The DORSET LOCAL ACCESS FORUM is recruiting new members – NOW!


Do you believe it’s important to have the opportunity to get outdoors to picnic, play, socialise, relax, keep fit …… keep healthy? That there needs to be better opportunities to walk or cycle instead of having to use the car? That opportunity to walk, horse ride or cycle on safe off-road routes is limited? That public outdoor space and paths provide essential green space for people and wildlife? That public outdoor access needs to be sensitively managed with regards to agriculture, forestry and environmental management?

Would you like to be actively involved in helping to improve public paths and
outdoor green space?

Since it was established in 2002, the DLAF has helped make a difference improving and developing outdoor access. Current work includes improving disabled access, agreeing the route of the Dorset coast path and improving links between Public Rights of Way and public transport. But you may have new projects to bring to the Forum?

The Forum is an independent, statutory body working with various organisations; for example, all county, town and parish councils; AONBs, National Trust, CLA, Forestry, Defra and Natural England.

We now have vacancies for new members, to represent the following categories:

• People who enjoy using paths and public green space for recreation and travel;

• Owners, occupiers and managers of land – especially with open access or PRoW;

• People with access-related interests, eg tourism, health, disability or transport.

The Forum meets three times a year, with additional training and working groups as required. Certain expenses and allowances can be claimed.

Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole, as appointing authorities, provide support for Forum members and the work they do.

If you have the time, experience and enthusiasm to make a valuable and constructive contribution to the work of the Forum, an application form and information pack is available at  or from:

Dorset LAF
Project and Service Support Team
Environment and Economy Directorate
Dorset County Council
County Hall
Colliton Park

Email: entitled DLAF APPLICATION

We are committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity. We require the same information from all candidates and will not accept letters or testimonials in place of an application form.

The closing date for return of completed application forms is Friday 23 September 2016.

For an informal discussion about the work of the Forum, please contact Tara Hansford,
Forum Co-ordinator,

Closure of Recycling Banks

On Monday 13 June 2017 , Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) Joint Committee members agreed to remove recycling bring banks for glass, plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard from the remaining 21 sites around the county that still have them in place.

These banks have become increasingly expensive to maintain and largely redundant for residents since the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ kerbside service is now available to everyone.

Subject to landowners’ agreement, we will still provide banks at existing sites for the following materials that can’t currently be recycled using the kerbside service:
•Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

DWP has arranged with its contractors to begin removing banks for glass, plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard w/c 25 July, with a deadline for completion on 28 August. This means that the recycling bank at Newlands North car park in Sherborne will be removed.

In order to ensure that residents are given sufficient notice, this week we will be placing signs on every single bank that is due to be removed (copy of sign attached). We will also begin communicating these changes widely across the county.

Residents can continue to recycle glass, plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard using the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ kerbside collection service or at all our household recycling centres across the county. Privately maintained bring banks – such as those run by supermarkets – are unaffected by this activity.

Children may be interested in the following sites which encourage recycling

The guide for sustainability and recycling for kids
Sustainability hub
A guide to going green


Councils encourage responsible dog ownership

The district and borough councils are looking to promote considerate dog ownership and would like owners to take pride in the area when they’re out and about.

Cllr Francis Drake, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Safety, said: “I would encourage all dog owners to be responsible and think of other members of the public when out and about with their dog. Picking up after your dog takes no time at all and helps to keep the area clean and tidy for other people to enjoy.”

Cllr Alan Thacker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio holder for Community Safety and Access, said: Our Dog Wardens work hard to patrol the area but can only be in one place at a time.

“I would like to urge the public to report those who are letting responsible dog owners and the community down to the Environmental Health Team.”

The public can contact the district and borough council’s environmental health team by email at or by phone on 01305 251010.

Guidance for responsible dog ownership can be found on and includes:

For safety, dog owners must keep their dog under control at all times. This can include keeping dogs on a short lead whilst on areas such as pavements, roads, formal gardens and sports grounds.

The safety of other dogs, dog owners and members of the public is crucial when exercising dogs. Councils can take action in serious cases of dog-on-dog attacks, if a dog attacks a person the Police will then be involved.

It is against the law to let your dogs foul on land open to the public. Specific dog waste bins are supplied in some areas and public litter bins can be used for bagged dog waste. Household residual waste bins are also fine to use for bagged dog waste.

Council dog wardens will issue fixed penalty notices to those who fail to follow these legal requirements. Dog wardens can also act on information received from members of the public.

The welfare and safety of dogs is important. Dogs should not be left in a hot car or in a car for an excessive period of time as this could be interpreted as abandoning the animal and the owner could risk prosecution by the RSPCA. The Police would be empowered to break into a car where a dog is clearly suffering.

Dog Wardens spend a lot time dealing with stray dogs. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that their dog cannot stray from their property. Dogs must wear a collar with identification if in a public place. Microchipping of your dog is strongly advised. This helps to re-unite dog and owner as quickly as possible. If your dog is picked up by the Dog Warden there is a considerable fee to be paid for the return of the dog and the owner will be responsible for any offences arising by the dog whilst it is not under their control.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is currently consulting on dog related orders in the area. If you would like to have your say please visit

Notes to editors

Issued by West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Communications Team. For more information please contact 01305 838079