Local News

Poole Park Celebrates 125 Years

A family extravaganza on Sunday, August 2, celebrates Poole Park's 125th anniversary. Residents are invited to join in the celebrations at the Victorian park from 10 am to 4 pm as it recalls its glory days. Mayor of Poole Ann Stribley: “This special event promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

Libraries and Literature in Poole

Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Libraries, Borough of Poole, and Conservative Councillor for Penn Hill ward, has been busy with Poole plans to reshape community libraries. The library services for the future will include new small community-run libraries in outlying locations, run by residents and volunteers in the heart of the community, with a supply of books, training, advice and support from Poole Libraries. Borough officials consulted with residents and users of the Mobile Library to ensure their needs would still be met if the Mobile Library were discontinued.

Ocean Academy Completed, Opens September

Poole has a new junior school, located on the Fourways site on Constitution Hill Road, opening this September. The building work on Ocean Academy is now complete and the school will soon be ready for up to 360 pupils. Cllr Mike White (Hamworthy East), Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People and Capital Projects at the Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted the new school has been completed. It will help meet the growing need for junior school places in the central Poole area.” 

Party in the Park Gets Go-ahead

Ashley Cross Green is a natural oasis of calm and tranquility in the heart of urban Parkstone. The Borough of Poole maintains it as a public park for the use and enjoyment of the local community. Every summer the Green becomes a site for a popular event featuring loud music and lots of young people - imagine a "Glastonbury on the Green" rock festival - and people have fun. But inevitably some local residents are concerned about noise and litter. Parkstone Councillors John Challinor, Ann Stribley and Emma Williams made sure their views were considered.

By Popular Demand: More Buses to Rockley Park

Local residents and visitors will again benefit from an extended summer service on a bus route to Rockley Park. Hamworthy East Councillor Vishal Gupta: “Service 152 is very popular among the residents of Hamworthy and tourists at Rockley Park alike. A half-hourly service to the town centre boosted with Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout summer holidays is definitely advantageous to all.”

Go to the Library, Get a Job

Libraries are more than just repositories for books. They serve as hubs for the delivery of a range of services that can benefit residents in their catchment areas. These services cover not only access to information tailored for specific practical needs but also the provision of a supportive environment for the serious business of applying for jobs, such as preparing CVs and developing interview skills.

Who is this clown?

Name this clown and win a personalised blue rosette from the Poole Conservative Association. The clown performed at the Toddlethon organised recently by the Rotary Club of Poole Bay. The Mayor of Poole started the Toddle and hundreds of kids took part, helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities, including Dorset Children's Hospice, Life Education Centres, and Polio Plus Partners. Need a hint? The man in the clown suit is an active Poole Conservative.

Poole News May 2015

1 Major improvements to shopping centre car park2 New swimming pool opens at Montacute School3 Construction of a new Hamworthy rail crossing starts soon4 UK’s first solar powered rapid electric vehicle charger installed in Poole


Thank you for your vote last week! Poole Conservatives now have a clear majority on Poole Borough Council, with 32 seats out of 42.

Poole Residents Are Well Satisfied

Almost nine out of ten people in Poole are satisfied with their local area, according to a major survey of residents across the borough. The survey also showed high rates of satisfaction among users of several important council services.