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THINK! before you drive

THINK! before you drive

According to the national THINK! road safety campaign, approximately 5,500 people fail a breath test in the morning each year.

As we approach the festive period and the Christmas party season, we advise you to tell your family, friends and co-workers to remain extra vigilant the morning after.

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A338 FAQs

Background

The current roadworks are part of the £20 million Bournemouth International Growth Programme to improve the A338 and B3073 corridors – aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport as well as improving journey times and unlocking employment land at Aviation Business Park and at Wessex Fields.

We are aware these works will cause some delays and as a result have been advertising the roadworks on all channels for a number of weeks, advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or find an alternative route.

Motorists may wish to use alternative routes that best fit their needs or avoid the peak times of the day. The works have been programmed to avoid the busy summer period, and started once the schools have gone back and the Bournemouth Air Festival was complete. We are in contact with businesses, and directly with the Chamber of Trade and Commerce about working times and they have requested a break before and over Christmas which we are trying to build into the programme.

We are continuing to review all options to minimise the impact of the works on motorists. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time and thank motorists for their patience.

What is the Bournemouth International Growth Programme?

Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme is a major economic growth plan focused on employment and development around Bournemouth Airport.

Preparation is underway for schemes set to open up opportunities around the A338.

What BIG Programme schemes can we expect on the A338?

The A338 improvements consist of two elements:

  • improvements to the Blackwater Junction
  • widening to the A338 Wessex Way from Blackwater towards Cooper Dean

Why wasn’t this done at the same time as work carried out on the Spur Road in 2015?

This is a very different scheme involving adding a third southbound lane towards Cooper Dean. This lane will allow extra time for traffic merging onto the A338 at Blackwater Junction. The previous scheme was a maintenance scheme and was north of Blackwater, whilst these works are south of Blackwater. If we had undertaken the works at the same time, it would have significantly increased the time taken, added to disruption and works would not have completed by the summer.

During these nine months, why can’t some of these works be carried out at night leaving the carriageway open during the day?

From 5 September 2018 for the next three weeks, we will be carrying out site investigation and survey work together with further vegetation clearance adjacent to the carriageway, which can only be undertaken with a lane closure. These are required to be undertaken during daylight hours for safety reasons. During this time, due to the nature of the works, it may appear that there are less operatives on site. However, we can assure the public that these required works are being carried out as quickly as possible and there are between 16 and 20 operatives on site at any one time.

As the works programme progresses, there will be the opportunity to implement longer working days over two shifts. However, due to safety requirements and proximity to neighbors, there will not be the opportunity for 24/7 working. At the current time, temporary traffic management measures are on the carriageway, but these will be replaced over the coming weeks with permanent measures that cannot be removed.

Once the main works start, excavations will be immediately adjacent and in the existing carriageway, and it will not be safe for road users, or the workforce, to open both lanes until works are completed. For the main works, a steel barrier will be installed to protect both the workforce and road users – this takes a long time to install and cannot be removed on a daily basis. At the current time, we are removing closures at weekends. When the barrier is in place this will not be possible.

Are we planning to amend how the work is carried out following the congestion caused at the start of the works?

This week we are completing works adjacent to the River Stour Bridge, which means we will be able to shorten the closures next week and start them after Blackwater Junction in the southbound direction. The proximity of Blackwater to these works prohibited us from doing this straight away – once the widening works start we will, however, have to take the closure back to its current position. During this time, the 40mph temporary speed limit will remain in place.

A lane closure will be in place until approximately June 2019. A contraflow is not planned until early Spring 2019.
We are continuing to review all options to minimise the impact of the works on motorists. The works are continually monitored on site by a traffic management contractor.

Why do we need to close such a large section of the lane, when the work isn’t being undertaken in the carriageway?

Activities are currently taking place in the verge immediately adjacent to the carriageway edge, which will extend into the carriageway once work starts on the bridge. Works are too close to the road to maintain two lanes and we will not compromise the safety of our workers. Detailed and careful consideration has been given to the traffic management, but unfortunately it is not possible to keep two lanes open.

Unfortunately, the closure has to start north of Blackwater, even though there are no works currently there. The slip road is too close to our works area to have lane closures start south of the slip and be in place before our works area.

Will this work have a major impact on the business economy of the town?

We are in contact with and listening to businesses.

We are also directly in contact with Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry about working times and they have requested a break before and over Christmas which we are building into the programme.

Given the conurbation had existing traffic problems, where do the council suggest drivers go to avoid these issues?

We are aware these works will cause some delays and would advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or find an alternative route. Motorists can sign up to receive regular updates via the A338 travel blog.

Motorists may wish to use alternative routes that best fit their needs or avoid the peak times of the day. The works have been programmed to avoid the busy summer period, and started once the schools have gone back and the Bournemouth Air Festival was complete.

Detailed and careful consideration has been given to the traffic management, but unfortunately it is not possible to keep two lanes open. It is appreciated that the delays do have an adverse impact on the journey times.

Why can’t we open the lane at peak times and close it again for work?

Lane closures are currently in place 24 hours per day Monday to Friday. It is not possible to remove the traffic management measures on a daily basis as the traffic flows have to be reduced to a safe level before they can be taken in and put back out again, which takes 90 minutes. This would likely lead to a four hour window each day during which the required works could then take place. This would result in a much longer period for the traffic management measures to be out on the A338 overall.

We will be removing the temporary traffic management from 6am on Saturday 8 September through to 8pm on Sunday 9 September, as no work will be carried out on site. We are also aiming to remove these between Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September and between Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September too.

Currently, the lane closures are programmed to be removed between 10th December 2018 and 7th January 2019, although works may still be taking place on site.

Why are the works taking nine months when the entire Spur Road rebuild took a similar length of time?

The two schemes are very different. The A338 Major Maintenance scheme consisted predominantly of rebuilding the existing carriageway. These current works are related to the A338 Blackwater Junction improvement scheme and A338 widening scheme which involve the construction of a new additional lane requiring widening into the central reservation and verge; (this will also entail the construction of retaining structures and pier protection works to both the River Stour bridge and B3073 overbridge.

Who is carrying out the work?

Dorset County Council are carrying out the works with their appointed contractor, supported by Bournemouth Borough Council.

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Leave only Footprints

As Bournemouth and Poole continues to welcome hundreds of thousands of people to their award-winning beaches in the current heatwave, the two resorts have launched a campaign that aims to encourage residents, visitors and workers to be more environmentally aware, particularly in relation to waste disposal on the seafront.

Under the banner, Leave Only Footprints, beach-goers are invited to enjoy the UK’s best beaches and to help keep them fabulous by clearing up at the end of the day, putting rubbish in the bins provided.

Among a host of other improvements and initiatives, more than 200 new bins have been added along the 10 miles of seafront, increasing capacity by 70% and offering a recycling option at every location.

The new bins are colour coded with clear messaging to help people identify the correct place to dispose of their waste – blue for recycling and black for general waste.

Councillor Pat Oakley, Portfolio Holder responsible for Tourism in Bournemouth, said: “We’re thrilled that so many people are choosing to enjoy the hot weather here in Bournemouth and Poole. Our beaches are second to none and there’s never been a better case for British staycations along the South Coast. Our high standards of cleanliness set us apart as a world-class destination and cooperation from the public in leaving only footprints on our beaches helps us to remain the UK’s best seaside resort.”

As well as the focus on improving waste disposal along the seafront ahead of the holiday season, there are other elements to the Leave Only Footprints campaign. Discounts are available on reusable cups in prom-side cafés and kiosks and the Refill Dorset scheme is in operation along the seafront.

The Leave Only Footprints branding, designed by Westbourne-based Cuco Creative, is also starting to be adopted across other council departments and by local businesses and organisations with a green agenda, especially those with links to the local tourism economy and environment, including the Daily Echo.

Councillor John Challinor, Portfolio Holder responsible for Tourism in Poole, said: “Leave Only Footprints is a simple, local campaign but it has an important and wide-reaching message. Steps are being taken in both Bournemouth and Poole towards becoming greener resorts – with our award-winning reputation and high concentration of Keep Britain Tidy accolades, we want to be at the forefront of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.”

To help launch the campaign, staff at LV= teamed up with seasoned experts, the Dorset Devils, to take part in an early morning litter pick. Aside from doing their bit towards collective clean-up efforts, the LV= volunteer group showed how easy it is for corporate businesses to get involved with Leave Only Footprints and show their support and commitment for maintaining the area’s picturesque surroundings.

Andrew Brown, Seafront Operations Manager for Bournemouth and Poole, said: “There’s still a lot of work to do but Leave Only Footprints is a kind of consistent, golden thread that runs through all of our endeavours. It’s testament to the sense of local pride that other local businesses and organisations are on board with the campaign.”

Anyone wanting to set up a Leave Only Footprints litter pick along Bournemouth and Poole seafront can find the application form at bournemouth.co.uk/leaveonlyfootprints.

For more information on this article please contact Bournemouth Tourism and Events Team on 01202 451718

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Balanced Budget

End of year figures reported to Bournemouth’s Cabinet (24 May) show an overall underspend of £227,000 for 2017/18. This means the council has achieved a balanced or better budget for eleven consecutive years.

Cllr John Beesley, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources said, “It is not without significant effort on the part of Members and Officers that we have once again achieved this position. Budget controls need to be actively and rigorously applied throughout the year.  It is this robust approach that has allowed us to turn a predicted overspend, largely due to the significant pressures on demand-led services such as adults’ and children’s social care, into a final outturn underspend.

“I am particularly proud of Bournemouth’s strong financial performance in this and previous years, especially given the pressures of drastically falling Government funding and ever-increasing demand for key services.  Our residents expect us to not only look after the vulnerable in our town but also to fix the roads, keep the libraries open, maintain our famous gardens and beaches and empty the bins.  We continue to do all of this and more, winning national accolades for our open spaces and beach cleanliness, keeping all the borough’s libraries open, maintaining weekly food waste collections and operating an active pothole repair programme, to name but a few.  This is certainly not the case in many councils up and down the country and we are rightly proud of our record in maintaining service standards throughout a very difficult decade for local government.”

Cabinet agreed to allocate the surplus £227,000 to an Economic Growth project for Bournemouth, focusing on:

–       Promoting Wessex Fields Business Park

–       Enhancing Lansdowne business district

–       Encouraging continued growth in Bournemouth town centre

–       Funding local priorities through the Local Improvement Fund, and

–       Supporting the Digital Economy

Cllr Beesley continued, “Bournemouth continues to attract private investment as is evidenced by the changing skyline in our town. Government continues to recognise our ability to deliver on key priorities such as infrastructure and housing. This Economic Growth Fund for 2018/19 will further place the town in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper.”

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Funding for rough sleepers

Targeted work to support rough sleepers in the town has been given a boost with almost £400,000 awarded to the Council.

A total of £387,500 has been awarded following a successful bid for a share of government’s national £30M pot that was identified for 2018/19 to help Councils further support vulnerable rough sleepers. This funding aims to support actions and interventions expected to have the greatest and the quickest impact on rough sleeping numbers.

Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Councillor John Beesley, said: ‘’We are delighted to receive confirmation that our bid has been awarded in full by central government to fund additional rough sleeper services. The funds are to be mobilised as soon as possible, with the aim of reducing rough sleeper numbers ideally before this winter and for services up until the end of March 2019.“

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We will use the money to build on what we already have in place to prevent rough sleeping in Bournemouth.  The funds will provide valuable additional capacity for our established rough sleeper team delivered by St Mungos, increase our Housing First project which sources self-contained accommodation with intense support for the most complex rough sleepers (also delivered by St Mungos), recruiting an additional psychological specialist to work with individuals, and increase resources and packages of support to help rough sleepers into the private rented sector.

“The challenge is significant but we are committed to making prompt and effective use of this additional fund and we know that it will make a very real and positive difference to many people’s lives.”

 

The Council has also submitted a bid for additional funds for 2019/20 and awaits the outcome.

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Funding boost to support and prevent rough sleepers in Bournemouth

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Targeted work to support rough sleepers in the town has been given a boost with almost £400,000 awarded to the Council.

A total of £387,500 has been awarded following a successful bid for a share of government’s national £30M pot that was identified for 2018/19 to help Councils further support vulnerable rough sleepers. This funding aims to support actions and interventions expected to have the greatest and the quickest impact on rough sleeping numbers.

Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Councillor John Beesley, said: ‘’We are delighted to receive confirmation that our bid has been awarded in full by central government to fund additional rough sleeper services. The funds are to be mobilised as soon as possible, with the aim of reducing rough sleeper numbers ideally before this winter and for services up until the end of March 2019.“

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We will use the money to build on what we already have in place to prevent rough sleeping in Bournemouth.  The funds will provide valuable additional capacity for our established rough sleeper team delivered by St Mungos, increase our Housing First project which sources self-contained accommodation with intense support for the most complex rough sleepers (also delivered by St Mungos), recruiting an additional psychological specialist to work with individuals, and increase resources and packages of support to help rough sleepers into the private rented sector.

“The challenge is significant but we are committed to making prompt and effective use of this additional fund and we know that it will make a very real and positive difference to many people’s lives.”

The Council has also submitted a bid for additional funds for 2019/20 and awaits the outcome.

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Bournemouth Plan for 2018 – Future of our historic areas

What next?    Newsletter Feb 2018 FINAL VERSION

This is the plan for 2018:

Dec/Jan/Feb Survey and research

Mar/Apr Stakeholder consultation

May Prep draft documents

Jun/Jul Public consultation

Aug Response, amendments and final documents

A further stage will include adoption of the documents by Bournemouth Council.

What can you do?

We will be holding a stakeholder event in April (details to follow) and it would be great to see you there and to hear your views.

Prior to the stakeholder event, we will send out a questionnaire in March which will inform the structure

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Bournemouth Local Plan Review – Stakeholder Consultation and Request for Potential Development Sites.

 

1) Bournemouth Local Plan Review

We are at the start of the process of producing a new Bournemouth Local Plan. The purpose of contacting you at this early stage is to give you an opportunity to express any thoughts you might have on what the Local Plan should contain.

The Local Plan will aim to deliver sustainable development in Bournemouth that addresses economic, social and environmental issues. It will also seek to identify opportunities for development where it’s needed and appropriate.

This is potentially a time of major change for this area particularly in terms of accommodating increasing pressure to meet the needs for housing and economic growth and making adequate provision for the infrastructure to support this growth. In addition, we need to meet these pressures while still maintaining the quality of life and environment that makes this area so attractive to live in. It is a difficult balance to strike and one where the views of local people, businesses and other organisations will make a crucial contribution.

We have produced a short document which can be found at www.bournemouth.gov.uk/BLPReg18. This outlines some of the main issues we anticipate the local plan will deal with. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of issues and we welcome suggestions on any other issues you think the Local Plan should contain.

Your Views

It is important we have the initial views of stakeholders at this early stage in the process of developing the Local Plan to ensure that the document and the policies within it are as effective and relevant as possible. We are particularly keen to know what you think are the key issues in Bournemouth that the Local Plan should address.

 New Development Sites

As part of the Local Plan process we will be seeking to identify sites that have the potential to be allocated for uses to meet local need. This could be for a variety of uses such as residential, employment, community or recreational purposes. We would be grateful to receive details of any suggested sites (including current owners if known) along with a map identifying the site in question.

Any comments on the issues you feel the local plan should contain, or any suggestions for new site allocations can be made by;

By email to –    planning.policy@bournemouth.gov.uk

In writing to –  Planning Policy Team, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA.

 

2) Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Brownfield Land Register – Call for Sites

 In addition to requesting suggestions for potential site allocations for a variety of uses in the new Bournemouth Local Plan the Council is also issuing a call for potential residential sites which may also be considered for inclusion in the Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and the forthcoming Brownfield Land Register.

If you are interested in putting forward sites for inclusion in the SHLAA update and/or the new Brownfield Land Register, then further information and site submission forms can be found at www.bournemouth.gov.uk/shlaa-blr.

Please return any comments you have on issues in the Local Plan review or completed submission forms for the SHLAA/Brownfield Land Register by 10th November 2017

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Topping out heralds £27 million housing scheme in Bournemouth town centre

A traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony has marked the start of a year’s countdown to the opening of a £27 million scheme providing new homes in the heart of Bournemouth.

Berry Court in St Peter’s Road will create 113 one, two and three-bedroom apartments for the private rental market alongside new multi-level public and residents’ parking.

It’s the latest phase in the realisation of Bournemouth Council’s long-term Town Centre Vision which has a focus on new homes as part of the town’s economic regeneration.

The scheme is led by the Bournemouth Development Company, a public-private partnership between Bournemouth Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, and is being developed jointly with Radian.

On completion next year, the apartments will be available for rent to fulfil a recognised demand from people who are saving towards, or do not wish to commit to, owner occupation, or who simply want to rent a home in the town centre. The apartments will be owned by Radian and delivered through its private rental service SMART.

More than 50 guests including civic leaders, project partners and construction workers attended the topping out ceremony which marks the completion of the main, nine-floor building structure that has been under construction since summer 2016.

Duncan Johnston, Development Director, of the Bournemouth Development Company, said: “Berry Court is an exciting and striking scheme that continues the desire to build higher quality developments in Bournemouth. The topping out ceremony celebrates a significant milestone in its progress so far.”

Berry Court replaces a council car park. As well as relocating all 155 public spaces that were available up to the start of construction, the new multi-decked parking will house spaces for use by the new flats.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “Attracting new residents to come and live in the town centre is an essential part of the Vision. Berry Court will help us accelerate the delivery of much-needed new homes whilst safeguarding public parking. This combination of activities will boost regeneration and secure long-term economic growth.”

Mick Sweeney, Interim Chief Executive of Radian, said: “Berry Court will provide our tenants with an attractive high-quality living environment. It’s a project that we believe will bring a host of benefits to Bournemouth town centre and those people looking for the option of renting locally. Our private rental service SMART recognises the need for quality homes backed by a quality landlord.”

The build has so far involved 15,000 tons of concrete, 7,000 tons of reinforcement and 460 piles. Up to 100 construction workers are on site on any given day.

The work is being led by the Poole division of main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure.

Andy Duff, Regional Managing Director, said: “We are committed to contracting with the local supply chain and maximising the employment of local skilled and new entrant tradesmen and women, so sustaining and generating jobs in Bournemouth and the wider local area. In this way, Berry Court and our other schemes in the area are catalysts to support onward regeneration and economic growth.”

Among those attending the ceremony were the Deputy Leader of Bournemouth Council, Councillor Nicola Greene, and members of the project team including representatives of the Fordingbridge architectural practice BrightSpace.

The practice of ‘topping out’ is a traditional rite in the construction industry and dates back to ancient times. It is thought to have begun in Scandinavia with the placing of a tree on top of a new building to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the work.

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