Bournemouth plans for new signs and maps for visitors

Signs for Westover Road and the Pavilion Theatre car park in Bournemouth

Signs for Westover Road and the Pavilion Theatre car park in Bournemouth

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

BOURNEMOUTH is selling itself short in welcoming visitors, a meeting was told.

Businesspeople, councillors and members of the town’s hospitality industry have been updated on plans to overhaul Bournemouth’s way-finding system – including signs and maps.

Briefings held at the BIC updated plans to improve the way in which people get around the town.

The issue is being looked at by contractor Applied, which is putting forward ideas for an integrated system to simplify how people are guided around town.

The firm has revamped towns and cities across the UK, including Brighton, Ipswich, Glasgow and London.

Richard Simon, from Applied, said the aim was to increase the quality of visitor experience and inform people better about tourism, leisure, retail and business facilities.

He said tourism added £426million to the area’s economy each year.

“We found 11 or 12 different systems that people had to understand and that causes problems for people,” he said.

“We came in to think about how this can be joined up into a single system.

“If they have that, they understand the town better and if that happens you can optimise their experience,” said Richard.

Recommendations include creating a welcome – with Bournemouth railway station cited as an example of the town’s lack of greeting.

A simple colour-coded map – available in print, online and on smartphones – would be created and pedestrians would benefit from a route network and new signage.

Vehicle signs, particularly directing people to car parks, would be made simpler.

Designs will be drawn up this summer before being presented in the autumn.

Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We want people to find that the experience here is so good that they don’t just want to come back, but tell other people aswell.

“This is about a joined-up exercise that takes in everybody’s interests.”

Mr Smith said delivery of the signs and map would happen over the next five years – with financial constraints the main reason for them being phased in.

He added: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.”

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9:24am Sun 27 May 12

a.g.o.g. says...

"This way to the Bournemouth Public Convenience" for instance?
"This way to the Bournemouth Public Convenience" for instance? a.g.o.g.
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9:37am Sun 27 May 12

Old Colonial says...

Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.”

Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties?
Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.” Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties? Old Colonial
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9:48am Sun 27 May 12

Baywolf says...

Oh just put A&E 24hrs and point to Poole General
Oh just put A&E 24hrs and point to Poole General Baywolf
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9:53am Sun 27 May 12

a.g.o.g. says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.” Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties?
Obviously!
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.” Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties?[/p][/quote]Obviously! a.g.o.g.
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10:13am Sun 27 May 12

ianexams says...

We need signposts to and from the station and Travel Interchange, many people asks for directions.Yes the town needs improvements as we have a financial crisis can we take some money out of the pot similar to Road Rescue or ask Retailers for a contribution
We need signposts to and from the station and Travel Interchange, many people asks for directions.Yes the town needs improvements as we have a financial crisis can we take some money out of the pot similar to Road Rescue or ask Retailers for a contribution ianexams
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10:29am Sun 27 May 12

Dave2207 says...

Why can't our over-paid officials work this out for themselves, without having to waste yet more taxpayers' money on consultants? The cost of these consultants should be deducted from the wages bill for senior officials!
Why can't our over-paid officials work this out for themselves, without having to waste yet more taxpayers' money on consultants? The cost of these consultants should be deducted from the wages bill for senior officials! Dave2207
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10:42am Sun 27 May 12

wonderway says...

this matter was brought up 4 years ago at chamber meeting they were told then that the matter was in hand so how many consultants has council paid to do this job. Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him.
this matter was brought up 4 years ago at chamber meeting they were told then that the matter was in hand so how many consultants has council paid to do this job. Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him. wonderway
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10:54am Sun 27 May 12

Capricorn 1 says...

All those cars shown in the car park, which looks full, managed to find their way there with the existing signs.
All those cars shown in the car park, which looks full, managed to find their way there with the existing signs. Capricorn 1
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10:56am Sun 27 May 12

FAT TONE says...

It would be a good idea to have some roads first of all.

Maybe a road from Poole to Bournemouth would be a good start.
It would be a good idea to have some roads first of all. Maybe a road from Poole to Bournemouth would be a good start. FAT TONE
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11:09am Sun 27 May 12

mysticalshoelace says...

What a waste of tax payers money! It doesn't need a specialist company to do this just someone with a fraction of common sense - something our council is obviously lacking if it feels the need to consult with an outside company.
What a waste of tax payers money! It doesn't need a specialist company to do this just someone with a fraction of common sense - something our council is obviously lacking if it feels the need to consult with an outside company. mysticalshoelace
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11:20am Sun 27 May 12

muscliffman says...

For decades the town's own staff, notably in the then Borough Engineers maintained street signage to a very high standard.
We now seem to have a Town Hall full of highly paid Officers who have to pass their responsibilities on to private companys - at our expense of course.
Probably because we unwittingly employ people who are happy to take our generous money but cannot actually do the job.
There is plenty of evidence in Boscombe of this and on the A338 for that matter - 'Surf Reef' this way. How difficult is it to arrange to have these humiliating signs taken down? Not sure? Hire an outside firm then.......
For decades the town's own staff, notably in the then Borough Engineers maintained street signage to a very high standard. We now seem to have a Town Hall full of highly paid Officers who have to pass their responsibilities on to private companys - at our expense of course. Probably because we unwittingly employ people who are happy to take our generous money but cannot actually do the job. There is plenty of evidence in Boscombe of this and on the A338 for that matter - 'Surf Reef' this way. How difficult is it to arrange to have these humiliating signs taken down? Not sure? Hire an outside firm then....... muscliffman
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11:25am Sun 27 May 12

Teddy 1 says...

How many people work in Bournemouth tourism? Surely they aren't ALL working on the air show ALL year. This is basic stuff.
How many people work in Bournemouth tourism? Surely they aren't ALL working on the air show ALL year. This is basic stuff. Teddy 1
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11:29am Sun 27 May 12

twynham says...

Did I miss how much Applied are charging for doing the Council's work?
Did I miss how much Applied are charging for doing the Council's work? twynham
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11:39am Sun 27 May 12

Upkeep says...

You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…?

I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure.

Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway!

Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner!

And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!!
You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…? I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure. Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway! Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner! And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!! Upkeep
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11:40am Sun 27 May 12

Western Sunset says...

I don't often agree with many of the comments on these message boards, but in this instance there is little to disagree on.

I love the way that consultants come in and state the b-------obvious. Signage is to inform and direct; I think we all realise that.

Banish the consultants and use the resources to set up a group of no more than five Council Officers to come up with a plan by this autumn so that new signage can be in place for next spring. The Council has many talented members of staff who are quite able to do this task if they're given the opportunity.

Five years? Someone's having a laugh.....

That'll be much too late.
I don't often agree with many of the comments on these message boards, but in this instance there is little to disagree on. I love the way that consultants come in and state the b-------obvious. Signage is to inform and direct; I think we all realise that. Banish the consultants and use the resources to set up a group of no more than five Council Officers to come up with a plan by this autumn so that new signage can be in place for next spring. The Council has many talented members of staff who are quite able to do this task if they're given the opportunity. Five years? Someone's having a laugh..... That'll be much too late. Western Sunset
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12:05pm Sun 27 May 12

High Treason says...

Just like the new street signs we had with the towns crest on. Many are now so faded you are unable to read them and the laminate is peeling off. At least they match the rusty lamp posts and go a treat with the zig zag groove of weeds we have from Fibre City.
Just like the new street signs we had with the towns crest on. Many are now so faded you are unable to read them and the laminate is peeling off. At least they match the rusty lamp posts and go a treat with the zig zag groove of weeds we have from Fibre City. High Treason
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12:12pm Sun 27 May 12

tbpoole says...

mysticalshoelace wrote:
What a waste of tax payers money! It doesn't need a specialist company to do this just someone with a fraction of common sense - something our council is obviously lacking if it feels the need to consult with an outside company.
Why don't you apply to provide the advice then, you've obviously got common sense to spare?Except that no-one can agree who has the best 'common sense' on these occassions.
[quote][p][bold]mysticalshoelace[/bold] wrote: What a waste of tax payers money! It doesn't need a specialist company to do this just someone with a fraction of common sense - something our council is obviously lacking if it feels the need to consult with an outside company.[/p][/quote]Why don't you apply to provide the advice then, you've obviously got common sense to spare?Except that no-one can agree who has the best 'common sense' on these occassions. tbpoole
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12:15pm Sun 27 May 12

Old Colonial says...

Western Sunset wrote:
I don't often agree with many of the comments on these message boards, but in this instance there is little to disagree on.

I love the way that consultants come in and state the b-------obvious. Signage is to inform and direct; I think we all realise that.

Banish the consultants and use the resources to set up a group of no more than five Council Officers to come up with a plan by this autumn so that new signage can be in place for next spring. The Council has many talented members of staff who are quite able to do this task if they're given the opportunity.

Five years? Someone's having a laugh.....

That'll be much too late.
"...many talented members of staff...", yes! But, in the main, the people who get into these highly paid positions of authority and decision making are not among them!

And they singularly refuse to accept that anyone lower than them in the pecking order has anything worth listening to, no matter how experienced or full of constructive ideas.

They will only take note of those paid more than them, ie. consultants. Money talks and must be listened to.
[quote][p][bold]Western Sunset[/bold] wrote: I don't often agree with many of the comments on these message boards, but in this instance there is little to disagree on. I love the way that consultants come in and state the b-------obvious. Signage is to inform and direct; I think we all realise that. Banish the consultants and use the resources to set up a group of no more than five Council Officers to come up with a plan by this autumn so that new signage can be in place for next spring. The Council has many talented members of staff who are quite able to do this task if they're given the opportunity. Five years? Someone's having a laugh..... That'll be much too late.[/p][/quote]"...many talented members of staff...", yes! But, in the main, the people who get into these highly paid positions of authority and decision making are not among them! And they singularly refuse to accept that anyone lower than them in the pecking order has anything worth listening to, no matter how experienced or full of constructive ideas. They will only take note of those paid more than them, ie. consultants. Money talks and must be listened to. Old Colonial
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12:42pm Sun 27 May 12

Western Sunset says...

In response to "Old Colonial", I understand what you're saying. To a point your comments are very valid - though not always; I think you may be a little harsh.

Anyway, back to the signs....

The picture heading this feature illustrates what's wrong with Bournemouth's signage. It's there for all to see - they're not clear and concise.

They give misleading messages / conflicting information. Can I only park here if I'm shopping in Westover Road? We know the answer, but would a visitor.

The town needs to overhaul its signs fast because (and here I agree with the consultants) tourism is vital and we're just underachieving.

But we don't need more signs. Please no; there's already too much street clutter. Just better signage within a clear overall strategy.
In response to "Old Colonial", I understand what you're saying. To a point your comments are very valid - though not always; I think you may be a little harsh. Anyway, back to the signs.... The picture heading this feature illustrates what's wrong with Bournemouth's signage. It's there for all to see - they're not clear and concise. They give misleading messages / conflicting information. Can I only park here if I'm shopping in Westover Road? We know the answer, but would a visitor. The town needs to overhaul its signs fast because (and here I agree with the consultants) tourism is vital and we're just underachieving. But we don't need more signs. Please no; there's already too much street clutter. Just better signage within a clear overall strategy. Western Sunset
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12:44pm Sun 27 May 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Bet the first sign they put will be pointing to the town hall!
Bet the first sign they put will be pointing to the town hall! jobsworthwatch
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12:49pm Sun 27 May 12

wonderway says...

If signage is to the same standard as the proposed "welcome to bournemouth" sign that mark smith thinks is brill and the 9 years to get these new signs shows how useless our officers are also they haven't a clue how to do their jobs so time to remove all directors post within bournemouth council, now that would be good resourceful cuts to overspends
If signage is to the same standard as the proposed "welcome to bournemouth" sign that mark smith thinks is brill and the 9 years to get these new signs shows how useless our officers are also they haven't a clue how to do their jobs so time to remove all directors post within bournemouth council, now that would be good resourceful cuts to overspends wonderway
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1:01pm Sun 27 May 12

spooki says...

Upkeep wrote:
You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…?

I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure.

Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway!

Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner!

And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!!
Brilliant! And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch.
[quote][p][bold]Upkeep[/bold] wrote: You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…? I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure. Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway! Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner! And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!![/p][/quote]Brilliant! And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch. spooki
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1:30pm Sun 27 May 12

High Treason says...

spooki wrote:
Upkeep wrote:
You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…?

I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure.

Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway!

Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner!

And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!!
Brilliant! And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch.
"And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch."

Now now, we all know it sounds really grand to call it Bournemouth International Airport. Just as Bournemouth International Centre. Its all down to image despite there is nothing international about either. The council runs on spin and bull.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upkeep[/bold] wrote: You arrive at the Railway Station. You leave the station through the booking hall. Outside now. I want to go to the Town Centre and Beach, well that`s what most visitors want to do. What do I do ? Walk, Taxi, Bus, Monorail…? I`ll walk, hang on, which way? Ok, I`ll walk past the taxi drivers with their smoking and foreign languages they like to argue in! Mmm first impressions are not too good! Oh which way now? I know, it looks like I`ve got to walk through ASDA`s underground car-park. Why are all those people asleep under here? Is there a lot of homelessness in Bournemouth? I doubt it, Bournemouth looked so good in the brochure. Perhaps I should have got a Taxi, but the drivers only seemed interested in smoking and arguing amongst each other. I doubt if some of them would have understood where I wanted to go anyway! Well that’s it then, the Bus. The trouble is I instinctively went to the bus Station and the Buses there only went to suburbs of Bournemouth. I`m getting fed up now! Where do I get a bloody bus from? Ah there`s the Bus stop. No wonder I couldn`t find it, its tucked round the corner! And that was just the start of the visit to Bournemouth. Tune in next week when I tell you all about the evening I sampled Bournemouth`s famous nightlife!![/p][/quote]Brilliant! And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch.[/p][/quote]"And what about 'Bournemouth' airport? Even their address says its in Christchurch." Now now, we all know it sounds really grand to call it Bournemouth International Airport. Just as Bournemouth International Centre. Its all down to image despite there is nothing international about either. The council runs on spin and bull. High Treason
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2:19pm Sun 27 May 12

madras says...

Let's signpost the beach - it's the big yellow, sandy thing between the sea and the cliffs...
Let's signpost the beach - it's the big yellow, sandy thing between the sea and the cliffs... madras
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2:45pm Sun 27 May 12

oneshortleg says...

I recently travelled by train to Manchester and was both suprised and delighted that they have a free bus into the centre of town from the railway station! What a good idea.
I recently travelled by train to Manchester and was both suprised and delighted that they have a free bus into the centre of town from the railway station! What a good idea. oneshortleg
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2:48pm Sun 27 May 12

oneshortleg says...

Also the worst sign is the one on the wessex way just after the sewage treatment "Welcome to Bournemouth" whenever i go past with my daughter she adds "Welcome to Bournemouth, and smell our poo!"
Also the worst sign is the one on the wessex way just after the sewage treatment "Welcome to Bournemouth" whenever i go past with my daughter she adds "Welcome to Bournemouth, and smell our poo!" oneshortleg
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3:24pm Sun 27 May 12

ShuttleX says...

wonderway wrote:
this matter was brought up 4 years ago at chamber meeting they were told then that the matter was in hand so how many consultants has council paid to do this job. Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him.
"Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him."

Nice idea @wonderway, but it isn't going to happen. As with a lot of things in Bournemouth Council, it's not what you know, but who you know. There is a very good reason why Mr Smith won't be sacked, regardless of how incompetent he is.
[quote][p][bold]wonderway[/bold] wrote: this matter was brought up 4 years ago at chamber meeting they were told then that the matter was in hand so how many consultants has council paid to do this job. Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him.[/p][/quote]"Mr smith needs to get out of his post and someone with enthusiasm, drive and better organisation to replace him." Nice idea @wonderway, but it isn't going to happen. As with a lot of things in Bournemouth Council, it's not what you know, but who you know. There is a very good reason why Mr Smith won't be sacked, regardless of how incompetent he is. ShuttleX
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5:11pm Sun 27 May 12

The Renegade Master says...

I think the Council should erect a sign half way down the Spur Road into Bournemouth saying:

"Wind your window up, filthy stinking sewage works ahead"

Seriously though, when are Wessex Water going to be made to do something about the appalling stench emanating from that site? It's hardly the best welcome to the town is it?
I think the Council should erect a sign half way down the Spur Road into Bournemouth saying: "Wind your window up, filthy stinking sewage works ahead" Seriously though, when are Wessex Water going to be made to do something about the appalling stench emanating from that site? It's hardly the best welcome to the town is it? The Renegade Master
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5:46pm Sun 27 May 12

BmthNewshound says...

Richard Simon, from Applied, said the aim was to increase the quality of visitor experience and inform people better about tourism, leisure, retail and business facilities......it'l
l take more than a few poxy signs to attain that objective.
.
More like they've heard on the grapevine what a push over Bournemouth Council are and how they'd hand over £m's and expect little in return.
.
So Applied will join ASR and Mouchel in fleecing our incompetent council.
.
An aside, but interesting observation .... why are their still signs directing people to Boscombe Surf Reef ?.... Answers on a postcard and sent to Mark Smith c/o Town Hall
Richard Simon, from Applied, said the aim was to increase the quality of visitor experience and inform people better about tourism, leisure, retail and business facilities......it'l l take more than a few poxy signs to attain that objective. . More like they've heard on the grapevine what a push over Bournemouth Council are and how they'd hand over £m's and expect little in return. . So Applied will join ASR and Mouchel in fleecing our incompetent council. . An aside, but interesting observation .... why are their still signs directing people to Boscombe Surf Reef ?.... Answers on a postcard and sent to Mark Smith c/o Town Hall BmthNewshound
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6:04pm Sun 27 May 12

Huey says...

here's a figgin idea, get rid of the turd coloured signs advertising our failed £3m surf reef
here's a figgin idea, get rid of the turd coloured signs advertising our failed £3m surf reef Huey
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6:49pm Sun 27 May 12

snowflake 2 says...

I lived in Bournemouth as a child and had happy memories, but after the last few days there, as a now disabled person if I ever go back it will be too soon. Half the roads I remember were closed off, there was no way of finding accessible toliets between the two piers. The lift closed mid afternoon. The police station was closed. all the officals we saw had foreign accents- not easy if you're deaf. I could go on!
come on Bournemouth sort your selves out. Feed up!
I lived in Bournemouth as a child and had happy memories, but after the last few days there, as a now disabled person if I ever go back it will be too soon. Half the roads I remember were closed off, there was no way of finding accessible toliets between the two piers. The lift closed mid afternoon. The police station was closed. all the officals we saw had foreign accents- not easy if you're deaf. I could go on! come on Bournemouth sort your selves out. Feed up! snowflake 2
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8:46pm Sun 27 May 12

ifordcherry says...

wow !! and i thought i had attitude problems.
wow !! and i thought i had attitude problems. ifordcherry
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10:13pm Sun 27 May 12

Phixer says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.”

Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties?
No wonder why our Council tax is so high!

No doubt there are other useless public servants who use our money to pay consultants.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Mark Smith, Bournemouth director of tourism, said: “We’re selling ourselves short in this town and we need to get moving on getting it right and making it better.” Mark, that is the job you are paid for. Does it take expensive external input to tell you how to perform your duties?[/p][/quote]No wonder why our Council tax is so high! No doubt there are other useless public servants who use our money to pay consultants. Phixer
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11:45pm Sun 27 May 12

JemTNott says...

Bournemouth signs are a joke...think they'll all be written in Polish soon!
Bournemouth signs are a joke...think they'll all be written in Polish soon! JemTNott
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7:26am Mon 28 May 12

tomtom909 says...

The smell as one enters this seaside town is but a foretaste of things to come...it's a dump .
The smell as one enters this seaside town is but a foretaste of things to come...it's a dump . tomtom909
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7:35am Mon 28 May 12

eaststandman says...

"We're not selling ourselves"

Well Bournemouth, YOU ALREADY HAVE !!!

Its full of drunks, knifecrimes, drugs, immigrants and...........

it stinks............
"We're not selling ourselves" Well Bournemouth, YOU ALREADY HAVE !!! Its full of drunks, knifecrimes, drugs, immigrants and........... it stinks............ eaststandman
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8:15am Mon 28 May 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Thought the national trend was to do away signage?
Thought the national trend was to do away signage? jobsworthwatch
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9:10am Mon 28 May 12

a.g.o.g. says...

They all get loadsa-money to make decisions to that they then off-load onto consultants who frankly don`t give a tinkers as long as the pay is good.
They all get loadsa-money to make decisions to that they then off-load onto consultants who frankly don`t give a tinkers as long as the pay is good. a.g.o.g.
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10:38am Mon 28 May 12

Mamma Troll says...

maybe they could put up some bigger bike lane signs, cos cyclist dont seem to know about them or use them.
maybe they could put up some bigger bike lane signs, cos cyclist dont seem to know about them or use them. Mamma Troll
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4:26pm Mon 28 May 12

bmthgrouch says...

Maybe the council should start maintaining the existing signs, street furniture and street lights, before blowing more of our hard earned taxes on yet another money wasting scheme.
Not to mention the lamp posts that are bowing in the middle, leaning to one side, peeling paint, unfinished painting, faded, worn, rusting street furniture and signs everywhere you look.
Maybe the council should start maintaining the existing signs, street furniture and street lights, before blowing more of our hard earned taxes on yet another money wasting scheme. Not to mention the lamp posts that are bowing in the middle, leaning to one side, peeling paint, unfinished painting, faded, worn, rusting street furniture and signs everywhere you look. bmthgrouch
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10:38am Tue 29 May 12

snowflake 2 says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
Thought the national trend was to do away signage?
They tried that in the war!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Thought the national trend was to do away signage?[/p][/quote]They tried that in the war! snowflake 2
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11:23am Tue 29 May 12

O'Reilly says...

Well there are signs on the zig-zags and along the beach all warning of the 'do's' and 'don'ts' which must have cost a lot of money. Alas, nobody pays a blind bit of notice of them. As an earlier poster commented, maybe some Polish signs would be appropriate. I saw a 'No Smoking' sign written in Polish at a Junior School.
Well there are signs on the zig-zags and along the beach all warning of the 'do's' and 'don'ts' which must have cost a lot of money. Alas, nobody pays a blind bit of notice of them. As an earlier poster commented, maybe some Polish signs would be appropriate. I saw a 'No Smoking' sign written in Polish at a Junior School. O'Reilly
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