‘A new lease of life’ - revival continues at the Triangle as more traders move in

Bournemouth Echo: ‘A new lease of life’ - revival continues at the Triangle as more traders move in ‘A new lease of life’ - revival continues at the Triangle as more traders move in

RESIDENTS and businesses at the Triangle in Bournemouth are expecting a revival to continue after more traders moved in.

New cafes, shops, a language school and other businesses moved into empty sites in 2013 and neighbourhood watch stalwart Norman Decent said the area has continued to improve.

“What has happened is what we’ve all been hoping for,” he said.

“It’s fantastic the way people have been looking to move in here.”

Mr Decent, co-ordinator of Poole Hill Neighbourhood watch, said he also receives fewer complaints about crime.

In 2010 Bournemouth council completed a £274,000 revamp of the public space at the Triangle with new trees, a grassy area and seating around a public space available for markets and events.

A Tesco Express store opened and many have credited the Flirt cafe with helping a revival of the area at the top of Commercial Road.

Last year other new additions included a children’s play centre on St Michael’s Road, a vegetarian cafe and the eurostudies language school.

The film company White Lantern Film moved in on Poole Road and Amigo Loans moved into the ground floor of the Nova Building, which had sat empty since it was completed on the site of the former C&A store in 2009.

The opening of Starbucks was seen as another major addition and Rob Hazell, co-owner of Cafe Flirt, pictured right, said that has only added to the area’s appeal.

“We’ve always felt that since we moved into the Triangle it’s taken on a new lease of life and that just seems to be continuing,” he said.

“It’s interesting because I think businesses have been inspired to move in by the increased foot traffic and the atmosphere.”

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6:49am Wed 8 Jan 14

Understated says...

hooray! though will a lanuage school be a wise choice considering the religious status of many people who attend, being placed in the gay district?

now why cant they do something like this for all those derelict properties along christchurch road and boscombe? oh yeah... the residents.
hooray! though will a lanuage school be a wise choice considering the religious status of many people who attend, being placed in the gay district? now why cant they do something like this for all those derelict properties along christchurch road and boscombe? oh yeah... the residents. Understated
  • Score: -12

9:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Does the Echo get discounts at Flirt ,it seems that way by the way they plug it.
Does the Echo get discounts at Flirt ,it seems that way by the way they plug it. pete woodley
  • Score: 7

9:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Quite a few locals would probably regard the 2010 'revamp' of this Triangle area as one of the principle reasons it is now referring to any 'revival'. For what had been a pleasant bustling little oasis full of people, buses and taxis on the western side of Town suddenly became a paved and usually empty location most folk would have no reason whatsoever to go to. Good luck to all the good traders there, but the Triangle seems to be a classic example of a Council trying to 'fix' an area, maybe under some influence/s, that was not actually broken in the first place.
Quite a few locals would probably regard the 2010 'revamp' of this Triangle area as one of the principle reasons it is now referring to any 'revival'. For what had been a pleasant bustling little oasis full of people, buses and taxis on the western side of Town suddenly became a paved and usually empty location most folk would have no reason whatsoever to go to. Good luck to all the good traders there, but the Triangle seems to be a classic example of a Council trying to 'fix' an area, maybe under some influence/s, that was not actually broken in the first place. muscliffman
  • Score: 6

9:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Quite a few locals would probably regard the 2010 'revamp' of this Triangle area as one of the principle reasons it is now referring to any 'revival'. For what had been a pleasant bustling little oasis full of people, buses and taxis on the western side of Town suddenly became a paved and usually empty location most folk would have no reason whatsoever to go to. Good luck to all the good traders there, but the Triangle seems to be a classic example of a Council trying to 'fix' an area, maybe under some influence/s, that was not actually broken in the first place.
Quite a few locals would probably regard the 2010 'revamp' of this Triangle area as one of the principle reasons it is now referring to any 'revival'. For what had been a pleasant bustling little oasis full of people, buses and taxis on the western side of Town suddenly became a paved and usually empty location most folk would have no reason whatsoever to go to. Good luck to all the good traders there, but the Triangle seems to be a classic example of a Council trying to 'fix' an area, maybe under some influence/s, that was not actually broken in the first place. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

11:09am Wed 8 Jan 14

sarahsingsmilesucceed says...

the triangle before its revamp was seedy and dirty and most people wouldnt go anywhere near it unless they needed to go to the library! Its now a great place to go mainly thanks to Flirt cafe bar shaking things up!! now if we can get the council events team to be a bit more proactive with local people and organisations using the triangle space it would be fantastic!!
the triangle before its revamp was seedy and dirty and most people wouldnt go anywhere near it unless they needed to go to the library! Its now a great place to go mainly thanks to Flirt cafe bar shaking things up!! now if we can get the council events team to be a bit more proactive with local people and organisations using the triangle space it would be fantastic!! sarahsingsmilesucceed
  • Score: 7

12:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

uvox44 says...

As it seems ok to give free publicity to big companies such as Tesco and Starbucks so I'd like to give a plug for the first vegan cafe in Bournemouth which is The Mad Cucumber (Vegan Lounge) on the far side of the Triangle- it is run by a great young couple, not a multinational company, who cook everything fresh on the premises- why not give the corporate Starbucks coffee a day off and support an original and worthwhile start up business (that does pay its full share of taxes!)
As it seems ok to give free publicity to big companies such as Tesco and Starbucks so I'd like to give a plug for the first vegan cafe in Bournemouth which is The Mad Cucumber (Vegan Lounge) on the far side of the Triangle- it is run by a great young couple, not a multinational company, who cook everything fresh on the premises- why not give the corporate Starbucks coffee a day off and support an original and worthwhile start up business (that does pay its full share of taxes!) uvox44
  • Score: 18

12:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Squars says...

I`ll second the recommendation for Mad Cucumber (and I eat normally). Went in with a friend expecting a men of sawdust, grass and water, found some actually edible and really tasty stuff!
I`ll second the recommendation for Mad Cucumber (and I eat normally). Went in with a friend expecting a men of sawdust, grass and water, found some actually edible and really tasty stuff! Squars
  • Score: 17

3:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

Poole Road and the Nova Building aren't in the Triangle.
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It may be slowly improving but lets not get carried away with over the top headlines, its still a pretty run down and sleazy part of town. Full marks to Flirt for managing to get regular mentions in the Echo without having to pay for expensive advertising.
Poole Road and the Nova Building aren't in the Triangle. . It may be slowly improving but lets not get carried away with over the top headlines, its still a pretty run down and sleazy part of town. Full marks to Flirt for managing to get regular mentions in the Echo without having to pay for expensive advertising. BmthNewshound
  • Score: -2

4:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

Why no comments from the two sex shops there?
Why no comments from the two sex shops there? Azphreal
  • Score: -3

5:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

MrPitiful says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Poole Road and the Nova Building aren't in the Triangle.
.
It may be slowly improving but lets not get carried away with over the top headlines, its still a pretty run down and sleazy part of town. Full marks to Flirt for managing to get regular mentions in the Echo without having to pay for expensive advertising.
Sleazy?

Please explain? I live & work in the Triangle area. One of my two daughter's attends a school in the area and everyone I know around the area is much more happier with the area as a whole.

Yes, it still has a few undesirables hanging around ( no more though than any other area of town) and yes it does have it's obvious share of a couple of sex shops & gay bars but none of these are "sleazy". The shop fronts of these establishments are discrete and the gay bars are also kept clean and tidy - cleaner than some of the bars up in Old Xchurch Rd, both inside and out.

Just trying to think what part of the Triangle in 2014 can now be classed as "sleazy"?
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Poole Road and the Nova Building aren't in the Triangle. . It may be slowly improving but lets not get carried away with over the top headlines, its still a pretty run down and sleazy part of town. Full marks to Flirt for managing to get regular mentions in the Echo without having to pay for expensive advertising.[/p][/quote]Sleazy? Please explain? I live & work in the Triangle area. One of my two daughter's attends a school in the area and everyone I know around the area is much more happier with the area as a whole. Yes, it still has a few undesirables hanging around ( no more though than any other area of town) and yes it does have it's obvious share of a couple of sex shops & gay bars but none of these are "sleazy". The shop fronts of these establishments are discrete and the gay bars are also kept clean and tidy - cleaner than some of the bars up in Old Xchurch Rd, both inside and out. Just trying to think what part of the Triangle in 2014 can now be classed as "sleazy"? MrPitiful
  • Score: 7

5:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

MrPitiful says...

Plus - I will echo the comments re the Mad Cucumber - highly recommended - plus the Thai Cooks Kitchen over the road. Both great places to eat & very reasonably priced.
Plus - I will echo the comments re the Mad Cucumber - highly recommended - plus the Thai Cooks Kitchen over the road. Both great places to eat & very reasonably priced. MrPitiful
  • Score: 8

8:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bournemouthstorm says...

If you like Indian try the Mint Leaf, the food is fabulous. A regular market in the triangle would be great and attract even more people to that side of town.
If you like Indian try the Mint Leaf, the food is fabulous. A regular market in the triangle would be great and attract even more people to that side of town. Bournemouthstorm
  • Score: 6

9:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Anymore free ads to come,Now we all know the Echo is being biassed.Come on Echo play the game and be fair to all businesses
Anymore free ads to come,Now we all know the Echo is being biassed.Come on Echo play the game and be fair to all businesses pete woodley
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BournemouthGuy says...

Why do people call this a sleazy part of town.What is wrong having gay pubs there? I would rather drink there than in some of the town Centre bars where you cannot move at weekends due to loads of drunks, stag and hen parties.You rarely see trouble in the Triangle bars with people just out to have a good time without causing trouble and getting drunk.
Why do people call this a sleazy part of town.What is wrong having gay pubs there? I would rather drink there than in some of the town Centre bars where you cannot move at weekends due to loads of drunks, stag and hen parties.You rarely see trouble in the Triangle bars with people just out to have a good time without causing trouble and getting drunk. BournemouthGuy
  • Score: 4

10:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Plus - I will echo the comments re the Mad Cucumber - highly recommended - plus the Thai Cooks Kitchen over the road. Both great places to eat & very reasonably priced.
That's the clincher 'reasonably priced'.....will have a blimp next time I'm up that way. Gratias!
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Plus - I will echo the comments re the Mad Cucumber - highly recommended - plus the Thai Cooks Kitchen over the road. Both great places to eat & very reasonably priced.[/p][/quote]That's the clincher 'reasonably priced'.....will have a blimp next time I'm up that way. Gratias! O'Reilly
  • Score: 2

6:53pm Thu 9 Jan 14

A.D.B.N says...

Would have been nice if the Echo had mentioned Tico's Cafe Bar as it was run down when was Monroe's with no customers & the new owners since September 2013 have built up a great place for Breakfast, Lunches, great selection of cakes, hot & cold drinks + lots more.
Would have been nice if the Echo had mentioned Tico's Cafe Bar as it was run down when was Monroe's with no customers & the new owners since September 2013 have built up a great place for Breakfast, Lunches, great selection of cakes, hot & cold drinks + lots more. A.D.B.N
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

spurs1979 says...

Been to Tico's cafe/bar at the triangle a few times and they serve the best breakfast in town by far . Always struggled to find a good cafe whilst out shopping so we go up the triangle alot More now.
Been to Tico's cafe/bar at the triangle a few times and they serve the best breakfast in town by far . Always struggled to find a good cafe whilst out shopping so we go up the triangle alot More now. spurs1979
  • Score: 7

7:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

dai bach says...

it seems as though if your a small business then you don't get a mention, Tico's cafe bar does lovely fresh cooked food from breakfasts to main meals and deserts, best breakfast i've had since being in Bournemouth,anyone looking for a friendly place to eat and relax just head on up there you wont be disapointed
it seems as though if your a small business then you don't get a mention, Tico's cafe bar does lovely fresh cooked food from breakfasts to main meals and deserts, best breakfast i've had since being in Bournemouth,anyone looking for a friendly place to eat and relax just head on up there you wont be disapointed dai bach
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

dai bach says...

it seems as though if your a small business then you don't get a mention, Tico's cafe bar does lovely fresh cooked food from breakfasts to main meals and deserts, best breakfast i've had since being in Bournemouth,anyone looking for a friendly place to eat and relax just head on up there you wont be disappointed
it seems as though if your a small business then you don't get a mention, Tico's cafe bar does lovely fresh cooked food from breakfasts to main meals and deserts, best breakfast i've had since being in Bournemouth,anyone looking for a friendly place to eat and relax just head on up there you wont be disappointed dai bach
  • Score: 6

7:54pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ady123 says...

Thanks for the kind comments about Tico's, this has just been brought to our attention & yes it's great to see the Triangle becoming more vibrant.
Yes it's a shame only certain establishments do get mentioned, should be every trader in the area mentioned as we all work hard to bring people to the area.
https://www.facebook
.com/pages/Ticos-Caf
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/389479201151890
Thanks for the kind comments about Tico's, this has just been brought to our attention & yes it's great to see the Triangle becoming more vibrant. Yes it's a shame only certain establishments do get mentioned, should be every trader in the area mentioned as we all work hard to bring people to the area. https://www.facebook .com/pages/Ticos-Caf e-Bar-Specialising-i n-British-Portuguese -international-foods /389479201151890 Ady123
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Ady123 wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments about Tico's, this has just been brought to our attention & yes it's great to see the Triangle becoming more vibrant.
Yes it's a shame only certain establishments do get mentioned, should be every trader in the area mentioned as we all work hard to bring people to the area.
https://www.facebook

.com/pages/Ticos-Caf

e-Bar-Specialising-i

n-British-Portuguese

-international-foods

/389479201151890
Blame the echo reporters for only naming certain places,very biassed.
[quote][p][bold]Ady123[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the kind comments about Tico's, this has just been brought to our attention & yes it's great to see the Triangle becoming more vibrant. Yes it's a shame only certain establishments do get mentioned, should be every trader in the area mentioned as we all work hard to bring people to the area. https://www.facebook .com/pages/Ticos-Caf e-Bar-Specialising-i n-British-Portuguese -international-foods /389479201151890[/p][/quote]Blame the echo reporters for only naming certain places,very biassed. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

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