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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This working practice applies to members of the business community who wish to report incidents and all officers who work in partnership through EPIC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com in similar format as the example below:
Email Subject-Incident outside XXXXXX shop/address
Time: 9am (approx.)
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.
The South West Rural Productivity Commission has been established as a partnership by four LEPs in the south west of England: The Heart of the South West (HotSW LEP), Dorset LEP, Swindon & Wiltshire (SWLEP), Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly (CIoS LEP) to explore the issues around rural productivity and growth.
Today launches the open call for written evidence with the deadline of 12 May, and for expressions of interest to take part one of a series of evidence hearings in June.
These south west LEPs recognise the importance of rural growth, productivity and prosperity being tackled alongside urban growth, to ensure that improvements impact on all parts of the economy.
The commission is set up to hear and review evidence from a range of sources and stakeholders, and aims to:
– Frame the south west response to the Industrial Strategy and forthcoming DEFRA 25 year plans for ‘food, farming and fisheries’ and ‘environment’
– Draw out the opportunities for the south west and individual LEPs to drive rural productivity improvements
– Understand the wider economic functioning between rural and urban to identify opportunities to drive growth across the whole area
– Secure Government support for specific initiatives in the 2017 autumn statement
– Influence national and local policies where appropriate to improve rural productivity
The commission will report to the chairs of the four LEPs that have committed to the process, and it will be chaired by David Fursdon, Chair of the SW Rural and Farming Network and supported by nominated representatives from each LEP area.
The commission will collect and review evidence through the current call for written evidence by 12 May, followed by a series of evidence hearings in June across the four LEP areas (which will be open to the public and further announcements will be made on dates and venues) and a final report at the end of July.
Businesses and interested stakeholders can submit written evidence to the secretariat of the commission, Emma Buckman at: Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org by the 12 May.
More information about the scope of the commission and key lines of enquiry can be found at the following website http://heartofswlep.co.uk/projects/south-west-local-enterprise-partnerships-new-rural-productivity-commission-seeks-views-rural-businesses/
Those wishing to present evidence in person at the evidence hearings are asked to complete this short on-line expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EOI-SWRural.
Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said:
“Building on our distinctive assets and valuing the rural economy as a driver for growth is key to the Heart of the South West’s Strategic Economic Plan. As we define our new Productivity Plan over the coming months, we need to gather evidence from rural communities to ensure that our future plans fully recognise the opportunities in this sector.
“I urge businesses and organisations involved in the rural economy to take part in the South West Rural Productivity Commission’s call for evidence.”
Mark Duddridge, Chair of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP said:
“The rural economy is extremely important to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and we value our natural assets which contribute to the area’s success as a leading tourism destination.
“Our local businesses create an economy that balances growth with the preservation of the landscape alongside development of our natural capital, and I hope that many of them will take part in this review so that our joint LEP partnership can address the real issues and opportunities that these businesses face.”
Gordon Page, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said:
“Rural enterprise makes a significant contribution to the Dorset economy both in specific localities and to the county as a whole. A key part of our vision is for strong growth across rural Dorset therefore it is important for us to be alert to opportunity, need and aspiration as well as some of the barriers to growth.
“By providing evidence, rural businesses can help us to better understand and address some of the issues around rural productivity across the south west region.”
John Mortimer, Chairman of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) said:
“Swindon and Wiltshire has a vast rural landscape, with an UNESCO world heritage site and Areas of Natural Beauty that offer a great opportunity for rural business growth. The rural economy is vibrant with businesses in agriculture, tourism, food and drink processing to name a few who create skilled jobs, innovative products and also export abroad.
“Through the South West Rural Productivity Commission’s call for evidence, we look forward to hearing from these businesses on the challenges and opportunities they recognise would shape the future of the rural economy in the area and the South West region.”
During March we have been holding a series of public exhibitions regarding works on the A338.
With just 2 events remaining, this is an invite to pop along if you haven’t already.
Exhibitions will be open for viewing between 2-8pm with Council Officers available between 4-7pm.
Wednesday 15th March
Hurn Sports Club, Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6DY
Wednesday 22nd March
Holdenhurst Village Hall, Holdenhurst Village Road, Bournemouth BH8 0EF
Information on show at the exhibitions is also available online at www.A338.info – in the right menu there is a link ‘A338 public exhibitions’ where you will find the plans.
We encourage you again to cascade this information to your colleagues, employees and networks.
If you have attended an event, and would like to make any comments, ask a question or provide feedback, we have a dedicated email to the project team which is A338Info@bournemouth.gov.uk
Launch of new Dorset Police Cyber Crime YouTube channel now live!
This channel has been designed to specifically target smaller businesses. It consists of short videos offering cyber security prevention advice on the common and latest cyber threats, as well as being a new platform giving a wealth of information to anyone about how to stay safe online.