Council mark 100 years of council housing

Posted on Thursday 5 December 2019

BCP Council marked the 100th anniversary of council housing with a tea party this week.

100 tenants and leaseholders from Bournemouth and Poole were invited to come together to celebrate the anniversary of council housing in Britain. Bournemouth council housing residents came together with those from Poole Housing Partnership at the Howe Croft Community Centre over lunch, to share memories and reminisce. There was also a chance to browse historical local housing pictures, talk to council officers and find out about activities within our communities.

The lunch was followed by the Annual Residents Meeting for Bournemouth tenants and leaseholders, where attendees heard about the achievements of the service over the last year and plans for the future. During this there were opportunities for residents to ask questions of the officers present, followed by a short consultation asking how they feel about living in their council home.

A unique piece of wooden art in the form of a tree carving has also been commissioned by BCP Council. We've carved into a Western Redwood at Wimborne Road that had died and was causing some safety concerns. The top of the tree was removed, the heart wood nearer the base was found to be suitable for carving. It now features local legend Isaac Gulliver - a landowner and larger-than-life character from Kinson along with a tribute to 100 years of council housing.

This striking piece of art is a fitting celebration of the 100 years in which we have been providing council housing locally.