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Forum for Boscombe residents is resurrected
2:00pm Saturday 12th January 2013 in News
A FORUM for Boscombe residents to air their grievances and ideas for improving the area will be resurrected this weekend.
Bournemouth council withdrew funding from the old Boscombe Forum three years ago following controversy about whether it was representative enough or had enough local participation.
The new forum will hold its first meeting tomorrow, and is intended to encourage better communication between councillors, community groups and local residents.
Chairman and local historian John Browne said: “The forum will not be political or council-led and it will be run independently by a small committee.
“We’re hoping it will create an opportunity for Boscombe residents to report issues of concern through effective engagement with the council and other public bodies.”
Boscombe West councillor Chris Wakefield added: “It’s nice that this has been resurrected. This will be helpful for residents to get an idea of the bigger picture of what’s going on.”
The bi-monthly meetings will include updates from police and ward councillors.
The first, with a presentation on regenerating Boscombe by Sue Bickler, takes place at the Well Spring Centre, St George’s Church, in Haviland Road, from 10am-noon.