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We don’t know when BCCA demolition will start, says council
BOURNEMOUTH council insists there is still no date for the demolition of Boscombe’s BCCA building, although work has started on stripping out the inside.
The sight of workers dismantling the interior of the derelict arts and community centre sparked rumours the building was about to be bulldozed.
Comments on social networking sites accused the council of “sneakily” starting the demolition without informing anybody first.
But the council said it still cannot say when demolition work will start.
The building, which has been at the centre of a long campaign by those fighting to save it, is due to be replaced with 11 family homes and a creative hub.
Bournemouth council said this will help regenerate the area as the affordable homes will encourage families to settle in Boscombe.
But supporters are continuing to email council leader John Beesley, urging him to change his mind.
Their email states: “If the BCCA is demolished our community, and not just Boscombe but the whole of Bournemouth, will lose a significant opportunity.
“Located in the heart of Boscombe for 133 years, we would lose something we can never replace.”
Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, said: “There is currently some interior stripping out works taking place before external works can get underway to clear part of the site ready for the construction of 11 family homes and a creative hub. A start date for external works to clear part of the site is currently unknown.”
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