Poole News Archive - 2007
Click on the headline below to read the full story :POOLE POTTERY - THE END - 17 Dec 07
POOLE SPORTS CENTRE CLOSES - 23 Nov 07
PYRAMID FOR POOLE ? - 13 Nov 07
SANDBANKS FERRY OUT OF ACTION - 12 Nov 07
ISLAND FOR SALE - 26 Oct 07
POOLE FIRE STATION DEMOLISHED - 15 Oct 07
TOWER PARK FIRES - 19 Sep 07
SECURITY GUARD ATTACKED IN ROBBERY - 13 Sep 07
CHURCH PLANS WITHDRAWN - 6 Sept 07
SUPERMARKET DESTROYED IN BLAZE - 1 Sept 07
LUCKY ESCAPE AFTER BUS CRASH IN POOLE BUS STATION - 31 Aug 07
POOLE TOWN AT A STANDSTILL- 20 Aug 07
TWO RESCUED FROM PILOT BOAT FIRE- 15 Aug 07
GYPSY & TRAVELLER PITCHES TO BE PROVIDED - Aug 07
LORRY OVERTURNS - 11 Aug 07
POOLES HISTORY SAVED FOR THE TIME BEING - 21 Jul 07
NEW FREIGHTER FOR POOLE ROUTE - 21 Jul 07
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR OLD POWER STATION SITE - 16 Jul 07
POOLE - ONE OF THE TOP 10 CAR FRIENDLY TOWNS - Jul 07.
ENGLAND SMOKEFREE FROM 1ST JULY 2007 - Jul 07
LOCAL BOY KILLED ON RAILWAY LINE - 2 Jul 07
MOTORBOAT CRASHES INTO SANDBANKS FERRY - 4 Jun 07
OUTCRY OVER CHURCH EXPANSION PLANS - 31 May 07
SANDBANKS BECOMES VENICE BEACH - 30 May 07
BARCLAYS FINALLY ANNOUNCE FUTURE OF POOLE BASE - 22 May 07
EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN PARKSTONE - 10 May 07
POST OFFICE TO CLOSE - 23 Apr 07
HSBC BRANCH - RICH NEED ONLY APPLY - 11 Apr 07
MOTORHOME DESTROYED IN BLAZE - 8 Apr 07
JIM CRONIN - MONKEY WORLD FOUNDER DIES - 20 Mar 07
POOLE PARK TRANSFORMATION - 6 Mar 07
WATERFRONT MUSEUM UPGRADE IN PROGRESS
RNLI - POOLE BUSIEST IN SOUTH WEST - 21 Feb 07
POOLE HARBOUR AQUATIC MANAGEMENT PLAN - Feb 07
A year after the shock closure of the Poole Pottery factory, with debts of £1M, it has finally been confirmed by the new owners, Lifestyle group, that the Poole Pottery factory will remain shut. Production has now moved to Stoke-on-Trent, with only a studio continuing with product development and design and production of limited editions.
This signals the demise of the real Poole Pottery products, so hold on to your genuine Poole Pottery, its value can only increase ! (Mon 17 Dec 07)
The longstanding Poole Sports Centre, in the Dolphin Shopping Centre, has closed after bailiffs moved in on Thursday 22 Nov. The Centre, currently run by UK Sports Centres Ltd, closed temporarily 1 month ago, but re-opened shortly after.
The Centre is a well used facility, with many local sports clubs using the Centre as their base. At present it is unknown what the future holds for the Centre. (Fri 23 Nov 07)
Plans have been revealed that could mean the construction of a 40 -45M high polished steel pyramid. The project, described as a Solar Pyramid, would in effect be an oversized sundial. The proposed location for the pyramid is believed to be Baiter Park.
Locals are already voicing their opinions on the proposals. To get a taste of what the locals really think of this idea, follow this link to the local Daily Echo website where comments abound ... http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/display.var.1828098.0.pyramid_selling.php (Tues 13 Nov 07)
The Sandbanks Ferry was taken out of service today, to enable emergency repairs to be undertaken. The ferry was taken out of service during the morning, but was back in service before 5PM. (Mon 12 Nov 07)
Long Island within Poole harbour has just been put up for sale, with an asking price in excess of £1M. The Isalnd is being marketed by Stephen Noble and the price is expected to exceed the £1M mark, especially considering nearby Green Island sold for nearly £4M in 2005.
At present ther are no buildings on the Island any any plans to construct a house would be subject to the usual planning laws. (Fri 26 Oct 07)
A special ceremony was held to mark the demolition of Poole Fire Station, almost 71 years to the date of its opening. It is being demolished to make way for a new joint headquarters for Poole's police and fire services.
The fire station has been relocated to temporary premises at the Creekmoor Park and Ride site , until a new state-of-the-art station is built at Marshes End, Creekmoor. (Mon 15 Oct 07)
The Fire & Rescue service was called to Tower Park early on Tuesday (18 Sept 07) after the discovery of a fire in the roof of Bowlplex. It is believed that the fire originated in some refridgeration equipment.
Later in the day, the Fire crews were called back to Bowlplex, upon the discovery of a further, smaller fire. (Wed 19 Sept 07)
Police are hunting at least two robbers, after a security guard making a cash delivery to Tesco Express, Sandbanks Road, Lilliput, Poole on Wednesday 12 September 2007 was attacked with a baseball bat.
The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money, fleeing the scene in a stolen red Alfa Romeo, which was later discovered on fire nearby. (Thur 13 Sept 07)
Locals have expressed their relief at the the news that St Mary's Church, on Longfleet Road, has announced it has withdrawn its application to build a new church centre and car park on the site of the current cemetery.
It is believed that the church is now considering alternative schemes to expand its facilities. (Thu 6 Sept 07) - see earlier story.
An investigation is underway following a blaze which gutted the Co-op store in Hamworthy, Poole, this morning.
Around 80 firefighters from around the Country were called at about 5AM this morning, following reports that the Co-op store was ablaze.
It is understood that it is a possibility that the fire was a result of an arson attack, and the investigation will now focus on determining the cause of the blaze. (Sat 1 Sept 07)
UPDATE : The Co-op have pledged to re-buld their destroyed Hamworthy store and to retain all of their staff, numbering 49 in total. It is now believed that the fire was arson, with the fire having been started at the rear of the building where cardboard was stored. Once alight the fire quickly spread through the roof. (Wed 5 Sept 07).
An eyewitness is believed to have pulled an elderly man out of the path of an oncoming bus when an accident happened at Poole bus station yesterday.
The elderly man was injured when a double-decker hit the railing at the bus station stand. It is understood that the elderly man already had an injured leg and was on crutches and was therfore unable to get out of the path of the out of control bus.
The bus belonged to Transdev (Yellow Buses) and will now be the subject of a full investigation to discover the cause of the incident. (Fri 31 Aug 07)
Poole lifeboat rescued two men from a burning pilot boat just outside Poole Harbour in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 15 August.
The vessel, belonging to Poole Harbour Masters, was a few miles outside the harbour, where it had gone to meet the cargo ship Vandyke, when it caught fire at around 1.15am.
Poole lifeboats were scrambled to the scene where they rescued the two men . (Wed 15 Aug 07)
The South West Regional Assembly has published draft figures of how many new residential and transit pitches every local council should provide.
Bournemouth and Poole, where there is a real shortage of undeveloped land, would both have to accommodate a total of 48 residential and transit pitches.
These figures are the subject of a 12-week consultation period, starting today, and should be finalised next summer. Councils will then have to identify suitable sites. In Poole, there is already a travellers' site at Mannings Heath which could be enhanced, although the success and history of this site is somewhat debatable.
Consultation documents are available from council offices, main libraries, by calling the Assembly on 01823 270101, on-line at southwest-ra.gov.uk or by post from South West Regional Assembly, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH. (Wed 8 Aug 07)
Residents of Courthill Road, Parkstone had a lucky escape after a lorry careered out of control.
It is believed that the lorry collided with a Mercedes van, shoving an unoccupied parked car across the pavement and straight through the front garden wall. The lorry overturned and the Fiat Brava ended up inches from the house with its petrol tank crushed. (Sat 11 Aug 07)
Pooles Planning Committee have thrown out controversial plans to bulldoze the Poole Pottery warehouse and nearby Swan Inn and instead put up a major flat complex.
Developer Skelton Group Poole wanted to build a block of flats up to eight storeys high in place of the historic pub building and popular Quay tourist attraction.
The scheme would have seen a block of 96 new apartments, with offices and cafes below, sitting between the Dolphin Quays complex and the tower block, Drake Court.
Planning officers had urged councillors to reject the major project, saying it would be "gross overdevelopment" of the conservation area. And they warned that the project did not justify the "unacceptable" demolition of the Edwardian pub decorated with local tiles, one of the few such buildings left in Poole. (Sat 21Jul 07)
Poole has been selected as UK port for a new £50m Brittany Ferries freighter in a move which will hopefulkl safeguard the passenger route to France. The Cotentin will be the largest, fastest freight ship on the channel when it comes into service in October.
At 165m long, 26.8m wide, with 120 cabins and 120 freight units, she will have two-and-a-half times the capacity of the Coutances she is expected to replace. As well as operating between Poole and Cherbourg during the week, she will moved back and forth to Santander in northern Spain at weekends - a new route from Poole for importing and exporting businesses. (Sat 21Jul 07)
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR OLD POWER STATION SITE
Plans for a major development of almost 1,700 homes, including a 15-storey tower block, at the former power station in Hamworthy have been submitted to the council.
Poole has made it into the top 10 in a survey to find the UK's most car friendly town.
According to the survey, Poole finished in ninth place. The report also said motorists in Poole, Newcastle, Dudley and Exeter have the most car park spaces to choose from per head of population.
Borough of Poole's principal manager of transportation services Steve Tite said: "With the increasing pressure on roads we need to take a wide ranging view on transportation, in particular supporting sustainable modes of transport.
"Nevertheless, we are extremely pleased with the result of the survey. We recognise the different needs of motorists and provide a range of parking options for residents and visitors, which are convenient, competitively priced and safe.
"We have ten car parks, which have achieved Park Mark status, a national scheme designed to reduce crime and fear of crime in car parks.
From 1st of July 2007 virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will become smokefree.
A 16 year old local boy from Hamworthy was killed after falling on to live rails at Hamworthy station seconds after he had been play fighting with friends. It is believed that he was electrocuted after he tripped and fell on to the track at around 5.20pm on Sunday 1 July 2007. (Mon 2 Jul 07)
A small motorboat has become the latest vessel to collide with the Sandbanks Ferry. In the latest incident, it is reported that the motorboat ran out of fuel and then drifted into the ferry. The RNLI inshore lifeboat was dispatched and safely effected the rescue of the motorboat and its two occupants. The incident happened on Friday 1 June 2007. (Mon 4 Jun 07)
Distraught families are demanding to know why they were not informed of a Poole church's plans to build on top of their relatives' graves.
St Mary's Church, on Longfleet Road, has submitted a planning application for a two-storey extension and associated parking, to be built on the site of the current graveyard. But although the application was lodged with Poole council almost a month ago, many families say the first they heard of the plans was in the Daily Echo.
Should Poole council grant planning permission, the Diocese of Salisbury will have the ultimate say in whether the graves should be built on.
St Mary's vicar, the Rev Andrew Perry, insists the church is doing everything it can to notify families with relatives buried in the yard. He said: "Identifying the existing relatives of those buried is a huge logistical exercise and we have a team of dedicated volunteers who have been attempting to do this.
"We have been making strenuous efforts to contact everyone concerned. However, if there are some local residents who have relatives buried in the churchyard who have not yet received a personal letter we do apologise."
The church can be contacted on 01202 253527 if you are a relative who has not yet received a letter. You are advised to make contact at the earliest opportunity to make your feelings known. (News from Daily Echo - Thu 31 May 07)
OUTCRY OVER CHURCH EXPANSION PLANS - HUNDREDS SIGN PETITION
Nearly 700 people signed a petition against plans to build over a Poole graveyard at last weekend's Poole Park Fest. At a stall manned by protesters fighting to protect some 800 graves, including 27 war graves at St Mary's Church, on Longfleet Road, Poole, hundreds of people queued to add their signature.
The church has submitted an application to build a church centre and parking over a large part of the graveyard.
The extra signatures secured over two days raised the total number to 1,700. The petition will be presented to the planners at Borough of Poole and the Bishop of Salisbury. A date has not yet been set for the application to go before the planning committee. It has already been delayed once by the submission of revised plans.
The church maintains no remains will be disturbed if the extension is built, though the graves will be rendered inaccessible. Headstones will be offered to the families and a garden of remembrance is planned, displaying the names of all those buried in the yard.
A film crew has transformed Sandbanks into Venice Beach in California, complete with lifeguard tower.
Twist Films are in Poole this week shooting scenes for their feature- length comedy drama "Morris - A Life With Bells On", which stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Ian Hart, is about Morris dancer Derecq Twist, who is cast out of the Morris Circle for his pioneering style and travels to Los Angeles to dance with the Morris men of Orange County.
The film crew is now inviting 1,000 people to get their 15 seconds of fame as extras in a crowd scene at Lighthouse in Poole on Friday, June 1.
If anyone is interested they should come along at 1pm on the day and be prepared to stay until the end of the shoot at 7pm. During the shoot the film crew will hold a draw and the winning extra will be offered a small speaking role. (News from Daily Echo - Wed 30 May 07)
BARCLAYS FINALLY ANNOUNCE FUTURE OF POOLE BASE
Barclays have announced that more than half its permanent workforce will be axed from its Poole base, meaning that at least 1,100 jobs will be lost in Barclays House over the next three years. At the present time nearly 2,000 staff are employed in Poole. UPDATE. Barclays have now announced that they intend to move to a new location within Poole, on West Quay Road, subject to the signing of an agreement to lease and the site being granted planning permission. No details have been released as to the likely number of staff to be relocated to the new site.(Tue 22 May 07)
EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN PARKSTONE
A fire broke out in a commercial property (believed to be a commercial garage) in the Ashley Road area of Parkstone early this afternoon, forcing the setting up of an exclusion zone, following reports of at least one explosion in the area.
There was major traffic chaos as surrounding roads were cordoned off whilst the fire was tackled. (Thu 10 May 07)
The main Post Office in the High Street in Poole will close within the next 18 months it has been announced. Nationwide, 70 Post Offices are to close, as they are taken "in-house" into WH Smith shops. The main Bournemouth Post Office will also suffer the same fate. Up to 30 people are currently employed in the Poole and Bournemouth Post Offices. (Mon 23 Apr 07).
The HSBC branch in Canford Cliffs will, with effect from the 1st June 2007, only provide cashier service to those account holders with a Premier Account, excluding those that either :
Do not have at least £50,000 in savings
Do not have a £200,00 mortgage with the bank or
Do not have a £100,00 mortage plus a salary of £75,000.
For those people who do not qualify, HSBC will kindly allow them to use the ATM's or they can take their business to the nearest HSBC branch, either in Poole Town centre or Westbourne ... failing that, you could always move bank ! (Wed 11 Apr 07).
A motorhome, parked in the Baiter Car Park, was destroyed by a fire today (Sun 8 Apr 07).
The fire which started shortly after 3PM, was tackled by two fire appliances, but was hampered by the gas and fuel tanks of the motorhome. A large crowd gathered to watch the efforts of the Dorset Fire & rescue crews as they sought to control the blaze. A second motorhome which was parked adjacent to the blazing vehicle suffered some damage from the heat of the blaze. (Sun 8 Apr 07).
Five mini-islands are being created in the lake along with raised reedbeds, this work is due for completion at the end of March. (Tue 6 Mar 07).
Pooles Waterfront Museum has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £750,000 towards a £1,000,000 scheme to modernise the museum adjoining Poole Quay. The successful application will transform the front entrance of the existing building, redisplay the interior galleries telling the story of Poole and enable the 2000-year-old log boat found in Poole Harbour in 1963 to be displayed to the public for the first time.
The redevelopment will see the demolition of the existing 1960s entrance to the Museum and the construction of a tall, elegantly-arched steel and glass building. The new entrance will enhance the architecture of the existing building, reveal the interior of the museum and allow visitors unprecedented high level views over the town and harbour.
RNLI - POOLE BUSIEST IN THE SOUTH WEST
The Poole Lifeboat station launched their craft 138 times, rescuing 139 people during 2006, making Poole the busiest station in the South West. Nationally, the RNLI had its busiest year on record, with over 8,000 rescues. For more information about the RNLI, visit their website at www.rnli.org.uk/ ( Wed 21 Feb 07).
A plan to safeguard the natural resources of Poole Harbour is due to be shortly published. Copies of the full plan and a non-technical summary will be available from www.pooleharbouraqmp.co.uk in early February 2007.