LOCAL NEWS: Cabinet approves Poole toilet plan

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BCP Council’s Cabinet approved a number of plans during their first meeting including one to upgrade Poole’s public toilets.

£493,000 has been set aside for investment in Poole’s public toilets, in an attempt to balance the level of toilet facilities between the three towns.

Poole Quay and Lake Pier have already been identified as sites and six more – as of now unannounced – sites are to undergo refurbishment.

Poole residents are likely to welcome these changes as the public toilet facilities in the town have been the subject of frustration for some time.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council said: “I am delighted that, at our very first Cabinet meeting, we have been able to kick start the process of achieving consistent services across the three towns – starting with public toilets. Residents and visitors to Poole are seriously short-changed by a lack of toilets compared to Bournemouth, Christchurch and other local towns.

Cabinet’s other plans

Cabinet heard that, before merging, the three individual councils of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch all balanced or improved their budgets for the financial year 2018/19.

Poole in particular needed a lower than expected contribution from capital resources.

Also approved was controversial plans for council tax harmonisation between the three towns, meaning that residents of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will pay the same levels of council tax from April 2021.

Councillor Vikki Slade added: “It isn’t fair that residents of Christchurch pay a significantly higher level of council tax than those with the same band of property in Poole and Bournemouth. Our new approach will see everyone in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole pay the same council tax levels as soon as possible. We need to ensure this is linked to everyone receiving the same standards of service too, across the board. Our strategy will aim to achieve both service and council tax equity across the whole area from April 2021.”

What do you make of the Cabinet’s new plans? Have your say in the comments or on Twitter @BHLivingDorset.

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