COUNCILLORS FROM ARRAY OF PARTIES ANNOUNCE THEY ARE JOINING THE CONSERVATIVES.
4 Councillors from across different parties and areas of the BCP Council region have today announced that they are joining the Conservative Administration, giving the current minority conservative-led council a majority administration for the first time since its inception in 2019. The Councillors, three of whom were independents and one of whom was a Liberal Democrat, released a joint statement today saying that in less than 12 months in office the current Conservative leadership had demonstrated that they were achieving on the ground for residents across Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth, and that they wanted to be part of the administration that were actually delivering: “We have all said in the past that we would act in what we thought was the best interests of our residents, who want a bright future for our area with strong leadership, financial credibility and a clear plan and vision. We’ve seen that in action and feel that we can best represent our residents by being central to that journey. Too many people, councillors included, complain from the side-lines. People expect delivery and that’s what this administration is doing and we will do the same.” Councillor Steve Baron, Councillor for Parkstone, added: “I’ve been working with the Conservative administration for a year now as their Lead Member for Poole Regeneration. I’ve seen first-hand that the immediate rejuvenation of Poole is not just talk from this team; they’re already putting it into action. What has really convinced me to join the team is the Poole Rejuvenation plan which will be coming to Cabinet in a few months. The advanced work on this, which I’ve been involved with, gives me confidence that this administration will finally deliver what many have been speaking about for decades – proper investment in Poole. That’s why I’m proud to be joining the team.”
The Poole Rejuvenation paper will be outlining the Council’s forthcoming projects and plans, many of which are being progressed through its newly formed Urban Regeneration Company. These include:Plans to significantly extend the Poole Quay marina, including public walkways and science/nature centre. Done in collaboration with the Poole Harbour Commissioners. New or refurbished toilets throughout Poole, including Poole Quay, Lake Pier and Hamworthy Park Plans for a Children’s Pirate themed Playpark at Fisherman’s Dock, working with the Poole and District Fisherman’s Association Poole High Street Retain Renaissance initiative, working with the HAZ team Exploring the transformation of Poole Rec and adjacent water-edge woodland into a new park. Hamworthy Councillor Daniel Butt is also joining the team, and commented:
“Working with the leadership on plans for my ward, from Holes Bay, to Carters Quay and the future of Turlin Moor especially from a younger person’s prospective, I’ve been struck that this is a team that is going to deliver for my residents. Not only is the recent proposed acquisition of Carters Quay, bringing 161 new homes to rent a demonstration of that action, but also the commitment for new toilets in Lake Pier and Hamworthy Park, which is what my residents have been calling for for years. For that reason and more I think it is in the best interest of my residents to become part of that team and work to really get things done.
I will continue to work with all my hard-working Hamworthy ward colleagues as an effective team that will deliver for all our residents, l will never forget that my ward work comes first, as do all my residents”. Councillor Toby Johnson, formerly a Liberal Democrat and representing Alderney and Bourne Valley, pointed to the Conservative administration’s focus on young people, skills and social issues as the main reason for his decision to join.
“As a young person recently out of University, I’ve felt directly some of the challenges that people like me face. Housing is clearly an issue, but often the biggest barrier for young people is access to skills, apprenticeships and clear pathways into employment beyond that. I’ve been working closely with Drew and Phil on this, and have become very quickly convinced that they and the team have the drive and while passion to really make a difference in this area. I’m really looking forward to helping them on this important workstream.”
Christchurch Councillor Nigel Brooks, a Retired Chartered Surveyor, brings across a wealth of skills in the property sector and has been part of the administration’s Cabinet+ looking at Retail Strategy and Regeneration. He commented:
As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic I feel it is imperative to support the Administration by galvanising action in the area of regeneration. There are many exciting opportunities across our conurbation, not least with the former Christchurch Council Offices in Bridge Street. As a Director of three ‘arm’s length’ BCP Council Companies I have had the opportunity to work first-hand with many Councillors and in particular the Conservatives. It will be a privilege to work more closely with the Administration, to serve our residents, and to gain pace with the Regeneration Agenda under the leadership of Cllr Phil Broadhead.”
Council Leader Drew Mellor and Deputy Leader Phil Broadhead welcomed the new team.
Councillor Mellor commented:
“I’ve always said since becoming Leader that I would work with anyone who wanted to work with us. Not only am I delighted to welcome these three individuals into the Conservative family, but I consider myself one of the luckiest Council Leaders in the Country, as their talent is plain for all to see. With their addition to the team, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”
Councillor Broadhead concluded:
“This isn’t just one Councillor joining this administration, or two. This isn’t about personalities or “deals”. What we have here is a movement. A collection of talented individuals who for their own reasons have decided that we’re doing something momentous here in our plans for the area. We’ve demonstrated already that this administration is not just talk, but action. It’s what our residents deserve and we’re going to deliver for them.”
Current team for Northbourne and Wallisdown: 1 sergeant Lewis Bailey, 2 Police Constables Joy Atkins and Scott Janes, 2 Police community support officers.
· Over the last 12 month the neighbourhood team have focused heavily on protecting the victims of cuckooing and distrupting the damage they cause to their victims and the wider community.
We have some recent success stories in Noble Close where dealers have been displaced and the tenants protected.
· The Poppies football club, Victoria park road has seen an increase in anti social behaviour. This is a community area for all so as such police have increased patrols, put up signage to advise that the area is being monitored for ASB. We have conducted a letter drop to all properties that back on to the park and are asking residents to report all ASB via email to 101 – firstname.lastname@example.org Officers have also engaged with the local schools due to individuals causing problems in school uniform.
· Face to face meetings are now starting to take place again following the lifting of restrictions. We attended St Marks summer fair last weekend and distributed letters to encourage the reporting of ASB. If you would like us to attend and event please let us know the details.
· We have recently been working on a community project to install another cctv camera, this has been secured for the Northbourne and Wallisdown area and will be looking to be installed at the Redhill gyratory – date to be confirmed.
· We recently had a male who was causing significant amounts of ASB in the Columbia road area. Within 6 weeks we obtained an antisocial behaviour injunction, which was continually breached. The male was sent to prison several times and has now thankfully not returned to the area.
· E -Scooters – officers have recently taken part in a day of action to tackle this issue and educate riders about the law.
WWW WARD PUBLIC FORUM 10AM SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST 2021 AT THE ROOPER HALL VICTORIA PARK ROAD
Main Agenda Items :
Victoria Park Road and environs Low Traffic Neighbourhood – plans and consultation ( following ETRO installation June 2020 )
Mr David Sidwick , the new Dorset Police & Crimes Commissioner
Victoria Park Road low traffic neighbourhood (LTN)
Following a request from Government to install emergency active travel measures, as a response to the COVID pandemic, BCP Council introduced an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to create a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in Victoria Park Road in August 2020. As you will be aware, the experimental closure was implemented on Victoria Park Road, between the junctions with Oates Road and Namu Road. The closure applied to motorised traffic only, so people were still able to walk, wheel and cycle through. The closure was designed to reduce the number of vehicles cutting through the area, and create a quieter, safer environment for residents and for people, including school children, to cycle, scoot and walk through.
Consultation has been ongoing since the introduction of the ETRO and the council would now like to carry out engagement with local residents, businesses and organisations to understand their views on options for alternative measures which could be introduced. Consultation carried out in the 6 month review period that followed the introduction of the original ETRO indicated that the closure in its current form/location does not have overall public support. However, within more recent feedback, there is evidence of growing support and also overall support for the principle of an LTN, hence the proposal to consult on alternative measures.
At the Public Forum to be held on 7th August, Officers from the Council will present the launch of the engagement exercise and details of the options being presented. It is planned that the engagement exercise will begin on Monday 9th August and run for 6 weeks, to allow plenty of time over the summer holidays for residents and businesses to have their say.
Head of Engineering Transport and Engineering Above :THIS WILL BE FIRST ON THE AGENDA FOR THE PUBLIC FORUM MEETING
DAVID SIDWICK ELECTED NEW PCC FOR DORSET :
“It has been a great honour to have been elected as Dorset’s first Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner. There was a very clear mandate and my mission now is to deliver for the people. My priorities will be to cut crime and anti-social behaviour. We will do that by having more visible community focussed policing. By fighting organised crime, drugs and the violence they bring. We will not forget the hidden harms that can be devastating for our communities – domestic violence, child abuse and fraud and cybercrime. We will put victims and communities first and also look to address some new issues that residents care about such as the legal and safe use of e-scooters and pet theft. Wallisdown and Winton West is well known to me having attended resident’s meetings there for the last few years and it deserves a clear vision for the future – I intend to reduce crime for all its residents and will work collaboratively with its passionate councillors as part of our drive to make Dorset the safest county in the UK.” DAVID SIDWICK, DORSET POILCE AND CRIMES COMMISSIONER.”
Alton Road/Wallisdown Road walkthrough ( unadopted lane ) LITTER PICK Sunday 18th April 2021
Twelve bags of rubbish, recyclables and a box of mixed rubbish were collected. All were disposed of responsibly and the glass and aluminium placed in recycling receptacles. Marston Brewery and the Landlady of The Kings Arms were contacted and have engaged with the issue(s).. Other larger items were collected by the Council – tyres , prams , plastic Christmas trees….. Ward Councillors are asking for this walkway to be “adopted” so it is on the cleaning schedule of BCP Street Services.
NEW PLANTERS IN OSWALD ROAD , CORNER OF OSWALD CLOSE , April 2021 :
The planters arrived with random mini shrubs and WEEDS ! Some judicial relocating of the shrubs and new plants , with a blue and white colour palette to chime with Winton Primary School’s colours , are anticpated to dominate this new safety feature for pedestrians. These will give residents , pedestrians and especially pupils greater protection.
MISSING BUS SHELTERS Dear Councillor Hedges, Many thanks for your enquiry. I confirm that new shelters have been ordered for both sides of the road at this location and will be installed shortly.”
Enhanced measures to tackle fly tipping to be considered by BCP Council
Plans to run a 12-month pilot to tackle fly tipping in local communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being proposed by BCP Council.
Later this month, Cabinet members will consider plans to see enhanced measures put in place and a dedicated team set up to investigate and potentially fine or prosecute anyone caught fly tipping.
As part of the pilot the council will look to bring on board an external company who will be tasked with reducing incidents of fly tipping and enhance prevention measures through engagement with local communities.
Designed to be cost neutral to the council, the pilot will also allow the opportunity to align how BCP Council tackles fly tipping across the three towns.
Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, BCP Council, commented:
“Fly tipping is an environmental crime and undermines the majority of local residents who want to live and work in a clean and safe environment. We are committed to tackling the issue and these plans are an ideal opportunity to reduce incidents of fly tipping whilst remaining cost neutral to the council.
“Our overarching approach will always be prevention, working with businesses and local communities to educate on the ways to legally dispose of their waste. Any enforcement activity is not undertaken lightly or to generate income, but as a necessary driver to keep our area clean – we are committed to leading our communities towards a cleaner, sustainable future that preserves our outstanding environment for generations to come and this will hopefully encourage people to go through the proper channels to dispose of their waste.”
Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste commented:
“Fly tipping causes significant environmental issues and adversely impacts the local landscape. Everyone has a responsibility to make sure their rubbish is disposed of responsibly and not flytipped.
“As part of our Cleaner, Greener Safer campaign, we’re prioritising real action through this proposal, allowing us to provide a harmonised approach across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Using an external company who has the capacity to investigate a more thorough response to all relevant incidents, which will allow us to work on communicating the messages around the prevention of fly tipping.”
Fly tipping is a growing issue around the country. In 2019/20 alone, local authorities in England dealt with just under 1 million (976,000) fly-tipping incidents that cost hundreds of millions of pounds – money that could be better spent on other council services.
Councillor Anderson continued:
“People should always make sure they use a genuine waste carrier to get rid of their rubbish. Check their proof of registration with the Environment Agency, ask how your rubbish is going to be disposed of and ask for a proper invoice or waste transfer note or receipt, because if it’s later found to be fly tipped, they can be fined.”
The report will be considered by cabinet on 26 May. If approved, the council will look to procure an external company with the aim of launching the scheme later in the summer. As part of the plans cabinet members are being asked to approve the level of fine for fly tipping. In line with the legislation limits therefore it would be £200 if paid within 14 days and £400 within 28 days.
In response to our declaration of a climate and ecological emergency, we are trialling a number of changes to the way some green spaces across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area are managed.
These changes will help us to develop policies and procedures that are sustainable, help tackle climate change and improve conditions for wildlife.
More grass meadows will be created by leaving some areas of open space uncut throughout the summer months. Therefore some areas of grass will not be cut and others will be cut less frequently.
The potential benefits of establishing meadows include:
an increase in biodiversity as meadows attract and support a range of species, including important pollinators such as bees and butterflies which have suffered widespread decline in recent years
carbon sequestration (the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon) as, in grassland, carbon is stored in roots and in organic matter in the soil
visual interest as leaving areas uncut allows flowers to bloom and grasses to grow tall, creating a variety of colours and textures.
Where necessary the edges of meadows will be cut. Informal footpaths and areas for picnics and recreation may also be cut in larger meadows. Meadows will be cut in late summer or early autumn and the clippings will be removed from the surface.
Verges and other green spaces
The cutting of some verges and other green spaces will be reduced. By starting grass cutting later in the year and reducing the frequency of cuts, plants within verges and green spaces will have the opportunity to flower, providing a valuable source of nectar to important pollinator species. Central reservations and roadside verges are not used for recreational purposes therefore the grass does not need to be cut regularly. Approaches to junctions (sight lines) will still be cut so that road users can see oncoming traffic.
If present within an area, less common plants such as bee orchids and oxeye daisies will have the chance to flower and reproduce adding interest and colour to general amenity areas. The edges of these areas will be mown to prevent any longer grass overhanging roads, cycleways and pavements. Approaches to junctions (sightlines) will be cut so that road users can see oncoming traffic. When these areas are cut the clippings may be removed or left on the surface to break down naturally.
Many verges and green spaces do not need to be maintained as short grass therefore resources can be focussed on areas that do require regular cutting or on other maintenance tasks.
Future plans to monitor and survey meadow sites will create the opportunity for residents to become involved in the trials. It will also provide important information to help shape future policies that protect and enhance our environment. Further changes to grassland management may be trialled in the future based on our continued learning and availability of resources.
Not all areas of open space will be managed as meadow. Grass meadows that have been created on open spaces tend to be close to larger areas of close mown grass such as parks and recreation grounds which can still be used for leisure activities.
Length of trial
The trial will take place over the summer months and mowing will take place between mid-July and October. This work is likely to be ongoing over a number of years with different methods and practices being trialled based on our continued learning. This will enable us to assess the best way to manage our grass areas to achieve our aims.
Where possible paths have been cut through the grass meadows so you can still have access to exercise your dogs. Parks and recreation grounds will still be mown on a regular basis providing areas with short grass where dogs can be walked. Regardless of the length of grass it is the dog owner’s responsibility to pick up after their pets. If a person allows their dog to foul and does not pick it up, they are committing an offence. This applies to all public land in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.
By reducing some of the grass cutting we are aware of potential concerns regarding fire, hay fever, ticks, snakes and wildlife issues.
The risk of fire is considered to be extremely low compared to the significant benefits that can be achieved by allowing grass areas to grow.
It would be very difficult to tell if hay fever symptoms were made worse by leaving some areas of grass uncut. High pollen levels in the atmosphere are normally experienced during the summer months as a result of pollen being released from many different plant species in addition to grass, such as trees and garden plants.
Ticks live in some areas of long grass, heath and woodland. It is always a good idea to check yourself and your pets if they have been walking through long grass.
Of the three native species of snake found in the UK, the adder is the only one that is venomous. In the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area adders are rarely seen away from heathland. They tend to be wary of humans and will often move away from anyone approaching when they feel vibrations in the ground.
The life cycle of many plants and insects occurs in the core summer months, therefore cutting after this time will not have a detrimental effect on the diversity of these species. Most of the trial areas are close to areas of denser vegetation such as hedgerows which can be used as shelter by other animals when the meadows are cut. Leaving the grass uncut at the trial areas for the summer months will have a much more beneficial effect on wildlife than keeping the grass short at these sites throughout the year.
It is unclear at this stage whether the trial will generate any cost savings. However, the trail does offer clear environmental benefits and BCP Council is committed to exploring new ways of working to ensure services are both economically and environmentally sustainable.
NEW BCP COUNCIL CHAIRMAN ELECTED, May 2021:
Cllr Hedges elected as BCP Council Chairman for 2021-2022. “BCP Full Council AGM, Tuesday 11th May 2021 – at the meeting, a Conservative – Councillor Nigel Hedges – was voted in as Council Chairman for the first time. He replaced Cllr Flagg who had held the role since the formation of BCP Council in 2019. Speaking after his appointment , Cllr Hedges said he was “honoured” to have been chosen and added that he would work tirelessly for the Council. “Having lived in all three Towns exclusively for all my life, I fully recognise and accept their unique character and I will continuously do my best for all residents , establishments and institutions” , he said. Fellow Conservative Councillor Laurence Fear (25) was elected as Vice Chairman for a second year.”
ECHO 15th May 2021
FLYPOSTING ON THE HIGHWAY – MAY 2021 Some of these companies are new , some have been told many times……. I removed all of these and reported them. They will be delivered to Southcote Road depot for eco-disposal. Please report to your local Councillors any your see. They are a distraction to drivers especially at busy junctions and pedestrian light controlled crossing. They breach Highways Laws and BCP Council have a duty to keep the roads clear of these distractions.
VERGE PARKING – RESOLVED IN DAWS AVENUE WITH PLANTING !MORE RESULTS ! Reported by a Resident in Priestley Road – BCP acts !
RESPECT PROTECT ENJOY
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Public Space Protection Order to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour
A consistent enforcement approach to improve public safety in communities across the majority of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is being proposed.
Councillors at Cabinet (23 June 2021) will consider a report that outlines plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering most of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas to help reduce persistent issues of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in targeted areas across the towns.
The proposed approach follows public consultation completed early in the year and of the 294 responses received, 89 per cent strongly agreed or agreed that community safety should be improved with the introduction of the order which would mean a consistent approach can be taken in dealing with alcohol related anti-social behaviour in areas where there is evidence of persistent issues which are having a continued negative impact on the local community. The effects of street-based anti-social behaviour can have a visible impact on the appearance of, and feelings of safety in our local community. PSPOs are intended to deal
with anti-social behaviour issues in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. They are intended to help ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour.
Councillor May Haines, Portfolio holder for Community Safety, BCP Council said: “We want to ensure that people visiting, living and working in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole feel safe and that street based anti-social behaviour is addressed robustly. We also need to make sure we take a consistent and balanced approach, applying effective solutions to the complex issues around anti-social behaviour.
“We’ve seen from the operation of Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) in our town centres that this approach is effective at addressing harmful behaviours of a few individuals through the combination of support and enforcement, helping those most vulnerable and helping keep our communities safe.”
The PSPO gives powers to accredited Community Safety Officers and Police to remove alcohol from anyone behaving in an anti-social manner in public spaces. It is not an alcohol ban for public spaces and it does not make it an offence to drink alcohol in the area covered by the order. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request from an officer to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in the area covered by the order, if the individual is or is likely to cause anti-social behaviour.
Subject to approval, the PSPO would be in place for 1 July 2021 and will cover 33 out of 29 wards across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole where there is evidence of persistent street-based anti-social behaviour.
The PSPO will be reviewed after three years.”
The Council regularly reviews road safety to tackle problem areas and improve conditions for all road users. Accident data is collated on a monthly basis as part of a collaborative effort with Dorset County Council and Dorset Police. Members of the public can report concerns using the Council’s online report-it tool via the following webpage:
PS : Meadows grass areas to be cut in and around Cornish Gardens in August.
Talbot Rise/Columbia Trees lane = sharp corner = road to lane : This area is now receiving attention as to the increased traffic and pedestrians crossing paths at this 90degree blind corner ( Lighting upgrade at Councillors’ request a few years ago ). Accident statistics requested prior to research for potential improvements where feasible and fundable. ( This was inspired by a report from a Resident of Forsyth Gardens ).
NORTH BOURNEMOUTH CRIME PREVENTION PANEL
Subject: CCTV camera ( movable )
The new mobile CCTV camera was provided from a grant from the PCC earlier this year. The grant was given to help combat anti-social behaviour. I am on the North Bournemouth Crime Prevention panel and asked that we had a mobile camera to move around ASB hot spots. Councillor Haines kindly agreed that the council would fund its removal to new spots as there are costs involved with this and the panel relies on grants from various charities and didn’t have the financial means.
Data has to be gathered by the police to establish any hot spots before moving the camera. The camera will most likely be attached to a nearby lamp post. As I have to send in a report after a year’s trial if you have ASB hot spots and the camera used I would be grateful so that I can add this to the report.
If you have any questions about the camera please don’t hesitate to ask. I had asked that the camera be first used in the North Bournemouth area and the police asked to use it on the Ensbury Park gyratory.
The NBCPP panel also fund a useful website www.mysaferbournemouth.com and also runs the Scampaks project. Jackie Edwards Ward Councillor Redhill &Northbourne ( Conservative)
NUISANCE AND ILLEGAL PARKING
“If you wish to report any illegal parking issues then please contact my team on 01202128900, they will then send an Officer to attend when resource allows.”
Parking Operations Manager BCP Council
To : WWW Resident :
From : Dorset Police :
“I am sorry to hear that you have experienced this very selfish behaviour by a vehicle owner. Responsibility for managing parking issues is shared between Dorset Police and the Local Authority, with the specific circumstances determining who will deal with the matter. Further advise on this can be found using the link below, and reading beneath the ‘parking issues’ tab; https://www.dorset.police.uk/contact-us/ask-ned-how-can-we-help/
In general, Dorset Police are responsible for dealing with obstructions of the road and pavements where there are no other parking restrictions, or if a vehicle is preventing someone from leaving their driveway.
It is the job of the ‘Civil Enforcement Officers’ employed by the council, to deal with obstructions where waiting restrictions apply, such as double yellow lines.
From your photos, it would seem that the latter applies, and I would therefore suggest that you report this matter to your local authority. Even though the vehicle will likely have moved by now, it is still worth logging it with them. When a vehicle that is known to have parked illegally on multiple occasions is found to do so again, the council do have the authority to tow the vehicle away.
Looking to find out the answers to our frequently asked questions? Why not AskNEDSealing of Traffic Regulation Order ref S52 2021 Wallisdown Road Speed Limit Reduction – 40mph section reduced to 30mph: Decision: To make and seal the Traffic Regulation Order (as advertised) and implement the speed limit reduction on Wallisdown Road as detailed in this report. The Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability has considered any representation received and determined to confirm the decision outlined above without modification.Reasons for the decision:The making and sealing of the
Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will enable the speed limit on the 40mph section of Wallisdown Road to be reduced to 30mph. Lower vehicle speeds will complement the Wallisdown Road highway improvement scheme, which aims to promote sustainable travel and minimise congestion.
Publication date: 05/07/2021 Date of decision: 02/07/2021 Date comes into force if not called in: 13/07/2021 Call-in deadline date: 12/07/2021
Ambitions Academy Trust Full Planning Application
Installation of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and erection of a single storey storage unit
Location : former Bournemouth Adult Learning Centre, Ensbury Avenue, Bournemouth, BH10 4HG
Planning Application Display – 7-2021-8523-AY
No Appeals ( 9.7.2021 ).Dorset Police has held another operation in Bournemouth to ensure that e-scooters are being used legally and safely.
The day of action on Friday 9 July 2021 saw 10 riders of privately owned e-scooters stopped and spoken to before being issued with first warnings. Advice was given before the individuals were asked to sign an agreement that they will stop using their e-scooter illegally on public roads.
In addition, eight riders of e-scooters hired through the Beryl trial scheme currently operating in Bournemouth and Poole were stopped for using them improperly, including riding on pavements.
E-scooters, also known as electric scooters, have seen a surge in popularity over the last few months, but privately owned e-scooters are currently illegal to use in public spaces. This includes roads, pavements, cycle lanes, beach promenades or any publicly accessible land, such as parks and car parks.
Sergeant Rhys Griffiths, who led the operation, said: “We spoke to lots of people to explain the rules around e-scooters and the dangers they can pose to pedestrians and other road users. Generally people were understanding and appreciated the advice they were given.
“Many of those we spoke to said that they’d not been told the rules around privately owned e-scooters when they bought them. Officers are looking to work with local retailers to ensure that the right information is provided to allow customers to make an informed purchase.”
Trial e-scooter rental schemes are taking place in various locations across the UK, including Bournemouth and Poole, which allows individuals to hire an e-scooter and use it on roads and cycle lanes. They must not be used on pavements. Privately owned e-scooters are not part of the current trial.
Sergeant Rhys Griffiths continued: “We’ve seen complaints about e-scooters increase across our communities, with many concerned about the illegal use of privately owned e-scooters, as well as those being used improperly as part of the hire scheme.
David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset, joined officers on the operation as the use of e-scooters has been a major concern for him over recent months.
David said: “I’m so pleased that this operation has taken place within my first 100 days in office. E-scooters could be a transformative mode of transport, but at this moment in time we’re not using them in a safe manner.
“I ask everybody in Dorset, please don’t ride an e-scooter on public land. If you take part in the pilot hire scheme, please only use it on the road. Make sure there is only one person riding an e-scooter at any time and do not give it to someone who is underage.
“Let’s make certain that we all stay safe, both those who ride e-scooters and pedestrians.”
Sergeant Griffiths added: “We are here to support our communities and we don’t want to stop anyone enjoying the summer, but we do want to make sure people aren’t causing problems for others or committing an offence.
“Riders could face a fine, penalty points on their licence or even disqualification from driving, as well as having their e-scooters seized and destroyed.”
Report Crime Online is an easy way to report information to us or report an incident or crime. Simply record all the details on the online form then submit the form via our website. Our contact centre staff will receive the form, record the crime, and provide you with a crime reference number.
If you want to make a general enquiry, tell us something, ask a question or report a suspicious incident (not happening now) then using the online enquiry form is an efficient way to make us aware of this information.
Use this online form to report anti-social behaviour, which is not happening now. This information allows us to build an intelligence picture of what is happening in your local area to help and support our communities.
Simply complete the details on the online form to Request a Call Back from Dorset Police the same day. Request a Call Back can be used to ask questions, report non-urgent crime and receive updates on existing crime.
Alternatively, our contact centre staff are available to answer your calls, day or night should you still wish to call the 101 non-emergency number.
Remember, in an emergency, when life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or immediate action is required, always dial 999.
Every contact received about a policing issue is answered by a member of the Force Command Centre whether it’s through the online channels or by phone. So whichever way you choose to contact the police, #Its Personal.
This sports field is leased to BU by BCP Council (Parks) and suffered a travellers’ incursion in June. A Court Order was sought, served and the travellers left. The site and the woods were cleaned and any criminal damage which afforded entry repaired. Despite numerous reports to Councillors from Talbot Drive and Residents in Talbot & Branksome Woods Ward and WWW Residents , the Police have confirmed through the PCC that NO reports of alleged ASB and suspected ‘crimes’ were submitted to 101 , e-mail 101 nor 999. The North Bournemouth Neighbourhood Policing Team said they would inform Poole NPT of the issue.
In July, the travellers returned and all BCP Teams restarted all the necessary protocols and actions to ensure the field was vacated once more in the shortest possible time. The travellers had assured the Police they were “leaving in three days” but they were still there on Friday 23rd July.
Ian Jones of Bournemouth University Community Relations has been in constant dialogue with WWW Councillors and the BCP Council and the PCC.
It is hoped that this field which last had an incursion a decade ago will be better protected in the near future. Some travellers were those from Redhill Common ( Redhill & Northbourne Ward ) last year ; a small group of whom ended up in Cornish Gardens – now ( see above ) is fully protected.
Cllr Susan Phillips and Cllr Nigel Hedges thank you for your interest, feedback, engagement and reporting of issues which allows BCP Council and all our Agencies to attend to matters that require ‘attention’.
Mind My Art charity – Through the medium of Art and creative activities facilitate a beneficial effect in breaking down indifference, feeling of isolation and improving health & wellbeing for everyone.
The charity’s main aim is to tackle loneliness, lack of compassion and empathy when it comes to other people’s emotions, issues/health challenges.
The adoption of a proven therapeutic approach; to present different themes to groups of people from various backgrounds or having issues. And then encourage them to engage with a natural creative side to express themselves via this common ground and in the process breaking down social barriers and loneliness. A key focus is to present some of the work in exhibitions which itself forms a critical part of encouragement and a sense of shared and personal achievement.
Mind My Art is a newly registered charity with five trustees Mel, Helen, Pina, Moray and David plus a Charity Manager /Therapeutic Project Coordinator Nathalie.
Price : free
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