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Shore Road ‘gateway’ offers a fresh welcome to visitors
Completion of public realm works at Shore Road were marked today.
Unauthorised Encampment at Mayor’s Mead Car Park, Christchurch.
Unauthorised Encampment at Mayor’s Mead Car Park, Christchurch.
Unauthorised Encampment Bournemouth University/ Wallisdown Recreation Ground
Unauthorised Encampment Bournemouth University/ Wallisdown Recreation Ground
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dorset recycling firm Eco lands long-term council waste contract
A Dorset-based organic recycling specialist has won a multi-million-pound waste handling contract with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP).
Young apprentices begin an exciting new career in our local aviation industry
12 young apprentices begin an exciting new career as the local aviation industry is boosted by a BCP Council facilitated training programme
BCP Council’s winter service plan is ready to action for the dropping temperatures
With winter slowly creeping up on us, BCP Council is prepared to respond to the dropping temperatures with gritters fully equipped and ready to help keep our roads safe from the first frost.
Local residents urged to act responsibly on eve of national lockdown
Local residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are urged to act responsibly and follow public health advice on the eve of national lockdown
New Covid marshals start work In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Seven new Covid marshals work in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas
BCP Council service continuity updates and changes ahead of England lockdown
An update on council services during lockdown.
Creation of BCP Council and Dorset Council recognised in national awards
The complexity, pace and national significance of the work to create BCP and Dorset Councils has been recognised at the flagship sector accolades, the LGC Awards where we were jointly awarded the “Business Transformation” Award for 2020. We were up against stiff competition with ten councils shortlisted.
BCP Council response to national lockdown
Residents should be reassured that we are ready and prepared for any additional measures which need to be taken following this latest government announcement.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole awarded £5 million to provide more homes for the homeless
Over £5 million has been awarded to both BCP Council and BCHA who are working in partnership to provide housing support for local homeless people.
Transforming Travel's first sustainable infrastructure investment scheme underway in Wimborne and Colehill
Preparation work for a 2.3km cycleway in Wimborne and Colehill has commenced marking the start of the first sustainable infrastructure scheme to be built in south east Dorset through Transforming Travel's £100m+ Transforming Cities Fund.
Have your say on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
From today the Partnership is inviting local residents, businesses and the general public to have their say on how homelessness and rough sleeping can be resolved.
Consistent adult social care charge considered for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents
Media release about proposed single adult social care service charging policy.
BCP Council steps up economic support for some outstanding commercial rent
With over £7.2 million in council commercial rental income from the start of lockdown currently outstanding, business owners in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who have missed payments to the council are invited to contact its newly incorporated discretionary panel for individual support.
Harmonised policy for allocation of social housing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Media release about proposed single policy for allocation of social housing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Consistent adult social care charge considered for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents
Media release about proposed single adult social care service charging policy
New Skills Shop campus planned for Poole town centre
Media release regarding proposal to relocate Oakdale Skills and Learning.
Impact of COVID-19 on council budget discussed at Cabinet
The impact of COVID-19 on BCP Council's budget for this year and the future will be discussed at Cabinet on 11 November.
Food parcels for families this half term
Anyone concerned about being able to feed their children or access food this half term is invited to contact BCP Council for a free food parcel.
New cladding system proposed for blocks of flats in Poole
A new cladding system for two blocks of flats, known as Sterte Court in Poole will be considered by councillors at Cabinet on 11 November 2020.
Transformational plans for Lansdowne aiming for key milestone
The first stage for delivering a transformational future vision for Lansdowne will be considered by Cabinet on Wednesday 11 November.
Dorset's care sector is fully prepared for winter to prevent spread of Coronavirus
The local care sector is working with councils and the NHS to help them to continue to keep both residents and staff safe during the ongoing pandemic.
Undercliff Drive car park to re-open to the public
The popular Undercliff Drive car park is re-opening on Saturday 24 October following months of closure due to social distancing concerns along the promenade.
Campaign aims to inspire residents to support local businesses
Rediscover your local high street safely and boost local businesses. That's the appeal being made to the residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the latest drive to support the local economy through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poole Harbour goes live with world's first real-time water quality monitoring AI network
The first phase of an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) water quality sensing project for Poole Harbour is now live.
More COVID-19 testing locations for Dorset residents
The first of what is hoped will be a number of new testing facilities across Dorset is opening in Bournemouth, to help keep Dorset residents safe and provide better access to testing for local communities that find it hard to reach the Creekmoor site.
Plans for Transforming Travel in south east Dorset city region take shape
Six locations set to benefit from sustainable transport improvements in south east Dorset announced.
Let's Talk Money service launches to support local residents with money worries
The Let's Talk Money service for local residents launches today and aims to provide free and friendly help for those with money worries.
Remembrance Sunday arrangements – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Short private services in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch for Remembrance Sunday.
BCP Council invites people to have their say on the objectives of Poole High Street's Heritage Action Zone
An online engagement survey has been launched to encourage anyone connected to Poole High Street or interested in its appearance or heritage to influence the direction of its forthcoming Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Programme.
BCP Council Leader announces further cross party Lead Members
Further to last week's announcement of the initial Members of the new "Cabinet+", consisting of both main portfolio holders and a number of cross-cutting lead members, BCP Council Leader Councillor Drew Mellor has announced three further lead member roles, working with councillors from across the council.
Temporary active travel measures reviewed as part of wider BCP Council's transport vision
Temporary emergency active travel measures introduced over the summer are being reviewed.
BCP Council celebrates 23 Green Flag Awards for their outstanding parks and open spaces
BCP Council has been awarded 23 Green Flags, highlighting the hard work that is put into delivering outstanding parks and open spaces for all.
Act now to avoid more restrictions
People in Dorset are being urged to act now to reduce the likelihood of a future major spike in cases and the need for more local restrictions.
Work to start on timber groyne renewal programme as part of beach management scheme
Work is commencing on a two-year project to replace eight timber groynes along the Poole/Bournemouth boundary, to the eastern side of Durley Chine.
Together We Can welfare checks get underway to support local residents
Local residents who have been notified to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace will receive a welfare call from BCP Council's Together We Can (TWC) team with offer of support and advice.
'Cabinet Plus' announced for BCP Council
Councillor Drew Mellor, Leader of BCP Council, today (Tuesday 6 October) announced a 'Cabinet+' approach to decision-making and policy development for the council.
Bournemouth party host fined under COVID-19 legislation
A man who hosted an illegal party in his Bournemouth home has been fined £200 for breaching the country's COVID-19 rule of six regulations.
Dorset Police officers have fined five people after an illegal party in Bournemouth
The occupants of the address in Cardigan Road have each been fined £200 after flouting the Government's rule of six and holding a party on the evening of Tuesday 29 September 2020 attended by around 100 people.
BCP Council's garden waste collection service open for 2021 registrations
You can now sign up to BCP Council's garden waste collection service for 2021.
BCP Council under a new administration following leadership vote
Conservative group leader Councillor Drew Mellor has been elected the new Leader of BCP Council.
Purchase completed of major Holes Bay regeneration site
The largest brownfield regeneration site in the South West has been purchased by BCP Council following a successful £5 million Local Growth Fund investment from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Decision taken to cancel fireworks
BCP Council has taken the decision to cancel the annual fireworks event, due to take place on Thursday 5 November at Poole Quay.
New BCP Council Equality Action Commission Group established
A new Equality Action Commission has been established to help improve the way the council works with and supports BAME communities.
Local communities receive funding boost
Local community projects are to benefit with funds from a community levy
Cold War Steve's proposed art installation - a statement
A statement on the new artwork being installed on Boscombe Beach.
Bournemouth allocated £1million accelerated Town Deal funding for Boscombe
Bournemouth's Town Deal ambitions have been given an early funding boost thanks to an accelerated £1million funding grant.
Minister visits Bournemouth to hear how libraries have adapted during the pandemic
Maintaining library services online throughout lockdown and the redeployment of library staff to support the Council's Together We Can community response are just some of the achievements highlighted during a visit by the Minister for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dineage MP to Bournemouth Library today (Monday 28 September).
#YourLansdowne cultural project to launch at Arts by the Sea Festival
Local people will be given the opportunity to shape Lansdowne's unique cultural offering during a public consultation and graphic arts display held during this year's Arts by the Sea Festival.
New flood defence proposals for Poole
A proposal to submit a bid for funding for a new £12 million flood defence scheme from Poole Bridge to Hunger Hill, will be considered by BCP Council's Cabinet on 30 September.
Historic Poole to benefit from £1.2 million investment to reinvigorate its high street
Following a successful bid by BCP Council, Poole High Street has been selected as one of 68 high streets to receive government funding to restore their local historic character and provide them with a new lease of life.
Significant funding boost to support homeless to move into longer-term accommodation in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
More than £1.8M has been awarded to BCP Council to support vulnerable people who were helped into emergency accommodation.
Do your bit to prevent the spread of COVID
Public services in Dorset are urging all residents, businesses and students to 'do your bit' and stay alert to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Vote of no confidence motion
A motion of no confidence was passed at Full Council on Tuesday 15 September.
#youcanadopt campaign launches
Aspire Adoption are looking to bust the misconceptions about adoption as part of the national #YouCanAdopt campaign which launches today.
New Supported Living Scheme to help vulnerable young people gain independence opens in Southbourne
A new supported living scheme for young people aged 16-25 with learning disabilities, including autism will shortly be opening in Southbourne.
New campaign to raise awareness of mental health support in Dorset
On World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September), public and voluntary sector partners are reminding residents of where they can go to get support with their mental health and money worries.
Support a vulnerable adult in your home by becoming a Shared Lives carer
Could you support a vulnerable adult in your home by becoming a Shared Lives carer? The Shared Lives scheme offers help to vulnerable adults in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole on a long or short-term basis enabling them to live in a home setting and providing them with the support they need.
Work to start on the cliff stabilisation at Canford Cliffs
Stabilisation work goes ahead with measures to protect the natural environment.
Beryl's bike share scheme arrives in Christchurch
A key component of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's Transforming Cities Fund bid will be rolled out today, as Beryl Bikes arrive in Christchurch. The British-owned bike share scheme will offer safe, reliable and enjoyable sustainable travel for residents of the conurbation.
Restoration works to the walls around Christchurch Priory underway
A project is underway for the restoration of six walls around the historic Christchurch Priory.
Highcliffe Castle to reopen to visitors with safety measures in place
Visitors to historic Highcliffe Castle can once again explore the inside of this magnificent building when the Castle reopens on Sunday 20 September.
Consistent approach to tackling street-based anti-social behaviour across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A harmonised approach to address street-based anti-social behaviour (ASB) and improve community safety was agreed by councillors at BCP Council's Cabinet meeting today.
Discretionary rate relief policy: alignment across BCP Council
Local businesses are encouraged to have their say on the proposed new discretionary business rate relief policy for the BCP Council area.
Some Emergency Active Travel schemes to be deferred
Plans to introduce safer cycling and friendly walking links across the BCP area have been reviewed and a number deferred following feedback from local people.
BCP Council encourages 'the new you' to walk, cycle or scoot to school
With more people enjoying an active lifestyle during lockdown and half of all school runs being two miles or less, BCP Council is encouraging everyone to consider walking, cycling or scooting back to school.
Schools across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole fully prepared to welcome back thousands of pupils
All 96 schools in the BCP Council area will be opening their doors in the next few days to welcome back thousands of pupils to classroom learning.
Further alignment to waste services being considered at Cabinet
Waste services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are one step closer to being aligned, following a report that is being considered by BCP Council's Cabinet on 9 September.
Cabinet to consider fair and consistent approach to tacking anti-social behaviour
A report being presented to cabinet on 9 September aims to adopt a consistent and balanced approach to tackling street-based anti-social behaviour across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Minister visits Bournemouth to hear of support given to rough sleepers during the pandemic
Support given to helping the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised by the Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Luke Hall MP, during a private visit to BCP Council today (Friday 28 Aug).
Safer routes for cycling and walking in and around Glenferness Avenue, Bournemouth
New posts are being installed to separate a busy cycle lane from traffic and so provide safer cycling routes for all users, including children, students and families.
Have your say as The Beach House, Mudeford consultation goes live
Have your say on proposals to rebuild The Beach House, a café restaurant, located on the popular beach of Mudeford Sandbank.
Three trial low traffic neighbourhoods to be created in Poole and Springbourne
Birds Hill Road and Stanley Green Road in Poole and Windham Road in Springbourne will be experiencing lower traffic levels from 31 August as BCP Council introduces three experimental low traffic neighbourhoods.
Students receive their GCSE results today whilst BTecs are delayed
Year 11 students who have attended the schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will receive their GCSE results today. Results for BTec qualifications have been delayed due to a decision by the awarding body to re-grade BTecs in line with GCSEs.
Transform your travel to become greener, healthier and better connected
Revolutionising how we all get about is the overarching ambition of both BCP Council and Dorset Council after launching their £100million plus Transforming Travel programme.
Bike Share into Christchurch with Beryl
There's great news for Christchurch residents with the announcement that BCP Council is part funding an extension of the bike share scheme there.
Council to seek further views on cycling and walking scheme in Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives, and at Cleveland Road
More time to discuss provision of safer spaces for cycling and walking.
Have your say on ambitious multimillion-pound transformation plans for Boscombe
A new urban neighbourhood boasting a thriving hub of public squares, arts and culture, cafes, shops, homes and places to work, be seen and visit, all form part of the new transformational plans for Boscombe.
A traffic calmed cycle route and improved space for walking to be implemented at Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drive
Experimental traffic measures are being introduced at Boscombe Overcliff Drive and Southbourne Overcliff Drive to provide space for those cycling and walking.
A-Level Students in BCP Council area awarded their grades on National Results Day
A-Level students who have attended the schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will receive their results today.
Virtual Bournemouth Air Festival 2020
Details of the virtual Air Festival Bournemouth, August 2020.
Beach campers face eviction, prosecution and no sleep
Overnight camping on the beaches across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is not permitted at any time. People planning to camp overnight on our beaches are being told it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Application deadline for business grant support schemes announced
Following the government's recent announcement that its national business support grant schemes will shortly be coming to an end, BCP Council is inviting all remaining businesses it believes to be eligible to apply by Thursday 27 August.
New active travel measures to be introduced at Whitecliff Road and Darby's Lane in Poole
BCP Council is introducing two important experimental (trial) traffic measures to Whitecliff Road and Darby's Lane in Poole from Monday 17 August to provide a safer and more attractive environment for people cycling and walking.
East Overcliff Drive road layout to remain unchanged in support of hoteliers
BCP Council will keep East Overcliff Drive open to through traffic in support of Bournemouth's hoteliers.
Agencies prepared for crowds and very hot weather this weekend
Partner agencies across Dorset are encouraging people to enjoy Dorset safely this weekend, as temperatures are expected to reach highs of around 27 degrees.
Let us know about your local lockdown life
My Local Lockdown Life is an exciting new project which aims to collect the experiences of BCP Council residents living through the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown period.
Nellie the fish – swimming off to her next location
Nellie the fish helped us Leave only Footprints on Bournemouth beach.
New cycling and walking measures to be introduced at Victoria Park Road
A measure to help create a low traffic neighbourhood and provide a safer and more attractive place for people to walk and cycle will start next month at Victoria Park Road.
Parked vehicles causing an obstruction could face being towed
New removal powers have been introduced in the BCP Council area to tackle illegal parking in cases where parked vehicles are causing an obstruction.
Preparations underway for planned investment in cliff stabilisation at Canford Cliffs
Following the cliff slip at Canford Cliffs in 2017, a contractor has been appointed to undertake stabilisation works.
Departure of Judith Ramsden, Corporate Director, Children's Services
Departure of Judith Ramsden, Corporate Director of Children's Services, BCP Council.
BH Coastal Lottery succeed at helping local good causes during COVID-19
BH Coastal Lottery has awarded emergency funds to local good causes who were in need during COVID-19, having raised funds to support organisations in their local response to the pandemic.
Local communities get cooking
Community food support in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole during summer 2020.
BCP Beach Check app launched in time for summer
BCP Beach Check app available to download now.
Winners announced for the Schools Leave Only Footprints artwork competition
The winners for the schools Leave only Footprints competition have been announced.
Passing of Councillor Pete Parrish
It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Councillor Pete Parrish, ward councillor for Canford Heath.
Reduction in numbers of young people entering the youth justice system in Dorset
Figures from the Youth Justice Plan shows a reduction in numbers of young people entering the youth justice system in Dorset.
Take a fresh look at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex and enjoy a 25% membership discount throughout August and September
The date for the reopening of Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex has been confirmed, with the gym, swimming pool and fitness classes once again available to customers and new fitness equipment installed.
Local authority powers in managing COVID outbreaks
Today, the Prime Minister announced the powers being given to local authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Second phase of Discretionary Grant scheme launches with extended qualifying criteria
Local business owners in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to apply for the second phase of the council's Local Discretionary Grant scheme, with eligibility criteria now extended.
Partner agencies in Dorset are urging communities and visitors to the county to enjoy the summer holidays safely
With the school summer term due to finish for many this week, councils, emergency services and other organisations have been busy preparing for a wave of visitors arriving to experience all that the county has to offer.
New affordable apartments planned for Bournemouth town centre
Eleven new eco-friendly Council apartments for local people waiting on the housing register are planned for the site at St Stephen's Road, Bournemouth.
Trial protected cycle lane to be introduced at popular Poole route
Sustainable transport measure to encourage more people to choose to cycle.
BCP Council to consider future plans for transforming Holdenhurst Road
On Wednesday 29 July, Cabinet will consider proposed highway changes for Holdenhurst Road as part of the delivery of phase one of the vision for Lansdowne.
Joint Dorset response to Prime Minister's criticism of care homes during the pandemic
Huge effort of the care sector across Dorset praised.
Bournemouth ,Christchurch and Poole Beaches
Under national government guidance we're welcoming tourists back to our beautiful beaches once again. Multi-agency plans are in place to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the beaches during their visit.
Next steps for proposed Turlin Moor housing development
A proposed new housing scheme for Turlin Moor is progressing as BCP Council appoints project partners, Atkins and Savills to develop a masterplan and prepare a planning application for new housing on the site next to Blandford Road in Turlin Moor.
BCP Council offering bereavement support through nature
Over the last year, BCP Council has taken an innovative approach towards helping residents in mourning through the introduction of a bereavement support group that uses nature as a form of therapy.
Public consulted on changes to Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle anti-social behaviour in Poole Town and Holes Bay
A harmonised approach to address street-based anti-social behaviour is proposed to improve community safety.
£4 million cash boost to maintain roads across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
People travelling across the conurbation are set to benefit after BCP Council was awarded £4.185 million in government funding following a successful Challenge Fund Bid submitted last year.
Pub-goers advised to expect changes amid hospitality sector ahead of 4 July re-opening
Guidelines issued for businesses ahead of 4 July opening.
Preparations complete ahead of the tourism re-opening weekend
Ready to welcome visitors from 4 July.
Turlin Moor and Hamworthy food support
Partnership working helps to feed local communities in the area.
Museums and Galleries welcome visitors from 7 July
Information on what to expect as venues across BCP Council area reopen
£1.4million emergency measures to support people walking and cycling across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Government's emergency active travel fund to benefit local area.
Playgrounds start to open from Saturday 4 July
Playgrounds across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole set to open.
Cattle grazing introduced to Talbot Heath
Cattle has been introduced to Talbot Heath this week for the first time in recent memory. This exciting new move is a joint venture between BCP Council and Talbot Village Trust, who both own sections of the heath.
Changes to service for annual canvass
Between June and September, BCP Council will be emailing households within the area to check who is eligible to register to vote.
Libraries across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to open in phased approach
Four of the area's largest libraries across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will reopen from 6 July following the government's latest announcement on 23 June.
Public thanked for their response following extremely busy day for public services
Council thank public following Major Incident.
Major incident declared after services overstretched by thousands flocking to Bournemouth beaches
A major incident has been declared after thousands of people defied advice to stay away and descended on BCP Council beaches on the hottest day of the year so far.
BCP Council and Dorset Council to discuss health and care response to COVID-19
Councillors from Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council are meeting on Wednesday 1 July to reflect on the Dorset-wide health and care response to COVID-19.
Small businesses to receive their share of £4.3m Local Discretionary Grant fund
BCP Council has begun the process of distributing £4.3 million in grant support to small businesses eligible for the Local Discretionary Grant scheme.
Bid for £25million submitted to Future High Streets Fund for Poole
BCP Council has submitted a bid to the government for up to £25million of funding to deliver transformational change in Poole High Street.
Free school meal voucher scheme for summer holidays welcomed by BCP Council
Vulnerable families across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will now receive free school meal vouchers during the school summer holidays.
School children invited to create artwork encouraging visitors to leave only footprints
School children from schools across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to create artwork which could be used as signage to encourage people to behave responsibly and respect the environment when visiting our parks and beaches.
Walking and cycling to be prioritised on Poole Quay and Lower High Street to support social distancing
Enhanced space at Poole Quay and Lower High Street enabling socially distancing.
More time for the public to have their say on private sector housing licensing proposals
A public consultation that outlines plans for schemes to regulate Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and selected private sector properties in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has been extended until 20 July 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown period.
Poole landlord banned from letting properties for five years
A local landlord from Poole is the second landlord in England to have received a banning order preventing him from letting or managing housing in the UK for five years.
Major improvements to Boundary Roundabout to start next week
Work on the new Boundary Roundabout improvement scheme in Bournemouth will begin next week with completion in Spring 2021.
Local schools awarded for successfully tackling bullying and bad behaviour
Some 40 schools in the BCP Council area have received an award in recognition for their work to protect school children against bullying.
£33 million funding released for Poole Bay Beach Management Scheme
funding approval from the Environment Agency to provide protection over the next 100 years
Lord Baden Powell statue - 12 June Update
Lord Baden Powell statue updated statement issued at 1:15pm on 12 June.
New partnership to manage Dorset coastline
Long term strategies for managing the shoreline and maintaining coastal assets.
Residents urged to watch out for coronavirus 'test and trace' scam
Local residents are being warned to be vigilant of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service.
Plans for more affordable energy efficient council homes for Bournemouth
There are plans for more affordable energy efficient council homes on the site of a former care home in Redhill, Bournemouth.
Huge regeneration site purchase approved for Poole
Hundreds of new homes are now much closer to being built after BCP Council last night approved plans to buy the former power station site in Hamworthy, Poole.
Concessionary bus pass use reverts to normal timings from Monday
Pass use will revert to normal timings on Monday 15 June as businesses and shops start to reopen.
Vote of no confidence lost at BCP Council
A vote of no confidence motion was held and lost at Full Council on 9 June. Accordingly, Cllr Vikki Slade continues to be Leader of the Council.
Robert Baden-Powell statue statement
The latest update on the statue of Lord Baden-Powell.
New council family housing proposed for Bournemouth
Plans to build new council houses at Moorside Road in West Howe will be considered by BCP Council.
Volunteers come together to clean our beaches
Volunteers are helping on a clean up operation to restore our award winning beaches to their previous enviable state.
Joint message of thanks to the care home and domiciliary care sector
A message of thanks is being made to Dorset's care homes, domiciliary and supported living teams from the range of organisations who have been working together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Celebrating and supporting residents looking after loved ones during Carers Week
Residents from Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who look after or support a relative, friend or neighbour and are unpaid will be celebrated for the contribution they make to their community. They will also be encouraged to reach out for support and advice during Carers Week (8-14 June).
Council taskforce to come up with action plans for local economic centres in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A cross party working group is being set up to address the problems being faced by high streets and local centres across the BCP Council area.
"Keep left" to stay safe
As more shops prepare to reopen on 15 June, those visiting town centres, high streets and shopping areas are being asked to "keep left" as well as "keep your distance", in a bid to control Covid-19 and support social distancing.
Ambitious plans to reinvigorate Southbourne beach amenities
Ambitious plans for Southbourne seafront.
Black Lives Matter statement
Statement from Cllr Vikki Slade.
Dorset calls on people to 'respect our communities'
Organisations across Dorset are yet again urging people who are visiting Dorset and those that live here to think carefully about where they are going and if it is safe to do so.
Hot meals provided to Christchurch residents in need
Christchurch community groups and organisations are going the extra mile to support residents through the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring no one has to go hungry.
Community efforts see food provision expanded
Whilst the coronavirus pandemic may have forced many projects providing community meals to temporarily close, work is continuing to ensure a range of vulnerable residents receive food.
BCP Council Leader urgently calls for stricter travel rules after the weekend's chaotic beach scenes
The Leader of BCP Council Councillor Vikki Slade has formally written to the area's MPs and the Chief Constable of Dorset Police after widespread scenes of irresponsible behaviour witnessed across the area's beaches.
Christchurch and Boscombe markets can reopen from 1 June
Following the latest government guidance on the partial lifting of lockdown restrictions, some of BCP Council's outdoor markets are able to reopen from Monday 1 June.
Local Discretionary Grant Scheme for small businesses opens to applications
BCP Council has launched its local discretionary grant scheme after being allocated £4.3 million of additional funding by the Government to support small businesses.
Schools opening for selected year groups from June 1
All schools in the BCP Council area have been open for keyworker and vulnerable children throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. From Monday 1 June they will be welcoming back children in reception and years 1 and 6.
Motion submitted for vote of no confidence
A motion has been submitted to bring a vote of no confidence in the Leader of the Council. This will be considered at the Council meeting on 9 June 2020.
Community projects help to feed Townsend residents
Volunteers, groups and charities have come together to support vulnerable people in their neighbourhood to access food.
Transforming Cities sustainable transport programme progresses during lockdown
The joint sustainable transport programme by BCP Council and Dorset Council, the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, continues despite the challenges to society brought about by the coronavirus lockdown.
Twin Sails Bridge reopens to all road users and pedestrians
The Twin Sails Bridge reopened today (Wednesday 27 April), following the completion of the latest stage of repairs.
BCP Council establishes dedicated Economic Recovery Task Force
A coalition of local organisations has been established to take appropriate actions to support places and businesses re-opening across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Home library service reintroduced across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole thanks to local volunteer effort
Local residents who are signed up to the Home Library Service will soon benefit from the reintroduction of delivery of books to their doorsteps.
Huge regeneration site to deliver new homes in Poole set to be purchased
Hundreds of new homes will be a step closer to reality if BCP Council's Cabinet approves a recommendation to purchase the former power station site in Hamworthy, Poole.
Think Twice… Too Busy? Head Home
BCP Council asks visitors to think twice if the beaches are busy.
Statement from Leader of the Council, Cllr Vikki Slade - Cyclists on the promenade
Latest update from the Leader of BCP Council regarding cyclists on the prom.
Package of measures underway to support bus travel across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
As residents prepare to travel to work again BCP Council is implementing a series of measures to support bus passengers across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Thank you to volunteers across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole during coronavirus crisis
Since the launch of BCP Council's Together We Can Volunteer Hub in March, more than 2,500 volunteers have registered to offer vital help and support to local vulnerable residents.
BCP Council issues £70 million in Grant Support to local businesses during lockdown
To date (Friday 15 May), BCP Council has processed over 5447 Business Support Grants to support businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole affected by coronavirus pandemic. The current value of these Grants stands at £69m and this will exceed the £70m mark following payments being made this weekend.
BCP Council to utilise AI technology to help protect the quality of Poole Harbour's water and habitats
Working jointly with UnifAI Technology Ltd, BCP Council has announced a pilot project which will utilise artificial intelligence (AI) technology to monitor, protect and improve the water ecosystem in Poole Harbour.
Mortality support facilities stood down
The two mortality support facilities that were activated as part of Dorset's response to a possible worst-case scenario during the current Covid-19 emergency are to be placed on standby.
More than 20,000 calls made to and from BCP Council's emergency helpline to support vulnerable residents
A dedicated hotline to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis has made and received more than 20,000 calls since its launch.
Think twice before travelling this weekend
Following the Government's announcements, public services in Dorset are appealing to visitors not to flout the new guidance by travelling unnecessarily to the county.
Statement from Leader of the Council, Cllr Vikki Slade - 13 May
Statement by the Leader of BCP Council to update local residents on a range of Covid-19 and service developments.
Poole in Bloom competition relaunched for 2020
The popular Poole in Bloom competition which celebrates all the hard work that local residents put into making Poole a beautiful place to live, is back for 2020 after a 9-year hiatus.
Car parks and toilets at seafront and leisure locations to reopen for locals
Car parks in leisure locations across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will reopen from 8am this Wednesday (13 May), so that local people can once again enjoy the beaches, parks, and open spaces in their area.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole take difficult decision to extend the cancellation of outdoor events until end of August 2020
Major events and festivals including Bournemouth Air Festival that were due to go ahead this summer have been cancelled due to the continued impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Parking restrictions and enforcement to resume in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
From 8am (Wednesday 13 May), BCP Council will resume parking enforcement in all its owned car parks and in residential areas.
More space for social distancing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council is introducing measures to increase more space to support pedestrians and cyclists in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas.
Tell someone if you feel unsafe
A new campaign from the local Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Partnership asks children and young people to #TellSomeone if they feel unsafe.
BCP Council could face £74m Covid-19 net cost
Members of the council's Overview and Scrutiny Board (18 May, 2pm) and Cabinet (27 May, 10am) will consider a report setting out the financial impact of covid-19.
BCP Council to reopen Household Recycling Centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
All three Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will re-open on Monday (11 May) under revised operating plans to protect residents and staff.
Local homeless supported into longer-term accommodation during Coronavirus crisis
Many people who were rough sleeping or faced homelessness across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who have been temporarily housed in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in March are being supported into more longer-term sustainable accommodation.
Over 200 Planning Applications processed by BCP Council since lockdown
BCP Council has processed over 200 planning applications and over 100 tree works applications in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole since the start of the COVID19 pandemic.
New Strategic Towns Fund Board leads £25million investment plan for Boscombe
Boscombe is the focus for an ambitious bid for a multimillion-pound investment plan as part of the Government's Town Fund initiative.
It's business as usual AND COVID-19 response from BCP Council staff
BCP Council is proud to thank its staff for their flexibility during the coronavirus crisis. A significant proportion of the workforce are focused on the response, including 500+ staff who have redirected their efforts.
Poole Crematorium remains open for ceremonies and services
Funeral services continue to be held at Poole Crematorium chapel. Although the cremators are not running, the chapel and memorial grounds remain open for bereaved families who wish to choose Poole Crematorium.
How to Commemorate VE Day in Lockdown
What you can do at home to commemorate VE Day 75.
Important guidance for dog owners across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Local dog owners living near the seafront will be able to continue walking their dogs on the beach this spring.
Major improvement works to go ahead on Wallisdown Road
The next phase of BCP Council's major infrastructure improvements at Wallisdown will start on Monday 11 May under a two and half week road closure.
BCP Council and Beryl Bikes extend partnership - providing free bike hire for key workers
Significant demand has led BCP Council to fund an extended period of free Beryl Bike usage to NHS staff and other key workers, until the end of June.
BH Coastal Lottery offering grants to good causes in response to COVID-19 crisis
Lottery offering grants for small local good causes
BCP Council reaches £55m milestone in grant support issued to local businesses
Over 4279 businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have received Business Support Grants totalling over £55 million from BCP Council to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
More care workers urgently required across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in response to Covid-19 crisis
More homecare and residential care home workers are urgently required across Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole to support vulnerable residents.
Together We Can: Council, councillors and volunteers spread the word about community response helpline
A targeted postal drop of just under 14,000 Together We Can postcards is being sent to residents over 70 years old living alone in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.