Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole Council have partnered with preferred operator Beryl to deliver an innovative Bike Share scheme across the conurbation.
The scheme will be launched in spring 2019 and see the gradual roll out of an initial 1,000 bikes through the summer months, available for instant hire.
Chris worked his way through University College London, running Sunglass Hut on Oxford Street and Brighton, selling sunglasses to tourists. He moved on to work in high street recruitment agency Brook Street in Victoria, winning top consultant and branch of the year awards in the process placing temps in Government departments. Chris then moved back home to the south coast, moving client side to work in the public sector in Economic Development. His roles have always been business facing, working with industrial estate occupiers in West Sussex and Financial and Business Services companies in Hampshire. Chris now heads up Bournemouth’s Economic Development & Sustainability Team, helping businesses to grow, thrive and act sustainably. Outside of work Chris is a family man, happily married with two kids under 5. He enjoys going to the beach, eating out and trying new craft beers when the opportunity arises! He is a keen commuter cyclist, enjoys watching any sport with a ball involved, and listening to and playing music.
I do hope you are all well.
May I kindly inform you that I will be leaving Bournemouth Council, as the Council have kindly accepted my request for voluntary redundancy.
My final day at the Council will be on Friday the 10th November. I have worked, enjoyed and endeavoured to serve you all, to the best of my ability, as a good officer of Bournemouth Borough Council for the last 18 years. It is time for me to move on, and start a new chapter in my life, my partner and I have great plans for the future, and the true adage goes, never say “If only!”
I have dealt with literally thousands of requests for help, guidance and information from businesses over the years, I always said I love my job, it’s unique, I deal with the Business Community”, because my remit was to help indigenous businesses, helping to remove barriers to growth, and Bournemouth truly is, going from strength to strength.
I am so pleased that the business relationships with many of you, have developed into friendships, if I had a legacy I would want it to be that, “Chris Kelu at the Council, always cared, was always passionate about his work, in wanting to help all businesses to the best of his ability”. One of the proudest moments of my career was recently when, I was awarded my Honorary Lifetime Membership of Bournemouth Chamber, because it was awarded by Bournemouth Chamber on behalf of the Business Community for all my work, help and advice over the years, on receiving it I was very humbled and proud.
Finally, I thank you for all your kindness and friendships towards me, and I really do you wish you a prosperous future, with health and much good luck.
From all of us at Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce “You will be missed, but we will see you at some social events in the future we hope. Thank you for all your help over the past years”
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.
Bournemouth has been awarded £8.5million to create a world class business district at the Lansdowne.
Following today’s (Thursday 23 February) Growth Deal Fund announcement, the Lansdowne area will be completely revolutionised to become one of the South West’s leading commercial districts.
Secured via the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, the funding will see major investment in improving the access from the train station up to what will eventually be the major new business district, including pedestrianising parts of the Lansdowne area.
Urban realm improvements will help to attract more visitors to Bournemouth, particularly by rail, as well as helping Bournemouth University to attract more students to their Lansdowne campus.
Access from the rail station will be considerably more attractive and safe, providing a welcoming gateway into the Lansdowne business district and onwards into the town centre.
Walking, cycling and public transport facilities will be improved helping to ensure that future development will be sustainable.
The combined investment, taking into account public realm improvements and new building developments, is estimated to be worth in the region of £200M.
Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said; “We are delighted to have been awarded this additional government funding to create a commercial business district in Bournemouth.
“The Lansdowne has exciting potential for growth, both in terms of supporting existing businesses to grow and encouraging new businesses to start up.
“Talent, transport access, digital connectivity and good quality office space all influence the decisions of businesses as to where to locate. In an age where technology is allowing more flexible and mobile working, increasingly what locations can offer in terms of ‘lifestyle’ is also having a much greater influence. All these factors are helping to make Bournemouth a very attractive place for businesses to start up.
“We are competing in a global market and this investment will further cement Bournemouth’s position meaning we can compete with locations from across the world to attract businesses.”
Working with landowners, institutions and businesses the Council will set out to create a vision for Lansdowne and this funding will move this to the next level.
Through the Government’s investment it is expected that a minimum of 3,000 direct jobs and 1500 indirect jobs will be created by 2021.
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As part of Parliament Week (16-22 November) pupils from 11 Bournemouth schools joined Bournemouth’s two MPs, Councillors, the Mayor, an MEP and a Lord to debate a local and national subject.
The debate took place in the Council Chamber at Bournemouth Town Hall on Friday 20 November giving 66 Bournemouth students the chance to connect with democracy.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This event was a great opportunity for young people to get involved and gain a better understanding of the political process in an appealing and interactive way, giving them the chance to debate and put forward their arguments on current local and national issues.”
Julie Girling MEP for South West England and Gibraltar said; “So often we hear that younger generations are failing to engage in politics. Across the South West and as highlighted by the Parliament Week in Bournemouth, this is simply not the case. Following last year’s event, I was delighted to once again meet students from the Bournemouth area who are actively looking to engage in and learn about politics. These are the decision makers of the future and we should applaud the student’s participation in discussion and healthy debate.”
Tom Lloyd-Mead a student from Bournemouth School for Boys said “It was a fantastic opportunity for young people to take part and debate in an official chamber, as well as communicating with government MPs and challenging them.”
Mr Bonds, Head of History/Politics at Bournemouth School for Boys said “The new format really gave a voice to all of the young people involved, resulting in a vibrant debate which covered all sides of the political spectrum. As staff we were proud to see our students speak out in the main Town Hall debating chamber, and feel that this was an invaluable experience in giving them the skills needed to tackle interviews and public speaking, as well as an increased knowledge of the local and national political scene.”
Samantha Acton owner of Domestic Angles, the events principal sponsor, commented “The afternoon was all about the students and giving them the chance to voice their views and think about how to prepare an argument, with guidance from political leaders. As the afternoon warmed up you could see the students become more engaged and involved with the debates. After each debate, students had the chance to vote on the topics and to speak with the MPs, MEP, Lord and Councillors afterwards”.