Local News

Have Your Say on the Poole Neighbourhood Plan

If you live locally, we invite your views on the Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan. The plan will guide the future development, regeneration and conservation of parts of Poole Town and Lower Hamworthy. Poole Cabinet member for planning and regeneration Cllr Ian Potter: “The neighbourhood plan area will see a lot of change over the coming years including new residential and commercial development. We welcome everyone’s views on the plan. It is particularly important that local people who live, work and carry out business within the plan area, and those who may be affected by development in this area, comment on the policies being proposed by the Neighbourhood Forum. I would urge people to actively engage in the consultation so that the inevitable growth that takes place in this central area of Poole, will be sustainable for generations to come.”  

Poole Transport Services #1

59% of residents are satisfied with local highway and transport services in Poole, according to a National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey. Poole was ranked #1 for best performing authority overall in South West England. Bournemouth was #2. Overall, Borough of Poole came in at #5 overall and at #2 for best performing unitary authority in the country. Councillor Drew Mellor, Poole Cabinet member for transportation, said: “These results demonstrate that despite having funding challenges, we deliver a really good service to our residents. It is a testament to the dedication of our staff and on how we deliver our services with customer needs in mind.”

Poole Museum Offers Free Fun for Half Term

Poole Museum is a treaure house for kids and adults alike. Packed with real history and fascinating details of life in Poole in times gone by, the museum is hosting free half-term fun events for any kids of 4-10 years old in your family from Tuesday 16 February to Sunday 21 February.Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: “Don’t overlook Poole Museum this half term. It’s local and free and a super way to learn about the history of Poole in an enjoyable way. From centuries gone by to the recent past - I recommend it.”  

Borough of Poole Faces More Challenges

Poole must make additional savings of £12 million over a three year period from April 2017. The news comes after last month’s local government financial settlement revealed that central government revenue funding for local services in Poole will reduce by the equivalent of £230 a year for every household in Poole. Councillor Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “We are committed to delivering the Council’s priorities for Poole despite the extraordinary challenges.”

Hamworthy Railway Bridge Opens

Hamworthy residents are celebrating the opening of a pedestrian bridge over the railway line that separated the Harbour Reach development from Hamworthy Park. Mayor of Poole Cllr Ann Stribley, who ceremonially opened the bridge, said: “This is a momentous day. We have all waited a long time for this crossing to be built. It is an important link between Poole Town and Hamworthy and I’m sure it will prove very popular with residents.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Poole Conservatives!

2015 was a good year for Conservatives, with a solid election victory and real progress on rebuilding our national economy and meeting our spending targets in Poole. In the May elections our Member of Parliament for Poole, Robert Syms, was re-elected with over half of the votes cast, to give him his best ever majority. On the Poole Council we moved from a situation of no overall control to a total of 32 seats out of 42, to give us a comfortable working majority for the years ahead. The British economy is growing, unemployment is falling, and an end is in sight to the era of budget deficits and spending cuts. The people of Poole have every reason to be grateful and optimistic as we move into 2016.

Poole Wins Coastal Revival Funding

Poole has won a Coastal Revival Fund award granting £42,000 for improving the public realm on Poole Quay. Poole Town Cllr Andy Garner-Watts welcomed the news: "These much needed improvements will benefit the residents, local businesses, and tourists who use Poole’s bustling historic quayside."

Poole Conservatives Support Recycling

Hamworthy East Councillor Vishal Gupta worked with residents of his ward to collect 385 items at Hamworthy Library on Saturday 28 November. All the items will be used by The Get-Togethers craft group based on Turlin Moor in Hamworthy West. Residents living in Creekmoor and Canford Heath also collected some items, to give a total of 443 items. 

Robert Syms MP Welcomes Investment in Our National Defence

Robert Syms, MP for Poole, has welcomed the publication of today’s Strategic Defence and Security Review – a comprehensive plan to back our Armed Forces, counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies with the resources they need. “The first duty of any government is to keep the nation and our communities safe – that is why this investment is good news for the people of Poole.”

Free Parking for Xmas Shoppers

Free parking and the return of the popular Park and Ride service will make Christmas shopping even easier in Poole this festive season. Cllr Ian Potter: "Despite significant pressures on council budgets we are delighted to be able to offer people who shop in Poole these opportunities. We are sure shoppers and businesses will welcome the benefits."