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Timber groyne renewal programme continues between Middle Chine and West Cliff zig-zag
Construction works to complete the timber groyne renewal programme, part of the Poole Bay beach management scheme, continues this autumn.
Poole MP celebrates the town's heritage
MP Sir Robert Syms was welcomed to a celebration of Poole’s ceramics heritage as part of the town’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ).
Response to the Home Office decision to temporarily accommodate a number of Afghan families in the BCP Council area
A number of Afghan families have been transferred by the Home Office to a temporary hotel in the BCP Council area as part of the South West’s response to the resettlement programme.
A crack down on flytipping across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A crack down on flytipping is taking place across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, with an external company tasked with reducing incidents of flytipping alongside enhanced prevention measures through engagement with local communities.
Arrival of Environmental Innovation Hub Frame Imminent
Working towards the reduction of waste and elimination of single-use plastics
Centre of Excellence to deliver flood and coastal erosion risk management
On 1 September, BCP Council’s Cabinet unanimously approved the establishment of a Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Centre of Excellence. It will provide an effective and coordinated approach to help prepare and protect residents and communities across the BCP area from the significant challenges created by the climate crisis.
Plans to be agreed for the delivery of new homes for residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A five-year plan for the delivery of new homes on BCP Council owned land will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting.
BCP Council launches new proposals to drive forward major investment across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Affordable new homes in vibrant neighbourhoods where local families have good livelihoods and where businesses thrive, are at the centre of a new approach to regeneration being driven forward by BCP Council.
New Chair and Board appointed to drive forward Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s new dynamic cultural vision
The BCP Cultural Compact, supported by BCP Council and Arts Council England, has appointed a Chair to lead its newly established Board, set up to support and drive investment into cultural activity and engagement across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region.
Council’s commitment to a cleaner, greener and safer BCP area
At its next meeting, Cabinet is planning to strengthen its investment in BCP Council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme.
Bournemouth Air Festival - officially landed for 2021!
Regarded as the greatest land, air and sea event in the UK, it’s with much anticipation and excitement that the UK’s leading resort will be welcoming in excess of a million people*, aviation enthusiasts, friends and family, to the free Bournemouth Air Festival starts today and finishes Sunday.
First Phase of Kings Park Transforming Cities Fund Work Completed on Time
Phase one of the Kings Park Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) project has been completed on schedule. The work on Harewood Avenue near Avonbourne Academy to create a new crossing has been completed on target before the end of the school holidays and the closed section of the avenue has been re-opened.
Southbourne Beach rejuvenation plans go on show
Ambitious plans to rejuvenate Southbourne Beach and provide residents and visitors with a much-improved experience are a step closer, with a new proposal for dining, socialising and accommodation.
Publication of the SEND local area inspection Letter
Response from BCP Council and the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group on the back of the Letter published by Ofsted following the recent local area inspection into Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Po
Appeal for local landlords to support the relocation of Afghan families
BCP Council is appealing to landlords, and second-home owners, who are able to offer a home to Afghan families arriving in the UK.
BCP Council has made traffic management a key priority ahead of Bank Holiday Weekend
Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, BCP Council is sharing the enhanced measures that its traffic and transport teams have been taking to improve travel across the conurbation.
Bournemouth Air Festival – celebrating brilliant business support
Leaving these recent unprecedented times behind us, more than 20 local, regional, national and international companies have recognised the award-winning platform the air festival offers and will be supporting and sponsoring this summer’s much anticipated event in a number of unique and innovative ways.
Managing waste sustainably across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A contract to process household, commercial and litter bin waste more sustainably has been awarded to New Earth Solutions (Canford) based in Poole.
Family favourite aviary attraction to be rebuilt
Residents and visitors to Bournemouth will soon be able to hear the squawks, chirps and chatter of almost 200 birds enjoying the new aviary that’s being built following a campaign to raise funds by The Parks Foundation and BCP Council.
BH Coastal Lottery: A Grand Way to support your community today!
Sign up and support the BH Coastal Lottery and be in with the chance of winning weekly cash prizes
Major housing and regeneration opportunity at Carters Quay Poole to be considered
Aiming to kick start the rejuvenation of Holes Bay and wider Poole area, BCP Council’s Cabinet will consider investing in a major housing and regeneration scheme at Carters Quay at its next meeting (1 September 2021).
Additional CSAS officers recruited to help tackle anti-social behaviour across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents and visitors will soon benefit from an increase in the number of Community Safety Accredited Scheme officers patrolling the streets of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole following a recent recruitment drive.
BCP Council shortlisted for two prestigious local government awards
Demonstrating innovation, best practice and the creative use of technology, BCP Council has been shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Awards (LGC) in the Economic Support and Future Place categories.
Organisers urge Festival Goers to consider a sustainable travel option to the Bournemouth Air Festival
Be the one in three. That is the message from this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival organisers as they urge visitors to think about sustainable travelling options when planning their journey.
Residents urged to have their say on proposal for combined council housing management service in the BCP area
Local residents are being encouraged to have their say as a public consultation gets underway to gain feedback on a proposed combined service that manages all council housing stock across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
More local residents supported to live independently with proposed new Disabled Facilities Grant policy
Local residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are set to benefit from a new policy which sets out how BCP Council will support people to live independently in their own home with the help of Disabled Facilities Grants.
BCP Council Secures Further Central Government Funding for Encouraging Cycling and Walking.
BCP Council has been successful in securing an extra £247,000 grant from Central Government to help encourage cycling and walking in the conurbation. The money has been awarded from the Department for Transport’s Capability Fund and is ringfenced specifically for activities that promote active travel.
Work on new sustainable travel route to begin on Rigler Way, Hamworthy on 16th August 2021
Work on the construction of a new sustainable travel route linking Poole Town Centre with Wareham Road, Holton Heath will begin on Rigler Road on Monday 16th August 2021.
GCSE students in the BCP Council area awarded their grades on National Results Day
GCSE students who have attended the schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will receive their results today, on Thursday 12 August.
Construction of sustainable travel route linking Poole with Holton Heath starts mid- August
Work on the next sustainable travel route aimed at transforming local travel is due to start construction at Rigler Road, Poole later this month. It marks the start of new walking and cycling improvements creating a healthy and eco- friendly way of travelling to and from locations between Poole town centre and Holton Heath.
A-Level Students in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole awarded their grades on National Results Day
A-Level, BTec and Level 3 Apprenticeship students who have attended the schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will receive their results today. 
Have your say on proposals to improve the Victoria Park Road low traffic neighbourhood trial
Following previous consultation and feedback from the local community, BCP Council is now presenting a range of alternative options to improve the trial Victoria Park Road low traffic neighbourhood scheme. It now wants both residents and businesses to share their views on the proposed options before any changes are implemented.
A cleaner welcome to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with overnight maintenance works planned
Residents and visitors to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be benefitting from a cleaner journey along the Wessex Way with overnight maintenance works due to take place on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 August from the Cooper Dean flyover to the County Gates.
Launch of the BCP Youth Fund – a fund for young people, managed by young people
Local organisations providing services for children and young people aged up to 18 (up to 25 for those with SEND or care leavers) can apply for funding of up to £10,000 for projects which will make a positive difference to young people’s lives.
Construction works team at BCP Council lead on sustainable PassivHaus construction in the South West
Four members of BCP Council’s in-house construction works team, which trades through the Seascape South Limited company, have recently become qualified as PassivHaus (PH) Tradesperson Qualified by the PassivHaus Institutevia.
Revised plans for a new Nature Park at Throop to be considered at next Planning Committee
Revised proposals for a Nature Park at Throop will be presented at the next Planning Committee meeting later this month.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole plans to leap out of lockdown with summer staycation celebration
BCP Council is taking the initiative with an ambitious programme of free outdoor activities and events to re-energise its three towns and boost business this summer.
Transforming travel improvements set to start at Queen Anne Drive
Construction of the first phase of sustainable travel improvements between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout is set to start along Queen Anne Drive on 9 August. The work is due to complete in December 2021
Construction on green travel route in north Poole due to start in August
Construction on south east Dorset’s latest sustainable travel route is due to get underway in August in north Poole between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout.
The Parks Foundation and BCP Council receive £224,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund
The Parks Foundation and BCP Council’s project ‘Nature Recovery in Urban Parks’ has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery.
Coach Friendly Status bid for Christchurch
PLANS are underway to achieve Coach Friendly Status for the Saxon town of Christchurch.
New ‘Park & Cycle’ scheme launches at Kings Park - Bike to the beach on a Beryl for free!
A new ‘Park & Cycle’ scheme has been launched at Kings Park by BCP Council and local bike share provider Beryl, giving people another way of getting to the beach this summer.
Cleaner, Greener, Safer across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Over the last few months, local residents have benefitted from enhancements across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as part of BCP Council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign, that aims to bring back a sense of pride across the area.
New Living Legacy Fund will help grass roots groups support their communities
A new fund to help grass roots groups tackling poverty and isolation to improve health and wellbeing is being launched by Dorset Community Foundation and BCP Council.
Innovative donation points in Bournemouth and Poole to support local people off the streets
Supporting local people off the streets has just got easier with the launch of the first contactless donation ‘giving’ points installed across Bournemouth and Poole.
Holdenhurst Road reopens following initial Lansdowne transformation phase
Holdenhurst Road has now reopened following initial works to transform the Lansdowne area and deliver major improvements to the public realm.
Public reminded where to find safe spaces in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
Dorset Police and BCP Council have teamed up to remind the public where they can find immediate help, emergency assistance and support if they are concerned about their own and others safety this summer.
Garden waste collections across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole suspended
Due to the levels of waste collection staff having to self-isolate and lack of agency workers available nationally, BCP Council has been forced to suspend garden waste collection for the next week.
New electric BBQs begin installation on Bournemouth and Poole seafront
Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a safe, fun and sustainable summer on the beach thanks to new communal electric BBQs being installed along Bournemouth and Poole’s seafront.
Help shape priorities across the coastline as consultation opens
Seafront Strategy sets out ambitions for a world-class seafront and asks for opinions on priorities
First section of Leigh Road – Wimborne Road West - completed and ready for use
Improvements to enable more sustainable travel have now been completed on the first section of Wimborne Road West in Colehill. This includes the building of new cycle lanes, separate pedestrian pavements and a complete re-surfacing of the road.
Extra support in place to protect people sleeping rough during extreme heat
Additional welfare checks, supplies of bottled water, sun cream and health advice and guidance are being offered to individuals who are sleeping rough across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Multi-agency plans hailed a success during record-breaking weekend
A dedicated multi-agency summer response plan, put in place to welcome visitors to our coastline, stood up to inspection during the busiest and hottest weekend of the year so far.
Work to begin on the first phase of Kings Park sustainable transport and safety improvements on 26th July.
Work to begin on the first phase of Kings Park sustainable transport and safety improvements on 26th July.
A summer of sport ahead with Kings Park Athletics Centre refurbishment complete
A summer of sport is beckoning for athletics enthusiasts and park runners of all ages following improvements to Kings Park Athletics Centre, which has seen a £452,000 investment by BCP Council.
Free Taxicabs to Grab your Jab in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole!
People in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being urged to get free taxicabs to help them grab their life-saving COVID-19 jab.
New dates announced for CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks
New dates have been announced for this year’s CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council team up with CityFibre to bring Full Fibre to local tenants
Tenants in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are set to benefit from next generation digital connectivity thanks to a partnership between CityFibre.
Next stage of public consultation on a new Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
The blueprint for land use across the whole of the BCP area begins its development, as BCP Council is set to agree the next stage of preparing the first Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Proposed combined service to manage council housing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Tenants and leaseholders living in council housing across the area could benefit from a new combined service that manages all council housing stock.
20 New Wayfinding Totems Installed in Poole.
20 new wayfinding totems have been installed across Poole Town Centre providing information about the town as well as easy to read maps and directions to local places of interest.
An increase in biodiversity across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Green spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are benefitting from an increase in biodiversity due to BCP Council’s change in grass management. Areas of grass have been cut less frequently this year allowing an abundance of wildflowers to thrive across the conurbation.
Have your say on protecting Christchurch Bay and Harbour from future flood and erosion risk
BCP Council and New Forest District Council are asking local people to get involved in the development of a new strategy. The strategy will guide how the risk of flooding and erosion along the frontage of Christchurch Bay, from Hengistbury Head Long Groyne to Hurst Spit, encompassing Christchurch Harbour, will be sustainably managed for the next 100 years.
Transforming Cities Fund’s plans to improve green travel set to kick-off at Kings Park
Improved greener travel options linking Bournemouth and Christchurch with the installation of new and upgraded cycle paths and footpaths though Kings Park is set to get underway.
Popular Kidzone scheme extended to prevent missing children
A campaign aimed at preventing children from going missing at busy beaches has been re-launched following a surge in demand on emergency resources.
Overnight Closures on Wimborne Road West in Colehill for 5 nights from 12th July 2021
Wimborne Road West in Colehill will be closed overnight each evening from the 12th July to the morning of 16th July 2021.
Play your part to make it a super Saturday
As the England team prepare for their quarter final match against Ukraine in Euro 2020, the public is being asked to play their part in making it a safe, fun, and memorable event.
New family homes ready to welcome council tenants in Bournemouth
Three new modern family homes have been developed by BCP Council's housing delivery team, and will be completed on 29 June.
This Saturday sees the Festival Coast Live! outdoor pop up entertainment and activity programme kick off
Building over the next few weekends and culminating into an expansive programme during the summer holidays, FCL! has been designed to celebrate live music, dance, performance and culture, across the area.
New Joint Chair of the local Safeguarding Adults Board highlights the importance of safeguarding
This safeguarding week (21-25 June), BCP Council is working with partners to highlight the importance the role of safeguarding plays.
New Bike It Officer to inspire young people and promote cycling across the conurbation
A new Bike It Plus Officer has been appointed by BCP Council to help make the school run active and fun for families across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Rt Hon Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP visits Boscombe to learn of multi-million regeneration plans
Future regeneration plans for Boscombe took centre stage in a visit today by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP.
Ground-breaking litter campaign launches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Ground breaking litter campaign launches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole using intelligence from drone technology and AI.
Heritage Stained Glass Studio opens at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle is opening an exciting new addition for visitors to experience this summer. A new stained glass studio has been installed and a Conservator has been appointed to undertake conservation work on an internationally important collection at the Castle.
Overnight and weekend surfacing works required as part of Wallisdown corridor improvement scheme
The latest in a series of major infrastructure improvements in the Wallisdown area will soon be complete following upcoming overnight and weekend surfacing works.
Cycle, Skating and Scooter Awareness Day to be held at Bournemouth Pier Approach on 26th June.
Games, prizes, training and bike servicing will all be on offer at the BCP Seafront Rangers Cycle Awareness Day on Saturday 26 June at the Pier Approach, Bournemouth.
New senior management appointments at transformed BCP Council
Four senior appointments have been announced which will become official on 1 July 2021
A smooth ride on the iconic Poole Park Railway with improvement works out to tender
As part of the Big Plan to rejuvenate Poole and bring vibrant and attractive green spaces to the heart of the town, children, families and the young-at-heart will once again be able to enjoy a ride on the iconic Poole Park Railway following improvements to the track and engine shed being made later this year.
Multi partner summer response plan supports hottest weekend of 2021 across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A dedicated multi-agency summer response plan put in place to welcome people back safely across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole remains in place as temperatures continue to soar.
Shore Road ‘gateway’ offers a fresh welcome to visitors
Completion of public realm works at Shore Road were marked today.
Local schools given special recognition for anti-bullying work
Thirty schools and colleges across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have achieved a gold, silver or bronze 'All Together' against bullying award.
£53M Potential deficit turned into £5M surplus
The impact of recent events on council income and the proposed financial strategy into 2023
Poole Museum to host display of hidden heritage of Gypsies and Travellers
New display opens in June and runs to September
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Residents to Take Part in National Highways & Transport Public Satisfaction Survey.
Around 3500 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents will soon be receiving a questionnaire for the National Highways & Transport Public Satisfaction Survey.
Shape the future digital solutions that could be used to improve how we live, work, and connect
Local people are invited to share their views on the council’s Smart Place objectives to help inform a strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Reduction in number of local young people entering the youth justice system
Councillors will be asked to endorse the Youth Justice Plan for the Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service at the next cabinet meeting on 23 June.
A cleaner, greener fleet through BCP Council’s first Sustainable Fleet Management Strategy
The residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are set to benefit from cleaner air in the future.
Join the ‘jabs army’ in the BCP area – sign up through CAN
The local CAN Volunteers urge people to join them in a big push to maximise vaccinations – to boost hopes we can unlock soon.
£3 million in funding is being provided for innovative local business projects
Local businesses will be able to bounce back and thrive, thanks to £3 million in funding for innovative long-term economic development and future growth projects.
Public Space Protection Order to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour
A consistent enforcement approach to improve public safety in communities across the majority of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is being proposed.
Review of housing companies enables services to transform and grow
An annual review of BCP Council’s four housing companies is to be considered by Councillors at Cabinet on 23 June 2021.
It’s a jungle adventure at the new play area in Poole Park
With rope bridges and tunnel slides, zip wires and monkey bars, children, young people and families have plenty to smile about at the new Jungle Adventure playground that’s opened in Poole Park.
Plans for new affordable housing in Poole submitted
More than 100 affordable homes are planned for the site around the new Hillbourne Primary School.
Making carers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole visible and valued this Carers Week
Residents from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who look after or support a relative, friend or neighbour and are unpaid will be celebrated during Carers Week
24 hour beach patrol team take action against campers at Southbourne beach
A group of campers setting up at Fisherman’s Walk beach were given their marching orders over the bank holiday weekend as BCP Council and Dorset Police acted as part of a multi-agency summer response plan.
BCP Council welcomes the introduction of Go-Slow and No-Go Zones for Beryl e-scooters.
BCP Council have welcomed the introduction of upgraded GPS technology on Beryl’s fleet of e-Scooters, which has enabled the introduction of ‘Go-Slow’ and ‘No-Go’ Zones.
Multi partner summer response plan supports more than 300,000 visitors choosing Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A dedicated multi-agency summer response plan put in place to welcome people back safely across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has stood the test and remains in place as visitors and residents continue to enjoy soaring temperatures.
New Mayor elected for Bournemouth
We introduce the new Mayor to you for 2021-2022
Bournemouth Air Festival – Land, Air, Sea and Stem
confirmation of a new STEM area, as part of the festival
Parking made easier in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Information on the range of parking apps across the BCP area
Funding opportunity to support local holiday activities for children
BCP Council has been awarded funding of £1 million by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a programme of activities to children
Changes to BCP Council area community testing sites
Over the past few months, Public Health Dorset and BCP Council have worked hard to set up community testing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
COVID-19 Summer support scheme to help vulnerable residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A community support scheme is being extended into the summer months to help local residents and families who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Change in approach to grass management to be trialled across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A change in approach to grass management is being trialled across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and increase biodiversity.
Health and social support funding for those who are homeless or rough sleeping
Government funding has been awarded to offer health and social support to homeless or vulnerably housed residents who have been discharged from emergency care.
Partner agencies working together to keep people safe in Dorset this spring and summer
Dorset’s partner agencies are continuing to work together to keep people safe during what is expected to be one of the busiest springs and summers on record.
Innovative local business projects to receive latest round of discretionary funding
BCP Council is issuing its latest round of ARG Stream 3 discretionary grant funding, which will be used to turbo charge innovative business projects across the region and drive long term economic growth.
New Mayor elected for Poole
Councillor Julie Bagwell elected as Poole’s 773rd Mayor at this year’s annual meeting of the Charter Trustees.
Support for business secured as Poole BID secures second term
Levy payers voted yes to support the BID’s ongoing work.
Funding boost of £2.4M to end rough sleeping in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Efforts to support people off the streets and to help prevent rough sleeping is set to continue with a funding boost of £2,463
£1.2 million available for local community projects across Bournemouth and Poole
The first round of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion Funding is open to bids for residents, businesses and community groups in the Bournemouth and Poole area.
Overnight clean-up operation planned for Wessex Way
Litter picking, grass cutting and essential highway maintenance works are planned to take place on the Wessex Way next week (24-25 May) ahead of welcoming visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Recipients for TCF End of Trip Schools Grants Announced
Grants are being awarded to 21 schools in the BCP Council area to help pay for the installation of new or improved ‘end-of-trip’ facilities, which encourage healthy and eco-friendly journeys to school.
Poole High Street set to benefit from £80,000 cultural programme grant
Grant awarded from Historic England as part of the Poole High Streets Heritage Action Zone
BH Coastal Lottery offering grants to small good causes to continue their valuable work in the community
Local small voluntary sector organisations who provide services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being encouraged to apply for the BH Coastal Lottery small grants before the deadline of Monday 31 May.
Brand new primary school takes shape in Poole
Work is progressing well to develop a new fit-for-purpose modern school building for Hillbourne Primary in Poole.
A shared vision for green spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents are being encouraged to share their ideas for the future of parks and green spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to help shape the Green Infrastructure Strategy that is being developed.
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum reopens showcasing newly displayed rooms and an exciting programme of events for the summer season
Bournemouth’s Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is delighted to be reopening on Tuesday 18 May after remaining closed since December 2020 due to the national lockdowns.
BCP Council to launch beach Park and Ride services for the summer
Gearing up in anticipation for visitors returning to enjoy local beaches, two new Park and Ride services will be operated in Bournemouth and Poole this summer.
Museums and other local attractions get ready to welcome back visitors as more BCP Council services reopen
Information on venues and services from 17 May responding to government guidance.
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole – keeping the Blue Flags flying!
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole beaches have been awarded more blue flags than any other UK authority in this year’s awards.
Plans underway to make Poole Quay and (Lower) High St enhanced walking and cycling measures seasonal
Following a six-month public consultation and extensive discussions with the local business community, BCP Council will progress with plans keep the Poole Quay enhanced walking and cycling measures in place over the summer and remove them during winter.
Work to Start on New Walking and Cycling Paths Through Upper Gardens, Bournemouth.
Improvements to cycling and walking routes to help transform travel through Bournemouth’s Upper Gardens are set to get underway.
Annual Council meeting for BCP Council held successfully face to face with social distancing
Information from last night's full council meeting
The Careers and Apprenticeship show returns to support young people
Young people aged 15-19 years, parents and carers are being invited to sign up to a virtual Careers and Apprenticeship show which launches on 20 May.
Fostering – it’s all about supporting children in your community
Foster Care Fortnight 2021 (10 - 23 May) will be celebrating the role of foster carers and how they are supporting vulnerable children in our community.
Strategy to prevent domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to be discussed by councillors
Councillors will be asked to support the first Preventing Domestic Abuse Strategy and Delivery Plan at the next cabinet meeting on 26 May.
Health hub proposed to enhance support for the homeless across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A central Homeless Inclusion Health Centre to provide co-ordinated support is proposed for people who are at risk of rough sleeping but vulnerably housed and those who are currently rough sleeping.
Consultation on Transforming Cities Fund's Last Two Sustainable Travel Routes Gets Underway
Consultation on Transforming Cities Fund’s remaining two (of a total of six) sustainable travel routes proposing major cycling, walking and bus improvements across south east Dorset is now live.
A positive legacy for Christchurch with Cabinet to consider the transfer of three recreation spaces to Parish Council
As part of a positive legacy for Christchurch following the inception of BCP Council in 2019, Cabinet is to consider proposals for the play areas in Bluebell Close, Mudeford Wood and the whole of Highcliffe Recreation Ground to be transferred to Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council.
Results of the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner election 2021
The Police and Crime Commissioner election for Dorset was held on 6 May 2021.
Enhanced measures to tackle flytipping to be considered by BCP Council
Plans to run a 12-month pilot to tackle flytipping in local communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being proposed by BCP Council.
BCP Council by-election results 2021
Results from yesterday's two by-elections held in the wards of Canford Heath in Poole and Commons Ward in Christchurch
‘Once Upon a Time in Animation’: Celebrating 30 years of the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University
Explore animation at Poole Museum in a new interactive exhibition
Supporting local people off the streets through ‘Change for Good’ is about to get easier
To date over £10,000 has been raised by kind donations to a new fund called ‘Change for Good’. Local people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have given because they want to help individuals who have been sleeping rough to make a positive move off the street and access the support they need.
Planning works at Southbourne commence for Bistro
BCP Council are currently working on a scheme to redevelop Bistro on the Beach Southbourne, as the building has come to the end of its life.
Further facilities now available on the BCPBeachCheck app
A HANDY app developed by BCP Council enabling beach-goers to check the busy beaches has undergone a major upgrade and now provides even more information to its users.
Recycling centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to allow more vehicles on site as COVID measures are lifted
Residents using recycling centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will see an improvement to operations as a number of COVID safety measures have been lifted in line with government guidance.
Work to Start on Whitelegg Way TCF Improvements on 17 May 2021
Work on the first section of new sustainable transport infrastructure within the BCP Council area is due to start on 17 May on Whitelegg Way. The work which is part of BCP and Dorset Councils’ Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme will last until the autumn.
Arrival of the ASPIRE hub in Churchill Gardens to help eligible residents learn new skills whilst improving their health and wellbeing
Work is underway to provide opportunities for eligible residents in the Boscombe area following the arrival of the new ASPIRE hub in Churchill Gardens.
Christchurch beaches coastal maintenance works starting May
Christchurch coastal protection and maintenance works are planned for May 2021 and are scheduled to take up to six weeks.
Regulatory teams remind people to ‘check in when they’re out’ as local businesses reopen
Regulatory teams from BCP Council are reminding those visiting pubs, restaurants, gyms, hairdressers and many other indoor venues that everyone over the age of 16 must now provide a name and contact details or ‘check-in’ as part of new NHS Test and Trace requirements.
£2.4 million in funding to be awarded to help turbo-charge the local economy out of the pandemic
A new package of grant funding is being made available from Monday 19 April to assist in turbo-charging innovative economic recovery projects across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Primary school places announced for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Every parent across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who applied by the national deadline has been offered a Reception place for their child in September.
Work to transform local travel set to start next month
Work on Transforming Cities Fund’s first sustainable travel routes in the BCP area starts at the end of May on a new cycle route along Whitelegg Way and cycle and walking improvements in Upper Gardens.
Ground-breaking transformation partnership formed by BCP Council
An innovative market engagement and procurement process to appoint a Strategic Implementation Partner (SIP) for BCP Council has seen KPMG and Agilysis join forces with a successful bid.
Have Your Say: Helping support the local Community and Voluntary Sector across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council is asking for your views to help us develop our Community and Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Strategy.
Think ‘Hands, face, space, fresh air’ and begin to ‘Rediscover safely’ across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Shoppers are being encouraged to rediscover their local high street safely and give a boost to local businesses as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole welcome people back.
Council services start to reopen their doors as lockdown restrictions ease
Information on council services from 12 April responding to government guidance.
£750,000 Exceptional Circumstance Fund open to grant applications
Local businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that have been severely financially impacted by national restrictions and have not received any other grant support to date can apply for grants of up to £10,000.
The Homelessness Partnership continues to provide help and support for those in emergency accommodation
BCP Council, Faithworks Wessex, volunteers and donators have worked together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide over 2000 food parcels to those placed in emergency accommodation.
Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex receives South West Leisure Centre of the Year Award
Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex is emerging triumphant in 2021 with a new accolade after being named as the South West Leisure Centre of the Year in the Prestige Awards.
Poole station subway gets an artistic makeover
The subway at Poole train station has been revamped with murals designed by a local university alumna.
Resurfacing works to take place on Charminster Road (Bournemouth) from 6 April
Local residents and frequent users of Charminster Road in Bournemouth will soon be benefitting from a smoother, quieter road surface following the completion of resurfacing works which start on Tuesday 6 April.
Multi million pound boost for summer readiness plans across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A seasonal response plan set up in readiness to manage the resort’s beaches, town centres, parks and open spaces is in place to bring about the fastest bounceback for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May
On Thursday 6 May residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will have their say on who represents them at Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner Election.
£4.5m Additional Restrictions Grant Stream 3 and long term economic recovery support announced
A comprehensive package of discretionary funding will be used to support local economic recovery and help businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole bounce back from COVID-19.
More than half a million pounds is to be spent on services across the seafront, in a bid to improve the experience of beach-goers
Improvements to toilets and electric BBQs for public use are just some of the improvements to be seen this summer
A cleaner, greener, safer panel to be created to bring back pride to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Following on from the successful launch of the Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign, BCP Council is now looking to set up a panel of stakeholders who can continue to drive this campaign forward
Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – Public Engagement Launched
BCP Council has launched initial engagement that will inform its emerging Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The LCWIP will be BCP Council's long-term strategic vision setting out the walking and cycling infrastructure which is required across the area over the next 20 years.
Drone technology and AI used in UK-first to tackle litter in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be the focus of a ground-breaking pilot scheme this summer which will see drone-based technology used to tackle the issue of litter.
Do you need funding for an idea to benefit your local community?
Community asked for ideas to improve local area using available funding pots
Cabinet asked to approve Council’s key role within Stour Valley Park Partnership
Cabinet to discuss exciting new regional park concept
A fair approach to be considered for subsidised pest control charges
A harmonised approach for subsidised charges for qualifying residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is to be discussed by councillors at the next cabinet meeting
First stages for creating an exciting future vision for Holes Bay
Aiming to deliver a world-class, sustainable and economically successful development for the future, BCP Council is now progressing with its vision for the Holes Bay regeneration site.
A harmonised approach for regulatory and licensing services planned for the protection of residents and businesses
Councillors will be asked for approval of the Regulatory Services and Licensing Team Policy to create a harmonised approach for supporting residents and businesses across the BCP Council area at the next cabinet meeting.
Bid to list local heritage assets is successful
A joint bid by Dorset Council and BCP Council for funds to create a list of local heritage assets has been successful.
Welcome Back Fund for the safe reopening of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents and visitors will once again be able to visit Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with the safe reopening of the town centres and seafronts planned, following the third lockdown.
Partnership commitment to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Councillors will be asked to approve the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021-25 at the next Cabinet meeting on 14 April 2021.
Affordable rented energy efficient apartments proposed in Bournemouth
A new build development to create 24 self-contained apartments to provide more affordable rented accommodation in Bournemouth is being considered at BCP Cabinet on 14 April 2021.
Upcoming improvements to the Wallisdown corridor
Aiming to improve safety and encouraging more people to walk, cycle or use public transport, the next phase of major infrastructure improvements to the Wallisdown area will soon commence.
Multi million pound boost for summer readiness plans across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A seasonal response plan set up in readiness to manage the resort’s beaches, town centres, parks and open spaces has been upped as part of the council’s plans to bring about the fastest bounceback for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Census 2021 – there is still time
There is still time to get the census completed and there is help available
Open letter from Leader of the Council to all BCP Council staff
Leader Drew Mellor has written to staff about the last year
Statement regarding the motion proposed to use gender-neutral language
clarification of a motion not yet approved
Beach Check App developed by BCP Council to be rolled out nationally
Europe’s first innovative Beach Check app, spearheaded by BCP Council, will be rolled out nationally to support other towns and cities with crowd management on their beaches.
Enhanced safety measures being discussed for women across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Enhanced safety measures are being discussed for women across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole following the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the subsequent vigils that took place where powerful messages made it clear that women do not feel safe on the streets.
CityFibre breaks ground on Christchurch and Poole’s digital transformation
Christchurch and Poole are celebrating major milestones in their digital transformations as work has officially begun on a new full fibre network that will reach almost every home and business locally.
Major improvements to transform the Lansdowne area are now underway
Starting at the lower third of Holdenhurst Road, works to transform the Lansdowne area and create an exciting and attractive place for residents, businesses and visitors have commenced.
Coastal protection groyne works complete ahead of schedule
Works to install new groynes from the Poole/ Bournemouth boundary to Middle Chine have been completed with the beach reopening to the public.
A cleaner journey on the A338 Spur Road following essential maintenance at the end of March
Drivers who use the A338 Spur Road will soon benefit from a cleaner journey following a deep clean of the road, verges and gullies that’s taking place from the 24-26 March.
Local transport spending plans confirmed to build on Big Plan infrastructure ambitions
Creating a transport infrastructure network fit for a modern 21st century city region is the overarching ambition for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole after significant Local Transport Plan investment for 2021/22 was approved by Cabinet.
Residents invited to share their views on a new order to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents and visitors to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to share their views on street-based anti-social behaviour (ASB) to help with plans to improve community safety.
Residents are urged to have their say to shape future plans for homes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents are invited to share their views about how housing is delivered across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole for the future.
New UK city region showcases world leading Smart Place investment opportunities
BCP Council is seeking Capital Investment to create a sustainable and successful Smart Place, using a revolutionary business model that can be replicated in other cities and places across the UK and around the world.
Poole Museum Shares Transformation Proposals
Exciting plans to be shared for popular local attraction
First of two newly renovated playgrounds opens at Poole Park
Families visiting Poole Park are in line for an exciting new playing experience following the transformation of the Cygnet play area into the ‘Plant Explorer’s Playground’.
Festival Coast Live! Opens Online Funding Applications
Festival Coast Live! today opened online small grant applications, specifically for existing (not for profit) community events
Council Tax – online services
Council Tax 2021/22 information
Investment in additional community safety officers across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
As part of a drive to make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole safer and bring back a sense of pride to the area, BCP Council is investing £240,000 on six additional Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers.
More businesses and organisations can access community testing
Even more businesses and organisations can now sign up for asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing under the Dorset Rapid Community Testing Programme.
Funding boost to support the local care sector across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Care homes, professional home care companies and personal care assistants have received a funding boost in a bid to support staffing in the care sector
Order and Collect services are back at local libraries
Libraries in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are now beginning to offer Order and Collect, reservations and returns services again.
Two-day resurfacing works to take place on Bournemouth Road (Poole) from 30 March
Local residents and frequent users of Bournemouth Road in Poole will soon be benefitting from a smoother, quieter road surface following resurfacing works on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March.
The new you can walk, cycle or scoot back to school this spring
To support the full reopening of schools, and with spring well on its way, BCP Council is stepping up its campaign to get more parents, carers and young people to walk, cycle or scoot to the school gates.
West Quay Wings gateway sculpture takes off in Poole
A new flock of six shining stainless-steel birds in flight, featuring colourful inlaid glass and engravings celebrating local heritage, has been installed in Poole.
Local residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole benefit from community food group funding
As part of BCP Council’s Winter Support Grant funding, £80k was allocated to support community food projects.
BCP Council named amongst top six undergraduate scheme providers in prestigious awards
BCP Council undergraduate scheme named in the NUE Awards as one of the best in the country.
Unpaid carers offered community testing
Unpaid carers now have access to weekly lateral flow device (LFD) testing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Local businesses receive £125 million in grant support during COVID-19 pandemic
Within one year, nearly £125 million in grant support has been issued to businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole to help them through the pandemic.
Kindness is key in keeping your loved ones safe this Spring
Care home residents will be able to have a named single visitor from 8 March following the government's announcement.
BH Coastal Lottery celebrates two years of supporting the local community
BH Coastal Lottery celebrates two years of helping local good causes and residents this week.
Children and families are set to benefit from improved play areas across Bournemouth
Investment has been secured by BCP Council and The Parks Foundation to refurbish 15 play area sites across Bournemouth.
Residents urged to reconsider visiting Recycling Centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents are temporarily being urged to reconsider visiting Recycling Centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole due to a high number of people visiting the sites during lockdown.
‘Festival Coast Live!’ - BCP Council’s fantastic outdoor activity and events programme
An ambitious programme of outdoor activities and events to celebrate community, talent and performance into late spring and summer, is being planned as part of BCP Council’s Bounce Back plans.
Residents urged to have their say on plans for new affordable housing in Poole
More than 100 affordable homes are planned for site in Poole.
Park Activators recruited for three ‘Pilot Parks’ across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Following a successful funding application to the Future Parks programme, BCP Council selected three ‘Pilot Parks’ to test ideas for the future management, funding and improvement of the area’s green spaces. Two ‘Park Activators’ have now been recruited to drive this project forward and encourage more people to make use of their local parks.
Multimillion-pound landmark ‘Town Deal’ secured for Boscombe, Bournemouth
Bournemouth has secured almost £22million as part of the ‘Town Deal’ to turbo charge ambitious regeneration plans for Boscombe.
Director of Education post announced to strengthen BCP Council’s Children’s services leadership
A new Director of Education role is being created to take forward accountability for all education services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Free PPE for unpaid carers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Free personal protective equipment (PPE) is now available for all those who provide unpaid care to people living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
South West Regional Step Up to Social Work Partnership offers rewarding careers in child and family social work
Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers.
Secondary school places announced for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Families from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will find out which secondary school they have been allocated today.
Share your ideas on the future of high streets across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents and local business owners are being invited to get involved in shaping the future of local high streets across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
International Wheelchair day – 1 March 2021
Sharing the experiences of a local wheelchair user, raising awareness of issues faced in everyday life.
Significant reduction in numbers of people sleeping rough in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Numbers of vulnerable people sleeping rough on the streets in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have reduced by 65 per cent in the last year according to latest government figures.
Proposals for the creation of a new nature park at Throop taking shape
Proposals to create an exciting new Nature Park providing green space for local families and residents to reconnect with nature have been put forward for an area of land in Throop, Bournemouth.
Funding awarded for additional CCTV cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour
Funding for additional CCTV cameras to help tackle anti-social behaviour and bring back a sense of pride in place has been awarded to BCP Council.
New family homes ready to welcome council tenants in Bournemouth
Three new modern family homes have been developed by BCP Council’s housing delivery team
First stage of transformation plans for Lansdowne to get underway
Creating an exciting and attractive place for residents, businesses and visitors, major improvements to the Lansdowne area will commence on 15 March 2021.
Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021
All households in the BCP area will soon be asked to take part in the 2021 census
Your Chance to Have Your Say on Transforming Cities Fund's Sustainable Transport Routes
BCP Council and Dorset Council launch a major public consultation on their plans for 78km of new cycling and walking routes and bus infrastructure improvements across south east Dorset.
£50m Futures Fund to create a bold, confident and proud city region
A game-changing new £50 million Futures Fund for infrastructure investment is being created by BCP Council.
Volunteers, we thank you
Public sector organisations across Dorset are paying tribute to all volunteers who have given their time and expertise for free during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council tax harmonised with an average 1.55% rise
One of the lowest council tax rises in the country was agreed by BCP Council, as it adopted its 2021/22 budget last night (23 February 2021) and also achieved parity of council tax across the three towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, following the creation of a single council in April 2019.
Fast track pavement licence to drive forward cafe culture bounce back
Local cafes, restaurants, bars and many more high street businesses are being encouraged to apply for a fast track pavement licence as part of the council’s plans to turbo charge an economic bounce back.
Mortality support facility stood down
The mortality support facility (MSF) that was activated as part of Dorset’s ongoing response to the current COVID-19 emergency has been placed on standby.
Flood Defences to be funded by £12.4M Environment Agency Grant
The Environment Agency have awarded £12.4 million Flood Defence Grant in Aid to BCP Council to build new flood defence infrastructure.
Canford Cliffs promenade temporary closure to enable cliff stabilisation work
A short section of promenade at Canford Cliffs beach will be temporarily closed next week, from Monday 22 – Thursday 25 February.
Businesses and organisations to register for community testing
Public Health Dorset, on behalf of BCP and Dorset councils, have set up a rapid asymptomatic testing service, using lateral flow device (LFD) tests, for employees in the county who cannot work from home due to the nature of their role.
BCP Council issues £1 million in grant support to local priority businesses
Around £1 million in discretionary grant funding is being issued to over 260 priority businesses in the night time economy, events, aerospace, travel, cultural and international visitor sectors.
Bournemouth town centre shopping location set to be spruced up
Residents and visitors will soon benefit from a more enhanced shopping experience as improvement works gets underway outside The Arcade on Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.
It’s LGBT+ History Month and we talked to BCP Councillor David Kelsey about his life
LGBT+ History Month is about raising awareness
Resort management taskforce planned for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Plans to make sure our area is fully prepared and ready when government guidance changes are announced.
Opportunities for Town Centre Living – Now Available at Treetops
High quality contemporary homes, centrally located, now available for rent.
Local contact tracing service launched for residents who have tested positive for coronavirus
A BCP Council led local tracing service will launch on 18 February to support Public Health England and the NHS in tracing residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Have your say to help us prevent and reduce domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Local residents are invited to share their views to help develop plans to tackle domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Councils offer support to get people to vaccinations safely
Help to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments available
Stay local – explore from your door
BCP Council is joining forces with partner agencies in the county to ask the public to stay local and explore from their door this February half term rather than travel to our area
BCP Council to trial waste collections that run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil
BCP Council’s waste collections could soon be run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) following an agreement with Crown Oil to trial this environmentally friendly fuel in two of its refuse vehicles.
Accelerated resurfacing of Ashley Road (Poole) to begin 15 February
Local residents, shoppers and road-users rAshley Road in Poole will soon benefit from a smoother, quieter road surface following the completion of an accelerated resurfacing programme taking place later this month.
Tribute to mark 1000 Covid related deaths in Dorset
This week marks an extremely sad occasion in Dorset as the county passes the milestone of 1,000 Covid-19-related deaths.
Refurbishment of Kings Park Athletics Centre to get underway
School children, park run enthusiasts, local sports groups, and many more will soon benefit from new and improved training facilities at Kings Park Athletics Centre, as work gets underway on a full refurbishment.
Residents invited to share their views on Whitecliff and Baiter Park walking and cycling improvements
Aiming to create a safer environment for people travelling on foot or by bicycle, BCP Council is asking local residents to help shape options for improving the Whitecliff and Baiter Park area of Poole.
Support with food and bills continues for struggling residents over winter lockdown
BCP Council and our partners are urging people not to suffer in silence if they are in financial crisis
Targeted joint visits to supermarkets across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to keep local residents safe during the pandemic
Supermarkets and large mixed retailers were visited by BCP Council’s Trading Standards, Environmental Health Officers, COVID marshals and Dorset Police over the last week to ensure businesses are operating safely during lockdown and that the public are following the necessary safety restrictions.
Over 10,000 trees to be planted across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in 2021 to combat the climate and ecological emergency
BCP Council will be planting over 10,000 trees across the conurbation this year to help combat the climate and ecological emergency.
Funding boost to support local vulnerable children and families with impact of the pandemic on mental health
Vulnerable families and children are set to benefit from £1.3M of additional funding from BCP Council to provide vital support following the ongoing impact of the pandemic on mental health.
'Vaccs Express' helps local people get to their jab appointment
Older people and those with mobility issues can now make their way to their vaccination appointment in style with the help of a new buggy shuttle service at Bournemouth’s large vaccination centre.
Weekly testing for council staff who cannot work from home
Targeted asymptomatic testing has been introduced for frontline council workers who cannot work from home.
Southbourne Beach renourishment starts next week
Coastal management works, beach replenishment
Activation of Mortality Support Facility
One of two Mortality Support Facilities (MSF) will be activated this week as part of Dorset’s ongoing response to the current COVID-19 emergency.
BCP Council’s Playing Pitch Strategy for 2020-2033 to be discussed at Cabinet
Following on from a public consultation earlier this year, BCP Council has developed a Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) for 2020-2033.
Pioneering network expertise to support work to tackle homelessness across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council is joining a new collaborative network, ‘What Works Community’, to support local areas to improve their response to homelessness issues, using robust evidence and data.
School places for children with special educational needs to increase for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Winchelsea School is set to increase the number of school places available for children with special educational needs with the set up of a satellite provision at Somerford Primary School, Christchurch in time for September 2021.
Refurbished recreation spaces in Highcliffe under consideration for transfer to Parish Council
We are proposing to transfer three spaces to Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council who would continue to manage them for children of all ages to enjoy.
Cabinet asked to approve Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2021/22
BCP Council’s Cabinet will be asked to agree the proposed budget for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).
BCP Council issues £19 million in grant support on single day to local businesses
Today (Friday 22 January) a £19 million package of support has been issued to businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Transforming BCP Council to a modern, accessible, accountable organisation
Over the next three years, BCP Council is investing in transforming our services
A fresh vision for our future – a Bold, Confident and Proud BCP
An ambitious vision for the future of the BCP area is being considered alongside the proposed 2021/22 budget.
An ambitious budget to bounce back from Covid
Proposed 2021/22 BCP Council budget
Somerford Roundabout to benefit from innovative surfacing material as BCP Council takes advantage of lockdown traffic levels
Essential resurfacing of Somerford Roundabout in Christchurch will take place from 7pm on Sunday 31 January until 7pm Friday 5 February, with road closures taking place as necessary during this period.
Targeted visits to local supermarkets planned to make essential shopping visits safe for local residents
Targeted visits to local supermarkets will be made by BCP Council and Dorset Police to ensure people are kept safe whilst visiting during lockdown.
Cultural Compact proposed for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Plans to create a strategic partnership and drive forward an ambitious cultural strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been approved by BCP Council’s Cabinet.
New Wayfinding Totems being installed in Poole and Christchurch.
New Wayfinding signs to encourage residents and visitors to walk and cycle are to be installed across Poole and Christchurch as part of the council’s Transforming Travel programme.
Additional £1M funding to support the most vulnerable homeless and rough sleeping during the pandemic
More than £1 million has been awarded to BCP Council to support people who are rough sleeping or at risk of being on the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BCP Council steps up warnings to residents to stay at home amid rapidly rising COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 infection rates have been doubling every five days in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole we are reinforcing the message that where possible, people must stay at home.
Children and Young People’s Partnership Draft Plan – Have Your Say
BCP Council and our Children and Young People’s partners are launching a draft three-year plan aiming to make a difference to the lives of children and young people living in, learning in or visiting the BCP area.
Postal voting in 2021 elections
On Thursday 6 May 2021 electors will be voting in the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Election and other elections. How to vote by post.
Public invited to share their views on extending the 20mph zone in Broadstone
BCP Council would like to hear the views of local people on a proposal to extend existing 20mph zones in Broadstone to create a safer, quieter neighbourhood for those living in and accessing the area.
Relatives are asked for understanding on visiting restrictions amidst rising pressures on care homes and supported living
BCP Council are reminding relatives of people in care homes to contact providers directly before visiting
New art, wayfinding and public realm improvements to transform Townside
Taking people on a journey from Poole Bridge, along key routes towards Hunger Hill and Towngate Bridge, an array of contemporary wayfinding pieces, stylish street furniture and gateway art sculptures is being installed in Poole.
Bournemouth’s garden waste bin swapping programme commencing on 18 January
From 18 January, Bournemouth’s garden waste bins are being swapped from 140 litres to 240 litres, in line with Christchurch and Poole’s bins. This provides a further alignment of the waste services across BCP Council’s conurbation.
15-point action plan agreed to improve the lives of children following Ofsted report
Greater support and improved lives for children and young people are the aims behind a new 15-step action plan agreed by BCP Council.
Business grant support available in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Following the commencement of the national lockdown today (Tuesday 5 January), local businesses that have been required to close will continue to receive grant support.
Transforming Travel’s first sustainable travel route in Wimborne and Colehill set for construction
Work is about to begin on the Leigh Road improvements project. Construction of the first sustainable travel route funded through BCP Council and Dorset Council’s multi-million pound Transforming Travel - Transforming Cities Fund programme will be getting underway on 18 January. The work will begin on a 400m section of Leigh Road in Colehill, starting at the junction with the A31 Canford Bottom Roundabout.
Consultation launches on draft ‘2050 Climate Action Plan’ for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on draft plans to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole carbon neutral in the future.
COVID-19 testing sites to become more accessible
Local residents in Weymouth, Poole and Christchurch are set to see increased access to testing with the introduction of walk-in ‘local testing sites’ (LTS).
Update on schools
Following the government's announcement yesterday, local pupils should be returning to school in line with the updated guidance from the Department for Education.
BCP Council area to move to Tier 4
Following the Secretary of State’s announcement, the BCP Council area will be moving to Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December.
BCP Council and Dorset Council areas remain in tier 2
Following the Secretary of State’s announcement, BCP Council and Dorset Council areas will be remaining in tier 2. But the government’s criteria for tier allocations will be closely monitored over the coming days and weeks.
Celebrate safely this Christmas
Public Health Dorset is urging residents to be cautious when considering forming Christmas bubbles over the festive season to minimise risks to friends and family.
Investment boost to expand Poole secondary school
St Aldhelm’s Secondary Academy school is set to expand to meet the ongoing demand for school places.
Cabinet to consider plans for Freeport status bid to boost economy and trade opportunities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A report setting out plans to submit a joint bid for Freeport status to Government as part of the EU Transition will be considered by BCP Council’s Cabinet next month (January 2021).
Planning underway for new and attractive event space in Lansdowne
Situated outside the Old Fire Station on Holdenhurst Road, plans are progressing for a new outdoor event space for residents, visitors and businesses to enjoy.
Beach House Café consultation to shape proposals
Public consultation was recently undertaken by BCP Council for the site of the former Beach House Café at Mudeford Sandbank. The building was extensively damaged by fire in November 2018 and declared beyond repair.
Plans approved for an exciting community health and food related project in Boscombe
Plans to create a new food and health related project in a new building in Churchill Gardens have been given the go-ahead following planning approval
Dorset and BCP Council to remain in tier two
December 17 - confirmation that BCP Council area stays in tier two
BCP Council to launch targeted support grant for industries most hard hit
Local businesses within the night time economy, and events, aerospace, travel and cultural industries will be offered additional financial support from BCP Council through a new funding scheme launching this Friday (18 December).
Plans to create an innovative medical research facility at Wessex Fields pass key milestone
Proposals for a leading-edge medical research facility at Wessex Fields have been approved by BCP Council’s cabinet.
BCP Council gains Department for Transport approval for e-scooter rental trial
A fleet of brand-new electric powered scooters will soon be available for hire across Bournemouth and Poole following Ministerial approval for a trial in the area. The initial trial is set to commence on January 25 2021.
Together We Can winter support scheme to help vulnerable residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A huge community support effort is underway to help the most vulnerable families and households who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic this year.
Twin Sails Bridge update
update on Poole's bridge works
BCP Council services continue running throughout the festive period
Christmas is going to be different this year but BCP Council’s key services and support will continue to be available.
Work to commence on Environmental Innovation Hub following planning consent
Durley hub to promote behaviour change on waste along the seafront, linking with Leave Only Footprints.
Joint Freeport status bid to boost economy and trade opportunities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
December’s BCP Council Cabinet is being asked to approve £50,000 to progress a joint bid for Freeport status to Government as part of the EU Transition.
Schools and Colleges Offered Grants of up to £20,000 for Sustainable Travel Trip-End Facilities
Schools in Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole offered grants of up to £20,000 to help install End-of-Journey facilities as part of the Transforming Travel programme.
Kindness is key in keeping your loved ones safe in care homes this Christmas
BCP Council, Dorset Council and health partners are working with care providers across Dorset following the announcement that visiting relatives in residential care homes can resume in time for Christmas.
Two further COVID-19 testing facilities for local residents
Where to find the new testing facilities and how to book.
EU citizens across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole reminded to apply for settled status
EU citizens who live and work in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being reminded to apply for settled status if they wish to stay on in the area after the UK’s exit from the EU.
BCP Council has got Christmas waste all wrapped up!
Arrangements for waste and recycling over the festive period including changes to collection dates.
£215,000 budget request for three-month boost to pride with ‘cleaner, greener, safer’ service enhancements
Residents in Christchurch will see increased street cleansing between January and March 2021, if plans set out in the December Cabinet budget paper are approved.
BCP Council providing support to ensure public safety at Christchurch Christmas market
BCP Council has been working with the organisers of the Christchurch Christmas market to ensure it complies with COVID-19 guidance.
Residents set to receive an improved service at BCP Council’s Household Recycling Centres with a single operating policy being discussed at Cabinet
Cabinet is set to discuss recommendations to combine the operating policies from the council’s three Household Recycling Centres into one standard policy, to benefit residents and ensure consistency across the conurbation.
Development plans for three new housing schemes to be considered
Plans to progress three new social housing schemes in the BCP Council area will be considered at the next Cabinet meeting on 16 December.
Funding boost to support vulnerable families and children during the winter
More than £1M has been awarded to BCP Council to support the most vulnerable families and children across Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole over the coming months.
Partnership priorities for preventing and reducing domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Partnership priorities for tackling domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be discussed at the council's cabinet meeting..
Planned repair work to bring Twin Sails bridge back into full operational order to get underway
Works to complete essential repairs and bring the Twin Sails bridge back into full operational order will take place next month (7 December).
Future development plans for Wessex Fields to be considered
Plans to progress the creation of an innovative medical and research facility at Wessex Fields are due to be considered by BCP Council’s cabinet next month (16 December).
Improvements to Poole crematorium proposed as part of investment plans for BCP Council’s bereavement services
Reviewing long term provision for bereavement services
Children’s social care Ofsted visit: Our response
BCP Council's response to the findings of a recent children's social care Ofsted visit.
BCP Council move to tier 2 once national lockdown measures are lifted
The government has announced that when the national lockdown measures end on 2 December the BCP Council area will be in tier 2.
BCP Council launches Additional Restrictions Support Grants for local businesses
A further £7.9 million in grant support is being made available to businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the form of Additional Restrictions Support Grants.
Carers Rights Day 2020 – Know Your Rights
Ahead of Carers Rights Day on 26 November, local councils, NHS services and other health and care organisations are working in partnership to recognise, support and value local unpaid carers of all ages.
Dorset COVID public update: live this Thursday
Officials from Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and BCP Council will be broadcasting together this Thursday night (26 November), after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once lockdown ends on 2 December.
Beach Hut fees to be frozen until March 2022
Beach hut tenants across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are to benefit from prices being kept at current levels until March 2022.
Protecting Christchurch from future coastal flood risk
Addressing the needs of Christchurch Bay and Harbour
Prohibition notices served to three local businesses following continued breach of Covid regulations
Three local businesses in Bournemouth and Poole have been served prohibition notices for breaches of the Covid restrictions during the national lockdown.
BCP Council showcases Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s digital credentials on world stage at Smart City Live
BCP Council have been showcasing their digital credentials and innovative Smart Place programme to a global audience at a prestigious online congress.
New Covid-19 testing facility for local residents
A new Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is due to open in Boscombe on Tuesday 24 November.
Council set to adopt definition of Islamophobia
A proposal to adopt the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia will be brought to council for consideration on 24 November 2020.
Shoppers to benefit from discounted bus fares and free parking this Christmas as BCP Council demonstrates support for high street
Residents across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will have access to generous travel offers in the run up to Christmas in a bid to support local businesses.
Local businesses can now apply for Local Restriction Support Grants
From today (Monday 16 November), businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who have been required to close as a result of the latest covid-19 lockdown restrictions may apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.
£1.1 million has been awarded to support people walking and cycling across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
As part of the second phase of government’s active travel fund, an additional £1.1 million has been awarded to BCP Council to provide improvements to local walking and cycling infrastructure.
Second lockdown support grants will soon be available to local businesses
Local businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will soon receive £8.2 million in Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) funding.
Public invited to shape plans for Transforming Travel's sustainable travel routes
BCP Council and Dorset Council are seeking initial views from the public on Transforming Travel’s proposals for five of its sustainable travel routes in south east Dorset ahead of formal consultation next year.
Sand re-nourishment scheme to commence early next year
Eight beach areas from Southbourne to Poole will be topped-up with sand from January 2021 as part of the Poole Bay Beach Management Scheme which is designed to make the coastline more climate resilient.
First phase for delivering transformational vision for Lansdowne approved
Plans to transform the heart of Lansdowne can now proceed, following the approval of an initial delivery phase.
Call for more Together We Can volunteers to support vulnerable residents during the pandemic
More volunteers from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are needed to support vulnerable residents who need help and support during the national lockdown and beyond.
Launch of Highcliffe Castle’s 2021 photography competition
Highcliffe Castle is asking people to appreciate the little things in life as the theme for their 2021 photography competition
Poole Road to be focus of accelerated resurfacing works this month
People regularly travelling via Poole Road in Branksome are set to benefit from a comprehensive resurfacing of this busy road with an accelerated works programme taking place from Tuesday 24 November
Targeted patrols across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to ensure local businesses following Covid restrictions
More than 100 local businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole were inspected over the weekend (6, 7, 8 Nov) and offered guidance and advice to ensure lockdown restrictions are being followed correctly.
‘Search and Shop Local’ to rediscover the magic of your local high street
Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being encouraged to ‘Search and Shop Local’ as part of an ongoing initiative to support local businesses throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Twin Sails Bridge lights up for Pancreatic Cancer awareness month
Throughout November Twin Sails Bridge in Poole will be illuminated by purple lights in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.