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Planned repair work to bring Twin Sails bridge back into full operational order to get underway
Works to complete essential repairs and bring the Twin Sails bridge back into full operational order will take place next month (7 December).
Future development plans for Wessex Fields to be considered
Plans to progress the creation of an innovative medical and research facility at Wessex Fields are due to be considered by BCP Council’s cabinet next month (16 December).
Improvements to Poole crematorium proposed as part of investment plans for BCP Council’s bereavement services
Reviewing long term provision for bereavement services
Children’s social care Ofsted visit: Our response
BCP Council's response to the findings of a recent children's social care Ofsted visit.
BCP Council move to tier 2 once national lockdown measures are lifted
The government has announced that when the national lockdown measures end on 2 December the BCP Council area will be in tier 2.
BCP Council launches Additional Restrictions Support Grants for local businesses
A further £7.9 million in grant support is being made available to businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the form of Additional Restrictions Support Grants.
Carers Rights Day 2020 – Know Your Rights
Ahead of Carers Rights Day on 26 November, local councils, NHS services and other health and care organisations are working in partnership to recognise, support and value local unpaid carers of all ages.
Dorset COVID public update: live this Thursday
Officials from Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and BCP Council will be broadcasting together this Thursday night (26 November), after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once lockdown ends on 2 December.
Beach Hut fees to be frozen until March 2022
Beach hut tenants across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are to benefit from prices being kept at current levels until March 2022.
Protecting Christchurch from future coastal flood risk
Addressing the needs of Christchurch Bay and Harbour
Prohibition notices served to three local businesses following continued breach of Covid regulations
Three local businesses in Bournemouth and Poole have been served prohibition notices for breaches of the Covid restrictions during the national lockdown.
BCP Council showcases Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s digital credentials on world stage at Smart City Live
BCP Council have been showcasing their digital credentials and innovative Smart Place programme to a global audience at a prestigious online congress.
New Covid-19 testing facility for local residents
A new Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is due to open in Boscombe on Tuesday 24 November.
Council set to adopt definition of Islamophobia
A proposal to adopt the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia will be brought to council for consideration on 24 November 2020.
Shoppers to benefit from discounted bus fares and free parking this Christmas as BCP Council demonstrates support for high street
Residents across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will have access to generous travel offers in the run up to Christmas in a bid to support local businesses.
Local businesses can now apply for Local Restriction Support Grants
From today (Monday 16 November), businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who have been required to close as a result of the latest covid-19 lockdown restrictions may apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.
£1.1 million has been awarded to support people walking and cycling across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
As part of the second phase of government’s active travel fund, an additional £1.1 million has been awarded to BCP Council to provide improvements to local walking and cycling infrastructure.
Second lockdown support grants will soon be available to local businesses
Local businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will soon receive £8.2 million in Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) funding.
Public invited to shape plans for Transforming Travel's sustainable travel routes
BCP Council and Dorset Council are seeking initial views from the public on Transforming Travel’s proposals for five of its sustainable travel routes in south east Dorset ahead of formal consultation next year.
Sand re-nourishment scheme to commence early next year
Eight beach areas from Southbourne to Poole will be topped-up with sand from January 2021 as part of the Poole Bay Beach Management Scheme which is designed to make the coastline more climate resilient.
First phase for delivering transformational vision for Lansdowne approved
Plans to transform the heart of Lansdowne can now proceed, following the approval of an initial delivery phase.
Call for more Together We Can volunteers to support vulnerable residents during the pandemic
More volunteers from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are needed to support vulnerable residents who need help and support during the national lockdown and beyond.
Launch of Highcliffe Castle’s 2021 photography competition
Highcliffe Castle is asking people to appreciate the little things in life as the theme for their 2021 photography competition
Poole Road to be focus of accelerated resurfacing works this month
People regularly travelling via Poole Road in Branksome are set to benefit from a comprehensive resurfacing of this busy road with an accelerated works programme taking place from Tuesday 24 November
Targeted patrols across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to ensure local businesses following Covid restrictions
More than 100 local businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole were inspected over the weekend (6, 7, 8 Nov) and offered guidance and advice to ensure lockdown restrictions are being followed correctly.
‘Search and Shop Local’ to rediscover the magic of your local high street
Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being encouraged to ‘Search and Shop Local’ as part of an ongoing initiative to support local businesses throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Twin Sails Bridge lights up for Pancreatic Cancer awareness month
Throughout November Twin Sails Bridge in Poole will be illuminated by purple lights in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
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
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).
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.
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.
Consistent adult social care charge considered for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents
Media release about proposed single adult social care service charging policy
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.
New Skills Shop campus planned for Poole town centre
Media release regarding proposal to relocate Oakdale Skills and Learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unauthorised encampment - Baiter Slipway Car Park
Details of a unauthorised traveller encampment at Baiter Slipway Car Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remembrance Sunday arrangements – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Short private services in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch for Remembrance Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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 under a new administration following leadership vote
Conservative group leader Councillor Drew Mellor has been elected the new Leader of BCP Council.
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.
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).
Local communities receive funding boost
Local community projects are to benefit with funds from a community levy
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.
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).
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.
Cold War Steve's proposed art installation - a statement
A statement on the new artwork being installed on Boscombe Beach.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
Work to start on the cliff stabilisation at Canford Cliffs
Stabilisation work goes ahead with measures to protect the natural environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nellie the fish – swimming off to her next location
Nellie the fish helped us Leave only Footprints on Bournemouth beach.
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.
Departure of Judith Ramsden, Corporate Director, Children's Services
Departure of Judith Ramsden, Corporate Director of Children's Services, BCP Council.
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.
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.
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.
Trial protected cycle lane to be introduced at popular Poole route
Sustainable transport measure to encourage more people to choose to cycle.
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.
Turlin Moor and Hamworthy food support
Partnership working helps to feed local communities in the area.
£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.
Museums and Galleries welcome visitors from 7 July
Information on what to expect as venues across BCP Council area reopen
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.
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.
Public thanked for their response following extremely busy day for public services
Council thank public following Major Incident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New partnership to manage Dorset coastline
Long term strategies for managing the shoreline and maintaining coastal assets.
£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.
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.
Robert Baden-Powell statue statement
The latest update on the statue of Lord Baden-Powell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creekmoor site mobilised for local COVID-19 testing centre
BCP Council's park and ride site at Creekmoor in Poole is being mobilised for the set-up of a Covid19 local testing site, following approval from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Garden waste services have resumed
BCP Council have announced that they are resuming garden waste collection services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, starting Monday 20 April.
Grounds maintenance work to keep our open spaces accessible starts today
Essential grounds maintenance services, such as grass cutting will begin today, Monday 20 April, on large open spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Dedicated support available for unpaid carers during Covid-19 crisis
Local residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, who look after or support a relative, friend or neighbour and are unpaid are urged to reach out for support and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Police, ambulance, councils and others unite to tackle #Unacceptable verbal abuse, assaults and attacks on key workers
Emergency services and other partner agencies across Dorset are working together to highlight the #Unacceptable trend in the number of verbal abuse, assaults or attacks their staff face and the rising number involving threats of COVID-19 infection.
A big thank you to everyone in the care profession – clap for our care workers
Like the rest of the country, and indeed much of the world, hundreds of thousands of Dorset residents - family, neighbours and friends are coming to terms with life as it is following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Primary school places announced for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
97% of families from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been offered a reception place at one of their preferred schools.
Mortality Support Units procured for Dorset
The Dorset Local Resilience Forum has approved two sites in Dorset as specialist mortality support units for body storage as part of the effort to respond to a possible worst-case scenario during the current Covid-19 emergency.
BCP Council issues £30m in Grant support to the local business community
In less than three weeks, nearly 2200 businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have received grants totalling £30 million from BCP Council to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 100 businesses answer BCP Council's PPE appeal
Following an appeal for more personal protection equipment (PPE), over one hundred local businesses have come forward to help meet the Council's front-line service demands.
First virtual BCP Council meeting held today
BCP Council's first virtual meeting was held today following guidance from the Coronavirus Act 2020 which has temporarily removed the legal requirement for councils to hold public meetings in person. This will ensure that all participants are able to contribute and vote without the need to meet in person, enabling them to make key decisions about council services during the Covid-19 crisis.
Council services wearing PPE
Both BCP Council and Dorset Council have already changed the way they work in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Where social distancing or working remotely is not practical, that is where the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is considered.
Together We Can: Over 2,000 volunteers registered to help local vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 crisis
2,100 volunteers have contacted Together We Can - a volunteer hub and dedicated helpline to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis – to offer their help to local residents in the most need.
Repairs to Twin Sails Bridge to resume under closure
The Twin Sails Bridge is being closed from today (Thursday 9 April), until the next phase of repairs is completed.
All BCP Council cremations to be held at Bournemouth Crematorium
From 13 April, all cremations provided by BCP Council will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium. Bereaved families can continue to choose to hold ceremonies and services at Poole Crematorium, with the cremated remains returned to Poole for collection, scatter or interment within the memorial grounds at Poole. Additionally, due to restrictions placed nationally on the numbers permitted at funeral services, we have reduced the cost of cremation services by £100 from £805 to a fixed price of £705 with immediate effect
Live in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole? Love your local area!
Residents from across Dorset are being urged by BCP Council, Dorset Council and Dorset Police to stay at home over the Easter break, with any exercise taken directly from their front doors.
Local private rent tenants urged to seek help early during COVID-19 crisis
Local people who privately rent and are worried about meeting their rental payments during the Covid-19 crisis are urged to seek help as soon as possible.
£3.1m hardship fund to provide relief to council tax payers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council has received £3.1m from the Government to provide council tax relief, alongside the existing local council tax support scheme, to those who are of working age and receiving local council tax support during the financial year 2020-21 and have an amount to pay.
Cllr Colin Bungey
Sad news on Cllr Colin Bungey.
£128m rate relief to support local businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council has received £128m from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to provide grants to support local business rate payers affected by coronavirus (COVID19).
BCP Council launches dedicated helpline to support residents through the coronavirus outbreak
A dedicated helpline to support vulnerable people who need vital support while isolating at home during the coronavirus outbreak has now been launched.
Almost everyone sleeping rough is supported into accommodation this week during COVID-19 crisis
Efforts are being made to ensure everyone who is found rough sleeping across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is assisted into temporary accommodation this week during the Covid-19 crisis.
New domestic abuse campaign launched amid concern over increase in cases
Police and other organisations across Dorset are raising awareness around domestic abuse amid concerns it may increase over the coming weeks due to the impact of Coronavirus.
New waste and recycling service for Christchurch provided by BCP Council from 1 April 2020
Welcome packs have been sent to every household in Christchurch to inform residents that we will be taking over all their waste and recycling services from 1 April.
BCP Council to ease parking restrictions in residential areas
To support residents who are self-isolating and working from home, BCP Council is easing parking restrictions in residential areas.
Funeral services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Following Government's Ministerial Broadcast on Monday 23 March 2020, the advice is that funerals can still take place, but with stricter control measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Council meeting - 31 March 2020
BCP Council considers options for Council Meeting in March 2020.
Support for private renters and landlords during COVID-19
Media release about support for people who rent and landlords.
Free parking at Littledown to support front line NHS workers
The Littledown Centre car park opposite Bournemouth Hospital is now available for free all day use by NHS staff until the end of April.
Statement regarding wedding ceremonies and Covid-19
Following Public Health advice and the decision by the Church of England regarding wedding ceremonies, we have regretfully needed to make temporary changes to our wedding ceremonies to observe social distancing and protect the health of those attending. These changes will affect 293 couples who have booked ceremonies for more than four people up to 31 May 2020.
Bus pass times restriction lifted to support concessionary bus passholders across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Local elderly residents can now use their Connect concessionary fares scheme bus pass at any time.
'Together We Can' community response launched to support vulnerable people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
BCP Council and local community groups have joined forces to launch a Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 'Together We Can' community response to help and support vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.
18 March: BCP Council Leader's latest response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The situation regarding coronavirus is changing rapidly and these are unsettling times for residents. I understand many will be feeling worried and anxious as the situation develops.
Access theme works underway as part of the Poole Park Life project
The latest stage of the Poole Park Life project which focuses on improving access in and around the park, is due to start week commencing 23 March 2020.
Joined up approach to tackle street-based anti-social behaviour across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A harmonised approach to address street-based anti-social behaviour is proposed for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to improve community safety.
Statement on confirmed case in Dorset Council area
Latest statement on Coronavirus.
Future plans for Wessex Fields to accommodate views of local residents
Any new development at the Wessex Fields site should incorporate health, care, research, education and key worker or affordable housing themes, if Cabinet supports proposals next week (Wednesday 18 March 2020).
£79 million set to transform south coast sustainable travel options
Significant changes can be made to the travel network to help meet the challenges of congestion.
Developing arts and culture for our communities
The Cultural Enquiry has now concluded, and cabinet will be asked to accept and support the recommendations.
Statement from Leader of BCP Council
Statement from the Leader of BCP Council, Vikki Slade, about Coronavirus.
Your Council Tax explained
Some frequently asked questions about your Council Tax.
Statement on confirmed case of Coronavirus in Dorset
Media statement about confirmed Coronavirus cases in Dorset.
New website to strengthen the safeguarding of children and young people across Dorset
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partners have launched a new website to strengthen safeguarding guidance for local organisations, parents and carers.
Next phase of major improvement works to commence on Wallisdown Road
As part of the next stage of BCP Council's major infrastructure improvements in the area Wallisdown Road, including its junctions with Alton Road and Talbot Drive, will be closed for approximately two and half weeks from Saturday 4 April 2020.
Ten-year-old Jack wins Book Mastermind competition
This weekend saw the grand final of BCP Council Libraries' first ever Book Mastermind competition, which tasked 9-11 year olds with quizzes based on their favourite book.
Poole Sports Awards 2019
The Poole Sports Awards were recently held at Magna Academy celebrating individual and team sporting success during 2019.
Plan ahead for next stage of Townside improvements and Poole Bridge maintenance works
As part of the major infrastructure improvements to the Townside area, a series of phased road closures are needed to facilitate the next stage of delivering improved links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
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, Monday 2 March 2020.
New Members of Youth Parliament elected
Four local young people are taking their first political steps after being elected to represent Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the UK Youth Parliament. The elected young people are aged between 11 and 18 and will be able to express their views on the decisions that are important to them, make positive changes in their communities and make a difference to the young people they represent.
Residents urged to avoid illegal fish cold callers
Local residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being urged not to buy from door to door fish sellers, who have reportedly been seen in the area.
Upton Country Park celebrates achievement in Destination Awards
Upton Country Park has been chosen as a finalist in the Destination Awards.
A Cultural Future for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A free public conference at Lighthouse Poole.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in top 100 major conurbations worldwide for taking action on climate change
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has been ranked as one of the top global city-regions taking action on climate change by an international not-for-profit organisation that assesses cities' strategic responses to adaptation and mitigation.
Public invited to have their say on revisions to social housing allocations policy
BCP Council has drafted a new person-centred social housing allocation policy, which seeks to ensure its valuable housing resources go to the Council's most vulnerable residents. The public is being invited to have their say on this during a 12-week consultation period taking place from today (Monday 17 February) until 11 May 2020.
Update on evacuation of Iford Bridge Home Park
Yesterday evening we made the decision to carry out a voluntary evacuation of Iford Bridge Home Park. Residents have been advised that it is now safe to return back to their homes.
A responsible, fair and sustainable budget
Tonight (18 February 2020), councillors set the first BCP Council budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan since the formation of BCP Council in April 2019.
Residents of Iford Bridge Home Park are advised to evacuate the site
The onset of flooding as a result of recent persistent rain is expected around 7pm this evening (17 February 2020). Residents are advised to evacuate and Council staff and colleagues from partner agencies will be available to assist residents.
It's not too late to have your say on the Adult Social Care charging policy
BCP Council is consulting on the Adult Social Care charging policy, and local residents are invited to have their say.
Plans agreed by Cabinet to deliver BCP Council's Corporate Strategy
BCP Council's Corporate Strategy Delivery Plans are agreed.
Boscombe bar's premises licence suspended following reported assault
BCP Council has suspended the premises licence of Boscombe's Bar 7, following an alleged serious assault that took place on Saturday 25 January.
Poole Museum to share objects which tell the stories of Wessex's inspirational women
Poole Museum has joined forces with other museums from across the region to tell captivating stories of inspirational women from the past.
Future investment plans for York and Cotlands Road to be considered
Taking an important next step towards achieving its exciting vision for the Lansdowne area, the inclusion of two surface level car parks into the wider Cotlands Road regeneration scheme will be considered by BCP Council's Cabinet on 12 February 2020.
Poole school expansion set to continue if new financial plan approved
The expansion of Carter Community School in Hamworthy, Poole is set to continue subject to approval of a revised financial plan for it to progress.
Cabinet to consider a single Civic Centre for BCP Council
Cabinet to consider a single Civic Centre for BCP Council.
Budget proposal brings service and council tax harmonisation by April 2021 a step closer
A sustainable budget, with investment that supports people's wellbeing and vibrant communities – that is the focus for BCP Council's proposed 2020/21 budget, due for consideration by Cabinet on 12 February.
BCP Council's Tree Planting programme is branching out
Two commemorative trees have been replaced in Central Gardens, Bournemouth as part of the wider BCP Council tree planting programme.
More than £1.4m awarded to support people off the streets in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Funding of more than £1.4M has been awarded to BCP Council in a bid to further enhance the work taking place to support those who are rough sleeping to move off the street and receive the help they need.
New family homes ready to welcome council tenants in Bournemouth
Three new modern family homes have been developed in Charminster, Bournemouth.
Preliminary improvement works to commence at Boundary Roundabout
Works to prepare for future improvements at Boundary Roundabout are due to start week commencing Monday 27 January and last for 3-4 days. The improvements all form part of a wider scheme to create better transport links across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and follow on from the work that has been taking place on Wallisdown Road since Autumn 2019.
Refurbishment complete at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex
A newly refurbished leisure facility in Christchurch is already helping more residents lead healthy and active lives thanks to the latest investment by BCP Council.
Relocation of play area builds on community in Poole
The first steps towards the development and creation of a new community hub in Bourne, Alderney are underway, with works due to start on the relocation and installation of a new play area in February 2020.
Poole flag to be flown from the Guildhall to mark the passing of beloved community figure Brian Galpin
From the afternoon of 21 January to the morning of 23 January, the Poole flag will be flown from Poole Guildhall to mark the passing of local historian Brian Galpin, whose funeral service takes place at Poole Crematorium on Wednesday 22 January.
Poole welcomes new art exhibition inspired by objects found in museums across the region
On 1 February 2020, a unique exhibition opens at Poole Museum featuring an array of artworks inspired by fascinating objects found in museums across Dorset and Wiltshire. Alchemy is the work of contemporary artist, Ann-Marie James.
Local parents urged to check they are not missing out on childcare funding
Parents with a two-year child or a child who will be turning two shortly, are urged to check if they could be eligible for funded childcare.
Freezing temperatures trigger emergency response for people sleeping rough
With overnight temperatures due to fall below zero over the weekend, the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) will be activated in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Local residents encouraged to have their say on private sector housing licensing proposals
Local people are being encouraged to give their views on proposed schemes to regulate Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) and selected private sector properties in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as part of an extensive 12-week consultation (13 Jan – 6 April 2020).
£1.9m National Lottery investment coming to Upton Country Park
Upton Country Park have been granted £1.9m of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. One of the core beliefs at Upton Country Park is that by giving people the opportunity to understand, value and share Poole's rich heritage we can bring our local communities and people together.
More local good causes set to benefit if expansion of BH Coastal Lottery is approved
Following a successful first year, councillors will be considering expanding the community lottery.
New Council homes for local people proposed for Bournemouth
Nine new Council homes in Charminster, Bournemouth have been proposed as part of the Council's work to modernise its housing stock. Councillors will be asked at Cabinet on 15 January to consider approval to progress the scheme. The development at Luckham Road, Charminster, will replace the Council housing currently on site which is no longer fit for purpose and requires significant ongoing maintenance.
Twin Sails Bridge updated FAQs January 2020
The latest FAQs for the Twin Sails Bridge are now available January 2020.
Let's Talk Renting launches to support tenants
Let's Talk Renting, a campaign designed to support tenants and reduce homelessness is launching at the Sovereign Centre on Monday 13 January.
Help us shape our Community Engagement and Consultation Strategy
We will be asking residents to have their say on Community Engagement and Consultation principles.
Plans for Beach House Cafe at Mudeford Sandbank
Proposals will go to cabinet to approve funding for a new cafe.
Improvement works to continue in Townside area of Poole
On Monday (6 January 2020), works to improve access to the town and enhance nearby public spaces will resume in the Townside and Hunger Hill area of Poole.
Have your say on the future planning of Dorset Heathlands
BCP Council and Dorset Council are jointly consulting on supplementary planning policy aimed at protecting areas of sensitive heathland in south east Dorset.
Recruitment drive to encourage qualified social workers to return to the profession
Drop-in event on Friday 10 January 2020 for those considering a return to social work.
New challenges, new opportunities for BCP Council in 2020
As 2020 approaches, BCP Council's Cabinet team has set out its New Year key messages to highlight the Council's focus for the next 12 months.Several of the Cabinet team explained what they will be concentrating on, underpinned by the Council's key themes, of sustainability, wellbeing and investment.
5G network planned for Lansdowne as part of Smart Place pilot
Plans to run an exciting Smart Place pilot including a 5G network in Bournemouth have been approved by BCP Council's Cabinet today (20 December).
BCP Council's 'New to You' shop hits record sales of £100,000
An eco-shop run selling reclaimed items dropped off at BCP Council household recycling centres is celebrating after raising a staggering £100,000.
Mastermind competition opens for young readers
Children aged between 9 and 11 can win one of several book token prizes next month as part of the first ever BCP Council Book Mastermind competition, run by the libraries at Broadstone, Boscombe and Christchurch.
BCP Council backs plans to combat climate emergency
Councillors from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have endorsed a set of proposed actions to tackle climate change.
Council Tax discounts proposed for care experienced young people in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Local young people leaving care are set to be further supported by the council.
Poole residents invited to submit bids for future infrastructure projects that improve their local area
Residents, businesses and community groups are being given an opportunity to help shape the future of their town by submitting bids for the Poole CIL Neighbourhood Portion fund.
Improving how residents have a say
Proposals which set out BCP Council's intentions on how the public will be engaged with and are consulted on council issues, will be discussed by Cabinet on Friday (Dec 20).
Future of popular venue to be discussed
Investment in the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) to enable it to remain competitive, will be considered at Cabinet on December 20.
Bid submitted for £135 million programme of sustainable transport initiatives
BCP Council has made its final submission to the Transforming Cities Fund to support a £135 million programme of sustainable transport proposals.
Poole Town Centre set to be focus for major sustainable regeneration
This week (Friday 20 December) BCP Council's Cabinet will consider an ambitious programme to kickstart the sustainable regeneration of Poole Town Centre.
Cabinet to consider new super hut development
Cabinet will consider a proposed seafront development at Fisherman's Walk, Bournemouth this month.
Twin Sails Bridge reopens to road users, cyclists and pedestrians
The Twin Sails Bridge has been brought back into operation following the successful completion of works to replace one of the main bearing pivot-pins.
2019 UK Parliamentary Election results for Bournemouth East; Bournemouth West; Christchurch; Mid Dorset and North Poole; and Poole
Results of the General Election held on 12th December 2019
Consultation proposed for one Adult Social Care Charging Policy across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Media release regarding proposed consultation about Adult Social Care consultation
BCP Council's future Street Works Permit Scheme takes important next step
Ahead of its introduction, utility companies and stakeholders are invited to have their say on BCP Council's plans for a new Street Works Permit Scheme for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
BCP Council to consider actions needed for a carbon neutral future
Councillors from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are due to consider a report setting out the challenges and opportunities the three towns face in achieving a carbon neutral future.
Council mark 100 years of council housing
100 tenants and leaseholders from Bournemouth celebrated the anniversary of council housing in Britain.
Fences installed at Eastcliff in preparation for goat grazing
BCP Council are erecting new fences along the Eastcliff in preparation for next Spring, when a herd of native goats will be taking up residence and grazing on the cliffside following a successful pilot with a breed of British Primitive goats at Honeycombe Chine in Boscombe.
Bournemouth wins prestigious British Travel Award
Bournemouth announced as the winner of Best UK Seaside Town.
General Election 2019 Postal Votes
With 55,000 registered postal voters in the BCP Council area there is always the potential for issues to arise, especially when dealing with a snap election.
HSE conclusion for popular Hengistbury Head Land Train service
BCP Council is reviewing its options for the future of the Hengistbury Head Land Train following the conclusion of a year-long investigation by the Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Planning application submitted for Hicks Farm SANG
Proposals for a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) at Hicks Farm, Throop have been submitted to BCP Council's Planning team following public consultations that took place in September 2019.
Christmas Shopping in Poole - Park & Ride is just the ticket!
Poole running park and ride on the four Saturdays before Christmas.
Have your say on proposals affecting Throop and Holdenhurst
Have your say on a consultation that affects Throop and Holdenhurst.
BCP Council approves plans for a new illuminated nautical rope sculpture at Hunger Hill
Celebrating Poole's maritime heritage, plans have now been approved for a new and eye-catching nautically themed sculpture at Hunger Hill in Poole.
Bespoke carving to celebrate 100 years of council housing
A striking piece of art in celebration of 100 years providing council housing.
Children and young people in care influence Corporate Parenting Board strategy
Children and young people have helped shape BCP Council's new Corporate Parenting strategy, which will drive how the council works with partners to ensure a brighter future for those under its care. Councillors approved the strategy at the Cabinet meeting on 13 November.
Plans submitted for brand new primary school building in Poole
Plans for a new primary school building In the Hillbourne area of Poole have been submitted to the Council for approval.
BCP Council to align homeless and rough sleeping priorities to improve support for vulnerable people
BCP Council presents its combined homelessness and rough sleeping action plan across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as it moves towards aligning ways of working across the area.
Twin Sails Bridge repair works to get underway
Update on the Twin Sails bridge November 2019.
Sign up to BCP Council's 2020 garden waste service
You can now sign up to BCP Council's 2020 garden waste collection service.
Remembrance Day Services taking place across the BCP Council area
Remembrance Day Services will be taking place on November 10 at the war memorials in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the BCP Council area.
Dolphin Dive Poole Update
The popular Dolphin Leisure Centre in Poole is approaching 50 years old. Some of the substructure has started to fail and requires a large amount of repair work to ensure the building can remain operational.
Bournemouth school first in the area to achieve special recognition for work to support positive mental health and well-being
Staff and pupils from Corpus Christi primary school are celebrating as they become the first school in the area to achieve The Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark.
Recruitment drive for volunteer mentors to inspire young care experienced young people
Local residents who could spare some time to help inspire, encourage and motivate young people who have experienced being in care are urged to sign up to the Care Leaver Mentoring Scheme delivered by BCP Council.
BCP Council offers free data management and cyber security training
Dorset based small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are invited to participate in a free trial to test innovative ways to improve their productivity through better data management and cyber security practices.
Residents asked to identify important local issues to help guide the future Local Plan
Everyone living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is being asked to highlight what they consider are important issues within their communities.
Public consultation launches on the transformational plans for the Lansdowne area
Everyone living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are invited to have their say on ambitious plans to transform and pedestrianise parts of Lansdowne.
Local community invited to shape the future for Wessex Fields
Residents, community groups and business representatives are invited to help shape the future of Wessex Fields at an engagement event next month (19 November).
More affordable care home places secured for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A 70-bed care home in Boscombe has been purchased by BCP Council to provide more affordable care home bed spaces across the area.
From grass verge to a room with a view at Poole's latest housing development
Last week marked the opening of Nile Court, Sovereign's new housing development at Holes Bay Road in Poole, which will provide 46 much-needed affordable homes in the centre of Poole.
Count Yourself In – provide a forever home for a child in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
More people are being urged to come forward during National Adoption Week, which this year is from 14 – 20 October, in an effort to provide homes for children across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset.
Homelessness Reduction Board launches
The launch of an ambitious partnership aimed at tackling homelessness.
BCP Council launches Local Plan public consultation, call for sites and draft Statement of Community Involvement
Everyone living and working in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is invited to have their say in shaping and influencing BCP Council's long-term development strategy.
Funding boost for housing in Bournemouth and Poole
BCP Council has received national funding of £4.312M for the development of housing at Turlin Moor, Poole and Princess Road, Bournemouth.
EU Citizens across Dorset encouraged to apply for settled status
EU Citizens living locally are being encouraged to apply for settled status.
New Housing Strategy to be developed for the future housing provision across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A key document which sets out the housing needs for the entire BCP Council area over the next few years is set to be developed.
Cabinet decision on consultation for new private sector housing licensing proposals
Plans to carry out an extensive public consultation on the potential introduction of two Discretionary Licensing Schemes for private sector housing within Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, are to be discussed by BCP Council's Cabinet.
Poole bay beach management scheme 2020-2031
Cabinet will be asked to approve the submission of the Outline Business Case for coastal management to the Environment Agency.
Action plan proposed to help meet new housing targets for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
A housing action plan to tackle delivery of the new housing target is set to be discussed by BCP Council's Cabinet.
BCP Council's Cabinet to consider new Corporate Strategy
Following a period of engagement with residents, businesses, local community groups, staff and youth groups, BCP Council's Cabinet will now consider an updated version of its Corporate Strategy.
Street works permit scheme for road works in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Utility companies wishing to work on the highway across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will soon have to apply for a permit to carry out these activities.
BCP Council and Royal Bournemouth Hospital to work together on future travel options at Wessex Fields
BCP Council and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) will work together to draw up future solutions to tackle congestion in and around the hospital site.
Future parking services strategy to be considered by BCP Council
Plans to consolidate BCP Council's parking service and build a modern, responsive and efficient service are being discussed.
Throop & Holdenhurst Governance Review
Throop and Holdenhurst community governance review.
BCP Council flicks the switch to green renewable energy
All council buildings across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be powered on 100% renewable electricity as of next month (1 October).
Twin Sails Bridge lowered due to high winds
Due to the presence of high winds and to prevent further damage, we will be lowering the Twin Sails Bridge today (Friday 27 September) at 4:30pm. It will be lifted again when the weather improves. The bridge remains closed until repairs are carried out later this autumn.
Bournemouth awarded the renewal of purple flag status for 2019/2020
Bournemouth awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation.
New community role to help tackle hidden hunger in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Following growing concerns around food insecurity across the area, BCP Council has agreed to fund a new Community Food Co-ordinator role to work in partnership with other agencies to tackle the issue.
Poole Museum awarded National Lottery support to transform its public spaces and displays
BCP Council has been awarded initial support* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Poole Museum project, "Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole's Maritime Heritage".
Have your say on the Sandbanks Neighbourhood Forum
BCP Council is consulting on the Sandbanks Neighbourhood Plan, following an application by a community group in Sandbanks to become a designated Neighbourhood Forum.
Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
On Thursday 31 October 2019, registered voters in Boscombe and Pokesdown can make their views known in a referendum.
Garden waste services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to be considered at BCP Council's Cabinet meeting
The garden waste service across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is on the agenda for BCP Council Cabinet on 30 September.
Environmental Innovation Hub planned for Dorset coast
Environmental Innovation Hub planned for Dorset coast.
Major transformational plans for Lansdowne to be considered by BCP Council
Ambitious plans to transform and pedestrianise parts of Lansdowne will be considered by BCP Council's Cabinet Members on 30 September 2019.
Future of Wessex Fields to be considered by BCP Council
Plans for the future development of Wessex Fields will be discussed by BCP Council's Cabinet Members on Monday 30 September 2019.
In the first three months of the scheme, Beryl Bikes have been cycled over 80,000km
Beryl, BCP Council's bike operator for Bournemouth and Poole, has revealed that the bikes have been collectively cycled over 80,000km, the equivalent of twice around the world in the first three month of the scheme.
Future cleansing and waste services in Christchurch to be considered by BCP Council
Future cleansing and waste services in Christchurch will be discussed by BCP Council later this month (Monday 30 September).
BCP Council wins share of multi-million-pound parks fund
BCP Council has been chosen by the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund as one of eight places across the UK – out of over 80 that applied – to take part in its ground-breaking Future Parks programme.
Successful Landlord Exhibition returns for its 12th year
Are you a landlord? Or are you interested in becoming one? The hugely popular Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Landlord Exhibition is once again taking place this autumn.
Major improvements to Dunyeats Road in Poole have been completed
Major improvements of road works at Dunyeats Road in Poole have been completed.
Plans for brand new primary school and housing proposed for Poole to go on show
Local residents, staff and parents are invited to attend two drop-in information events being held at Hillbourne School in Poole to view exciting plans for a new school and housing development being proposed on the site of the existing buildings.
Poole Bridge lifting schedule changed to support peak morning travel
With the aim of increasing journey time reliability and improving traffic flow efficiency for all bridge users, BCP Council has revised its morning lifting schedule for Poole Bridge.
BCP Council's Winter Service continuity plans approved
BCP Council is fully prepared to respond to dropping temperatures over the winter period following Cabinet approval of its Winter Service continuity plan 2019/20.
BCP Council Cabinet approves plans for a new Disabled Tax-Exempt Vehicle Parking Permit scheme
Proposals for implementing a fair and consistent Disabled Tax-Exempt Vehicle (DTEV) permit scheme across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been approved by BCP Council's Cabinet (11 September 2019).
BCP Council approves Traffic Regulations Orders changes
BCP Council's Cabinet has approved changes to the advertising and approval of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, including those used for the provision of on-street disabled bays.
A Good Life - helping end loneliness in later life
BCP Council and CVS have worked in partnership and received lottery funding to help end loneliness in later life.
BCP Council launches 'Call for Evidence on implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole'
A 'Call for Evidence on the implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole' has been launched today.
Improving the welcome to Poole Seafront
Improvements are getting underway on Poole seafront, Shore Road and Branksome Chine.
Overnight closures to support next phase B3073 Blackwater West junction improvements
A series of overnight closures are required as part of the next phase of constructing a new and more efficient B3073 Blackwater West Junction.
Local care and support workers celebrate being Proud to Care
Proud to Care campaign will be launched on Monday 9 September. The campaign will celebrate the valuable contribution care and support workers make to our residents' lives.
BCP Council's Cabinet Members to consider Winter Service continuity plans
Next week (11 September 2019) BCP Council's Cabinet Members will be asked to approve proposals which will make sure the area is ready to respond to dropping temperatures this winter.
Traffic Regulations Orders to be considered by BCP Council
Proposals related to processing and approving Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, including those used for the provision of on-street disabled bays will be considered by BCP Council Cabinet Members next week.
Future planning policies for Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole to be considered by BCP Council
A number of major planning policy reports which will shape the long-term strategy for the future of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole will be considered by BCP Council next week.
Plans to harmonise Disabled Tax-Exempt Vehicle Parking Permit scheme across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Proposals to implement a consistent approach to a Disabled Tax-Exempt Vehicle (DTEV) permit scheme across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be considered by BCP Council next week.
Emergency Road closure at Bath Road for highway inspections
Following routine maintenance works at Bath Road an urgent inspection is required to assess the condition of the road structure adjacent to Pavilion.
Update: Emergency Road closure at Bath Road due to disconnected water main
Following an inspection of the road structure at Bath Road a water leak has been found and Bournemouth Water are now on site dealing with this.
Public exhibitions planned for Hicks Farm greenspace proposal
Plans for the creation of c.12 hectares of greenspace at Hicks Farm in Throop are moving forward with residents invited to attend two preliminary public exhibitions in September to help shape and inform the next stage of BCP Council's planning application.
Tricuro awarded the Most Outstanding Care Provider in the UK in 2018
Tricuro, owned by BCP and Dorset Council have been awarded Most Outstanding Care Provider in the UK 2018.
Local recruitment boost as Poole care home prepares to open
A new dedicated care home for specialist nursing and dementia in Poole will be officially handed over by the contractors to BCP Council and Shaw healthcare next week (Monday 19 August).
A Level students across BCP Council area celebrate their achievements
BCP Council is proud of all the A Level students who have attended the schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and received their results this week.
New council housing delivered at Helyar Road
Two new three-bedroom family homes have been delivered in Bournemouth by BCP Council.
Leading seafront airshow to offset carbon footprint
Organisers pledge to offset display fuel by planting trees in the UK and supporting a project to prevent deforestation in the Amazon in bid to make positive difference.
Twin Sails update 14 August
The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole remains closed to road traffic after a second technical fault was found on the Hamworthy side of the structure.
Road closures required as part of Dunyeats Road improvements
As part of a major infrastructure investment scheme aimed at improving pedestrian and cycling facilities, a series of road closures are required at Dunyeats Road in Poole.
BCP Council wants your view on its council plan
BCP Council wants your view on its council plan
Major transport improvements planned for Wallisdown Road
On Monday 19 August, major improvement works will start at Wallisdown Road for stage one of the Wallisdown Improvement Works.
Twin Sails Bridge - FAQs
Find the answers to questions you may have regarding the latest Twin Sails bridge update.
Twin Sails Bridge update
Twin Sails Bridge is currently in the upright position after a second technical fault occurred on the Hamworthy side of the structure.
The 2019 Bournemouth Air Festival Air Display line-up has landed
Stellar stars include more than 20 aircraft, six jets and an international contingent leading the way at Bournemouth's landmark festival.
Urgent works to replace traffic signals at Castle Lane East and Riverside Avenue
Work begins next week (Monday 5 August) on replacing the traffic signals at a busy road junction in Bournemouth.
Hamworthy's revamped paddling pool set to make a splash this summer
Hamworthy Park's newly refurbished paddling pool opens Tuesday 30th July
Cherished watercolour collection commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert comes to Poole
A major exhibition of watercolours marking the bicentenary of the births of both Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, opens on Saturday 26 October at Poole Museum.
New councils pledge to support the Armed Forces community
The new unitary authorities of Dorset Council and BCP Council have signed the Dorset Armed Forces covenant.
B3073 Blackwater West to benefit from major signal improvements
The B3073 Blackwater West Signal Improvements is the latest scheme to benefit from £45.2 million investment.
Bournemouth's Arts by the Sea Reveals Key Programme Highlights For 2019 Festival
Arts by the sea Bournemouth - what's happening?
Throop and Holdenhurst Local Review - Have Your Say
Have your say on a review of the Community Governance arrangements in Throop and Holdenhurst
Major improvements to Dunyeats Road in Poole
Dunyeats Road in Poole is benefitting from major investment in its infrastructure aimed at improving this busy main route in the town.
Littledown joins BCP Council's parks and open spaces success with its first Green Flag Award
Littledown Park in Bournemouth is the latest BCP Council park to have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.
BCP Council declares a 'Climate Emergency'
A motion asking BCP Council to formally declare a 'climate emergency' was agreed tonight, Tuesday 16 July. The motion was proposed by Cllr Simon Bull and seconded by Cllr Chris Rigby.
Overnight road closures support Blackwater West junction improvements
As part of the initial phase of constructing a new and more efficient B3073 Blackwater West Junction, a series of overnight lane closures will be in place to install temporary traffic signals.
Bournemouth Seafront to welcome new adventure golf course
Situated on the UK's Best Beach*, the South's coast with the most will be adding to its eclectic selection of seaside attractions with the brand new Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf Course, opening this Summer.
A338/Blackwater Junction reopens on time after major £10 million improvement works
The major improvement works at the A338/Blackwater Junction have been completed on time and on budget.
Shore Road scheme takes a step forward
Investment in the seafront at Shore Road Poole.
Timeshare fraudster ordered to pay £1000's to victims
Francis 'Frank' Madden was this week ordered at Bournemouth Crown Court to repay more than £10,500 to victims of his timeshare-based fraud as a result of work undertaken by trading standards.
Cabinet to consider new lease arrangements for the Happyland site
BCP Council's Cabinet are set to consider new lease arrangements with Gervis Meyrick Estate to help support future development of the Happyland site and enable the continuing investment in our award-winning seafront.
Youth offending services across Dorset are performing well
Preventing young people from reoffending and reducing the use of custodial sentences have been highlighted in this year’s Youth Justice plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as well as Dorset.
Play Moor, Skate Moor at refurbished play area in Poole
Play area at Foreland Road, Turlin Moor has officially re-opened.
Car parking surplus supports transport projects
Any surplus raised through parking fines and on-street parking charges is reinvested to improve car parking facilities, facilitate public passenger transport, as well as improvements to the town's road network, all of which benefit motorists both visitors and residents.
Cabinet to consider acquisition strategy for the former power station in Poole
A report outlining a proposed acquisition strategy to bring the former power station site in Holes Bay into public ownership will be considered by Cabinet members on 12 July 2019.
Greater transparency around council planning call-in process
New arrangements and an expansion of the criteria for calling in planning applications is expected to go before BCP Council's Cabinet next week.
5G In Action: Working Together to Build the Connected Communities of Tomorrow
5G conference in Bournemouth
Westbourne housing redevelopment proposed to meet local need
Councillors will consider the proposals for the redevelopment of the council owned site at Princess Road on Friday 12 July and will be asked to recommend approval for the scheme to progress.
BCP Council's Cabinet to consider proposed investment strategy for the BIC
Next week (Friday 12 July) BCP Council's Cabinet will consider a report outlining a proposed investment strategy for the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
Transport improvements totalling over £145m submitted to Government
Ambitious proposals for the future of the BCP Council transport network have been submitted to Government.
Major improvement works at Hunger Hill finish on schedule
Road improvement work finish on schedule at Hunger Hill in Poole.
Essential maintenance on local roads
Essential road works will be carried out on several local roads across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole next week, as part of BCP Council's Highway Maintenance Programme.
Dolphin dive pool update -June
Dolphin pool, Poole works to start shortly.
Huge success for Poole Maritime Festival 2019
Poole Maritime Festival's Business Programme 2019 has once again been hailed a resounding success, attracting around 450 delegates over five days.
New Bike Share Scheme arrives in Bournemouth and Poole
BCP Council, in partnership with operator Beryl, has launched a new innovative hybrid bike share scheme for Bournemouth and Poole.
BCP Council's Cabinet approves £493,000 investment in public toilets in Poole
Two sites will reopen on Poole Quay and at Lake Pier, and six other sites will undergo urgent refurbishment
Help to Let Scheme Launched for Landlords to Help Prevent Homelessness
Local landlords with less than 30 properties urged to sign up for Help to Let to provide affordable private rented tenancies to local people at risk of becoming homeless
Countdown to amazing family entertainment as part of Poole Maritime Festival
Celebrations as Poole Maritime Festival showcases an amazing line-up of family entertainment
More than £1.5 M invested to support people off the streets in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Additional funding of £143,000 has been awarded to BCP Council from Government in a bid to support those sleeping rough to move in to accommodation and receive ongoing support.
New Community Alcohol Partnership launching in Bournemouth
Community Alcohol Partnership launches in Bournemouth
GB Olympic hopeful to officially open Arena Skate Park at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex
On Saturday 8 June, the new state-of-the-art Arena Skate Park at the Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex in Christchurch will be officially opened by Alex Decunha, one of the five skateboarding hopefuls for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole prepare to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
A series of local events will soon commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the role the three towns played in ensuring their success.
First BCP Council Cabinet considers council tax harmonisation from 2021
Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole would pay the same levels of council tax from April 2021, as part of a new financial strategy being considered by BCP Council's first ever Cabinet meeting next Wednesday (12 June).
Royal opening for Highcliffe Castle's newly restored East Wing
The newly restored East Wing of Highcliffe Castle was officially opened yesterday (30 May 2019) by HRH, The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.
Role of the Charter Trustees and appointment of Mayoralty roles
The first meetings of the Charter Trustees and the appointment of Mayoralty roles.
European Election results for the South West
The 2019 European Election results for the South West region have been declared.
New A338 average speed cameras to go live at the end of May
The new permanent average speed cameras on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road, will go live on Friday 31 May 2019.
An update - statement on the Hengistbury Head Land Train
May 2019 update on the Hengistbury Head Land Train
Unity Alliance has overall control of BCP Council
Following last night's inaugural Full Council meeting, BCP Council is run by the Unity Alliance, a majority administration comprising Liberal Democrats, Christchurch Independents, Poole People, Labour, other Independents, Green and Alliance for Local Living councillors.
BCP Councillors choose Leader
BCP Councillors choose their first Leader of the new administration
BCP Council's Leadership To Be Elected at Annual Council
On Tuesday 21 May 2019 the first ever Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader of BCP Council will be elected
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole named the coast with the most awards
Keep Britain Tidy presents its iconic Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to the UK's very best beaches, and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole has been confirmed as the area with the most accolades – clocking up 23 awards in total.
Poole's 'new to you' service uncovers a fascinating piece of WWI history
Poole's 'new to you' service uncovers a fascinating piece of WWI history
Overnight closures on A338 to run throughout May
Overnight closures on A338 to run throughout May.
No Party Takes Overall Control In First Ever BCP Council Local Elections
No Party Takes Overall Control In First Ever BCP Council Local Elections
Litter campaign cleans up along award-winning seafront
As forecasters predict another sunny bank holiday weekend, a litter campaign launched in Bournemouth & Poole appeals to beach visitors to continue to look after the area's award-winning beaches, while reflecting on its success during the past year.
Historic election day for BCP Council almost here
Residents are just three days away from being able to cast their votes in the first ever BCP Council local elections on Thursday.
Enhancing connectivity at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Enquiry event held at Dolphin Shopping Centre
The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is hosting the next Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Cultural Enquiry event on Wednesday 1 May from 5-7pm.
Towngate Bridge to undergo essential repairs
Essential repairs will be carried out on Towngate Bridge in Poole later this week as part of the multi-million Townside improvement scheme funded through the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
Easter sun brings thousands to 'coast with the most'
After a holiday weekend that registered the UK's hottest Easter Monday on record, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors amid temperatures of up to 25°C.
Bounce onto court in time for Wimbledon with 'Tennis for Free' sessions
Tennis for Free sessions are being offered at two Poole BCP Council tennis courts
Poole Museum buys a major piece of Poole Pottery history
Poole Museum has managed to purchase a major piece of Poole Pottery history, a jardinière and stand made by Carter & Co in its pottery on Poole Quay in about 1902.
Parents offered primary school places today
Families across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will find out today, Tuesday 15 April, which primary school their child has been offered for September 2019.
Brexit – Find out how BCP Council is preparing and what you and local businesses can do to get ready
Brexit – Find out how BCP Council is preparing and what you and local businesses can do to get ready.
Drop in event to celebrate Poole Park's Lakes & Lagoon improvement projects
Drop in event to celebrate Poole Park's Lakes & Lagoon improvement projects.
First flytipping action achievement for new BCP Council
First flytipping cleanup success made by Targeted Enforcement Team in the new BCP Council.
BCP Council nominations announced
Nominations for the BCP Council local elections have been announced today and can be view online.
New beachside lodges about to open
New beachside lodges about to open
Dolphin Swimming Pool repair works update
Dolphin Swimming Pool diving pool repair works update.
BCP Shadow Council's Chief Executive Meets Apprentices for National Apprenticeship Week
BoP and BBC apprentices met BCP Shadow Authority Chief Executive Graham Farrant to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
Cash boost to prevent homelessness across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
Residents at risk of becoming homeless will benefit from funding to boost number private rented sector landlords offering affordable tenancies.
Historic meeting sets first ever BCP Council budget
The final meeting of the BCP Shadow Authority has set a budget for BCP Council that puts £10million extra funding into social care, despite a reduction of government funding since 2010/11.
Shadow executive approves BCP budget recommendation
A balanced budget for 2019/20 has been approved by the Shadow Authority Executive ahead of the launch of the new BCP Council. It will now go before a meeting of the full Shadow Authority on February 21.
£500,000 Budget Saving in Members Allowances for BCP Council
£500,000 budget saving in Members allowances for BCP Council.
BCP Council constitution to be considered this week
The meeting this week, to be held at the Civic Offices in Christchurch, will see committee members consider the proposed Constitution, which includes the establishment of both the Planning and Licensing Committees for the new Council.
Balanced Budget proposal for BCP Council
A balanced budget for 2019/20 has been recommended for the Shadow Authority Executive to consider ahead of the launch of the new BCP Council.
Cultural enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole launches
Cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole launches
Proposed Director of Children's Services for BCP Council announced
Judith Ramsden has been announced as the recommended appointment for the position of Director for Children's Services by the Senior Appointments Committee.
Notice of appointment of a local auditor to the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole authority
The PSAA appointed Grant Thornton UK LLP to audit the accounts of the Council for four years, for the accounts from 2019/20 to 2022/23.
Proposed directors for the new BCP Council announced
Recommendations for Tier 2 Directors have been announced.
Ward boundaries finalised for new BCP Council
Ward boundaries for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have been published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
Proposed chief executive for the new BCP Council announced
In an exciting step for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, the recommended appointment for the Chief Executive has been announced.
BCP Shadow Authority confirm chief executive appointment
In the next exciting step for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP), the first appointment has now been agreed.
Christchurch judicial review dismissed
The judicial review brought by Christchurch Borough Council, has been dismissed.
Have your say on new council ward boundaries in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
BCP Shadow executive elect chairman
Plans progressed towards the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council as Cllr Janet Walton was elected Chairman of the Shadow Executive Committee at its inaugural meeting.
BCP Shadow Authority hold inaugural meeting 06/06/2018
Plans to implement the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council took a step forwards on 6 June 2018 as the Shadow Authority held its inaugural meeting.
Historic day as parliamentary process to create new councils concludes
Legislation now passed in both Houses of Parliament means that Dorset residents will be served by two brand new unitary councils from April 2019 – Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, and Dorset Council. The county’s nine current councils will cease to exist on 31 March 2019.
Meeting update: 20/03/2018
The Joint Committee for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole met on 20 March 2018. Here's a summary of what was discussed and agreed.
Government Approves Unitary Councils for Dorset
The Secretary of State, Savid Javid, has reviewed all the evidence and has confirmed his decision that to replace nine councils with two unitary authorities.
Meeting update: BCP Joint Committee 15/01/2018
The BCP Joint Committee held its fourth meeting on 15 January 2018. Here's a summary of what was discussed and agreed.
Meeting Update: Third BCP joint committee continues preparations for new nouncil
The Joint Committee will consider a paper on the Ward and Election arrangements for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
Joint Committee Continues to plan for new Council for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Council Tax Harmonisation options, electoral arrangements and the legal name of the new council are all up for consideration by the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Joint Committee next week.
BCP Joint Committee Prioritises Fair Council Tax and Mayoralties
Possible Council Tax reductions in Christchurch, a commitment for no resident to experience a rate rise higher than the Government's referendum threshold and a special Task & Finish Group to look at preserving Mayoralties were resolved at the latest BCP Joint Comittee meeting.
First meeting of BCP joint committee has taken place
Members from Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset councils have met for the first time as a Joint Committee to consider Local Government Reorganisation.
The first meeting
Announcing the first meeting of the BCP Shadow Authority.
 
 
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