PLANS for “huge” improvements at Poole Bus Station could finally come to the surface before the end of the year.

The anti-social behaviour hotspot has been earmarked for investment for many years with numerous proposals coming and going over the past decade.

BCP Council’s Conservative administration made “Rejuvenate Poole” one of its five key projects in the ‘Big Plan’ when the Tory group took control of the local authority in late 2019.

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Alongside trying to improve the situation at the bus station, work is being progressed on a ‘cultural quarter’ around the Lighthouse arts centre.

There has been much talk on investment and regeneration in the town centre since local government reorganisation in 2019.

More recently this has included references to work being carried out by BCP Council’s arm’s length urban regeneration company BCP Future Places.

As of yet no details on the plans for the bus station or cultural quarter have been revealed, but BCP Council deputy leader Cllr Philip Broadhead said there should be details to share later this year.

Speaking at a recent cabinet meeting, Cllr Broadhead said: “I have been working really closely with councillor Steve Baron as our lead member on Poole regeneration, who has been working absolutely tirelessly to try and see some real immediate improvements in the centre of Poole.

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“In particular one of his long-term projects has been getting some real improvements to the bus station area around central Poole and combining that with some work that Future Places are leading on around the Lighthouse cultural quarter as well.

“I am really pleased now that that is coming into focus and we will be looking forward later on this year to bringing forward a cabinet paper talking around the huge bus station improvements that we will be bring forward at pace and with some immediacy.

“Councillor Baron has been working extremely hard on that and I am really grateful for the effort he has put into that process.”

In December, Cllr Broadhead told the Daily Echo that the council was in discussions with Legal & General, who own the Dolphin Shopping Centre, and other stakeholder to find a “short term solution” to the bus station issues.

Poole Town ward councillors, who are all Poole People Party members, have previously said the challenge for the local authority is a lot of the work required was out of the control of civic leaders.