Summer readiness across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Just this year we’ve been voted the UK’s best beach, this on top of the fact that we’re ranked number five in Europe, means our beaches are amongst the best in the world. We know that when it is safe to do so people will come to our area.   

We’re pulling out all the stops to make sure we make 2021 the year of opportunity by engineering the fastest bounceback possible. Our hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, and many more businesses are all gearing up to welcome people back when it’s safe to do so.  And we’ve chosen to support our local economy further by putting on Festival Coast Live! - an exciting programme of outdoor activities and pop-up events to create a warm welcoming family atmosphere, for residents and holiday makers alike.

We’re making sure we are prepared to respond to the issues that matter to our residents and have put in place a £3.5million seasonal response plan to manage the resort’s beaches, town centres, parks and open spaces. 

From 29 March a multi agency command control centre (MACC) will be in operation until the end of September and will oversee the seasonal plan’s day and evening operations, responding in real time to issues that arise when the resort experiences an increase in visitor numbers. 

An additional 75 seafront staff have been recruited to welcome people, keep the beaches clean and safe, and provide a greater security presence.

In readiness for high traffic volumes we are putting in place increased traffic management officers at key locations and car parks, including:

  • Sandbanks ferry 
  • Sandbanks car park
  • Branksome Chine
  • Alum Chine
  • Bath Road North/South car park
  • Overstrand and Sea Road car park
  • Avon Beach car park
  • Mudeford Quay car park.

Tow away zones will be in operation to deal with illegal parking, and plans are in place to increase the parking enforcement team, with more than 70 civil enforcement officers ready to be deployed in the peak summer months. 

Working with transport providers two suitable park and ride sites will operate ahead of the peak summer months. These include:

  • Kings Park to Boscombe Pier. £5 to park with a free Morebus service every 15 minutes on 29, 30 and 31 May, all weekends in June and July, daily from 24 July to 1 September 2021. Parking for over 350 vehicles available.
  • Poole Civic to Sandbanks. Free parking at Civic Centre multi storey car park and £5 maximum family travel on Morebus Service 60 every 15 minutes. Bus picks up on Parkstone Road by White Lodge with drop off and pick up at Shore Road, Sandbanks Pavillion and Ferry.   

Please note that Kings Park Beach Park & Ride will not operate on Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August due to home football matches at the adjacent AFC Bournemouth Stadium.

Triple-sized bins will be installed along the seafront to deal with waste, and more daily collections will take place, with manual crews being stood up on days when the promenade is busy.  

Electric barbecues are planned to be installed along the seafront to reduce the use of disposable ones, and a 24 hour beach patrol operation will be in place to deal with incidents of overnight camping and bonfires.  

Developments to the BCP BeachCheck app to include car parks so people can check how busy the beaches and car parks are before they arrive are also underway. 

Extra security patrols, COVID-19 marshals and additional CSAS officers will be deployed on the ground in hot spot areas to provide a uniformed presence and deal with anti-social behaviour and COVID-19 regulations. Additional policing has also been sourced for key busy dates.

Public toilets will remain open with extended opening times into the evenings at key sites, and additional cleansing operations will be in place.  

We will be clear though we welcome responsible visitors to our resort. People who will treat things with care, behave reasonably and pick up after themselves.

View our summer readiness FAQs.


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