The successful Winter Wonderland the town has welcomed for the last two years has been put on hold amid the Coronavirus pandemic, and instead a Covid-conscious seven-week long event (13 November to 3 January) is planned to celebrate the festivities.
The event will see the return of the Bethlehem tree, the much-loved reindeer and other lighting installations. In order to maintain a steady flow of visitors for safety reasons, there will be fewer market stalls in The Square and the alpine bar will be a single-storey open-air attraction. Due to constraints around social distancing, the ice rink will not form part of the town’s offering for 2020 but is set to reappear in 2021.
Cllr Vikki Slade, (former) Leader of BCP Council, said: “We are so excited to be able to host these forthcoming celebrations in Bournemouth; all of which have been made with the wellbeing of our residents and visitors being our highest priority. We will be announcing plans for Christchurch and Poole in the coming weeks, as plans are finalised.”
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We are thrilled to announce that the 10th Arts by the Sea festival will go ahead, in a revised COVID-friendly format this September!
With safety firmly in mind, there will be a limited number of ticketed outdoor events which will allow for social-distancing, as well as a digital programme of engaging workshops and live-streams.
For details and how to apply for tickets to some installations, click here.
Dorset Growth Hub have opened up applications today for the Dorset SME Recovery Grant.
This grant is a result of the Government announcement that a share of £30 million would be distributed to each Local Enterprise Partnership, including a £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package for small businesses in tourism sector and a further £20 million funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, Dorset Growth Hub has been awarded a total of just under £550,000 of grant funding to distribute to eligible, Dorset based SME businesses that are trading in the tourism sector as well as the wider economy.
You can now apply for the amount of £1,000 – £3,000 or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances via the Dorset Growth Hub website (http://bit.ly/SMErecoverygrant). These non-repayable grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Grants will be spent on projects to aid job safeguarding and business survival, such as improving websites, implementing new technology, improving use of outdoor space, with awnings and heating and also consulting, accessing expert advice on management, legal and HR.
The guidelines on the Dorset Growth Hub web page (http://bit.ly/SMErecoverygrant) also point out what the grant can’t be spent on such as PPE and business as usual items.
Nick Gregory, Operations director at Dorset Growth Hub says “with over 1100 businesses registering their interest in these grants, we are expecting a huge number of applications to flood in over the next few weeks. We have employed 3 new members of staff, 2 part time consultants and 1 full time administrator to deal with the influx of applications and enquiries. They will be doing their best to reply to you as soon as they can, process your applications efficiently and give you a decision on whether you have been successful. We are hoping to do this in a two week turn around, but this is dependent on the number of applications we receive in the first instance. So please bear with us, we really want to get this money to the businesses in need!”
If you are considering applying, make sure to read the full guidance to determine your businesses eligibility along with the project you have in mind. Your business must have been impacted by Covid-19 and you will be asked how the grant will help the business recover.
If you have any questions on the grant please contact email@example.com.
A BCP Council scheme to provide safer space for cycling and walking on Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives, which was intended to relieve pressure on the promenade, and where concerns about speeding traffic have been a barrier to switching local journeys in that area, will be delayed to allow more time for dialogue with local residents.
The scheme was not planned to close the area to cars or prevent clifftop parking, but only to remove the through traffic. The idea was first identified at the time when our seafront was inundated with holidaymakers, and the summertime ban on promenade cycling was about to commence. It also intended to provide a route that can be used more easily by pedestrians and cyclists year round, where storms can render the promenade impassable. There have been a number of collisions involving injuries to people on bikes at junctions along the Overcliff in recent years and making roads safer as well as encouraging sustainable journeys remain a priority for the council.
Councillor Andy Hadley, Portfolio Holder for Transport, BCP Council commented;
“As part of the response to COVID-19, it’s clear to see that the way we travel is changing, and as we head towards the new normal – going back to school and returning to workplaces – we want to support people to choose to travel more sustainably for shorter journeys. This also supports our vision is to create vibrant communities with outstanding quality of life where everyone plays an active part, and the new National Walking and Cycling Strategy.
“The Overcliff scheme has generated huge interest and concern in the local area. Whilst these travel measures are designed to be temporary and to allow time for people to give their feedback based on their experiences, it is clear we need to pause our plan for the Boscombe / Southbourne experimental traffic scheme and to seek further views from local people.
“We are keen to work with the local community on the extent and location of low-cost experimental measures in this area, and we need the views of those living, working in, and passing through the shopping areas of Southbourne Grove, Beechwood and Wentworth Avenue, Parkwood, Seabourne and Southbourne Road in order to shape a future scheme.
“We must recognise that doing nothing will not solve congestion, or deliver on our climate emergency response, and that some of the respondents were keen to see the scheme implemented. We are still keen to implement a scheme in this area.
The scheme at Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives is in direct response to the government’s call to get more people cycling and walking as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Hadley, added; “The tight timescales and limited upfront consultation was mandated directly by government requirements to implement these schemes urgently to combat gridlock, and to consult over the following months.
“There are other schemes being implemented across the conurbation to support commuting, school and leisure journeys, and we are keen to ensure that the value of these is better understood.
“We will therefore also pause and consult with local people before implementing the planned measure on the railway bridge on Cleveland Road. This will mean that is not in place for the return to school this September.
“We intend to pursue the remaining schemes already in progress as part of phase one, and we had already planned that if we are successful with funding for phase two work, this would be done in a different way with early consultation given available time. A scheme for Boscombe and Southbourne will become part of that phase two work”
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£79 million has been awarded to BCP & Dorset Council for Transforming Cities Fund. See presentation below.
It’s warm, it’s beautiful and it’s nearly the summer holidays! For many of you this would have been a very welcomed time of year and particularly after these last few months we’re all the more eager to get outdoors, visit some lovely beaches and parks and stay at a home away from home – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are here waiting for you.
We have been working tirelessly, in collaboration with a number of partners, to ensure that your visit is a safe one. Tourism sector partners and businesses are preparing to welcome you, providing information about what you can expect from your stay and we urge everyone to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our destinations, in line with the latest Covid-19 Government guidelines. We have also prepared itineraries outlining the many things you can do and still remain safe.
When you visit, we want to ensure you feel as comfortable as you can, knowing you are in safe hands which is why we communiate the latest Covid regulations and guidance and are actively encouraging Visit Britain’s We’re Good to Go accreditation.This UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark aims to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism so that businesses can demonstrate they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.
A handy holidaymaker information sheet has been pulled together helping you to stay safe during your visit. Should you become poorly with suspected Covid-19 symptoms this guide will let you know what practical steps to take to keep you, your loved ones and others as safe as can be. There is also a useful Tourist Charter that we encourage all visitors to review before you set off on your journey so that you can ensure you are well enough to travel and can thoroughly enjoy your stay.
While you’re here, our colleagues over at Visit Dorset have launched a survey to measure consumer intention and sentiment. We’d be grateful if you could kindly complete the survey and thank you, on our partners’ behalf, in advance.Make sure you Know Before You Go: check out the dedicated pages on our Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole websites providing details about how you can make the most of your visit and keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.
#RespectProtectEnjoy our resorts, and enjoy that well earned time and space during your summer holiday.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Local businesses are invited to apply for the second phase of BCP Council’s Local Discretionary Grant scheme. Eligibility criteria has been extended to cover businesses who trade from a residential premises and businesses that can demonstrate a significant fall in income because of Covid-19 (the restriction of 50% or more has been removed).
The first phase attracted more than 800 applications and awarded over £2 million to local businesses from the available £4.3 million Local Discretionary Grant fund. The secondary application window opened today and closes on Sunday 2 August.
For more information and how to apply, click here.
We’re looking forward to helping you prepare to re-open your business and operate from 4th July
The new government guidance to help you plan to re-open hospitality and tourism businesses has now been released and comes in to effect from 4 July 2020.
Working safely during COVID-19 sector guidance:
List of businesses able and not able to open from 4th July:
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb96e8e86650c278b077616/Kee ping-workers-and-customers-safe-during-covid-19-restaurants-pubs-bars- takeaways-230620.pdf
Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the- visitor-economy
Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation:
Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers:
UK Hospitality is preparing guidance to help prepare COVID-19 Risk Assessments: https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/coronavirus
Free webinar to help businesses keep a safe record of customers visiting their premises as part of the NHS ‘Track and Trace’ system, in accordance with the new guidelines:
Over the coming week BCP Council will be issuing further support and guidance from our local agencies including Licencing, Police and Fire services to help your business to re-open and recover. Please continue to check back for updates.
Good luck with your re-opening plans.
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