Category Archives: News

The future of Dorchester’s most famous hotel, the Kings Arms, is still in doubt – with no further news from receivers called in when the operator, Starling Hotel Management Ltd, ceased trading.

The 300-year-old building, which features in Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, is a popular venue for weddings, as well as a meeting place...

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Civic leaders are optimistic after Dorchester Prison was sold for redevelopment to a company with a good track record of converting historic buildings.

The prison has been bought by City & Country, whose developments include the historic former RAF base of Bentley Priory, which was the winner of the 2014 What House? Award for Best Renovation...

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Crossways villagers are angry after councillors gave the go-ahead to a new cattle slurry lagoon just a few hundred metres from people’s homes.

West Dorset District Council’s development control committee voted six to four to give farmer Robin Joyce permission to build a large slurry lagoon less than the recommended distance of 400 metres from residential...

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The consultation period during which the public was invited to comment on Broadview Energy’s project to erect six giant 15-metre turbines at Slyers Lane on Waterstone Ridge, overlooking the town to the north, has expired. The proposal is now being considered by West Dorset District Council.

Supporters of Noslyerslaneturbines, who oppose the project, have collected over...

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Dorset County Council will increase its share of the council tax by just under two per cent next year to help protect vital services to the county’s communities.

Without an increase the council would need to find further savings on top of the £15m already needed in 2015-6. A drop in the main grant the council...

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A whole week of activities created with local women in mind is being staged in West Dorset as part of celebrations to mark International Women’s Day this March.

Events in the programme, organised by WAND (Women’s Action Network Dorset), run from 6th-14th March, and include:

  • A free talk entitled “Rwanda's Women - Stories of Courage, Forgiveness and Resilience during the...
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