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The A&T has partnered with the BBC's Local Democracy Reporting Service to bring you news from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Hampshire County Council and Dorset Council.
Highcliffe homes

Planners block developer from swapping shop for more flats

PLANS to convert a newly-built shop unit in the centre of Highcliffe into flats have been rejected due to concerns about how close they would be to bins. Pure Town Planning, consultants representing the developers,...

Councillors warn of stalking and death threats from the public

COUNCILLORS have spoken of being stalked and “viciously” threatened for their political work with some saying social media has changed people’s behaviour. Existing and former members of local authorities in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch say...
Ducking Stool Walk boardwalk

Public boardwalk may have to close, warn residents facing £50,000 repair bill

PEOPLE living on a small estate in the middle of Christchurch have warned they may be forced to close a public walkway unless BCP Council takes on its ownership. The 17 residents of the Priory...
Baggies Coffee House

Cafe’s alcohol bid rejected as councillors declare ‘no confidence’ in owner

A BID by a Christchurch coffee shop to sell alcohol until midnight every day has been rejected after councillors said they had “no confidence” in its owner’s ability to uphold licensing objectives. Mike Ismail of...
Elcock Associates

Business to lose £20m contract and new jobs after expansion refused, claims owner

THE director of a Christchurch surveying company has said his business will lose a multi-million-pound contract and six new jobs after its expansion proposal was rejected. BCP Council’s planning committee unanimously refuses permission for Elcock...
West Parley homes

Plans for hundreds of homes given the green light by councillors

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build hundreds of homes on former green belt land in West Parley have been approved. More than 200 villagers had raised concerns about the ability of roads in the area to cope...

400-home green belt scheme slated for approval by councillors

UNPOPULAR plans to build hundreds of homes on green belt land in West Parley, near Christchurch, have been recommended for approval. Councillors will consider Wyatt Homes’ application to develop the New Road site into almost...
Hampshire County Council

Waste centre charges loom for residents crossing county border

CHARGES could be introduced for Dorset residents using the Somerley waste centre over the county border in Hampshire. The move comes after a recent survey undertaken by Hampshire County Council revealed that nearly 56% of...
Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Hospital expansion plan could create up to 800 new jobs, claims NHS

MAJOR plans have been submitted to expand Royal Bournemouth Hospital which could create up to 800 new jobs. Part of the controversial proposed shake-up of NHS services across Dorset, the hospital has been earmarked for...

New BCP leader’s promise to the public: No more secrets

THE new leader of BCP Council has said she wants to overhaul the “secretive” approach taken by its predecessor authorities. Cllr Vikki Slade said that running one of the largest councils in the country was...
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