ANY rogues in Kinson will need to be careful in future after the area’s stocks were reinstated.
The stocks on the village green are, of course, just for show and their return was marked by a ceremony yesterday, presided over by deputy mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Dr Rodney Cooper.
It is all part of the area’s drive to reinvigorate itself and its heritage, with Kinson’s links to smuggling and notorious smuggler Sir Isaac Gulliver, and promote itself as a place to visit to learn about the past.
Kinson predates Bournemouth itself by centuries and community leaders are keen to make more of its history.
Kinson Business Forum chairman Ramesh Lal said that the stocks were part of the rejuvenation of Kinson Village.
“With Tesco and the Hub it’s a new skyline. We have brightened up the street with hanging baskets and we have the memorial garden also.
“We get a fresh start. This brings a lot of history and heritage together and the community together,” he added.
Former councillor and historian Rod Haskell spoke about Kinson’s past, praising those who had fought for the village green over the generations, and added: “We had a time when things were very low in Kinson and we nearly lost our village green.
“This is a symbol and across the road (Tesco) is our future. We’re getting there and the future is going to be great.”
Cutting the ribbon, Cllr Cooper said: “It’s an honour to be here and an honour to be opening this.”
The project has seen Kinson Business Forum, Bournemouth Borough Council and GR Westbuild working together.