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Enough is enough

Enough is enough

Following a number of high profile failures across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, combined with yet another resignation from an independent Councillor from the controlling Unity Alliance, a cross-party coalition of councillors led by the Conservative Group have put forward a vote of no confidence to be considered by the Council at its next meeting of 15th September. Commenting on the decision, the Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Drew Mellor, explained: “The latest resignation from the controlling multi-party alliance has placed the council into a precarious position, which needs resolving. It’s clear now that we need stronger leadership across the Conurbation than we have experienced to date. The resignation statement from Councillor Julie Bagwell, who having served with her during her time on Poole Council is someone with great integrity…
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CHRISTCHURCH CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR CRITICISES ROAD MAINTENANCE CUTS

CHRISTCHURCH CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR CRITICISES ROAD MAINTENANCE CUTS

Conservative Christchurch Councillor Peter Hall has criticised the cuts to the maintenance and street cleansing of Christchurch roads, which are part of BCP Council’s £600,000 worth of road maintenance cutbacks announced last month by the Council’s Liberal Democrat Cabinet Member for finance, Councillor David Brown. Commenting on the issue, Councillor Hall said: “It’s simply not good enough for the residents of Christchurch to see previously announced investment into street cleaning and maintenance scrapped. Little to no money has been spent on our town’s infrastructure since the beginning of the year. To learn that this is set to continue is very worrying indeed. On the back of a number of other disappointing failures for residents across Christchurch, from the loss of parking due to the Police Station redevelopment to being bottom…
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CONSERVATIVES ON BCP COUNCIL ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT BY EXPANDING PSPO PROGRAMME

CONSERVATIVES ON BCP COUNCIL ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT BY EXPANDING PSPO PROGRAMME

Illegal campfires, camping and littering at our beauty spots could be protected by new PSPOs Following the successful deployment in many Councils across the country of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), the Conservative Group on BCP Council are calling for urgent funding into an array of PSPOs across the BCP area to help enforcement issues. Commenting on the plan, which could be funded by the alternate budget proposals included in the Conservative’s Budget Reset paper which will be considered the Liberal Democrat-led Cabinet on Wednesday, Councillor May Haines, Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Residents are emailing and telling us on a daily basis that they’ve had enough with nothing being done to enforce bad or unsociable behaviour across our towns. Previous Councils have used PSPOs in the past,…
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Beach Chaos

Reacting to the news of a Major Incident being declared by BCP Council due to the visitor numbers over the last few days, Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns and the BCP Council Conservative Group issued the following statements: Conor Burns MP: "The scenes we have witnessed over the last two days that have drawn national attention risk Bournemouth being known for all the wrong reasons. Sadly this was all too predictable. The Council have utterly failed to learn the lessons from the recent bank holiday. Illegal parking is rife with scant enforcement, some of our more selfish second home owners have returned and the beaches are packed. We should have been much better prepared for this and the messaging should have been stronger and clearer. The buck for this stops firmly at the…
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Baden Powell

Actions without consultation are dangerous. Neither the public nor elected Councillors were consulted before this action was agreed by the Council. That feels wrong. We recognise that decisions like these need sensible, grown up discussion – including the public. That’s why the Conservative Group are calling for a cross party working group, involving the community, to look at our cultural history as whole and make informed decisions on the best course of action. We need to recognise the sensitivities around many of our historical figures and need to look carefully at the pros and cons of such measures. Furthermore, we are asking for clarity on whether this decision was at the insistence of Dorset Police. We should be asking the public first, not last. We look forward to hearing from…
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Letter to the Editor – A time to unite for all BCP

Letter to the Editor – A time to unite for all BCP

As the Leader of the Conservative Group on BCP Council, I feel compelled to respond to the recent comments in this paper from some of my fellow councillors. I wholeheartedly agree that this is a “critical and challenging time” as we manage the enormous health and economic crisis before us.  The ruling Unity Alliance has suffered resignations in the last year. As such, the Alliance is now a minority administration whose cabinet of political compromise is paralysed by their internal politics and inexperience at a time when this conurbation cannot afford weak leadership.  That is why the Conservative Group, after consultation with the Chief Executive and other senior officers, offered to put politics firmly to one side and to work with the current Leader in dealing with these issues together…
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Vote of no confidence

Vote of no confidence

Following a year where Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has faced significant difficulties, the new Leader of the Conservative Group, local businessman Councillor Drew Mellor, has announced that the Conservatives will be supporting a vote of no confidence at the forthcoming Council meeting on Tuesday 9th June. Explaining the reasoning behind the move, Councillor Mellor commented: “Over the last year we have seen several high profile disagreements within the ruling seven-group coalition, leading already to a number of resignations. This has left the Administration in even greater difficulty as it becomes harder and harder to satisfy the divergent wishes of each group and individual.  The Conservative Group already make up almost half the Council. Having consulted with a number of councillors outside our Group, we have reached an agreement…
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Letter to the Editor – BCP £30m Black Hole

Letter to the Editor – BCP £30m Black Hole

As Leader of the Conservative opposition for BCP I would appreciate the opportunity to comment on two recent Echo articles both relating to the precarious financial position BCP Council finds itself in as a result of Covid-19 and the differing financial responses reported. Firstly, as a clarification, the Conservative Group has asked the Council to explore accelerating the planned economies of scale and duplication of back office functions “Transformation Plan” in order to take some responsibility ourselves for delivering a more efficient Council rather than waiting to be bailed out by Government. Additionally we have asked that consideration be given to maintaining the Town Hall as a civic hub but not to spend £20m - £26m refurbishing the office space behind the Town Hall and instead to buy an existing…
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Conservatives in bold £50m rescue plan for BCP Council Finances

Conservatives in bold £50m rescue plan for BCP Council Finances

The Conservative Group on BCP Council have formally called for the ruling Liberal Democrat alliance to bring back plans to modernise the Council, originally promised by Local Government Reorganisation (“LGR”) a year ago but formally put on hold this month. “The Covid-19 pandemic is a Health and Economic crisis of enormous scale. We welcome the huge mobilisation effort from officers in relation to the Health emergency whilst calling into question the administration’s financial planning response to date. With a huge loss in the Council’s income expected through diminished receipts in areas like car parking it is without doubt that we will have a financial hole that is well in excess of our reserves. Any commercial organisation would have immediately looked at a financial response but briefings with senior officers shockingly…
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Twin Sails Bridge

Twin Sails Bridge

Longstanding Hamworthy Councillor, Mike White, joins his BCP Council colleagues in expressing his disappointment that the Twin Sails Bridge has now been closed again for over two weeks. “When this was closed last summer the Leader of the Council described the situation in an Echo article dated August 10th as "completely unacceptable". She also assured us in that article that despite inheriting issues with the bridge "we intend to sort this out" and stated she would ask why "there has been no contingency plan in place" The BCP Conservative Group understand there is now a further problem with the other lifting ram and would like to know exactly what the contingency plan is and how the new BCP administration proposes to deliver on the wide-ranging promises made last summer.”
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