Below are some of the Local News Stories as heard ON-AIR and more that’s happening across        Dorset and Hampshire Areas

Have your say on a new Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Later this year, we will be consulting on a draft Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Before we reach that stage, we want your views in this Issues and Options Consultation. We have produced this Issues and Options document for consultation, but this is not a draft of the Local Plan. We have included all sites which have been promoted to us, so you have the opportunity to tell us what you views on all sites which have been proposed. 


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CARF and ARG Top Up

 We are also preparing the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) and top up of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) in line with Government guidance. These schemes are currently being designed and the details will be published in our newsletter, website and social media. 


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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant now open 

The government announced the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant on 21 December 2021. It’s aimed at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors only.
Please note that the government has changed the eligibility criteria from other grants, and we are expected to perform prepayment checks and determine awards by 28 February 2022. In view of this, the application window will close on 14 February 2022. Applications for this grant must be submitted without delay

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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Stream 4 – Strategic Businesses Round 2

This grant will be eligible for medium and large businesses (over 20 employees) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic, with a reduction in business income of at least 25% during a period of at least 6 months compared with similar comparable periods of trade and can demonstrate tangible outputs for recovery. Businesses must also not have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant previously. 
The application window is open until midnight on 24 January 2022.

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Here’s Your Local News with My Self Beatrix

New walking, cycling, and bus service improvements on Queen Anne Drive now are complete.
The next phase of sustainable travel improvements begins on Magna Road.

New cycling, walking, and bus service improvements on Queen Anne Drive have been completed on schedule.

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Bournemouth awarded the renewal of Purple Flag status for 2021/2022

Bournemouth is officially celebrating once more after receiving the news that the town has again been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation for its evening and night-time economy for 2021/2022. The town first received the award in 2010.

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The benefits of childcare in the early years…

Early years settings – nurseries, pre-schools, and registered childminders are wonderful places for children to learn, develop new skills, make new friends and have fun.

Early education supports children’s development and their overall wellbeing and helps to give them a routine – setting them up for when they start school.

If you’d like to find out more about early years settings or have any questions about safety during COVID-19, you may find the information guide helpful.



Hungry Little Minds – things to do with your 0 to 5-year-old

Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you give them. All the little things make a big difference to the development of their speech and understanding of words. Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, as they are interested in all sorts of things.

Hungry Little Minds for children aged 0 to 5 provides lots of simple tips and activities that you can slot into your routine. Give them a try and see what you like best!

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In line with the national picture, infection rates have started to fall across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Infections remain at very high levels, meaning your chances of catching COVID-19 remain high and we urge everyone to continue to exercise caution by following the public health measures.

The number of people in hospitals in Dorset with COVID-19 has continued to increase due to the high infection rates we have seen over the past few weeks. The number currently stands at 94, compared to 74 a week ago. However, hospitalizations remain significantly lower than in previous waves of the pandemic – around the same time last year, Dorset hospitals were treating around 550 COVID-19 patients. The vaccine is protecting people from serious illness, so please take up the offer if you haven’t done so already.

High infection rates are having a significant impact on services due to staff absence rates, so please do what you can to reduce transmission.

Wear a face covering, maintain a safe distance when out and about, and when meeting others take a lateral flow test before you go. Remember to think ventilation.


A SETBACK in a major road bridge replacement project is the reason for the extended closure of the key New Forest route.

The closure of an eight-mile stretch of the A35 comes into force from tomorrow until April 8.

This was longer than initially planned but it is required to ensure “key elements of the project” at Holmsley can be completed to get the new bridge open by summer.

Contractor Knights Brown said an issue with an element of the piling was identified following the completion of a “critical element of the works”. After finding the problem, which was “one of quality”, the part of the works was re-done and subsequently met the required standard.

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