BCP Council have set out to address the issue of bedsits and HMOs in the town in recent years.
An example of this is the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.
This ensures that for every 10 homes built; 50% must be three bedrooms or more, 40% must be two beds and only 10% allowed for one bedrooms.
Labour councillor George Farquhar agrees that this plan is a positive and vital step for Boscombe.
I think personally we should stick to the neighbourhood plan.
However, he believes that this does not solve the community’s issues and that other public services should be considered.
As the representative of Boscombe East, Mr Farquhar feels strongly about the importance of increasing the infrastructure in his ward.
He put particular emphasis on how schools should be a priority in future plans.
He argues that by encouraging families in to the area, we should also be investing in the schools.
Another fundamental community space that Boscombe is missing is a community centre.
Mr Farquhar feels that a community centre is essential for local residents to be able to meet up regularly in a shared space.
they have to rely on the goodwill of local schools and businesses
He said that local groups are currently without a location where members are able to meet on a regular basis: “they have to rely on the goodwill of local schools and businesses.”
Although much has already been achieved in Boscombe, it is clear that there is still plenty more that can be done.
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