Boscombe’s new Coastal Activity Park set to open this weekend with family events and firework display

Chris Parker works on one of the boulders

Chris Parker works on one of the boulders

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

BOURNEMOUTH’S newest attraction is set to open this weekend, bringing new life to the failed surf reef at Boscombe.

The £3 million reef, which never fulfilled its brief for surfers, will now be used for diving and snorkelling, as well as kite and wind surfing, as part of the Coastal Activity Park.

It opens at Boscombe Seafront this weekend, with a fun-filled programme being promised.

There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family enter-tainment from 5pm on Satur-day, finishing with a fireworks display at Boscombe Pier from 8.30pm.

On Sunday, the fun continues from 11am, with more circus acts, sports demon-strations, dance perform-ers and life-guarding and rescue stunts.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come and see our Coastal Activity Park; there’ll be something for every age and sports ability.

“We are planning a fun, carnival-like atmosphere on the Saturday night, with entertain-ment for all the family, while the Sunday will provide lots of opportunities to spectate or participate, depending on what you fancy doing.

“We’d like everyone to come and have a go – there’ll be climb and play boulders by Boscombe Pier, dance performances, sporting activities, a musical trail, and sporting displays both on land and water – it promises to be enormous fun for everyone and a great free event during the Easter holidays for residents and visitors.

“The day will give the ideal opportunity for everyone to come and experience the Coastal Activity Park’s new equipment, to come and see water sports displays, try out the new table-tennis tables, gym buddy trail, have a go at slack-lining, enjoy volleyball competitions – it’s a real chance to discover what is available year round at the new Coastal Activity Park at Boscombe seafront.

“We’ll be offering a packed activity programme this year and this will be the perfect time to discover all about it and to get involved.”

Chris Parker, who sculpted the boulders, added: “We came up with designs to recreate some local landmarks. The results are very pleasing so far.

“They will be used as a play climbing area for children and hopefully be an attraction.

“We used polystyrene to give the basic shape and then sprayed it with concrete. We do the carving while the concrete is still semi soft.”

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6:20am Wed 9 Apr 14

Huey says...

Well done from the spin and effort, but I would rather have the money back
Well done from the spin and effort, but I would rather have the money back Huey
  • Score: 18

6:30am Wed 9 Apr 14

wonderway says...

few more wasted millions by our idiot council

just wait for claims for broken limbs falling off boulders divers hit by boards and almost drown snorklers dragged under by rip tides
few more wasted millions by our idiot council just wait for claims for broken limbs falling off boulders divers hit by boards and almost drown snorklers dragged under by rip tides wonderway
  • Score: 12

6:57am Wed 9 Apr 14

rusty james says...

Saw the picture first and assumed the boulders were to be put in the water along with the saggy old reef bags. Was picturing them covered in limpets and sea stuff and thinking, 'Hmmm, nice idea for divers'. Then I read the article. Pity.
Saw the picture first and assumed the boulders were to be put in the water along with the saggy old reef bags. Was picturing them covered in limpets and sea stuff and thinking, 'Hmmm, nice idea for divers'. Then I read the article. Pity. rusty james
  • Score: 9

7:25am Wed 9 Apr 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

I wonder how many storms it will take to remove the "boulders"!
I wonder how many storms it will take to remove the "boulders"! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

7:40am Wed 9 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment"

Does the circus performers include Clowns.

" there’ll be something for every age "

See you down there Pete.


What is the admission price to the snorkelling
"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment" Does the circus performers include Clowns. " there’ll be something for every age " See you down there Pete. What is the admission price to the snorkelling Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

7:43am Wed 9 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

BBC just need to control the weather and I'm sure all this effort will be blinding success.
BBC just need to control the weather and I'm sure all this effort will be blinding success. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 6

7:53am Wed 9 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Lord Spring wrote:
"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment"

Does the circus performers include Clowns.

" there’ll be something for every age "

See you down there Pete.


What is the admission price to the snorkelling
Yes of course it will include clowns, all from BBC Beasley will be there and all the others who think they do a wonderful job at the taxpayers expense .
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: "There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment" Does the circus performers include Clowns. " there’ll be something for every age " See you down there Pete. What is the admission price to the snorkelling[/p][/quote]Yes of course it will include clowns, all from BBC Beasley will be there and all the others who think they do a wonderful job at the taxpayers expense . skydriver
  • Score: 7

8:00am Wed 9 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

The best activity to do there is riding bikes.
The best activity to do there is riding bikes. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 4

8:02am Wed 9 Apr 14

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment"

Does the circus performers include Clowns.

" there’ll be something for every age "

See you down there Pete.


What is the admission price to the snorkelling
So there will be fossils there as well,fantastic:)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: "There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment" Does the circus performers include Clowns. " there’ll be something for every age " See you down there Pete. What is the admission price to the snorkelling[/p][/quote]So there will be fossils there as well,fantastic:) retry69
  • Score: 2

8:35am Wed 9 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Well here we go again with the council off target and addressing the easiest bit.The crunch comes in tackling the poor housing stock in the area and the greedy landlords who charge extortionate rents and poor quality housing.Until then there is not a glimmer of hope for a large section of Boscombe.

And on another matter for a council that states its has too tightened it financial belts i would think other residents in the conurbation are pretty tired of how much money is being thrown into one neighbourhood when other neighbourhoods gets nothing done.
Well here we go again with the council off target and addressing the easiest bit.The crunch comes in tackling the poor housing stock in the area and the greedy landlords who charge extortionate rents and poor quality housing.Until then there is not a glimmer of hope for a large section of Boscombe. And on another matter for a council that states its has too tightened it financial belts i would think other residents in the conurbation are pretty tired of how much money is being thrown into one neighbourhood when other neighbourhoods gets nothing done. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 5

8:39am Wed 9 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

It does make me laugh they way they hype up this exciting new attraction while at the same time completely glossing over the momentous failure as if it never happened?

I bet if you asked the council about it now the default response is the cup their hands over their ears and shout "la la la" loudly :D
It does make me laugh they way they hype up this exciting new attraction while at the same time completely glossing over the momentous failure as if it never happened? I bet if you asked the council about it now the default response is the cup their hands over their ears and shout "la la la" loudly :D BarrHumbug
  • Score: 10

8:50am Wed 9 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

What a load of rubbish, plastic boulders and a fun weekend, no matter how you advertise it the fact will still remain that some brain dead collection of morons wasted three million quid of our hard earned money and as yet no one has been bought to book or been prosecuted for such blatant disregard for our cash.
What a load of rubbish, plastic boulders and a fun weekend, no matter how you advertise it the fact will still remain that some brain dead collection of morons wasted three million quid of our hard earned money and as yet no one has been bought to book or been prosecuted for such blatant disregard for our cash. Hessenford
  • Score: 14

8:55am Wed 9 Apr 14

baron hardup says...

I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long.
I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long. baron hardup
  • Score: -2

8:55am Wed 9 Apr 14

baron hardup says...

I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long.
I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long. baron hardup
  • Score: -4

8:55am Wed 9 Apr 14

baron hardup says...

I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long.
I can see an ambulance,on permanent Duty there,Before too Long. baron hardup
  • Score: -6

9:06am Wed 9 Apr 14

echoreader2701 says...

Funny how every time the Echo report a new positive event for the locals of Bournemouth, you regular lot get behind your keyboards and find all the faults, "bleedin' council wasting money, blah blah blah." I wonder how many of you actually go to these events, or even leave your houses to have any fun! We live in a lovely little town, if you all hate the amenities, the housing, the locals, move away and shut up. Fed up of reading all your negativity.
Funny how every time the Echo report a new positive event for the locals of Bournemouth, you regular lot get behind your keyboards and find all the faults, "bleedin' council wasting money, blah blah blah." I wonder how many of you actually go to these events, or even leave your houses to have any fun! We live in a lovely little town, if you all hate the amenities, the housing, the locals, move away and shut up. Fed up of reading all your negativity. echoreader2701
  • Score: 33

9:11am Wed 9 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

echoreader2701 wrote:
Funny how every time the Echo report a new positive event for the locals of Bournemouth, you regular lot get behind your keyboards and find all the faults, "bleedin' council wasting money, blah blah blah." I wonder how many of you actually go to these events, or even leave your houses to have any fun! We live in a lovely little town, if you all hate the amenities, the housing, the locals, move away and shut up. Fed up of reading all your negativity.
We would all live in a much better town if £3 million wasn't wasted, no matter how many events are held it will take a long time to recoup that amount of cash and the trust which was lost.
[quote][p][bold]echoreader2701[/bold] wrote: Funny how every time the Echo report a new positive event for the locals of Bournemouth, you regular lot get behind your keyboards and find all the faults, "bleedin' council wasting money, blah blah blah." I wonder how many of you actually go to these events, or even leave your houses to have any fun! We live in a lovely little town, if you all hate the amenities, the housing, the locals, move away and shut up. Fed up of reading all your negativity.[/p][/quote]We would all live in a much better town if £3 million wasn't wasted, no matter how many events are held it will take a long time to recoup that amount of cash and the trust which was lost. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

10:56am Wed 9 Apr 14

Redgolfer00 says...

NOW NOW CHILDREN, changing the subject a little, after weeks without anything to say on the subject of the TRAIN up pipes Cllr Williams with more BLUSTERING, RESIGN you FOOL before getting kicked out !!!
NOW NOW CHILDREN, changing the subject a little, after weeks without anything to say on the subject of the TRAIN up pipes Cllr Williams with more BLUSTERING, RESIGN you FOOL before getting kicked out !!! Redgolfer00
  • Score: 1

11:10am Wed 9 Apr 14

MrPitiful says...

retry69 wrote:
Yes let's change the subject,don't you think our taxi drivers are the best in the country?
No.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: Yes let's change the subject,don't you think our taxi drivers are the best in the country?[/p][/quote]No. MrPitiful
  • Score: 2

11:13am Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................

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You talking about me again.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again. pete woodley
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11:15am Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................

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You talking about me again.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again. pete woodley
  • Score: -1

11:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

MrPitiful wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Yes let's change the subject,don't you think our taxi drivers are the best in the country?
No.
The english ones or the other ones who do NOT know the roads,as they should.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: Yes let's change the subject,don't you think our taxi drivers are the best in the country?[/p][/quote]No.[/p][/quote]The english ones or the other ones who do NOT know the roads,as they should. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

11:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

So is this a final admittance that the reef HAS failed. Given that the wretched thing is almost exposed at low tide I cannot see how many will want to paddle around it - and i expect it will have as many using it as there were surfers. None.

In reply to the whinge above about local taxpayers questioning where their money has gone, might I point out that this money is being syphoned off from the overall seafont services budget ... yet again.

how much more is to be wasted in another futile attempt to get people down to this tumbleweed strewn ghost town.Barely a year ago a hideous amount of money was spent replacing the beach that had disappeared from opposite the reef - that has now all been washed away, so how much is the next beach refurb going to cost ?

When it is not safe to bathe and the beach is covered in pebbles is there any wonder that the place is so often deserted, with visitors choosing the safer and more pleasant option further eastwards along the promenade.

The new Sandbanks, the new shingle beach more like.
So is this a final admittance that the reef HAS failed. Given that the wretched thing is almost exposed at low tide I cannot see how many will want to paddle around it - and i expect it will have as many using it as there were surfers. None. In reply to the whinge above about local taxpayers questioning where their money has gone, might I point out that this money is being syphoned off from the overall seafont services budget ... yet again. how much more is to be wasted in another futile attempt to get people down to this tumbleweed strewn ghost town.Barely a year ago a hideous amount of money was spent replacing the beach that had disappeared from opposite the reef - that has now all been washed away, so how much is the next beach refurb going to cost ? When it is not safe to bathe and the beach is covered in pebbles is there any wonder that the place is so often deserted, with visitors choosing the safer and more pleasant option further eastwards along the promenade. The new Sandbanks, the new shingle beach more like. Bob49
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Wed 9 Apr 14

jinglebell says...

£6 million is the total spent so far on a the Coastal Activity Park because the failed surf reef cost £3 million, then in December 2012, B'mth Council agreed to spend an additional £3 million (as reported in the Echo) http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/10
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£6 million is the total spent so far on a the Coastal Activity Park because the failed surf reef cost £3 million, then in December 2012, B'mth Council agreed to spend an additional £3 million (as reported in the Echo) http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 116491.Decision_day_ for_proposed_Boscomb e___3m_coastal_activ ity_park/?ref=rc jinglebell
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12:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

jinglebell wrote:
£6 million is the total spent so far on a the Coastal Activity Park because the failed surf reef cost £3 million, then in December 2012, B'mth Council agreed to spend an additional £3 million (as reported in the Echo) http://www.bournemou

thecho.co.uk/news/10

116491.Decision_day_

for_proposed_Boscomb

e___3m_coastal_activ

ity_park/?ref=rc
The money would have been far better spent providing a year round 24/7 cycle track along the prom from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks.
[quote][p][bold]jinglebell[/bold] wrote: £6 million is the total spent so far on a the Coastal Activity Park because the failed surf reef cost £3 million, then in December 2012, B'mth Council agreed to spend an additional £3 million (as reported in the Echo) http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 116491.Decision_day_ for_proposed_Boscomb e___3m_coastal_activ ity_park/?ref=rc[/p][/quote]The money would have been far better spent providing a year round 24/7 cycle track along the prom from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 7

12:19pm Wed 9 Apr 14

retry69 says...

pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................


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You talking about me again.
No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again.[/p][/quote]No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture . retry69
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Baywolf says...

Basically the council wasted millions on the surf reef project despite being warned from other companies and even the residents themselves that the project was a waste of public money. Now it failed disasterously so they inject yet more money and spin to revive and save face the idea that a surf themed Boscombe Beach was worth the millions ploughed into it. ..again councillors and the Tourist Board the beach is the only asset you have there is NO indoor attraction or all weather facility. There was but guess what you filled it in for conference space. And at a fraction of the cost of a new Ice Rink you sold the only one to become a gym. Great thinking and underestimating what constitutes family attractions.
Basically the council wasted millions on the surf reef project despite being warned from other companies and even the residents themselves that the project was a waste of public money. Now it failed disasterously so they inject yet more money and spin to revive and save face the idea that a surf themed Boscombe Beach was worth the millions ploughed into it. ..again councillors and the Tourist Board the beach is the only asset you have there is NO indoor attraction or all weather facility. There was but guess what you filled it in for conference space. And at a fraction of the cost of a new Ice Rink you sold the only one to become a gym. Great thinking and underestimating what constitutes family attractions. Baywolf
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold.

The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges.

This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ?

Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere.

Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases.
I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold. The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges. This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ? Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere. Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases. Bob49
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Wed 9 Apr 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

Bob49 wrote:
I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold.

The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges.

This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ?

Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere.

Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases.
I think they rent the beach pods out instead to get income so there not a burden.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold. The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges. This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ? Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere. Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases.[/p][/quote]I think they rent the beach pods out instead to get income so there not a burden. NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

retry69 says...

It seems the resident stalking troll is getting comments removed,so unlike him :)
It seems the resident stalking troll is getting comments removed,so unlike him :) retry69
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Wed 9 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Just when you thought...........pr
etend huge plastic rock boulders being deliberately placed on Bournemouth's sandy beach by it's own Council.
Just when you thought...........pr etend huge plastic rock boulders being deliberately placed on Bournemouth's sandy beach by it's own Council. muscliffman
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1:44pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................



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.......... :)
You talking about me again.
No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .
Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again.[/p][/quote]No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .[/p][/quote]Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................



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.......... :)
You talking about me again.
No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .
Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again.[/p][/quote]No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .[/p][/quote]Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

retry69 says...

pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people ....................




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.......... :)
You talking about me again.
No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .
Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something.
you may want to get therapy on your typing finger so you don't comment twice all the time all the time god its catching
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I don't usually have to explain my comments but I will make an exception here as you seem to be in the dark.Source Wikipedia : a TROLL is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people .................... .................... .................... .......... :)[/p][/quote]You talking about me again.[/p][/quote]No I was talking about you in my first comment about fossils ,you're not a troll you are part of the furniture .[/p][/quote]Thats the trouble with you 60's ,no respect for the nearly 80's,Fossil indeed,i have a good mind to report you to Age Discrimination.Wot do yu think i am thik or something.[/p][/quote]you may want to get therapy on your typing finger so you don't comment twice all the time all the time god its catching retry69
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

NickTheGreekinBmth wrote:
Bob49 wrote:
I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold.

The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges.

This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ?

Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere.

Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases.
I think they rent the beach pods out instead to get income so there not a burden.
eh !

they tried and have had virtually NO takers

they have already been a burden as the missing £2m from the sales was budgeted to cover costs elsewhere along that part of the front, that is why they had to take £2m from the capital fund to cover those non sales

so perhaps you should check your facts first before bleating out such nonsense
[quote][p][bold]NickTheGreekinBmth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Cllr Williams would care to comment on the non sale of the now named beach pods. We were told that the 'phones were red hot' yet even after massive discounts and extended leases around three quarters of them remain unsold. The loss of money (£2m) from the sales has been covered by plundering the capital account.However we are not told what is covdering the loss of the budgeted for annual service charges. This area has become a massive hole in which money is constantly poured into. Why ? Is there no accountability at all ? Why was the much vaunted Italian style piazza not built in front of the pier ? How much did all that now rusting scrap iron dumped along Sea Road cos,t and who commissioned such idiocies ? Why has so much of the beach been washed away from that area and not elsewhere. Time the Echo started asking questions, rather bthan simply regurgitating town hall press releases.[/p][/quote]I think they rent the beach pods out instead to get income so there not a burden.[/p][/quote]eh ! they tried and have had virtually NO takers they have already been a burden as the missing £2m from the sales was budgeted to cover costs elsewhere along that part of the front, that is why they had to take £2m from the capital fund to cover those non sales so perhaps you should check your facts first before bleating out such nonsense Bob49
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

A couple of good shelters for the NFA's.
A couple of good shelters for the NFA's. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

B Unit says...

Difficult to be critical about this new venture without coming over as negative. As someone who lives walking distance of Boscombe 'Pier', and having studied and worked in related industries, I liked the concept of having various activities and services in close proximity of each other.

Unfortunately, I feel the strategy is a let down. It doesn't take into account trends in the sports and tourism industry, it doesn't understand the current users of the area, and doesn't meet the demands that local people actually have. Some points:

1) The gym trail. Essentially a lot of over-priced steel stickmen cut outs plonked all over the prom, demonstrating and facilitating the opportunity for users to do certain fitness exercises, linking together to create a fitness trail. Users who do run on the beach already have specific knowledge of the distances they run (pier-to-pier, Boscombe to Southbourne, etc.), and those looking to use exercise to lose weight are now turning to fitness classes and better nutritional advice, rather than destroy their knees pounding pavements.
Difficult to be critical about this new venture without coming over as negative. As someone who lives walking distance of Boscombe 'Pier', and having studied and worked in related industries, I liked the concept of having various activities and services in close proximity of each other. Unfortunately, I feel the strategy is a let down. It doesn't take into account trends in the sports and tourism industry, it doesn't understand the current users of the area, and doesn't meet the demands that local people actually have. Some points: 1) The gym trail. Essentially a lot of over-priced steel stickmen cut outs plonked all over the prom, demonstrating and facilitating the opportunity for users to do certain fitness exercises, linking together to create a fitness trail. Users who do run on the beach already have specific knowledge of the distances they run (pier-to-pier, Boscombe to Southbourne, etc.), and those looking to use exercise to lose weight are now turning to fitness classes and better nutritional advice, rather than destroy their knees pounding pavements. B Unit
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Wed 9 Apr 14

B Unit says...

2) Beach Volleyball/Beach Tennis/Etc. As exciting as these sports are, there isn’t that high a demand for them. These sports are not only competing with established summer sports (cricket, tennis), but also the fact that people partaking in mainstream sports like Football are putting in the training and other preparations for the new season. A fault of Bournemouth Seafront was not to take advantage of the Olympics, which is when Beach Volleyball is only ever popular, with a dismal effort in hosting the VEBT finals that year, which was poorly promoted gathered minimal spectator interest. And despite promising exciting events this year, no national beach volleyball tournaments will be held here this year.
2) Beach Volleyball/Beach Tennis/Etc. As exciting as these sports are, there isn’t that high a demand for them. These sports are not only competing with established summer sports (cricket, tennis), but also the fact that people partaking in mainstream sports like Football are putting in the training and other preparations for the new season. A fault of Bournemouth Seafront was not to take advantage of the Olympics, which is when Beach Volleyball is only ever popular, with a dismal effort in hosting the VEBT finals that year, which was poorly promoted gathered minimal spectator interest. And despite promising exciting events this year, no national beach volleyball tournaments will be held here this year. B Unit
  • Score: -1

3:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

hadvar says...

"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment from 5pm on Saturday, finishing with a fireworks display at Boscombe Pier from 8.30pm"

So, no surfing demonstration then?
"There will be an evening of jugglers, circus performers, live music and family entertainment from 5pm on Saturday, finishing with a fireworks display at Boscombe Pier from 8.30pm" So, no surfing demonstration then? hadvar
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Wed 9 Apr 14

B Unit says...

3) Surfing. Seems weird to promote that they are going to have windsurfing and kite surfing on the beach, as they have always had this on the beach (not exactly a new feature). And despite overwhelming evidence that the surf reef would flop, there have been those who have used the local area to learn and improve their surfing ability, and this new plan seems to push those who have supported the reef in the dark, and not offer anything new in return.
3) Surfing. Seems weird to promote that they are going to have windsurfing and kite surfing on the beach, as they have always had this on the beach (not exactly a new feature). And despite overwhelming evidence that the surf reef would flop, there have been those who have used the local area to learn and improve their surfing ability, and this new plan seems to push those who have supported the reef in the dark, and not offer anything new in return. B Unit
  • Score: -3

3:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

I do remember this idea being discussed on this comment board in the past after the surf reef had failed as being a good idea, and yet here we are a couple of years later and now it seems to be a bad idea! Make your bloomin minds up or would you rather be able to go down to the sea (thats if you ever get dressed and leave your house) and scowl at the reef to show your discontent with it, rather than people making a different use for it! All the comments represent is the usual anti-council yawnfest. You really are incredibly boring.
I do remember this idea being discussed on this comment board in the past after the surf reef had failed as being a good idea, and yet here we are a couple of years later and now it seems to be a bad idea! Make your bloomin minds up or would you rather be able to go down to the sea (thats if you ever get dressed and leave your house) and scowl at the reef to show your discontent with it, rather than people making a different use for it! All the comments represent is the usual anti-council yawnfest. You really are incredibly boring. s-pb2
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

As others are indicating the basic ideas are not hopeless and we really don't all wish to sound negative. But these suggestions required researching and some intelligent thinking through (no consultants though thank you, we already pay people in the Town Hall good money to do this) before anything was spent on them........which sadly brings us right back to the original surf reef fiasco and explains the default scepticism reflected on here about how this will all pan out.
As others are indicating the basic ideas are not hopeless and we really don't all wish to sound negative. But these suggestions required researching and some intelligent thinking through (no consultants though thank you, we already pay people in the Town Hall good money to do this) before anything was spent on them........which sadly brings us right back to the original surf reef fiasco and explains the default scepticism reflected on here about how this will all pan out. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Years ago i did try and bring something different to the top of the east cliffs,and had a small railway,swingboats,t
rampolines,kids small rides, etc,but vandals had a go and insurance and overheads were high so sold up.I did enjoy it,but it needed family help,as too much for me.
Years ago i did try and bring something different to the top of the east cliffs,and had a small railway,swingboats,t rampolines,kids small rides, etc,but vandals had a go and insurance and overheads were high so sold up.I did enjoy it,but it needed family help,as too much for me. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

no mention of the waste of money exercise benches where the shelters used to be here then.
no mention of the waste of money exercise benches where the shelters used to be here then. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -3

6:07pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

s-pb2 wrote:
I do remember this idea being discussed on this comment board in the past after the surf reef had failed as being a good idea, and yet here we are a couple of years later and now it seems to be a bad idea! Make your bloomin minds up or would you rather be able to go down to the sea (thats if you ever get dressed and leave your house) and scowl at the reef to show your discontent with it, rather than people making a different use for it! All the comments represent is the usual anti-council yawnfest. You really are incredibly boring.
eh !

As to going down to the sea I walk past there both ways most days

This costly buffoonery is no more than a desperate attempt to distract from the huge losses of having over £3m rotting on the seabed

You and your lot were constantly squeaking about how wonderful it was all going to be, then how ASR would come back and repair it and it would be wonderful. Now you are telling us that it is wonderful because it is going to be a 'dive centre' .... dive being the operative word.

And now more money has to be spent to get people to go there. If it is so wonderful why aren't they going there ? Why are the beach pods virtually all unsold ?

Or is that it is all our fault because we pointed out why it would fail ?

ps if you are so certain that it has any value then you are more than welcome to put you money where your mouth is and pay my share, and the share of the rest on thsi thread who can see what an absurd waste of money it is ... yet again.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: I do remember this idea being discussed on this comment board in the past after the surf reef had failed as being a good idea, and yet here we are a couple of years later and now it seems to be a bad idea! Make your bloomin minds up or would you rather be able to go down to the sea (thats if you ever get dressed and leave your house) and scowl at the reef to show your discontent with it, rather than people making a different use for it! All the comments represent is the usual anti-council yawnfest. You really are incredibly boring.[/p][/quote]eh ! As to going down to the sea I walk past there both ways most days This costly buffoonery is no more than a desperate attempt to distract from the huge losses of having over £3m rotting on the seabed You and your lot were constantly squeaking about how wonderful it was all going to be, then how ASR would come back and repair it and it would be wonderful. Now you are telling us that it is wonderful because it is going to be a 'dive centre' .... dive being the operative word. And now more money has to be spent to get people to go there. If it is so wonderful why aren't they going there ? Why are the beach pods virtually all unsold ? Or is that it is all our fault because we pointed out why it would fail ? ps if you are so certain that it has any value then you are more than welcome to put you money where your mouth is and pay my share, and the share of the rest on thsi thread who can see what an absurd waste of money it is ... yet again. Bob49
  • Score: -3

6:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Peroni says...

I've driven over to this beach a couple times,not able to park anywhere,so have given up each time, how would it attract anyone to go with surf kit or whatever kit if you can't park anywhere !
Rubbish !
I've driven over to this beach a couple times,not able to park anywhere,so have given up each time, how would it attract anyone to go with surf kit or whatever kit if you can't park anywhere ! Rubbish ! Peroni
  • Score: 0

9:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

bmthgirl64 says...

i walk the Boscombe prom almost daily.. for the peace and enjoyment of being beside the sea. I am alarmed that the natural beauty of our seafront is being diminished by this crack pot waste of public funds. The gym trail is embarrassing in its shoddiness (who honestly is going to use it) and those boulders are tasteless and jar with the coastline. I think the town founders must be turning in their graves. Something for everybody? I don't think so. Nothing for the disabled or the older residents ... Another thing... I see that the newly landscaped gardens at the Crescent (still surrounded with barricades) has already been littered with beer cans and other rubbish. Please stop wasting our money on cosmetic schemes that serve no purpose and spend the money on getting the lowlife out of Boscombe. Then we can rebuild the place.
i walk the Boscombe prom almost daily.. for the peace and enjoyment of being beside the sea. I am alarmed that the natural beauty of our seafront is being diminished by this crack pot waste of public funds. The gym trail is embarrassing in its shoddiness (who honestly is going to use it) and those boulders are tasteless and jar with the coastline. I think the town founders must be turning in their graves. Something for everybody? I don't think so. Nothing for the disabled or the older residents ... Another thing... I see that the newly landscaped gardens at the Crescent (still surrounded with barricades) has already been littered with beer cans and other rubbish. Please stop wasting our money on cosmetic schemes that serve no purpose and spend the money on getting the lowlife out of Boscombe. Then we can rebuild the place. bmthgirl64
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Wed 9 Apr 14

old buffer says...

This all sounds just the job for the numerous wet, windy and cold days we experience, about which our councillors seem in denial. Don't any of them feel that re-instating a town-centre swimming pool or skating rink might prove just a tiny bit useful to holiday-makers and locals alike? How come Bournemouth could afford both of these in the supposedly austere post-war decades with a smaller population paying council tax, (rates as they were called then), no real conference income and a much smaller foreign language student industry? Possibly because the town was efficiently run by people who had some concept that it was other people' s hard-earned money they were handling, so millions weren't being wasted on supposedly prestigious, but ultimately disastrous and profligate projects.
This all sounds just the job for the numerous wet, windy and cold days we experience, about which our councillors seem in denial. Don't any of them feel that re-instating a town-centre swimming pool or skating rink might prove just a tiny bit useful to holiday-makers and locals alike? How come Bournemouth could afford both of these in the supposedly austere post-war decades with a smaller population paying council tax, (rates as they were called then), no real conference income and a much smaller foreign language student industry? Possibly because the town was efficiently run by people who had some concept that it was other people' s hard-earned money they were handling, so millions weren't being wasted on supposedly prestigious, but ultimately disastrous and profligate projects. old buffer
  • Score: 1

8:41am Thu 10 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Bin bags look eye catching.
Bin bags look eye catching. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

8:08am Fri 11 Apr 14

sashabubble says...

hmmmm- kite surfers, surfers and snorklers and divers.... don't think they really mix. As a diver, I don't really think I would want to get wiped out by a surfer or a kite surfer somehow.
hmmmm- kite surfers, surfers and snorklers and divers.... don't think they really mix. As a diver, I don't really think I would want to get wiped out by a surfer or a kite surfer somehow. sashabubble
  • Score: 0

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