Important News

Page Contents, in Order:

  • Leisure facilities re-opening
  • Closure of public events
  • Making a face mask at home
  • Grass cutting
  • Waste Centres (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole)
  • Christchurch & Boscombe Markets re-opening
  • Vote of Confidence – The Meeting
  • Vote of Confidence – The Result
  • Vote of Confidence – Link to video and more details
  • Christchurch Leisure Centre re-opens

Car parks in leisure locations and toilets reopened from 8am on Wednesday 13 May, for local people to enjoy the beaches, parks, and open spaces. The full list, including Bournemouth and Poole, can be read here.

Leisure Facilities Opened

Golf courses, mini-golf, tennis courts, athletic tracks, skate parks, outdoor bowls facilities and ball courts also reopened, providing members of the public continue to maintain social distancing.

No Public Events until the end of August

Christchurch area shown in bold

Major events and festivals including Bournemouth Air Festival that were due to go ahead this summer have been cancelled due to the continued impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Outdoor events on council public open space are not permitted until the end of August 2020. This includes the cancellation of:

  • Bournemouth Air Festival
  • Summer Fireworks and summer events programme on Poole Quay
  • BSO Concerts in Meyrick Park 
  • Christchurch Food Festival
  • Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival

How to Make a Face Mask

The Government has produced an excellent guide to the production of a face mask, using cloth or an old t-shirt. Click the t-shirt to read the full instructions.

Click to read the full instructions. Opens in a new window

Grass Cutting

This is from BCP Council:

Selected large open spaces were already being cut so that we could exercise safely, as were areas along highways that could obstruct sight lines at junctions and roundabouts. It is now safe to extend these works (observing social distancing rules) to include:

  • one mown width along the outside of all highway footpaths
  • one mown width along path edges in parks and gardens
  • common informal paths to be mown
  • strimming around seating and bins

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Waste Centres

These re-opened on 11 May

... for residents who are unable to safely store additional waste at home and who have no alternative disposal options available.

For more about Christchurch, see the Oddments updates for 13 & 19 May

As expected, the queues at the recycling centres have been lengthy. The picture  on the left shows the queue at Poole on the opening day, Monday 11 May. Click to go to the Bournemouth Echo report, or choose the BCP Facebook page here.

This is what the Council wrote about the situation: 

‘If you’re thinking of visiting our tips today, please look at this picture & decide if you really need to visit. This queue is at our Nuffield tip in Poole & reaches the toy superstore. If you do decide to come, expect long wait times & please treat our staff with respect, TY.’

The following safety measures must be adhered to:

  1. controlled queuing with traffic restrictions in place
  2. number of cars on site reduced by 50% to maintain social distancing
  3. visitors to each site must bring proof of residency to access the facilities (which can be displayed through a closed car window if necessary)
  4. Access for vans is still through the van permit schemes
  5. only 1 person will be able to get out of the car and unload the waste, so residents must not bring bulky items that require 2 people to carry them (Blue Badge holders can bring someone to assist them)
  6. staff on site will not be able to help unload your vehicle or dispose of your waste
  7. payment for chargeable waste will be with card only (preferably contactless)
  8. if queuing traffic becomes hazardous and dangerous, the HRC may have to close early to eliminate the problem or if we are instructed
  9. Please do not bring textiles and clothes to be recycled. Our textile collection banks are not currently available.

Commercial waste is still closed, regular customers will be contacted.

Our sites at Nuffield and Millhams have extended opening hours. All 3 HRCs in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be open from 9am to 6pm every day with the re-use shop at Wilverley Road, Christchurch and the New To You shop at Nuffield, Poole remaining closed.

Please only visit if absolutely essential.

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Christchurch Market

Reopen from 1 June

This was received on Friday, 29 May. Significant information is clearly marked.


This is for food only, with increased spacing
and restricted number of stalls.

From BCP Council:

Following the latest government guidance on the partial lifting of lockdown restrictions, some of BCP Council’s outdoor markets are able to reopen from Monday 1 June

The markets, which will focus on the sale of food only at this stage, can reopen with a number of safety measures in place. Customers are advised to follow social distancing advice as they make their way around the market and each pitch will be smaller in size and four metres apart which will allow for approximately 30% of the usual stalls. Stall operators will also adopt the recommended PPE guidelines in order to comply with safety procedures.

Cllr Lewis Allison, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Communities, commented:

“The approval to reopen outdoor markets is a welcome step forward in our slow return to a new normality. Our outdoor markets form a vital part of our communities and many residents are keen to see them open so they can once again support local traders.

“It’s vitally important that everyone takes responsibility for social distancing, to ensure the markets can continue to run safely.”

Operations will be reviewed on a weekly basis to ensure they are continuing safely.

The reopening of the Poole market is still under consideration due to the challenges around social distancing at this site.

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Monday, 15 June

More ‘non-essential’ shops will be opening. In order to emphasise social distancing, there are now (Sunday) lots of signs around the town. Click here to see the complete information, and watch a short town tour below!

25 July – Two Riversmeet Reopens

It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo that the Leisure Centre is opening once more. Fitness classes are taking place, and the gym (with upgraded equipment) and swimming pool are also open.

The article reminds us that social distancing is still vital and that all sessions must be booked by telephone (01202-477987) or online (go here and scroll down the page).

Nothing to do with the article, but the only picture I have! The new skate park last year.