‘Put money back into West Howe’ – plea for cash over sale of empty factory

Bournemouth Echo: priority: Dorset Enterprises building in Bournemouth priority: Dorset Enterprises building in Bournemouth

MONEY from the sale of the former Dorset Enterprises factory should be spent on improving facilities in West Howe, ward councillors have insisted.

Cabinet members last week agreed to sell off the Elliott Road factory, which has been vacant since the closure of Dorset Enterprises in March 2013.

Dorset Enterprises provided work for disabled adults but Bournemouth council has decided to use the Winton-based Community Employment Service to help people with disabilities to find and maintain a job.

The sale of the empty factory is due to raise between £550,000 to £850,000 and Kinson South councillor Beryl Baxter said that money should be spent in West Howe.

“As a ward councillor I am always looking for opportunities to bring about improvements in the local area,” she said. “We want to see some money put back in the West Howe area.

“At the end of the day the decision to close the factory has been made, cabinet have made that decision.

“I could see an opportunity to speak up for the area and get what we can for the people of West Howe so that’s what I did.”

Cabinet members agreed to arrange a follow-up meeting for all Kinson South ward councillors with Cllr Jane Kelly, the cabinet member for partnerships, regeneration and public health.

They were told that of the 23 staff made redundant by the closure of Dorset Enterprises, all but one had found alternative employment.

Cllr Blair Crawford, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The current model of supported employment is already proving in Bournemouth to be a more cost effective method for providing permanent paid work for people with disabilities compared to the previous model at Dorset Enterprises.

“It is providing a higher quality of support, meeting the needs of the individual and the requirements of prospective employers. It is delivering a service to a much greater number of adults at a lower cost, contributing towards our priority for a more efficient Council.”

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2:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

askquestion says...

yet another facility for those with mental health problems closed down. the Turbary centre gave a limited support system for people suffering ill health. now where do these people go ? all well and good talking about getting people into work, but there are many more who need a lot of on going support.

where would West Howe use this money ?anyway. as long as kids are allowed to run riot, putting bus drivers and passengers at risk.drug houses remain undetected by the police, what do councillors suggest the money is spent on ?. it seems a small area to justify such an input of so much cash.
yet another facility for those with mental health problems closed down. the Turbary centre gave a limited support system for people suffering ill health. now where do these people go ? all well and good talking about getting people into work, but there are many more who need a lot of on going support. where would West Howe use this money ?anyway. as long as kids are allowed to run riot, putting bus drivers and passengers at risk.drug houses remain undetected by the police, what do councillors suggest the money is spent on ?. it seems a small area to justify such an input of so much cash. askquestion
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4:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Harpenter says...

Change costs money - well done Beryl for seizing an opportunity. I find it so disappointing that people can write off an area because of a handful of anti social people and gossip .... People are working hard in west Howe to own their own homes and better their lives, let's hope investment comes there way and give them something to be proud of.
Change costs money - well done Beryl for seizing an opportunity. I find it so disappointing that people can write off an area because of a handful of anti social people and gossip .... People are working hard in west Howe to own their own homes and better their lives, let's hope investment comes there way and give them something to be proud of. Harpenter
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3:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Lord Parkstone says...

This small amount of money by comparison is nowhere near enough to improve the west howe area unless of course the price of a small nuclear has come down in recent months.
At the end of the day, no matter how much money you have you can't polish a turd.
This small amount of money by comparison is nowhere near enough to improve the west howe area unless of course the price of a small nuclear has come down in recent months. At the end of the day, no matter how much money you have you can't polish a turd. Lord Parkstone
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