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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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Plans in for Bournemouth Winter Gardens site

Transformative plans to rejuvenate one of Bournemouth’s most famous locations have gathered pace with the submission of a planning application.

The former Winter Gardens site is the focus of a £150 million mixed-use proposal – the largest of its kind in the town centre – combining residential, restaurant, leisure and retail space with new parking facilities and public realm.

The scheme is being led by the Bournemouth Development Company, a partnership between Bournemouth Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

The plans envisage the complete transformation of the 1.98 hectare (4.89 acre) site, used as a car park since the demolition of the concert hall in 2006 following its closure four years earlier.

Reflecting a demand for contemporary town centre living, the plans include 352 high-quality homes involving one, two and three-bed apartments and penthouses. Most will have balconies or terraces with extensive views of the sea, coastline and conurbation.

The residences are arranged across four multi-storey buildings of varying heights set amidst considerable landscaped grounds for leisure, recreation and residential amenity.

The 225 public parking spaces currently on site will be re-provided in a new below-ground car park discretely located under a landscaped podium with 369 dedicated spaces for residents and visitors.

There will also be 356 secure, covered cycle spaces for residents and a further 36 cycle spaces for visitors as well as additional public cycle spaces.

Up to five units for high-quality restaurants are proposed along Exeter Road, so helping to raise and diversify the choice of dining experiences in the area and enliven the streetscape.

A new food store will also serve to meet the needs of people living locally, so contributing to economic vitality.

As well as dedicated built space for family leisure, further multi-function open areas include a new piazza at the junction of Exeter and Cranborne Road, a linear park alongside Cranborne Road and other publicly accessible open spaces with opportunities for outdoor cafés and children’s play areas.

A widened area of landscaped pedestrian realm along Exeter Road will help to deliver an important part of the Grand Garden Walk, an initiative to provide a continuous promenade for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre.  This will link with the proposed piazza which in turn forms an important and enlivened public space creating a hub between the scheme and the recently completed Hilton and BH2 developments.

The scheme provides for the retention of established trees around the site and the existing public right of way linking Tregonwell Road and Exeter Road. Additional extensive hard and soft landscaping is also proposed to contribute to setting and place making for the new development and its immediate environment.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “Winter Gardens is a strategically important regeneration site in the town centre and the Bournemouth Development Company is uniquely placed to deliver a scheme that will be hugely beneficial for residents, visitors and the profile of the town. This would be the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in Bournemouth. The scheme will be transformational, combining new homes, leisure and social infrastructure in a location where people will want to live, work and socialise.”

Duncan Johnston, Development Director, of the Bournemouth Development Company, said: “Winter Gardens is a historically important but underutilised site. We’re proposing a forward-looking scheme that meets the needs of Bournemouth now and in the future. Health and vitality underpin the design concept which successfully combines safe and secure town centre living in an attractive seaside location with facilities that residents and visitors need.”

Bournemouth Council’s Planning Board will consider the application over the coming months.

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A338 improvement works at Blackwater Junction East: Here’s what you need to know

Motorists using Blackwater Junction are being advised to plan ahead as of next week (4 September) when works to reduce traffic congestion in the area get underway.

Works to improve the footpath and cycleway facilities, as well as the drainage system have already started on the Christchurch side of the junction.

Backed by the Bournemouth International Growth Programme, and funded through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s growth deal funding*, the works are part of a package of schemes to improve connectivity and enable better journey times within the town at key locations.

With significant queuing at the existing Blackwater Junction, during peak times motorists often experience delays extending on to the A338. The improvement works seek to alleviate the traffic congestion, improve journey times and ease traffic flow in and around Blackwater Junction.

Co-ordinated by Bournemouth Council working in partnership with Dorset County Council, the improvements at the east junction are expected to take around nine months to complete. The works will include re-configuring the east junction on the B3073 along with the construction of additional lanes.

As of next week, (4 September) motorists using Blackwater Junction are being advised to plan ahead, and sign up to the A338 travel blog at A338.info.

Here is a roundup of how the works at Blackwater Junction will be carried out over the coming months:

 4 September

From 4 September there will be night works taking place with the closures of the slip roads for A338 southbound and near side lane on the A338 from 20:00hrs till 06:00hrs. Diversion signs will be in place.

From 11 September, there will be a lane closure in place on B3073 Westbound during off-peak hours from 9:30 til15:30 to enable the construction of the road widening on the north side. This will continue until the end of September.

 From the end of September

Works will take place on the west side of the junction and will involve the construction of a retaining wall to allow the widening of the road.  This is due to complete in November. There will be lane closure during off-peak hours from 9:30 til15:30 during this time.

 From November onwards

These works will take place on the B3073 westbound, river side of the junction, and are planned to start in November. This will involve the construction of a sheet pile retaining wall and will require 3-way temporary traffic signals to be used off-peak from 9:30 til15:30.

Later phases of the works to improve Blackwater Junction involve reconfiguration of the west junction, and the slip roads off and on to the A338 will also be improved.

Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, said; “We know Blackwater Junction is a part of an important commuter route and there is never going to be an ideal time to carry out works on such a heavily used road.  During the works, we would encourage all motorists who use Blackwater Junction to plan their journeys by allowing extra time to travel, or take an alternative route.

“We would like to assure the travelling public we have developed the construction programme carefully to ensure that the works that have the most impact on traffic will be undertaken outside of peak travel times.”

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