Fast track pavement licences for cafe culture

Local cafes, restaurants, bars and many more high street businesses are encouraged to apply for a fast track pavement licence if they want to use the space outside their premises for tables and seating.

We hope that by giving our local businesses the opportunity to use the space outside their premises we can bring about a quicker bounce back for our local economy, as well as boost that desirable cafe culture across our area.

Click here to find out more and apply.

Resort management taskforce planned for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

As spring and summer approach, it is important we are fully prepared and ready to both welcome back visitors and keep residents safe when government guidance changes.

A resort management taskforce will make sure Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are fully prepared and ready to both welcome back visitors and keep residents safe when government guidance changes.

With a focus on the town centres, open spaces, seafront and beaches, the summer ready taskforce will put in place and manage: 

  • extra civil enforcement officers to issue penalty charge notices for those parking illegally
  • additional tow away operations to deal with irresponsible parking
  • expansion of the ranger team with more staff in place across the season to welcome back visitors, keep our beaches clean and safe, and provide a greater security presence
  • enhanced security teams to patrol key town centre locations, car parks, beaches and open spaces
  • extra waste bins in heavy footfall areas, and
  • additional waste collection services along the seafront.

For more information, click here. 

⚠️ Rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in BCP

The threat from COVID-19 has never been greater locally. COVID-19 infection rates are currently doubling every five days in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

In the latest published seven-day data, 786 people in every 100,000 people have COVID-19 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – more than double the number the week before.*

Since New Year’s Day, someone has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every hour in the local area, and someone has died every six hours.

It is vital that we all stay at home. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. Please don’t risk passing it onto others.

*Data for 7-day period ending 5 January 2021

 

 

BCP Council: Live COVID-19 broadcast on Thursday, 26th November

BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday,  26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.

Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.

BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form

If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.

Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”

BCP Council: Public Invited to Shape Plan for Transforming Travel’s Sustainable Travel Routes

BCP Council and Dorset Council are seeking initial views from the public on Transforming Travel’s proposals for five of its sustainable travel routes in south east Dorset ahead of formal consultation next year.

The plans are funded through the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF)  and form a major part of the region’s Transforming Travel programme.

The region is set to benefit from £100+ million sustainable transport improvements including 78 kms of new cycling and walking routes, smart technology to provide improved bus travel options and green travel hubs – all aimed at offering environmentally friendly, safer and quicker journeys to work, education and leisure in south east Dorset.

Initial feedback on five of the proposed sustainable travel routes can be made via an online engagement platform until mid-December:

  • Bournemouth railway station to/from Jumpers Common, Christchurch
  • Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown
  • Poole town centre to/from Merley, Poole
  • Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
  • Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch

The public will be able to:

Online feedback will be supported by a series of workshops with Transforming Travel TCF’s partners, local interest groups and businesses.

Proposals for the remaining sustainable travel route (Poole town centre to/from Wareham Road, Holton Heath) is expected to follow later this month.

The plans, available to view until mid-December, can be accessed via mobile phone, tablet, or PC by visiting https://haveyoursaybcpcouncil.uk.engagementhq.com/transforming-travel.

Feedback will be used to inform the design plans, with formal consultation due to start on Transforming Travel’s sustainable travel routes early next year.

Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability at BCP Council said:

“These sustainable infrastructure plans will make walking, cycling and travelling by bus much more attractive and give people viable alternatives to using the car, particularly for short journeys.  Online engagement enables people to see and have their say on Transforming Travel’s plans despite the current national lockdown.  I urge people to visit the website and help shape plans for transforming travel in south east Dorset.”

Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment at Dorset Council said:

“I am pleased that people have the opportunity to help shape initial plans for major, multi-million-pound sustainable infrastructure changes in south east Dorset, all aimed at creating a greener, healthier and better-connected region.”

Have your say here.