Bournemouth Town Centre BID has paid for all hanging baskets and floral pedestals in the town centre for 2023 following the withdrawal of funding by BCP Council. This represents “a significant investment” in the appearance and environment of the town centre, said the BID’s Chair, Martin Davies.
There are 102 hanging baskets in Westover Road, Old Christchurch Road, Poole Hill, the Triangle, and the Square, with 22 pedestals in Westover Road, Richmond Hill, Post Office Road, and Old Christchurch Road.
Mr Davies added: “BCP Council told us they were unable to fund the baskets and pedestals this year, so we decided to step in and make sure they were not lost. These baskets and pedestals make such a difference to our area, and we know from our levy payer and visitor surveys just how much of a priority this is.”
Mr Davies said he did not know what the council’s position will be for next year.
He also pointed out the BID already funds a five day a week litter picking service over and above what the council provides, and a rapid reaction anti-graffiti team to clean up levy payers’ property.