View from Poole Winter 2020

View from Poole Winter 2020

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Chairman’s Note

As reported via Facebook we have lost several members and our condolences goes to every family, but none more notable than Robin Moy. Robin had been part of the backbone of the Society and indeed Poole itself for decades. His sharp mind never lost him and either as part of the Executive of the Society or as the leader of the Poole Flag Trust he worked tirelessly to promote Poole and its heritage. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and indeed the town has lost a true man of Poole.

Unfortunately, we are back under a form of lockdown and indeed it looks like we will have the endure some form
of restrictions for some time to come. With this in mind we have to continue to suspend our activities, with no talks or annual lunch but hope that we can restart these in the Spring. I know it is hard for everyone,
but I must remind everyone that membership fees are due in January and although we have been unable to hold
talks your fees are essential for us to continue to produce these magazines and to survive.

Meanwhile the BCP has been busy buying the power station site, proposing plans for the High Street and outlining schemes for the Dolphin Centre. It has also instigated new cycle ways and “covid” road closures. It really does appear that there are greater funds available to kick start investment in Poole and it is
hoped that these are translated through to real action. The new cycle ways were an experiment of the previous
leadership of the BCP, we will have to wait to see if the new leaders change direction and focus.

Similarly, there have been strategic initiatives regarding new planning strategies, specifically the controversial initiative to reduce the parking requirements for town centre developments. Gerald Rigler
and the Planning team have been looking into this and responding but your assistance would be appreciated.

Despite the Covid crisis we still need to look to next year and hope to work with the Museum Society to complete more “Poole at War” information boards which we hope to display in the summer to mark the 75+1 year of VJ day. Fingers crossed that we are back to blue skies and are able to come together by then.

Nevertheless, as we run up to Christmas I would like to wish everyone well, happy Christmas and lets look forward to a great 2021.

Mike Pearce

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