BCP invited us to a virtual workshop on their Seafront Strategy review for the 40 miles of coastline around us. Interested parties have until the end of September to review and comment. Obviously, we will be commenting on behalf of beach hut users, but they are keen for ideas and feedback from as many residents and businesses as possible. Please visit https://bcpseafrontprojects.net/seafront-strategy/ to take a look at the plans and have your say.
The new strategy aims are described in the video below by BCP’s Andrew Emery, Resort Development and Strategic Planning Manager, together with Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture.
“We’ve drafted a set of aims within the Seafront Strategy and now we’ll invite discussion to agree the way forward. The seafront and its many locations have a special place in the hearts of our residents, so the engagement no doubt will be keen. I’ll welcome everyone’s input so that we protect the right things and provide for the future – but let’s also be bold about what could lift and energise our resort in just the right way.”Quote's Councillor Mohan Iyengar Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture Source Title
- Canford Cliffs
- Durley Chine
- Beach House Café, Mudeford Sandbank
- Sandbanks Pavilion
- Southbourne Beach Bistro
You can download the Creating a Council document promoting a World-Class Seafront, promoting investment, wellbeing and sustainability here.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have some of the most celebrated seafront and harbour coastline in the UK. This summer, plans are being shared which aim to shape the future priorities along the coast.
Combining leisure beaches and meandering of harbour inlets, this coastline amounts to a staggering 40-mile stretch, which is all under the custodianship of BCP Council. This coastline is incredibly diverse; ranging from rare, natural habitats to popular tourist beaches and it is important that this is managed in a flexible and responsive way.
The Seafront Development Strategy needs to reflect the Council’s objectives to support the natural environment, encourage enterprise and ambition, and reflect local tastes and desires. In doing so we aim to be one of the best coastal places in the world in which to live, work, play and attract investment.
It’s also important to recognise and maintain the popular individual character areas across the seafront and ensure investment in facilities, access and infrastructure. Key considerations will be to update ageing infrastructure and to address vulnerability to climate change.