Local News

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.

Fresh Faces at Bournemouth U

Conservative Future staged a bold presence at the Bournemouth University Freshers Fair last Saturday. We talked with lots of interested students, promised to stay in touch with them, and spread the word far and wide about our next "Pint and Policy" meeting at the Dancing Moose in Ashley Cross tomorrow evening.

Conurbation Council for Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and East Dorset?

The four Conservative Council leaders for Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and East Dorset have proposed a new council that could be in place by the next round of elections in 2019. If approved it would be the eighth biggest council in the UK. Councillors expect the numerous benefits to include cost savings and more efficient service provision, better strategic planning, greater access to funding, and enhanced economic growth opportunities, said Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Borough of Poole Council.

No Navitus Bay Wind Farm - We Won!

Poole Conservative Councillors Mike White, Mohan Iyengar and May Haines as well as many other local people campaigned strongly for the Government to scrap its plan for a Navitus Bay wind farm. Together with Challenge Navitus, Poole and Christchurch Bays Association and other campaigns, this won the day – the Government has rejected the plan for a wind farm off the Dorset coast.