Improvements to Boscombe Crescent to start in new year

Bournemouth Echo: Boscombe Crescent Boscombe Crescent

A NEW wave of improvements to Boscombe Crescent will start in the new year, almost a year later than originally planned.

The work will include new pathways and new seating bays, a separate route through from Walpole Road to Christchurch Road, a new planting bed, additional railings, creating a space for pop-up kiosks, the provision of a permanent Christmas tree socket and repairs to the front wall.

The first phase of the scheme took place in 2012 and the second phase was intended to get underway this spring.

But Cllr Jane Kelly, pictured, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, said the delay was due to the need to ensure they were getting the best value for money.

“Phase two of the improvements works to Boscombe Crescent will begin in January 2014 as part of the council’s ongoing work to regenerate Boscombe.

“This work has been put on hold until then to ensure that the most cost effective measures are used to undertake the works.

“This final stage of work will continue to set a tone of high quality as this important outdoor space in Boscombe is enhanced. We want to bring the Crescent back into use and create an area the public can be proud of.”

But Peter Trim, owner of Flicks video store in Christchurch Road, said: “What concerns me is that this really is another example of them saying one thing and not doing it.

“If they’ve not got the money to do something as simple and straightforward as doing some work on Boscombe Crescent then they have not got their priorities right.

“There is all this talk about regenerating Boscombe but nothing ever happens.”

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1:19pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bob49 says...

They've spent £55,000 to turn the garden into a bleak wasteland, they no propose to spend MORE money on some supposed 'regeneration'.

Maybe if those who cause the problems in the area ere removed from the area, and other 'problem' folk were not encouraged to move there the place would regenerate itself.

Decent tenants/residents taking care and pride in their neighbourhood ......but that would mean the extremely lucrative earner of renting out slum housing for maximum housing benefit would slowly be cut off, and that wouldn't do would it. ?

So far better to have wasteful and useless distractions like this than deal with the real problem.
They've spent £55,000 to turn the garden into a bleak wasteland, they no propose to spend MORE money on some supposed 'regeneration'. Maybe if those who cause the problems in the area ere removed from the area, and other 'problem' folk were not encouraged to move there the place would regenerate itself. Decent tenants/residents taking care and pride in their neighbourhood ......but that would mean the extremely lucrative earner of renting out slum housing for maximum housing benefit would slowly be cut off, and that wouldn't do would it. ? So far better to have wasteful and useless distractions like this than deal with the real problem. Bob49

2:11pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Gastines3 says...

I just wish the Echo "Reporters" could actually take the trouble to find out and print,the financial details of these wondrous improvements that we keep reading about.Consultants.Ur
ban Designers, Local contractors????
I just wish the Echo "Reporters" could actually take the trouble to find out and print,the financial details of these wondrous improvements that we keep reading about.Consultants.Ur ban Designers, Local contractors???? Gastines3

2:41pm Tue 3 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

A few years ago many criticised the Council for spending a lot of money sticking in a few plants, putting up some very expensive railings and declaring they were resolving all of Boscombe's problems. At least we appear to have moved on a bit, because they have stopped this sort of 'regeneraayschun' work and now confine themselves to only talking about plants, railings and paths whilst explaining why they have not done anything with them!

Why do these Councillor's simply not tell us what is increasingly evident to most people, which is that they are under strict instructions NOT to change the basic state of Boscombe at all because it suits their 'master's' pockets to leave it exactly as it is.
A few years ago many criticised the Council for spending a lot of money sticking in a few plants, putting up some very expensive railings and declaring they were resolving all of Boscombe's problems. At least we appear to have moved on a bit, because they have stopped this sort of 'regeneraayschun' work and now confine themselves to only talking about plants, railings and paths whilst explaining why they have not done anything with them! Why do these Councillor's simply not tell us what is increasingly evident to most people, which is that they are under strict instructions NOT to change the basic state of Boscombe at all because it suits their 'master's' pockets to leave it exactly as it is. muscliffman

3:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

At a time when we're constantly being told that local councils are facing a squeeze on their finances when it comes to Boscombe Bournemouth Council appears to possess a bottomless pit of cash.
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Very kind of the Council to provide a nice park for the druggies and drunks to hang around in but is this really a wise use of taxpayers money ?
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Only a handful of people appear to have benefited from the £millions the Council has lavished on Boscombe. I think the time has come for a full independent inquiry into the whole Boscombe Regeneration scheme and complete transparency as to where the money has gone.
At a time when we're constantly being told that local councils are facing a squeeze on their finances when it comes to Boscombe Bournemouth Council appears to possess a bottomless pit of cash. . Very kind of the Council to provide a nice park for the druggies and drunks to hang around in but is this really a wise use of taxpayers money ? . Only a handful of people appear to have benefited from the £millions the Council has lavished on Boscombe. I think the time has come for a full independent inquiry into the whole Boscombe Regeneration scheme and complete transparency as to where the money has gone. BmthNewshound

4:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Azphreal says...

Pointless,pathetic and a waste of money. I walk through it every day and i can get across it happily with the two paths that are there already.
Pointless,pathetic and a waste of money. I walk through it every day and i can get across it happily with the two paths that are there already. Azphreal

7:01am Wed 4 Dec 13

Understated says...

still dangerous no matter what paths they put there, maybe if they used better lights so people cant sit in the dark waiting for their supplier while threatening passers by

what is it that they say? .. "you can't polish a turd"?
still dangerous no matter what paths they put there, maybe if they used better lights so people cant sit in the dark waiting for their supplier while threatening passers by what is it that they say? .. "you can't polish a turd"? Understated

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