One council to unite the area

AT THE CENTRE: Bournemouth from the air

AT THE CENTRE: Bournemouth from the air

First published in Letters to the Editor

The Uniting the Conurbation campaign is gaining increasing interest and support from across the community.

The daily news reports locally serve to strongly make the case for a single council for Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Increasing traffic gridlock cries out for innovative and visionary thinking within an overall conurbation plan to address this over the next 25 years.

Meanwhile, Christchurch is desperately trying to save itself from being swallowed up in supermarkets whilst Poole is apparently struggling to come up with a plan to regenerate its town centre shopping.

If only there were a powerful retail strategy for the whole conurbation setting out what we wanted in terms of out of town, high streets and community shopping.

That at least would send the right signals to investors and give more ammunition to fight the might of the brand market share giants from dictating what we get – for the benefit of all.

In Bournemouth the council talk a good game about visions but all it seems to have produced over 10 years is residential developers building on council land. And now, they are actually getting into legal disputes to stop leisure investment development?

Patrick Collins, senior reporter with the Mail on Sunday, rightly congratulating the Cherries on their great performance against Liverpool, described the town of Bournemouth as a “winter-drowsy seaside resort”. So, that’s the view from the City.

Whilst the four councils representing the 380,000 folks of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch continue to grapple separately with their destinies, the one, single, Liverpool City Council – representing 466,000 souls – has continued with its exciting waterfront developments which have enhanced the economy and culture of its community, locally, nationally and internationally.

And all this without even mentioning the potential financial savings of merger with all our councils currently claiming shortage of cash.

Surely, all these are proper reasons to ask that our councillors seriously and urgently look at moving forward to express the needs and aspirations of our very special area as one council, one city, one voice.

Alderman Douglas Eyre, Kirby Way, Bournemouth

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11:33am Mon 3 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Totally agree with virtually every word.

But is it advantageous to have a former Leader from one of the three Council's involved promoting this unification cause? Maybe it would be timely to be reminded of what the writer actually did to further his single Authority ambitions when in a senior and influential post at Bournemouth Town Hall.
Totally agree with virtually every word. But is it advantageous to have a former Leader from one of the three Council's involved promoting this unification cause? Maybe it would be timely to be reminded of what the writer actually did to further his single Authority ambitions when in a senior and influential post at Bournemouth Town Hall. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

11:43am Mon 3 Feb 14

hcharding says...

Seems a bit like joining Europe on a smaller scale.
Seems a bit like joining Europe on a smaller scale. hcharding
  • Score: -4

6:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

blackdog1 says...

Rubbish!............
........ leave us alone.......dont want Poole joining with useless Bmth council ...................
Rubbish!............ ........ leave us alone.......dont want Poole joining with useless Bmth council ................... blackdog1
  • Score: 3

11:39am Thu 6 Feb 14

Tony Trent says...

Just imagine how with big brother Bournemouth in the driving seat (bigger population and thus bigger share of the Councillors), the traveller propoal site would look like!
Just imagine how with big brother Bournemouth in the driving seat (bigger population and thus bigger share of the Councillors), the traveller propoal site would look like! Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Douglas Eyre says...

muscliffman wrote:
Totally agree with virtually every word.

But is it advantageous to have a former Leader from one of the three Council's involved promoting this unification cause? Maybe it would be timely to be reminded of what the writer actually did to further his single Authority ambitions when in a senior and influential post at Bournemouth Town Hall.
Just read the muscliffman appeal - in fact , I did try very hard in the mid nineties to try and get the conurbation to unite ahead of the 1997 reorganisation . Actually addressed councillors in both Poole and Christchurch but the response seemed to be along the lines of "when Bournemouth is 1000 years old we can talk - helpful ! In the event , Dorset then started working to try and get one Council for Dorset 9 the worst of all worlds 0 and the rest is history - B and p unitaries and Christchurch two tier .
Time is running against us - time to get on and bite the bullet.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with virtually every word. But is it advantageous to have a former Leader from one of the three Council's involved promoting this unification cause? Maybe it would be timely to be reminded of what the writer actually did to further his single Authority ambitions when in a senior and influential post at Bournemouth Town Hall.[/p][/quote]Just read the muscliffman appeal - in fact , I did try very hard in the mid nineties to try and get the conurbation to unite ahead of the 1997 reorganisation . Actually addressed councillors in both Poole and Christchurch but the response seemed to be along the lines of "when Bournemouth is 1000 years old we can talk - helpful ! In the event , Dorset then started working to try and get one Council for Dorset 9 the worst of all worlds 0 and the rest is history - B and p unitaries and Christchurch two tier . Time is running against us - time to get on and bite the bullet. Douglas Eyre
  • Score: 0

9:37am Mon 10 Feb 14

RM says...

While I can support the idea of a combined Council as a money saving exercise, living in Poole I would be very concerned if certain B'mouth Cllrs were to have any say over what happens in Poole. So, if it comes to a vote, it'll be a very big 'NO' from at least one Poole voter.
While I can support the idea of a combined Council as a money saving exercise, living in Poole I would be very concerned if certain B'mouth Cllrs were to have any say over what happens in Poole. So, if it comes to a vote, it'll be a very big 'NO' from at least one Poole voter. RM
  • Score: 0

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