Dorset Fraud Alerts

Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website (Click here). Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

Deadline to Apply for School Place 15 January 2017

If your child is starting school for the first time in September (born between 01/09/2012 – 31/08/2013) or moving up to Junior or Middle school, the deadline to apply for a place is 15th January. You are advised to select your catchment school as one of your preferences when applying. If you are one of the 1000+ families who haven’t applied yet – time is running out. Do it now!

Confirmed Outbreak of Avian Influenza

There has been a confirmed outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) at Abbotsbury Swannery. There has been a national control zone covering the whole of the UK since December that requires poultry and other captive birds to be housed where practicable. We have been asked by Dorset Trading Standards team to share this fact sheet.

What Are Your Priorities for Dorset Police?

The Police Commissioner has launched a consultation on what the policing priorities should be in Dorset over the next four years. It is vital that as many residents, businesses, community groups and partners take part in the consultation which is live until 25 January, to ensure your views reflect policing priorities.
He has identified four key strands of protecting people at risk of harm, working with our communities, supporting victims, witnesses and reducing re-offending and transforming for the future. Are these important to you? What would you change? What would you add?
There will be a live webchat on Tuesday 10 January between 6pm and 7.30pm for residents to ask any questions they may have in relation to the policing priorities and Council Tax consultations running at the moment. Take part by clicking here. You can even set a reminder via the link!
Alternatively, he is holding fourteen consultation events across Dorset where you can have your say in person. To see where and when your nearest event is click here.

January Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the January Parish Council meeting is now online on the Meetings page. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th at 7:30pm in the Reading Rooms. The open forum will be held prior to the parish council meeting and commence at 7.30 pm. We would particularly invite comments and queries ref agenda items but other issues can be addressed. The open forum will last for up to 25 minutes and the chair will ensure that the time allocated to people is fair.

Financial help for those on slowest broadband

Fibre isn’t the only way to get a better broadband connection. The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme helps those on the poorest speeds improve their service.

Residents and businesses that are not in our fibre broadband plans, and are on less than 2Mbps, could be eligible for a subsidy towards the installation cost of a wireless, satellite, or 4G broadband connection.

These technologies are capable of reaching properties in the most rural parts of the county, offering a solution where rolling out fibre broadband would be more complex and expensive.

More than 400 voucher codes have already been issued in Dorset, helping individuals and entire communities. An example of the success of this scheme can be seen in Kimmeridge where broadband speeds were transformed thanks to a local wireless supplier.

For the full information about the scheme and the application form, visit: www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/better-broadband-scheme

Consultation on Proposed Cuts to Concessionary Pass Scheme

Dorset County Council are currently consulting over a proposal to further reduce support of the concessionary pass scheme.
Dorset Travel proposes removal of free travel before 09:30 on routes that have no other services until after 10:30. Impact on the 311 service will be that passengers from Milton Abbas will no longer be able to use their concessionary pass on the 09:25 to Dorchester if the proposal goes through. Thankfully, the only bus to Blandford on a Thursday morning is currently unaffected. Free travel before 09:30 for blind and partially sighted pass holders will continue as it is currently.
DCC claims that by ceasing to provide free concessionary travel before 09:30, savings will be made that will enable them to focus financial resources more effectively. It does not, however, suggest the potential value of these savings! The changes will also allow for the wider use of schools transport routes for public services. Following on from the results of this consultation, any changes will be implemented to the service in April 2017.
To have your say, you can complete the consultation online here, or if you need a paper copy contact Nigel Hodder on 881709 and he will get one to you. Closing date for consultation is 13 January 2017 so you do not have very long. Unfortunately, we were only advised of this by DCC on 1st December (the start day of the consultation) so missed the December issue of The Bulletin!
by Nigel Hodder

Christmas Bin Collections

Over the Christmas period, your bin collection day will be different. Check the table below for revised collection days:
Usual collection day Friday 23 Dec Revised collection day No change
Usual collection day Monday 26 Dec Revised collection day Tuesday 27 Dec
Usual collection day Tuesday 27 Dec Revised collection day Wednesday 28 Dec
Usual collection day Wednesday 28 Dec Revised collection day Thursday 29 Dec
Usual collection day Thursday 29 Dec Revised collection day Friday 30 Dec
Usual collection day Friday 30 Dec Revised collection day Saturday 31 Dec
Usual collection day Monday 2 Jan Revised collection day No change

Remember:
• they will collect up to two extra sacks of rubbish left beside the bin on the first rubbish collection after Christmas Day
• they will collect extra recycling if placed in residents’ own boxes, with glass kept separate
• fortnightly garden waste collections are suspended over the Christmas and New Year period, from Saturday 24 Dec to Sunday 8 Jan

Further information can be found here.