Local News

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.

Crime Keeps Falling Under Conservatives

Crime is falling at the rate of 8% a year, according to the independent Crime Survey. It has fallen by more than a quarter (30%) since 2010. Poole Councillor Andy Garner-Watts: "Today’s figures show that police reform is working and crime is falling. In Dorset crime recorded by the police fell by 19% from 2010 to 2015. This is good news for families in Poole and across the county. It means their communities are safer and more secure than ever before. We intend to keep working to make Britain a safer place to live, work and do business. We shall continue to tackle the scourge of crime." 

Better Roads for Poole

Borough of Poole portfolio holder for transport Cllr Ian Potter approved preventative maintenance works to over four hectares of road surface in Poole at a cost of less than a quarter of a million pounds. Seventeen roads were treated in a two-week programme intended to preserve the road network and prevent potholes from forming. A thin coat of asphalt was applied over the existing road surface, both to seal it and to provide a smoother ride for road users. The Council aimed to keep costs down.

New Extra Care Homes in Poole

The Borough of Poole, Poole Housing Partnership, and the Homes & Communities Agency together are building new extra care apartments in Rossmore Road. The 54 apartments in the Trinidad Village block are scheduled to open next summer. The three Conservative Councillors for Newtown ward -- Graham Wilson, Lindsay Wilson, and Malcolm Farrell -- visited the site to check on progress. The block will feature a central courtyard with seating areas, landscaped gardens and terraces, and even a restaurant and hairdressing salon. Cllr Graham Wilson: "It's great to see work continuing to move on at the site."

We Respond Reasonably to Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday, 29 September, the Conservative Councillors on Poole Council passed a reasonable motion regarding refugees. The opposition Councillors had proposed an unreasonble motion, but it was defeated. During the debate on the motions Cllr Howell (PPP) even proposed that Council pass a motion to require local residents with unoccupied or second homes in the Borough to make these properties available for occupation by refugee families. Conservative Councillors squashed this daft proposal.