General News

Guys Marsh prison Shaftesbury

A total of 64 prisoners had to be evacuated from a section of HMP Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury after a fire broke out on a roof at the prison on Friday night. According …
AVA cat food Pets at Home Gillingham

The Gillingham branch of Pets at Home and other company stores have recalled a number of dry cat food products after they were found to have caused ‘sudden collapse, fitting, widespread twitching and …
Dorset County Council

Gillingham has secured £3.45m from the Government for roads infrastructure to support new homes and jobs. The money will help pay for improved roads and junctions that are needed for 1,800 planned new homes …
Gillingham Town Council

Work on building 1,800 homes under Gillingham’s so-called ‘Southern Extension’ will not begin before the summer of next year at the earliest, councillors have been told. Planning officer Robert Lennis also revealed that …

The organiser of the popular Party at the Rec community event says he will try to revive it for 2018 after cancelling it this year. Michael Fox says a decision by Gillingham Town …
North Dorset District Council

The supermarket chain ALDI has accused planners of holding up their plans for a new store on the outskirts of Gillingham. The company wants to build what it calls a ‘modest neighbourhood store’ …

Developers say they are pressing ahead with plans to build 130 homes on a greenfield site on Castle Street in Mere despite strong opposition from many local residents and councillors. At a sometimes …

Eagle-eyed readers of author and illustrator Raymond Briggs’ book about his parents’ life, Ethel & Ernest, would have spotted some familiar place names on page 37. In a letter that a young Raymond, …

In the early years of the 13th century King John was rather fond of hunting deer there and had a moated hunting lodge known as King’s Court built to accommodate his visits. Meanwhile …