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March Team News

March Team News
Posted : March 5, 2019

DCF NEWS

  • Natalie and Martin Syvret attended the launch of a High Potential Opportunity for Dorset’s aquaculture industry- a strategy being worked up by Dorset LEP to encourage inward investment specifically for aquaculture in Dorset and to sell Dorset as a great place to do business in this sector.
  • Natalie attended a workshop with the Local Nature Partnership, where the group worked on a co-ordinated response to the Government’s 25 year environment plan.
  • The team are continuing to work to make sure that DCF’s achievements and benefits are recognised through the Local Government Reorganisation process, helping to safeguard the Forum’s future with both new Councils for the benefit of all our members.

Dorset Coastal Connections (DoCC)

  • Nikki worked with Sophie on a joint Coastal Connections and DCF-led exhibition for the Environment Agency about the current coastal defence works in West Bay, and took the opportunity to update the local community on the latest news for the area in front of the George pub. Find out the latest  on this project at dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk; links to information on the coastal defence works can be found later in this bulletin.
  • Nikki has been busy working with a number of other project teams, and is pleased to see progress across the portfolio with projects being delivered on time and on budget.

Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)

  • Look out for our marketing campaign across social media and local press and get in touch with Martin if you have any project ideas
  • There have been a considerable number of Expressions of Interest submitted in the last month and Martin helping applicants to develop full applications for the next FLAG board meeting on March 19th
  • The fund is now 75% committed and Martin is working hard to ensure the remaining funds are committed before March 29th

Litter Free Coast and Sea (LFCS)

  • Clean Seas Weeks planning is well underway- the programme features events, activities, walks, talks & displays celebrating our seas & how we can keep them clean & safe for people and wildlife. Event runs from 5 -22 April and will be hosted at Durlston Castle in Swanage. Star of the show will be a mini ‘fatberg’ showing the perils of flushing wet wipes and other FOG nasties down the loo and our sinks!
  • Caz & Gwen attended a tour around Uplyme Sewage Treatment Works organised by the West Dorset Beach Clean volunteers, who are investigating the BAFF bio beads being washed up at Charmouth. Since the visit, staff at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre have proposed to undertake a study and take samples from the sewage outlet pipe in Lyme Bay to see if the water contains any BAFF beads.
  • Gwen represented LFCS at the plastic free business breakfast hosted by the Dorchester Chamber.
  • Sarah organised a Swanage Business and Community Breakfast. The ‘Plastic Free’ themed meeting focused on how businesses and residents can reduce their impacts on the environment. A ‘Sustainable Swanage Working Group’ will be formed to carry out new behaviour change campaigns.
  • Sarah is also working with Swanage accommodation providers on implementing a Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) myth buster with tips on how to dispose of FOG while you’re staying in a holiday cottage or caravan.
  • Caz & Gwen met with Purbeck Ice Cream to discuss how they can help support and reward beach clean volunteers taking part in the Great Dorset Beach Clean 2019 scheduled for the 27 & 28 April.
  • February has been a great month for Refill join ups with six new businesses added.

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February Team News

February Team News
Posted : February 8, 2019

DCF News

  • The DCF team has been working closely with the Coastal Communities Teams and wider public and private sector partners in Swanage, Weymouth, Portland, Lyme Regis & Charmouth to work up a second-stage application to Round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund; we submitted it Friday 18th This is a highly competitive fund, so we are pleased to have made it this far- we will discover whether we have been successful with the funding in April. The projects are focussed on improving the business backdrop and public realm in 4 key project areas in the communities mentioned above; this second stage has involved a substantial amount of work for all concerned, and we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who has helped us pull it together. DCF has also supported applications from Bournemouth CCT and Weymouth CCT and we wish them the very best of luck with their applications.
  • Natalie facilitated a workshop for Scalloptech regarding a potential aquaculture project.
  • The Department of International Trade High Potential Opportunity for inward investment for aquaculture in the Dorset region launched today (Friday 8th February). Find out more here.

Dorset Coastal Connections (DoCC)

  • The Environment Agency’s planning application to carry out works for the West Bay Coastal Improvement Scheme has been approved. This includes the Dorset Coastal Connections East Beach Access project which is to install a boardwalk from the car park to the top of the shingle bank at East Beach. The essential flood defence works will be starting this month and an exhibition is being held at the Salt House in West Bay on Wednesday 13th February between 2pm and 7pm. Project managers, engineers and contractors will be on hand to talk through the works and to answer questions about the forthcoming flood defence works as well as the West Bay Welcome Hub and Cycle Access projects. Find out more here.
  • The West Bay Cycle Access is progressing with vegetation clearance along the old railway line/bridleway from West Bay Road car park to Burton Road now complete in preparation for the surfacing works. Thank you for the enquiry received from a resident concerned about the glow worm population along this path.  We are pleased that Dorset County Council’s Natural Environment Team have been involved and as glow worms prefer to live in low-level vegetation, we are confident that the maintenance works will enhance the natural glow worm population that live there. Planned highway improvements for the cycle access along Burton Road and right of way resurfacing works along the old railway line are planned to take place this Spring.
  • Alice Blogg’s design ‘Perching Places’ which will be seating and animal homes along the River Lim path as part of the Lyme Regis to Uplyme project is being developed further. See here for more details.

Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)

  • After the last FLAG Board meeting late last month, the fund is now 72% committed to projects with one more project approved at that meeting
  • The FLAG is looking for more projects to help fully commit the remaining funds and an open call for projects right across the Local Development Strategy has been made. If you have an idea for a project, know someone who does, or want to discuss an idea, please contact Martin on 01305 224766  or e-mail dorseteastdevonflag@dorsetcc.gov.uk. More details can be found on the FLAG website dorsetcoast.com/projects/FLAG also keep an eye out for more information across social media and local press. You will need to be quick though, as the fund will close on March 29th 2019!
  • The bridging loan service that was set up a little while ago is also still available for applicants to both FLAG and the core European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This will help applicants who don’t have the funding available to pay for upfront costs related to FLAG or EMFF projects and has been set up in conjunction with Seafarers UK. For more information please contact Martin on 01305 224766 or Wyvern Savings and Loans on 01305 268444.
  • Martin attended the Coastal Futures conference in London in late January. This conference was a great opportunity to highlight the ongoing good work that FLAG is carrying out in Dorset and East Devon.
  • Don’t forget to follow FLAG on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Litter Free Coast and Sea (LFCS)

  • LFCS are proud to be working with Litter Free Dorset (LFD) to help promote and support the campaign for Dorchester to become a Plastic Free town. The team joined LFD for a ‘Plastic Free’ business breakfast, where the ‘Eco Crew’ from Damers First School will be leading the session with a with a presentation. Going forward, we’ll be supporting them via our Plastics Surgery campaign.
  • Great Dorset Beach Clean 2019 – April 27th and 28th April – Litter Free Coast and Sea are back with the 30th annual Great Dorset Beach Clean. Beach cleans will take place from Lyme Regis all along the coast to Friars Cliff. It’s a fantastic event that makes a real difference to our beaches, and people taking part carry out surveys of what’s found which helps us understand the top litter items found on our beaches. We then use that information to develop campaigns to try and reduce these items at source. Last year over 500 volunteers turned out to clear 350 bags of rubbish from Dorset’s beaches, and collected everything from single-use items like plastic bottles, to historic clay pipes and fishing line.
  • Love Swanage – Clean Seas Weeks 4 – 22 April – Now planning two weeks of activities, walks, talks and displays, celebrating the life and love of our seas and how we can all help keep them clean and safe for people and wildlife. We’ll showcase reasons why the health of our seas is so important to us; quality of life and our future, and will include wildlife that inhabits the local area, the importance of the fishing industry on livelihoods and providing food and how we enjoy the sea for recreation, sport and health. The main exhibition area will be at Durlston Castle who are hosting the event for us. We are inviting partner organisations to run events and activities and aim to create an opportunity for groups and organisations to work together, share knowledge and experience and demonstrate this to the community. Already signed up is brilliant local artist Darrell Wakelam to create 3D characters that complement a FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) story written for us by the amazing Martin Maudsley, ‘Chip and the Great Greasy squid’.

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December Team News

December Team News
Posted : December 20, 2018

DCF NEWS

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on the 29th November, the feedback we’ve had has been really positive, particularly about the diverse range of inspiring speakers. The presentations are now available on our website here.
  • The DCF team are working with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Southern IFCA to facilitate workshops regarding the Marine Protected Areas Community Planning project, funded by the FLAG. Two workshops have already taken place in Lyme Regis and Weymouth, the final workshop takes place tomorrow evening in Swanage.
  • DCF have been invited to apply to the final stage of the Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 bid. The portfolio bid includes projects in Weymouth, Swanage, Portland, Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Find out more here.
  • DCF facilitated a workshop for Cefas on 12th December, which focused on the feasibility of seaweed aquaculture.
  • Natalie held a workshop during the FLAG Board meeting, which focussed on the marine plans and how to stakeholders would like to engage with them.
  • The DCF team have been shortlisted for a national LGC Award. The winners of the awards will be announced on 13th March 2019.
  • DCF have contracted Resort Marketing to develop and promote iCoast over the next year as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections project.

Dorset Coastal Connections (DoCC)

  • We are delighted that artist Alice Blogg, together with Common Ground has been appointed to design creative seating and animal architecture along the River Lim Path between Lyme Regis and Uplyme; we look forward to see Alice’s initial designs in the new year.
  • Weymouth promenade’s new artistic lighting scheme was given the go ahead by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee. W&PBC will now progress with the tender process and are looking to appoint a contractor to supply and install the new seafront scheme and are planning that the new contractor will be in place to start in the new year, with the new scheme installed by late Spring 2019.
  • Vegetation clearance works have started this week along the West Bay bridleway from Burton Road to the West Bay Road car park in preparation for the new shared access path works due to take place in March/April 2019.  Please see the www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk for updates on this and all the Dorset Coastal Connections projects.

Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)

  • FARNET Circular Economy Conference – France – Martin has just returned from a three day conference in south west France discussing the circular economy and how reducing, reusing and recycling products and materials can be embedded into fisheries and aquaculture. Martin also presented at the seminar which had over 300 delegates highlighting potential to use by-products from algae farming in cosmetics, food and agriculture and raising the profile of the work that the FLAG has been doing here in Dorset and East Devon.
  • Board meeting – The FLAG held it’s final board meeting for 2018 on 11 December. Two more projects were recommended for FLAG funding – watch this space for more details as the project progress
  • LNP update – Martin presented an update to the LNP board on 12 December during which he highlighted the work that the FLAG has done locally and the projects that have been developed for the main European Maritime and Fisheries Fund programme.
  • EMFF replacement for UK announced –The government has announced there will be a replacement for EMFF post Brexit and more details will be announced in the autumn of 2019. Details are light at the moment but up to £37M will be released to support fisheries and coastal communities in England. Read more here.
  • Project claims – As FLAG moves towards the final stages of the funding part of the programme Martin is spending more time ensuring that projects are able to claim their grants back from the Marine Management Organisation. To date just over £143,000 has now been paid back to applicants for completed projects.

Litter Free Coast and Sea (LFCS)

  • Following the launch of our inaugural ‘Love Swanage’ event, Sarah took our specially commissioned Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) wobble board to the local household recycling centre in Swanage where residents can recycle their used cooking oil. Oils from cooking can harm the environment and apart from the possibility of blocking your sinks and drains, oil reaches the sea through the drainage system and can be harmful to marine life. Our campaign message focuses on mindful disposal of waste cooking oil, in a way that doesn’t damage drains or the environment, plus it also helps produce biofuel which is much less polluting than fossil fuels. All together now…’Don’t Clog with FOG! #ThatsTheWayToDoIt
  • We won! In celebration of the movers and shakers in environmental and facilities management and those implementing these solutions within their organisations, we were absolutely thrilled to be nominated as a finalist and then WIN in the Community Project category at the Big Green Awards on the 20th November. Our category was sponsored by Explosive Marketing and although we were unable to be there in person to receive the award, huge thanks to colleagues from Low Carbon Dorset for collecting the award on our behalf and commiserations to our superb category finalists: RNLI, Rareloop & Wimborne War on Waste.

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