Poole tourism – Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 23:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Poole tourism – Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ 32 32 South Haven, home to short-term rentals for 100 years, has residents who want them to leave – Michigan Capitol Confidential https://welcometopoole.co.uk/south-haven-home-to-short-term-rentals-for-100-years-has-residents-who-want-them-to-leave-michigan-capitol-confidential/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 11:14:17 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/south-haven-home-to-short-term-rentals-for-100-years-has-residents-who-want-them-to-leave-michigan-capitol-confidential/

South Haven is a small town on Lake Michigan in the western part of the state. It has long been a tourist destination, and short-term rental websites have made it easier for tourists to visit and for owners to rent their properties. But short-term rentals are divisive, with some residents fighting to ban them in many parts of the city.

In 2018, the city enacted a local ordinance that requires short-term rentals to be registered and subject to annual inspections. The ordinance also requires rental property owners to have a local property manager or live near the property themselves. Today, there are 550 registered short-term rentals in South Haven.

“The prescription works wonderfully. There are less than ten complaints a year, and if you actually read the complaints, they are about residents, not renters,” Ryan Servatius, a property manager, told Michigan Capitol Confidential. “It’s sad because the city has become very divided. Some buyers have decided not to buy a home in South Haven because they read our chat lines and don’t want to move to such a divided city.

Servatius manages 23 short-term rental units in South Haven, where he lives. Servais said short-term rentals allow tourism and its related industries, such as cleaning services, to thrive. According to rental platform Airbnb, Michigan property owners have collectively earned more than $660 million in rental income. State governments as well as business interests regularly promote Michigan as a place to welcome tourists.

During the Great Recession, Servatius saw people using short-term rentals as a way to stay afloat. They would use the rent to pay off mortgages and keep their homes.

“Short-term rentals don’t harm the neighborhood. In fact, they make it better,” Servatius said. “Otherwise these houses would remain empty for eleven months of the year, which leads to crime. But whether it’s a family or a couple staying there, these homes get used to being rented out.

The city mishandled the issue by allowing members of the group known as Neighborhoods Need Neighbors to hijack city council meetings, Servatius said. The group is vocal and has publicly insulted owners of short-term rentals.

“They say they’re not anti-rental, but want balance,” Servatius said. “The problem is that their balance is what they think is right, and we already have a cap on short-term rentals in the city of South Haven based on around 583, which we’ve never reached. We have less short-term rentals now than in 2018 when we launched the rental ordinance The idea of ​​limiting property rights even further means placing a deed restriction on each owner’s property within the limits of the city, which hurts values ​​and takes away the constitutional rights that property owners have worked hard to achieve in this country.

Neighborhoods Need Neighbors posted over 300 signs around South Haven, each bearing their name.

Todd Heinrich, a member of the group, said it was an activist organization whose aim was to limit the negative economic and social impacts of short-term rentals. The group hired an attorney to ask the city for an ordinance limiting short-term rentals. Heinrich says people have had trouble with parties at nearby rental units. Clubs and churches, he told CapCon, are experiencing a major loss of members, and short-term rentals have driven up house prices, which has kept new residents from moving to South Haven.

“My wife is a doctor and she can’t find a new doctor willing to move here for her practice, which has never been a problem before,” Heinrich said. “A house that used to cost $250,000 now costs $600,000. Even a family doctor cannot afford it.

David Veenstra, another member of Neighborhoods Need Neighbours, said he was not against short-term rentals but was concerned about their growing number.

“I am not opposed to short-term rentals, far from it. I think they can be positive by fixing the houses,” Veenstra said. “But they are competing with other buyers to raise house prices. When we have absentee owners who are unavailable or unresponsive to concerns, sometimes there are properties that turn into party houses.

The Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would prevent local governments from banning short-term rentals. This would still allow cities to enforce ordinances that serve to protect public health and safety and prevent nuisance.

Gary Walker was marketing and taking bookings for his short-term rental property. The city informed him in April that the housing inspection process had changed, which could jeopardize the renewal of his tenant certificate. He had already booked tenants for the summer.

“There is a housing shortage in South Haven. Michigan’s small towns lack the hotel infrastructure of other large coastal towns, and tourism is South Haven’s primary industry,” Walker said.

The city is enforcing new regulations on window sizes, Walker said, even though Michigan residential codes have many exceptions for older homes. Typically, people are only required to bring their home up to standard when renovating.

“They make their own rules which are not industry standards, which are not industry codes, and we are being fined for renting, even though we are already booked for the summer, until the window is fixed,” Walker said. Owning the property is part of his long-term retirement strategy, and he said changing city expectations are putting financial stress on his family. .

“The board doesn’t understand all of the long-term consequences of (restrictions) on short-term rentals,” Walker said.

The council commissioned a study on the effects of short-term rentals on the South Haven community. It is led by the Kercher Center for Social Research at Western Michigan University and the WE Upjohn Economic Institute.

Short-term rentals have existed in the city for more than 100 years, said South Haven City Manager Kate Hosier. At city council meetings, opponents of the lease claimed that the community would lose its character and that there would not be enough volunteers for the city government or enough children in the school system.

“Both sides are very passionate about their views, and some are very committed to making sure the regulations are followed to the letter,” Hosier said. “It can be a polarizing conversation.”

Bournemouth beach covered in rubbish as 50,000 people descend on the area – with more to come this weekend https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-beach-covered-in-rubbish-as-50000-people-descend-on-the-area-with-more-to-come-this-weekend/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:07:55 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-beach-covered-in-rubbish-as-50000-people-descend-on-the-area-with-more-to-come-this-weekend/

Rubbish was strewn across Bournemouth beach after a night of partying in the popular Dorset hotspot. The city saw temperatures of up to 26C and the evening remained warm, prompting people to stay outside to party.

In an image shared from the west of the central pier, rubbish can be seen strewn across the sand. Debris includes plastic, cans and bottles, all of which can be dangerous to wildlife in the area.

Sharing the image on Twitter, local Phillip Polden commented “It was the beach at 6am this morning how can people leave it like this!”. The litter will place increased demand on maintenance crews in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) ahead of what is expected to be a busy weekend.

Read more: What you are – and aren’t – allowed to do on Dorset beaches at night

More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Bournemouth this weekend to make the most of the warm weather. Tourism chiefs said around 50,000 visitors were on the seafront yesterday (June 17) and the same number is expected again today.

The conditions would have drawn many tourists to the coast to cool off. Traffic heading for the station queued for nine miles along the A31 and A338. The parking lots by the sea were full at 11am and people were queuing for 20 minutes to get an ice cream.

Most of the resort’s 30,000 hotel rooms are full for the weekend, while 3,000 deckchairs and 1,200 beach loungers have been rented.

Debbie White, 26, from Southampton, said: “I have the day off today but rather than lie I got up even earlier to make sure I had a parking space. I am glad i did because the roads were getting really busy when i arrived.

“It feels like being abroad. I have friends who spent thousands of pounds going to Turkey this week. They could have saved the money and stayed here instead.”

Chris Saunders, director of tourism at Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, said: “We estimate around 50,000 people visited the seafront today (June 17). Considering it’s mid-June and not in high holiday season, this is an impressive number.

“It’s been a great start to the summer and our beachfront services and kiosks have been doing very well and we understand that hotel and guesthouse bookings are also looking very good.”

Paul Clarke, of the Carktin Hotel, said: “Warm weather is exactly what hospitality businesses need. Most of us are trying to get back to where we were before the pandemic.

“We know that some visitors have given up on traveling abroad due to the issues of canceled flights. By coming to Bournemouth, they are enjoying the beach and the weather without spending time stuck in airports.”

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]]> Bournemouth beach bar closure: what the BCP Council says https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-beach-bar-closure-what-the-bcp-council-says/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 16:19:04 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-beach-bar-closure-what-the-bcp-council-says/ BCP COUNCIL responded after a Bournemouth beach bar claimed it had no choice but to close due to ‘rules and regulations’.

The council said it had worked with the operators of the now-closed Beach Hut Bar and Grill in West Cliff to “encourage them to stay put”.

The bar was dismantled earlier today, although it was to remain open until October.

The Beach Hut said that due to a number of “rules and regulations” it had no choice but to close.

These would have included: ‘No hens, stags and groups allowed as this encourages excessive drinking.

“No alcoholic beverages without food. Only two glasses per person.

“Food should be ordered before drinks. Food must be ordered at the table.

“And no loud music or DJs.”

The bar claims this has resulted in “poor reviews, high staff turnover and a massive overall loss”.

Councilor Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places, said: “Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are one of the UK’s premier coastal destinations. As part of our efforts to make the award-winning beachfront even more vibrant, we have engaged through an open tender with several operators to run a series of new attractions on the beach.

“This has contributed to the number of imaginative offerings available across our beachfront.

“Local people have expressed a preference for beach restaurants, rather than beach bars, and we have ensured that these new venues have food as their main offering.

“It is unfortunate that the operators of the Beach Hut Bar & Grill have made the decision to cease operations. We were working with the operator to encourage him to stay put, but we wish him all the best wherever he chooses to do business in the future.

“We believe this location provides a great opportunity to create a beach restaurant with a fresh new food offering, and it will continue to play an important role in the exciting offerings available on our world-class beachfront.”

The bar opened in April and was due to remain on site until October 2, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Posting on social media, a spokesperson for the bar said: “After weeks of trying to compromise, we had no choice but to close.

“Not being able to accept group bookings, turning away 70% of visitors who just wanted a drink and being constantly inspected, made our stay at Bournemouth Beach a real challenge both financially and emotionally as a team.

“We are so disappointed. But as a small business, we would rather pay the balance and cut our losses than stay and lose money.

“Thank you to all the lovely people who supported us, but it’s goodbye.”

Customers on social media expressed their disappointment with the closure.

Client Jim Legg, a recruitment consultant from Bournemouth, said: ‘It was a brilliant organization which must have cost a fortune to build and it has been loved by all the clients who have been there including myself, such a shame to see such a great idea on our beautiful beach being forced to close.”

“You just have to see on their Instagram page of the announcement that they are closing how many people are disappointed.”

Hundreds of second homes turned into holiday rentals in Dorset https://welcometopoole.co.uk/hundreds-of-second-homes-turned-into-holiday-rentals-in-dorset/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/hundreds-of-second-homes-turned-into-holiday-rentals-in-dorset/ NEW data shows there are hundreds of homes newly registered as holiday rentals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, despite concerns about the impact of increased tourism on local communities.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a “staycationing” boom, with vacation home prices skyrocketing in tourist hotspots, and many looking to capitalize by converting their second homes into vacation rentals.

New figures from the Government Valuation Office Agency, provided by Altus Group property experts, show there were 637 holiday rentals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole trading as businesses at the end May, 294 more than in mid-March 2020, before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The figures cover second homes that are registered as business premises, meaning they must be available for at least 140 days a year, but do not include other second homes used for private holiday rentals.

Groups have highlighted the increased pressure of rising tourism on some communities, particularly those in rural and coastal areas, such as rising rents and stretched local services.

Generation Rent, a charity that campaigns for fair housing, said there were “countless” stories of tenants being evicted to make way for a vacation rental.

The charity’s deputy director, Dan Wilson Craw, said: ‘The popularity of national holidays last year, combined with the lack of regulation and tax benefits, has fueled the appetite for holiday homes. vacation and private housing tenants.

“Taking houses off the residential market price for people who want to settle where they grew up.

“It destroys communities and starves local businesses of workers.”

Department for Levelling, Housing and Communities records from September 2021 show there were 5,147 properties registered as second homes for council tax purposes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Secretary of State for Upgrading Michael Gove said the government wanted to encourage “responsible” short-term renting.

He said: “We will not sit idly by and allow people in privileged positions to abuse the system by unfairly claiming tax breaks and leaving local people to bear the cost.

“The action we are taking will create a fairer system, ensuring second home owners contribute their share to the local services they enjoy.”

The proposed return of ferry services from Weymouth is a ‘welcome boost’ https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-proposed-return-of-ferry-services-from-weymouth-is-a-welcome-boost/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-proposed-return-of-ferry-services-from-weymouth-is-a-welcome-boost/ PROPOSALS that could see ferry services from Weymouth to the Channel Islands return are described as ‘a welcome boost’.

Dorset Council, however, insists that some ‘fundamental considerations’ still need to be resolved before a final decision can be made.

As reported, plans have been seen by Weymouth City Council and Dorset Council which could see services resume for the first time since 2015.

Read more: Weymouth seafood restaurant named best in the country

The plans were discussed by Weymouth City Council on June 1 after two years of discussions “initially with the States of Guernsey and more recently a major ferry company”.

Weymouth City Council are “liaising” with Dorset Council over the plans, which have been formally submitted but full details have yet to be released.

Ian Girling, chief executive of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce, said the proposed return of cross-Channel services could revitalize the port of Weymouth.

He said: “The return of a Channel Islands service would be a big boost for the local economy.

“Hospitality, leisure and tourism could be among the sectors to benefit.

“The new developments are encouraging although I appreciate that it is still early.

“Many businesses in Dorset will be keen to hear more details in due course.”

In the proposals, it is understood that a trial service could start later this year, with the first crossings potentially taking place in the fall.

If this was successful and ferry service was restored, there would likely be one or two crossings per week during the summer months.

Councilor Jon Orrell, Green Party representative for Melcombe Regis, said any such proposal that would see ferries back to the town would be a “welcome boost”.

He said: “Weymouth has been a port for centuries. The return of ferries would be a welcome boost to the town and a return to its historic role. I would like to continue and seek the support of Dorset Council and the Economic Partnership local or fund levelling.”

A Dorset Council spokesperson said Councilor Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset Council, and Councilor David Harris of Weymouth City Council would meet to discuss the results of exploratory work on the possible return of ferry services.

Read more: Public support for the new Weymouth Condor Ferries service

The spokesperson said: ‘Last June Dorset Council agreed with Weymouth City Council that they would provide a costed business plan, within 12 months, for a potential future ferry service from Weymouth.

“Dorset Council recently received a first outline proposal, but it fails to recognize some of the fundamental considerations that we expected and needed to see. We have asked Weymouth City Council to provide further details, including costs, which it is essential that we fully understand, before a decision can be made.

A cross-Channel service previously operated from Weymouth until 2015 when Condor Ferries transferred services to Poole after the delivery of a £50million vessel which was too large for the port of Weymouth.

Weymouth residents have long supported the return of ferry services and hopes were boosted when it was revealed the boss of Condor Ferries held a meeting with council officials last November.

Weymouth City Council last year was given 12 months to assess the feasibility of bringing passenger ferry services back to the town. Councilors were given a deadline of June 30, 2022 to assess options for redevelopment of the ferry terminal site.

A Weymouth City Council spokesperson said: “We are currently liaising with Dorset Council and are considering issuing a statement on Monday.

“At this time no further comment will be made by Weymouth City Council.”

Wisk Aero Brings Advanced Air Mobility to Australia Through Partnership with Queensland Local Government | national company https://welcometopoole.co.uk/wisk-aero-brings-advanced-air-mobility-to-australia-through-partnership-with-queensland-local-government-national-company/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:02:22 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/wisk-aero-brings-advanced-air-mobility-to-australia-through-partnership-with-queensland-local-government-national-company/


Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first fully electric, self-driving air taxi in the United States, is bringing the future of flight to Australia through a new partnership with the Council of Mayors of the South East Queensland (“Council of Mayors”). In addition to this new partnership, the company will also expand its physical presence in the country, with the addition of Australia-based staff.

Wisk’s entry into Australia is driven by a memorandum of understanding with the Council of Mayors, which will see the two organizations work together to introduce a safe, sustainable and scalable autonomous air taxi service to South East Queensland.

Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, said, “We are proud to engage with forward-thinking local leaders, like the Council of Mayors, to advance the introduction of AAM and benefit not only Wisk, but also to local communities and industry as a whole. It’s an exciting time for us as we build momentum and expand our global presence. We look forward to building on the strong relationships we have in Australia to make safe, fully electric and autonomous flight a reality. »

Chairman of the Council of Mayors, Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the MoU would support engagement with councils across the region on the introduction of the autonomous air mobility industry, including operators like Wisk, in southeast Queensland. He said South East Queensland offers a mix of rural, seaside and urban landscapes, making it the perfect place to test and launch innovative new industries.

Wisk wants its presence in Queensland to be long-term and will work with local government to provide the city with green tourism and transport options. The company will also showcase its 5th generation aircraft in Brisbane in July.

Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said: “Close collaboration between our councils is essential to ensure the industry understands the needs of our communities. It also allows our councils to support, where possible, a cohesive and collaborative approach to things like planning and regulation that will be critical to investment and deployment in our region. The Council of Mayors kicked off our journey for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games because we knew it would attract global businesses and innovative industries to our region, bringing with it new jobs and new economic opportunities. Following the Brisbane 2032 Games, we are delighted to be working with Wisk to see how South East Queensland can take advantage of the new jobs and economic opportunities associated with this exciting new industry. We expect to see the emergence of advanced aerial technology in places like Paris and Los Angeles, and by 2032, I’d like to see it supporting innovative new experiences for tourism and travel in the Southeast from Queensland.

Wisk’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, Catherine MacGowan, said: “This new partnership is an excellent starting point for our expansion across Australasia. Our work has the potential to accelerate the introduction of emission-free aviation, help reduce transport-related carbon emissions and realize the benefits of AAM to the economy of the State of Queensland and the well-being of its citizens.

About Wisk

Wisk is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company dedicated to providing safe daily flights for everyone. Wisk’s self-driving eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) air taxi will allow passengers to avoid traffic and get to their destination faster. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation. With over a decade of experience and over 1550 test flights, Wisk is shaping the future of daily commuting and urban travel, safely and sustainably. Wisk is on a journey to deliver a safe, autonomous, all-electric daily flight, join us and learn more here.

About the South East Queensland Council of Mayors

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) was established in 2005 to represent the interests of Australia’s fastest growing region. Representing the residents of South East Queensland (SEQ), the Member Councils work together to tackle the region’s biggest challenges and leverage opportunities to ensure the region is the best possible place to live, work and thrive. to entertain. Over the past two decades, they have built a reputation as an action-based organization, delivering innovative and strategic results for the region.

As of 31 December 2021, member councils included Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Council, City Council of Redlands, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council and Toowoomba Regional Council. Learn more here.

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Tourists visiting Japan must wear masks in public or risk deportation | Travel https://welcometopoole.co.uk/tourists-visiting-japan-must-wear-masks-in-public-or-risk-deportation-travel/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 07:46:18 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/tourists-visiting-japan-must-wear-masks-in-public-or-risk-deportation-travel/

Tourists visiting Japan can be sent home if they fail to follow rules requiring them to wear masks, thoroughly sanitize their hands and take out private health insurance, according to guidelines set by the government ahead of the cautious reopening and progressive from the Japanese border. Travel agencies will be required to explain the rules and book tours only for customers who have agreed to abide by them. This will include a warning that tourists could be asked to leave Japan if they disobey the rules.

The guidelines, announced by the government tourism agency on Tuesday, are part of an effort to revive inbound tourism following the closure of borders in early 2020. (Also read: Japan, wary of foreign ‘bad manners’, cautiously loosens borders to help tourism)

The island nation is set to allow package visitors from June 10. Although a limit on arrivals from abroad is being doubled to 20,000 people a day, this is only a trickle from pre-pandemic visitor levels. As some businesses and lawmakers call on the country to end the daily cap, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration has also been keen to project a tough stance on Covid-19 ahead of upper house elections in July.

Under the proposed guidelines, tested last month with a limited number of tour groups, visitors will be asked to sit in designated seats in restaurants. Travel agents should plan tours that avoid crowds, keep movement records and escort people who test positive for Covid and close contacts to isolation facilities.

The rule is not based on scientific evidence and is extremely hostile to travellers, said Kenji Shibuya, epidemiologist and research director at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. Japan has now acquired high immunity against Covid and can further relax its infection controls to boost social activities, he said.

“The government treats Japanese and foreign tourists differently, and the differences cannot be explained scientifically,” Shibuya said. “There is no evidence that being accompanied by tour guides reduces the risk of infection. In endemic situations, it should be left to individuals to manage their own risk.

Last month, Japan relaxed its mask guidelines to note that masks aren’t always necessary outdoors. Still, most Japanese people continue to wear masks when outdoors. They are still recommended in crowded places or when having conversations outdoors, as well as in most indoor spaces and on public transport, according to the Department of Health.

Reopening Japan involves allowing entry from countries and regions with low levels of infection. They will be divided into three categories – red, yellow and blue – based on their assessed virus risk, according to the Foreign Office.

Travelers arriving from the 98 countries or regions on the blue list will be able to bypass quarantine as long as they pass a Covid test before departure, according to the Foreign Ministry. Those on the yellow list will also need proof of vaccination to avoid quarantine.

Japan has fared relatively well during the pandemic, with the lowest death rate per 100,000 among G-7 countries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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The land cannot be transformed into a campsite https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-land-cannot-be-transformed-into-a-campsite/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-land-cannot-be-transformed-into-a-campsite/ PLANNERS have refused retrospective permission to turn a 2.5 hectare field in Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster into a caravan and campsite.

The application for Papushka Fields relates to facilities which have already been in place since March 2021 and included new gates to the site, which ward councilors described as ‘intrusive and unattractive’ in a joint statement to Dorset Council.

According to the statement of ward councilors Alex Brenton, Bill Pipe and David Starr: “Although campsites of this type are popping up everywhere, they detract from the open aspect of the greenbelt. It is undesirable that the open ground between the A35 and 351 roads is full of tents and caravans and other temporary structures.

Lytchett Minster Borough Council had expressed concerns about the extra traffic feeding the A35, although Dorset Council’s motorways team raised no objections, subject to the entrance being widened.

The site is east of the Axium center and south of the A35 Dorchester road, with one planning officer claiming the area is already used by a number of established holiday sites for static caravans and lodges as well than Farmer Palmer’s family farm. nearby attractions.

The agent said: “The applicant has a Camping and Caravan Club license to operate for up to 35 tent pitches and 5 touring caravan pitches for year-round use at the application site. In terms of land use, it is only when there are tents and caravans on site that there is visual impact on the land…limited to the late spring and summer months.

The statement claimed that the shower and toilet block and other buildings would not look out of place in the area and together the site would cause more expense to the area.

But despite the arguments in favor of the site, a planning official concluded that the site did not fit well into the surrounding green belt: “The use and development do not fit well with this complex of buildings and appear as an isolated tourist use which is largely surrounded by farmland and the A35 to the north. The use is not considered to make a positive contribution to rural settlement, landscape character or the enhancement of biodiversity. No exceptional circumstances have been demonstrated to justify the use and range of associated structures in the countryside which are cumulatively considered to result in negative visual impacts and increased traffic movements which detract from the intrinsic character and beauty of the setting rural.

Only 5 beaches in Dorset have council-funded wheelchair mats – Swanage set to become the sixth https://welcometopoole.co.uk/only-5-beaches-in-dorset-have-council-funded-wheelchair-mats-swanage-set-to-become-the-sixth/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/only-5-beaches-in-dorset-have-council-funded-wheelchair-mats-swanage-set-to-become-the-sixth/

Only 5 beaches in Dorset have council funded wheelchair mats as one council has announced that wheelchair accessible mats will soon be available at another beach by July 2022. Swanage Council mats will be placed near the lifeguard hut and used. throughout the summer season at Swanage Beach.

The news comes as Dorset Live can reveal that in the entire county only five beaches have accessible beach mats provided by local authorities. This means that although many beaches have wheelchair accessible promenades, people are often unable to reach the beach or the sea itself.

Mats on four beaches are provided by BCP and Dorset Council. Three separate mats are provided on Weymouth beach by Weymouth City Council. The mats are placed on the sand, providing a stable surface for wheelchair users to reach the beach and the sea.

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Dorset beaches with council-provided wheelchair accessible mats are:

  • Boscombe
  • sandbanks
  • Lyme Regis
  • Monmouth Lyme Regis
  • Weymouth

Bridport councilors have also agreed that they will attempt to provide wheelchair accessible mats for West Bay Beach. However, as the beach is owned by Dorset Council, talks between the two are currently underway.

Cllr Iyengar, portfolio holder of the BCP Council for Tourism and Active Health, said: “I agree that we can do a lot more to make our waterfront welcoming and easy to navigate for everyone. We we are looking for other ways to ensure that all visitors are able to savor what is already recognized as some of the best coastline in the world.”

Facilities provided by the BCP council also include sand wheelchairs, four of which are made available by the council throughout the BCP area. However these are not suitable for all wheelchair users, they require someone to push the wheelchair and are only available on a first come first served basis with a £50 cash deposit.

A spokesperson for Dorset Council explained that although the county council only provides two sets of mats, some beaches in Dorset are not owned by the council. They said: “The beaches and the land leading to them are owned by a number of organisations. These owners include the Crown Estate, the National Trust, private landowners and various town councils.

“We own certain beach areas such as Lyme Regis Front Beach and Monmouth Beach where we have accessible mats.

“Dorset’s public sector organizations work together to ensure that services are delivered through the efficient use of public land and buildings. This work is called the Dorset Joint Asset Management Programme. More d information about the work of this group can be found at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-buildings-land/public-land-and-buildings/working-together-to-use-public-land-and-buildings.”

What beachfront facilities are available for wheelchair users?

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

BCP Cllr Mohan Iyengar, portfolio holder for tourism and active health, said: “On our seafront we have accessible parking available on the promenade between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers, accessible toilets on the seafront for easier access to the sand, beach wheelchairs fitted with balloon tires available on loan from Bournemouth, Boscombe, Branksome Chine and Sandbanks beach offices and Mobi-Mats to assist users wheelchairs to move easily from the promenade on the sand and closer to the sea in place between May and September.

“We have introduced the first fully disabled accessible beach huts in the UK, designed in consultation with disabled beach users to form part of an improved accessible facilities center in Boscombe. In addition, electric barbecues of Fisherman’s Walk are specially designed for ease of access to the cooktop by seated adults.

“Beaches with easier access and nearby parking in the Christchurch area include Gundimore, Avon and Friars Cliff.”

According to the BCP Council website, beach offices in Bournemouth, Boscombe, Branksome Chine and Sandbanks each offer a sand wheelchair with balloon tires between 9.30am and 4.30pm, May to September. These are loaned out on a first come, first served basis in exchange for a refundable cash deposit of £50.

Mobi-Mats are available between May and September from Sandbanks and Boscombe Beach to enable wheelchair users to move from the promenade to the sand.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis has two beach accessibility mats funded by Dorset Council which are made of Terragard event flooring. One is on Front Beach (near the central groyne) and the other is on Monmouth Beach (at the far end beyond the static caravans).

The mats can only be used during the summer months, as during the fall and winter months they are removed due to high tides and regular storms. Three beach chairs are also available: the Hippocampe, a Tundra chair and a Mobi chair (for use at sea).


Weymouth beach has access mats in three areas: one near the new toilet block, one opposite M&S and one on the dog beach. These are removed in the winter to prevent storm damage.

The town also has two beach wheelchairs. The handicapped toilet and changing room area is equipped with a winch, a changing bench and space for two carers.

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]]> The 10 Best Massachusetts Day Trips in the State and Beyond, Best for Hiking, Shopping and Scenic Views https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-10-best-massachusetts-day-trips-in-the-state-and-beyond-best-for-hiking-shopping-and-scenic-views/ Fri, 27 May 2022 16:58:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/the-10-best-massachusetts-day-trips-in-the-state-and-beyond-best-for-hiking-shopping-and-scenic-views/

As the temperatures rise and school ends for the summer, it’s a good time to find new places to explore.

Whether these day trips take you to the Berkshires, east of the coast, or to another New England state, each has its own charm, perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all. escape.

Will your summer take you to any of these places?

Purgatory Chasm State Reserve

City: Sutton, MA

Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark offering countless ways to explore the outdoors. “Follow the trails to rock formations such as The Corn Crib, The Coffin and Lovers’ Leap. After exploring, settle in for an afternoon picnic,” Mass.gov wrote about the park. There is a parking fee for in-state residents for $5 and $20 for out-of-state. Inside the park, guests have access to grills, restrooms, a playground, picnic areas, and the visitor center. The reservation is open from sunrise to sunset.

chasm of purgatory.

Mount Holyoke Range State Park

City: Amherst, MA

Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy the panoramic view from the heights of the mountains. “The 3,000-acre Mount Holyoke Range State Park includes a 7-mile mountain ridgeline. The park also includes streams, wetlands, woods and thickets. Visitors can explore more than 30 miles of marked trails,” Mass.gov wrote. Parking is free and the park is open Sunday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mount Holyoke Range State Park

Mount Holyoke Range State Park (Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)

Mystic, CT

The town of Mystic, Connecticut has so much to offer if you don’t mind crossing state lines. The city includes many options of attractions such as the aquarium, restaurants, shopping, recreation and accommodation. With the purchase of a mystical pass, purchasers will get entry to the Mystic Aquarium and entry to the Mystic Seaport Museum. You can browse the Mystic website here.

Mystic, Connecticut

In 1933, a man was bitten by a shark in Mystic, Connecticut.

Mount Greylock State Reserve

City: Lanesborough, MA

For hikers who really want the thrill, Mt. Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet, according to Mass.gov. The park is also one of the best camping sites for hikers. The campground has 27 campsites at the base of the mountain filled with picnic tables, fire pits, hiker shelters, bear-proof food storage lockers, and solar-powered composting toilets. .

Mount Greylock

An aerial photo of the Veterans Memorial Tower atop Mount Greylock.

wood hole

City: Falmouth, MA

Located on Cape Cod, there are so many things to do here that can fill the day. Take a trip on the Steamship Authority, visit Nobska Point Lighthouse or the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. The town also has an array of beaches and restaurants. Look for a full itinerary list of what to do in Woods Hole here.

Wood Hole, Massachusetts

A view of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The village of Falmouth was named one of “40 American Towns You Haven’t Heard Of But Should Visit ASAP” by Town & Country magazine. (BenFrantzDale/Wikimedia Commons)

Rockport, MA

Just north of Boston, this quaint town is a great option for those looking to spend the day. The town is complete with shops, a small beach, a pier and more. “Visit Rockport for our miles of beautiful beaches, our rock-strewn paths through woods and glades, and that unusually magical light that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer. A pleasant hour’s drive north of Boston, you can enjoy a romantic getaway, exquisite dining, and a unique shopping experience year-round,” Rockport’s website states. For a full overview of the Rockport map, click here.

Rockport, MA

Rockport, Massachusetts. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Lee Premium Outlets

City: Lee, MA

Not everyone wants to be active on a day trip. If hiking isn’t your thing, a leisurely stroll through the Lee Premium Outlets is a great way to spend the day. For shopping enthusiasts, the outlets offer a wide choice of shops and places to eat. The points of sale are open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lee Premium Outlets

Lee Premium outlets. (Premium outlets)

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

City: Ipswich, MA

Castle Hill is a 56,881 square foot Tudor Revival mansion in Ipswich, Massachusetts, built from 1926 to 1928. “Castle Hill is a hiker’s paradise with walking routes that wind through gardens, lawns and trails well maintained,” according to Trustees. House tours are available with both guided and self-guided options. Visitors can even play croquet on the lawn or just hang out inside the guesthouses. The house even overlooks an ocean view of Crane Beach.

Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Cape Ann Whale Watching

City: Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester “provides guaranteed whale sightings for every whale watching tour at Stellwagen Bank, a National Marine Reserve approximately 12 miles offshore from Gloucester”, according to the See The Whales website. Booking a whale watching session is available here. Day-trippers can also visit Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester if whale watching isn’t enough.

Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)PA

Salem, MA

If Halloween is too spooky, visiting the town of Salem is much quieter in the summer. Known for the witch trials of 1692, this town has a haunting history. Guests can tour the Witch House, Judge Jonathan Corwin’s house and the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the witch trials, according to the house. website. “It’s also packed with colonial architecture, world-class museums, shops and restaurants”, Adventures in New England wrote.

Names of Victims of the Salem Witch Trials

Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday, May 26, 2022, formally exonerated Elizabeth Johnson Jr., clearing her name 329 years after she was convicted of witchcraft in 1693 at the height of the Salem witch trials. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)PA

Have a favorite day trip that isn’t on the list? Email tsanzo@masslive.com

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