BCP Council launches new phone app for local recycling centres

Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will now be able to check how busy their local recycling centre is prior to their visit by downloading BCP Tip Check: a brand new phone app.  The phone app, available to both Apple and Android devices, has been developed by BCP Council. The handy app has been designed to let residents know how busy their local recycling centre is before leaving home. The app, via a traffic light system, will include live information about current queues, to help residents avoid visiting when a centre is already busy. BCP Council worked with smart systems specialist, Xpertnest on this brand new technology, which was created in response to help tackle road congestion in and around the council’s three main recycling centres. BCP Tip Check app…
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Bournemouth awarded the renewal of purple flag status for 2021/2022

Bournemouth is officially celebrating once more after receiving the news that the town has again been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation for its evening and night-time economy for 2021/2022. The town first received the award in 2010. The award is similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 17:00 & 05:00. Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents. Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 70 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent…
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Four new electric refuse vehicles are now collecting waste across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are benefitting from cleaner air, as four new electric refuse vehicles are now collecting waste across the conurbation. Following a successful trial in 2020, and subsequent successful tender process, four new Dennis Eagle e-Collect vehicles have now joined BCP Council’s fleet. The all-electric vehicles have been deployed and support the council’s climate and ecological emergency declaration, which commits to make operations carbon neutral by 2030. Earlier trials proved very successful, with reduced noise benefits and excellent drivability, whilst the carbon yearly saving numbers were very impressive. Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Waste, BCP Council, said: “We made a clear commitment to our residents that we would make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole cleaner, greener and safer for everyone. These four new zero…
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Applications are now open for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

A NEW fund that will help communities across the county celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June is being backed by Dorset’s Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff. In partnership with Arts Council England, applications are now open for our Let's Create Jubilee Fund. It will award grants between £750 and £10k for Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer that feature artistic or creative events. It is one of the network of community foundations supporting the Lets Create Jubilee Fund, a £5 million programme to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the celebrations next June. The programme is made possible with funding from the National Lottery, whose players raise £30million for good causes every week.  The fund’s distribution will be managed by UK Community Foundations on behalf of their 44…
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A new place for waste news.

The most frequent questions Councillor Anderson is asked as the Environment Portfolio holder, are about bins. Whether, it’s not being collected, days they should be collected or that a bin has gone missing. And while he is always happy to resolve the issues there is now a bin update page which should help with most enquiries about the bins. When for any reason the waste team are unable to empty the bins on a particular road, details of the missed roads will be posted on the page. If your bin has been missed, then the advice is to leave the bin out on the kerbside ready for collections the team will try and catch up as soon as possible.There are also some useful links about waste collection days and how…
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Government announces new funding for businesses in response to COVID variant Omicron.

The government announced a new grant on 21 December 2021 aimed at businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors. When the guidance is received, it will provide us with the details required to devise a scheme. At the moment, information about this grant is only available from the government on their website. It is likely that eligible businesses will have to complete an application form. As soon as a scheme has been devised and approved, the details will be published to the BCP Council website. https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID-19/Employers-and-businesses/Financial-support-for-businesses/Omicron-grant.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0iBWA3XS8n2XXWRiokaAAyc4lf1n2nZnHayYnLepFfsC8UJ8STg7UgPFA
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A booster coronavirus dose is our best protection from the Omicron variant.

Our hospitals are increasingly under pressure - meaning MORE restrictions may be on the way. The NHS is working extremely hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to local people. We have made very good progress in a very short space of time since the vaccination first became available. More than 1 million doses and rising have now been delivered in Dorset. Thank you to everyone who has accepted the offer of the vaccine. There’s still time to get yours if you have yet to accept the offer, or have changed your mind. We hope the information here about the roll out of the programme in Dorset is helpful. Follow this link to find more information as it becomes available: https://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations/?fbclid=IwAR1gk7Ra3L7PQ8GIgt5WcgNso4q83u0KhpUpsnkdph8iuBhm44oXzyL5Z3o
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New Contactless Donation Points

Make sure you go visit our Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth where you can spot one of our new Contactless Donation Points by SKATE. By donating £3 with the tap of a card you can help someone off the streets and prevent rough sleeping locally. There are many ways you can support your community, whether donating gifts, food or your time.   Volunteering  There are many benefits to volunteering. By giving your time as a volunteer you can help others in your local community and give something back, make a difference to the lives of others, improve your health and wellbeing and so much more.   The Community Action Network has information and advice on volunteering in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  Support a community food project near you  Through the Access to Food Partnership…
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Bus Back Better consultation

This consultation asks for your views on 11 key actions in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which was developed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) in partnership with its local bus service operators(External link) and published on 31 October 2021. The BSIP sets out what bus services currently offer residents and visitors in the BCP area as well as proposals for improvement. Have Your Say To take part in this consultation please: Read about the 11 actions and their interventions in the consultation documentGive us your views by completing the online survey(External link) by midnight on 7 January 2022. You can also collect a paper copy of the survey from one of BCP Council's libraries(External link)Submit any further ideas you have on the Ideas Board below The next stage is to finalise the Enhanced Partnership Plan (EP Plan) and the Enhanced…
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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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