10 reasons to love Boscombe

LOVELY SPOT: Boscombe Gardens

LOVELY SPOT: Boscombe Gardens

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This morning one Boscombe GP warned that Boscombe is being swamped by drug-addicts. But as we found when we went out on the streets, it's not all doom and gloom, with businesses and community leaders praising the suburb’s vibrant culture.

Swamped by drug addicts: one GP's fear for future of Boscombe

Boasting a stunning golden beach, fashionable restaurants and even a Tardis style police box, it is a popular tourist destination and home to an upcoming arts scene. 

Ward councillor for Boscombe, Cllr Chris Wakefield, reserved special praise for the sense of community which exists.

“It has a thriving retail environment and an ongoing regeneration project which is having a really positive effect on people’s lives,” he said.  

“We have a vibrant culture that is diverse and inviting.”

We asked residents to tell us what their favourite things are about Boscombe, here are the 10 things they said they loved about the area. Let us know what you love in the comments below.

Bournemouth Echo:

  1. The sandy beach

 

Bournemouth Echo: Doctor Who fans and residents turn out for unveiling of Boscombe's 'Tardis'

2. The Tardis police box

Bournemouth Echo:

3. Boscombe Chine Gardens and its crazy golf course

Bournemouth Echo:  Ed Sheeran at the 02 Academy. Picture: rockstarimages.co.uk. 

4. Live music from international acts at O2 Academy

Bournemouth Echo:

5. Cocktails and dinner at Urban Reef

Bournemouth Echo:

6. Gigs from rising stars at Chaplins and the Cellar Bar

Bournemouth Echo:

7. Breakfast at Café Boscanova

Bournemouth Echo:

8. The elaborate Victorian architecture of the Royal Arcade

Bournemouth Echo:

9. Family fun at the Coastal Activity Park

Bournemouth Echo:

10. Shopping at the weekly markets

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9:59am Wed 30 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

More free ads.
More free ads. pete woodley
  • Score: 8

10:04am Wed 30 Jul 14

Sir Cliff West says...

Nice try echo, covering your own backsides against anyone who accuses you of Boscombeism. Follow up a damning aricle with a pink fluffy one like this. Then you can call yourselves balanced and fair, right ?
Nice try echo, covering your own backsides against anyone who accuses you of Boscombeism. Follow up a damning aricle with a pink fluffy one like this. Then you can call yourselves balanced and fair, right ? Sir Cliff West
  • Score: 26

10:19am Wed 30 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

I can think of two reasons I love Boscombe:

I don't live there
I don't have to go there
I can think of two reasons I love Boscombe: I don't live there I don't have to go there speedy231278
  • Score: 40

10:20am Wed 30 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.
Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now. Hessenford
  • Score: 10

10:35am Wed 30 Jul 14

WinnieIrish says...

I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours!
I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours! WinnieIrish
  • Score: 55

10:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

WinnieIrish wrote:
I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours!
Or reading hundreds of articles about antisocial behaviour in Boscombe and knowing people unfortunate enough to have to live there who confirm the reputation is true?
[quote][p][bold]WinnieIrish[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours![/p][/quote]Or reading hundreds of articles about antisocial behaviour in Boscombe and knowing people unfortunate enough to have to live there who confirm the reputation is true? speedy231278
  • Score: -7

10:42am Wed 30 Jul 14

Kinzy says...

11. The road that takes you out of Boscombe
11. The road that takes you out of Boscombe Kinzy
  • Score: 10

10:43am Wed 30 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Hessenford wrote:
Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.
I see no detergent!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.[/p][/quote]I see no detergent! speedy231278
  • Score: 5

10:58am Wed 30 Jul 14

Huey says...

I have no problem whatsoever with Boscombe.
Just a sizeable proportion people who live there.
I have no problem whatsoever with Boscombe. Just a sizeable proportion people who live there. Huey
  • Score: 20

11:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

This advertorial has obviously been sourced /influenced from/by the local council.
Bournemouth Echo. What is this ? A new bandwagon you have been shamefully been persuaded to publish , eh ? You really are in need of a talking to about what is news and what isn't. For example THIS ISN'T !
Your publications are getting to be a complete joke.
This advertorial has obviously been sourced /influenced from/by the local council. Bournemouth Echo. What is this ? A new bandwagon you have been shamefully been persuaded to publish , eh ? You really are in need of a talking to about what is news and what isn't. For example THIS ISN'T ! Your publications are getting to be a complete joke. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 13

11:13am Wed 30 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

There is one reason to love Boscombe and that is Doctor Ni'man as he has stood up told the truth .

As for Cllr Wakefield, it just shows you what a complete embarrassment he is as a councilor.Shame Dr Ni'man is a busy man, he would be ideal to replace him.
There is one reason to love Boscombe and that is Doctor Ni'man as he has stood up told the truth . As for Cllr Wakefield, it just shows you what a complete embarrassment he is as a councilor.Shame Dr Ni'man is a busy man, he would be ideal to replace him. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 26

11:16am Wed 30 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

Cllr Wakefield – In denial or deluded ?
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Cllr Wakefield said : “It has a thriving retail environment” – Has Wakefield not noticed the number of empty shops and charity shops ? Does he ever walk around Boscombe or is he just believing what Jane “away with the fairies” Kelly tells him ?
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Cllr Wakefield said : “We have a vibrant culture that is diverse and inviting.” – More like a drugs culture which is threatening and intimidating.
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Instead of looking at Boscombe through rose tinted spectacles its time that Wakefield Woke up and faced up to and started to address the underlying social problems that are blighting the lives of the many honest and decent people who have the misfortune to find themselves living there.
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Lets be honest if Boscombe was in Liverpool, Glasgow or a London Borough; or if Bournemouth East was a marginal seat it would be receiving much more help from national government.
Cllr Wakefield – In denial or deluded ? . Cllr Wakefield said : “It [Boscombe] has a thriving retail environment” – Has Wakefield not noticed the number of empty shops and charity shops ? Does he ever walk around Boscombe or is he just believing what Jane “away with the fairies” Kelly tells him ? . Cllr Wakefield said : “We have a vibrant culture that is diverse and inviting.” – More like a drugs culture which is threatening and intimidating. . Instead of looking at Boscombe through rose tinted spectacles its time that Wakefield Woke up and faced up to and started to address the underlying social problems that are blighting the lives of the many honest and decent people who have the misfortune to find themselves living there. . Lets be honest if Boscombe was in Liverpool, Glasgow or a London Borough; or if Bournemouth East was a marginal seat it would be receiving much more help from national government. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 19

11:31am Wed 30 Jul 14

Townee says...

12 the wonky serf reef.
12 the wonky serf reef. Townee
  • Score: -2

11:54am Wed 30 Jul 14

MrPitiful says...

I have one good reason to love Boscombe.

All the local curtain-twitchers, busy-bodies & narrow-minded plonkers who are gullible enough to believe what they read in the papers and hear from their fellow lip-smackers in the bus-stop never go there because they are too afraid in case they get stabbed, mugged, offered drugs, tattooed, shot, raped & pillaged or whatever else they mistakenly believe goes on in Boscombe on a regular basis.

Which is fine by me because it means I can easily find a (FREE!) parking space, quickly get served in the decent range of shops and not have to put up with negative moaners and groaners while I go about my daily boring business.

And I do this regular with my Mrs & 2 kids, unharmed and happy & usually save a few quid in the process.

And by the way, the Wetherspoons down the bottom end serves a cracking pint of real ale & the butcher's lorry on a Saturday is great value for money!

People don't realise what they are missing out on but stuff 'em - let 'em wait in Castlepoint queues or ponce around Westbourne.
I have one good reason to love Boscombe. All the local curtain-twitchers, busy-bodies & narrow-minded plonkers who are gullible enough to believe what they read in the papers and hear from their fellow lip-smackers in the bus-stop never go there because they are too afraid in case they get stabbed, mugged, offered drugs, tattooed, shot, raped & pillaged or whatever else they mistakenly believe goes on in Boscombe on a regular basis. Which is fine by me because it means I can easily find a (FREE!) parking space, quickly get served in the decent range of shops and not have to put up with negative moaners and groaners while I go about my daily boring business. And I do this regular with my Mrs & 2 kids, unharmed and happy & usually save a few quid in the process. And by the way, the Wetherspoons down the bottom end serves a cracking pint of real ale & the butcher's lorry on a Saturday is great value for money! People don't realise what they are missing out on but stuff 'em - let 'em wait in Castlepoint queues or ponce around Westbourne. MrPitiful
  • Score: 33

11:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it.

(No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)
I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it. (No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!) muscliffman
  • Score: -6

12:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sundaydriver says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.
I see no detergent!
Boscombe needs the Ariel :)
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.[/p][/quote]I see no detergent![/p][/quote]Boscombe needs the Ariel :) sundaydriver
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

13. The place is so bad even the travellers don't want to camp there!
13. The place is so bad even the travellers don't want to camp there! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sundaydriver says...

14. The positive affect it has on house prices here in the village of Tucton
14. The positive affect it has on house prices here in the village of Tucton sundaydriver
  • Score: -11

12:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MrPitiful says...

muscliffman wrote:
I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it.

(No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)
Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe.

There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most.

That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it. (No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe. There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most. That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it. MrPitiful
  • Score: 27

12:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

retry69 says...

MrPitiful wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it.

(No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)
Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe.

There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most.

That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it.
Well said and true unlike the majority of comments that usually get posted when Boscombe is mentioned
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it. (No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe. There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most. That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it.[/p][/quote]Well said and true unlike the majority of comments that usually get posted when Boscombe is mentioned retry69
  • Score: 11

12:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

I think Boscombe's OK. Yeah, there may be places to avoid at night but nowhere is 100% safe. Its' on the sea, has a reasonable shooing centre and a few nice places to sit and watch the world go by with a coffee. A few trouble-makers but I bet half the people putting comments on here find it quite 'entertaining'! Above all, people just love to have something to moan about. What you all do without Boscombe? You all love it really!
I think Boscombe's OK. Yeah, there may be places to avoid at night but nowhere is 100% safe. Its' on the sea, has a reasonable shooing centre and a few nice places to sit and watch the world go by with a coffee. A few trouble-makers but I bet half the people putting comments on here find it quite 'entertaining'! Above all, people just love to have something to moan about. What you all do without Boscombe? You all love it really! JemBmth
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

samstone says...

I used to live inBoscombe many years ago and loved it, i still go there now and again and it's not like a lot of people make out. Every area has drug issues including some of the more exclusive areas, just more exclusive drugs
I used to live inBoscombe many years ago and loved it, i still go there now and again and it's not like a lot of people make out. Every area has drug issues including some of the more exclusive areas, just more exclusive drugs samstone
  • Score: 8

12:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

churchill gardens resident says...

What a fool wakefield is & in denial to the problems of boscombe. All he seems to do is tow the party line. Truth is boscombe isent attractive to most people & some of the residents would move if they had a choice. Ask people who are moving what there destination of choice in Bournemouth would be. Most would say not boscombe with all its doss houses & slumb landlords. I hope wakefield & Kelly get slung out at the next election or were in for more of the same bu..s.it regeneration cosying up to doss house landlords & nothing will change
What a fool wakefield is & in denial to the problems of boscombe. All he seems to do is tow the party line. Truth is boscombe isent attractive to most people & some of the residents would move if they had a choice. Ask people who are moving what there destination of choice in Bournemouth would be. Most would say not boscombe with all its doss houses & slumb landlords. I hope wakefield & Kelly get slung out at the next election or were in for more of the same bu..s.it regeneration cosying up to doss house landlords & nothing will change churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

MrPitiful wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it.

(No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)
Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe.

There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most.

That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it.
I well remember the Boscombe of old, a place so smart and decent that many residents and businesses would disassociate themselves from Bournemouth - and it was usually omitted from even their addresses! The Boscombe good folk live in today is about as far from that as it possibly could be - sadly we all have to accept that in order to correct it.

I genuinely hope this suburb can be restored to what it once was and really deserves to become again. If it is picked up by the right people today's headline story about Boscombe could be a start of at last taking the lid off the whole big rotten can of worms causing the problems there.

Good luck.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I love Boscombe, especially the sight of it in my rear view mirror when I leave it. (No disrespect intended for those few good folk trying to swim against the tide in there, we all hope that one day you will prevail!)[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong muscliffman, I'm all too fully aware it's not the paradise that other areas of Bournemouth apparently are. I probably wouldn't live there myself either but I just wonder at a lot of the comments on here which are obviously from people who haven't set foot in Boscombe themselves for probably several years. Instead they believe what they see and hear which is either sometimes exaggerated, or only a very small part of what else goes on in Boscombe. There is also a population in Boscombe ( a majority as well believe it or not!) who have regular jobs, bring up kids, don't drink or do drugs etc, struggle to pay the bills and mortgage etc. just like the rest of us. Normal day-today lives like most others. This aspect of Boscombe is unheard of by most. That's not me swimming against the tide, it's me just saying it as I see it.[/p][/quote]I well remember the Boscombe of old, a place so smart and decent that many residents and businesses would disassociate themselves from Bournemouth - and it was usually omitted from even their addresses! The Boscombe good folk live in today is about as far from that as it possibly could be - sadly we all have to accept that in order to correct it. I genuinely hope this suburb can be restored to what it once was and really deserves to become again. If it is picked up by the right people today's headline story about Boscombe could be a start of at last taking the lid off the whole big rotten can of worms causing the problems there. Good luck. muscliffman
  • Score: 9

1:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

Hessenford wrote:
Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.
That's because the Tide is in and the council wants to put a spin on it. They should be Bold and tell it like it is
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Where the hell did that Ariel picture come from, it hasn't looked like that for a few years, I have to say though it looked better than than it does now.[/p][/quote]That's because the Tide is in and the council wants to put a spin on it. They should be Bold and tell it like it is Bob49
  • Score: -2

1:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

WinnieIrish says...

MrPitiful wrote:
I have one good reason to love Boscombe.

All the local curtain-twitchers, busy-bodies & narrow-minded plonkers who are gullible enough to believe what they read in the papers and hear from their fellow lip-smackers in the bus-stop never go there because they are too afraid in case they get stabbed, mugged, offered drugs, tattooed, shot, raped & pillaged or whatever else they mistakenly believe goes on in Boscombe on a regular basis.

Which is fine by me because it means I can easily find a (FREE!) parking space, quickly get served in the decent range of shops and not have to put up with negative moaners and groaners while I go about my daily boring business.

And I do this regular with my Mrs & 2 kids, unharmed and happy & usually save a few quid in the process.

And by the way, the Wetherspoons down the bottom end serves a cracking pint of real ale & the butcher's lorry on a Saturday is great value for money!

People don't realise what they are missing out on but stuff 'em - let 'em wait in Castlepoint queues or ponce around Westbourne.
Couldn't agree more
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: I have one good reason to love Boscombe. All the local curtain-twitchers, busy-bodies & narrow-minded plonkers who are gullible enough to believe what they read in the papers and hear from their fellow lip-smackers in the bus-stop never go there because they are too afraid in case they get stabbed, mugged, offered drugs, tattooed, shot, raped & pillaged or whatever else they mistakenly believe goes on in Boscombe on a regular basis. Which is fine by me because it means I can easily find a (FREE!) parking space, quickly get served in the decent range of shops and not have to put up with negative moaners and groaners while I go about my daily boring business. And I do this regular with my Mrs & 2 kids, unharmed and happy & usually save a few quid in the process. And by the way, the Wetherspoons down the bottom end serves a cracking pint of real ale & the butcher's lorry on a Saturday is great value for money! People don't realise what they are missing out on but stuff 'em - let 'em wait in Castlepoint queues or ponce around Westbourne.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more WinnieIrish
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I like King's Park, also the Café there is a real gem - and you can park right outside for free. AFC Bournemouth's immaculate stadium and successful football team is there too. It's a shame the railway station in Ashley Road closed though.
I like King's Park, also the Café there is a real gem - and you can park right outside for free. AFC Bournemouth's immaculate stadium and successful football team is there too. It's a shame the railway station in Ashley Road closed though. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Wackerone says...

Really Echo, you should have actually done a '10 reasons to LEAVE Boscombe' article.
Really Echo, you should have actually done a '10 reasons to LEAVE Boscombe' article. Wackerone
  • Score: -4

2:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BoscombeWarLord says...

Boscombe is the home of AFC Bournemouth and this is certainly a reason to go to Boscombe and generally have a positive experience. UTC
Boscombe is the home of AFC Bournemouth and this is certainly a reason to go to Boscombe and generally have a positive experience. UTC BoscombeWarLord
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jinglebell says...

WinnieIrish wrote:
I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours!
The article about the GP's surgery being swamped by ex-cons from other areas of the country who have drug and alcohol problems is a serious article about a serious problem, which is part of Boscombe's unfortunate statistics (documented by central Government, the Police, the NHS, etc). The attempt to water down the seriousness of the situation by this accompanying non-article stating all the things to love about Boscombe is appalling.
The grinning team from Urban Beach mean nothing in terms of how this problem is going (or if it is going to be) tackled. It should be noted that Urban Reef etc. are owned by Mark Cribb, who is on the Council's regeneration team.....they are hardly likely to say there is a problem.
Surely, it is better to recognise there is a problem, then to put forward ways to tackle it, than to pretend all is well.
I see the Police Commissioner is going to hold a meeting for residents to tell him what their suggestions are; this is a start. Why not hold this at the Boscombe Forum and would the Leader of the Council come along and also our MP Tobias Ellwood, who the Echo reports has been lobbying government to control the numbers of ex-cons who are addicts coming to Boscombe?
[quote][p][bold]WinnieIrish[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but some people are such narrow minded idiots! I live on the edge of Boscombe (near the gardens) and I also work full time on the West Cliff. I often wander into Boscombe high street on a Saturday morning with my children, and I have never felt intimidated in the slightest. West Cliff is exactly the same if not worse in my opinion when it comes to drugs and alcohol...but that's acceptable because it's not called "Boscombe"! The beach in Boscombe is lovely, as are the gardens and I have to say I have also had a few wicked nights in Chaplins.....so please, if you don't live there, what are your derogatory comments based on?? Like I said, small minded people, listening to rumours![/p][/quote]The article about the GP's surgery being swamped by ex-cons from other areas of the country who have drug and alcohol problems is a serious article about a serious problem, which is part of Boscombe's unfortunate statistics (documented by central Government, the Police, the NHS, etc). The attempt to water down the seriousness of the situation by this accompanying non-article stating all the things to love about Boscombe is appalling. The grinning team from Urban Beach mean nothing in terms of how this problem is going (or if it is going to be) tackled. It should be noted that Urban Reef etc. are owned by Mark Cribb, who is on the Council's regeneration team.....they are hardly likely to say there is a problem. Surely, it is better to recognise there is a problem, then to put forward ways to tackle it, than to pretend all is well. I see the Police Commissioner is going to hold a meeting for residents to tell him what their suggestions are; this is a start. Why not hold this at the Boscombe Forum and would the Leader of the Council come along and also our MP Tobias Ellwood, who the Echo reports has been lobbying government to control the numbers of ex-cons who are addicts coming to Boscombe? jinglebell
  • Score: 8

5:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Rasta dude says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
I like King's Park, also the Café there is a real gem - and you can park right outside for free. AFC Bournemouth's immaculate stadium and successful football team is there too. It's a shame the railway station in Ashley Road closed though.
Yes watched the cricket there nice day enjoyed by all family
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: I like King's Park, also the Café there is a real gem - and you can park right outside for free. AFC Bournemouth's immaculate stadium and successful football team is there too. It's a shame the railway station in Ashley Road closed though.[/p][/quote]Yes watched the cricket there nice day enjoyed by all family Rasta dude
  • Score: 7

9:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Is number 10 what the travellers have left?
Is number 10 what the travellers have left? BIGTONE
  • Score: -2

7:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Ten reason s to miss Boscombe would have been a better story.
It's a real dump, I will never go,through it again , I would rather go 5 miles out of my way.
I guess it will not be too far off when car jacking will be the norm.
As someone else said Gaza is safer.
Ten reason s to miss Boscombe would have been a better story. It's a real dump, I will never go,through it again , I would rather go 5 miles out of my way. I guess it will not be too far off when car jacking will be the norm. As someone else said Gaza is safer. skydriver
  • Score: -3

7:56am Thu 31 Jul 14

Vikki27 says...

My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed).

Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know.

I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads.
My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed). Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know. I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads. Vikki27
  • Score: 7

8:44am Thu 31 Jul 14

sundaydriver says...

Vikki27 wrote:
My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed).

Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know.

I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads.
So you don't live in or near Boscombe! - that said you do make some good points in terms of upside aspects. Buttttttttttttttt I am afraid the negative aspects list is way larger. As someone who works in Boscombe then every day I see a raft of scary's that would seem to support the negative comments on this train
[quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed). Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know. I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads.[/p][/quote]So you don't live in or near Boscombe! - that said you do make some good points in terms of upside aspects. Buttttttttttttttt I am afraid the negative aspects list is way larger. As someone who works in Boscombe then every day I see a raft of scary's that would seem to support the negative comments on this train sundaydriver
  • Score: 0

8:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

spooki says...

sundaydriver wrote:
Vikki27 wrote:
My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed).

Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know.

I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads.
So you don't live in or near Boscombe! - that said you do make some good points in terms of upside aspects. Buttttttttttttttt I am afraid the negative aspects list is way larger. As someone who works in Boscombe then every day I see a raft of scary's that would seem to support the negative comments on this train
I personally wouldn't want to work in Boscombe and I'm sure during 'normal' hours like 9-6 it's not so bad but it's not the kind of place I would want to go at night. I would have liked to go to a concert at the O2 Academy in February but the thought of walking back to my car at 11pm put me off.
Surely like anywhere else there are bad bits and good bits? The buildings in Boscombe are nice and sometimes it's a good place to go shopping but some of the people you see walking around can be a bit iffy. Everyday folk are in the majority I think but it's the odd ones that put you off! And it's those ones we tend to remember.
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: My God, I get SO fed up with the cynical, sarcastic and bitter responses (most of which are clearly ill-informed). Boscombe has a deservedly bad reputation, yes. BUT there are areas of Boscombe which are beautiful and perfectly safe. It seems that there are a great number of people who are so incredibly ignorant that they believe all the negative things they hear about Boscombe but are too lazy to look any deeper. There are diamonds in that rough, you know. I don't live in or near Boscombe, but there are good things about Boscombe. I would add all the antiques shops in as a number 11. I could lose days wondering around all of the vintage clothing shops and antique shops. They have some real treasures there. And some of the buildings in Boscombe are beautiful in terms of their architecture. Despite what some (again, ignorant) people say, there are some great parts of the town. We just don't hear anything much about them because it's not as 'juicy' a news story as someone OD-ing on or around the main roads.[/p][/quote]So you don't live in or near Boscombe! - that said you do make some good points in terms of upside aspects. Buttttttttttttttt I am afraid the negative aspects list is way larger. As someone who works in Boscombe then every day I see a raft of scary's that would seem to support the negative comments on this train[/p][/quote]I personally wouldn't want to work in Boscombe and I'm sure during 'normal' hours like 9-6 it's not so bad but it's not the kind of place I would want to go at night. I would have liked to go to a concert at the O2 Academy in February but the thought of walking back to my car at 11pm put me off. Surely like anywhere else there are bad bits and good bits? The buildings in Boscombe are nice and sometimes it's a good place to go shopping but some of the people you see walking around can be a bit iffy. Everyday folk are in the majority I think but it's the odd ones that put you off! And it's those ones we tend to remember. spooki
  • Score: 0

9:26am Thu 31 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Total codswallop!

Heres a challenge for you Echo staff, go through your archives for the past year and find 10 actual good news article you reported on and put them in your list, i'll hazard a bet you'll struggle to find 10. Then go back over the last month and find 10 bad news articles, you should find that a lot easier, you can start with todays story of an assault on a paramedic!
Total codswallop! Heres a challenge for you Echo staff, go through your archives for the past year and find 10 actual good news article you reported on and put them in your list, i'll hazard a bet you'll struggle to find 10. Then go back over the last month and find 10 bad news articles, you should find that a lot easier, you can start with todays story of an assault on a paramedic! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Catmanuk says...

I have lived twice in Boscombe, first in the early 70's and then again in 2012, the difference almost unbelievable. Way back in the 70's there was no stigmas attached to the place, no drug users or drug peddlers, nobody wandering around with a beer in their hands, no "chuggers", no scroungers after cigarettes or small change. As for the place at night, it was a safe place to walk around. Jump forward 40 years plus and you will find all of the above, as for the evening or night time Boscombe is a serious no go area. Yes I still go there but do I feel safe - NO. Just my personal observations.
I have lived twice in Boscombe, first in the early 70's and then again in 2012, the difference almost unbelievable. Way back in the 70's there was no stigmas attached to the place, no drug users or drug peddlers, nobody wandering around with a beer in their hands, no "chuggers", no scroungers after cigarettes or small change. As for the place at night, it was a safe place to walk around. Jump forward 40 years plus and you will find all of the above, as for the evening or night time Boscombe is a serious no go area. Yes I still go there but do I feel safe - NO. Just my personal observations. Catmanuk
  • Score: 2

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