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Disappointment as government withdraws co-location funding for Boscombe

The Government has today (Thursday 22 July) announced the withdrawal of £2.3million from its co-location fund, allocated toBournemouth. The funding was intended to develop the former BCCA site in Boscombe to provide a range of public services in a single location. The announcement is part of the Government’s plans to reduce public spending, including reviewing Councils’ capital allocations for 2010/11.

Councillor John Beesley, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “This is extremely disappointing news, particularly given the hard work that has been put in to try and move this project forward for the benefit of vulnerable families in Boscombe. We remain committed to co-locating related services, such as health, education and family support, and must consider how those services that would have used the new facility will now be housed. We must also think carefully about the future of the site.”

The purpose of the administrative centre would have been to provide a base for partner organisations, such as the Council, NHS and Dorset Police, to work together, based in the community, providing support to children and their families. In anticipation of the new centre, a trial service has already been incorporated into the community work being undertaken at the Bournemouth Training Centre at Townsend, serving the people of central and southern Bournemouth – including Boscombe. This has been well-received by local people and staff are enjoying being at the heart of the communities they support.

A meeting with the Friends of the BCCA, ward councillors, relevant officers, Cllr Nicola Greene and the Leader of the Council Cllr Peter Charon will take place today to discuss future options for the BCCA site. More details will follow after the meeting.

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