Speed limit to be made permanent in Dorset village after air quality trial

Highways England initiated a trial speed limit along a section of the A35 at the western end of the village of Chideock in September 2019

Portland Scrap Metal fined £15k for illegally storing waste vehicles

The court heard the company kept waste vehicles on site despite its environmental permit not allowing it to store, keep or treat those vehicles

Dorchester to receive £2.5m electricity infrastructure upgrade

The seven-month-long programme of works will transform the existing primary substation over a period of seven months

Wessex Water pays £35k for sewage spill at Dorset nature reserve

The Environment Agency said the pollution had a ‘severe impact’ on aquatic invertebrates over a distance of around 100 metres, which deteriorated water quality

Dorset farmer prosecuted for waste crime

A Dorset farmer has pleaded guilty and been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for burning rubbish. David House, who had previously been convicted of assaulting an Environment Agency officer, is also banned from working in the waste industry for five years after the illegal activity at French’s Farm near Poole. Environment Agency officers visited […]

1.1MW boost for Dorset waste-to-energy plant

A waste-to-energy plant in Dorset is to be expanded, with the addition of a further 1.1MW of capacity. Eco Sustainable Solutions awarded the contract to Weltec Biopower UK, which built the original Eco-Dorset AD plant and commissioned it in 2012. The facility is fed by local authority food waste as well as out of date […]

Sunny start for Good Energy’s first solar farm

First electricity has been produced and exported from a 5MW solar farm in Dorset. The site at Tout Hill is Good Energy’s first solar farm and will generate enough electricity to power around 1,300 homes. Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy said: “The solar farm at Wool will make an important contribution to […]

School hopes energy mission could save £330k

A Dorset boarding and day school is hoping to save £330,000 with a new ‘Mission for Energy Efficiency’. Milton Abbey School which has between 200 and 300 mixed pupils will install a biomass boiler, water harvesting technology and air source heat pumps. It expects to save 3.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and cut […]

Solar powered caravan trial in Britain

Britain’s largest holiday park owner is trialling the use of solar power at one of its holiday homes after it was fitted with a PV array (pictured). Haven partnered with caravan manufacturers Willerby and Environmental Energies and chose Rockley Park, near Poole in Dorset for the trial. The company will monitor the performance of the […]

UK’s first commercial-scale gas-to-grid plant open

The Prince of Wales officially opened the UK’s first commercial-scale gas-to-grid plant yesterday. Located in Rainbarrow Farm, Dorset, it is a joint venture between local farmers and the Duchy of Cornwall. It is the first fully operational commercial scale plant in the country to inject biomethane directly into the gas grid. The plant will use […]