BCP Council announce beach huts have re-opened

As a result of government lockdown restrictions being eased, BCP Council has announced that resident's who own beach huts can return to them as of Wednesday just past (13th). However strict social distancing measures remain in place and people must continue to keep a minimum of 2m distance. The Council published it's advice and guidelines along with the announcements and they can be found using the following link - https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Changes-to-Services/Services/Beach-hut-owners-and-tenants-updates-and-advice.aspx 

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Council Leaders call on Chancellor to fill coronavirus funding gap

Council leaders and local politicians of all colours are calling on the Chancellor to reaffirm his support for local authorities in this time of crisis. Whilst local authorities have received some funding from government, a survey has hoever since shown that barely a 1/4 of the increased costs and lost revenues that councils are facing is covered by this money. A cross-party group of MPs has also called on the Chancellor to fill the local government funding gap through a letter to the Chancellor, signatories led by former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, include current interim Lib Dem leader Ed Davey, former Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn and former leader of the Greens Caroline Lucas.

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Green waste schemes in Dorset and BCP back and running, tips to re-open next week

 

For residents who are currently subscribed to either BCP or Dorset's green waste collection schemes, the news that these are now back in action in both authorities as of this Monday is most welcome. If you are someone who is having to remain isolated at the moment but would like to subscribe, can do so clicking on the buttons below. (Prices vary based on time of year, length on subscription and amount of waste)

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Council Leader Slade gives update on Coronavirus


Unity Alliance passes first ever BCP budget - almost unopposed!

Last Tuesday evening, the Unity Alliance successfully passed the first ever BCP Council budget almost entirely unopposed. After an attempt to amend the budget was defeated, Conservative opposition collapsed. For the Conservatives to abstain from voting was a complete surprise. They failed to produce an alternative budget, so this was another huge win for the Unity Alliance, showing once again consensus politics can and does work for local residents. This budget enables the protection of all existing children’s centres and youth clubs and also provides an excellent families’ and young people’s strategy.

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Jo Swinson & Vikki Slade discuss environmental sustainability with Lush

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson & Vikki Slade took some time out of their busy conference schedule at the weekend to meet up with the manager of Bournemouth Lush and the company's Head of retail, Claire Constantine. All were happy to discuss their shared commitments to reducing single-use plastics, environmental sustainability and the benefits of running an ethical business model. 

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Dorset Council faces legal challenge if it fails to act on Climate Change

Dorset Council has been informed that it could face legal action by the end of October, if it does not present any meaningful plans for reducing carbon emissions by the end of October. This is widely regarded as an attempt to hold to the council to the pledge it made when it passed a Climate Emergency motion a few months ago.

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Caroline Voaden MEP visits Mid Dorset & North Poole

Earlier this week, Caroline Voaden MEP paid a visit to Poole and Wimborne as part of her working tour of the South West constituency she was elected to represent in the European Parliament in May. Together with Vikki Slade, PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole, Caroline visited local businesses who held concerns over the future of Brexit.

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Concerns raised over "psychological wellbeing" of Dorset Police Officers

The Chair of the Dorset Police Federation, Anna Harvey has expressed concerns over the "psychological wellbeing" of the County's officers. "Our demands have increased whilst officer numbers have reduced, therefore officers are really struggling to cope with the impact of this, we are also increasingly filling in the gaps for the other services, such as social services, mental health and the ambulance service." This follows revelations last year that there had been a 40 per cent increase in the number of officers seeking help for psychological problems

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Unity Alliance continues to put best foot forward


Last week the new Unity Alliance in control of Bournemouth, Christchruch and Poole Council continued to put its best foot forward. Following the popular decision to begin reopening public toilets in Poole that were closed by the Conservatives, by unanimously passing a motion in support of child refugees and by declaring a climate emergency.

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