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Waste Collections – a debate to be had

by mikebrooke on 11 June, 2013

Did you know: kerbside collections of waste cost Poole Council over £6 million per year.  The Borough’s recycling rate is currently 40.5% which is below the national average, and this in part reflects the distribution of bins.  There are 31,000 households with a small blue recycling bin and large black waste bin but only 16,000 […]

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ALL 42 Borough of Poole councillors should retain their seats, says the councils recommendation to the Boundary Commission. And while Conservatives members are delighted with the outcome of the extraordinary council meeting, Liberal Democrats will be making their own representations to the Local Government commission. Two options were put to members, to stay as they […]

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42 or 38 – What should it be?

by mikebrooke on 29 May, 2013

The Liberal Democrats want 38, the Conservatives want 42.  The current number of councillors on Poole Borough council is 42 representing 16 wards.  The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently reviewing the position because six wards are significantly at variance with the average number of electorate per councillor.  This means some wards have […]

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A Busy Life

by mikebrooke on 28 May, 2013

The life of a councillor is never dull; the variety of activities one is called upon to do is vast.  Over the last few weeks I have supported Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum as it begins its consultations prior to the production of the Neighbourhood Plan.  Along with my colleagues I have been involved in discussions over […]

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Poole Council Tax Frozen for 2013-14.

by mikebrooke on 28 May, 2013

Lib Dems won the budget debate in February so council tax is frozen for another year. Poole Liberal Democrats, together with Poole People Party, outvoted the Conservative administration’s proposals for a 1.95% council tax increase by 22 votes to 20. The Liberal Democrats’ alternative budget proposals were agreed and a council tax freeze accepted. “At […]

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by mikebrooke on 27 May, 2013

Following discussions between your councillors and officers in 2011, Phase 1 work was completed on The Dell last year. This part of the recreation ground had been neglected for many years and it was almost impossible to access it.  Extending tree canopies and lack of light had created a tangle of unwanted brambles  that was […]

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