Wimborne Road roadworks from 7 March 2022

Construction is due to start in March of new sustainable travel facilities along Wimborne Road. It will form part of the 27km green travel route linking Wimborne and Ferndown with Poole town centre as part of the £100m+ south east Dorset Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, a joint project between Dorset and BCP councils which will see the largest ever investment in sustainable transport infrastructure in the region.

The first phase of works, between Canford Bottom Roundabout and the Wimborne Road/Cobham Road junction, is due to start in early March and will be undertaken in small sections up to 400m at a time. The works, which will continue until the autumn, include:

• Converting the existing footway on the north side of Wimborne Road West to a new shared path between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Cobham Road
• Installing a new signalised crossing point at Stapehill Road and revising junction layouts where Stapehill Road and Uddens Drive meet Wimborne Road East, giving more space to people walking and cycling
• Improving the Cobham Road junction, with a new pedestrian and cycling crossing installed over Cobham Road and a new pedestrian crossing installed over Wimborne Road to make it safer and easier to access the westbound bus stop
• Upgrading bus stop locations along the route, including two new shelters at Uddens Drive
• Improved signage for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users to help people find their way around the area

The TCF programme team will be holding an event on the Ferndown Industrial Estate before the start of construction as an opportunity for you to find out more and ask any questions you may have. More details on the event will be shared soon.

The second phase of works, between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road, is set to begin later in March. Details of the traffic management associated with both phases of construction will be shared closer to the start of works.

Dorset Council will also be working with Southern Gas Networks (SGN) on this project, who will be replacing a gas main between Uddens Drive and Cobham Road at the same time. This will combine the projects and ensure traffic disruption is reduced as much as possible. Southern Gas Network’s project starts on 7 February 2022.

In the meantime, you can see further details about the project and the TCF programme on the Dorset Council website.

Young Enterprise – Company Programme

Young Enterprise wish to recruit business advisers to help Ferndown Upper run 2 Company Programmes, as well as day employability programmes.
Volunteers will:

  • Meet with the students on a weekly basis for approx.. 1 hour, usually straight after school. (day and time TBC) Two people could like to work together to reduce commitment if needed.
  • Register on our volunteer portal so they can track their volunteering and access support: YE Gateway – Sign In (young-enterprise.org.uk)
  • Need to complete a DBS (police check) and a short safeguarding training. (this won’t take long and we’ll need to meet them to have a chat and check ID)
  • Would be provided with training
  • Have access to lots of online support

An impact report from last year is attached so potential volunteers can see the huge impact the programme can have. Ferndown Upper are offering this to year 10 and year 12, so it could be a great way for businesses to meet high aspiring young people. Contact Young Enterprise direct via the volunteer portal.

Click here to download CP Impact Report 2019 2020

Cyber Security – Website Safety

The South West Cyber Resilience Centre (SWCRC) IS a police/private not-for-profit partnership, funded by the Home Office, and covering the South West of the country. It offers free and inexpensive cyber services for local SME’s and third sector organisations.

It employs top-quality undergraduates from local universities who are checked, trained, supervised and monitored by national experts. They can provide a full First Steps Web assessment for only £150. This will identify the strengths any weaknesses in your website and to make it safer.

To see what a First Steps Web Assessment looks like and what it can tell you about your website please see the attached specimen report.
For any questions or help please contact the SWCRC www.swcrc.co.uk to help you become more cyber secure.

CCTV – Support for New or Upgraded Systems

The BID Board agreed a budget for the implementation of this scheme at their meeting on Tuesday 16th November.

The scheme is therefore now open for applications to be made.
The programme can fund schemes within the BID area that:

  • Have been installed after receiving confirmation of a grant award
  • Provides images outside buildings of a quality for Court evidence purposes
  • Are submitted by a business that is not in default of its required BID levy
  • Are installed by a recognized installation company, and
  • Commits to providing Dorset Police with security contact details.

Approved schemes will be eligible for a grant of up to 50% of eligible costs ex VAT subject to a maximum of £1,000.
Prior approved grants can be claimed following agreed installation with evidence of the approved installers paid invoice. The programme budget is fixed so it is recommended that you proceed quickly if you intend to make an application.

The application form can be found here.

Completed application forms with attachments should be submitted to: office@ferndownanduddens.co.uk

Any questions e-mail the above or call Kev on 07776 374292

Ringwood Road Roadworks

Construction of the first phase of the Ringwood Road TCF Walking and Cycling Improvement Scheme from Longham mini roundabouts to just south of Church Road is due to start on the 1st November 2021 and will last for about 5 months.
The attached letter describes how the work will be carried out. The introduction of traffic lights and stop/go signs are bound to cause major disruption and delay.

Bedrock Park, Vulcan Way, Ferndown Industrial Estate

This development comprising 26 Industrial/Warehouse units 2,680 – 64,583 sq ft is currently being developed in three defined areas:

Units 1-12 Twelve flexible trade counter units
Units 13-21 Nine flexible light industrial/warehouse units
Units 22-26 Five flexible warehouse/logistics units

All units are expected to be ready from April 2022.

The attached marketing details can be downloaded or obtained from various local agents including Vail Williams 01202 558262

Dorset Labour Market & Skills Insights – Quarter 1 2021

The first quarter of 2021 was one of highs and lows: Dorset entered a third lockdown and a New Year simultaneously and marked a year since the start of the pandemic. The spike in cases seen at the beginning of the year subsided with over 60% of adults receiving their first COVID-19 vaccination and cautious steps on the roadmap to easing the restrictions are now well underway.

Our latest round of insights shows the labour market and skills responded accordingly: there was a decline in employment and a rise in furlough, but also a noted increase in vacancies towards the end of the quarter. This issue also highlights the impact of the pandemic on inequalities, skills gaps and the future of work nationally and in Dorset.

Click here to download PDF.

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