Local News

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.

Parkstone Conservative Club Reopens

The newly refurbished Parkstone Conservative Club in Parr Street reopened last Saturday with a dazzling party. Councillor Peter Adams: “I am delighted to see how rapidly the club was repaired and improved following the disastrous flood in June this year. My wife and I have been members of this club for many years and the improvements made will ensure it has a prosperous future in the Parkstone community. Any new members can be assured of a friendly welcome and a wide range of activities.”

Successful Fly-tipping Prosecution

Borough of Poole Portfolio Holder for Environment and Consumer Protection and Conservative Councillor for Creekmoor ward John Rampton is celebrating a successful fly-tipping prosecution: "Fly-tipping damages the environment and costs Poole council taxpayers to clear up. It is also unnecessary as our Household Waste Recycling Centre is available for all Poole residents to use. This successful prosecution demonstrates our determination to tackle this issue and we will continue to prosecute offenders where we have sufficient evidence."

Scrap Navitus Bay Plans!

A new petition urges Parliament to scrap plans to build the giant Navitus Bay wind farm off Dorset's Jurassic Coast. This wind farm would be too big, too close, too damaging to the environment and the economy. Sign this petition ...