'Complete waste of taxpayers' money' - Poole residents hit out at £51k seafront improvement document (From Bournemouth Echo)
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'Complete waste of taxpayers' money' - Poole residents hit out at £51k seafront improvement document
RESIDENTS have hit out at Poole’s seafront improvement document on which consultation has closed after 12 weeks.
According to Brian Imms of Cliff Drive, Canford Cliffs it was full of “overly verbose generalisations and often repeated assurances, largely conflicting with what was proposed and irrelevant photographs”.
And he branded it “a complete waste of ratepayers money”.
Guy Berridge of Chaddesley Wood Road, Canford Cliffs, while pointing out there was much to praise, added there were many suggestions, “made by architects and town planners who have little understanding of this unique location”.
The 93-page draft supplementary planning document aimed to set out ideas to conserve, improve and invest in the seafront.
However, Mr Imms, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said the proposals would change the entire nature of the “well loved” present seafront.
They range from more beach huts to play areas, shops, restaurants, changing rooms, and much more – which he doubted residents wanted. He said there was no clear explanation of the costs involved and who would pay and said any improvements should be on a small and tasteful scale.
Nigel Jacobs, planning policy and implementation manager, Borough of Poole pointed out the draft document had been through several revisions before it was approved for public consultation.
“We try to make consultation documents as simple and concise as possible but must also ensure they are thorough,” he said. “The document recognises that the beach environment is much loved. However, we have to manage our assets appropriately.”
He said: “Overall the council is seeking to identify opportunities to provide facilities that people would like to see without over-commercialising the seafront.”
The document, which has so far cost £51,500 to external consultants, does not contain large scale development proposals and illustrative drawings only, he added.
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