No.33 August/September 07 Striving for Excellence Poole’s Healthy Protecting Poole’s for the people of Poole Schools Environment Leader’s new message Eating better, getting Helping to make Poole and Council priorities fitter! cleaner and greener Page 3 Page 4 Pages 7 - 9 School’s Out… for Summer! THE THOUGHT of the long school holidays can be a headache for many parents, but this year the summer programme launched by Poole’s Youth Work team is easing the burden by offering a wide range of activities at an affordable price. Designed by young people, the colourful programme provides opportunities to try a whole new range of sports and leisure activities without breaking the bank. Open to all 13 – 19 year olds in Poole, the programme includes activities such as kite- surfing, sailing, horse riding, cycle speedway, kayaking, wind-surfing, slam poetry, circus skills, mountain biking in the New Forest, basket ball and conservation days. There really is something for everybody, in a variety of venues around Poole and beyond. Brochures have been distributed through Poole schools, youth centres, libraries, churches, health centres and Connexions. There are still a few places on some courses, so why not call the Youth Office Tel.262281 to find out more. Flying flags for Poole Page 5 • More summer events Page 11 • Planning Poole Page 13 • Dates for your Diary Page 15 2 School admission changes on the way IF YOU have a child who is due to start in the On-line admissions reception class at a Poole school, or who is to transfer to a Poole middle or secondary FROM 3 September 2007, boroughofpoole.com school in September 2008, you will be the first will have information on how to apply for a school parents to use the new “equal preference” place so you can apply on-line for September school admissions system. 2008 admissions. In future, when parents apply for three schools Visit: boroughofpoole.com/schooladmissions they would like their child to be considered for, all School term and holiday dates – three applications will be considered at the same The only real difference is that there will not be time by each school. Parents will rank the schools 2009/10 a two week holiday around Easter each year. in order of their preference and the Council will Like many local authorities across the country, There will be a two week break around the end of offer a place at the highest ranked school that Poole Council is looking to modernise the school March/beginning of April, which may or may not has a place available. calendar. We are asking for your views on whether coincide with Easter. Schools will still be closed Poole schools should move to the Standard on Good Friday and Easter Monday but this may In line with other education authorities in England, School Year which is increasingly being adopted not necessarily be part of a longer break. Poole ceased using its “first preference first” admissions system in September this year. throughout the country. Shorter terms will assist in children’s learning Currently, the historic three term school year as teachers will be able to plan work on a more If your child is transferring school in 2008, (Spring, Summer & Autumn) with terms based focused basis and pupils are less likely to get watch out for letters from your child’s current around the date of Easter is still in place. Therefore “burned out” as can happen with the longer school in September 2007. These will include an the length of terms change annually. terms at present. application form and will explain how to apply for a school place. The Standard School Year operates on a fixed If you would like to comment on the proposal six term basis. Terms will be of relatively equal or would like more information, please visit: If your child was born between 1 September length (2 of seven weeks and 4 of six weeks). The boroughofpoole.com or e-mail: nick.maguire@ 2002 and 31 August 2003 and is due to start school year will still: poole.gov.uk Tel. 261912 or write to: school in September 2008, an application form can be collected from your local first, primary • start in September Nick Maguire, Children & Young People’s or combined school from 1 October 2007. • have a two week break at Christmas Integrated Services, Dolphin Shopping Centre Alternatively, you can apply on boroughofpoole.com • have at least a six week summer holiday Poole, BH15 1SA. We’re on the case! Get money for BULLYING is an issue that our children staying on! and young people tell us they want IF YOU have youngsters who stopped – we take this very seriously. are considering whether to leave As part of Poole’s strategy to reduce school and start work or stay bullying, schools are taking part in an on to study, did you know that annual survey which aims to form as some young people can receive accurate a picture of pupils’ perceptions between £10 and £30 a week for of bullying. This information allows us to staying on at school or college compare data year on year and to measure after 16? the success of strategies in our schools. The results enable schools to review and An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a government incentive update their anti-bullying policies and that can help with day-to-day costs. Many 16-19 year olds studying practices. in England, can get an EMA if their household income is less than £30,810 a year (2007/08 figures). Last year’s survey revealed that school practices may be reducing the number of repeat incidents. The most common reported type of EMAs are not a benefit, and have no effect on any other entitlements bullying is name calling and the majority of incidents take place in the already received. Maintenance payments of divorced parents are not playground. taken into account in overall household income and the young person can even have a part-time job at the same time as receiving an EMA. Cllr Tony Woodcock, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, said: If the student meets the requirements of their EMA contract, they can “ also receive bonuses (currently up to £500 for a two year school or In order to fully appreciate the extent of the problem, we need to college course). listen to our children and young people. EMAs are available for a range of courses including GCSE, GNVQ, The previous survey showed that growing numbers of pupils thought NVQ, Basic Skills, vocational courses and some work-based learning their schools were good or very good at resolving incidents, which courses such as Entry to Employment (E2E) or Programme Led is very encouraging, but until this damaging behaviour has been Pathways (PLP). eradicated from our schools and communities we will to work with schools to continue to monitor and evaluate our practices. ” This year’s survey went to schools in May, the results are being added to the Poole database and returned to schools so improvements can be made. The results of the survey will be shared with all schools early How to apply You can apply for EMA at any time, even if you don’t know which course you want to do or if you change your mind later on. To apply, young people should open a bank or building society account in their own name and have a letter from the bank with proof in the Autumn Term. of the account. If you would like more information contact Sammy Boyle, Local Connexions offices can help young people with their Secondary Strategy Behaviour and Attendance Consultant e-mail: applications firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 262736. Go to www.direct.gov.uk/ema or phone the EMA helpline on 080 810 16 2 19 to find out more. 3 Cllr Brian Leverett, Leader of the Council “ Following Poole’s local elections in May, a new Cabinet has been chosen and its task is to deliver the Council’s priorities. During the last few weeks your Council has been deciding the priorities on which to focus its attention. This is a time of destiny for Poole with great potential for growth and investment, which is essential for the long-term prosperity of our town and for future generations. Some of our former objectives have either been delivered or are continuing as part of the Council’s daily work – Customers First now operates as an effective customer service team dealing efficiently with 20,000 enquiries a month and Poole’s town centre is already changing for the better and will continue to be the focus for much work, revitalizing this important area of the town. This progress now affords us the opportunity to concentrate our attention on other things. After very careful consideration, the whole Council is supporting the following new objectives for our ever-evolving town: Supporting Promoting children and Health and young people well-being Protecting Strengthening Poole’s our environment communities These are ambitious objectives for any town, especially one with such Developing low government funding as Poole, but unless we address all of them a dynamic we are never going to achieve our true potential. However, we realise that the Council is only one part of a very complex community and, giving economy a strong lead, we intend working with all our partners (Police, Health Authorities, Housing Associations, the University and College etc.) but most importantly with you, the residents. Together we can and will achieve the results that we all desire for our town. Good work has already begun in many of these areas, but we are well aware that much still remains to be done. This edition of Poole News includes articles on how many schools are achieving Healthy School Status and further ways of helping to protect Poole’s unique environment. The next few years could see new landmark buildings, new businesses having confidence to invest in Poole, bringing new jobs for our young The members and officers of the Council, led by its Cabinet, look forward people. With funds earmarked to improve our schools, they will be better to continuing to work with all concerned to ensure that Poole achieves its equipped to develop the skills which are vital for today’s modern world. true potential and secures a prosperous future. ” 4 Healthy Schools ‘Healthy Schools help children and young people reach their potential by Chef’s Challenge building on a solid foundation to do better in learning and in life.’ Paul Wallington, Head Chef at Carter POOLE schools are all involved in the National Healthy Schools Community College, jumped at the programme aimed at helping young people to be more healthy. chance of producing a healthy meal in 20 It’s not just about physical health, it’s about good health and happiness. minutes at a Chef’s Challenge Evening at A Healthy School involves the whole community, from children and Hamworthy First. parents to governors and staff, in getting the most out of life. Paul said: “I was only too happy to 22 Poole schools have already achieved National Healthy School Status demonstrate that healthy meals don’t and work on these four themes: need to take ages to produce.” Paul • Personal, Social and Health Education including drugs, sex and prepared chicken with beansprouts and vegetables in black bean sauce relationship education and also roasted vegetables. • Healthy Eating giving pupils the confidence, skills, knowledge and Nia Thomas who organised the evening said: “When the parents and understanding to make healthy food and drink choices carers arrived they were offered fruit kebabs made by children from the • Physical Activity encouraging parents to let their children walk or cycle cookery club and later, they all enjoyed the tasting session. The Carter to school and 2 hours structured physical activity per week students also showed us some great ideas for healthy lunchboxes.” • Emotional Health and Well-being tackling bullying, boosting self esteem Once again, Hamworthy Co-op supported the event by donating fruit and supporting children through difficult times hampers and raffle prizes. Hamworthy First and Nursery – Healthy Schools achievements Clare Taylor, Headteacher at Hamworthy First and Nursery School, said: • Breakfast Club began in January “Healthy Schools supports our ethos of caring for the whole child both • Healthy Lunchbox ideas leaflet given to parents mentally and physically, which provides the foundation for learning.” • Fruit given to all children at break time from Nursery to Yr 3 The Early Birds catch • Chef’s Challenge Evening the breakfast! • Health Fair held June 27th At 7.45 sharp, children • Water fountains in each class attending the Early Birds • Healthy Eating sessions embedded in the curriculum Breakfast Club begin their • Hot school meals available from Carter Community School each day day with an exercise session • All teachers, teaching assistants and mid-day supervisors have been followed by a healthy trained in basic food hygiene breakfast. Some schools have been working on a programme called SEAL (Social Based at Hamworthy First and Emotional Aspects of Learning) where children learn to control their and Nursery School, the club emotions. This has led to reduced conflict and improved learning. was initially trialled in January In a discussion group, a year seven pupil from Talbot Combined School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but Friday was soon added said: “Being in a healthy school has meant that there is less bullying when the club became so successful. now, we have the Listening Ear* and the School Council gets things Wendy Rolls, a qualified PE instructor leads the exercise session. She done.” said: “We usually kick off the day with some physical activities for about “ Cllr Tony Woodcock, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young 10 minutes, by then the children are ready to sit quietly at the table and People’s Services, said: Where the Healthy Schools programme has tuck into their breakfast.” been adopted, parents have become more involved in their child’s Early Birds offer fruit, toast, juice and a selection of cereal including health and learning and often feel better themselves. Parents at Cornflakes and Weetabix to 16 children a day and it’s a time for social Hamworthy First School and Nursery have said that their children interaction and developing good manners. come home and talk about the programme which shows they enjoy Nia Thomas, Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great way for it. For their part, schools are benefiting from steady improvement the children to start the day and we are very grateful to our local Co-op in behaviour and standards of work. This all creates a better for providing our first six weeks food for the breakfast club, which was a great start for us. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve Early Birds and evaluation forms will be sent to parents at the end of term to get their opinions.” atmosphere in which to manage the school. ” (*This is an initiative giving children the option to write down their problems or concerns which are passed to the school’s Pastoral Care Worker who can later discuss issues with the child concerned.) Celebrating being Healthy CHILDREN and staff of Old Town First School and Nursery have just celebrated gaining the new “Healthy Schools Award”. After being a healthy school for many years and one of the first schools in Poole to achieve this new national award in December 2006, a ‘Healthy School Day’ was organised to celebrate. Children took part in skipping, yoga, gymnastics, hand-jiving, meditation and circle time activities. They also cooked healthy snacks to share with their parents and enjoyed a healthy picnic lunch, funded and prepared by the PFA. After school, England Netball Star, Geva Mentor unveiled a plaque and parents enjoyed a football match with the school football club playing against the staff, ending in a one all draw. Netball star Geva Mentor (top left) and Head Teacher Gill Taylor with pupils of Old Town First School and Nursery 5 Flying the flags 20 Years Of Perfect Beaches PUPILS from Turlin Moor Middle School were delighted to take a couple of hours off lessons to help Poole celebrate receiving its 20th Blue Flag at Sandbanks beach in May. The sun shone while the children formed a giant 20 in the sand to mark this very special anniversary. Poole’s 3 ½ miles of golden sands are now officially amongst the best in the country, if not the world and 20 Blue Flag awards go a long way towards confirming it. Poole’s first Blue Flag was presented in1987 and they have been awarded regularly ever since. Poole is the only town locally to have achieved such an accolade and it’s something the Borough of Poole are delighted to shout about. “ Cllr Peter Adams, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, explains what is so appealing about Poole’s beaches: They are perfect for a family day out or a relaxing break from every day life in the tranquil and naturally beautiful surroundings that could rival any Mediterranean destination. Every effort is put into keeping them to an extremely high standard so that year-on-year they attract a host of people who ” live locally or visit on holiday. The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised award that looks at every aspect of beach quality. To gain this prestigious status, beaches need to have excellent bathing water standards, regular beach cleaning, provision of lifesaving equipment and first aid, refreshments, suitable toilet facilities, commitment to the environment and generally good beach management. Poole beaches flying Blue Flags this year are: Sandbanks, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine. …and a Second Green Flag for Upton! THIS summer a Green Flag will fly at Upton Country Park and staff and Friends of Upton Country Park are delighted that one of Poole’s favourite open spaces has been officially acknowledged with this prestigious award. Acres of landscaped gardens, unique plants including the exotic Puya popular walks through the plant from Chile and numerous walks and viewing spots make the park gardens, woodland and shoreline a top quality destination. that surround Upton House also formed part of the day’s judging Preparations towards this achievement began in September 2006. Nick schedule. Woods, Leisure Services Ranger, said: “My team has been working hard with the Friends of Upton Country Park to make sure that the judges Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio “ would be really impressed when they visited in the spring. The park has Holder for Culture and Leisure, so many unique features that we felt confident that a Green Flag could said: This award is welcome be within our grasp”. recognition for all the staff and volunteers from the Friends Independent judges looked at all the visitor facilities and how staff maintain group who work so hard to make Upton Country Park such a special the park’s historical and natural features. The award also reflects the place. The award means that Upton Country Park can fly its own high level of community involvement on the site and volunteers from the Green Flag confident in the knowledge that it is among the best ” Friends assisted on judging day. managed parks in the country. Judges were particularly impressed with the Peacock Tearooms, where The prestigious national award scheme for parks is run by the Civic they were served lunch by trainees working at the facility which provides Trust and recognised by the Department of Communities and Local training in catering to national standards for people with disabilities. Government, English Heritage and Natural England as the standard Two of the Park’s new attractions, an orienteering course set up in parks and open spaces should aim for. partnership with Wessex Orienteering Club and plans for the restoration For more information contact: Nick Woods, Ranger Team Leader e-mail of the walled garden, were drawn to the judges attention. The ever email@example.com or Tel.261334. 6 Ten Car Parks Hit The Park Mark • Improved surveillance, signage and cleanliness Aaron Gardner fearthecat • Installation of audible warning systems in multi-storey car parks • Overall good management and maintenance of car parks • Upgrade of lighting • Replacement of signs and entry gantries • Replacement of all fire doors in multi-storey car parks • Refurbishment of lifts (completion 2008) Park Mark is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas. The criteria sets the highest standards, utilising expertise and practical knowledge from the British Parking Association, who administer the scheme. “ Richard Hein, Parking Services Manager for Borough of Poole, said; Crime in Borough of Poole controlled car parks fell to the lowest levels ever in 2006/07, with only ten vehicle crimes this year in Council multi- storey car parks despite 1,790,997 users. In all car parks a total of only 30 crimes were committed despite nearly four million users. We are confident that the Park Mark scheme has been a positive contributor to TEN Poole car parks are now accredited under the ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Scheme and car crime figures in Poole are at an all time low. Working with Poole Safe Together Partnership, the Council has been making this improvement. ” Car parks accredited under the Park Mark scheme are: Broadstone (Story Lane and Station Approach), Harbourside 1, Branksome Chine, the four town centre car parks, Sandbanks and the Dolphin Swimming Pool car parks. car parks around town more welcoming and implementing the Park Mark For more information contact Richard Hein, Parking Services Manager Tel. Safer Parking scheme criteria …. 262150 or firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Assistive special button which when This dispenser reminds you when medication pressed confirms that you is due with an audible sound. Should the are safe and well. If you do medication not be taken from the dispenser not press the button you the alarm is raised at the control centre. Technology will be contacted by the control centre. If you do Is it for me? for FREE not answer they will then If you are 60 or over, live in your own home contact your nominated in the Borough of Poole and have a standard contacts. telephone socket then YES. DO you consider yourself to be an 2. Falls Detector What will it cost? 2 independent person who is 60 or over? Do you have a fear of Absolutely nothing! The project has been If so, then read on to find out more about how falling and wonder how funded by a government grant which enables Assistive Technology could benefit you. long you could be waiting us to provide equipment and products FREE for help? for one year enabling individuals to have peace What is Assistive Technology? of mind, feel safe and independent in their own This useful device will The term Assistive Technology encompasses homes. automatically detect if an a broad range of monitored equipment such individual has fallen and as Fall detectors, Bed and Chair Occupancy Sensors, smoke and flood detectors, 3 raise the alarm which is If you or a family member could sent to a control centre benefit from Assistive Technology or medication dispensers. They are designed to and response mechanisms support older people and their carers enabling put in place. would like more information contact people to remain in their own homes. Social Services Helpdesk 3. Medication Dispenser 1. Alertacall Wellbeing Confirmation System Tel. 633902 Do you or a family member Do family members worry about you? or e-mail: email@example.com sometimes forget to take The Alertacall system is a telephone with a important medication? Tall Ship trip marks Twinning anniversary AS Poole celebrates 30 years of twinning with The Poole-Cherbourg Twinning Association is its closest French neighbour Cherbourg, the delighted to offer two places on board this special anniversary is being recognised by supporting journey to applicants aged 18 – 26 years who will be youth projects. joined by two students from Cherbourg. Most notable is a youth training voyage, ‘The Applications in writing for this once in a lifetime French Connection’ on board the TS Prince William, experience can be made to: Gina Wilcox, PCTA 5th –12th October. Secretary, 68 Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2JE. No previous sailing experience is necessary! 7 Protecting Poole’s Environment Helping us care for the environment ‘PROTECTING Poole’s Environment’ is one of Poole’s new objectives. Looking after Poole’s beautiful green open spaces and award winning beaches, keeping our streets and public footpaths clean and tidy and improving the level of recycling and waste disposal facilities, has always been highly important and is now being strengthened around the borough. Success cannot be achieved in isolation and by working with others, higher standards can be reached and new initiatives are more likely to be supported. “ Councillor Don Collier, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: We are working hard to strengthen relationships within the community. We need to listen, respect and respond to residents, who know the issues and can be so instrumental in resolving them. Working in partnership is the only way to make sure we protect Poole’s environment now and for the years to come. In the Bourne Valley area, a good example of community-led work began in ” September with a ‘Have your Say Day’. Residents took photographs of the things they liked and disliked about their neighbourhood and now work on £400,000 of improvements is coming to an end. As a Local Area Agreement (LAA) project, ‘Closing the Gap’ focuses on bridging the inequalities gap experienced by residents in some areas within Poole. The project Clean up day has seen the Council working with Dorset Police and Poole Housing Partnership, on a range of improvements including: • Waste collection days - 15 skips, 1 refuse truck, 4 flat bed trucks - in total 17.9 tonnes of waste collected! • Reseeding grass areas and painting the zig zag site - 50 residents joined the Safer Neighbourhood team and ward councillors to clean up the area and help with work • Improvements to the Youth Centre - following consultation with young people, a multi use games area and new play equipment have been provided thanks to developer contributions from planning obligation funding. Young people have also secured funding to refurbish the inside of the youth centre • School visits encouraging young people to protect their local environment • Resurfacing of roads and public footpaths • Graffiti and flytip removal on private and council property • A community shop to be opened shortly Ward councillor Lindsay Wilson said: “This project has encouraged residents to take responsibility and improve their local environment. The results are clear to see, people told us about the issues in their area and since getting involved, they are Arne Avenue since resurfacing taking a pride in their neighbourhood and it is making a real difference.” Before After 8 Recycling on the Beach! POOLE residents continue to do a sterling job when it comes to recycling at home and there is an excellent understanding by local “ Cllr Don Collier, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: We are overwhelmed by the level of commitment Poole residents have shown to both our garden waste services. By doing their bit, residents are making a significant contribution to protecting Poole’s families of how important it is. With local people working so hard, the environment. We hope these schemes continue to be supported as Council’s next mission is to improve visitors’ recycling levels during the busy summer season. Listen out for the advertisements on 2CR FM for further details. With over 500,000 visitors to Poole’s beaches each year and over 120 more people see the benefit of this. Two collection points are: August ” bins and 40,000 cubic litres of refuse collected each day, there is a strong Date (Saturdays) Location Time need to promote the recycling message to beach users. As part of this effort, 55 new recycling bins have been delivered to Poole beaches. 4 & 18 Rossmore Leisure 09:00 -12:00 Centre Exactly like the home recycling bin scheme, blue bins are for recycling and black bins are for non-recyclable refuse so they are instantly Baiter North Car Park 13:00 - 16:00 recognisable to local people. September For visitors, the new bins Date (Saturdays) Location Time are extremely user friendly with clear labels explaining 1, 15 & 29 Rossmore Leisure 09:00 -12:00 which items should be Centre recycled: paper, plastic Baiter North Car Park 13:00 - 16:00 bottles, cardboard, glass, tin and aluminium cans. So far, Both are open fortnightly on a Saturday. For more information call the bins have been a huge Customer Services Tel. 261700 or visit boroughofpoole.com/recycling success with beach users. The Frith family (pictured) from Salisbury, visit We can do more Sandbanks regularly in We’re doing a fantastic job at recycling our waste in Poole. 78% of us say we’re committed to recycling so there’s room to do even more… “ the summer. Jane Frith said: The bins are Cans – it can be a messy job but remember you’re caring for your prominently placed along environment so give it a rinse…even aerosols can go in your blue bin! the beach front and Plastics – those bearing the familiar such as milk bottles can go in certainly make recycling your blue bin. Just check the container to be certain. easier. Before these bins I would have just dropped Cardboard – Simply tear up large boxes into small pieces (it’s excellent a magazine or an empty exercise and a good stress buster too) … and put it in the blue bin! can of drink in a litterbin The posters below are featured in an exciting new ‘recycle 5’ campaign. but these new bins make You should see the ‘When I grow up’ adverts on bus shelters and buses as ” it easy to recycle without well as being used as posters and postcards throughout the Summer. even thinking about it! Five different adverts focus on items that can go into Poole’s blue Garden Waste bins. The campaign is being funded by WRAP (Waste Resource Action Programme) which has awarded Borough of Poole over £259,000 to Collection promote blue bin recycling. Points SINCE the introduction of the green bin Garden Waste Collection Scheme in June 2006, an enormous 57.52 tonnes of material has been collected! This is equivalent to 13,050 average sized wheeled bins full of garden waste! During home compost awareness week in May, road shows were held throughout the borough. Residents were given advice from a home compost advisor and were also encouraged to use the garden waste collection points. For those homes which don’t have a green bin service, garden waste collection sites are particularly useful. With two sites operating in the borough, residents can dispose of large quantities of garden waste free of charge. Trailers and vans are permitted. 9 Street Watchers Environmental Target – Your Street Needs You! DO you take pride in the area you live in? Do you think more could Success be done to keep your area clean and tidy? The Borough of Poole and the Office of the Deputy Poole needs resident volunteers who want to improve the area they Prime Minister signed an live in. agreement in 2004 with Dog mess on the pavement, a wall covered in graffiti or an abandoned the intention of further vehicle, are all commonly regarded as untidy and unsightly, however improving services for these incidents often go unreported and therefore untreated. residents of Poole. As a Street Watcher, volunteers would work alongside the Council to £90,000 of government keep an eye out and report anything that makes their neighbourhood less funding was provided desirable. Acting as the eyes, ears and voice for the area, you will assist over a three year period, in making your area clean and somewhere to be proud of! to employ two people to operate the Environmental Response Unit and the Council was set ambitious targets to remove graffiti, flyposting, chewing gum and litter from Poole’s streets. The team inspected and cleaned all Council property and formed partnerships with other agencies to tackle problems affecting private property. Not only did the team meet the targets but by far exceeded them as these figures show: Following reports from the public or by a council officer: • Average response time for removing offensive graffiti 3.13 hours (target: 20 Hours) • Average response time for removing non offensive graffiti 9 hours (target: 12 days) • Average response time for removing flyposting 1 day (target 4 days) • Average response time for removing chewing gum from designated areas 8.5 days (target 18 days) • Reducing the Borough’s street cleansing failure rate for 2006/07 to 13% (target 24%) This impressive achievement has made a noticeable improvement to the quality of Poole’s environment. The team’s success is being rewarded by the Council receiving a further £262,920 of government funding to reinvest in council services. We are looking for approximately 40 volunteers from around the borough. In the first instance, we are trying to gauge the level of interest and would Waste and Cleansing Service like to hear from anyone who thinks they would make a good ‘Street Watcher’, or would like more information. Commitments Waste collection and cleansing are If you would like to improve the look of your area but can’t to commit to two areas which residents have being a ‘Street Watcher’ there are other ways to get involved: great interest in. The Council has • The Council can provide a graffiti removal kit for anyone who wants to produced two leaflets to help advise clean up graffiti on their private property and inform residents about the standards you can expect to see in • Litter Picks – This can be a great community activity that members of your area and what you can do to the community, young and old can join in with. Borough of Poole can help us make things better. help organise these and loan the kits including gloves, pickers, sacks. The Council will work with the organisers after any clean up to remove These are available online at any waste collected. boroughofpoole.com/ environment or you can If you would like to volunteer as a Street Watcher or want more information request a leaflet by contacting on this, borrowing a graffiti kit or organising a litter pick, please contact Customer Services Tel. 261700. Tel. 261747 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 10 SAFER POOLE ‘Lock It Or Lose It’ Summer Campaign To Beat Cycle Theft VEHICLE crime typically focuses on car vandalism and theft, however bike users are no less at risk than car users. Surprisingly, last year saw 339 thefts of pedal cycles in Poole, which is an 11.5% increase on the previous year. As a result the Police and Poole Safe Together Partnership have teamed up with local bike retailer Bikelab to launch this summer’s ‘Lock It or Lose It’ campaign aimed at beating pedal cycle thefts in Poole. The campaign is aimed at increasing awareness amongst bike users about the importance of a bike lock. Throughout June police gave away 500 free Kryptonite D-Locks (srp £30) and UV marking pens for pedal bikes. “ Supt Nick Hazelton said: People need to be more vigilant when leaving their bikes, never leave them unattended, always lock them to something secure and remove any accessories such as lights that could be taken from the bike. ” If you missed the chance to receive a free bike lock or UV pen, these are available to purchase at Bikelab, 2-4, Wimborne Road. Tel. 330011 or e-mail email@example.com Congratulations! You’re Safe And Sound PUB and restaurant managers around Poole have been working hard to ensure their customers can enjoy a bite to eat or a relaxing drink in a safe environment. Partnership Success Poole’s safest premises have been accredited under the prestigious ‘Safe & Sound Awards Scheme’ meeting criteria in 2006/07! which includes prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance, maintaining public safety and protecting children from harm. Run by the Poole Safe team, the scheme brings Licensing Officers POOLE Safe Together Partnership has been working from the Borough of Poole and Dorset Police officers together to build tirelessly over the last year to bring crime down in positive partnerships with the licensed trade to advise landlords aiming Poole. The results are in and it looks as though the to achieve an award. work paid off! Poole Safe team member PC Chris Ingram, said: In 2006/07, compared with 2005/06: “The Safe and Sound Awards represent an excellent working partnership that has developed between licensees, the authorities • Crime down by 10%, (on track to meet government target to and other partners. We are proud of the efforts that have been reduce crime by 17.2% by 2007/08) made by all involved and look forward to being part of the town’s • Vehicle crime reduced by 24% development in the months and years ahead.” • Wounding (assault involving injury) reduced by 16% • Criminal damage reduced by 11% An awards ceremony was held to • Burglary reduced by 3% on already very low numbers announce three main winners and accredit a further 20 premises who Cllr Ann Stribley, whose portfolio includes the Safe Together were all awarded a certificate for Partnership, said: “ display and a window sticker to promote their status. All in all it’s a great result for Poole and we’re still working on improving our status as the second safest town in the country! The Gold Award was presented to Penn Central at Penn Hill. Owner The Partnership is interested in hearing people’s views on crime This year’s winners Mike Callaghan said: “We have in Poole and has devised a short questionnaire. It will only take worked hard to train our staff to deliver a first class service and safety a few minutes to complete and it gives residents a chance to is an integral element of this”. The Silver Award was presented to the Victoria Cross in Parkstone. The Bronze Award was presented to the Inn In The Park, Branksome Park. influence which crimes are tackled over the next year. ” If you would like some copies of the survey please call Vikki Howe Tel. 633497 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 11 Sponsored by 12 Contacting Your Local Ward Councillor ALDERNEY WARD Lindsay Wilson CREEKMOOR WARD Les Burden News from the Parlour e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SINCE the Mayor took office in May, he has been involved in a Tel: 633043 Tel: 693920 busy round of events. Charles Meachin Judy Butt Some of the highlights ... e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 682405 Tel: 650276 Royal Marines Falklands Parade On 24 May, Mayor of Poole, Councillor Jeff Allen and Tony Trent John Rampton e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Tel: 511240 Tel: 265875 Valerie Pitt-Rivers, inspected the Guard of the BRANKSOME EAST WARD HAMWORTHY EAST WARD Royal Marines, Poole on Poole Quay, where they assembled during their Parade through Mary Hillman Roger Gregory e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org the town. Tel: 773078 Tel: 633020 Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War, the Royal Guy Montrose Mike White Marines, Poole marched through the town to exercise their right as Freemen e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org of the Borough. A short service followed in Falkland Square, conducted by Tel: 633022 Tel: 256712 Reverend Martin Evans RN Chaplain Royal Marines, BRANKSOME WEST WARD HAMWORTHY WEST WARD Poole with speeches by the Mayor of Poole and Lieutenant Colonel Guyer, Royal Marines, Poole. Philip Eades Graham Chandler e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Civic Service and Parade On Sunday 10 June, Tel: 07977 431887 Tel: 675371 the Mayor held his Civic Service at St James’ Joyce Lavender Michael Wilkins Church, Thames Street. A full Ceremonial Civic e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 741817 Tel: 240427 Parade followed along Poole Quay to the steps of the Guildhall. The Parade was accompanied by the BROADSTONE WARD POOLE TOWN WARD bands of the Salvation Army, Poole Sea Cadets and Michael Brooke Chris Bulteel other local organisations. e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 696549 Tel: 745494 Coming soon ... Sunday 2 September The Mayor Wednesday 31 July As part of the will open the ‘Party in the Park’ at Graham Mason Brian Leverett e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Scouting Centenary celebrations, the Ashley Cross at 1pm. Tel: 695507 Tel: 676104 Sunday 23 September Mayor will receive the Spirit Flame on Daniel Martin Carol Evans Poole Quay and present it to Lilliput The Mayor will launch the e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07790 396919 Tel: 633020 Sea Scouts who will take it across to Harbourside Community Walk Brownsea Island. at 8.30am everyone welcome to CANFORD CLIFFS WARD NEWTOWN WARD Sunday 26 August The Mayor will join in. More details available at Carole Deas Brian Clements open the popular ‘Poole Park Fest’ www.rotaryclubofpoole.org contact: e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org John Duckenfield: Tel. 767949. Tel: 709394 Tel: 733158 on behalf of the ‘Friends of Poole Park’ at 12 noon. May Haines Mike Plummer e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 633026 Neil Sorton e-mail: email@example.com Tel: 731338 Graham Wilson e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Carers’ Corner Tel: 888228 Tel: 730909 Val Mitchell, Carers “ Services Manager, CANFORD HEATH EAST WARD OAKDALE WARD says We can help Graham Curtis Peter Adams carers to look after e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org someone and have ” Tel: 690575 Tel: 775192 a life of their own. they may be given information, Sandra Moore David Gillard advice or services. Carers can also e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org People who look after have their needs assessed. Some Tel: 388418 Tel: 633023 a friend or relative who has an illness of the services that may be offered CANFORD HEATH WEST WARD Janet Walton or disability often have to juggle their include:- e-mail: email@example.com time and energy to accommodate Jeff Allen Tel: 633023 the demands of caring. For the cared for person:- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Care services at home Tel: 675807 PARKSTONE WARD For many people, caring is a 24/7 • Aids and adaptations to the Christopher Matthews Don Collier commitment. Others have to balance home e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org looking after someone with other Tel: 656838 Tel: 710551 • Day activities or a day centre family commitments or a job. place MERLEY & BEARWOOD WARD Ann Stribley For those balancing work and caring, • Respite care e-mail: email@example.com David Brown Tel: 732969 new government legislation can help. • Short term care at home whilst e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Since the Work and Families Act was friends or family take a break Tel: 577538 Tony Woodcock e-mail: email@example.com introduced in April 2007, employees For the carer Daphne Long Tel: 771628 who are carers can request a change e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Advice and information in their working hours to help them Tel: 721491 PENN HILL WARD • Carers courses and study days cope and employers must consider Peter Maiden Elaine Atkinson • Support groups e-mail: email@example.com their needs as a carer. Tel: 888608 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Outings and activities Tel: 746510 Many carers struggle on alone without If you are caring for someone you any help. However, everyone who Unsure which ward you live in? Xena Dion can talk confidentially to Val about e-mail: email@example.com has an illness or disability that means Telephone Electoral Services on 633061. Tel: 633016 your caring situation or if you would they cannot manage without help is like to go on the mailing list to be Conservative Ron Parker entitled to a free assessment of their advised of activities for carers please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org needs As a result of the assessment Liberal Democrat Tel: 707755 call 261174. 13 Time to get involved The Local Development Framework is the term given to the planning documents that the Council will produce. Over the next three years Poole’s planners will be producing five documents which support PLANNING deals with the really big issues facing the town such appropriate development in Poole. as where to build new homes, allow for job opportunities, ensure adequate health facilities and protecting valued open spaces • Core Strategy - the overarching document for planning in Poole and areas of nature conservation interest and it’s not just about • Site Specific Allocations documents deciding whether a house extension is acceptable. • Town Centre North Area Action Plan This is achieved by producing the ‘Local Development Framework’ • Planning Obligations - funding for infrastructure needs which, together with Poole’s Sustainable Community Strategy, sets out • Heathlands - joint with other SE Dorset authorities the vision and strategy for the town up to 2026. There has already been public involvement in the Core Strategy and “ during the summer, planners will be consulting on key issues and If you care how Poo options for the Site Specific and Heathlands documents (outlined le will look in the below) and they would like to hear your views. future, now is the ti ” me to get involved. So, if you have views about the long term planning of Poole, then drop us a line, send us an e-mail or just pick up the phone. e-mail email@example.com or Tel.633360. Protecting heathland Accommodating development ONE project which Poole plan- ANOTHER document in the Local ners are currently working on, in Development Framework, is the Site Specific conjunction with colleagues in Allocations Development Plan Document neighbouring authorities, is the which is also in the course of preparation. Dorset Heathlands Development Residents as well as landowners and Plan document. This will be a key developers, are invited to not only suggest part of the Local Development suitable sites for development, but also Framework and will affect many consider the Issues and Options put forward residents so planners would like in the consultation leaflet, which may to hear local people’s views. influence the future of the borough. The need for affordable homes, local jobs, business expansion and Poole, Bournemouth, East Dorset, Christchurch improved community facilities means that the town will continue to see and Purbeck Councils have all been affected change and new investment. The challenge is to ensure this is managed to by planning restrictions imposed last year preserve a high quality of life for the town’s residents and avoid harming to help protect sensitive heathland in the Poole’s many environmental assets. area from the impact of development. The This is a new Plan that will deal specifically with the future allocation of land south east Dorset area has 8000 hectares or specific sites within the borough and form part of the Local Development of heathland lying within 43 Sites of Special Framework (i.e. the Government’s revised planning system). Scientific Interest (SSSI) which provides The consultation leaflet will be available in public libraries and sets out the habitat to many rare species of birds main issues that face Poole in identifying sites to meet development needs butterflies and reptiles. and invites comments on some of the options for development. The new restrictions introduced 5km zones around the heathland which It can also be requested by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org affects all development land within the borough. An ‘interim strategy’ expiring 2009, was introduced requiring financial contributions from Your views are invited by early September and these will help the Council developers of new properties within that zone to help offset the impact consider all the alternatives. The next stage will be the publication of of the development. These contributions are being used to provide better the Preferred Options in the summer 2008 which will be informed by the management of heathland, warden services and investing in alternative feedback from the consultation. open space. If you would like to discuss this process or the leaflet itself, contact Helen Harris, Senior Planning Officer Tel. 633329 or e-mail helen.harris@poole. A permanent solution to ease the potentially damaging effects of further gov.uk housing and population growth in south east Dorset is being sought by the five councils. New homes in Poole A discussion paper published for public consultation in August will be DURING the year ending March 2007, 780 new homes were completed available to view at the Civic Centre reception, in all public libraries in including 603 flats, 153 houses and 24 bungalows. A total of 114 dwellings Poole or on-line at boroughofpoole.com/planningpoole were demolished so a total of 666 additional properties were built For more information contact Strategic Planning e-mail: in Poole. The figure for the previous year was 828. Hamworthy East had the email@example.com or Tel.633360. most new homes largely due to the Shapwick Road development. Canford Cliffs, Parkstone and Poole town centre had just over 100 each. 14 Number cruncher? THE FEST ROCKS THE PARK - IF you’re interested in how Poole’s finances looked at the end of 2006/07, you can find 26/27 AUGUST a snapshot version and the full Statement POOLE PARK FEST of Accounts on boroughofpoole.com/ returns this August councilbudget Bank Holiday week- end with fabulous live bands on the West Field stage. Do you have a heart condition? Sunday sees JK (pictured right) as Poole Heart Support Group (PHSG) are Robbie Williams, a favourite at Mr Kyps, keen to contact Poole residents who are with the Ju Ju Men, Stipe, Rockin the not already members. Joint and Ezio entertaining the crowds from 1pm to 7pm. PHSG produce a quarterly magazine which provides useful information on local On Monday, The Great Pretender tops the bill with amazing Queen covers. health services and general support for Local favourites, The Agency and Ben Waters will provide support throughout those with anxieties about their condition. the day. Extra copies of the September edition are But it’s not just about music, the Fest offers two days of fun for all the family with being produced and the group are keen donations invited in support of the Friends of Poole Park. Bring some friends for it to benefit a wider readership. – you won’t be disappointed! To obtain a free copy, contact Jan Mesher on 01202 250108 or e-mail For more information contact Bob Lister Tel.730476 or visit www.friendsofpoole firstname.lastname@example.org park.co.uk For those with impaired vision, large print and audio versions will be available in September at local libraries, The Health Information and Resource Centre, Poole Hospital and Bournemouth Eye Hospital. Coming Soon To Your Letterbox... Dolphin OVER the next few months, Poole residents will be asked to help with two important surveys. The first is a census of people living in newly built Make homes such as Poole Quarter and Seldown Eco Village. The results will help us plan services for residents of new developments A Splash by finding out about the people moving in to these homes. Follow up work later in the year will help us gain a greater understanding of their experiences and needs which will also influence future new housing developments. The second survey will be used to find out about the childcare needs of local families. By learning about the type and extent of services required by Poole parents we can help to develop services to ensure there is enough quality childcare to meet local demand. In order to provide value for money services, the Council needs information about its residents. If you receive one of these questionnaires, please help us by taking the time to respond. The results of both surveys and feedback on how the results will affect local services will be reported in future editions of Poole News and online at www. boroughofpoole.com/opinions For further information please contact:- Katharine Watters, Senior Research Officer, e-mail: email@example.com or Tel. 633367. Action against Addiction IT’S all change down at the Dolphin Swimming Pool. A NEW initiative has begun to help with the fight against drug addiction. After undergoing a major £600K refurbishment, the Leisure Centre With access to premises near the town centre, Poole Drug Action Team in and health and fitness suite opened its doors in April with 120 new partnership with other agencies and faith groups, is supporting substance members joining the facility. misusers in Poole. Offering a wide range of holistic services, this joint work aims With state of the art cardiovascular and resistance equipment, the to help clients in their journey towards independent living. new suite also includes a new members only changing room and Life isn’t always straightforward and no one has all the answers, but Poole Drug sauna to relax those aching limbs after your workout. Services are working together to ensure that client needs are met as quickly and Weekly exercise classes ranging from Body Pump, Aerobics and effectively as possible. Core Blimey (Abs Class) are also available in the studio. Access to the new service will be through referral from any of the Poole Drug & With membership fees starting from as little as £25.50 a month, Alcohol Services listed below. look no further - keeping fit at the Dolphin makes perfect sense. For PACT: Poole Addiction Community Team Tel.633875 those with health referrals, special rates apply. EDAS: Essential Drug & Alcohol Service Tel.733322 For more information contact Ben Buckland, Fitness Manager Action On Addiction Tel. 399101 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.everyoneactive.com Steven James Practice Tel. 660669 or Tel. 677217. For further information please call Poole DAT Tel. 633065 or 633635 Dates for your Diary 15 P boroughofpoole.com/events Town Centre Markets: Farmers’ Markets – Falkland Square and street market – High Street every Thursday from 8.30am Tel. 649433 August Date Time Event Venue Contact Every Monday 8pm Granny Cousins Ghost Walks – spooky tales of Old Poole Meet outside Scaplens Court Museum, lower High Street 07977 969080 & Weds evening till 5th September Daily 11.30 & 2pm Guided walks Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org/brownsea Daily 11.15am & 1.45pm Tractor Trails for less mobile visitors Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea Every Thursday Summer Breeze on the Beach with Wave 105 – beach barbecues, Shore Road beach pooletourism.com or 253253 evening in Aug live music, volleyball – family fun and entertainment Every Friday evening 7pm Coles Miller Quay for my Car Poole Quay in Aug Every Tues eve 6pm Condor Ferries Dream Machines Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253 till end Sept 4/5 Two days of live tribute bands Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.marvellousfestivals.com 8 Open Air Theatre trip with Singles that Mingle Brownsea Island www.singlesthatmingle.co.uk or 07810 544326 8 7.30pm Open Air Theatre –‘All’s well that ends well’ – Mons, Weds & Fridays Brownsea Island 251987 till 24 August 9/14 Zippo’s Circus Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.zipposcircus.com or 0871 210 2100 12 11am – 4.3-pm Poole Lifeboat Station Open Day Poole Quay (near lifting bridge) 672439 18/19 11am – 9pm Bournemouth & Poole Town Show – arena events, music stage, dog shows Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.myspace.com/bournemouthpooletownshow – family fun 25/26 1pm -5pm Sat, Poole Flower Show in aid of the Shaftesbury Society Charitable Trust Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome 752014 10am - 5pm Sun 26/27 10am – 4.30pm August Craft Show – hand made arts and crafts Upton Country Park www.uptoncountrypark.org 26/27 Poole Park Fest – two day free festival for all the family featuring live bands Poole Park www.friendsofpoolepark.co.uk supplied by Mr Kyps Live Music Venue September Date Time Event Venue Contact Every Mon & 8pm Granny Cousins Ghost Walk - spooky tales of Old Poole Scaplens Court, lower High Street 07977 969080 Weds eve Every Tues eve 6pm Condor Ferries Dream Machines Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253 Ever Fri eve 7pm Coles Miller Quay for my Car Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253 Daily 11.30 & 2pm Guided walks Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org/brownsea Daily 11.15am & 1.45pm Tractor Trails for less mobile visitors Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea 2 Summer BBQ with Singles that Mingle Branksome Dene Chine www.singlesthatmingle.co.uk or 07810 544326 2 11am - 5.30pm Poole Family Arts Festival - Free fun family arts festival - live music, Upton Country Park Contact Marianne on 01202 633972 for more info arts crafts, dance, theatre, set in beautiful gardens so bring a picnic! 14/16 Animal Windfest - major annual watersports event Sandbanks pooletourism.com or 253253 15 10.30am – 3.30pm 100 years of Scouting – Family activity weekend Brownsea Island www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea or 707744 15 8pm Sarruga presents Peixos (Fish from the Deep) Street artists from Poole Quay and High Street www.insideoutdorset.co.uk or 08700 668 701 Barcelona present a spellbinding parade of underwater sea creatures 29 2pm – 5pm Open Day – Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club – a warm welcome awaits 52 Waterloo Road, off Cabot Lane 675551 visitors to the club Information provided above was correct at the time of going to press – it is advisable to check details in advance. For details of all performances at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the Arts visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Borough of Poole Full Council, Cabinet meetings and Area Meetings at 7pm unless otherwise stated: All dates are provisional and subject to approval by Council Council Meeting....18 September Cabinet Meetings....4 September Area Meetings Venue Hamworthy East and West and Poole Town 5 September St James’ Church Hall Canford Heath, Creekmoor and Oakdale 12 September TBA For more information Newtown and Parkstone 19 September Committee Suite, Civic Centre contact Tel. 633043 Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill 26 September St Luke’s Church Rooms, Wellington Road or e-mail: email@example.com COUNTRYSIDE EVENTS… TAKE A WALK IN POOLE’S COUNTRYSIDE DATE DAY TIME EVENT TITLE DETAILS SITE/MEETING PLACE 1 August Wed 10.30 am - 4pm Children’s Wildlife Funday Come and meet a range of wildlife groups and join in with lots Upton Country Park of exciting activities at our annual Funday. 5 August Sun 2 - 4 pm Guided walk Canford Heath Find out about this internationally important site wildlife and Meet at end of Francis Avenue, by gate, near Nature Reserve history and what it takes to look after it. entrance to Knighton Heath golf course. Turlin Moor Fun Day Fantastic day of fun events from bouncy castles and climbing Recreation ground behind the pavilion on 8 August Wed 11am-4pm walls to face painting and art activities and it’s all free. Turlin Moor, off Blandford Road. 18 August Sat 9am -10:30am Moth trapping event. Why not come and be amazed by the sheer variety of these Upton Country Park in the walled garden, adjacent night flying insects. to the Peacock Tea Rooms. 1 Sept Sat 10.30am - 12pm WATCH (for children ages 7-13) Learn how fossils are created and where you may be able Classroom, Upton Country Park Fossils - the past revealed to go in search of them 3 Sept Mon 9am -11am Guided walk for Dorset Bird Week Come and discover some of the wading birds of Holes Bay Upton Country Park. Meet by the Peacock Tea Rooms. Are you interested in getting involved at your local nature reserve or open space? There are a number of ways you can help – acting as extra eyes on the sites, reporting problems through to us, or helping with practical work. If you would like to find out more about taking part in conservation tasks or becoming a volunteer Tel. 265265 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sport Kiteboarding Special 16 WHEN it comes to watersports, it doesn’t So where does kiteboarding’s appeal lie? Woodman Point in Western Australia and Shark get much better than Poole Harbour. Bay in South Africa, are rated as her favourite “We get a lot of windsurfers who want to try spots. With such extensive global experience, The world’s second largest natural harbour something else,” said Emma. Emma has become one of the world’s top female has long been a magnet for sailors, “The difference is you can go out kiteboarding kiteboarders. canoeists, water-skiers and windsurfers. when there is less wind. You only need 10-12 knots The World Tour, which runs from April to September Its sheltered waters and stunning setting to get a kite up, so you can almost go anywhere, each year, is an official world championship. Last provide the perfect location for all aquatic any time.” year, Emma was a consistent top 10 finisher and enthusiasts. And for a complete beginner? aims to finish with an overall top 10 world ranking Now another sport is swiftly muscling its way on to this year. “You don’t need any previous experience on the the scene – kiteboarding. water. I have taught 14-year-old kids to 50-year- “Along with wanting to do well in the competitions I Though a relatively new addition to the adrenaline old adults – it’s all about technique. The appeal enter, I just want to enjoy my kiting and to promote junkie’s roster, the sport is growing rapidly in is the learning curve is not as steep as it is for the sport,” she said. “I want to really push my popularity. windsurfing. You can have fewer lessons and be boundaries and kite as many different beaches a competent kiteboarder. Travelling is also a lot with all the new friends I have made.” Lessons in the harbour are available all year round, easier as you only have a kite and your board, not and it’s rare not to see kites dipping and weaving out loads of big equipment.” For those keen to have a go, contact: at sea as you drive along Sandbanks nowadays. Emma is also adamant Poole is one of the best Surface2Air Sports, Instructor Emma York, who teaches in Parkstone, bases possible for any kiteboarder. 14 – 16 Station Road, has watched the sport blossom. “Kiteboarding “Poole Harbour is amazing,” she said. “There is Ashley Cross, really is growing in this country now,” said Emma, 27. somewhere to board whichever direction the wind Poole. “It really is taking off and we are trying to encourage is coming from – Sandbanks, Branksome or even www.s2as.com or Tel. 738448 more people into it. Like many people, I started as a windsurfer. I was teaching windsurfing in Greece Knoll Beach at Studland. I don’t know many places or Poole Harbour Watersports when I first had a go at it. It’s only been a sport for where that is possible.” 284 Sandbanks Road, about a decade and at the start the kites were very And someone with Emma’s extensive experience Poole. basic compared to what they are now.” should know. She has taught in Venezuela, South www.pooleharbour.co.uk or Tel. 700503 Africa and Australia, to name but a few locations. Poole News Publication Details Purpose of Poole News To keep residents of Poole informed about Council news and developments Production Team Distribution Further copies - Content, Advertising & Circulation: All Poole households, Contact the Julie Snow - Editor libraries, leisure centres, day Communications Team, - Design: Hierographics.co.uk centres and businesses Tel: 633293 or - Print: Newsquest e-mail email@example.com - Distribution: NDS, Poole/ BJ Mailing Services Number Printed Approx cost Publication date Paper Stock 66,000 per copy July 2007 70% recycled paper 13p 70gsm Poole News is available on audio tape, in large print and on boroughofpoole.com where it can be translated into many European and Asian languages. Free internet access is available in all Poole libraries. If you need this in your own language Tel: 633293.
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