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New study will put Boscombe on the map
12:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in Latest
COMMUNITY activities, facilities and assets in Boscombe are to undergo a comprehensive study to help put them on the map.
The study, which has been commissioned by Bournemouth 2026 as part of the Boscombe Regeneration Partnership’s Backing Boscombe campaign, also aims to help boost creative industries.
Unused buildings, empty shop units and green spaces which could be used for community activities or creative businesses will all be looked at during the “community mapping” exercise.
The study will also help identify what residents want from their community facilities and help create future provision to meet their needs.
Independent consultants Valerie Stevens Associates Ltd will be carrying out surveys, speaking to people in the Sovereign Shopping Centre and holding workshops with community groups over the next three months.
Adnan Chaudry, trustee of Bournemouth 2026 Trust, said: “This will be a comprehensive study of every community facility that exists in Boscombe.
“Not only will it put existing facilities on the map but it will also help all of us working together to regenerate Boscombe to identify what community facilities are needed to meet local people’s needs.”
The study will look at occupancy rates and the extent to which the facilities on offer are used, best use of community facilities, in particular facilities to cater for young people, enterprise, art and culture and community activities, and any barriers to using the available facilities including accessibility issues.
To be a part of the mapping project, or to find out more, visit boscombemapping.spruz.com and complete the survey, or just chat and share views on what’s good in Boscombe.