Poole News Archive - 2009
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BARFLEUR CROSS CHANNEL FERRY TO BE AXED - 19 dec 09
TWO GUILTY OF KILLING DEER - 16 Dec 09
FOUR ARRESTS IN POOLE UNDER TERRORISM ACT - 16 Dec 09
CAR PARKING CHARGES ROCKET AT SANDBANKS IN 2010 - 12 Dec 09
NEW POLICE STATION SET TO OPEN IN POOLE - 9 Dec 09
POOLE ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE TO BE GIVEN THE CHOP ! - 4 Dec 09
ADULT SOCIAL CARE HIGHLIGHTED - 3 Dec 09
BRANKSOME RECREATION PLANS REFUSED - 2 Dec 09
POOLE HAS ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE - 29 Nov 09
CARBON TRUST BOWLED OVER AT BOWLPLEX - 26 Nov 09
MAN JUMPS OFF FERRY - OR DID HE ? - 25 Nov 09
SHORT CIRCUIT CAUSES FIRE - 24 Nov 09
POOLE COUNCIL FACES 'SPYING CLAIMS' - 5 Nov 09
POOLE WOMAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE - 3 Nov 09
RNLI LIFEBOAT STATION WRECKED - 19 Oct 09
POOLE HOSPITAL RATED 'EXCELLENT' - 15 Oct 09
HAMWORTHY CO-OP TO FINALLY RISE FROM THE ASHES - 4 Oct 09
POOLE MAN JAILED OVER CANFORD HEATH FIRE - 24 Sept 09
THREE CHARGED OVER DEER DEATH - 7 Sept 09
DOLPHIN SWIMMING POOL CLOSED - 27 Aug 09
TWIN SAILS BRIDGE A STEP CLOSER ? - 5 Aug 09
ARSON ATTACK AT POOLE SCHOOL - 1 Aug 09
GREEN FLAGS FOR POOLE PARKS - 31 Jul 09
BEACHSIDE PLOT ON SALE FOR £13m - 30 Jul 09
THREE STRIKES FOR TOWER PARK BOWLPLEX AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR THIRD ANNIVERSARY - 28 Jul 09
MAN HIT BY TRAIN IN POOLE - 17 Jul 09
SANDBANKS BEACH POLO SUCCESS - 12 Jul 09
DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS ! - 23 Jun 09
THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING DEATH OF DEER - 15 Jun 09
BABY DEER KILLED IN UPTON COUNTRY PARK - 11 Jun 09
POOLE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB - NEW HOME AGREED ? - 10 Jun 09
POOLE AUDI HOLDS THE QUAY TO A RECORD! - 2 Jun 09
ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR DORSET CRUISES - 21 May 09
JUNIOR CHEFS' ACADEMY GRADUATE TO FACE GARY RHODES IN NATIONAL JUNIOR CHEF FINAL! - 13 May 09
MORE BLUE FLAGS FOR POOLES' BEACHES- 7 May 09
£6m JOHN LEWIS STORE TO OPEN IN POOLE - 7 May 09
NEW FIRE ENGINE TO TACKLE HEATH FIRES - 29 Apr 09
GOOGLE STREET VIEW COMES TO TOWN - 23 Apr 09
PATRICK'S SUPPORT LOCAL TEAM - 22 Apr 09
CAR ROLLS INTO WATER AT SANDBANKS - 21 Apr 09
ANOTHER LARGE HEATH FIRE - 20 Apr 09
SPLASHING TIME FOR ALL HAD AT ROCKLEY WATERSPORTS! - 3 Apr 09
REVAMPED BUS STATION OPENS - 7 Apr 09
UNEXPLODED SHELL FOUND ON POOLE QUAY - 1 Apr 09
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE ! - 17 Mar 09
WOODEN ANIMALS GIVE COMIC RELIEF ON THEIR RETURN TO THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE - 12 Mar 09
ROBBERY AT POOLE NEWSAGENTS - 9 Mar 09
PLANS SUBMITTED FOR OLD POOLE PUB - 2 Mar 09
MAYOR STRIKES IT LUCKY - 4 Feb 09
NEW CENTRE MANAGER WELCOMED TO THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE - 4 Feb 09
NEW HOTEL FOR POOLE - 28 Jan 09
POOLE COUNCILLOR FACING BENEFIT FRAUD CHARGES - 19 Jan 09
COLD WEATHER FREEZES LAKE (video) - 10 Jan 09
A shock announcement from Brittainy Ferries will see the Barfleur cross channel ferry service to Cherbourg being axed, as from the end of February 2010.
The proposal will mean the loss of the conventional ferry leaving only the high-speed May to September service on the Normandie Vitesse, alongside the freight ferry Cotentin sailing to Cherbourg and Santander, Spain.
Whilst job cuts are not planned in the near future, longer-term losses could not be ruled out. The effect on the Poole tourist economy has yet to be assessed. (Sat 19 Dec 09)
Two teenagers found guilty of killing a fawn at Upton Country Park in Poole, have been told they will not face a custodial sentence.
Two seventeen year old boys from Poole were found guilty of intentionally killing a deer while on land without consent, but they were cleared of beating a wild animal with intent to cause unnecessary suffering.
The two, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced in January 2010. (Wed 16 Dec 09)
Four Afghan males, including a 16-year-old, were held at an address in Ashley Road, Poole under the Terrorism Act 2000 Section 40 (1) (b). The three men are aged in their 20s and 30s. A district judge at a magistrates' court granted officers an extension to detain the group until Thursday 17 December 2009..
A police spokesman said: "No premises are currently sealed off by police and search activities have been completed.
"There have been no further arrests and there have been no charges.
"There is currently no identified threat of any risk or harm to the people of Dorset or the United Kingdom." (Mon 14 Dec 09)
UPDATE : A Dorset Police spokesman said: “The four people arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been released from police custody without charge.
“The three men aged in their 20s and 30s – as well as the 16-year old male youth – have been taken into the secure detention of the UK Border Agency while their immigration status is considered.” (Wed 16 Dec 09)
The Borough of Poole have announced new charges for car and coach parking at the famous Sandbanks Beach.
Anyone wishing to spend the day at Sandbanks will find the cost for 10 hours has increased to £15, which is nearly double the existing charge. However, if you decide to stay for 5 hours the charge, compared to this year will drop, from £8.20 to £7.50 next year. For any coaches coming to Sandbanks, they will escape an increse in charges with levels staying the same as 2009. (Sat 12 Dec 09)
Dorset Police is set to open its new police station in Poole on Thursday 17 December 2009. The new police station is located in the new Joint Emergency Services Building on Wimborne Road, near Poole Stadium, and is due to open to the public at 8am on 17 December 2009.
After this date the station will be open from 7am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and from 7am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The new police station provides Dorset Police with an increased cell capacity of 24, compared to the 14 cells currently available at the Civic Centre police station.
The new station is more accessible and welcoming to the public than the Civic Centre police station, and provides Dorset Police with improved facilities for delivering operational policing in Poole.
This new Joint Emergency Services Building is shared by Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. As well as creating the new police station, the building will also provide a new Community Area Command for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and fit-for-purpose operational accommodation for Dorset Police personnel.
The Poole Civic Centre police station will close to the public on the night of Wednesday 16 December 2009.
To report a crime, and for non-urgent enquiries, please continue to phone 01202 or 01305 22 22 22. Please dial 999 in an emergency. (Wed 9 Dec 09)
The controversial pyramid Christmas Tree erected in Poole is going to be removed on Tuesday, following complaints and damage caused by vandals.
The tree will be replaced with a 30ft traditional, real tree donated by the Dolphin Shopping Centre, in time for the start of the festive period. (Fri 4 dec 09)
Poole has been named as one of eight local authorities that England have been told they must urgently improve their social care services for adults.
The Care Quality Commission found overall improvement, but its annual report rated one in four care homes for the elderly as being adequate at best and found large variations in areas and providers.
Poole, Cornwall, Solihull, Surrey, South Tyneside, Southwark, Peterborough and Bromley are to get extra support. (Thu 3 Dec 09)
Controversial plans to construct a £1M football complex on part of Branksome Recreation Ground have been refused by the Borough of Poole Planning Committee. Following widespread local concern, and the recommendation by the Borough of Poole Planners, the decision to refuse permission was made today, Wed 2 Dec 2009.
Poole Council has taken the decision to replace its traditional town centre fir Christmas tree and put up a £14,000 artificial one instead.
Borough of Poole said that "the tree was safer, sturdier and cheaper in the long run, and that a Norwegian fir tree could topple over in strong winds". The tree was chosen by the town centre management board and is sponsored by local business.
Two tonnes of ballast stops the artificial version from blowing over and speakers hidden inside play traditional Christmas carols. Health and safety rules mean a tree of that height must be secure from the risk of being blown down during high winds. (Sun 29 Nov 09)
UPDATE: It is believed that on Monday night ( 30 Nov 09) someone, or some people climbed the tree and damaged some of the covering layers and lighting. Police are investigating.
National ten-pin bowling operator Bowlplex Plc ( www.bowlplex.co.uk ) , who have a bowling centre at Tower Park, has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint by a staggering 28%.
The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's first carbon award that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and actually make real reductions year-on-year. Unlike other award schemes, organisations are rewarded for actions they've taken to cut carbon across their own operations.
Ben Carne, Bowlplex Safety, Health and Environment Manager said: “We're delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. It is a great way of showing that we have taken action on climate change and a way to communicate our environmental credentials to those that matter.
“In the current climate it's essential that we remain competitive, and the Carbon Trust Standard is another way we can stay ahead of the game. Cutting carbon is a priority for us as a business and delivers tangible bottom-line benefits. We have already cut our carbon emissions by 28 % as part of the initiative and are committed to making further reductions in the future.
“Our unrelenting desire to follow our commitment to environmentally sustainable practices has seen centres introduce low-energy lighting, implement more rigorous recycling and review building control systems within each of our 18 ten-pin bowling centres. This concerted and ongoing effort will enable Bowlplex to achieve continued success in cutting our emissions.”
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, commented: “Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. We congratulate Bowlplex on this achievement.
"Both businesses and consumers share a desire for one, credible way to prove an organisation has not only measured, but actually reduced their carbon emissions year-on-year without the use of offsetting. The Carbon Trust Standard provides this credibility and we encourage more organisations to follow Bowlplex in making this commitment."
The Carbon Trust Standard was launched in June 2008 with the support of Environment Secretary Hilary Benn and Dragon's Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden. (Thu 26 Nov 09)
A large scale search took place last night (Tue 24 Nov 09) after a man said he had jumped from the Barfleur cross-Channel ferry as it approached Poole Harbour. Both the Lifeboat and Coastguard took part in the search in terrible weather conditions.
The man said he had leapt from the Barfleur along with 3 others in stormy conditions en route from Cherbourg. He was held on suspicion of illegal immigration after being found nearby at the Sandbanks-Studland chain ferry.
Initial reports suggested that two men and two women were in the water on Tuesday night but the search was called off at 0500 GMT on Wednesday. Dorset Police have since said there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was missing.
Police have since said he is a 40-year-old Spanish man and they do not believe he or anyone else went overboard. Officers found the man at the chain ferry wearing a wetsuit under soaked clothing just after 2300 GMT on Tuesday.
They said the man was due to be bailed, while officers continued to investigate an alleged offence of wasting police time. (Wed 25 Nov 09)
Firefighters have tackled a fire at a large industrial estate in Poole, which involved two gas cylinders and destroyed a forklift truck.
Four Dorset Fire and Rescue Service fire engines attended the incident at a unit on the Nuffield Industrial Estate on Fleets Corner at about 1730 GMT on Monday 23 November 2009.
Fire crews waited until the cylinders had cooled. An electrical short circuit is thought to have caused the fire. (Tue 24 Nov 09)
A Poole woman who was allegedly spied on by thee Council 21 times to find out whether she lived in the catchment area of a school, is taking Poole Borough Council to a tribunal over its use of the Investigatory Powers Act.
It is claimed that the council used its investigatory powers to find out whether the family lived at an address in the catchment area for Lilliput First School. Gordon Nardell, representing the family, told the tribunal the case was about "liberty" and the "extraordinary powers" of local authorities. He said: "The complainants have and were found to have played by the rules but this local authority played fast and loose."
The hearing is expected to last at least 2 days. (Thu 5 Nov 09)
A Poole woman has died in hospital after a fire at her home in Coventry Crescent, Poole.
It is believed that an electrical fault sparked a blaze in the airing cupboard. Fire engines from Poole responded to the incident with firefighters rescuing the woman from the property and administering CPR before she was taken by ambulance to Poole Hospital.
Sadly the 86-year-old woman who hasn't yet be named, passed away shortly after. It is understood that a post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death. (Tue 3 Nov 09)
The lifeboat station in Poole has been broken into and ransacked by thieves. The lifeboat station on Poole Quay, which is the busiest coastal station in the UK was broken into overnight and the offices were "totally wrecked" according to local sources.
The Police are now investigating the incident and it is hoped that the CCTV system along Poole Quay would have caught the offenders. (Mon 19 Oct 09)
The local Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which operates Poole Hospital in Lonfleet Road has been rated 'Excellent' for both the quality of its service and the quality of its financial management.
More details from the Care Quality Commission can be found on their website by following this link > (Thu 15 Oct 09)
After the disatrous fire in 2007 which totally desroyed the Co-Op store, the residents of Hamworthy will finally get to see the plans for the replacemnet store. The proposed store, smaller than originally planned will now have flats alongside.
Since the fire destroyed the store, a new Lidl store has opened in the area and it is understood this is the reason for the amended plans for a smaller store. (Sun 4 Oct 09)
Local man, Robin Spinks, 22, who helped hatch a plan to destroy Canford Heath by fire has been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson on the evening of March 25 2009.
A teenage girl who cannot be identified for legal reasons, received a 10-month referral order at Poole Youth Court and was ordered to pay £780 compensation for her part in the blaze.
The blaze was started after Spinks had been stopped and warned by police officers earlier in the day for riding his trials motorbike on the heath. It is believed he intended to destroy the heath as an act of revenge. (Thu 24 Sep 09)
Three Poole youths have been charged with intentionally killing a fawn, following the death of a fawn at Upton Country Park, in Poole.
The three youths, two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy, will appear before Poole Youth Court on September 24. None of the trio can be named for legal reasons. (Mon 7 Sept 09).
Dolphin Swimming Pool is to remain closed until October 2009 for essential maintenance following a recent fire.
Sport and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM), which manages the leisure centre for Borough of Poole, is working hard to reopen the facility to the public as soon as possible. SLM temporarily closed the centre at the end of July to repair damage caused by an electrical fire. Further assessment of the damage has revealed it will take approximately six weeks to repair.
A spokesman for SLM said: "We initially hoped to be able to reopen the centre in September. Unfortunately, further investigations revealed more extensive damage. It is apparent that the only way we could ensure the electrical systems would not fail again was a complete replacement of all the plant room switchgear and distribution board. This work has been commissioned but will take approximately six weeks to install. (Thu 27 Aug 09)
The long awaited Twin Sails bridge could be open for traffic by the end of 2011. The £37 million funding is in place, the legal agreement has just been signed and now six short-listed international companies are being invited by the Borough of Poole to prepare tenders for the lifting bridge.
All the design and preliminary work has been done and the only things that prevent the work starting are unrealistic tender prices or the withdrawl of government funding. The aim is for construction work to start in early 2010, and it is claimed that the scheme could create up to 5,000 jobs and allow development of 64.25 acres of brownfield land for homes, offices, shops and leisure use. (Wed 5 Aug 09)
A new gymnasium under construction at Parkstone Grammar School has been damaged in a fire, believed to have been started deliberately.
A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started after a large amount of rubbish was put into the centre of the construction. An investigation has now been launched and witnesses are being asked to come forward. (Sat 1 Aug 09)
Poole Park and the Upton Country Park have both been recognised as two of the finest parks in the country after receiving the coveted Green Flag awards.
Both parks were assessed on a number of criteris including maintenance, health and safety, community involvment and conservation and hetitage. This is the second time that Poole Park has been awared the Green Flag, whilst Upton Country Park is celebrating for the fourth time. (Fri 31 Jul 09)
A one-acre plot of land on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula has gone on the market for £13.5m.
The site, which backs onto the beach and has views across Poole Bay, currently stands empty after a three-bedroom property was pulled down. The land, which is valued at £10,000 per square metre, is described as being "suitable for development" despite it not having planning permission.
The exclusive peninsula is ranked among the most expensive places in the world to purchase properties and is home to the likes of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. (Thu 30 Jul 09)
National leisure operator Bowlplex Plc ( www.bowlplex.co.uk ) celebrated the third anniversary of its site at Tower Park last weekend.
More than 500 customers and staff enjoyed the 70s and 80s themed afternoon and party evening with games on the lanes, karaoke and quizzes as Bowlplex marked three years since the centre was fully refurbished following the purchase of the site from Megabowl.
Paul Duncan, general manager said “It was fantastic to see the site so full of people making the most of the party. I was especially pleased at the number of customers who went the extra mile to visit the site in fancy dress, offering them discounted bowling just seemed fair! Following the success of the weekend, we've decided to hold regular theme nights, look out for our next one.”
Bowlplex provides entertainment for everyone from families to corporate groups with ten-pin bowling, the late licensed Stadium Sports Bar and Grill and Video World with the latest arcade technology.
For more information on Bowlplex please visit www.bowlplex.co.uk (Tue 28 Jul 09)
A man was left fighting for his life in hospital last night after being hit by a train at Poole railway station.
The emergency services were quickly on scene and the South Western Ambulance Service later said it had transported a 30-year-old man to Poole Hospital suffering from head and arm injuries.
Rail services were disrupted for several hours after the station was closed at the start of the rush hour while emergency services attended the incident. (Fri 17 Jul 09)
The great British weather held off as Jodie Kidd took a back seat as the British Beach Polo Championships kicked off under temperamental skies on Sandbanks beach.
Local teams from Poole Audi, SOS Recruitment and Hotel Du Vin were among the competitors.
Beach polo events had only been held in Miami and Dubai before it was brought to Sandbanks last year and event organisers have said the tournament will return to the site every year until at least 2013. (Sun 12 Jul 09)
Tuesday 23 June, 2009; Forty years ago on 1 July the Arndale Centre first opened its doors as one of the most modern shopping centres in the south of England. Four decades later it's still a thriving retail hub, and the Dolphin Shopping Centre invites the community to join its 40th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 4 July.
It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by since then Mayor of Poole, Ald. Ron Hart, cut the first turf to mark the beginning of the Arndale development in March 1967.
Buildings past repair following the economic difficulties after the Second World War were cleared to make way for new roads, modern housing and new developments which would dramatically change the town's landscape. These included Poole General Hospital and the Arndale Centre, which became the Dolphin Shopping Centre in 1988.
Transforming Poole town centre and linking the Bus Station with Kingland Crescent and the High Street, the Arndale Centre was believed to be only the second centre of its kind in the country, bringing an American-style undercover shopping experience to Poole.
The shopping centre has undergone various phases of development since then, with the most recent refurbishment in 2004. Despite its changing faces, the Centre has continued to attract top High Street stores and independent retailers. In fact some of the shops that were present when the Arndale opened can still be found in the Dolphin Shopping Centre today, including Marks & Spencer, Beales, Oswald Bailey, HM Samuel and Boots.
Forty years on and the Dolphin Shopping Centre remains at the heart of Poole and still enjoys millions of visitors each year.
A series of exciting celebrations are planned to mark the 40th anniversary on Saturday 4 July, with lots of free fun for all of the family. Children can decorate their very own cake to take home and have their face painted to mark this special occasion in the town's history.
Bluey, the Dolphin Shopping Centre's mascot will be making appearances throughout the day and no birthday party would be complete without a balloon modeller. Stilt walkers and a wondering birthday present will also be part of the fun while the whole family can also enjoy hunting for the birthday cards hidden in stores throughout the Centre for the chance to win some great prizes.
Officials at the Dolphin Shopping Centre have worked with the Daily Echo to trace the history of the shopping centre from the Sixties up to the present day in preparation for the anniversary celebrations. The Centre has used cuttings from the paper to form a large part of a unique exhibition which opens on Saturday 4 July on the Main Mall, charting the development of the Centre and the land on which it stands.
Stephanie Connelly, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, said: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 40 th anniversary; this shopping centre has been a very important part of the town's history for a long time. The exhibition and Daily Echo cuttings provide us with a valuable insight into the Centre's earliest days. We are very grateful to the Daily Echo for making this resource available to us. The management team and staff, together with the stores, are certainly looking forward to marking this important occasion with our loyal shoppers. We hope lots of local people will come and join in the fun over our anniversary weekend.”
What was happening in your life when the Arndale Centre opened in 1969? The Dolphin Shopping Centre is inviting the local community to share their memories of the late 1960s in Poole. Simply write to the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Management Suite, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1SZ. (Tue 23 Jun 09)
Three teenagers, aged between 15 and 17 and from the Turlin Moor area of Poole Three boys have been arrested in connection with the killing of a baby deer in Upton Country Park. last week.
The teenagers were arrested this morning following information from the public. They are currently in police custody for questioning and expected to be released on bail later today. (Mon 15 Jun 09)
Dorset Police have reported that a baby deer has been stamped to death in Upton Country Park. The attack, described by Dorset Police 's wildlife officer, PC John Snellin as “sickening”, took place at about 5pm on Wednesday 10 June 2009..
Three hooded teenagers are being sought in connection with the attack, which PC John Snellin said had “beggared belief”.
A member of the public who witnessed the attack followed three white males from the park in the direction of Turlin Moor. All three had short black hair and were wearing hooded tops and tracksuit trousers, said PC Snellin. One of the youths was wearing grey trousers with distinctive, bright yellow stripes, made from high visibility material, stitched to the leg and running to the ankle, he added.
Anyone with information about the attack should contact Dorset Police on 01202 222222, or the free and anonymous Crime Stoppers service on 0800 555 111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply. (Daily Echo 11 June 09)
Last night, the Dolphins were given the go-ahead to move to a new home on Branksome Recreation Ground, after Councillors voted 20-16 in favour of the controversial £1m scheme during a highly charged Town Hall meeting.
Both supporters and opponents of the proposal turned out in numbers to a meeting that at times seemed likely to boil over. The next step will be for a formal planning application to be lodged, which supporters are already suggesting will be approved, however, as we all know, the planning process is a long-winded affair and the end result can never be guaranteed, so watch this space. (Wed 10 Jun 09)
Poole Audi, Poole's only new and Approved Used Audi Centre was host to the seventh ‘TT on the Quay' event, held on Poole Quay on Friday 29 th May.
The popular event attracted 71 TT owners and their cars, many from the TT Owner's Club – beating a record attendance of 68 TTs that was set in 2007!
Poole Audi General Sales Manager, Kelly Stone, said: “The event has grown in popularity since the very first one held in 2002 when we welcomed just 28 TT owners and their cars. The TT was released in 1999 and has remained one of the most popular models in the Audi range ever since.
“ There was a real buzz on the Quay and much talk of the new TT RS which we expect in our Ringwood Road showroom before the end of June – the car boasts a 2.5 litre turbo charged engine and produces 340 PS. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and still has an official combined fuel consumption of 30.7 mpg. It's a remarkable car, and I am sure we will see more than one RS at next year's event!”
Poole Audi employs over 84 staff and occupies a total of over 40,000sq ft of showroom, service and accident repair facilities at its Poole base.
2009 sees the 100 th anniversary of Audi and Audi will have a presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate in real style with its clients. (Tue 2 Jun 09)
Local leisure operator Dorset Cruises is expanding to satisfy demand as it approaches the busiest time of year for its three-strong fleet.
The company, which is based in Parkstone Bay Marina, operates the well-known passenger boats the ‘Bournemouth Belle' and sister ship ‘Dorset Belle', both vessels are over 20m long and carry up to 200 passengers each. In addition to this Dorset Cruises owns and operates the jet boat ‘Shockwave'.
As trips on the two passenger boats from Poole Quay, Bournemouth Pier and Swanage Pier are becoming more and more popular three new positions have been created.
Managing director of Dorset Cruises, Stuart Rawlinson, said: “We have given the scheduled cruises a new timetable and are offering a far superior service on our much-loved boats than has been enjoyed by passengers ever before!
“To facilitate these improvements I have created three new jobs within the company; one to handle the volume of group and party bookings we receive who will be working from head office and two as crew members on board who will also handle the requirements of passengers on both Bournemouth and Swanage Piers prior to coming on board!
He added: “ Both boats have been overhauled and are boasting an all-new hospitality proposition on board, fresh coffee and a great choice of snacks and beverages from our licensed bars and we are now seeing a significant increase in repeat business particularly from locals.”
Check out their website at : http://www.dorsetcruises.co.uk/ (Thu 21 May 09)
Bournemouth schoolboy Ben Mariner has beaten hundreds of other Junior Chef hopefuls from around the country to become one of the six finalists who will be competing for the Junior Chef 2009 title.
Ben, 15 , who has successfully completed the first and second tier of the Bournemouth and Poole College's on the Junior Chef's Academy programme has also been doing work experience at Patrick's Restaurant and Bar in Ashley Cross since last September.
The final takes place in Kent from the 20 - 23 May where celebrity chef Gary Rhodes is amongst the panel of judges. Ben will be preparing and cooking a two course meal which he has created himself during a timed 'cook-off' where after three hours all of the finalists will present the judges with their creations.
Ben developed his delicious menu with the help of Liz Farrow from the college and his mentor at Patrick's Restaurant – Head Chef Chris Howard.
The menu consists of pan fried seabass with a bulgur wheat and courgette parcel with turned vegetables and saffron sauce followed by a dessert of gateau pithivier with crème anglaise.
Patrick's Head Chef Chris Howard commented: “We are very proud of Ben, he really deserves his place in the final, he works so hard and is incredibly keen to learn, he has picked up a lot very quickly since he has been working in the kitchen here.”
The Junior Chefs' Academy is a programme sponsored by Compass, The craft Guild of Chefs, Whitbread and Russums, and run by the Bournemouth and Poole College. The aim of the programme is to encourage youngsters to develop an awareness of the hospitality and catering industry, and of preparing and cooking various commodities from the main food groups.
Liz Farrow, Chef Lecturer on the Junior Chefs' Academy enthused: “Ben has progressed excellently throughout the two courses, demonstrating natural ability, independence, enthusiasm and professionalism; he has put a lot of practice and hard work in to the preparation of the competition.”
Ben helps out in the kitchen at Patrick's every Friday and Saturday night. (Wed 13 May 09)
Once again beaches in Poole have been awarded the coveted blue flag. The beaches are :
Poole has now been able to proudly fly the Blue Flag since 1987.
(Thu 7 May 09)
The new format shop, which will sell products from its home sector, including electrical and home technology goods will create a 100 new jobs when it opens at Poole Commerce Centre, Redlands Road in Branksome this autumn. The new store will be called "John Lewis at Home".
Local Council members have welcomed the news of the new store and the promise of new jobs. However, as locals will testify, traffic at this location is already a problem and a new store of this nature and other stores which are due to open later this year can only worsen the problem. (Thu 7 May 09)
A new £200,000 fire vehicle has been unveiled in Dorset to help tackle heathland blazes.
The new Dorset Fire & Rescue Service 4X4 Unimog is designed for rough terrain and can carry up to 5,000 litres of water to the scene of a fire.
Fire crews said it was ideal for tackling heath blazes in rural areas. It comes after a fire at Talbot Heath last week that destroyed five hectares. (see below)
Visit the BBC News website to see a video clip of the new vehicle > (Wed 29 Apr 09)
It would appear that Google is busy at work preparing to bring their Street View maps of the Poole and Bournemouth areas online.
Their specially equipped cars have been spotted out and about in the towns so expect them to appear online in the near future ! (Thu 23 Apr09)
Patrick's Restaurant and bar in Ashley Cross showed its support for new local football team Ashley Cross Football Club this season by sponsoring their team kit. At the end of the season the support has paid off as ACFC have been promoted to the next league!
The team formed in September 2008 and play every week in the Sunday league, the team consist of local lads who train weekly at Whitecliff Park. The sponsorship money from Patrick's has ensured that the team can keep playing and they are looking forward to the challenge of a new league next season.
Proprieter of Patrick's, Patrick Michael said: “We were pleased to be able to sponsor ACFC for their first season and are really happy that they have done so well. We always like to support anything to do with Ashley Cross and we are looking forward to seeing how they get on next year!”
Team captain Ben commented: “It has been brilliant having Patrick's as a sponsor, not only could we afford new kit but Patrick's has been a great venue for drinks after matches and we are all looking forward to an end of season meal and presentation in Patrick's restaurant!” (Wed 22 Apr 09)
An unfortunate driver was left embarrassed when his car rolled off a ferry slipway and into the sea at Sandbanks, Poole.
Dorset Police were alerted when the partially submerged vehicle, a Smart car, was spotted floating past the Haven Hotel in Poole. When a lifeboat crew arrived they were met by the driver of the Smart car who had left his vehicle on the slipway before walking away. It appears that the driver claims to have put the handbrake on, but the car rolled into the sea. The car was eventually recovered by crane later the same day. View CCTV images of the car on the BBC News website by following this link > (Tue 21 Apr 09)
Fire teams battled 20ft flames as Poole suffered anpother large heath fire yesterday.
Around one-third of Talbot Heath in Poole was ravaged by the blaze, which is thought to have been started deliberately. More than 50 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze, which broke out at around 4.30pm.
Wind swept the fire through the heath, destroying protected wildlife and wrecking the habitat of one of Britain's rarest breeding birds, the Dartford Warbler. The heathland is also home to sand lizards and sand snakes, some of which are among the rarest animals in south east Dorset.
More than a dozen police officers were involved in ensuring local residents didn't walk onto the burning heath and into danger from the adjoining residential area. It's estimated that between 5 and 6 hectares of heathland was damaged by the fire. The fire is being treated as arson although the cause of the fire is still to be determined. Police Constable Anita Arliss of Poole police station would like to hear from anyone who has information about the cause of the fire, or about those who may have been responsible for starting the fire.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply. (Mon 20 Apr 09)
British summertime officially began on Sunday 29 th March and to celebrate Rockley Watersports held an open day at Poole Park. Local residents relished the chance try dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and other watersports for FREE and the day saw over 400 people take to the water!
Poole Park became a hive of activity with local people turning out in droves to try the watersports on offer, those on dry land had plenty of fun too having a go on the climbing wall, bouncy castle and even the merry-go-round.
The 2CR FM Thunder crew came down to the event and gave out 241 refreshment vouchers for Mezza Luna kiosk which over looks the lake.
Since Rockley @ Poole Park opened in 2007 it has provided more than 10,000 activity sessions to Dorset - based school children, with many schools making it part of their weekly physical education activities.
Also, thanks to the availability of taster sessions and boat hire for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing i t has welcomed many adults and families too.
Rockley Watersports managing director, Peter Gordon said of the day: “We are absolutely delighted that so many people came down to the park and tried out the watersports on offer. We are passionate about trying to get more people on the water, so to have over 400 people give it a go has been an absolute delight.”
Rockley @ Poole Park is open from March to October for all, with the opportunity to try short courses in sailing, windsurfing or short hire of kayaks, pedalo, windsurf, sailing or rowing boat equipment.
For further information please visit www.poolepark.com (Fri 03 Apr 09)
The renovation works, costing some £300,000 being carried out on the Poole bus station have ben completed and the bus staion has officially been re-opened by the town Mayor Joyce Lavender.
The completed project includes a mural of sporting activities covering the inside of the concrete canopy over the passenger waiting area. Other improvements include the raising of kerbs to facilitate access on to the buses and much improved lighting. (Tue 7 Apr 09)
An unexploded shell has been found on Poole Quay one day after a controlled explosion was carried out at the same premises on an unexploded hand grenade.
Bomb disposal experts were drafted in when an "eight inch shell" was found at Semex UK, New Quay Road, in Poole. An employee alerted police after the shell was spotted amongst dredged dirt and debris. A police cordon was set up and the device moved to a nearby sandpit where a controlled explosion was carried out. A Dorset Police spokesman said the shell had been dredged from the sea along with gravel. (Wed 1 Apr 09)
Poole Audi, the area's only new and Approved Used Audi Centre, has accepted delivery of over 30 tons of Purbeck stone to complete its brand new display that will be home to 20 Approved Used Cars. The emphasis of the display will be on off road style vehicles including the Q5, Q7, A4 and A6 all road models.
The 20 huge stones, which took two lorries three hours to deliver are to form part of the impressive new off road display. The rocks required a heavy duty fork lift truck to strategically position them alongside the winding decked ramp that will become home to five vehicles looking over the new forecourt 5 ft below.
The development will be officially opened on April 10th by Poole Audi's managing director David Kelly.
He said: “We are so proud of the 45% expansion of our Approved Used Audi Display Area, and the £60k investment that was allocated to the expansion went exclusively to local companies and that includes all aspects of the project team from construction and landscaping firms to the Purbeck stone of course!
“Poole Audi remains in a strong position despite the prevailing market conditions, consequently we will continue to re-invest in the business, which is in its ninth year of trading, and at the same time re-investing into the local economy which is vital at this time.”
Poole Audi will have over 70 Approved Used cars on display including the Q7 and Q5 along with the TT, A3, A4, A5 and A6 in stock at any one time.
Poole Audi employs over 84 staff and occupies a total of over 40,000 sq ft of showroom, service and accident repair facilities.
Link to the Poole Audi website - Poole Audi. ( Tue 17 Mar 09)
Poole's famous wooden animals will once again make a welcome return to the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Friday 13 March, with Whale making his first visit to the Centre in well over a decade while Hippo ambles back from a Christmas break. Arriving just in time for Comic Relief, Whale and Hippo will once again stand pride of place in The Plaza while sporting red noses and offering the chance for shoppers to donate to the Comic Relief cause.
The wooden animals were brought out of retirement and back to the Dolphin Shopping Centre for the community's enjoyment and to form a rather special charity donation point in May 2008. Turtle and Whale were created over 40 years ago by Peter Hand, at his workshop in Winton, ready for the Arndale Centre's opening in 1969 while Hippo joined the family in the 1980s. Lovingly restored by the Dolphin Shopping Centre, a new home was created and built to house the wooden animals by Dorset wood carver Nick Meech last year, complete with a new dolphin tail coin chute and charity donation feature.
Last year, the return of Hippo and Turtle motivated local people to donate their spare change and over £1,100 was raised for Julia's House as a result, helping the hospice to care for more life-threatened children in Dorset.
This year, the Dolphin Shopping Centre will be asking the local community for their help in choosing the dedicated local charity that will benefit from the wooden animals collections throughout 2009. Details of the nominated charities and how to vote will be released next month.
In the meantime, while the dedicated 2009 charity is being decided, Comic Relief will receive all monies generously donated by the people of Poole. Stephanie Connelly, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, commented: “We are delighted to welcome back Whale and Hippo to the Centre. The wooden animals have brought a lot of joy to several generations of local people for many years, so it seemed appropriate to bring back the wooden animals in time for Comic Relief. We hope that the sight of Whale and Hippo sporting red noses brings a smile to many faces, young and old, and that we can raise some money for a worthy cause in the process.”
Since 1985, Comic Relief has inspired the nation to have a laugh while raising cash to help change lives. The charity's vision is a just world, free from poverty. The money raised for Comic Relief helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around across Africa, throughout the world's poorest countries, and here in the UK. (Thu 12 Mar 09)
Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses and information after an alleged robbery in the Longfleet area of the town - with one man being arrested.
The incident, in which a man reportedly used a handgun to threaten a female member of staff at St Mary's News, on St Mary's Road in Poole, before grabbing a small quantity of money from the till, happened at around 10.50am on Sunday, 8 March 2009. The alleged robber then fled in the direction of Garland Road.
Detective Constable Ben Singleton, of Bournemouth and Poole CID , said: "This is a very serious incident - fortunately, the 58-year-old victim was not injured as a result.
"I would like to hear from any witnesses and anyone who recalls any suspicious behaviour in or around St Mary's News on Sunday, 8 March.
"Any information about this incident - no matter how insignificant you might consider it - could prove vital."
A 30-year-old Bournemouth man was arrested and released on police bail while police enquiries continue.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply. (Mon 9 Mar 09)
The currently empty and boarded up pub, The Swan Inn on Old Orchard, with its iconic green tile frontage, could become the "Enid Blyton Story Centre" if plans submitted to Poole council come to fruition.
It is the brainchild of a local businesswoman, who currently runs the Blyton-themed Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle. The plans indicate the retention of green ceramic tiles and will change little inside the building, which was last used as an art gallery. (Mon 2 Mar 09)
National leisure operator Bowlplex Plc ( www.bowlplex.co.uk ) donated 10 of its ten-pin bowling lanes at Branksome Bowlplex on the 27 January 2009 to host an action-packed evening for the Mayor's Charity Appeal. Over one hundred bowlers from across the region took part in the event which the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Joyce Lavender attended.
For several years now Bowlplex has played host to the Mayor's charity night, which has always been a really popular event with local people. A staggering 20 teams took part in the evening with much coveted trophies up for grabs for the highest team score and highest individual performances. Over £600 was raised with Bowlplex kindly donated every single penny from advanced ticket and raffle sales directly to the Mayor's charity appeal which will be split equally between the Mayor's chosen charities. This year the charities include Lewis Manning Hospice which provides dedicated care to the chronically ill, Poole Young Carers which supports youngsters in the area who are sole carers within their family and the Alzheimer's Society which helps sufferers locally.
Frances D'Ardenne, brand and public relations manager for Bowlplex said “Bowlplex loves to support worthwhile causes and this charity bowling evening was no exception. It was great to see so many people from the local community enjoy themselves, and I'm delighted that we raised so much money. Everyone at Bowlplex is already looking forward to next year's event.”
Bowlplex provides entertainment for everyone from families to corporate groups with ten pin bowling, the late licensed Stadium Sports Bar and Grill and Video World with the latest arcade technology. (Wed 4 Feb 09)
The Dolphin Shopping Centre, owned by Grosvenor, is pleased to welcome Stephanie Connelly to her new post as Centre Manager this week. Stephanie is set to bring her years of shopping centre and retail experience to Poole, promising to help further enhance the Dolphin Shopping Centre's profile as it enters its 40 th anniversary year.
Stephanie moves to the Dolphin Shopping Centre with over a decade of experience in the retail industry dating back to Retail Operations Executive at Edinburgh Airport from 1998. More recently, Stephanie's roles have included the management of leading Scottish shopping centres, including opening the McArthur Glen shopping outlet in Livingston, The Paisley Centre, Callendar Square in Falkirk, and Ayr Central.
With the forthcoming proposed key developments in Poole town centre, Stephanie's experience gleaned from her years in retail management will undoubtedly also prove invaluable. Forging new links with the local community and businesses, and growing relations with the Borough of Poole and Town Centre Management, will be high on Stephanie's agenda for 2009, as the Dolphin Shopping Centre prepares to celebrate 40 years in the heart of Poole.
With over 100 top stores, from leading high-street brands to a fantastic selection of local independent retailers, Stephanie is looking forward to her new challenge of leading the Dolphin Shopping Centre and commented: “I am really excited to join the team at the Dolphin Shopping Centre and to meeting and working with the retailers and the local community. Poole is a vibrant and interesting part of the world which my family and I are looking forward to exploring and getting to know better.”
Helen Griffin, Senior Asset Manager for Grosvenor Fund Management, added: “It is an important time in the retail market for Stephanie to ensure strong retailer relationships are maintained in the Centre and to extend this out to include Poole Town Centre ahead of the Centre's development proposals.” (Wed 4 Feb 09)
A new multi-million pound hotel is being planned for Poole, to be built in the car park of the world famous Compton Acres gardens.
The proposed hotel four storeys high, with car parking below would be a 36-bed hotel, with seven apartments above and an 18-metre tall tower, with trees growing on top of the tower. The building would be constructed in the same Italian style as other recent construction on the site. (Thu 28 Jan 09)
Councillor Daniel Martin, a Lib Dem member of Poole Borough Council, is accused of using false representation to obtain Job Seeker's Allowance.
Mr Martin appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court to enter the plea. The councillor, who was elected in May 2007, was released on unconditional bail. The case was moved to Dorchester Crown Court for a date yet to be set.
The charge relates to a period before Mr Martin was elected. Source : BBC News. (Mon 19 Jan 09)
The recent cold weather led to the various lakes in Poole Park freezing over, causing some problems to their inhabitants. In one case, a pair of swans had to be freed after they became frozen in by the ice ! They were released unharmed although they were cold !
One of the popular attractions to the frozen park has been the fountain, which has frozen up, producing some wonderful icicles. A brief video is available below showing some images and video of the park.
(Sat 10 Jan 09).