Council taskforce to come up with action plans for local economic centres in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Posted on Friday 5 June 2020

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.

The aim is to produce an action plan of what can be done to halt any decline in those local centres so that they are more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable in future.

First area to be reviewed will be Hamworthy in Poole.

Councillor Mark Howell, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “The cross-party working group will consider a number of high streets or local centres each year. Members will visit the centres, talk to ward councillors and residents, and then produce a record of actions needed to improve their vibrancy. The priorities will be used to evidence need whenever future funding opportunities arise to enable the proposals to be delivered.

“Hamworthy is a priority area because its future success is directly linked to the development of the former Power Station site currently earmarked for 830 proposed new homes. The regeneration of this key location presents an opportunity to improve amenities in Hamworthy’s local centre. It is essential that new housing blends in with the local centre to enhance that community, and that is accompanied by additional amenities.”