Borough of Poole launched its Corporate Strategy in 2015. This laid out the Council’s commitment to clear priorities and at the heart of these, improving the quality of life for the people of Poole.
From 1 April 2019, Poole will become part of the new BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) Council and in the run up to this, is the opportunity to take a look back over Borough of Poole’s achievements arising since the Corporate Strategy was implemented.
Covering all aspects of the Council’s services, the strategy targeted health and well-being, adults, children and young people’s services, the economy and the environment.
Health and well-being, especially that of our most vulnerable residents, has been improved with a range of initiatives. Integrated social and health care services mean that residents receive a more joined up service, leading to better care and support in the community via our partnership service Tricuro. We’ve focused on advice for carers and on helping older people to live independently in their own homes. For those that cannot, we’re delivering enhanced care facilities for Poole residents at Figbury Lodge, our new 80-bed care home. Since 2015 over 20,000 people have accessed LiveWell Dorset support service accessing help with health issues. Young people in care are benefiting from an increased adoption rate since the launch of Aspire Adoption and care leavers are seeing better outcomes with our support.
The Local Plan is encouraging the supply of affordable housing and we have delivered 123 units since 2015. The securing of grants, including £5M of growth deal funding, is supporting ambitions to continue to unlock housing sites. We’re also taking giant steps to improve where you live. Our developments in Falkland square, work underway at Townside to infrastructure and the proposals for Town Centre North Scheme ‘Heart of Poole’ aim to improve the public realm, promote safe and sustainable travel and improve connectivity through the town.
We’re also raising our profile with the Maritime Festival celebrating Poole’s history and enjoying the success of Upton Country Park and our thriving Poole Museum as leading visitor destinations. Our attractions, beaches and our open spaces are benefiting from grants that we have successfully secured such as Heritage Lottery, Coastal Communities and the Arts Council funding, enabling us to continually make improvements.
Councillor Janet Walton, Leader of Borough of Poole commented:
“The extent of the progress we have been able to implement under the Corporate Strategy for Borough of Poole is unprecedented. In every area, we can demonstrate changes for the better and I am immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve. The outcomes we have been able to already deliver and the plans we have put in place will be enhancing the lives of the people of Poole for years to come.”