VIDEO: £2.5m plans revealed to restore Poole Park back to Victorian splendour

Bournemouth Echo: VICTORIAN SPLENDOUR: Poole Park VICTORIAN SPLENDOUR: Poole Park

PLANS illustrating a proposed £2.5million scheme to revamp Poole Park have been revealed for the first time.

Scores of residents visited Poole Park Pavilion yesterday to view maps and details of what the park could look like, if a proposed bid for £2.5m National Lottery cash becomes a reality.

Borough of Poole and the Friends of Poole Park put together the bid, following public consultation earlier this year.

Yesterday’s exhibition highlighted proposals to bankroll the restoration of the park’s original Victorian characteristics and improve its landscaping.

The park’s lakes and water features would be improved, new play equipment introduced and the road would be made safer for park users if the bid gets the thumbs-up, says Borough of Poole.

Money could also be used to fund programmes to manage the park’s geese and wildfowl.

Borough of Poole portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole, Cllr Xena Dion, said: “We still have some way to go before we can submit our bid, but the plans drawn up from feedback from the local community are very exciting.

“The park is a wonderful facility which everyone can enjoy, so it’s really important that as many people as possible come and take a look at the plans and back our bid.”

The first round bid will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in August, with successful bids being announced in December. It will take at least a year for the second stage bid to be prepared.

Poole resident David Warhurst, who visited the exhibition, said: “My major concern was the state of the main gateposts at the park and the plaques there as well. I’ve argued they should be refurbished, but I can see from this exhibition that this is in the plans.”

Another resident told the Daily Echo improvements at the park were “long overdue.”

She added: “The lake often smells in the summertime and there is too much mess from the geese, which is a shame because the park is so popular.”

Cllr Dion said: “The council and Friends of Poole Park are doing a great job in providing evidence that Poole Park is well-loved and valued within the local community.

“We are doing everything possible to secure this money and deliver the enhancements that the majority of people have said they want.”

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12:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

chrisii1991 says...

Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds
Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds chrisii1991
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

JustForPoole says...

Bring back the "Poole Park Fest" .... what an excellent weekend that was. Mr Kyp`s music stage was the crowd puller ... so let`s have a return ... properly run and managed it should be a good little earner towards the maintenance of the park.
Bring back the "Poole Park Fest" .... what an excellent weekend that was. Mr Kyp`s music stage was the crowd puller ... so let`s have a return ... properly run and managed it should be a good little earner towards the maintenance of the park. JustForPoole
  • Score: 8

1:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice.
The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

boardsandphotos says...

Hessenford wrote:
The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice.
blah blah blah Hessenford yet again moaning about how Council Tax money is spent blah blah blah.....zzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice.[/p][/quote]blah blah blah Hessenford yet again moaning about how Council Tax money is spent blah blah blah.....zzzzz boardsandphotos
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Thu 3 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

Victorian style park?
So why is there concrete all round the border of the lake hardly Victorian eyesore if you ask me. If Poole lifted the ban on shooting or hunting the geese in the area it wouldn't cost them any money
Victorian style park? So why is there concrete all round the border of the lake hardly Victorian eyesore if you ask me. If Poole lifted the ban on shooting or hunting the geese in the area it wouldn't cost them any money dorsetgills
  • Score: -2

3:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bourne free says...

2000 questionnaires set out to local people for suggestions / anyone know anyone who got one as the idea seems to be to turn the clock back 100yrs. Great progress its a park not a museum !?
2000 questionnaires set out to local people for suggestions / anyone know anyone who got one as the idea seems to be to turn the clock back 100yrs. Great progress its a park not a museum !? bourne free
  • Score: -3

4:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

I just thought if there returning to the Victorian park does that mean there will be a zoo?
I just thought if there returning to the Victorian park does that mean there will be a zoo? dorsetgills
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Thu 3 Jul 14

X Old Bill says...

Did they not have some grand plans to restore the park to its Victorian splendour in the centenary year of 1990?
As far as I can recall the sum total of what was carried out at that time in the interests of Victorianisation was the re-installation of the fountain in the picture, above.
And they also replaced the railings which had been missing since the war and really needed doing - Not really 'Victorian' are they?
Did I miss something?
What will there be to show for it this time?
Did they not have some grand plans to restore the park to its Victorian splendour in the centenary year of 1990? As far as I can recall the sum total of what was carried out at that time in the interests of Victorianisation was the re-installation of the fountain in the picture, above. And they also replaced the railings which had been missing since the war and really needed doing - Not really 'Victorian' are they? Did I miss something? What will there be to show for it this time? X Old Bill
  • Score: 1

8:26pm Thu 3 Jul 14

ashleycross says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds
All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them.
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds[/p][/quote]All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them. ashleycross
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

ashleycross says...

Will we get the original boundaries of the park back? Or is this funding just a license for more building on the park. The council should say sorry for allowing so much to be built on the park,, buy back the land sold off and built on and turn it back into park. If the IMAX could be knocked down in Bournemouth surely we could have back the bits of our park that have been sold off to be used by private businesses.
Will we get the original boundaries of the park back? Or is this funding just a license for more building on the park. The council should say sorry for allowing so much to be built on the park,, buy back the land sold off and built on and turn it back into park. If the IMAX could be knocked down in Bournemouth surely we could have back the bits of our park that have been sold off to be used by private businesses. ashleycross
  • Score: -1

9:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bourne free says...

ashleycross wrote:
Will we get the original boundaries of the park back? Or is this funding just a license for more building on the park. The council should say sorry for allowing so much to be built on the park,, buy back the land sold off and built on and turn it back into park. If the IMAX could be knocked down in Bournemouth surely we could have back the bits of our park that have been sold off to be used by private businesses.
Did you show your face at the meeting then ??
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Will we get the original boundaries of the park back? Or is this funding just a license for more building on the park. The council should say sorry for allowing so much to be built on the park,, buy back the land sold off and built on and turn it back into park. If the IMAX could be knocked down in Bournemouth surely we could have back the bits of our park that have been sold off to be used by private businesses.[/p][/quote]Did you show your face at the meeting then ?? bourne free
  • Score: 3

9:18pm Thu 3 Jul 14

chrisii1991 says...

ashleycross wrote:
chrisii1991 wrote:
Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds
All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them.
Thats what ive said. in the long run its going to cost taxpayers more
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds[/p][/quote]All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them.[/p][/quote]Thats what ive said. in the long run its going to cost taxpayers more chrisii1991
  • Score: 1

9:22pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bourne free says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
chrisii1991 wrote:
Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds
All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them.
Thats what ive said. in the long run its going to cost taxpayers more
And did you voice your veiws at the meeting then ?
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: Id say the mess from the disgusting teenagers is worse than the mess from the birds[/p][/quote]All work for someone clearing up all the litter. A bit like endlessly mopping the seashore really. Poole needs to copy Christchurch and start prosecuting for littering instead of wasting taxpayers money of picking up after the teenagers who gather in large groups then walk off leaving loads of litter behind them.[/p][/quote]Thats what ive said. in the long run its going to cost taxpayers more[/p][/quote]And did you voice your veiws at the meeting then ? bourne free
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

guisselle says...

I think the park is fine with the cafe and ice-rink which was The Swan Lake.
The play park is lovely for families and the little train that has run efficiently
for years as we went on as children, ah happy days!
I think the park is fine with the cafe and ice-rink which was The Swan Lake. The play park is lovely for families and the little train that has run efficiently for years as we went on as children, ah happy days! guisselle
  • Score: 4

11:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice.
blah blah blah Hessenford yet again moaning about how Council Tax money is spent blah blah blah.....zzzzz
Oh please give your big gob a rest, you really do bore me.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: The Victorians had neither the money or the technology that we have today and they kept the park immaculate from the old pictures I have seen so I don't see the necessity to spend £2.5 million to keep it looking nice.[/p][/quote]blah blah blah Hessenford yet again moaning about how Council Tax money is spent blah blah blah.....zzzzz[/p][/quote]Oh please give your big gob a rest, you really do bore me. Hessenford
  • Score: -1

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