Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that Bournemouth is to receive significant funding to improve the infrastructure and economy. Boscombe will see huge benefits from the £22 million investment.
Boscombe will undergo a major regeneration programme thanks to a multimillion-pound investment from central government.
The investment will help build hundreds of new homes, and a new town square in an attempt to make the town more appealing to festival and event organisers. The whole BCP area will benefit from the package, with Boscombe among the top of the list.
THE BENEFITS FOR BOSCOMBE
The investment is just shy of £22 million and will help create hundreds of new jobs in the local area. Boscombe has often been the subject of controversy. However, the investment will help silence the dogmatic views perpetuated by those not fully aware of Boscombe’s potential.
A total of around 560 homes, just under 7,000sqm of leisure and retail floor space and a further 4,800sqm of commercial floor space has also been sanctioned.
This will undoubtedly improve the transport links for Boscombe and the surrounding areas. The much-needed investment will also benefit AFC Bournemouth.
Proposals include the following:
- The removal of Centenary Way and bus station.
- Restoration of the East-West Haviland Road.
- Retention of the Sovereign Centre car park.
- A new square on the pedestrianised section of Christchurch Road.
- 560 Homes (predominantly larger dwellings to support family living).
- A community hall.
- A new medical centre.
- 6,700sqm retail and leisure floor space.
- 4,800sqm of commercial, community and health floor space.
BCP Council submitted a Town Investment Plan and was supported by the Bournemouth Town Fund Board. The partnership consists of public and private sector partners and community representatives.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
Boscombe has always been a great place to visit, yet it is so often ridiculed. The need for investment was plain for all to see. And indeed, it is refreshing to see that need being recognised by the government.
Jobs will be created, homes will be built, and the previously perpetuated idea that Boscombe is a place to avoid will be stripped away from memory. Boscombe is a wonderful place to visit, to see friends and to eventually (COVID-depending) a place to socialise.
Boscombe deserves this investment, along with the rest of Bournemouth. It is, after all, home to one of the best urban beaches in the country.
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