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Building a Better Bournemouth and beyond

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The starting date for BCP Council is just around the corner on 1 April. Councillors and council officers have worked hard to make this significant change to local government happen. Bournemouth Council welcomes this opportunity to protect services and boost the wider area of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Now is also a good time, in the last edition of BH Life magazine, to reflect on all that has been achieved in Bournemouth and review the progress that has been made in the town and to council services (see page 8). In the meantime, major Bournemouth projects and developments continue. These include planning approval for the Winter Gardens development (page 4), improvements to Beale Place in the town centre (page 12) and new community initiatives in the form of BH Coastal Lottery, which is providing vital funds for Bournemouth’s good causes (page 18). The Council’s achievements have only been possible by working with others. Local councils, partner agencies, businesses, charities, community groups and dedicated volunteers have all come together to deliver outstanding results for the town. Our Building a Better Bournemouth legacy enables optimism for the future with so very much investment by businesses and public institutions having already taken place.

News in brief

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Bournemouth’s achievements

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Children and education

May I wish you all a very happy springtime here in Bournemouth.

Councillor John Beesley Leader of Bournemouth Council Front cover image: Fisherman’s Walk BH Life magazine is delivered free to homes in Bournemouth. 90,000 copies are printed for each issue. BH Life is entirely funded by its advertisers. Bournemouth Council and Community Information Services do not accept responsibility for or endorse any products or services offered by advertisers. Free, impartial advice is available from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline T: 03454 040506. All information correct at time of going to print.

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Roads and travel

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BH Coastal Lottery

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Spotlight on housing

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News in brief

Iconic £150 million scheme receives planning permission The Winter Gardens scheme will combine new homes, leisure and social spaces where people will want to live, work and socialise. Proposals include: • • • • •

continuous promenade for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre.

352 flats across four multi-storey buildings of varying heights nearly 600 parking spaces including 225 public parking spaces a new piazza and other public open spaces for outside cafés and children’s play up-to five restaurant units and a new food store a wider, landscaped pedestrian area along Exeter Road part of the ‘Grand Garden Walk’ idea to create a

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “The Winter Gardens site has been under-utilised for many years and the fact that this scheme now has planning permission marks a major milestone for Bournemouth.” Find out more online. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/wintergardens

Eddie Howe receives New: evening and weekend Freedom of the Borough annual parking permits We’ve introduced annual evening and weekend parking permits for Bournemouth car parks. The new permits are easy to apply for online and are ‘virtual’, making the process of parking even simpler.

AFC Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe has been awarded Honorary Freeman of the Borough - the highest award that the Council can bestow. Eddie becomes only the 28th person to receive the honour, awarded to local people who have undertaken exceptional and widely-recognised services to the Borough.

Permits can be shared between two vehicles, however, only one vehicle at a time can use it. Permit holders need to select online the vehicle they are using each time they wish to park. Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste, said: “These new virtual permits will benefit a variety of people including residents, those who work nights or in the evenings and those who visit the area regularly. Straightforward to use, permit holders can register two vehicles and will never need to remember to carry a physical permit again.”

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said, “There is an eternal fondness and admiration that the people of Bournemouth have for Eddie that the Council wishes to recognise.” Eddie said, “This is an award not only for me but for the board of directors, the staff, the players and the supporters, and I would like to thank the Council for thinking of the club.” Eddie received the honour at a Special Council meeting on 5 March and this was the last ever decision made by Bournemouth Council.

Theses permits are valid Monday to Friday between 5pm and 8am, plus all-day Saturday and Sunday. They are valid in a group of town centre outer area car parks and individual permits for selected local car parks in Westbourne, Winton, Boscombe and Southbourne. Find out more online. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/parking

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Bournemouth Pavilion enters its ninetieth year

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be in keeping with the venue’s heritage and also appeal to today’s customer needs. Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by BH Live in partnership with the Council. The venue is also home to Pavilion Dance South West – a regional dance centre and the Pavilion at AUB, providing rehearsal and teaching space for the Arts University Bournemouth. Find out more online. W: bournemouthpavilion.co.uk

Bournemouth Pavilion, the town’s Grade II listed theatre, ballroom and cultural venue, is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary. The Pavilion opened on Tuesday 19 March 1929. The much-loved venue has a 1,500seat theatre, a full-sized ballroom and hosts a diverse programme of events including musicals, opera, ballet, pantomime, comedy, gala dinners and more. Exciting plans to restore some of the original features and launch new ones are set to be announced soon. These will

Bournemouth seafront on track for a hole in one

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A planning application for Smugglers’ Cove Adventure Golf at the Waterfront area (Pier Approach) has been approved.

Did you know 96 adults across Bournemouth and Poole benefit from living with a Shared Lives carer? Our ‘Shared Lives’ service offers help to those aged 18 and over who have a learning disability, mental health concern, a physical disability or are an older person needing care and support. Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a unique and valuable form of care which enables vulnerable adults to live in a home environment with the benefit of living with a Shared Lives carer who is there to help meet their needs.” Shared Lives carers receive full training, ongoing support and payment for the people they care for. Placements can be long-term, short-term, respite or provided on a day support basis. Carers will be carefully matched with the adult to ensure the placement best suits everyone involved. If you feel you could offer shared lives care and support, get in touch to find out more. T: 01202 451392 E: shared.lives@ bournemouth.gov.uk

Pier Approach

The 18-hole course will be based on Bournemouth’s swash buckling history. The attraction will feature natural planting and a roaring waterfall cascading in the centre of the course. Recycled groyne timbers from the beach will also be used to provide an authentic, natural feel. Councillor Pat Oakley, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and The Arts said: “Currently, the Waterfront space functions as an event area with mixed success. This project aims to deliver a high-quality family attraction for Bournemouth’s visitors and our residents. With the inclusion of Bournemouth’s smuggling history, we are able to combine one of the more colourful aspects of our local heritage with a real top-quality family fun attraction.” The attraction is set to open in the summer. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/smugglerscove

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Beryl bikes are on their way Beryl has been announced as the preferred operator to deliver an innovative bike share scheme across Bournemouth and Poole, set to be launched this spring/summer. The distinctive green bikes will soon be available for instant hire via the Beryl App. The App tracks a bike’s GPS location, allowing users to easily access and unlock it simply using a smartphone. Initially, 50 brand new bikes will be available at key destinations including rail and bus stations, town centre shopping areas and tourist attractions. Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “I am delighted that we are partnering with Beryl to deliver an innovative bike share solution for our conurbation. The scheme will be a convenient, flexible and affordable option for both residents and visitors to our area.”

There is no initial or ongoing cost to the councils. Beryl will be responsible for supplying the bikes plus management and maintenance of the service.

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Find out more online. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/bikeshare

A338 / Blackwater improvements

Major transport boost for the South East Dorset city region

The A338 / Blackwater junction improvements are moving into their next phase this spring. Phase 3 works involve a two-lane contra flow northbound from Cooper Dean roundabout to Blackwater junction to enable further strengthening works on the bridge piers and vehicle restraints. This phase is due to finish in June.

The government recently announced that the Bournemouth, Poole and South East Dorset area is to be one of twelve city regions set to receive a share of £1.28 billion as part of the Department for Transport’s £2.5 billion Transforming Cities Fund.

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For full details of the latest roadworks and lane restrictions, please visit our website. W: A338.info

A338 / Wessex Fields link road update Planning Board has voted to support the recommendation to grant planning permission for a new link road and junction directly connecting the A338 with the Wessex Fields Business Park and Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The scale of investment will enable a step change in tackling congestion locally, including providing high speed bus corridors and major new cycling routes. Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “The modern transport system we hope to develop will reflect the ambitions of the new BCP Council, ensuring that we can create and accommodate new jobs and bring forward housing in a sustainable manner.” The South East Dorset area will receive an initial £50,000 from the government to work up more detailed plans for presentation to an investment panel, which will decide on the final allocation of funding across the 12 selected city regions.

At the time of going to print, this was subject to the outcome of the Secretary of State’s decision on whether the matter should be ‘called in’.

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Bournemouth’s achievements

‘Building a Better Bournemouth’ Before the start of the new BCP Council, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on our progress towards Building a Better Bournemouth for all those who live, work and visit our town. We have faced unprecedented challenges, not least to protect and deliver high quality council services as Bournemouth’s funding has continued to reduce drastically. Despite this, we have worked closely with our partners to develop an exciting and ambitious vision for the area’s future.

Here are just some of our achievements: •

Protected and enhanced the seafront – including regeneration at Boscombe in 2009, demolition of the privately developed Imax building in 2013 and completion of the Pier Approach improvements in 2018.

Opened new community facilities such as The Kinson Hub in 2010 - home to a library, housing office and children’s centre, the Bournemouth Velodrome at Slades Farm in 2011 and the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre in 2014.

Made the Stour Valley Trail along the River Stour more accessible for wheelchair users, cyclists and pedestrians. Introduced sustainable travel improvements to Bournemouth Station, Horseshoe Common, Boscombe town centre and Castle Lane West.

Worked with academies and invested nearly £115 million since 2017 in primary and secondary school buildings to create additional school places and provide children with high quality learning.

Set up Tricuro in 2015 to provide short and long-term high-quality care and support to adults, their carers and families.

Set up Aspire Adoption with other local councils and partners in 2017 – this was one of the first regional adoption agencies in the country.

Have become even more efficient including through the sharing of services, such as HR, Finance and IT. In total, cumulative savings of £540 million have been made since 2007 against a target of £326 million by 2020.

Delivered a programme of free festivals enjoyed by residents and visitors, including the Bournemouth Air Festival, Christmas Tree Wonderland, Summer Live and Arts by the Sea.

Established the Bournemouth Development Company, a publicprivate partnership with Morgan Sindall, to deliver our Town Centre Vision through the development of council-owned land. Bringing housing, lasting economic and social regeneration to the town.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “When I look back on the past decade, it seems remarkable that so much has been achieved by Bournemouth Council, especially given the constant pressure on finances and the increasing demand for public services. We are indeed fortunate to have found ourselves working with so many talented and dedicated people and I hope this will act as a catalyst for enhancing the ambition of the new BCP Council.”

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Is it time for a spring clean?

FACT Millhams has been undergoing its own tidy up during the autumn with essential improvements being made to the site. A full drainage system was installed to comply with Environment Agency standards and prevent the site and nearby road from flooding. At the same time better signage and road layouts were installed to make it easier to navigate and improve user safety.

It’s that time of year when many of us have a good clear out - around the house, in cupboards, sheds, garages and gardens - to get rid of items that are no longer needed.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said:

Residents continue to do an amazing job of reducing, re-using and recycling their waste. Thanks to these efforts, in 2017/18 89% of Bournemouth’s waste was diverted away from landfill

Don’t forget, if you have extra waste this spring it can be taken to Millhams Community Recycling Centre. Millhams is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm (October to March) and 9am to 5pm (April to September). Items that can be taken to Millhams include: • large household items such as fridges, computers, televisions, mattresses and furniture • garden waste • all kinds of wood and metal items • household paints, garden pesticides and chemicals - these must be clearly identifiable • car batteries, household batteries and oil • light bulbs and fluorescent tubes • textiles such as clothes, shoes and linen • books, CDs and DVDs • excess recycling - paper, cardboard, cans, glass and plastic bottles • excess household refuse

Get gardening and sign up to our garden waste service

There’s a charge to dispose of some non-household waste at Millhams, including tyres, rubble and soil, plasterboard, asbestos and gas bottles.

W: bournemouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste

You can also drop off good quality items at Millhams. These are sent on to the ‘new to you’ reuse shop in Poole. You can visit the ‘new to you’ shop most Saturdays from 9am to 1pm to view and buy second hand items for the home (Albany Business Park, Cabot Lane, Poole).

Registrations for the garden waste collection service remain open all year round. The scheme runs until December and collections take place every two weeks. The service costs £43 for one bin and you can find out more and sign up online.

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You can also use the Christchurch Household Recycling Centre at Wilverley Road. Visit our website for more information on visiting Millhams or Christchurch Recycling Centres.

You can also donate unwanted items still in good order at a Give or Take Day. These are like jumble sales but everything is free. Or get your broken items repaired whilst enjoying tea and cake at a ‘Repair Café’. • • •

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Give or Take and Repair Cafe West Howe: 27 April at the Henry Brown Centre Give or Take Boscombe: 4 May at The Cotton Exchange, 507 Christchurch Road Give or Take and Repair Cafe West Howe: 18 May at the Henry Brown Centre.

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Beale Place is being revitalised

“I am looking forward to seeing the difference these works will make for everybody using this busy part of Bournemouth.”

Shoppers and visitors at Beale Place are set to enjoy a more vibrant and welcoming experience now that work is underway to revitalise the area. Work started in late January to replace the current street layout with new landscaping and paving, modern seating and planting, as well as public art celebrating Bournemouth’s literary history. Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “These improvements will completely revitalise this key town centre location making it a new place for people to enjoy, and for events to take place. Council officers are working closely with local businesses to ensure access to shops, cafes and properties is maintained.

The developments are being supported by business leaders in the town. Paul Kinvig, from Bournemouth Town Centre BID, said: “It’s great news that this much talked about development has started, connecting the upper and lower parts of Old Christchurch Road. The resulting space will be a great place for visitors and shoppers to enjoy and be an added attraction for events and performances.” Works are being completed in phases to enable Beale Place to remain open. Access to shops, cafes, banks and other properties will be maintained throughout. Works are expected to be finished in June.

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Seasonal things to do

Bounce into spring The clocks go forward on 31 March meaning brighter mornings and lighter evenings are on their way. Shake off the winter blues and put a spring in your step with these seasonal events and leisure ideas. Here are a few things to look forward to seeing and doing...

the 5k Fun Run and 1k kids’ fun run on the day (fee applies). If you want to get into jogging why not give parkrun a try? Taking place from King’s Park Athletics Stadium every Saturday morning at 9am, this free 5km timed run is open to people of all ages and abilities. All you need to do is register online – visit their website to find out more. W: parkrun.org.uk/bournemouth

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Bournemouth Bay Run, 7 April Supported by the British Heart Foundation, the Health-on-Line Bournemouth Bay Run is set to welcome more than 4,500 runners to the resort to participate in the popular half marathon, 10k, 5k or 1k family fun run.

Bowling greens can be found all around Bournemouth and they are run by dedicated local bowling clubs. The season starts in spring and many of the clubs hold open days and taster sessions to invite new players to try the game. The bowls clubs are a friendly bunch so if you’re looking to find a new activity, meet more friends and support local facilities then look no further. See page 30 for open days or visit our website for a list of clubs and facilities.

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• giving away your old books, or buy a new book, to give to an organisation such as a homeless shelter • taking a friend who isn’t a library member to join and take out a book • sharing the book you think everyone should read on social media – don’t forget to tag #WorldBookNight and @BmthLibs Celebrate World Book Night on 23 April with us over a cup of tea and a bookish quiz at Kinson Library, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Boscombe Library until 7pm or find out what’s taking place in your local library.

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Find out more online about World Book Night and other seasonal activities in local libraries. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries

Get gardening and stimulate your senses We all know that gardening does wonders for your health and wellbeing – helping to strengthen bones, relieve stress and protect your heart. So, if the sun is shining what better incentive do you need for venturing into the garden and pulling up some weeds?

DID YOU KNOW? You can volunteer at your local library. We welcome volunteers to help with a number of library tasks including: housebound rounds, helping with children’s activities and even gardening!

Don’t forget that our team at King’s Park Nursery are all gardening experts and enthusiasts. There’s a mixture of volunteer supporters and horticultural staff who are keen to pass on tips and help with garden design ideas. You can buy high quality plants from the nursery including hanging baskets, seasonal bedding, tropical plants, herbs and shrubs.

Bournemouth’s Fringe Festival Returns in May Discover your artistic neighbourhood this spring. From Saturday 4 May to Sunday 12 May Bournemouth’s largest independent arts and cultural festival, B. E. A. F. (Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe), will provide plenty of opportunity to explore creative projects on your doorstep.

The nursery is opening on Thursday 28 March – just before Mother’s Day. Public opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm until the end of October, plus they are open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

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B. E. A. F. presents exhibitions, digital arts, talks, workshops, theatre, live music, poetry, film and more - outdoors, in galleries, cafés, bars and other unexpected locations across town, with a focus on the area in and around Boscombe. B. E. A. F. includes a street festival, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May, bringing arts onto the precinct in Boscombe. You will be sure to discover something quirky and unusual during B. E. A. F., from real life grass sculptures roaming the streets, images creating optical illusions in shop windows, a miniature cinema screen, a cabaret night, art trails and art walks to a film festival. There is lots to discover and enjoy for all ages this May.

Love your library and enjoy World Book Night World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Libraries will be celebrating the difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone can get involved.

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For the full programme, bookings and further details, pick up a programme in venues across Bournemouth or go online for full listings. W: b-e-a-f.co.uk

You can join in by: • hosting a book swap at work by asking colleagues to bring in unwanted books • holding a book-themed party for your friends and family

Find out what else is taking place over the coming months in Bournemouth – see page 30.

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New council

BCP Council – coming soon From April, the councils currently serving Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be replaced by one new council responsible for all local government services for the area. We will be known as BCP Council. We’ve been working hard to make this significant change to local government happen. Our focus is to achieve a safe and smooth transfer of services to BCP Council, so that on day one - 1 April, you notice as little difference as possible. This means our priority is to ensure all legal, constitutional and financial requirements are met and your services continue to be provided as normal.

What does this mean for you? This is a big change for us but please don’t worry as you shouldn’t notice any major changes to your council services. Your bins will be collected as usual, you’ll still be able to visit the library and we’ll continue to maintain roads, public spaces and more. Services are operating just as they were before, unless we advise you otherwise. If we do need you to do anything differently, our services will contact you directly about any changes. You will also continue to pay for your services in the usual way. If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, this will be automatically taken care of. This will appear as BCP Council on your bank statement, as will any other payments you make to or receive from the council.

You will recognise BCP Council by this logo. A logo helps ensure we are visible and accountable to you, our residents and customers. We are being extremely costconscious about how this change is introduced, so you will still see some old council logos for some time yet. If you are worried that any council staff visiting you or any communication sent to you is not genuine, please contact us to check the details.

Why is the change happening and what are the benefits? One council will provide greater opportunities for business, growth and prosperity across our area. BCP Council can more easily plan and bid for extra funding for things like housing, roads and schools. Plus, this change will: • save money • protect services (such as social care, road maintenance, parks, libraries and more) • help to eliminate duplication and waste • result in fewer councillors • mean less management and back-office staff are needed.

Councillors and local democracy The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area will be made up of 33 wards with 76 elected councillors to represent residents. Elections to the BCP Council take place on 2 May. Your vote is your way of influencing who runs the new council. If you’re registered to vote, you will be sent a polling card before the election - look out for details of your polling station as this may have changed. If you have not already

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registered to vote, you need to register online at: gov.uk/register-to-vote, before 12 April.

BCP Council news and more information

Further details about BCP Council elections and voting can be found online: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/elections

Council Tax and spending plans The 2019/20 budget for local services in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole was approved by councillors at the BCP Shadow Authority on 21 February. Local services are funded by a combination of business rates, Council Tax, service fees and charges, plus other income. If you haven’t already received your Council Tax bill, it will be arriving shortly. Your bill will detail your Council Tax payment options. For details about BCP Council’s budget and finances, visit our website: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/counciltax

What happens after day one? Day one is just the first day of the new council. Once it exists as a single organisation, more work will take place to reduce inefficiencies, eliminate duplication, become more efficient and raise our game and ambition for the whole BCP Council area.

If you’re already signed up to receive email news from Bournemouth Council, you will automatically receive emails from BCP Council sent from 1 April. If you don’t currently receive emails from us but would like to, sign up at: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/newssignup

Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of BCP Council said: “With the creation of the new council comes a great opportunity to completely rethink what a 21st century local authority should be and how it should operate in order to best engage with, serve the interests of, and ensure we provide high quality services to our residents, businesses and visitors.”

Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with all the latest news. Our current channels will signpost you to BCP Council. Or search ‘BCP Council’ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn from 1 April.

In most cases you’ll be able to contact the council in the same way you do now – whether online, by phone, email or in person.

DID YOU KNOW? This is the last edition of BH Life. Look out for BCP News – the official BCP Council magazine, coming through your door in late June / early July.

For example, our children’s services and adult social care teams provide services and support to adults, children and carers. If you use these services in Bournemouth or Poole, you can continue to contact us in the same way. Residents in Christchurch however, will see some changes to contact details for their services. BH LIFE

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New lottery

Introducing Bournemouth’s new lottery scheme Have you heard of BH Coastal Lottery? It’s our new weekly lottery that raises money for local charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes in Bournemouth. Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “We are really excited about the BH Coastal Lottery and how it will benefit local causes. We initiated the lottery as we recognise that as pressures on budgets continue to increase, we need to support our local charitable and voluntary groups. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Bournemouth and its residents. The BH Coastal Lottery will attract supporters who are looking to help our local causes with the incentive of winning prizes, including the jackpot of £25,000.”

How the lottery works 60% of ticket sales will go directly to local groups and 20% for prizes, the remaining 20% covers the costs of running the lottery. The lottery is operated by an external lottery manager with experience in running other successful schemes.

organisations and many more. They include: Jon Egging Trust, Amelia’s Rainbow, Russell-Cotes Museum, Hengistbury Head National Coastwatch and Dorset Children’s Foundation. You can see the full list online: bhcoastallottery.co.uk

How much does it cost and what are the prizes?

Players must be 16 years of age or over. You get the chance to win prizes of up to £25,000 for just £1 per week. Every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize. That’s a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery.

How do you play? Each ticket will consist of six numbers and each number will be between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a six digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2-6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all six and you win the jackpot! Tickets for the lottery are available to buy online now. Play the lottery, support Bournemouth - it’s that simple!

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What good causes are being supported? So far, over 70 good causes will benefit from the BH Coastal Lottery. The good causes range from children’s charities, community organisations, health charities, environmental

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Youth advice for 13 to 19 year olds Are you the parent of a young person aged 13 to 19? Did you know that B-Town Youth provide information, advice and guidance to Bournemouth’s young people? Our team can help young people to make positive life changes, identify realistic choices and move towards lasting results. They can help young people by supporting with training, learning, volunteering and work opportunities and empower young people to know how to deal with difficulties related to their wellbeing. Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “The teenage years can be a very daunting and challenging time. Expert advice is available and parents and carers can help signpost the young people in their lives to the support on offer.” Young people can drop-in or contact one of our youth advice centres:

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Get crafty and make an Easter bonnet, enjoy some sand art or go on an Easter Trail – there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained. See page 30 for details.

Since opening in 2014, Hengistbury Head whose motto is ‘explore, learn, discover’ has balanced attracting nationwide visits including parents, home-schoolers and teachers with delivering quality education sessions, whilst in a safe environment. The Children’s University is a charitable trust which offers 7 to 14-year olds (and 5 to 6-year olds with their families) exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside school hours to enable participants to develop and improve their skills in a fun and engaging way.

Look forward to the Easter holidays The school Easter holiday takes place from 8 April through to Easter Monday on 22 April. If you’re looking for some family activities, then find out what’s on in Bournemouth. Seasonal activities take place at your local library, in the Russell-Cotes and out at Hengistbury Head and Kingfisher Barn.

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The validation is accompanied by a partnership with Bournemouth University to ensure that children from all backgrounds have access to extra-curricular activities that benefit their learning. Hengistbury Head nature reserve is a fabulous resource for learning about coastal management, climate change, ecology, conservation, archaeology from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, recent history, art, creative writing and much more.

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In Bournemouth we recognise the importance of providing, and encouraging, good quality housing for local people to rent and buy.

Private rented sector In Bournemouth, around one in three properties are rented privately. We work with landlords to raise standards across these homes. We have a ‘targeted inspection programme’, known as Operation Galaxy, working in areas of concern to ensure suitable housing conditions are met. Action is taken against rogue landlords and work takes place to reduce anti-social behaviour and identify vulnerable people in need of support. We also have responsibility for licensing shared homes, known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) of which there are many in Bournemouth.

We manage over 5,000 council homes, are making more affordable properties available, deliver services alongside partners to tackle homelessness and work with private landlords to improve housing standards.

Managing and building quality homes With 4,000 households on the housing register and in need of an affordable home, our new-build programme of council housing and other schemes are helping to meet this demand. Since 2010 we have delivered 226 additional affordable homes in areas including West Howe, Boscombe, Townsend and elsewhere in the borough. Shared-ownership is a popular low-cost homeownership option. Last year 11 families moved into Boscombe’s Cherries Court, a part council-funded shared ownership scheme. There are other affordable housing schemes in the pipeline, including a large mixed housing development in Westbourne made up of private rented, council homes and shared-ownership.

Our Housing Options service advises and assists thousands of households every year who come to us seeking help. And our free additional Housing Early Prevention Service, has helped more than 180 Bournemouth and Poole households to avoid eviction. This service will run through into next year.

Rough sleeping and homelessness We continue to invest significant funding for the purchase of existing properties on the market, all of which are housing people who come to us as homeless and would otherwise have been placed in bed and breakfast accommodation. We’ve accommodated over 250 people so far, half of which are children. We fund a joint ‘Bournemouth and Poole Rough Sleeper Team’ and provide housing and support options to prevent rough sleeping. This team helps around 10 rough sleepers into accommodation every month. We also fund support and care alongside accommodation which helps vulnerable people with specialised and often complex needs live as independently as possible.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Housing is a key priority for the Council and we are committed to the delivery of real housing solutions. This means providing housing of all tenures, including enabling local residents to gain a foothold on the property ladder.

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TIMELESS & INSPIRED DISCOVER WHAT MAKES OUR NEW CARE HOME SO SPECIAL BO UR NE VIEW is a world away from the traditional expectations of a care home. A beautiful living environment purpose-designed to set new standards of comfort, the elegant building boasts a roof garden, tree-top canopy café, games area, smoothie bar, bistro, hair salon and spa. Aside from the reassurance of 24/7 nursing led care, residents can easily find space for reflection

and relaxation, enjoying everyday sociability, companionship and inspiring activities. Many of the 68 private bedrooms, each with an en suite wet room shower, have stunning views of the Bourne Valley nature reserve and there is a vibrant feeling of space and light throughout all communal areas.

wide walkways connect our gardens and other features so residents and visitors can go out and about and view them at their leisure. It is truly a home from home.” When it welcomes its first residents in March 2019, Bourne View will become the latest in a growing family of Colten Care nursing homes.

“Our interiors benefit from the most tasteful design and locally-crafted, bespoke furnishings, all focused on exceptional care,” says Home Manager Sohail Daniel. “Outside,

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Contact your council

Contact your council

Council meetings A selection of Bournemouth Council meetings:

A: Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY W: bournemouth.gov.uk E: enquiries@bournemouth.gov.uk T: 01202 451451

• Planning Board on 18 March at 2:30pm, Bournemouth Town Hall • Cabinet on 20 March at 10:30am, Bournemouth Town Hall.

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Please check and confirm details before attending any of the above meetings. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/councilmeetings T: 01202 454713

Housing

A selection of upcoming BCP Council meetings:

Housing - council tenants...................... 0800 0281870 Housing defects (private tenants).......... 01202 451083 Housing grants ...................................... 01202 451344 Housing register..................................... 01202 451467

• Full Council on 21 May at 7pm, Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus • Cabinet on 12 June at 10am, venue to be confirmed • Licensing Committee on 29 May at 10am, venue to be confirmed • Planning Committee on 30 May and 13 June at 1pm, venue to be confirmed.

Leisure activities

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre........... 01202 451618 Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre................ 01202 451548 Parks...................................................... 01202 451629 Queen’s Park Golf Course..................... 01202 451675 Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.... 01202 451858 Seafront office / beach huts................... 01202 451781

Please note that BCP Council meetings will rotate between the Town Hall (Bournemouth), the Council Offices (Christchurch) and the Civic Centre (Poole). Bournemouth University has been chosen as the location for Full Council meetings as this venue can accommodate all 76 councillors, council officers and members of the public.

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Find out about BCP Council meetings online: W: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/council

Blue badges........................................... 01202 458744 Bus passes............................................. 01202 451584 Parking .................................................. 01202 454721

Area Forums

Street services

Graffiti reporting..................................... 01202 451199 Roads and pavements........................... 01202 451199 Rubbish and recycling .......................... 01202 451199 Street cleaning ...................................... 01202 451199 Street lighting ........................................ 01202 451199

A selection of upcoming community meetings held in different areas. • Bournemouth Older People’s Forum: 12 April, 17 May and 21 June at 10:30am at The Bridge, Littledown Centre site • North Bournemouth Area Forum – 11 May, 10am at Kingsleigh Primary School and 13 July, 10am at Kinson Community Centre • Wallisdown, Winton West and Ensbury Park: 18 May, 10:30am at Slades Farm Pavilion, Ensbury Avenue • Pokesdown Community Forum: 27 June, venue to be confirmed, 6:30pm.

Other council services

Births, deaths and weddings ................ 01202 454945 Children’s Information Service............... 01202 456222 Planning................................................. 01202 451323 Noise issues (day/out of hours) ............ 01202 451296/ 0800 0281870 Social care - adults................................ 01202 454979 Social care - children............................. 01202 458101 The Kinson Hub: Housing enquiries ...... 01202 451915 Library enquiries ......... 01202 452788 Tourist information................................. 01202 451734 Trading standards ................................. 03454 040506

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Please visit our website for the contact details of each area forum in Bournemouth, further meetings dates may be coming up. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/areaforums T: 01202 451165

This magazine is available in audio and large print T: 01202 451435. Read or listen to the magazine online W: bournemouth.gov.uk/bhlife BH LIFE


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Last month we fed 1200 people... 500 cups of tea, 1200 sandwiches, 1200 cups of soup, 1200 hot meals. Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by Volunteers. We need your help so please get in touch if you would want to help.

FOOD STORAGE BOX Our food donation box is now open outside our storage unit 8, West Howe Industrial Estate, BH11 8JX Volunteers will be there on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am-12.30am

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Events listing

What’s on in Bournemouth? April

May Easter Trail, Kingfisher Barn

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Star Wars Day, Charminster Library from 10am to 12 noon. Games and crafts drop-in session. W: bournemouth.co.uk/libraries

Every day from 6 to 21 April, 11am to 3pm. Solve the clues to find the Easter Bunny’s hiding place and then collect a prize. Suitable for ages 3+. £2.50 per person. No need to book. T: 01202 451548

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Westbourne Farmers’ Market at Landseer Road, 9:30am to 2pm. W: bournemouth.co.uk

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B.E.A.F - Bournemouth’s largest independent arts and cultural festival – see page 14/15 for details.

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Southbourne Bowling Club, open day at Seafield Gardens from 10am to 4pm. T: 01425 271401

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BSO Hall of Fame at Pavilion Theatre, 7pm. Tickets from £14. W: bhlivetickets.co.uk

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‘Ere be dragons! At Kinson Library. Drop in over your Easter holidays to create your own dragon, dragon egg and dragon finger wings. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries

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Easter Bonnets at Kingfisher Barn, 1pm to 3pm. Make an Easter-themed hat to take home. £2 per person. No need to book. T: 01202 451548

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Easter Eggstravaganza, Charminster Library from 10am to 12 noon. A morning of Easter themed games and crafts for children. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries

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Great British Spring Clean, 1pm to 4pm. Join our ‘Leave Only Footprint team on Hengistbury Head nature Reserve, as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. No need to book. T: 01202 451618

13+20 Bowls4fun at Southbourne Bowling Club, 6:30pm to 8pm. £5 one off fee to cover all sessions (plus June dates below). T: 01425 271401 22

June Riverside Garden Party with Dorset Wildlife Trust On 1 June at 2pm there’s a rare chance to look around the garden at Throop Mill Cottage. Discover this wildlife friendly haven and relax beside the River Stour. T: 01202 692033 or W: thegreatheath.org

17 Author visit by Rachel Jane at Boscombe Library, 2pm to 3pm. Discover the adventures of the campervans from Red Hatch Farm. Ages 3 to 7 years. W: bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries 18

‘Plink and Boo by Can’t Sit Still’ at Pavilion Dance, 11am and 2pm. A family performance with acrobatics, live music and mountains of toys. Tickets £5. W: pdsw.org.uk or T: 01202 203630

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Easter Trail, Hengistbury Head, 10am to 3:30pm. Follow the trail around the reserve, collecting letters to reveal the missing word. £3 per child. No need to book. T: 01202 451618

23-26 Richmond Park Bowls Club open days, Winton Rec. New members welcome T: 01202 397087 or visit the clubhouse. 27-28 Moordown Bowling Club open days, Endfield Road 10:30am to 3:30pm. Free taster sessions, all equipment provided. 27

Great Dorset Beach Clean, 10am to 2pm meet at Pier Approach. T: 01202 451618

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AUB Spring Board at Pavilion Dance, 6pm. Live performance by first year degree dance students. Tickets £5. W: pdsw.org.uk or T: 01202 203630

Pavilion Tea Dance in the Pavilion Ballroom, 2pm. Tickets £10. W: bhlivetickets.co.uk

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Westbourne Farmers’ Market at Landseer Road, 9:30am to 2pm. W: bournemouth.co.uk

3+10 Bowls4fun at Southbourne Bowling Club, 6:30pm to 8pm – see May for details. 9

Picnic in the Park from 2pm until 6pm at Queen’s Park Pavilion.

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Pavilion Tea Dance in the Pavilion Ballroom, 2pm. Tickets £10. W: bhlivetickets.co.uk

29-30 Southbourne Shake & Stir Festival. W: originalshakeandstir.co.uk

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Quieter in bad weather

“What a difference a day makes as the saying goes, and yes, that’s all it took to install.”

“This is the best thing we have done in this house. Used to run with condensation and now zero.”

“For the first time in 10 years we do not have to close the door to the conservatory when it rains, as the noise is minimal and before I found it difficult to hear the TV over the loudness of the rain on the old roof.”

Mr & Mrs Barber, Wells

Warmer in winter “There is no doubt that the conservatory is much warmer than previously, and no, the room is not darker either!” David Birch, Chichester

Usable all year round

Karen Thomas, Chippenham

Cooler in summer “You could have fried an egg on the table in there in the summer, I now look upon the conservatory as a new room. It is quiet, restful and cosy.” Carol Doyle, Surrey

“The conservatory is now used throughout all seasons of the year and is far more comfortable to sit in whatever the weather outside.”

Reduces energy bills

Mr & Mrs Gibson, Portishead

Anne Bird, Bristol

“I’ve already turned the underfloor heating down. Lovely job guys, thank you!”

Mr & Mrs Bailey-Webb, Warsash

Eliminates glare “It immediately stopped the glare, when the sun shines, which would have previously rendered the conservatory unusable.” Jason Boyd, Havant

Get a free no obligation quote, call free on:

CONSERVATORY ROOFS

01202 355 780 or visit greenspaceconservatories.co.uk

*Finance Subject To Status. T&C’s apply. *Orders placed by end of March 19. Applies to orders over 8 panels. Smaller orders receive calculated discount. Not valid for use with any other offer.

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BH Life Spring 2019  

The official magazine of Bournemouth Borough Council, produced for local residents.

BH Life Spring 2019  

The official magazine of Bournemouth Borough Council, produced for local residents.

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