Former Argos store could be transformed into police drop-in centre

Bournemouth Echo: Former Argos store could be transformed into police drop-in centre Former Argos store could be transformed into police drop-in centre

BOSCOMBE’S empty Argos store is due to be revamped as drop-in centre for Dorset Police and Youth Services, if plans are approved.

The store, in Christchurch Road opposite the Crescent, has been derelict since Argos moved out in January 2012 after 38 years of trading, and has been described as a local eye-sore.

The proposals will see the site host offices and interview rooms for Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team officers, alongside the Boscombe Regeneration Office relocated from Roumelia Lane.

Also, young people will be able to visit a café style youth centre for help and advice, and to take advantage of new facilities – including a training room and activities developed by youth workers and teenagers at sites elsewhere in Bournemouth.

Councillor Jane Kelly, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The former Argos site is in a prime location in Boscombe and if plans are approved it will provide a great central location for these key services who are all working towards improving Boscombe as a place to live, work and visit.

“The site has remained empty for some time now and so it will have a really positive impact to see this space being used.”

If permission is granted, services could move into the building during the winter.

At the time of the closure there were plans to demolish the building – which dates from 1890 – and build a new retail/residential unit with 37 flats above, however these were turned down by council planners due to the building’s architectural merits.

The planned re-development is part of the council’s efforts to regenerate the Crescent area, which include new landscaping on the green and road alterations as part of the Three Towns Travel initiative.

“We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

“Relocating our neighbourhood policing team into the former Argos building will place us in a high profile and accessible location rather than the ‘off the beaten track’ residential location of our current police station.”

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4:39pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

I remember when that Argos was Plummers department store, then Green Shield Stamps I recall. Interesting devlopment to become a Boscombe drop-out centre.
I remember when that Argos was Plummers department store, then Green Shield Stamps I recall. Interesting devlopment to become a Boscombe drop-out centre. Bonkeydollocks
  • Score: 14

4:54pm Mon 7 Jul 14

churchill gardens resident says...

plenty of drop-outs to drop-in, Which Jane Kelly could reply " this will be marvellous for boscombe"
plenty of drop-outs to drop-in, Which Jane Kelly could reply " this will be marvellous for boscombe" churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 13

5:11pm Mon 7 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Do they not mean 'drop-out' centre?

I thought they were trying to improve the place rather than encourage even more misfits into the area?
Do they not mean 'drop-out' centre? I thought they were trying to improve the place rather than encourage even more misfits into the area? speedy231278
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Mon 7 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

What an ideal spot,right amongst the dealers.
What an ideal spot,right amongst the dealers. pete woodley
  • Score: 13

5:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

John T says...

pete woodley wrote:
What an ideal spot,right amongst the dealers.
Yes, pete, what dealer needs the Echo's Free Advertising Services, when they can negotiate over a prime main road site at the Gateway to Bournemouth?
I think Cllr Jane Kelly is (on) some kind of 'dope' already if she really believes
that 'it will have a really positive impact to see this space being used' in this way.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: What an ideal spot,right amongst the dealers.[/p][/quote]Yes, pete, what dealer needs the Echo's Free Advertising Services, when they can negotiate over a prime main road site at the Gateway to Bournemouth? I think Cllr Jane Kelly is (on) some kind of 'dope' already if she really believes that 'it will have a really positive impact to see this space being used' in this way. John T
  • Score: 8

5:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Well this will certainly lift the tone of Boscombe Crescent - in line with the tens of thousands wasted repeatedly 'regenerating' the garden area.

But as the saying goes 'where there is muck there is money' and that about sums up the current state of affairs in Boscombe.
Well this will certainly lift the tone of Boscombe Crescent - in line with the tens of thousands wasted repeatedly 'regenerating' the garden area. But as the saying goes 'where there is muck there is money' and that about sums up the current state of affairs in Boscombe. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

8:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

O great.Thats all Boscome Needs
O great.Thats all Boscome Needs cromwell9
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Redgolfer says...

What has Mr. Wells, who I believe owns that site done to upset his friends on the council, it is laying dormant because he wanted more flats on the site with more vacant shops.
What has Mr. Wells, who I believe owns that site done to upset his friends on the council, it is laying dormant because he wanted more flats on the site with more vacant shops. Redgolfer
  • Score: 5

10:08pm Mon 7 Jul 14

baylin says...

Remember when it was a department store Plummers back in the 1950s shame to see it empty and run down. Same time as W.H. Smiths in the precinct was a public library on two floors with a lovely brass banister.
Remember when it was a department store Plummers back in the 1950s shame to see it empty and run down. Same time as W.H. Smiths in the precinct was a public library on two floors with a lovely brass banister. baylin
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

Perhaps it could become a dive trail as well, as the one on Boscombe seafront seems to be long forgotten.

Perhaps the Daily Echo could ask the council what has happened to that part of the scheme to make Boscombe the new Sandbanks.
Perhaps it could become a dive trail as well, as the one on Boscombe seafront seems to be long forgotten. Perhaps the Daily Echo could ask the council what has happened to that part of the scheme to make Boscombe the new Sandbanks. Bob49
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Mon 7 Jul 14

madras says...

Thanks for reminding me that planning was declined due to the building's architectural merits. I needed a laugh! And how great it has looked since...
Thanks for reminding me that planning was declined due to the building's architectural merits. I needed a laugh! And how great it has looked since... madras
  • Score: 5

11:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

There goes the income to the Council from the rates.

'Where Boscombe goes, so goes Bournemouth'
There goes the income to the Council from the rates. 'Where Boscombe goes, so goes Bournemouth' Yankee1
  • Score: 2

11:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now !
We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police. Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now ! politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 8

11:37pm Mon 7 Jul 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Boscombe needs investment but we need the HMOs bought up and turned into family homes.
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Instead money's spent on nicer gardens for the special brew crew and now another anti-social magnet for the scum suffocating the area.
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Boscombe needs investment but we need the HMOs bought up and turned into family homes. . Instead money's spent on nicer gardens for the special brew crew and now another anti-social magnet for the scum suffocating the area. . HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 6

6:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

Nice But Dim says...

politicaltrainspotte
r
wrote:
We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now !
Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face.
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police. Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now ![/p][/quote]Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face. Nice But Dim
  • Score: -4

7:53am Tue 8 Jul 14

Moro99 says...

I hope this doesn't happen, if left to the market the site will he developed, no need for the council to get involved. A drop in is the last thing we need there, it will overspill into the crescent.
I hope this doesn't happen, if left to the market the site will he developed, no need for the council to get involved. A drop in is the last thing we need there, it will overspill into the crescent. Moro99
  • Score: 3

10:09am Tue 8 Jul 14

old duffa says...

Redgolfer wrote:
What has Mr. Wells, who I believe owns that site done to upset his friends on the council, it is laying dormant because he wanted more flats on the site with more vacant shops.
check planning app,site is owned by different owners
not mr wells
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: What has Mr. Wells, who I believe owns that site done to upset his friends on the council, it is laying dormant because he wanted more flats on the site with more vacant shops.[/p][/quote]check planning app,site is owned by different owners not mr wells old duffa
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Tue 8 Jul 14

boscombewizard says...

I think it is excellent news. A place that can be a focus for young people and staffed by youth workers and a Police drop in. I don't understand why people think this is a bad thing. Chris Weeks has had a huge impact in the area and there is increasing involvement of people who live and work in Boscombe.

'anti-social magnet for the scum suffocating the area'
I'm just pleased that you don't live here.
I think it is excellent news. A place that can be a focus for young people and staffed by youth workers and a Police drop in. I don't understand why people think this is a bad thing. Chris Weeks has had a huge impact in the area and there is increasing involvement of people who live and work in Boscombe. 'anti-social magnet for the scum suffocating the area' I'm just pleased that you don't live here. boscombewizard
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

churchill gardens resident says...

Nice But Dim wrote:
politicaltrainspotte

r
wrote:
We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now !
Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face.
he would
[quote][p][bold]Nice But Dim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police. Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now ![/p][/quote]Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face.[/p][/quote]he would churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Nice But Dim wrote:
politicaltrainspotte

r
wrote:
We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police.

Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now !
Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face.
Oh, yes, I would.He is the worst section commander Boscombe has ever had.Not a patch on Insp Oaten who was followed by Insp Kelly.
[quote][p][bold]Nice But Dim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: We are proud that our relationships with the local authority and other agencies are both positive and focused on improving our local community,” said Inspector Chris Weeks of Dorset Police. Was Insp Weeks a clown in his previous life ? Cause he's one now ![/p][/quote]Have you ever met him. He's a big lad - you probably wouldn't say it to his face.[/p][/quote]Oh, yes, I would.He is the worst section commander Boscombe has ever had.Not a patch on Insp Oaten who was followed by Insp Kelly. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 1
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