Channels changing COUNTY: Boat owners are being reminded that the VHF channels are changing this year. As a result of changes to Appendix 18 (Marine VHF) of the Radio Regulations it will mean that VHF channels 23, 84 and 86 will no longer be used for either Maritime Safety Information (MSI) or Radio Medical Advice. Mark Lawson from the MCA said: “Although it’s not happening until September, when it happens the changeover will be absolute and we want to make people aware of this changeover in good time given our commitment to deliver maritime safety and wider support to the maritime community . “The exact date of change will be announced as soon as possible. In the meantime, we suggest anyone who uses any type of vessel makes a careful note of replacement channels.” Carsare seized COUNTY: A driver was caught behind the wheel without insurance yesterday . He told officers he had failed to send off required documents to his insurance company so they had cancelled his policy . Later in the day a car was seized after the driver was found ‘doing the school’ run when he didn’t have a licence. NEWS IN BRIEF Harry Hogger Holidaysitelooks tocreatealegacy CONTACT ME: t: 01305 269801 e: harry.hogger @dorsetecho.co.uk twitter: @DorsetEchoHarry VISION: An artist’s impression of the Silverlake development at Crossways Searchforman DORSET Police are helping other forces in the search for a missing man described as ‘vulnerable’. Postman Ian Rowley, 58, of Chard, Somerset, failed to turn up for work yesterday morning. Police said his car was found un- occupied in the South Chard area, near to the railway crossing. Officers from Avon and Somerset Police force have been carrying out an extensive search of the Chard area, close to the border with Dor- set and Devon and Cornwall police force areas. The police helicopter, police dogs, and mounted offices from across all three forces have been involved in the search. Mr Rowley is described as a white man, about 5ft 8ins of slim build with grey hair. It is thought he was wearing a high visibility jacket with blue and white stripes on it when he went missing. Officers also added he may appear confused or depressed. Anyone with any information should contact 101. NEWS dorsetecho.co.uk/news 5 fb.com/dorsetecho Friday February 3, 2017 DorsetECHO / f A SUSTAINABLE holiday devel- opment set to bring in hundreds of millions of pounds of invest- ment to the local community is set to welcome its first residents in a matter of weeks. The Habitat First Group says it is embarking on a “monumental year” as it prepares to open up the first phase of its 1,000-home development at Silverlake in Crossways. With development having been underway for a year, the first ar- rivals are expected at Silverlake, which is being developed on the former Warmwell Quarry site, in April. The completed scheme will cover a 650-acre estate and will feature a country club and spa as well as hundreds of holiday homes. Habitat First will also be turning over large sections of the site to nature in a bid to protect hundreds of species of wildlife including breeding birds, rep- tiles, dormouse, otter, water vole, invertebrates and bats. The firm says that the scheme will be a “key economic driver for the future of the west Dorset economy” and the construction stage alone will generate an esti- mated £470 million in investment over a 20 to 30 year period, more than half of which will be spent with local businesses. It says 573 construction and sales jobs will be created, 286 of them with local firms. An extra 270 indirect jobs are also expected from visitor spend in the area. Habitat First will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first development at Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds in 2017. Red Paxton, Owner of Habitat First Group, said “2017 is shap- ing up to be a true milestone. We are transforming what was once a derelict site into a world-class conservation community . “We consider ourselves as a property development with a con- science, one that places impor- tance on the local community and environment. “By the end of 2017 client would have over 40 houses built and our impressive spa will be fully op- erational. This is just the start for Silverlake, a project which will create a lasting legacy for the Dorset area.” MISSING: Ian Rowley