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School children from schools across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to create artwork to encourage people to behave responsibly and respect the environment when visiting our parks and beaches. BCP Council plans to use the artwork on signage across the area’s seafront and heathlands and this will support the council’s Leave Only Footprints campaign.
This year, the council has seen increasing amounts of litter, such as plastic bottles, takeaway containers and other rubbish, being left behind in our parks, heathlands, and on the beautiful sandy beaches of our area. The school signage artwork project aims to encourage individuals to be more considerate and responsible with their behaviour.
School students will be asked to think of innovative ways to encourage visitors to respect the environment and will create their designs in full colour, which can be hand drawn, painted or digital. The council plans to use as many of the designs as possible across a range of signs – from A4 boards on lamp posts along the seafront, to prints on tree planters, banners, car park signs and more.
Councillor Lewis Allison, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities said: “We welcome this initiative to encourage people to keep our beaches and local environment clean. BCP Council collects around 2,000 tonnes of waste per year from the seafront and this year, there has been a rise in the amount of litter left. Discarded litter, including disposable BBQs are dangerous to wildlife and can cause a fire risk to our local heathland. Waste left on our beaches can often cause pollution and harm marine life if it is washed away by the sea.”
BCP Council are creating enhanced space for walking and cycling on a section of Poole Quay and Lower High Street, to help people to socially distance more easily, and to support businesses.
From 27 June there will be restricted access for cars and buses along Poole Quay between the junction with Thames Street (by the Custom House) down to the roundabout at the end of Old Orchard, and along Lower High Street from the junction with Castle Street / New Street down to the Quay. This is due to last 18 months, but the hope is that it could become a permanent change (subject to hearing what residents, businesses and stakeholders have to say about it) that provides the opportunity for people to travel more sustainably, enjoy cleaner air and less congested areas.