Stay local, shop local – coming together to re-open the high street Following government guidelines, from Monday 15 June many of Dorset’s shops have reopened for business and they need our support. Most shops and high streets across the county have been closed since the government introduced lockdown measures in order to control the spread of the virus. Now that restrictions have started to be relaxed, shoppers are able to return to the high street. This is vital for shop owners, who need Dorset residents to help get their businesses back on their feet by shopping locally.
But as the threat of the virus has not passed yet, we have been working with town and parish councils, and with local businesses and organisations, to ensure that people can stay safe while they’re out and about. Find out more
Household recycling centres start to strain under increasing visitor numbers
It’s been over a month since we re-opened household recycling centres after they were closed in the early stages of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions continue to be relaxed we have found more people arriving to drop off their waste. Some visitors are making multiple trips each week, with a few reports of individuals visiting even more than once daily. All ten of our household recycling centres are running at 50% capacity as social distancing measures remain in place. As a result, we kindly ask visitors whether your “trip to the tip” is absolutely necessary, or whether you can keep your waste at home safely until social distancing measures are relaxed. Find out more
New partnership to manage Dorset coastline We have established a new coastal partnership with BCP Council.
The Dorset Coastal Engineering Partnership will provide an effective and co-ordinated approach in the delivery of projects to help protect residents and communities from coastal flooding and erosion. Find out more
Supporting a refugee family during lockdown
As part of the national resettlement scheme, we have resettled a total of 82 Syrian refugees across the county. We support these families with the valuable help of local volunteers and charities. In March 2020 we welcomed the last family to arrive in Dorset, before all refugee resettlement was suspended as a result of COVID-19. Despite the family arriving in a new country shortly before the lockdown, they remained in good spirits. On a recent visit the family expressed they’re keen to work and get more involved in their local community, as soon as it’s possible to do so. Find out more
Annual refresh for Dorset’s roads Our annual summer road repair programme is now underway.
Due to current social distancing measures, the areas being treated are away from busier, urban areas to ensure that the workers can adhere to current public health guidelines and protect residents. Road closures will be typically in place from 9.30am to 3.30pm, but drivers should keep an eye out for advance notice boards locally as timings do vary slightly between sites.
We thank everyone in advance for their patience while we make these improvements and please be mindful of local roads becoming busier as road users seek out alternative routes. Find out more
New look and feel for popular Purbeck town Long-awaited town centre enhancement works in Swanage are now complete, bringing an enhanced street scene in time for businesses reopening.
We have been working with Swanage Town Council for many years developing a scheme for Institute Road that balances the needs of businesses, residents and visitors to the town. The route has had long-running safety concerns as pedestrians frequently found themselves evading vehicles, which were mounting the pavement to manoeuvre round vehicles parked in the loading bay. Find out more
Dorset libraries boosting wellbeing and reducing loneliness during lockdown
With libraries being closed, the teams from libraries all over Dorset have been keeping adults and children entertained during lockdown with a packed programme of online activities. Whether it’s crafting in their kitchen, drawing at the dining table, chats about books or singing in the garden, they have pulled out all the stops to make sure there’s something for everyone. Activities are taking place five days a week. Find out what’s on and how to join by visiting the Dorset Council library web pages. Find out more
Scam Awareness Fortnight 15–28 June
Citizens Advice found that one in three people have been contacted by a scammer since the coronavirus outbreak began. This year, protecting people against scams is more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing difficult issues – from employment and debt, to housing and health – resulting in more people being in vulnerable situations.
The overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making some people vulnerable and empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times. Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams. Their website contains important information on how to keep safe from scammers. Find out more
New reflection trail and garden for Puddletown First School
A calm, sensory walk has been created by our in-house Green Infrastructure Advice team and Landscape team for children at Puddletown First School. The reflection trail has been constructed on a previously fenced off wild area with tall grass and scrub vegetation. There is a large outdoor learning space hidden behind the trees with views overlooking the valley and lots of different walking routes for the children to explore. Find out more
Digital Hotline volunteers ‘do their byte’ to get couple to friends’ 70th birthday party video celebrations
A highly experienced team of digital volunteers from our Dorset Digital Hotline have been praised for the way they helped a ‘shielding’ couple connect with loved ones and the outside world during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Arthur and Daniel, who are both ‘shielding’, moved to new sheltered accommodation with hours to spare before lockdown. Unfortunately, their broadband connection didn’t move with them. In a new town, with social distancing rules taking hold, the couple found themselves isolated, alone and with no connection to the outside world except for their GP surgery. Find out more You are receiving this message because you subscribed to this e-newsletter topic.
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