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BCCA protestors to stage mock funeral to mourn loss of building
PROTESTORS will stage a mock funeral march this Sunday to mourn the loss of Boscombe’s BCCA building.
The Haviland Road site is currently being cleared ready for the construction of 11 family homes with gardens. The listed part of the former school building will be retained and restored to provide a creative hub to help small local businesses.
But campaigners who wanted to see the whole site retained as an arts centre will stage one last act of protest this weekend. The march will start at Chaplin’s Bar in Boscombe at 3.30pm and is expected to attract protestors wearing Victorian funeral clothes and bearing placards.
Linda Ni’man said: “The three rooms the council have been forced to leave us are so inadequate it’s effectively a slap in the face.
“Gifted by the Shelley family to the people of Boscombe ‘forever,’ the BCCA would have been a tourist attraction by maximising its heritage value.
“This would have meant increased trade and jobs and a permanent place to allow our creative industry to flourish, a place to encourage graduates to lay down roots and a more secure future for all who live and work in Boscombe.”
But the council say the Gladstone Mews development, which will also include a community orchard and allotments, will provide much-needed affordable housing in Boscombe.
Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, said: “It’s great to see that work is now underway to bring the derelict site back to life for the benefit of the community as well as providing local people with the opportunity to get a foot on the property ladder.
“Providing more good quality housing in Boscombe is a high priority for this council and it will help to redress the balance of the over-supply of private sector rented homes and encourage more people to own their own home in Boscombe.”
The scheme should be complete by next summer, when the ownership of the site will transfer to the Bournemouth 2026 Trust.
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