Cleaner, Greener, Safer
As part of our drive to bring back a sense of pride in our place, our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign focuses on the real issues that matter to YOU. We truly love the area that we live in and know that you do too. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is a special place, both rural and urban, spanning countryside and coast and we want everyone to be proud to live here.
2020 was a difficult year for everyone. The impact of COVID-19 changed all our lives, but it also gave us a clear purpose on what was important to us. At the start of the pandemic many of our staff had to self-isolate or began shielding which meant that we had to prioritise what was important in the day to day running of council services in order to redeploy staff to other areas. Now we’re in a better position and Portfolio-Holders alongside lead-councillors are working with officers, partners and stakeholders to discuss priorities and plans to support an enhanced response and bring forward initiatives that will maximise on the positivity and pride that we see across our conurbation, concentrating on the first steps towards making this amazing place even more special, creating a cleaner, greener, safer place for everyone.
We’ve listened to what you’re saying and are prioritising real action on the streets across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, tackling the issues that we know are important to you.
Through our ‘Cleaner’ initiative, we have started to level up some crucial frontline services in Christchurch to the same standards as those experienced in Bournemouth and Poole. Up until April 2020, Christchurch’s waste and recycling was undertaken by the Dorset Waste Partnership at Dorset Council. We took it on in the middle of the pandemic, when priority was placed on more urgent tasks. Now Christchurch will see an improved street cleansing service, which includes a new pavement sweeper alongside staff dedicated to pavement cleaning, tackling litter, dealing with fly tipping, and carrying out winter gully cleaning to reduce incidents of flooding.
Part of an increased focus to improve the pride in our place, we’ve also reinstated six staff to support manual cleansing across our whole conurbation, and plan to run a six-month trial of greater detection and enforcement around fly-tipping.
Further ‘Cleaner’ initiatives to come include an aligned highways and cleansing resource and the development of a new litter bin strategy.
We have committed to planting over 10,000 trees across our conurbation this year. This not only helps combat the climate and ecological emergency, but it also falls under our ‘Greener’ declaration.
We realise that green initiatives matter to you and we’re making it happen. As part of the planting programme, we’re investing in the creation of a hectare of woodland at Iford Meadows. This will take place early in 2021 alongside an additional 4,000 trees that are being planted in North Bournemouth, including the reinstatement planting of lost hedgerows at Hicks Farm.
Trees can have a positive impact on our wellbeing, helping us to feel a sense of calm in our lives and keeping us connected to nature, which has never been more important after the year we’ve all had.
Become a street tree champion!
The new trees that we’ve committed to planting will require more frequent watering than our older, established trees during the dry spells in 2021. We’d like you to become a proud street tree champion over the summer, as the lack of rainfall for any newly planted trees across our conurbation where access to ground water is limited, alongside the impracticalities of us driving huge quantities of water around our roads, means that we need to come up with additional solutions for watering these trees.
We will undertake some watering as resources permit, but more is needed to help support these trees, and we are calling on residents to get actively involved in watering any young trees that are in the immediate vicinity outside your property throughout the summer, to ensure they remain healthy and continue to grow.
Trees help to combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, then removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air, so to show your support for our ‘Greener’ initiative, why not commit to watering a new tree outside your property during patches of dry weather and bring pride to your road.
We’re investing in our communities to ensure that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is a safe place to live in, work in and visit. We want you to feel proud of the safety measures that we are putting in place for your benefit across our three towns. One of the important issues that matter you to is anti-social behaviour, so we will be putting a big emphasis on dealing with matters around this. Money is also being requested to provide lockers for safe storage of the personal belongings of those who are homeless, whilst accessing help to get them off the streets for good.
Other ideas in development include significant additional community safety accreditation scheme resource, enhanced funding for CCTV rollout and increased community days of action when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
We want you to feel safe where you live and increased funding to be spent on these projects will help with our Safer initiative.
What YOU can do to help #LetsBeProud
Does your road need sweeping or drains cleared of leaves? Perhaps you’ve seen some flytipping that needs clearing up? Or is there some graffiti on council property that you would like removed? Perhaps someone is constantly playing loud music and it's affecting you?
We're asking residents to Report It to us online. We will then assess each request that comes in and act on it where we can.
We’ll be holding community action days when it’s safe to do so again and we'd love for you all to take part in your communities. We'll post further information and dates in the coming months, when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
We're hope you all get involved in our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign to create a conurbation that we're all proud of!