31 Jan 2015
New Road Closure - latest information

As previously informed, DCC Highways plan a total closure of New Road from Parley Crossroads to Ensbury Bridge, for a period of 3 weeks from 2nd March 2015 to 22nd March 2015. The road is being dug up for resurfacing, however at least one footway will be kept open for pedestrians over the bridge. The cycleway is on the road and will in effect be closed so... cyclists could dismount and walk along the footway over the bridge.

It was scheduled to have a further 3 months of single traffic over the bridge for essential maintenance. However following discussions, the road will be open over the bridge, all be it with narrow lanes to accommodate scaffolding for the protective canopy over the area being worked on. The use of narrow lanes has been discussed and accepted by the bus company.

DCC will take advantage of the road closure to erect the scaffolding during the first week. Only during the last week from 29th June 2015, will traffic lights with single lane working be required over the bridge to dismantle the scaffolding.

24 Jan 2015
Helping older people - vacancies with POPP

Dorset POPP works with Older People to build supportive communities that promote local activities and services to provide the opportunity for people to "remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish". Full details for helping older people. Closing date for completed application forms to be received is at 12 noon on Friday 30th January 2015.

23 Jan 2015
New Road resurfacing

DCC Highways are planning to completely close New Road for resurfacing works, from Parley Cross to Ensbury Bridge for 3 weeks from 2nd March, please note this is a provisional date. After which, further restrictions on crossing the bridge will be in place for another 3 weeks, while essential bridge maintenance work is carried out. Bus Companies are meeting with DCC in the near future to discuss the interruptions in service and full details will be provided by DCC HIghways. Access will still be fully available to the Parley Cross shopping parade, along with neighbouring roads, however parking restrictions will apply to ensure flow of traffic.

16 Jan 2015
Make the batter matter

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA's vital services.

fish and chips!

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

In 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, "The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group."

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email or visit

1 Jan 2015
Household Recycling Centre survey

Household Recycling Centre survey

A public consultation on possible changes to Dorset household recycling centres (HRCs) is now running until 13 February 2015. The Dorset Waste Partnership are looking to make cost savings which may include charging to use sites or reducing opening hours or closure of sites.

In the first instance, please complete the online survey - Dorset for You website -

If you cannot do so online please print off a form and send it in.

Please see FAQs.