Council expenditure on Consultants – 2016/17 (A note from John Sprackling)

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It was reported to the Cabinet on 13 June 2017, that the Council has paid 35 firms (29 firms in 2015/16) on individuals in excess of the £10,000 business case threshold. The report simply named the consultants involved with no further data, apart the table at the foot of this note. The Portfolio Holder responsible for the report made no comment about it nor did any of the … Read More

Whitecliff Recreation Ground Pavilion

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We are very happy to bring some good news to the attention of our Association Members. And that is that the outline planning application for : alterations and extension to existing buildings to improve current sports changing facilities, public toilets and cafe at Whitecliff Pavilion, Whitecliff Road has been granted with conditions. Whilst this proposed development is not exactly in our geographic area the Branksome Park and Canford … Read More

Beach safety scheme launches

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A SAFETY scheme to protect children on Bournemouth’s beaches has been extended to Poole for the first time. LV= KidZone has been running for 11 years and works by giving children free colour-coded wristbands that match up with clearly marked zones along the seafront.  Specially-trained LV= KidZone staff, as well as seafront rangers and RNLI lifeguards, are then on hand to help reunite missing children with their families. … Read More

Local Government Re-organisation

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At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 10 July 2017, members voted in favour the proposal for Poole and Bournemouth to create a single officer structure for all services. under the overall control of a Joint Committee. Of concern to the ‘opposition’ Members is the political imbalance of Poole’s membership of the proposed Joint Committee to manage the single officer structure for all services for Bournemouth & Poole. … Read More

Closure of Baiter Park toilet

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At the Place Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting on 19 July 2017, the Chairman (Conservative) used his casting vote to vote against the reopening of the Baiter Park toilets. It was a lively meeting and around 100 residents were in attendance. Two members of the ruling (Conservative) party had the courage to vote in favour of the re-opening. I believe that it’s good to see Members, occasionally, voting … Read More

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