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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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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 Airport Minutes and Noise Action Plan

2 – Minutes of Meeting held on 8th March 2018

Attachment to Minutes – Noise Action Plan Review 2018

 

 

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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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New link road and junction from A338 to Wessex Fields will unlock major employment site and improve access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Plans to build a new link road and junction directly from the A338 to connect with the Wessex Fields business park will unlock a major employment site, and provide a second access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Delivered as part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme the proposed scheme will improve the transport infrastructure in this part of the town by creating a new access from the A338.

Specific benefits of the proposed new link road and junction include:

  • the potential to create around 2,000 new jobs at Wessex Fields business park
  • safeguarding the existing 10,000 jobs, including 4,000 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • a second access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site
  • improved traffic flows at Cooper Dean Roundabout, the Chaseside Junction and parts of Castle Lane East, and
  • enhanced facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users leading to more sustainable journeys in the area.

Councillor Mike Greene, Bournemouth’s Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, said; “Wessex Fields is a major asset in Bournemouth already earmarked for employment. However, the existing road networks are congested, inadequate and are acting as a barrier to growth. Through additional government funding we have an opportunity to transform the transport infrastructure, by connecting the Wessex Fields business park and surrounding area to the A338.”

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth, said “There is strong demand for flexible business space in and around Bournemouth.  Creating a modern business destination at Wessex Fields means we can make the most of the opportunities that this natural environment offers, and attract new businesses to Bournemouth which will lead to significant job opportunities for local people.”

Earlier this year residents and businesses attended a series of public roadshows where draft plans for the link road and junction were on display.  The feedback received was generally positive with many businesses and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital showing support for the scheme.

Lorna Carver, director, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said; “We are looking forward to the submission of plans for the development of Wessex Fields business park.  This vital employment site will open up major economic opportunities for Dorset, boosting our economy and potentially creating over 2,000 jobs.   In addition, the proposed development will safeguard existing jobs, improve connectivity, encourage sustainable travel and provide a second access route into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.”

Funding has been secured via Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership for phase 1 of the proposed scheme which includes a new link directly to and from the southbound A338 Wessex Way linking to Wessex Fields business park, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and existing businesses on Deansleigh Road and the surrounding area.

Edwin Davies, Associate Director of Estates, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said; “The Trust fully supports the creation of the new junction from the A338. It will significantly improve entrance and exit from the site, which will be increasingly important as the Trust develops its services in line with the recent Clinical Services Review. The sporadic delays for our patients, visitors and staff to entering and leaving our site, particularly at peak times in the afternoon, will be reduced. It is also essential that with new employment opportunities being developed on Wessex Fields that the highway network can cope and is resilient. The new junction will go a long to providing this resilience.”

A planning application for the new link road and junction is due to be submitted in December 2017.  If approved construction of phase 1 is expected to start in Spring 2019, and be completed by Spring 2021.

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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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Dorset companies to benefit as £13.4 million support scheme launches

Essential business support worth up to £13.4 million is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Dorset under a comprehensive scheme launching this week.

The Dorset Business Growth Partnership is designed to help any county-based SME become more competitive in the market. Dedicated strands of activity will include pre-start and start-up support and improving companies’ digital capabilities, management and leadership skills and scope for internationalisation.  Access to finance will be delivered through grants and loans alongside advice, mentoring, training and events.

The three-year SME Competitiveness programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners.

Programme & Partnership Manager Lucy Cooper said: “We’ve done a great deal of planning to put this highly integrated programme together, based on what companies and entrepreneurs in Dorset have said are the key barriers to growth for them . This is all about creating transformational change and benefits for SMEs in all parts of Dorset, as well as having a foundation on which to build sustainable business support for the future.”

A key feature of the programme is tailored support for specific sectors such as manufacturing, the creative and digital industries, tourism and hospitality, and health and social care.

Well-established business support organisations are involved in delivery as programme partners. They include Dormen, The Arts Development Company, Silicon South, YTKO and Bournemouth University.

The programme has the backing of local authorities across the county while the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is acting as a strategic partner. Bournemouth Borough Council is the accountable body for the programme.

Launch events for project partners in the east and west of the county have been held this week – at West Dorset District Council’s South Walks House in Dorchester and AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.

Following launch, the Dorset Growth Hub and partners will work together to highlight the programme to eligible SMEs.

For more details and information on eligibility, visit www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk.

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Reporting Anti Social Behaviour in Bournemouth

WORKING PRACTICE – EPIC Reporting

 1.         Purpose

The purpose of this reporting mechanism is to ensure incidents of street anti-social behaviour are reported in a consistent and timely fashion to assist with action going forward with or against individuals. It will also enable a more targeted approach by officers as required.

2.         Scope

This working practice applies to members of the business community who wish to report incidents and all officers who work in partnership through EPIC.

3.       Responsibility

All officers employed by the Council, Police or third party organisations working in partnership through EPIC have a responsibility to ensure this reporting mechanism is used as described.

4.        Working Practice

4.1       It is appreciated that many officers employed by the various authorities receive reports from members of the public through a number of means and this working practice is to increase the co-ordination and consistency in response.

4.2       It is important to ask the person reporting an incident of ASB if they can email epic.reporting@bournemouth.gov.uk, however, it is accepted that members of the public or shop workers may not be able to do this in a timely fashion. In this case, officers who have been made aware of the incident, should seek to get the time, date, location of incident, details of incident, description or name of those responsible and any action taken if known. This should then be emailed to epic.reporting@bournemouth.gov.uk in similar format as the example below:

Email Subject-Incident outside XXXXXX shop/address

 

Time:                                       9am (approx.)

Date:                                       19/12/16

Location:                                Front of XXXXXX store, Old Christchurch Road

Details:                                   Male told member of public to XXXX off after they refused to give them money when they asked.

Name or Description:             Male, XXXXX hair, age 20-35, with a guitar next to him

Action if any:                          Eg. call to police to advise

 

4.3       All incidents of ASB should be reported in this way as soon as reasonably practicable, even if officers are used to being subjected to inappropriate language. The reports can then be co-ordinated and an action plan for known individuals can be made with evidence that is accurate and current.

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