Local News

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." 

Poole Park Photomosaic

Robert Syms, MP for Poole, and Councillors gathered at Poole Park’s cricket pavilion today to promote the Photomosaic project organised by the Poole Park Heritage Group. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Poole Park, local residents are invited to upload a photo of themselves and their families in return for a small donation to the project. The thousands of photos will be collated to form a magnificent mosaic. Robert: “Let’s back the appeal and make it a success so that we can keep the park in good shape for the next 125 years.”

Poole Makes a Noise About Bullying

Anti-Bullying Week this year is 16-20 November. Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, this year’s theme is ‘Make a Noise about Bullying!’ The campaign calls on the school community to take action to stop the bullying of all children and young people. Poole Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People Cllr Mike White: “Anti-Bullying Week helps to highlight the impact of bullying on children and young people in schools, communities and online. We take bullying extremely seriously.”

Poole MP Applauds the Work of Quay Foyer

Robert Syms, MP for Poole, recently visited the Quay Foyer to talk with workers there and gain fresh insight into the vital work they do for young people in Poole. The work helps young people aged 16-25 to live independent and productive lives in the community by offering accommodation, coaching, and support to guide them on their way.