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Council must make savings of £1.7m before next financial year

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

DORSET County Council must find savings of £1.7m in order to balance the books ahead of the next financial year.

Dorset Echo campaign: Give a life for Christmas - become an organ donor

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:10am Monday 15th December 2014

WHILE we all look forward to spending Christmas with loved ones and exchanging gifts, there are 81 people in Dorset desperately hoping for the gift of an organ.

Plans for 340 homes unveiled

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Saturday 13th December 2014

PLANS are going on display for hundreds of homes off Dorchester Road in Weymouth.

Tributes flood in for railway campaigner Moyra Cross

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘devoted’ volunteer who campaigned for a Dorset steam railway for more than 40 years.

Container cafe plan rejected by council

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

COUNCILLORS have rejected an application for a food retail unit on the harbourside.

UPDATE: 'Mindless' vandals destroy Christmas tree which is centre of yearly charity celebration

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:23pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A Christmas tree which is the centrepiece of a yearly charity event has been 'severely damaged' by 'mindless' vandals.

St Peter's lights up purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:00pm Monday 8th December 2014

DORCHESTER’S St Peter’s Church took on a different colour to kickstart an awareness month.

Warning after charger bought at market explodes

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:00am Monday 8th December 2014

A WARNING has been issued after a mobile phone charger bought at Bowleaze market exploded.

X Factor star Stevi Ritchie on his Weymouth panto past

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

THE X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie, all-round entertainer and Simon Cowell’s Harvester dinner date, tells Rachel Stretton how Weymouth was the perfect launch pad for his showbiz career

Community rallies to help girl with rare genetic condition

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 28th November 2014

A COMMUNITY is pulling together to help a special little girl who suffers from a rare genetic condition.

National campaign group joins fight to restore access to Castle Cove Beach

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

THE issue of access at a Weymouth beach is one of national importance, according to the head of a campaign group.

World War One truce tribute

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

A SPECIAL moment in First World War history will be commemorated in a community event organised by Weymouth and Portland churches.

National campaign group joins fight to restore access to Castle Cove Beach

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Castle Cove beach

10:49am Monday 24th November 2014

A NATIONAL organisation which fights for public access to open spaces has thrown its weight behind the campaign to restore the steps at Castle Cove Beach.

Health workers set to strike over pay and conditions

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 21st November 2014

HEALTH workers in Dorset are set to strike again in an ongoing row over pay and conditions.

Challenge was a piece of cake for bakers

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

BAKERS young and old put on their aprons to take part in the second annual Great Broadwey Bake Off.

Wildlife lovers urged to be vigilant after bird flu outbreak

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

DORSET wildlife lovers are being urged to be vigilant after an outbreak of bird flu in Yorkshire.

Art is the star attraction

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Monday 17th November 2014

VISITORS to Salisbury Cathedral will be greeted by a new Christmas-themed light installation.

Housing system condemned after family of five left sharing one-room for three months

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

A COUPLE have condemned the housing system after they and their three daughters have been left sharing one room for three months.

Mother urges mobility scooter users to drive safely after collision leaves her with dislocated knee

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:00am Monday 17th November 2014

A MOTHER is calling on mobility scooter users to drive safely after an accident left her with a dislocated knee.

Southill fireworks go with a bang despite torrential rain

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:11am Sunday 16th November 2014

CROWDS turned out to watch a community fireworks event despite torrential rain.

Blackadder Dining Experience, Laughlines, Weymouth Pavilion

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

Blackadder Dining Experience Laughlines Weymouth Pavilion

Finding the families of war heroes who served aboard the HMS Ajax

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:14am Wednesday 12th November 2014

LOCAL knowledge proved crucial when a Portland man was tasked to track down the descendants of war heroes who served aboard the HMS Ajax.

Councillors pledge cash to support funding project

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Monday 10th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have pledged to support a rural funding project that could give a £1.7m boost to the economy.

Dorset countryside to get part of £500m fund to reduce visual impact of power lines

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:29am Monday 10th November 2014

DORSET is set to benefit from part of a £500m fund available to reduce the visual impact of power lines in protected landscapes.

Councillors swear to tackle the problem of rogue landlords

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: CONCERN: Weymouth and Portland Council Offices,

12:00pm Friday 7th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have sworn to crackdown on rogue landlords as it emerged that half of some types of properties fall below a national standard on decent homes.

Alcohol licence granted at Thomas Hardy visitor centre

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

4:09pm Thursday 6th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have granted a controversial application to allow alcohol to be served at a visitor centre near Thomas Hardy's birthplace.

Concerns raised as councillors meet to discuss move out of North Quay site

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: DEVELOPMENT: Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Offices on North Quay, Weymouth

9:09am Wednesday 5th November 2014

COUNCILLORS heard of 'serious concerns' over the spiralling costs of the move out of the North Quay site.

Judge hangs up wig and gown after four years at crown court

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

“IT was a privilege to work at Dorchester.”

Lyme Regis beach huts relocated

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

Plans to relocate beach huts and chalets in Lyme Regis have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Pensioner left without hot water for two weeks

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:00am Monday 27th October 2014

A PENSIONER said he has been ‘failed’ by a company after he was left without hot water for almost two weeks.

Tri-council partnership receives backing despite reservations

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Sunday 26th October 2014

WEST Dorset District Council has agreed in principle to enter into a tri-council partnership despite reservations by some councillors.

Shappi shows how comedy's done

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:00am Friday 24th October 2014

SHAPPI KHORSANDI Dorchester Corn Exchange

‘No objections' for traveller site plan

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

DORSET County Council’s cabinet has agreed not to object to areas of land in West Dorset being considered for gypsy and traveller sites.

Cost of caring: Council to form trading organisation to deliver adult services

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Friday 24th October 2014

PLANS to transform the way adult services are delivered in Dorset will help to tackle a ‘financial tsunami’ facing the authority, the leader of the county council has said.

'We're facing financial tsunami' - adult care services shake-up could save county council £7m

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Dorset County Council budget meeting today

10:09am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PLANS to transform the way adult services are delivered in Dorset will help to tackle a ‘financial tsunami’ facing the authority, the leader of the county council has said.

Plans to transform adult services will tackle 'financial tsunami' facing Dorset County Council

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Dorset County Council budget meeting today

6:19pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS to transform the way adult services are delivered in Dorset will help to tackle a ‘financial tsunami’ facing the authority, the leader of the county council has said.

Who agreed Chartwells school meals contract? we don't know, says county council

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT is still unclear who made a ‘high risk’ decision to offer the school meals contract to a single company, councillors were told.

Councillors agree on 'action plan' to handle contracting issues after school meals fiasco

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: COST FOCUS: North Yorkshire County Council has raised concerns over the funding of the Government’s universal free school meals initiative

2:39pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

COUNCILLORS have agreed to implement an 'action plan' in an effort to prevent possible future issues with contractors following problems with school meals.

Dorset County Council Cabinet meeting: School meals and potential traveller sites

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Today is the Dorset County Council Cabinet meeting. Among items on the agenda to be discussed are the school meals 'fiasco' and potential traveller sites in Dorset.

Purbeck fossil expert gets MBE

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A Kimmeridge fossil expert has been presented with an MBE by the Queen.

OAPs left trapped in sheltered housing for a month

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

ELDERLY residents at a Weymouth sheltered housing complex have been left trapped for a month after a lift broke, it is claimed.

No phone reception for angry Dorset residents

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:44am Monday 20th October 2014

RESIDENTS in Dorchester have been left switched off after having intermittent phone coverage for almost a month.

Photo book marks 40 years in politics for Portland’s Les Ames

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A FORMER mayor of Portland received a ‘wonderful surprise’ when he was presented with a book of photos charting his 40-year contribution to local politics.

Debate after fuel poverty hits 3,900

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:00am Monday 20th October 2014

THOUSANDS of people in Weymouth and Portland are struggling with the cost of fuel, according to a report to be put before councillors tomorrow.

Portland school bomb threat man jailed

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

9:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN who admitted threatening to bomb a Portland school has been banned from the island for three years.

‘Get a grip’: anger over housing plan

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

COUNCILLORS have been told to ‘get a grip’ with development in an area of Weymouth.

Villagers to begin building new church after decade of fundraising

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

VILLAGERS are set to take the ‘significant’ first step in the building of their new church after fundraising for more than a decade.

Dorset beauty queen takes on charity abseil

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

A DORSET beauty queen and fundraiser is undertaking a daring charity abseil on Portland.

Pirate hordes set to invade Weymouth

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SWASHBUCKLING weekend of pirate mayhem will be taking place in Weymouth.

Olympian inspires future generations at adventure fair

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

OLYMPIC star and alpine skier Chemmy Alcott inspired youngsters at a Women and Adventure Festival.

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