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East Dorset District Council Bus passes – a reminder

Residents of East Dorset who are entitled to a free bus pass are entitled to all day travel, not limited to off-peak hours.

This means that they are able to use their free bus passes at any time of the day and on any day of the week where they board a bus using a bus stop within the East Dorset area. This additional concession over the national scheme is funded by East Dorset District Council.

They can also use their bus pass throughout England, however it can only be used between 9.30am and 11pm if they board a bus outside the East Dorset area.

There has been some confusion with bus operators about this extra offered by EDDC and we will be strengthening our message to them to avoid future misunderstandings.

Full details about concessionary travel can be found on the ‘Dorset for you’ website.

Cllr Robin Cook


 Community Defibrillator

From Thursday 17th May there will be a community defibrillator located on the wall of the Memorial Hall in Sturminster Marshall. There will be a training session at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 28th April at 10am, Everybody is welcome - there are no special skills required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency. 



 Changes to Choice Based Lettings

Bidding for homes through Dorset Home Choice is changing from 3rd January 2018.

Currently landlords advertise their vacancies on a weekly cycle that runs from 4pm Wednesday to 11:59pm Monday.

From 3rd January, landlords will be able to advertise properties on a daily basis as soon as they know a property is going to become empty. The benefit of this is that applicants will be able to see vacancies sooner but it will also help landlords reduce their void times and provide a more efficient service.

This does not mean that more properties will be available; it just means that properties may be advertised on any day of the week.

All properties that are advertised will be available for people to bid on for a minimum of 5 days, the same as now. People will not need to check every day as all properties will be advertised over Friday; Saturday and Sunday. They will be able to bid through the website at or via text message.

If people are unable to bid for themselves then they can ask a friend; family member or support worker to help them with this. If further support is available they can contact their local council for advice and assistance.





Dorset Community Transport has commenced the Service 88 from 5th October 2017.

This now means there will be a public service 88 two days a week – Thursday and Friday – serving Sturminster Marshall, Pamphill, Wimborne town and parts of Colehill/Stapehill. TIMETABLE