work-from-home guidelines remain in place into the second half of the month.

Another 189,846 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK on Friday, another new daily record, as the British Medical Association called for new public health measures “to prevent health services are not completely submerged “.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, a statistician at Cambridge University and government adviser, said the actual number of daily cases could be closer to half a million.

However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid insisted that restrictions on liberty “must be an absolute last resort”.

The UK government was at odds with decentralized nations in choosing to keep nightclubs open and allow hospitality to function without additional measures for New Year’s celebrations.

Writing in the Daily Mail on Friday, Mr Javid said: “Since taking on this role six months ago, I have also been keenly aware of the enormous health, social and economic costs of lockdowns.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said restrictions on freedom “must be an absolute last resort” (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

“So I decided that we have to give ourselves the best chance to live alongside the virus and avoid strict measures in the future. “

Matthew Taylor, CEO of the NHS Confederation, said the NHS faces a ‘perfect storm’ of hospital admissions and rising illnesses from Covid, along with a growing number of frontline workers line on sick leave.

Mr Barclay said: “As people return to work after the Christmas holidays, Omicron’s high levels of transmissibility mean businesses and utilities will face disruption in the coming weeks, particularly in due to a higher than normal staff absence.

“We have been working throughout the Christmas season to prepare for it as much as possible, with all departments liaising closely with leaders in the public and private sectors who are best placed to manage their workforce operationally.

“The best way to fight Omicron is to be boosted and I encourage everyone who is eligible to be boosted now.”

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Dorchester Sports v Wareham Rangers: team news and manager interview Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:10:00 +0000 DORCHESTER Sports manager Ashley James is aiming for a 12th straight win when Wareham Rangers visit Avenue Stadium tomorrow at 4pm.

Sports are aiming for a 10th straight victory for the Jewishon Dorset Premier League, adding to the Dorset Senior Trophy triumphs over the Under-23s of Poole and Blandford United.

With two cup semifinals to come and Sports tucked just six points behind league leader Hamworthy Rec, James is hoping to get 2022 off to a good start.

And the odds appear to be in their favor, with Wareham currently sitting second in the standings.

James, who is celebrating his birthday today, told Echosport: “We go through storms and then seem to get some positive results.

READ MORE: Dorchester Sports seals its place in the semi-finals of the Trophy

“To continue this race we will need a bit of luck, a good performance and I hope the points continue.

“No one has ever played New Years Day at our level before, so it’s going to be a new one. I think I’ll have to make a call in the morning!

“Wareham will be in the same position. It’s gonna be a little different, not your normal Saturday.

“Wareham will give everything they have, I’m pretty sure. We didn’t have everything our way when we beat them at home earlier in the season.

“We expect a tough game, but we’re in good shape, confidence is high and we want to continue next year.”

Liam O’Shaughnessy returns from hand surgery but Alex Gould (foot) is absent.

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Beginning of the cycle path repair program Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:41:36 +0000

Dorset Highways will launch a cycle lane repair program in the new year to support active travel in the Weymouth area.

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Examples of damage requiring repair

Many sites suffer from severe cracks, warping and sagging – longitudinal defects posing a particular problem for cyclists, where the wheels could get stuck in the gaps.

The proactive repair program will begin in January and end at the end of March.

From January 10 to February 1, the shared use path alongside the Weymouth Rugby Club, behind Symonds Close, will be closed. The work includes the installation of a root protection system for the trees, to prevent them from rising to the surface of the path, before resurfacing the area. A gravel section between the rugby club and Lodmoor Country Park will also be improved.

On January 27, 28 and 31, Radipole Park Drive will be closed to cars, pedestrians and cyclists between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the resurfacing of the cycle path in poor condition and the refreshing of the markings.

From January 24 to February 16, the Preston Beach Road walking and cycling path next to the nature reserve will be closed 24 hours a day. The section between the home recycling center and Overcombe Corner is being resurfaced, and the section between the HRC and the skate park is widened and resurfaced.

In addition to repairs, a 400m circular section of the Weymouth Park and Ride overflow site will benefit from improved drainage and a new surface to create an informal running track.

This area is already used by local runners, as well as families teaching children to ride bikes, and the new surface will keep it in good condition for the benefit of the local community.

Other sites slated for repairs in 2022 also include:

  • cycle path behind Weymouth Pool
  • National Cycleway Network (NCN) trail between Maiden Newton Station and Chilfrome Lane
  • NCN Road from Lower Lewell to Wool
  • Sections of the Weymouth Relief Road cycle path
  • Spa Road cycle path ramp on the Weymouth Way cycle path
  • Rodwell Trail Sections

The clearing of the shoulders will also improve access along the Chickerell Link Road cycle path and along the cycle paths on Monkton Hill and Stinsford Hill.

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