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Latest InTouch - Autumn 2018
2018 September 15
Cllr Xena Dion and others participated in the National Great British Beach Clean - photos
2018 March 3
VOLUNTEERS needed for annual spring clean of Alexander Park
Join with your local Penn Hill Councillors (Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Cllr Xena Dion, Cllr Ron Parker) on Saturday 3rd March from 2 pm to 5 pm, meeting at the surfaced play area. The event is part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy, which aims to bring local people together to clear the litter that is the scourge of our open spaces.
The Borough of Poole will be helping by providing litter pickers, gloves and bags, and the disposal of collected litter.
If you are interested in participating, just show up on the day. If you are a part of a local group, society or business, round up some members and contribute to the event.
Next Event: Love Parks Week 13-20 July
2018 February 3
Penn Hill Councillor Elaine Atkinson OBE and local businessmen had an opportunity to discuss improving the business environment in Poole with John Glen, MP for Salisbury and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, at a business lunch chaired by Sir Robert Syms, MP for Poole (see photos above). The topics of discussion were wide and varied from how to reinvigorate the High street to ideas about resolving student loan debt and building more homes.
John Glen also spoke of the great benefit to consumers of the recent policy decision by Government to ban all surcharges for paying by credit card, including PayPal and Apple Pay, which is broader in the UK than the original EU legislation.
The event was a huge success, with over thirty businesses participating in the discussions.
2018 February 17
Blake Hill Community Day
Penn Hill Ward councillors Elaine Atkinson, Xena Dion, and Ron Parker have been working with environmental services officers from the Borough of Poole to enhance the Blake Hill viewpoint and surrounds. Plans are progressing to launch the project with a community day on Saturday, 17 February - times to be confirmed.
The work is costed at around £35k, a large proportion of which is for the new steps and infrastructure at the steepest part of the footpath network. The money has been secured from development within the ward and will be enough to cover better signage and fingerposts and agricultural work to improve biodiversity and the actual viewpoint.
To enhance the area as a wildlife haven, Cllr Dion requested that some of the remaining money be spent on replacing oak trees around the ward, some of which have been lost to storms in recent years, and on providing nesting boxes around the viewpoint to help protect the diminishing number of birds.
Officers have teamed up with the British Trust for Ornithology to secure 30 flat pack nesting boxes, and on the community day families can build a nesting box, number it and see it installed. With that sense of ownership, families will be able to enjoy watching their box in use as the birds build their nests and raise and fledge their young. The day will also include a nature walk, storytelling and learning bushcraft skills.
2018 February 5
7:30 pm: Penn Hill branch Annual General Meeting, Conservative Association office, 38 Sandbanks Road, Poole BH14 8BX