Head teacher defies PM’s advice and rules pupils must wear face masks all day

A SCHOOL has defied the Prime Minister by making it compulsory for students to wear face masks at all times when it reopens next week. In a letter sent to parents, Jy Taylor, head teacher...

‘Ghost ships’ proving a big draw for ferry firm

THEY have become a sad sight off the south coast – anchored cruise ships offering a stark reminder of how devastating Covid-19 has been to the industry. But for Mudeford ferry owner Paul Derham they...

Christchurch councillors vow to fight travel schemes which restrict town roads

THE Christchurch Independents say they will oppose any active travel scheme which would worsen traffic issues in the town, despite being part of BCP Council’s ruling coalition. In a letter to the A&T from members...
Mudeford beach cafe

Angry protesters launch campaign against plans for £1m Mudeford cafe

A ROW HAS broken out over plans to rebuild the Beach House café at Mudeford Sandbank with some objectors claiming it will “completely ruin” the idyllic location. BCP Council has launched a public consultation over...

Business group unveils scheme to boost town centre

CAR parking discounts, improving the appearance of empty shops, and encouraging major events are among proposals to revamp Christchurch town centre. The Christchurch Business Improvement District (BID) group has unveiled plans which it says could...
Avon beach

Police urge bank holiday visitors to ‘respect communities’

BANK holiday weekend visitors have been urged to plan ahead and “respect communities” by a senior police officer. Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya made the plea ahead of what will be a...

Signs of county lines victims ‘lost in the crowd’ this summer, say police

SIGNS of vulnerable people being exploited by county lines drugs gangs may have been “lost in the crowd” during such a busy summer, Dorset Police chiefs have warned. The force has asked for residents and...
Somerford Road

Town office block gets green light for conversion to 46 flats

PLANS to extend a “redundant” office block in Christchurch and convert it into a block of dozens of flats have been approved. BCP Council has granted planning permission to London-based developers to extend 153 Somerford...
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Met Office warnings for rain and thunderstorms in New Forest and Christchurch

A WEATHER warning for heavy rain has been issued for an area including New Forest and Christchurch today (Thursday) followed by thunderstorms tomorrow. The Met Office published the yellow alert – the lowest level –...
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Beryl bikes to roll out across town with £450,000 council backing

THE bike share scheme running in Bournemouth and Poole will be extended into Christchurch after operator Beryl was awarded a wider contract. BCP Council will subsidise the service in the town, having made the commitment...
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