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Local community invited to shape the future for Wessex Fields

Residents, community groups and business representatives are invited to help shape the future of Wessex Fields at an engagement event next month (19 November).

Following the decision by BCP Council’s Cabinet to build part of the road from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields development site boundary line, work is now underway to shape the future plans for the Wessex Fields site.

Those interested in shaping the future development of Wessex Fields are invited to attend the engagement day on 19 November at The Bridge, Littledown where the future of the site will be discussed.

This event will be an opportunity to hear from the Leader of the Council and share ideas on what the site should be developed in the future. Any ideas put forward will need to be financially viable and environmentally appropriate.

The engagement day will be split into three 1 ½ hour sessions and those who wish to attend must register at in advance choosing their preferred time slot.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said; “The development of the Wessex Fields site will be going ahead and it’s important for the local community to have an opportunity to get involved in shaping any future plans for the area.

Within these plans, it is vital that the future infrastructure development supports clean economic growth, helps to improve health and wellbeing and makes the area a better place to live, work and visit.

I would encourage anyone interested in the future of Wessex Fields to register and attend the event so that they can tell us what is important to them when it comes to developing this site.”

Ideas can also be submitted after the event via the dedicated webpage and presentations from the day will be available to view online.

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Overnight road closures support Blackwater West junction improvements

As part of the initial phase of constructing a new and more efficient B3073 Blackwater West Junction, a series of overnight lane closures will be in place to install temporary traffic signals.

From Monday 15 July the permanent signals will be switched off and replaced with a temporary signal system, similar to those used during the Blackwater East Junction works which helped minimise the impact of the works on those travelling via the B3073.

This will involve installing the new power supplies and road crossing before removing the existing power supplies. Once the temporary lights are in place the old signals, poles, cables and existing traffic islands will be removed and reinstated with asphalt to move the traffic lanes to their new position. This will be followed by new line markings and installation of temporary barriers.

In addition two gas main road crossings will be installed, one across the A338 on slip and the other on the B3073.

To install the temporary signal system and carry out this work, Blackwater West junction and the A338 slip roads will be closed on Monday 15 July from 8pm to 6am for up to 7 nights therefore avoiding regular traffic restrictions at peak times.

Cllr Andy Hadley, Cabinet member for Transport and Infrastructure, BCP Council, said: “This latest scheme in the BIG Programme will widen the existing junction on all sides to allow for additional capacity and improved traffic signals as well as improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.

“We would advise motorists to plan their journeys whilst these overnight closures are in place to minimise disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’’

During the week of night closures, remedial works will also be carried out at Hurn Roundabout.

From 18 July for two nights, kerbing and surfacing works will be carried out at Hurn Roundabout with three-way temporary traffic lights in place at the Matchams Lane/Avon Causeway Junction. There will be some noise due to the nature of this work but every endeavour will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

The Blackwater West Signal Improvements are scheduled to last until Spring 2020 with the work having no impact on the main Spur Road. The improvements form part of the £45.2million investment in Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme, aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport, unlocking employment land and stimulating economic growth.

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Help to Let scheme to help prevent homelessness

A Help to Let scheme has been launched which aims to support landlords with less than 30 properties to provide affordable private rented tenancies to people at risk of becoming homeless. Landlords can receive up to £2,000 incentive, rent and deposit in advance as well as support for new landlords.

The scheme hopes to create around 150 new tenancies and support a further 130 households by March 2020, reducing the numbers of people living in temporary and B&B accommodation.

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New bike scheme launches

Beryl Bikes

More than 50 emerald green Beryl bikes are now available for instant hire across Bournemouth and Poole. This fleet will increase to 1,000 as summer progresses. Future developments will look to expand the scheme into Christchurch.

Download the Beryl app to hire a bike: App Store for iPhone, Google Play for Android. Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 5p per minute), Minute Bundles (no unlock fee and bundles starting at 100 minutes for £5) or Day Passes (24 hours of unlimited riding for £12).

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Region’s economic powerhouse growing

Region’s economic powerhouse growing

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area is an economic powerhouse which is only going to get stronger, the latest AFC Business event was told.

More than 80 directors, business leaders, decision-makers and business people were at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the May networking breakfast.

They heard newly-elect BCP Council member Nigel Hedges talk about the importance of businesses to the region’s prosperity.

Cllr Hedges, the Conservative councillor for Wallisdown and Winton West, said: “This is a brilliant area in which to do business – a financial powerhouse in a rural county. We must be on our toes ready to do business and benefit from each other.

“I will continue to bang the drum for business and BCP Council will do all it can to facilitate economic development – in a sense the council is a self-sufficient business itself, representing 400,000 people and with a £750 million budget.”

Cllr Hedges, who hosted the breakfast event, added: “AFC Business offers a fabulous opportunity to meet so many different businesses and see how brilliant you all are at what you do.”

AFC Business, the free to join business club with almost 1,800 members, is the engine for all the Premier League club’s commercial activities. It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses.

Amy Brunton, AFC Bournemouth’s partnerships manager, said the next business event would be the popular Play on the Pitch five-a-side football tournament at Vitality Stadium on May 15.

This is followed on June 13 by the AFC Business Gin Evening in Bubbles Champagne Lounge at the stadium, featuring Rupert Holloway, who will discuss the success behind creating Dorset’s locally distilled, award-winning Conker spirits.

AFC Business’ five main partners are Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

For further information about the business club, email your details to Aysia Smith at or see to book event tickets.

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Bournemouth Open Golf Festival: 28 May to 1 June

A week of golf that is seriously good fun! This tournament, held at Queen’s Park Golf Course, is increasingly popular with golfers coming from all over the country to enjoy a mix of qualifier and ‘just for fun’ competitions. Each day culminates in a prize-giving at our Woodpecker Café.

We’re also welcoming back the European Junior Golf Tour – why not come along and watch these young talented golfers?

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Mudeford Seafood Festival: 25 to 27 May

A family focused celebration of seafood, cooking, entertainment, demonstrations, artisans and musicians, set against the picturesque backdrop of Mudeford Quay, its historic fishing community, Christchurch Harbour and Hengistbury Head.

The Festival will be supported by some of the finest chefs in the country who will be providing amazing food demonstrations including Brian Turner, Alex Aitken, Rustie Lee and more.

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The Great Wildlife Exploration: 25 to 26 May

For the last four years the Great Wildlife Exploration has been held at Hengistbury Head, but we felt that it was time for a change so we’ll be exploring King’s Park this year.

King’s Park has a variety of habitats that have yet to be surveyed for wildlife. Join us in a big nature hunt – let’s see what we can find!

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Big Harbour Clean-Up: 18 to 19 May

Big Harbour Clean up

Make a difference to your environment and join in the Big Harbour Clean Up!

This weekend help clean up Poole Harbour and the surrounding areas. Register online and choose an area you’d like to focus on. Gather rubbish and deposit it at a central pick-up point for later collection.

Dive teams will also be out cleaning the bottom of the harbour. Learn more.

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