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The Poole Park Railway rebuild has finally started!

On December 6th Conservative Councillor Mark Anderson spent the day with officers, showing a Meridian reporter around the site as the contractors were setting up their compound. He then spent the afternoon meeting the public as part of an engagement event at The Ark. Getting the railway running again has been one of Councillor Andersons priorities since he became the PFH responsible. All the work will be completed and a train running on the track by Summer next year. There will however be some changes to the Railway; The main one being that the train will run in the opposite direction from before, there are also a few tweaks to the bends to improve safety. Currently, the contractor is busy setting up the fencing to create their compounds and protect…
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Household Support Fund

Supporting our local communities over the winter months The coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on many people who are struggling financially as a result.  We’ve launched our Together We Can Household Support scheme to help vulnerable families and individuals across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with access to food and support in paying energy bills. If you are in financial hardship and need support to afford food There are a number of ways to access food in your local community through local foodbanks, fridges and pantries.  Find out what community food providers are close to you using our community food map. If you are a household with children, you may be eligible for food vouchers to support your family during the school holidays. Food vouchers are being provided to households with children through early years settings, schools and colleges. If…
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Christmas Tree Recycling

Compost your Christmas tree In many locations, for a small donation, you can arrange for your Christmas tree to be collected by a few local charities, Diverse Abilities, Lewis Manning and Dorset Mind. Please check if they are collecting in your area and book early to arrange your collection to avoid disappointment.  Diverse Abilities Diverse Abilities will be collecting in the following postcodes BH1-BH18, BH21, BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3 and BH31. Collections run from Saturday 8 - Monday 10 January 2022.  Visit Diverse Abilities to find out more. Lewis Manning Lewis Manning will be collecting from postcodes BH1 through to BH23. Collections run from Saturday 8 January – Friday 14 January 2022. Visit Lewis Manning to find out more. Dorset Mind Dorset Mind will be collecting from postcodes BH1 - BH25, BH31, DT11. Collections run from Thursday…
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Cat microchipping has now been made mandatory in the UK

99% of people support compulsory microchipping for cats according to recent Government consultationOwners will be required to microchip their cats by the time they reach 20 weeks of ageMicrochipping cats will help reunite thousands of lost or stray pets every year Lost or stray pet cats are more likely to be reunited with their owners and returned home safely under new pet microchipping rules announced by the Government today. Under the new plans, all keepers must ensure their pet is microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks and their contact details stored and kept up to date in a pet microchipping database. Owners found not to have microchipped their cat will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500. The…
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Free public Wi-Fi is now available

As part of our Smart Place programme, we are providing free public access Wi-Fi to visitors in the Boscombe and Lansdowne area. This is part of the wider Bournemouth Towns Fund digital connectivity initiative.  The public Wi-Fi covers the following areas:  Boscombe: all of Boscombe precinct from Boscombe Precinct westwards along Christchurch Road as far as the Crescent. Lansdowne: Holdenhurst Road between Lansdowne Roundabout and Station RoundaboutChristchurch Road (North side) between Lansdowne Roundabout and St. Swithun’s RoundaboutOxford Road Bournemouth railway station.
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Bournemouth to host 2022 British BMX Championships

Bournemouth has been announced as the host city for the 2022 British BMX Championships. The town will host the event over the August Bank Holiday weekend next year.  It comes after the sport hit headlines when Team GB BMX riders won medals in the sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics earlier this year. Leader of BCP Council Drew Mellor said the event was a "great coup" for the town.  The British BMX Championships is the finale to the British BMX Series.  The event is being hosted by the volunteer-run Bournemouth BMX Club, that celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, at the Iford Lane track - the only BMX track in Dorset.  Mr Mellor said: "Hosting an elite-level sporting event of this calibre is a great coup for us, especially as the…
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Cllr Mike Greene on Echo’s Wallisdown Road cycle lane poll

BEING pro-active travel does not mean being anti-car. That's the view of the leading member for transport at BCP Council, as discussions continue around cycle lanes in the conurbation. Cllr Mike Greene, portfolio holder for transport and sustainability, has stated “being pro-active travel does not mean being anti-car” following the implementation of several projects focusing on improved cycle travel across the conurbation. This comes after two new cycle lanes introduced in Wallisdown Road were criticised by some for being “unsightly” and “too big”. However, a poll the Daily Echo ran online saw a landslide vote in favour of the A3049’s cycle lane style being implemented elsewhere in the area. The question, ‘Should all new cycle lanes follow this design?’ drew just less than 12,500 responses. A massive 94 per cent…
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Festive travel offers across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Late night Christmas shoppers, residents and visitors to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are set to benefit from a whole range of festive travel offers over the next few weeks including free parking on selected days, discounted bus tickets and free bike rides. It’s all part of BCP Council’s commitment to support local high streets and encourage people to shop locally during the festive period. The travel offers include free parking on Thursday evenings and at selected times on Saturdays and Sundays from Sunday 28 November in certain car parks, discounted bus tickets on Yellow Buses and Morebus, and even free bike rides on Beryl Bikes to encourage sustainable travel across the conurbation. The free parking offer is available on the following dates in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Town Centres: Thursdays…
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Bins and recycling collections

Christmas waste collections 2021 Your rubbish, recycling and food waste collections will continue as normal over the festive period with your usual collection days remaining the same.  Our collection crews will be out collecting as normal on the Bank Holidays including Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022. Please place your bin(s) out at the kerbside by 5am on your usual collection day, so they are clearly visible to our collection crews. Extra rubbish and recycling We do not take extra bags of rubbish or recycling that are placed on top of or next to your bin. Please take any extra rubbish and recycling to our Recycling Centres at: Nuffield Road, Poole (BH17 0RS)Millhams, Longham (BH11 9LQ)Wilverley Road, Christchurch (BH23 3RU) All sites are closed…
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Wheels in motion at Poole Park Railway

Residents and visitors to Poole Park will see some positive changes from next month, as works to reopen Poole Park Railway commence. Following a successful tender process, the much loved Poole Park Railway is set to return next year. Track Systems, based in Shropshire, will begin work on site during the first week in December. Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, said: “Getting Poole Park Railway up and running again has been a commitment we wanted to fulfil since the service was suspended in 2018. “Rejuvenating Poole is a key priority of us and bringing the railway back on track reinforces this commitment. It is a special asset, which has been a feature since 1949, and I’m so pleased that we will soon see it back…
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