The public is invited to comment on proposed plans to improve Branksome Chine promenade in Poole.
Branksome Chine is a popular arrival choice for many people visiting Poole’s beaches but is dominated by the car park and an extensive tarmac area. Plans here would see the landscape softened to create a space that is more attractive, vibrant and which provides a warm welcome to visitors.
Improvement works at Branksome Chine are expected to cost £180,000 as part of the Borough of Poole’s £6.6m seafront regeneration programme. This includes £1.2m support from the Coastal Communities Fund through the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio to renovate the public spaces at four sites along Poole’s seafront, including the recently completed Flaghead Chine, and future aspirations at Shore Road and Canford Cliffs.
In May, a turning circle space was created to accommodate the family friendly Land Train attraction providing a stop at Branksome Chine. The trial service that has been running since then has been well received. Proposed improvements at Branksome Chine include landscaping and soft planting to create a welcoming public plaza area. Specially commissioned artwork and a permanent integrated train stop will transform the welcome and earmark Branksome Chine as an inviting seafront destination.
Councillor John Challinor, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said “This engagement is an opportunity for anyone to show an interest in the plans we have for Branksome Chine promenade. We want comments and suggestions from the public, and these could help shape the improvements here.”
Nikki Parker-Goadsby, Dorset Coastal Connections Project Officer, said: “We are really keen to hear residents’ and visitors’ views on the proposed designs for the public space at Branksome Chine promenade. Feedback received from the event at Branksome Chine and online will help shape the final design for this popular location on Poole Seafront”.
Come along to view and comment on proposed plans and talk to the design team on Wednesday 15 August at Branksome Chine where a drop-in event will be taking place from 2pm – 7pm. From August 16 to September 12 the plans can also be viewed at Sandbanks Beach Office.
You can also view the plans online www.seafront.pooleprojects.net/branksome-chine and leave comments at www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk/Poole-Seafront-development from 15 August to 12 September 2018.